Willow Tree Primary School

Realise your potential, Realise your goal, Reach for the stars whilst Growing, Learning and Achieving Together

Hello and Welcome to your Year 1 class page. 

The Year 1 team - Mrs Fairhurst, Mrs Beech and Miss Bamber can't wait to share all our exciting times with you and we are looking forward to the term ahead.

Here you will find out everything you need to know about our school days, but our door is always open should you have any more questions.  We will also communicate via Class Dojo and Facebook.

In Year 1 the children will need: 

A labelled water bottle - Children can bring a water bottle to school to drink in class but we ask that there are no fizzy drinks. We will send water bottles home each night to be re-filled for the following day.

Snack - Break - times are at 10:30 each day. Children will have fruit and milk available each day but you are welcome to bring in an additional snack. Please no sweets or chocolate bars. 

P.E. kits - Children will need their P.E. kit on a Monday and a Wednesday. Please make sure jackets have names inside and that children have their full kit at all times. 

Book Bag - In here you will find your childs reading diary, reading book, red envelope for key words, a library book and any additonal letters. Please check regularly and don't forget to sign your child's reading diary at least 3 times a week. 


We are looking forward to meeting you all soon  :)

Mrs Fairhurst 

We start our day with a 60 minute phonics lesson. The children are already familiar with the Read Write Inc programme and it will continue to support the children to become confident, fluent, independent readers. We mainly use Read Write Inc books to support reading because these match the children's phonics progress and are phonetically decodable. We also have to look out for those alien words. We spot the 'special friends' in words first to be able to segment and blend the words. 


If you would like to help your child to learn their speed sounds then you can download the set 1, 2 and set 3 sounds below.

 Set 1 Sounds .pdfDownload
 Set 2 Sounds.pdfDownload
 Set 3 Sounds.pdfDownload
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Year 1 Common Exception Words

These are sometimes called our 'red words'.  Below is a list of all the words the children need to know by the end of year. Your child will bring home a red envelope with a selection of these words in. With your help reading the words to the children every day they will begin to recognise the words and read them independently. 

 Year 1 Common Exception Words.pdfDownload
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Steps to Read

In Steps to Read we have an amazing selection of fiction and non- fiction books to read this Spring.

Our first story is 'The Shopping Basket' where the main character Steven meets some strange animals on his way back from the shop.

Our second story Six Dinner Sid is all about a cat who lives in six different houses and so has six different different dinners. 

Followed by some beautiful poems in Out and About and learning all sorts of interesting facts about 'Farms and Villages' and 'Our Local Area.'


Place Value and Addition and Subtraction within 20

This term we will be getting to know those numbers to 20 and we will learn all about tens and ones. We will use practical resources to create these numbers and use '10 and a bit' to subitise. In Spring 2 we will then look at adding and subtracting with these numbers still using our number bonds to help us. 




Bright Lights, Big City

This term the children will be learning all about the UK and will be able to name some physical and human features of the UK. We will also be learning all about our capital city.  Can the children tell you what it is? We will learn about famous landmarks and will be able to talk about what makes the city so special. 

Please talk about the UK with your children as much as possible. They will love talking about all the new facts they have learnt. 

Design Technology

Making Windmills

Year 1 will create their own windmills following a design criteria. We will need to ensure our structure is stable and will move in the wind. 

It's going to be so much fun. We look forward to you seeing our finished products.