St Michael's Primary School

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome to Year 1 at St Michael’s Primary School.  

Our links with you and any other family members/carers are of utmost importance to us at St Michael's.  In these unprecedented times this is hard, but we will strive to keep in contact via WEDUC and the school email.

Year 1 email if you need to contact us is:

Here are a few reminders and some new information for you that we hope you will find useful.  If you do have any questions, please do feel free to send us a message.


Books and Phonics

Your child will be getting 2 RWI phonics reading books in their book bags to read to you at home.  As in the past, please look after these books and make sure they are kept in their book bags and brought to school every day.  We only have enough books if children don’t lose them!  Children will also have the chance to choose a picture book from their classroom to share with you at home.  This may be a book like ‘The Gruffalo’ or ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ and is for you to read to your child.  This book will not match their phonics and reading ability.  Books will be changed approximately once or twice a week and books returned will be quarantined for 72 hours!  We are going to give the children a reading record book for you to record their reading in but for the foreseeable future, staff will not be touching them or writing in them.


Phonics Screening Check assessment

Year 1 children are assessed in Phonics with a Phonics Screening Check assessment.  This national assessment will start week commencing Monday 7th June 2021.  I will send further information out about this in due course.


Children will be offered a piece of fruit each day at break-time.   Please remember your child can also bring their own fruit to school.  Lions class are still kindly asked not to send in bananas as there is a banana allergy.  We are also a NUT FREE school so please do not send any items with nuts in.  Each child should bring a water bottle they can open themselves and re-fill when needed.  Please clearly label these.

PE kit

As you know, we are currently asking children to wear their PE kits to school on their PE day.  Children should wear PE kit comprising of:  Plain white t-shirt, black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms, school jumper, trainers or pumps.

               Lions PE = Monday & Thursday

      Tigers PE = Monday & Thursday


Your child’s Tapestry account has been transferred to Year 1 and staff will shortly start adding observations.  These will now be linked to the Year 1 curriculum.  Once all staff have been trained to use Tapestry, we will aim to add observations fortnightly.  I will send out a message once we are ready to start doing this.

Keep updated…

We will keep you informed of all the necessary information regarding your child through letters and texts. 

Remember to look at our school website and WEDUC to find out lots more about all the fun and exciting things happening at St. Michaels. 

Find the Year 1 page on WEDUC.


Yours Faithfully,

Miss Marshall and the Year 1 Team


Our topic -Spring term 1 - 2021  

is  Claws, Paws and Whiskers


Read our Parent Information newsletter to find out about our learning this term.

Some handy questions to ask when listening to children read at home

At St Michaels we have started writing conferencing. Below is a copy of the KS1 writing grid. This covers all the key writing elements that should be present in a good piece of writing.

Our topic for term 2 is


        Bright Lights, Big City.

'Bright Lights, Big City.' Knowledge Organiser and termly information term 2

Our P.E. Days are Monday (outside)

                      and Thursday (inside)

Children may wear a tracksuit for outside PE on Monday afternoon.


Spellings to learn for End of Term 2 test.

no                  go             by          of            is

my               put           one          his            so



Homework 4th December 2020

Homework 20-11-20 Subtraction using a number line.

We made a poppy wreath as part of our Remembrance display on the school fence.

Half term Homework                              23rd October 2020

Year 1 Homework    

Reading/Spelling/Topic           Set 23rd October 2020


Remember you must try to read for at least 10 minutes per day. Ask an adult to listen and write in your reading diary. We are using Oxford Owl over the half term break so please use the log ins given to you in the letter.  Alternatively, you can find this information on our school website.  You can also enjoy books you have at home and share them at bedtime.  Next term we will be learning some poems off by heart so maybe keep a look out for some poetry.



We would like the children to think about our Term 2 Topic – Bright Lights Big City.  I have sent the Term 2 Knowledge organiser for you to look at.  Please can the children draw a picture of a famous landmark or write a fact about a town such as Reading or a city such as London.  If your family know about other towns or cities or you would like to research a different location then this would also be great!

This year we will not be able to go on our trip into Reading on the bus.  In previous years, we have got off the bus at the train station, then walked to Forbury Gardens, looked at buildings such as the Town Hall, the Crown Court and spent time in the Abbey Ruins.  We also then compared these older buildings to places such as the Broad Street Mall and the Oracle.

We thought that if you go into Reading at any point this half term, you could look at some of these places and talk about them with your child.



We have sent the Term 1 spelling test results home with your child.  If your child did not manage to spell them all correctly, we have made a little pack for you to practise with them at home. 


Don’t forget… the clocks go back in the early hours of Sunday 25th October.  Maybe you can talk about some of the changes that happen at this time of year.  For example, weather, light and dark and leaf colours!



Your homework is also available on our class pages at


Thank-you for supporting your child's learning.

The Year 1 Team




29th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

There have been a number of people asking where their child’s reading book is and why they have not brought one home. After a reading assessment in September, your child will have been given 2 books – one black and white version of the Read Write Inc phonics book and another Read Write Inc book bag book. They are both to go home each evening and then come to school with them each morning, alongside their reading record. If your child does not bring in their phonics books then no other hard copies can be issued to them until they are returned. Alternatively, they will be given a photocopied version of their new phonics books until their original books are brought back. Every day they will be reading either with an adult, with a buddy or independently so it is really important the books come to school with your child every day.  If you have any questions please email us 

or or call the school office. 

 Kind regards, 

The Year 1 and Year 2 teachers 

Our topic for Autumn term 1 is..


Rio de Vida


We are learning about Brazil






Read our Parent information letter to find out what we will be learning this term

23rd October 2020. Homework for half term.

Homework 9th October 2020

Homework 25th September 2020

Homework 11th September 2020

Year 1 Curriculum Information



Year 1 have Common Exception Words to learn.  These are words where phonics cannot always be used to aid spelling.  The National Curriculum has set out 45 that must be learnt by the end of this year.  Each term we will ask the children to practise 10 spellings at home.  We will also be learning and practising these at school.  An assessment will be completed near the end of each term so please take your time learning/practising them over the next 6 weeks.

Term 1 Spellings:

the                    be

a                      he

to                     me

do                    she

I                       we


If your child can read and spell these words easily, you can start to look at the words for the rest of Year 1. 

However, please focus on supporting your child with the 10 specified words above in order for them to be confident.


Other words for Year 1:

today                         were                  you                   so                     where

of                             was                   your                  by                     love

said                           is                      they                   my                    come

says                           his                     no                     here                   some

are                            has                    go                     there                  one

once                          ask                    friend                 school                put

push                          pull                   full                    house                 our



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