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Church Hill Infant School

Year 1 

Welcome to the Year 1 web page.

Staff who work in year one are:

  • Mrs Creighton & Mrs Purnell (Silver Birch Class) - Supported by Mrs Dalton
  • Mrs Dickens (Sycamore Class ) - Supported by Miss Lodhia
  • Miss Jeffery (Maple Class) - Supported by Mrs Thompson 

Information about the National Curriculum and our teachers "Medium Term Plans" can be viewed in the "Learning" Section of our website, or by clicking here.

Welcome to Year 1!

Our Topic for the second half of the Autumn term is 'Healthy Eating' .  Details of all learning are on the Medium Term plan - link above.

PE is on Mondays and Thursdays and we will be doing Fundamental Movements.  If your child has earrings please remember to remove them at home on these days and ensure that they have their indoor and outdoor PE kit in school throughout the term.

Please ensure all of your childs uniform is clearly labelled as these can often get mixed up when taken off or when changing for PE. 

Reading and Book Bags

The children all have their own drawer in Year 1 and that is where they will keep their book bags now. The book bag needs to be in school every day.

Please read with your child as much as possible and each time record it in the Home School Communication diary. The classes are very competitive to see who will win the Reading Cup each week! The Reading Record needs to be in their book bag at all times as staff need to record reading carried out at school plus at times for other information too.

Here is a list of recommended books for Year 1 children. We have read some of these books during our literacy lessons, and others are great for bedtime stories and presents.

1. Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs

2. Dirty Bertie by David Roberts

3. Oliver's Vegetables by Alison Bartlett and Vivian French

4. The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers

5. My Granny is a Pirate by Val McDermid

6. Giraffes can't Dance by Giles Andreae

7. Lighthouse Keepers Lunch by Ronda Armitage

8. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

9. Burglar Bill by Allan Ahlberg

10. Grandad's Island by Benji Davies

Please ensure your child is also familiar with traditional tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk and The Magic Porridge Pot, as these are part of the National Curriculum for Year 1.


Please ensure this is at school every day and that all items are named clearly. We will have indoor Dance sessions on Wednesday and Thursdays. Please bring this into school where it will be kept on their peg in the cloakroom.


This term we will continue to focus on reading and ensuring that all children read at least 3 times a week at home. It is very important that the children read and re read books to improve their fluency and can answer fully questions about the book they have read.


In years 1 and 2 the children receive a list of spellings to learn weekly and we expect them to use these in their own writing. It is important that children practise writing these words in sentences each week not just as lists of words eg for the spelling word  one the child could write ‘It is one day until my birthday!’ and underline the spelling word . Each child will receive a Spelling Book which will go home on a Friday and there will be a regular test on Thursday each week. The spelling book has a page at the front showing some ways to practise or recall words that should help you at home. Please ask if you are unsure.

Wellies and water bottles!

As in Foundation Stage, please make sure these are in school every day – well labelled so they don’t get mixed up!