Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Year 1 2023-2024

I am pleased to welcome you to the Year 1 page. Here you will find essential information as the year progresses. For regular updates, please ensure you are linked to our class dojo page and school twitter account.

You can make direct contact with me via the Y1 class dojo.

If you have a general query, please email and we shall endeavour to reply as soon as we can.


Staff Team

Mr Shankland – Class Teacher

Miss Ashton & Mrs Milnes – Teaching Assistants

Mr McGovern – PE/PSHE/RSE/Music teacher.


PE day and expectations

PE will be on Monday afternoons. Please ensure they are in the correct kit each week.


Attendance and Punctuality

Parents/carers should drop their children off at the KS1 playground gate in the morning. No parents/carers will be permitted on the school playground before school.

Year 1 start time is: 8.45am-9.00am

At the end of the day, please collect your youngest child/ren first. The following arrangements will apply:

  • There will be a designated spot for you to line up at, when collecting your child.
  • All parents/carers must be in the designated area in order for your child/ren to be collected
  • If you need to speak with a teacher, please wait until the whole class has been dismissed

Year 1 finish time is: 3.30pm

Collect Year 1 from KS1 Yard – Yr1 Classroom

Staff will be available to support you.


Home learning expectations

Homework is due by the following Friday each week. Each week children will be set an English and Maths task to complete. They will also be sent home a list of spelling they need to practice for our weekly spelling tests. Children will also be sent home with three reading books each week:

A star reading book for you to enjoy with your child together. This is ok for you to read to them.

A familiar read write Inc book which your child has been practising in school. They will be able to read this to you.

A unfamiliar read write Inc book matched to their level of reading. They will be able to read this to you.

We ask that children bring their book bags in with them each day.


Trips throughout the year

 As part of our enrichment and entitlement initiative, we are due to visit Leasowe lighthouse, the Liverpool Museum for a ‘Toys from the past’ workshop, as well as the pantomime and Chester Zoo in January!


The importance of reading

In year 1 our focus is to ensure children build on their reading skills such as identifying, blending, and decoding words and sounds. We follow the RWI programme to ensure children have access to high quality lessons which will develop their reading skills.

We also explore various genres and ideas of texts, helping to expand their knowledge and imagination. Additionally, reading helps foster a love for literature and a lifelong habit of learning.