St Nicholas’ Chantry

St Nicholas' Chantry CofE Primary School

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Year 1 

Cedar & Willow Class

Year 1

Class information

Welcome to Cedar Class.
Mrs Court is the teacher for Cedar Class and Mrs Ingle is the Teaching Assisstant.

Welocme to Willow Class.
Mrs Keate and Mrs Smallwood are the class teachers for Willow class and Mrs Symes is the Teaching Assisstant.

September Y1 Newsletter

December Y1 Newsletter

February Y1 Newsletter


Year 1 teachers are available to talk to about any issue or concern that you may have throughout the year.  It is currently not possible to have face-to-face meetings, however we are more than happy to have a telephone conversation with you; alternatively we can be contacted via our school emails on:

Please be aware that we may not always access our e mails during teaching hours but we do our best to check our inboxes before and after that time.  We may not see an e mail sent in the evening until the next day but we will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible. 

The School Day

The school day starts at 8.40am.  As your child arrives on the school site they will be met by a teacher on duty on the main playground. They will then be collected by their class teacher and taken into class.

The school day finishes at 3.15pm.  Year 1 classes will be led out onto the playground by their class teacher who will then hand each child over to the adult collecting them. 

Please give us 24hours notice if your child is to be collected by someone who does not normally collect them.  This information can be e mailed to class teachers.

Learning Focus for the Term

Term 1 and 2 our topic is:
"Let's Get Moving" (Around the UK)

Term 3 and 4 our topic is:
"Brunel's Bristol"

Term 5 and 6 our topic is:
"The Seaside" (Clevedon Focus)

 Year Group Newsletters

Each term we enjoy sending out to our parents and carers a round up of what their children have been learning that term as well as any important messages and reminders. 

Book Bags

Children need to have their book bags with them every day, which includes their reading book and reading record book.

On a Monday children will change their reading books with the class teacher.  

Parent Helpers

Please let us know if you are interested in helping in class e.g. hearing children read.  

Reading and Phonics

Your child's reading book will be changed every Monday.  

We can't stress enough the importance of children reading at least 3 times a week with an adult at home; this will have a great impact on their English skills. If your child finishes a book in one go, please encourage your child to re-read the book to help increase their fluency and comprehension. 

Bug Club Access Info

When possible it is important you also take time to read to your child.  Please see the recommended reads below as a guide to books a Y1 child will enjoy.

Year 1 Recommended Reads

Phonics Resources

Phonics Phase Overview

Phase 2 GPC mat

Phase 3 GPC_mat

All Phases Mat

Common Exception Words

Term 1 Letters and Sounds Timetable

Term 2 Letters and Sounds Timetable

Term 3 Letters and Sounds Timetable

Term 4 Letters and Sounds Timetable

The Letter and Sounds website has many phonics videos that parents may find useful to boost their own knowledge.
Letters and Sounds website


Common Exception Words:

This is a list of words that children are expected to be able to read and spell by the end of Year 1.  A Common Exception Word is a word which does not follow the common phonetic spelling rules of the language, or where the usual rules act in an unusual way.  

 Common Exception Word Mat

Spelling Home Learning

From Term 2 - Each Friday we will have a whole class spelling session where we will check your child's current ability to spell the words set for that week.  

Term 2 Spelling Overview

Term 3 Spelling Overview

Term 4 Spelling Overview

Maths Home Learning 

Our class based maths learning follows the White Rose scheme.  White Rose have also produced home learning videos that run alongside the work we cover in class.  By using some of these videos at home with your child you can help to reinforce the learning they are experiencing in class.  

Where possible we encourage you to use practical resources with your child, e.g. buttons, leaves, conkers as counters.  

Homework in KS1 is non-statutory and so we do not need you to provide evidence of any work completed at home.  If you have any queries around the home learning though please e mail us and we will be happy to help.

Please use the link below to access the White Rose Home Learning page and then click on the Year 1 box to access the weekly videos.



Outdoor PE:

All of Y1 on Wednesday afternoons

Indoor PE:

Cedar Class Tuesday afternoon

Willow Class Friday afternoon

Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit.  They will need to be dressed appropriately for both outdoor and indoor PE so will need a t-shirt, joggers, trainers and a fleece / jumper.