Year 1 2023 - 2024

Mrs Birchall

Mrs Barnes

Miss Hunter

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Welcome to Year 1!

Year 1 is progressive and builds upon your child's previous knowledge from their previous year in Reception. Your child will strengthen their skills, knowledge and understanding across all curriculum areas.

Year One Overview

We are very excited to share with you our planning overview for the year to support your child’s learning.

Autumn One: ‘Into the forest with Nibbles the Book Monster!'

Autumn Two: ‘Fire, Fire!’

Spring One: ‘Dancing Dragons’

Spring Two: ‘Kings and Queens’

Summer One: ‘Get up and grow’

Summer Two: ‘Around the World in 80 days’

For more information on these topics please see our topic web attached.

Reading and Phonics

Learning to read remains a top priority in Year 1. Your child will have daily phonic sessions to develop their reading and spelling. They will also be taught to read in guided reading sessions three times a week.

Rainbow Reading Challenge

To encourage children to read for pleasure at home, the children are invited to take part in our whole-school reading reward challenge. Children will receive stamps on bookmark cards based on how many books they have read at home. This does not include their school phonics reading book but instead books of choice.

Children will receive 1 stamp per book or 2 stamps if they choose to read a book from the recommended reading list of books for Year 1. 

Bookmark cards will be stamped by your child’s class teacher once an adult at home has confirmed the book has been completed. Just a signature in your child’s reading diary is all that’s needed.

Each time your child fills a bookmark card they will receive a colour badge in our class celebration assembly with the aim of collecting all the colour badges of the rainbow. Once the whole rainbow reader challenge has been achieved for the new academic year, your child’s name will be entered into a raffle for a prize.

10 stamps = red badge                        50 stamps = blue badge

20 stamps = orange badge                   60 stamps = indigo badge

30 stamps = yellow badge                   70 stamps = violet badge

40 stamps = green badge      


Maths objectives will be linked to White Rose using the Power Maths scheme as a supplement. We will focus and use various concrete, pictorial and written methods to consolidate your child’s understanding and recognise the relationship between each operation.  


Homework will be set on Seesaw and will be available on a Friday. Children will be set English and Maths homework on alternative weeks. Where possible, the homework set will link to the area of learning we have covered in class that week. Once completed a picture can be uploaded onto Seesaw for marking. If your child has any problems with the homework set, please let us know and we can go through it with them at school. If a paper copy is needed then please ask.

PE and Forest School

The children in Ballad class will be having their PE lesson on a Thursday  and Forest School on a Tuesday

High Note class will be having their PE lesson on a Thursday and Forest School on a Wednesday.


Ways you can foster a love of learning:

  • Hear your child read daily
  • Support your child with weekly homework (Reading, Writing and Maths)
  • Reading stories, poems, magazines to your children.
  • Encourage your child to be curious about the world around them.
  • Provide lots of opportunities for your child to write in different contexts.
  • Talking and listening to your child.
  • Noticing their environment.
  • Encouraging a sense of ‘wonder and awe’



We look forward to a fantastic year together!

The Year 1 Team

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01244 267525


Overleigh St. Mary's CE Primary School

Old Wrexham Road


Chester, CH4 7HS

01244 267525

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