Dear parents,

Staff are always happy to help and if there is anything you want to talk about, please don’t hesitate to approach a member of the Year 1 team.

Class 1S

Miss Smithies

Class Teacher

Miss Pollitt

Mrs McHugh

Mrs Zubair


Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Class 1GS

Mrs Sidell  Class Teacher 

Miss Pollitt

Mrs McHugh

Mrs Zubair

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant


Indoor/Outdoor - Monday 1S and Wednesday 1GS 

Our PE kit consists of black shorts, white t shirt, trainers for outdoor PE and long jogging bottoms might be worn when it is cold outside for our PE lesson. If your child wears earrings, they must either be removed on PE days or the children will be supervised putting microtape over them.


Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

There is a national assessment for Year 1 children to assess their early reading (phonic) skills. The test takes place in June.

To read more, click the link below:

Statutory Phonics Screening Check


Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read. 


How will my child be taught to read?


At Meanwood Primary, we follow the RWI phonics programme. We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Ask them to show you what these are. 

The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. 

The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence. 

The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing. 


What reading books will my child be given to read at home?

Your child will be given 3 reading books each week to read at home. These will consist of a decodable RWI ‘Book Bag Book’ which is colour banded to match your child’s appropriate level; a paper copy of the RWI book that your child is reading in their RWI group with their teacher and a class library book to share and read for pleasure. 

Reading books will be changed once a week by your child’s class teacher – please see your year group’s curriculum newsletter for when your child will have their book changed. Please ensure that your child reads for at least 10 minutes every night and brings their reading books and reading record to school every day.


Children's language development and parenting advice - BBC Tiny Happy People

You may find some of the following websites useful:-

Tiny Happy People from the BBC has some great top tips for communicationg with your child and supporting their development.


Click on the useful website links below:  Mr Thorne Phonics games Letters and sounds Deep Sea Phonics BBc Bitesize for KS1 Phonics Play Mathletics

Knowledge Organisers Year 1






Please see this terms curriculum newsletters below. 

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletters

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