Our vision is to educate for life, with the love of God, and Christian Values, at the heart of our school.

What to Expect in Year 1

From the start of term in September children will learn in  a free-flow setting similar to what they have experienced in Reception. We will continue to build children's independence through a combination of child-led learning, short whole-class carpet sessions and small group focus activities.

The number of 'formal' lessons that children participate in will gradually increase throughout this transition period.

After children have successfully transitioned (usually by the October half-term), their school day will be more structured and predominantly consist of differentiated whole-class activities and small-group carousel activites. Learning experiences will remain hands-on and -most importantly- fun!

Physical Education

In Year 1 children will participate in both indoor and outdoor PE lessons. They will be required to have their PE kits in school everyday. They will change into and out of their PE kits independently for these lessons.

PE kits should be left in school each week and will be returned at the end of each half term for a good wash!  All items, including the PE bag, should be clearly named.  Pumps or trainers must be worn for PE, with the exception of a few gym or dance lessons.  Therefore, school shoes will not be permitted to be worn during PE lessons and your child will not be able to fully participate in the lesson.

Entering the Classroom and Being Picked Up

The school gate opens at 8:40 and children can come into the room and start putting their things away from 8:45.

During transition we welcome parents into the classroom in the mornings as children become familiar with their new learning environment. As the term progresses, we encourage you to allow your children to come into the room independently. 

At the end of the school day children will be handed over to parents at the classroom door.

Labelled Belongings

Year 1 children will be responsible for looking after their own personal belongings. Please ensure that everything is clearly labelled, including book bags, jumpers, coats, PE kits, waterbottles and stationery.

Missing items may be located in the Lost Property Bins situated throughout the school.


Children in Year 1 can expect to take home homework each week after the Autumn half-term. 

The amount of homework will gradually increase throughout the year and by the Summer term we expect children to spend a maximum of 15 minutes a night on homework - including reading.

Initially, children will receive spelling homework once a week which consists of ten words to learn. This will go out on a Friday and be due back on the following Thursday.

Reading records should be brought into school on Mondays and Thursdays so children's books can be changed.


Phonics is an essential aspect of learning to read and write and will remain a key element of the Year 1 timetable. Children in Year 1 will continue to build on the phonics knowledge they developed in Reception.

The year will start with a recap of sounds already learned (Phases 2 and 3) and a revision of Phase 4 before moving into Phase 5 for the remainder of the year. 

New sounds introduced in Phase 5 are:

ay day oy boy wh when
ou out ir girl a-e make
ph photo ie tie e-e these
ue blue ew new i-e like
ea eat aw saw o-e home
oe toe au Paul u-e rule

All Year 1 children in the UK undergo a Phonics screening in the Summer term.

For the 2018-19 academic year,  the phonics screening check will be conducted in the week commencing Monday 10th June 2019. 


Spelling will be focused on the First 100 High Frequency words which can be found here. Children will also learn to spell common exception words, words related to their phonics sounds and words from the Next 200 High Frequency Words.

By the end of Year 1, all pupils should be able to spell the following common exception words:

the were be my ask
a was he here friend
do is me there school
to his she where put
today has we love push
of I no come pull
said you go some full
says your so one house
are they by once our

What can I do at home?

  • Ensure children have a healthy breakfast and a good night’s sleep
  • Arrive on time
  • Talk about their day
  • Reading daily – listen to and read to
  • Help with homework
  • Games – dice games, I spy, pretend play, shopping
  • Writing at home – shopping lists, diaries, emails to family members, letters, stories
  • Checking book bags and homework diaries for letters

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Parent Help

Please see the class teacher if you are able to help with hearing children read, taking small groups, going on school outings, special days etc. At St Paul's, we are always grateful for any support you can provide.