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William Shrewsbury Primary School
William Shrewsbury
Primary School
Learning and Growing Together

Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 class page.

The children have settled into Year 1 really well and so far have risen to the challenges that come with it. The children are already showing promise and enthusiasm for the exciting year ahead. 

Year 1 is a big step up from Reception and it comes with plenty of exciting opportunities and challenges. The children are encouraged to take ownership of their choices as well as becoming strong, independent leaners. 

One of our big focuses in Year 1 is phonics as the children are expected to sit the national Phonics Screening Test at the end of the year. Phonics will be delivered through daily lessons and the children will be put into fluid groups across the year group in order to tailor their learning needs accurately.  Once these sessions are underway, the children will be able to access a more diverse range of reading material and it will help to develop their reading strategies and comprehension skills. 



1G - Mrs Peach and Mrs Russell

1R - Mrs Asghar and Mrs Martin

1B - Mrs Nattrass and Mrs Milton

Mrs Styne and Mrs Coulthread


To contact your child's teacher please email:

Mrs Peach

Mrs Asghar

Mrs Nattrass

Please be aware that all emails will be checked before 8:30am and after 3:30pm.


Topic Overviews

At the beginning of each new topic Year 1 will take part in an experience day, this will excite and hook the children's interests ready for the topic ahead.


Autumn 1

We begin Year 1 with the topic 'Once Upon a Time'.

Throughout this term we will be using traditional fairy tales as a basis in which to explore the Year 1 curriculum in a fun and creative way.

News from this half term:

We had a fantastic experience day and the children enjoyed some exciting activities including a fairy tale detective trail which left them hooked and ready to explore the topic further. 

This half term has also marked a landmark year for our school where we were celebrating 50 years at this site and 175 years of schooling in Stretton. As part of this celebration Year 1 took a stroll around our local area, focusing on types of local houses.

We then had a fun Family Learning craft session which extended our celebration. The children and adults were tasked to create a room. Here are some of our fantastic projects:

Autumn 2

The second part of our Autumn term begins by celebrating the festival of light where we look at various cultures and religious festivals from around the world.

We end our term with a festive bang where the children will have a Christmas craft week and perform in a wonderful Christmas performance! 





Throughout this topic children will be learning all about castles and using this knowledge to create an in-depth non-fiction fact file. They will also be exploring lots of historical elements from the Year 1 curriculum.

We even visit Tamworth castle and become knights for the day!


Spring 2

This half term we grab our passports and set off on an Australia!

Along the way we meet some very interesting people and look closely at our wonderful world!


Summer 1

During the Summer 1 term, the children begin the topic with Percy the Park Keeper paying a visit to our school and we go on a mystery treasure hunt!

In this term the children will look at a range of objectives including the different types of trees, the life cycle of an apple and the classification of animals.

At the end of this term we spend a day with nature where we pack up and head for the greenery of Rosliston Forestry Centre! The children are able to use the knowledge which they have gained in lessons to explore and identify a variety of trees found around the park and dazzle the park keepers with their fantastic understanding!


Summer 2

This topic changes each year depending on the news. Last year was an exciting year as we were looking at saving the Bumble Bees.


For further, specific subject details please refer to our Yearly Overview.


Useful Information


In Year 1 our PE days are on Wednesday and Thursday. On these days please ensure that your child has removed any ear studs and long hair is tied back. Both an indoor and outdoor PE kit must be in school at all times and all items must be clearly labelled. 


Your child is encouraged to independently change and choose their reading book in Year 1. The children will be allocated a set day each week for returning their books, however they may return and change it sooner if required. Your child's particular day is noted in the front of their reading diary.


In Year 1 we have a particular focus on phonics as at the end of the year they will be sitting the national Phonics Screening Test. To help aid your child with this please refer to their phonics sounds in their reading diary and practise reading and spelling words with these sounds in. Also why not try out the fun games on Phonics Play to keep their learning fun and interactive, please see below for the link. 


At the beginning of every half term we will be sending home some spellings for your child to practise. There will be a spelling test on these words every Friday. 

Family Learning Topic Projects 

We will send home special projects at the end of each half term to introduce the next topic. These project allows you to work together at home and be as creative and imaginative as possible. We always look forward to receiving the children's projects!


Useful Websites

You may find these websites useful to explore with your child at home...

Phonics Play

BugClub                                                       - logins will be sent home soon.

BBC Bitesize

Woodlands Junior School

Maths is Fun