Welcome to Year 1

Class Teachers – Mrs Smith & Mrs Buchan

In Year 1, the children have lots of fun becoming more independent learners.  Mrs Smith teaches on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Buchan teaches on a Thursday and Friday.

To find out more about the class routines and curriculum, please visit the Class Information page. We also have some really fun resources and activities on the @Home Activities page, click the images above.


Class News

On this page and via Class Dojo we will share class activities and events throughout the school year.  Please see below for more information about Class Dojo and how to join us.

Class Dojo – The Class Dojo App works via tablets, smart phones and computers and is free to download. Using this system we will be able to share images of your child and their work and we look forward to opening our classroom. If you would like to join, download the Class Dojo App or click the image to open by a web browser, create a parents account, tap add child and enter your child’s code. If you don’t have a code, please contact us by email and we will happily send it to you. 

Year 1 Information

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PE Lessons

The class PE lessons are held on Tuesday and Thursday.  Children will need a full PE kit for these lessons.  For PE Kit details, please see our School Uniform page.


Year 1 Curriculum

Information about the subjects we teach in School can be found in our Subject Areas.

Please see the Year 1 Parent Leaflet for details of the end of year expectations for children in Year 1.



At Holy Family we use the Sounds-Write phonics programme to teach our children to read, spell and write.  

In Year 1 we begin our journey through the ‘Extended Code’ following on from children completing the ‘Initial Code’ in Reception Class.  Sounds-Write is a fabulous phonics scheme that focuses not only on sounds, but also on how we write those sounds.    Phonics is taught daily in Year 1.



Reading follows the Sounds-Write decodable reading scheme. We use the Sounds-Write recommended reading books in Year 1.  The children will either have a Dandelion reading book or a Sounds-Write reading book.  Along side these books, we will also send home a ‘read with me’ book that the children may need some support with.  Each week the children can also choose a book from the School Library to take home to promote reading for pleasure.

Reading is a core part of our entire curriculum. We aim to read with the children twice a week in class and will change reading books as needed, but if the children need to change their book at any other time, they can put it in the box for changing. 

Reading at home is really beneficial to the progress that your child will make.  Please read with your child as much as possible and make a note in their reading record where they get up to and any concerns/difficulties they may have had.



We follow the National Curriculum for Maths, supported by (but not exclusively) the White Rose Maths scheme.




STEM Learning

The link below is for some home based STEM learning activities.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.  On their website there are activities connected to a range of different subjects, please take a look.

Primary STEM Resources


Learning Challenge!


Recommended Reads - Year 1

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Visit the Oxford Owl page for more book ideas and ebooks.


Tricky Words!

Here are the Tricky Words for Year 1, have a go at home and see if you can learn them all!

Online Fun!

Please try some of these fantastic online resources for learning, revising or just for fun!







As children are spending more time on devices and online, please see below some links and resources about staying safe online.  Further information and guidance is also available on our Online Safety page.