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Year 1


"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!"


Mary Poppins


Welcome to Year 1


Welcome to our Year 1 class page. Here you will find all the information you will need for your child's year group and it will give you an overview of what to expect from Year 1 over the coming year.


Reading and Library Books

Children still following the Read Write Inc programme are assigned phonics books to read at home and books linked to their phonics lessons, to read online. The logins for the phonics books from can be found in the children’s reading records (on the inside front cover). A new book will be assigned once they have completed the corresponding phonics lessons in school.

Children who have moved on from the Read Write Inc phonics programme will also be able to access reading for pleasure texts from the Oxford Owl website.

A second book will also be sent home. This is a general reading book to expose your child to a range of fiction and non-fiction books this is a book children choose themselves. This book should not be too challenging and is to help promote confidence and a love of reading. However, if you wish to add more variety to your child’s reading diet, reading books of your preference alongside our books are always welcome.

General home reading books should be returned to school daily and once fully read, it will be changed. Books will only be changed if an adult has signed to say their child has read the book. Please make sure that your child has their reading books and reading record in school every day so that we can listen to them read and change books when needed.



When reading with your child remember to:

  • Encourage children to sound out difficult words and look for groups of letters that go together eg, igh, ow, ai, ee, ou, ar, or, ng.
  • Ensure children understand the story. Ask them questions throughout and make sure they understand the vocabulary used in the story.
  • Do the children know features of stories such as the author, illustrator, blurb, title etc….


Reading is very important and if you want to read more books throughout the week, Year 1 have a login to Oxford Owl. If you wish, you can log the books your child has read on Oxford Owl in their reading journal. Website:


Independent learning

Children all have an individual login to Spelling Shed, TTRS, Numbots Deepening Understanding and Purple Mash. Children’s individual logins are stuck on the inside cover of their Reading Records. These online resources are an excellent way of consolidating learning which has taken place in class.


Uniform & PE Kit

Please make sure your child’s name is written into all items of PE kit, uniform and coats. This makes identification of lost items so much easier. The school uniform consists of a navy blue sweater or cardigan (preferably with school logo – no other logo is permitted). Red Polo shirt (preferably with school logo – no other logo is permitted). Grey school trousers, pinafore dress or skirt. Grey tights can be worn by girls (as part of winter uniform). Dark blue gingham dress (Summer Uniform for girls).  As always, we encourage the children to come to school looking smart, with shirts tucked in, top buttons fastened and black sensible shoes. Trainers and boots are not allowed. Nails should be clean and free of nail varnish.


PE lessons are held every Wednesdays and Tuesday or Thursday, depending on the half term.


P.E. uniform is: White T-shirt, navy blue shorts and plimsoles (pumps). A P.E. bag is required to store P.E. kit.  Beach or play clothes are not suitable. It saves a lot of worry if all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We expect children to be able to dress and undress themselves for P.E. (help will be given to young children if necessary). Children can bring an outdoor P.E uniform for the colder seasons. This needs to be a warm navy or black tracksuit, free from any logos/sporting clubs.


Snacks & Packed Lunches

As a healthy school we encourage the children to eat a wide range of healthy snacks and lunches. In Key Stage one fruit and vegetables are provided for playtime snacks. Your child will need to bring a bottle of water, clearly labelled, for drinks during the day.



Please follow our school Twitter feed, to share in the wonderful work going on in school @StMarysDuk


Class DoJo

We use Class DoJo to set online learning, share examples of good work and share whole school messages.  Please ensure that you are linked in to our class page.


To further enhance the children’s learning experience, if you have any photographs or video clips of any interesting or exciting activities completed at home or anywhere outside of school that you would like to share with us, please upload them on to Class DoJo.


We are really looking forward to working with you and your child over the coming year. With your help and support each child will be able to fully access their learning in order to achieve their full potential.


Thank you for your continuing support,