Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

We are incredibly excited about continuing our journey together at Harden Primary School.

We are excited for all the new opportunities and experiences that we have and all the memories we will make and share together.

We will be developing our Literacy and Numeracy skills further and we will begin to grow into independent and inquisitive learners.

The Staff in Year 1


Miss Waterhouse                        Mr Maiden

(Class Teacher)                    (Teaching Assistant)


Each week we suggest that there are three activities to be done at home that support the work we are doing in school.

Number Zumba-

This is a ‘learn by heart target’ that is personalised to your child. This is number target your child needs to work on and will be tested on it in class. If your child is successful in their test then they move on to another target within that colour band. Once all the targets within a colour band are achieved they will change colour band. This is a fun, energetic and fast paced session in school and so quick recall is a very important.

There are a number of ways you can support your child:

recalling them in the car/ writing them out in a different order/ writing them in chalk/ post it notes



This is a list of spellings/ high frequency words that your child needs to be able to write confidently in order to be able to apply it to their every day writing. As well as know the word in isolation, it is also very important that they can write their spellings in the context of sentence writing – so it is worth dictating the words in the context of a familiar sentence, e.g. if the word is ‘some’, you could dictate, “I have some sweets.”

There are a number of ways you can support your child:

making the words out of magnetic letters/ chalking the words/ writing them on post it notes/ playing splat/ hiding the word/ making silly sentence with the word in…. speak to a member of the class team if you require some fresh ideas!



We encourage that you read with your child at least 3 or 4 times a week reading the leveled reading book sent home from school.

Can you find… the title? the author ? the front cover…?
If your child has previously read the book, show them the front cover and ask them to retell the story in their own words.

Support them with questions like:
What happened next? Can you remember why that happened?
Looking at the front cover- What do you think this book is about? What do you think might happen?
Make sure to ask children the meaning of a new word in a book. Can you tell me what that word means?

Encourage your child to make links between the words and pictures.
Can you point to the illustration of the … Talk about the feelings of the characters as the story progresses. Encourage more ambitious vocabulary than ‘happy’ and ‘sad’. Suggested words: upset, worried, anxious, excited, sleepy, angry, How do they feel? How does that make them feel? How would you feel if that happened to you?

Ask your child to make predictions before turning a page or at the end of the story. What do you think is going to happen? Why?
What do you think they do next?


In Year 1 –


Spellings will go out in home journals on Mondays and the children will be tested on them the following Monday. Please ensure home journals are in school every Monday.

Number Zumba

Number Zumba targets go out in home journals on a Friday and the children will be tested on them the following Friday. Please ensure home journals are in school every Friday.


Summer 2 term homework (OPTIONAL set: 23.5.17) 

For our final half term together our topic is ‘Bears’.

To hook us into our topic, and give the children confidence from the beginning, we will start by retelling the story of Goldilocks and the tree bears.

For your homework I would like you to practise retelling the story in preparartion for when we write it after the holiday.

I have given everyone a copy of the story map to go alongside the book. This has gone in book bags and should help you to retell it. You might even like to make up your own actions to share with the class when we get back.

Have a great holiday.

Miss Waterhouse 🙂


Year 1 Letters Sept 2017

06/10/2017  Letter re Yorkshire Wildlife Park visit – click here

15/09/17     Year 1 Curriculum Letter – click here