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.  We hope that your child has enjoyed their first few days at school and that they are not too tired!  We’re pleased that the children are settling into the new and somewhat unique routines and we have enjoyed waving to you at drop off and pick up times.

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.

‘Rio De Vida’

Our topic during the first part of term is called 'Rio De Vida’ and is all about South America, particularly the country of Brazil. We will have fun looking at the Amazon Rainforest, animals which live there, carnivals and music that is unique to this special place.  Lessons also involve comparing where we live in England to this other location.  It is very important at St Michael’s to celebrate where all our families live and have originated from, so part of the learning this term is about our families and we will ask the children to do a little research on this.

Books and Phonics

Your child will be getting 2 RWI phonics reading books in their book bags this week for your child 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 = Wednesday & Thursday

Tigers PE = Wednesday & 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.  However, 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.

Many thanks for reading through this welcome letter.

Yours Faithfully,

Miss Marshall and the Year 1 Team


Our P.E. Days are Wednesday and Thursday.

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


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

Year 1 Curriculum Information

Homework 11th September 2020



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

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.



Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!


Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.