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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Class Teacher: Mrs Norris                                     Teaching Assistants: Mrs Kelly & Mrs Watmough


The jump from Reception to Year 1 can be very difficult; often more difficult than the transition between other school years, and schools and parents should bear this in mind.

In Year 1 their learning experience tends to be more formal than in Reception. The national curriculum sets out clear learning goals across every subject, and targets are put in place to ensure the children achieve their Age Related Expectations. Children are beginning to prepare for the end of Key Stage 1 Assessments, taken in Year 2, and are also expected to take a phonics screening check towards the end of Year 1.

The teaching is subject-based and adult-led, and children have less choice about what they do. There is usually a lot more furniture and fewer toys, as children spend more time sitting at tables with a greater focus on pencil and paper tasks.

There are many techniques put in place to ease this transition. At the end of the Reception year, the children spend some time in the Year 1 classroom with their new teacher, so the environment isn’t a complete unknown at the start of the autumn term.

More formalised learning experiences are introduced to Reception class to allow the children to experience this type of learning. The children in Year 1 have some access to continuous provision and role play. 

The school also briefs parents on what to expect from Year 1. This is done through our ‘meet the teacher’ evening.

It may be necessary to play down your own anxieties as parents about the transition from Reception to Year 1 to prevent them rubbing off on your child. Try to avoid saying things like, ‘You’re going to have to work hard next year,’ and instead play up the good things: ‘Won’t it be exciting to have new books to choose from?’ or ‘It’ll be lovely to see all your friends again.’

Once your child has started Year 1, keep an eye out for signs that they might be struggling to settle. They might not always verbalise their worries, but if their sleep is disturbed or they’re reluctant to go to school, it’s worth talking to the class teacher about what’s going on. A child who’s settled and happy is ready to learn, and that’s the outcome that every teacher and parent is looking for.

We aim to make learning fun in Year 1 and use many different teaching and learning techniques to ensure the children enjoy their learning as well as achieve their full potential. 

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