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

Year 1

Information about our year group:

For archives of Y1 home learning, click here.

For the breakdown of learning please click on this link here to see the lessons for the week.

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. 

Your Teachers and Teaching Assistants 

1B - Miss L Hayes and Miss Smith

1G - Mrs Cornell, Mrs Nattrass and Mrs Brittain

1R - Mr J Heald and Mrs Kirk

You may also have the chance to learn with our 1:1 Support Assistants:

Mrs Pearson, Mr Johnson, Mrs Keen, Miss Hallam and Mrs Berwick. 


Need to get in touch?

To contact your child's teacher please email:

Miss L Hayes                   

Mrs Cornell & Mrs Nattrass

Mr J Heald                        



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

Curriculum Overview: 

Throughout school we follow a book based curriculum. The key texts that the children will focus on in Year 1 are: 

  • The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Alberg

  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

  • George And The Dragon by Christopher Wormell

  • The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright

  • Wind in the Willows

  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes.  

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 - How to Catch a Star: 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. 

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 - The Koala Who Could: This half term we grab our passports and set off on an adventure to 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:

Physical Education (PE): 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. This term, we will be partaking in all PE sessions outdoor, this means the children will be only required to bring an outdoor PE kit until further notice. 

Reading: 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 will make an enthusiastic start using our Ready, Steady...Read challenge! More information in regards to Covid Safe book handling will be revised and updated in due course. Thank you for your patience. 

Phonics: 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 projects allow you to work together at home and be as creative and imaginative as possible. We always look forward to receiving the children's projects!

Personal Belongings: It has been wonderful to see the children attending school thus far with excellent uniform standards. We appreciate that many parents have taken the time to purchase new uniform and belongings for school. We politely ask that all uniform is  clearly labelled with first names and last initials. In addition and in light of the current pandemic, we are asking that the children do not attend school with their own pencil cases or learning tools such as whiteboard markers. This will be reviewed later in the year and updates will be given via our parent texting system. Thank you for your understanding.