Year One Classes

Welcome to Giraffes and Rhinos! Your Year 1 teachers are Ms Brotherton and Miss Goulds. We welcome any questions you may have particularly as we make the exciting transition from Reception to Key Stage 1.

If you have any concerns please come and see us in the morning or of afterschool or email the Year 1 in box,

Class Curriculum Letters

Each half term parents will receive a class curriculum overview of the topics we will be covering and other important dates.  Curriculum overviews will be sent home via email, alternatively please click here for the Class Curriculum Overview page on the website.


We have lots of exciting learning planned for the year!  We will be exploring different topics and linking these to the books we will explore in English.  In September, we will begin our first History topic, ‘How have things changed since our Grandparents were young?’ and our Art topic ‘colour chaos!’


We will have PE lessons twice a week. Your child needs to bring in a named PE kit at the beginning of each half term.  This should include navy shorts, a Raglan PE shirt and plimsolls.  Please make sure all of your child’s clothes are labelled, even their tie.


We are planning exciting trips linked to our topics. We will keep you up to date on future trips.

Home Learning

Try to hear your child read at least 3 times per week and record this in their reading record.  Please also  and ask them questions to support their understanding.  For example, How do you think… feeling?  We will send out a Home Learning jigsaw for each topic with lots of fun activities to support their learning across the curriculum.  Each week select one Home Learning task to complete.  We will also send out Spelling Home Learning to practice and apply the spelling rules,  patterns and strategies we have learnt that week.


We will be using recognition boards in the classroom to support behaviour for learning.  If your child’s name is put on the recognition board, they will get a sticker at the end of the day.  We will also award team points!  If an issue does arise then we will speak to you as soon as possible so that we can work together.

Parent Helpers

We would love to have helpers on board, especially with reading. If you would like to volunteer then let us know via the letter we will send out early in the Autumn term.


Please check your child’s book bag, emails and Arbor messages regularly for any letters.  If you send a letter into school in your child’s book bag, please could you tell your child it is there and needs to be given to the teacher.  Thank you.

Outdoor Learning

We will be continuing with outdoor learning in Year 1.  Please ensure your child comes to school in their own clothes on the appropriate day.  The days will be confirmed in the first week of term.

Yours sincerely

Ms Brotherton and Miss Goulds