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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

We have 2 clases in Year 1 this year:

The Meerkats

Class Teacher: Mrs Martin

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Radford and Miss McFall


The Lemurs:

Class Teacher: Mrs Baker

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Atkins

How to be a great Abbeyhillian:

It is really important for children to have enough sleep, a balanced diet and plenty of exericise so they can be ready for the school day ahead!

We follow our school rules to keep everyone happy and safe at Abbey Hill:

  1. Kind hands, feet and words.
  2. Good listening
  3. Do what adults say.

At Abbey Hill we want to ensure we:

  • Are confident communicators,
  • We have a good knowledge and understanding of the world,
  • We have a strong sense of self.

Everything that we do in school aims to help our children acheive these traits as they move through the year groups.


Reading is so important and we are weaving it into every part of the curriculum as much as we can! We are doing 2 phonics sessions each day rather than 1 and we are already noticing an impact. It is so important that children are listened to at home and ask that you read at least 3 times a week at home with your child. There is no expectation to read a whole book, just a few pages at a time will give that much needed practise! Thanks in advance for all of your support!


At Abbey Hill, we follow the White Rose maths units. From now until Christmas, we will focus our skills and learning around addition and subtraction to 20. We look at a number of different representations and explore calculations, fact families and how they are all linked. We use a lot of practical resources to help develop our maths skills!


Physical activity is more important now than ever! Children should do at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day! Year 1 have their sports coach session on a Thursday and so must arrive at school with their PE kits and trainers already on. Our PE unit at the moment is gymnastics and children are doing amazingly at it! We also weave in many scheduled activity and brain breaks – it might be a group dance, a breathing/yoga type activity or a good old fashioned few laps around the playground! Healthy body, healthy mind!


We use cursive handwriting in school and already our Meerkats and Lemurs are using this style with developing confidence. It is full of lead in lines, hooks and flicks and will help the children greatly when they need to join their writing. Here are some posters to help you see how we do it!

Letters are grouped into families to help with formation…



In Year 1 we have been using Purple Mash to practice logging onto and using different programmes. The children are also given a login to access Purple Mash activities at home if they would like to, using the link below.

Purple Mash by 2Simple

Some work to try…

Have a go at these Fluent in 5 problems:

Look at the story map of The Three Little Pigs. Try retelling it to yourself, or your mum, dad, brothers, sisters, hamster, pet dog… whoever will listen! Then have a go at creating some sentences linked to the story or writing your own retell!



You could also do some handwriting using the pictures on the website from letter join! Keep that lovely cursive up too!

Don’t forget to ues the Purple Mash software too (link further up the page) – there are lots of 2Dos set up and there is lots to explore

Abbey Hill Primary and Nursery School