Year 1

Our Vision:

At Bury C of E Primary School,

We love one another and are forgiving of each other,

just as in Christ God forgave us.

We speak the truth in love and show proper respect to everyone.

 This is an invitation to ‘Be More Jesus’.

 Our Values:

Love: Dear friends, let us love one another for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

Forgiveness: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

Honesty: Speak the truth in love Ephesians 4:15

Respect: Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers (…) 1 Peter 2:17


Welcome Statement

We wanted to take this opportunity to welcome all the Year 1 children and families into our class this year. We hope that you find all the information you need here but if you want to find out more, please check out the rest of our school website and our school Twitter account. As always, we are here to make this a memorable year for your child, so never hesitate to contact us.  


Class Teacher: Miss S Andrews

Our Curriculum

Please see our yearly curriculum overview to find out what your child will be learning this year.

Take a look at our Primary Knowledge Curriculum (PKC) Knowledge Organisers to see what your child is learning about each half term in more detail. The Knowledge Organisers are a tool that support your child's learning in school and could be a way to support their learning at home. 


Homework runs Friday – Friday. It is absolutely vital that your homework is completed on time and completed at home. Reading is the corner stone of everything we do, so it is vitally important to hear your child read most nights!

In Year 1, the children are expected to:

  • Read at home daily (comments should be recorded in their reading record).
  • Complete 30 minutes of Numbots.
  • Practise their spellings/phonics in preparation for their spelling test every Friday morning.


Year 1 children continue to follow the phonics programme “Sounds Write”. Phonics is taught every day. High frequency and nonsense words are also taught. High frequency words are words that cannot be sounded out and the children have to learn them by sight. The children will continue to learn to blend the sounds they have learnt together to read words and learn concepts such as ‘same sound, different spelling’.

Families can enrol for the course ‘Help your child to read and write’ for extra support.

Reading at Home

Your child will be given a decodable book to take home to read. Our decodable books consolidate the phonics taught in your child’s classroom. With step-by-step progression, the child succeeds at each level while learning the phonics needed to become a fluent reader. This approach develops confident readers with reliable reading strategies.

We issue reading records to act as partnership assessment of reading and phonics and it is a valuable tool to help with communication about reading progress.  We hope that the form is quick and easy to use as you read with your child and will be used to refer back to.

We ask that home reading should happen every day. This can include you reading a book to your child. We realise this can sometimes be tricky and will understand if the reading record is not completed.  In this instance, we will just send the same book home again for when you are ready.  We would be grateful if you could try to complete at least 4 times a week as this will highly benefit your child’s progress.

Statutory Assessments – Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

All year 1 pupils in England take the phonics screening check. The phonics screening check will take place during the week of the 12th June 2023.

The check is made up of 40 words and usually lasts 5-10 minutes. The check is completed in school by our staff.  Some words are real words, and others are nonsense, or ‘alien’ words that help to show if pupils can work out how to decode words they haven’t seen before.

The check helps us to see how pupils are progressing in phonics and where to provide additional teaching and support.

By the end of the summer term, we must report results of the check to parents. We will also confirm if your child has met the standard threshold. Children who do not achieve the expected level will retake the test when they are in Year 2.  

General Reminders

  • Your child will be provided with fruit or vegetables for a break time snack.
  • Our PE day is Thursday. Your child needs to come into school wearing their PE kit on their PE day.
  • The children will need their own water bottle in school. Please make sure that they are clearly labelled.
  • Please label all uniform/coats/shoes to ensure that it is identifiable and can be returned to the correct owner.