Year 1


Year 1 is a busy but rewarding year! This stage in your child’s primary school journey marks your child’s transition from the continuous provision environment of reception, where children learn mostly through play, to a more academic environment. Children will be expected to sustain concentration for longer periods of time and to take part in formal lessons.

Please Click HERE for more information on what will be taught throughout the year.

Phonics & End of Year Assessments

Children in year 1 will be expected to complete a phonics assessment this year. This usually takes place towards the beginning of June and is done on a 1-to-1 basis with the class teacher. More information will be given about this during our annual phonics meeting for parents.
Year 1 children will also complete optional assessments – as children in years 2 – 5 do – in reading, writing and maths. Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year, with each year group having an informal assessment week at the end of each term to check progress.


In order to meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum, homework plays a vital part in our year. The children will need a quiet place to complete their work, away from distractions. As a rule, they will have between 10-20 minutes of homework to be completed daily. In KS1, this is mainly English or Hebrew reading along with a weekly spelling test. As the year goes on the children will be introduced to weekly pieces of literacy or maths homework as well as their usual daily reading and weekly spellings.
If the children need support with their homework it is important that we all support them with it. The children should ALWAYS attempt homework by themselves but should they be struggling or becoming confused please do help them with it and leave a note in their home work diary so the teacher is aware of the problems encountered. Once again, if there are any problems, please let me know.



At BWJPS, reading for pleasure is extremely important. To encourage this, we have a reading for pleasure slot every day where we encourage children to read a variety of books. If you wish to help us provide these by generously donating a book to our Y1 classroom, you will find our Amazon Wishlist here. 


It is really important that children have all the required equipment in school all the time and that all uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. It is also important that kit is checked each term to ensure that it still fits and is still suitable for PE lessons.

PE Kit

Outdoor – Navy blue tracksuit, white t-shirt and trainers
Indoor – Navy blue shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps

Other Equipment
 – Once again please label all equipment and replace it when required.
  • Plastic water bottle
  • Homework folder
  • Pencil Case
  • H.B. Pencils (at least 2)
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Set of coloured pencils
  • Set of felt tip pens
  • 2 small glue sticks
  • Small roll of sellotape
  • 30 cm ruler, which measures in both cm. and mm.
Please remember that if there is anything you need, do come and see me – lets work together to make your child’s year a very happy, rewarding and successful one!

Mrs Southward