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. Year 1 parents are still kindly asked not to send in bananas as there is a banana allergy in the year group. 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.
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.
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.
Miss Marshall and the Year 1 Team
Our topic for term 6 is
A Day in the Life ...
The similarities and differences in activities children enjoy today to those our families did in the past.
We will be looking at things the children enjoy doing now, things you, the parents, enjoyed doing when you were their age and also things their Grandparents did when they were 5 or 6 years old.
This term Mrs Duff will be teaching Lions class all day Monday and on Tuesday afternoon. Miss Richardson will be teaching Lions class Tuesday morning, all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Year 1 Homework
Set 31st March 2021
We will be sending RWI books home over the Easter holidays. Please listen to your child read and write any notes/observations in the reading diary. We have also been swapping our class library books so please enjoy these lovely fiction or non-fiction books at bedtime or a special quiet time at home. Please make sure all books are in the children’s book bags each day and brought to school on Monday 19th April when we return to school. You can still use Oxford Owl for online Read Write Inc reading books, see below for log in details if you wish to take a look.
YEAR 1 Lions use: username - stmichaelsyear1lion password - year1l2020
YEAR 1 Tigers use: username - stmichaelsyear1tiger password - year1t2020
We have attached an extra sheet for our Term 4 spellings where children can practise inserting the spelling word into a sentence. This extra practise helps children understand how to use the words correctly and not only spell them. Any children who need to practise the spellings again over the break, will have the spelling practise sheet put in their book bag too.
A little sneak preview… Our new topic next term is called – A day in the life…
It has a strong History focus and will involve us looking at things the children enjoy doing now, things you, the parents, enjoyed doing when you were their age and also things their Grandparents did when they were 5 or 6 years old. Over the break, it may be nice to start talking about things in the past and similarities and differences in activities children enjoy today to those we did in the past. Parent overviews and knowledge organisers will be sent out for Term 5’s new topic soon.
Your homework is also available on our class pages at
The Year 1 Team
Our topic for Spring 2 - term 4 is....
Year 1 Homework
Set 19th March 2021
As I am sure you have noticed, children are coming home with their 2 RWI Phonics books for reading practise again. Please listen to your child read and write any notes/observations in the reading diary. If the colour your child brings home has changed, it is due to assessments completed at school and children being moved accordingly. Once all children have been assessed, you will be informed of their new RWI group colour. We have also started to share our class library books so please enjoy these lovely fiction or non-fiction books at bedtime or a special quiet time at home.
We have attached the Term 4 spelling practise sheet to this homework so please continue to practise the words at home with your child. You will notice that we are getting to some of the more challenging Year 1 Common Exception Words now. Keep practising, and if needed, you can focus on just 2 or 3 at a time.
Complete the activity about heavier, lighter and equal/balanced in weight. The sheets are attached to this homework.
A little extra… in Science, we are continuing to talk about the changes in seasons – winter to spring. Maybe you can talk and look out for some of the changes that happen at this time of year. For example, buds on trees, plants starting to grow, more daylight etc… We went for a walk around our school grounds in our first week back to school and did not spot any blossom! Can you find any on your walk to school?
Your homework is also available on our class pages at
Thank-you for supporting your child with their learning
The Year 1 Team
Term 4 Spellings – Common Exception Words
today pull were full
school love house push
Our topic -Spring term 1 - 2021
is Claws, Paws and Whiskers
Our topic for term 2 is
Bright Lights, Big City.
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
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 athttps://www.stmichaels.reading.sch.uk/y1-lions/
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 email@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office.
The Year 1 and Year 2 teachers
Our topic for Autumn term 1 is..
Rio de Vida
We are learning about Brazil
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:
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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