Year 1 Newsletter

Welcome back! We hope you and your children have had a lovely, relaxing half term break. Once again, we are extremely excited to be extending our Project this half term. We will be continuing to use the story of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. However, this time, we will be using it to explore the nature around us. The children will become at one with the outdoor area; identifying, naming and describing wild flowers, investigating how to care for plants and flowers, before creating art pieces inspired by Van Gogh. We will conclude our topic with a visit to East Town Park, where the children will explore and learn about the wildlife. Watch this space for further details...

Phonics and sounds
As you will have seen from your child’s sound book, they have continued to be introduced to lots of new sounds. It is very important that the children are able to recognise these digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs in any word they read. This will put the children in good stead for when they take the National Phonics Screening Check in June. More details to follow, nearer the time. Your support with this is invaluable, so please continue to go through your child’s sound book regularly and spot the sounds in any word you may come across. 

In line with our project work, if we have any ‘budding’ gardeners among family or friends, who would be willing to spend some time working with the children to develop our Year One garden on a Monday afternoon, we would really appreciate the support. Please speak with a member of the Year One team, if you are interested.

World Book Day
With World Book Day fast approaching (Thursday 2nd March), this may be an ideal time to register your child at the Haverhill Library. This will inspire their love of reading, as they have the opportunity to explore a wide range of fascinating books. May we remind you that on this date, children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book
  character and bring in their favourite book!

Big Write

We would like to thank you for your support with completing your child’s Talk Homework every week. We have been extremely impressed with the independent writing that the children have produced and the journey they have been on with their writing. 


This half term, our PE lessons will be exploring a variety of ball games including tennis, cricket, golf and hockey. Where possible, we will be completing our lessons outside, so please ensure that your child has blue jogging bottoms and appropriate outdoor footwear in line with our school uniform policy. 


    Miss Jarvis andMiss MacPhail   


We have had a busy, yet fantastic half term in Year One!

Big Write has been a huge success and we have been impressed with the quality of the children’s independent writing. It has been lovely to see the children taking ownership of their writing targets, working hard to reflect on, and improve, their writing. We would like to thank you for your support with this, by completing your child’s Talk Homework on a weekly basis.

WOW! Our project ‘Haverhill in Autumn’ has been a huge success and motivated the children to develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of art-specific skills and also inspired some fantastic descriptive writing. After an exciting Autumn walk around the school, the children enjoyed; exploring primary and secondary colours; creating autumnal colour wheels; experimenting with colour mixing and changing the tints and tones of different colours, all of which were displayed at our Art Exhibition. The Exhibition was a wonderful opportunity for the children to share their learning with you; we hope you had a wonderful time! 

We have concluded the half term with some wonderful Christmas Nativity performances and an opportunity to explore Christmas around the world. We are extremely proud of all of the children for their commitment and enthusiasm. As a celebration of all of their hard work, the children enjoyed dancing away at their Christmas party. They definitely deserve a well-earned break.

We hope you a have Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Miss Jarvis, Mrs Polley and Miss MacPhail J

WOW! What a busy first half term we have had in Year One.

‘Ph’ is for Phonics!

We have been extremely impressed with the children’s optimism in our Phonics lessons this half term; it has been wonderful to see the children using the digraphs and trigraphs in their reading and writing. Some children have been issued with new sounds, which they were very excited about. Please continue to work through your child’s sound book and reading book at every opportunity, encouraging them to identify digraphs and trigraphs that are ‘hiding’ in whole words.

Brilliant Big Write

Every Friday, the children have ‘WOWED’ us with their resilient attitude towards the newly introduced Big Write. They arrive at school with some wonderful ideas from their ‘Talk Homework’ and are keen to use their ‘special’ pencils. The children have been working hard to form amazing sentences correctly, with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Challenges are always embraced to improve their writing. We would like to thank parents and carers for their support with this.

Maths Mastery Wizards!

Mrs Lund and Miss Jarvis have been extremely proud of the enthusiasm and determination with which the children have approached their Maths Mastery lessons this half term. The children have embraced working with a talk partner to solve problems and have also shown the ability to work independently on given tasks. The children have been learning lots of challenging concepts; number bonds within ten, addition and subtraction equations within ten and ordinal numbers.

Where I Belong…

It has been lovely to get to know all of the children during our Project of ‘Where I Belong’. The children have been busy drawing simple maps of their local area, Haverhill, and thoroughly enjoyed learning the points of a compass with a catchy song! The children have impressed us with their scientific skills, where they have been exploring the properties of different materials around them and using vocabulary such as ‘transparent’ and ‘flexible’ to describe them. We look forward to preparing for the Art Exhibition during our Project lessons next half term.

Have a wonderful half term,

Mrs Lund and Miss Jarvis

What a fantastic and busy week we have had in Year One! 

It has been wonderful to get to know your children; they have all settled in well to the new routines and expectations, and have thoroughly enjoyed engaging in the indoor and outdoor areas.

This week the children have been introduced to Maths Mastery and have been practising transitions from the carpet to the table, whilst counting and singing. The children look forward to exploring the different resources as we begin Unit 1 next week.

We launched our project for this term, which is ‘Where I belong’. The children have been busy painting self-portraits and identifying their unique characteristics. We look forward to exploring our school, the local community and the wider world during this topic.

The children have approached all aspects of our curriculum with optimism and enthusiasm and they have looked very professional in their pristine uniform.

We look forward to working with you; if you have any queries or anything you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Mrs Lund and Miss Jarvis J