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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Year 1M are taught by Mrs McLaughlin and 1W by Miss Warley . They are supported by Cathy and Shannel. They can be contacted via year1@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk

Welcome back to a new and thrilling year in Year 1. We are eager to get stuck into our learning with the children and look forward to getting to know you more over the phone.

We have lots of fun things lined up, which we hope the children will be inspired and enthused by.

As the children progress through Year 1, they will become more independent in their learning, developing their Reading, Writing and Maths skills. We value your support, so please continue to read with your child and support them to learn their weekly spellings.

Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for our recent Meet The Teacher. If you weren't able to join us we hope you can take the opportunity to read the slides.

If you ever have any questions, please email us at year1@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk.


Key Learning

You can find out about our approach to all our subjects through the curriculum page but the headlines for the year  group are below.


Children can understand what they read by:

  • I  can apply phonic knowledge and skills to decode words
  •  I can respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes for all 40+ phonemes, including alternative sounds for graphemes
  • I can read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words
  • I can read common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word
  •  I can read words containing 's, es, ing, ed, er, est' endings
  • I can read other words of more than one syllable
  • I  can read words with contractions e.g. I'm, I'll, we'll, and understand that the apostrophe represents the  omitted letter(s)
  • I can read aloud accurately books that are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and that do not require them to use other strategies to work out words
  • I can re-read books to build up my fluency and confidence in word reading

Children develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:

  •  I can listen to and discuss a wide range of texts
  • I  can link what I hear and read to my own experiences
  •  I am becoming familiar with and retelling with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • I  can recognise and joining in with predictable phrases
  • I can begin to appreciate and recite rhymes and poems
  •  I can discuss word meanings, linking new meaning to those already known

Children understand both the books they read accurately and fluently and those they listen to by: 

  • I  can draw on what I already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by my teacher
  • I can discuss the significance of the title and events
  •  I can make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
  •  I can predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • I can participate in discussion about what is read to me, taking turns and listening to what others say 
  • I can clearly explain my understanding of what is read to me 
  •  I can check that the text makes sense by correcting what I have read



  • I can write sentences in order to create short narratives and non-fiction texts
  • I can use some features of different text types (although these may not be consistent).
  • I can reread my writing to check that it makes sense and make suggested changes
  • I can use adjectives to describe.
  • I can use simple sentence structures.
  • I can use the joining word (conjunction) ‘and’ to link ideas and sentences
  • I have an awareness of and am beginning to use: capital letters for names, places, the days of the week and the personal pronoun ‘I’, finger spaces, full stops to end sentences, question marks, exclamation marks.


  • I can spell most words containing previously taught phonemes and GPCs accurately.
  • I can spell most Y1 common exception words and days of the week accurately (from English Appendix 1).
  • I can use -s and -es to form regular plurals correctly.
  • I can use the prefix ‘un’.
  • I can add the suffixes –ing, -ed, -er and –est to root words (with no change to the root word).


  • I can write lower case and capital letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place with a good level of consistency.

Greater depth (working above the national expected standard)

  • I can write sentences in order to create short narratives and non-fiction texts that are consistent in their features and purpose.
  • I can use a number of features of different text types and make appropriate topic/ subject matter vocabulary choices
  • I can reread my writing to check that it makes sense and independently make changes.
  • I can use adjectives to describe (sometimes ambitious beyond the year group).
  • Can regularly make use of capital letters for names, places, the days of the week and the personal pronoun ‘I’, finger spaces, full stops to end sentences, question marks and exclamation marks.

Statutory spellings




 Year 1 Maths Objectives



Seasons and Weather



 How has my local area changed?




Days to remember

Day Activity
 Monday  Spelling test

Homework handed in via SeeSaw (also use Mathletics!)

Guided reading day

PE  - wear kit to school

 Thursday  Homework sent home via SeeSaw

PE - wear kit to school

Pupil Handbook must be in school on this day with reading books

Spelling test


PE - wear kit to school

New reading books and spelling words sent home with Pupil Handbook

As frequently as possible but at least x times per week Reading, Time Tables Rockstars and/or Mathletics


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