Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in school.  Instant recall facts help enormously with mental agility within maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these facts can be very beneficial.  Each child will have a termly handout which sets out their KIRF and other facts which can be practiced at home.  This means that the work at school can be supported at home.  

Recommended Reading for Year 1

We regularly read a variety of books from Pie Corbett's Reading Spine as either part of our daily whole class read or for children to dip in to when they choose from bookshelves in our classes. Here, you can see the books your child might experience in other year groups too.

We expect children to read at home at least three times a week. We encourage children to read everything and anything, including books, comics, magazines, poetry, road signs, cereal boxes, recipes, newspapers, websites and even books they write themselves. 


Below is a list of websites and recommended books for your child’s age group. Some of these books are ideal for adults to read to your children and others would be great for children to read themselves. For more information about each of these books, click on the following links:

Useful Reminders for Year 1

  • Every child needs to wear their PE kit to school on PE days. Year 1 have PE on Thursdays.

  • Year 1 change reading books on a Friday.

  • Remember to read three times a week and practise your Maths on MyMaths and NumBots!

  • Homework is issued every Wednesday and Friday.

  • Spellings are issued once a week on a Friday.

Common Exception Words

The expectation for the attainment of children in Year 1 has grown massively. In writing, children are expected to spell high frequency words, or common exception words (words we can't use our sounds to spell) correctly. Below is a list of all the words they should be spelling correctly in their independent writing.