West Ewell Primary School and Nursery

Happy Days - Bright Futures
Part of the Bourne Education Trust

Year 1

Please click here for the Year 1 Word Aware words for the Spring Term 

Please click here for the Year 1 curriculum overview

A glimpse into our Year One curriculum...

Please click here for the Year 1 information slides for September 2020

Year 1 Phonics Screening check information - please click here for the meeting slides from March 2020

We follow the National Curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf

Please click here to find out more about how we tailor the curriculum for our children


Click here to read the Year One Common Exception words. 


Top Tips for Year 1 Parents (Click here to download the following for printing)

  • Look for opportunities to talk about numbers. If you see numbers, can your child read them? What is the next number, or the one before? Use vocabulary of more/less/fewer/most/fewest. Encourage adding by counting on in their head, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards. Try to involve word problems in everyday situations. E.g. If I have this pizza and it needs to be cut into quarters and I have 12 toppings. How can I fairly share out the toppings?
  • Share books with your child – read to them and talk about the story. Discuss what you like/dislike about the books.  Try to use a selection of questions to encourage the child to infer from the text. (Make a presumption of what the answer could be based on the information given ) E.g. Did Callum do the right thing? What makes you think that? How did everyone feel about the decision he made? If the decision was the opposite, what might have happened?
  • Reading every day for 5 to 10 minutes – regular reading practice is vital to support their progress. Those children who read every day are more likely to become confident readers by the end of Year 1 giving them a solid basis for their future learning.
  • Help your child to practise reading and spelling the first 100 High Frequency words at speed. If they can recognise them on sight, reading fluency will be greatly improved.
  • ‘Gimme 5’ – strategies for reading unfamiliar words.
  1. Think about it – does the word they said make sense?
  2. Look at the picture – What is happening in the picture that can give a clue.
  3. Sound it out – this works well as long as it is not a ‘tricky’ word.
  4. Go forward – miss out the tricky word and carry on reading the rest of the   sentence. Can you think of what might make sense in the gap?
  5. Go back – Go back and re-read the sentence – this helps them to make sense of what they have just read.
  • Encouraging correct tripod pencil grip – the more a child holds their pencil correctly, the more natural it will be to them.
  • Encouraging correct letter and number formation when writing at home. If they reverse some letters ask them to re-write it 5 times to develop fluency in writing the letter and hopefully encourage them to get out of the habit.  



Please click here to download the homework policy

Our approach to homework is one where we believe that homework should complement our learning in school and not be a stressful experience at home.

Parents are key educators in their children’s lives and have a critical influence over the success of children’s learning. We suggest that in the early stages of a child’s school life at least 10 minutes is set aside each day to talk to your child about their learning, to read with your child, play games and develop their self-help skills.

As your child moves through the Primary phase they will begin to have more formal tasks such as learning multiplication tables and spellings, projects; and be expected to work for longer periods and with increasing independence.

Homework can also be a walk in the park, a swimming trip, baking, an art activity, visiting family.


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