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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

We have had a wonderful start to our time in Year 1 so far and have an exciting year of learning ahead! It has been lovely to get to know all the children and I'm sure we will have a great time in Year 1 this year.

Covid-19 Precautions

Despite the recent relaxation of Covid restrictions, we are still following certain precautions in the classroom. The main of these being washing our hands frequently and using hand sanitiser. We will follow all guidance for schools, should the situation change and update you with what this will look like.

In Year 1 we have...

Miss Braithwaite - Class Teacher

Mrs Hurst - TA

Mrs Cassell - TA

Mrs Allen - TA

Mrs Babb - HLTA (PPA cover)

Class Routines

When the children come into class at 8:50, they start the day with a ‘Good Morning Challenge’ that is linked to our learning, so it is really important that they arrive promptly please.

We will be changing reading books on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which gives the children the opportunity to read once for decoding and again for understanding. Please encourage your child to read at home daily and ask them questions to help with their comprehension.

We stop for break at 10:30 and lunch is from 12:00 to 13:00. At the end of the day, I shall bring the class out of the classroom door to the KS1 playground and hand them over when I see you or the grown-up responsible for your child. Please remember to contact the office if someone different is picking up your child as I can’t hand them over to someone not on your approved list.


We are lucky enough to have a sport coach coming in to work with us this term on Thursday afternoon outside. We will be doing regular running sessions throughout the week and an indoor PE session on Friday afternoon as well, so please make sure your child’s PE kit and trainers are in school every day. The children will need blue/black PE shorts, a white T-shirt, trainers, spare socks and a tracksuit and jumper for when it turns colder, as PE will still take place outside whatever the weather! Please also remember to check your child’s school uniform and PE kit (including shoes) are named as there is a tendency for things to get muddled up whilst changing!

Water Bottles and Lunch

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school every day. They are kept in the water bottle box, can be refilled throughout the day and are taken out at break and lunchtime.

School lunches can be ordered on the day in school, but it is very helpful if you could pre-order these online beforehand. (Note – you can’t order online at home on the day, this will have to be done in school). Children in Key Stage 1 are all entitled to a free school lunch and we provide fruit for the children at break time.


We will provide all stationery for our lessons in school, but they will need access to stationery at home for their homework. We would like to limit the amount of items coming to and from school (including teddies or additional stationery) so please only send your child to school with what is necessary.


Homework will be set on a Friday and is due in by the following Friday. This will consist of a mixture of regular reading, maths, phonics and English. Homework will usually be set via MyMaths or The children’s log in details for these websites will be stuck on a label in their reading records, when introduced. The maths and English work will be based on what the children have been learning in class that week, meaning they should be able to attempt it independently.

If no English homework is set, please play the buried treasure game on Phonics Play (Link below) using Phase 4 words at a level your child finds challenging, but will have some success with.

Phonics Play Buried Treasure Game:


Please ensure that you are reading daily with your children with the school reading books or your own books at home. When reading school reading books, please write a note in their yellow reading records which are kept with the books in their folder. We will change school reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please see the link below to the oxford reading owl website where you can access books online your child can read.


I am very much looking forward to this year and spending more time with the children! 

Miss Braithwaite

Cock Lane, Bradfield Southend, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 6HR

0118 974 4304