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Year 1 - Deer

Welcome to the Year 1 Deer class!

The Deer class will be taught by Mrs Mill and supported by Mrs Mackay. We are looking forward to working together with you to ensure a happy and productive year for your children. This overview contains some information to familiarise you with the new routines and expectations of Year One pupils.

Our aim is for a smooth transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year One curriculum builds on the experiences that children have had in Reception. Learning through play continues alongside more formal learning in a structured environment. We hope that the new challenges of Year One ensure that your child remains motivated and enthused. The school day starts at 8.55am, however, an adult is in the room from 8.45am and on those wet and rainy days the doors are opened early. It is really important for your children to arrive on time every day as they are expected to attend a whole school assembly at the beginning of each day.

In Year 1 we expect:

  • Reading books in reading bags to be brought in every day.
  • Children need to be heard read at home and talked to about what they have read every day.
  • Reading record to be signed and a simple comment to be share how your child has read.
  • A charge of £5 for lost/damaged reading books.
  • We encourage our children to be independent, therefore we ask parents to remain outside the building at the start and end of the day.
  • Home learning to be completed on a regular basis.
  • Spellings to be practised.
  • P.E. kit to be in school on P.E. days.


Topic overview

In Year 1 we focus our learning on different topics throughout the year; this supports the children to make links across the different subjects. We cover several topics throughout the year including;

Autumn 1 – Growth and Green Fingers
Autumn 2 – Fire! Fire!
Spring 1 – Family Album
Spring 2 – Penguins, Possums and Pigs
Summer 1 – The Great Outdoors
Summer 2 – Robots



Children are taught phonics through the Read, Write Inc (RWI) programme with the addition of sounds from Letters and Sounds. In Year 1 all children will have a phonics screening check during June and the results will be reported to you within their report at the end of the summer term. Teachers will also make assessments of progress throughout the year.



In Year 1 we expect children to read daily with adults at home. Flash cards with tricky words may be included in reading work. Spellings will be given out weekly and children will have a weekly test. Children in Year 1 will also receive talk homework. The expectation is your child will discuss something they have completed in class and share what they know. The talk homework will often include a challenge for those children who would like to record what they shared.


P.E. Days

The Deer children have two sessions per week on Monday and Friday mornings. Please ensure that your child has a white t-shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps or trainers (Velcro fastening or elastic). All kit should be named and kept in a labelled pump bag to be left on the P.E. kit pegs. It is advised the children keep their P.E. bags in school for the half term, as occasionally your child may use it as spare clothes when an accident has occurred.



Children have access to a daily healthy snack and a small bottle of milk during the morning session. Throughout the day children have a water bottle labelled with their name that they can have access to throughout the day. If you would like to discuss further or have any questions regarding what is being covered in Year 1 then please contact the office to make an appointment with Mrs Mill.

Primrose Hill Primary School
Phoebe Street, Salford M5 3PJ
Tel: 0161 921 2400
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