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Chickerell Primary Academy


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Year 1

smiley Welcome to Year 1smiley 

The Year 1 Team


Mrs Saunders - Class Teacher

Mrs Galloway - Class Teacher

Mrs Chappell - Class Teacher

Miss Emmerson- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Tate-Teaching Assistant

Miss Knight- Teaching Assistant



We hope you had a lovely summer holiday. The children have settled so well in to Year 1 already. They are all keen and eager to learn which is fantastic!


Our topic this term is Toys. Our key learning skills are focussed on History this half term and will move onto Art after half term. We will be learning about modern toys and comparing toys today with those in the past. We will be finding out about the toys our parents and grandparents played with as well as toys as far back as the Victorian times. We will have the opportunity to create timelines, make observations and undergo sorting challenges. If any children would like to bring in an old toy to show and tell us about we would love to see them. We promise to take great care.

In the afternoons we have 'Let's Explore' where children have opportunities to play and explore and lead their own learning within our Toys topic. As well as our adult directed History/Art focus they will be able to complete challenges in different class based areas (writing, maths, science, creative, construction and ICT) which is known as Enhanced Provision. They are also able to explore other (non topic related) ways of using these areas as well as being able to access our reading areas, Funky Fingers, small world play and role play. This is known as Continuous Provision. 

Our English work in the mornings will also support our Toys topic. The children will explore different texts based around toys and they will have the opportunity to learn about some very famous toys too.





Children will be grouped across the two classes for their daily phonics sessions. They will continue to follow the Read Write Inc scheme but will also be introduced to ‘alien words’ that test phonic ability when reading made up words. This is a vital learning skill in Year 1 and we will be administering the national phonics check in June next year to assess progress made in phonics.




We encourage the children to have reading experiences every day at home with you. The more time and support you can give your child with their reading, the more progress they will make in school, as reading is the foundation of all their learning! Please use the reading records to keep us informed of any reading opportunities at home, including when they read their own books.




Maths homework will be sent home in big blue books on a Friday. Please be reassured that we do not expect this to be returned until the following Friday! Homework will consist of one piece of Maths work to complete. This will match the lessons your child has had during the week. The children will also be given spellings to learn every other week, with the date that they will be tested on in their blue spelling books.


Fruit Snacks

The children are provided with a piece of fruit every day at morning break.  This includes; carrots, pears, apples, bananas, raisins, tomatoes and sugar snap peas.  If you know that your child would prefer an alternative, then please provide them with a piece of fruit that you know they will eat as we only allow real fruit at this time of day.   We are proud of our ‘Healthy School’ status!


P.E. Sessions


1GS will have P.E. on Monday afternoons.

1CC will have P.E. on Thursday mornings.


Important Information


Please note that our open registration morning is on WEDNESDAY. This is an ideal opportunity to discuss any issues that you want to share with us, as well as having the chance to do some morning activities with your child.  Please encourage your child to come into school independently on all other days of the week.


Please can children bring water in labelled bottles for the classroom.

Please label all your child’s clothes – including shoes!

Book bags need to be brought into school every day.

Maths Information and Resources