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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 learners. 


1B - Miss Thomas

1R - Mrs Cornell/Mrs Love

1G - Mrs Peach

Key Stage One Teaching Assistants - Mrs Kirk, Mrs Brittain, Miss Goodwin and Miss Sahin. 

To contact your child's teacher please email:

Miss Thomas                 

Mrs Cornell/Mrs Love   

Mrs Peach                    

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


Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1- The Jolly Postman

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

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 concert! 

Spring 1 - George and the Dragon

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- Wind in the Willows

In this term the children will look at a range of objectives including the different types of trees, life cycles 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- Dogger

During our final half term we will be learning all about toys. The children will have an opportunity to find out about toys through history. 

Useful Information


In Year 1 our PE days are on Monday 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. If your child is using their kit for an after school club, please ensure this is returned ready for the next PE lesson. 


Your child is encouraged to independently change and choose their reading book in Year 1. We recommend that children change their reading books at least once a week. Please record any comments in their reading record. The children have made an enthusiastic start using our Ready, Steady...Read challenge! 


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.  We will be holding a phonics workshop and family learning sessions during the year.

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! Thank you for the fabulous 'All About Me' bags that were brought in after the summer. The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing these with their peers. 

Useful Websites

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

Phonics Play - Phonics Play are currently offering free access to all parents and carers for home learning, please use the following details: 

Username: march20

Password: home

Twinkl - Twinkl are currently offering free access to all parents and carers for home learning, please use the following code: UKTWINKLHELPS      

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