Year 1 2021 - 2022

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page! This is where you will find out about what is happening in Year 1. We will update our page regularly with information that you will need so if you're ever unsure, please check here.

Year 1 LHJS- Ms Hainey and Mrs Scott

Mrs Scott and Ms Hainey 


Our class saint is Francis of Assisi, venerated as Saint Francis of Assisi, also known in his ministry as Francesco, was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, philosopher, mystic, and preacher. He was canonised on 16th of July 1228, his feast day is 4th October.

Year 1TE- Mrs Ebbrell

Our class saint is Saint Bernadette of Lourdes

Bernadette Soubirous, also known as Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, was the firstborn daughter of a miller from Lourdes, in the area of Hautes-Pyrénées in France, and is best known for experiencing Marian apparitions of a "young lady" who asked for a chapel to be built at the nearby cave-grotto at Massabielle. She was canonized on 8th December 1833 and her feast day is on 16th April. 

Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of people each year. They go to pray, bathe in the baths and seek comfort for their sickness and pray for their intentions. If you would like a little of the experience of the grotto at Lourdes, visit 


Information about Year 1

Staff in Year 1:

  • Mrs Ebbrell, Ms Hainey and Mrs Scott- teaching staff. Mrs Scott is covering Mrs Rowlands' maternity leave.
  • Mrs Buckmaster -  HLTA who works with groups for English, phonics and maths in the mornings       


PE Lessons

PE lessons are on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Stevens. The children are to arrive at school in their PE kit and will wear it all day. The children can wear trainers and do not need pumps at the moment. We will let you know when PE will take place outside when the children will need to wear joggers and a sweatshirt or fleece in colder weather. They may also bring a spare pair of socks in their book bag in case they need to change after the lesson. 

The children need to bring to school each day - their book bag, water bottle (water only) and a healthy snack. Afternoon snack is provided. The children will read with their teacher once a week during Guided Reading but are asked to keep their reading books inside their book bag daily. 


Fact Files

We use fact files in school to help your child understand more about the topics covered during the school year. These contain key dates from the time period studied, vocabulary discovered during learning and some key facts and information about the topic.  

Please see below for links to Year 1 Fact Files. 

Phonics Screening

During Year 1 there is an emphasis on phonics. In June each year, the children participate in a Phonics Screening check to ensure that they have acquired the phonic knowledge needed to progress with their reading and writing.

The Phonics Screening Check is a test in a one-to-one setting with a teacher. During the Phonics Screening Check, children are asked to read (decode) 40 words. Most of these words are real words but some are pseudo-words.

Phonics sounds mats can be found below.


Homework newsletters are sent home every other week. Attached will be an activity or two to do at home. Please keep these at home and practise these skills. 

During Year 1, the children will begin to learn spellings for homework. These will be sent home on a Friday to be learned for the quiz on the following Friday. Your child will bring home their book to share their results with you. Please return these on the following Monday morning.


Autumn Term 2021

During the Autumn Term the children will be following a transition curriculum where they will gradually move from working in an EYFS type classroom setting with continuous provision for the children to access independently throughout the day, to working in a more formal Key Stage 1 setting. During the Autumn term the children will work in small teacher led focus groups as well as taking part in whole class teaching sessions and independent learning with their peers. 

In their English work the children will look at the book 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers and will work on writing simple sentences and beginning to use capital letters and full stops. They will look at Hoole and Chester in their geography work and will learn about the Gunpowder Plot in history. In art they will discover the work of Paul Klee and Friedrich Hundertwasser and use this to inspire mark making and printing. In science we will be asking questions to find out about humans and other animals. We will investigate our five senses and use our observation skills to group animals. 


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