Year 1 – Wonderland

Welcome to Wonderland!

We have a great year ahead of us and I am looking forward to helping your child succeed in Year 1! We will be learning a lot, exploring the curriculum and of course will have loads of fun along the way.

Mrs Harris and Mrs Joyce are the teaching assistants and together we make a great team.


Your child’s day may be a little more structured than it was in Reception and they may have to sit at a table for a little longer than they are used to, but they will still also be learning in a variety of ways; while moving, exploring outdoors, in groups, on the carpet or walking around the school! Like all year groups, Year 1 has government statutory schemes of learning to follow (the National Curriculum). The children will be assessed at the end of the year to see if they have reached the expected standard. All children are supported in order to achieve this and are given extra support and guidance if needed. 

There is a Year 1 phonics screening test in June, which helps to identify if your child is secure in sounding out and blending graphemes. It also detects if they can read phonically decodable words. Don’t be worried about this test. I will be assessing your child daily and will have identified any areas they need to focus on well before the test date. 

Phonics is a big part of Year 1. Your child will continue to expand on their knowledge of phonics and will probably surprise you with just how quickly they develop their reading. They will do at least 20 minutes of phonics learning each day, just like they did in Reception. These are fun, pacy sessions which involve games and tasks. They will learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out and blend to aid them with their reading and writing. 

They will probably be encouraged to ‘have a go’ at spelling when writing independently, by phonetically sounding out words. Their teacher may well ask them to ‘write it like the word sounds’ and, as the weeks go by, they will learn the correct sounds to replace those guesses. 

What kind of assessment is there in Wonderland 

How can I help my child in Wonderland  

READING at home: Reading at home with your child is so important. It helps them to develop their learning in lots of areas. A reading book will be sent home each evening, and with a reading diary to complete each time they read. 

You may not always have time to read the whole book (schools understand home life is busy — lots of teachers are parents too) but just a few pages a day can increase their confidence and get them into the routine of practising and applying their phonic knowledge. Sometimes parents say ‘Oh my child wanted to read a book from home’. As long as they are reading, that’s fantastic. Most children this age really love to read new and familiar stories 

School day  

8.50am  The doors are open and children are allowed to come into school and work in their classroom under supervision of the class teacher. 

9.00am  The school day officially starts and the register is taken. 

10.15am  Morning play starts. 

10.30am  Morning play ends. 

12.00pm –  Wonderland lunch time starts.

13.00pm – Lunch time ends for Wonderland .

2.00pm –  KS1 play time starts. 

2.15 pm –  KS1 play time ends. 

3.30 pm  The school day finishes for all children. 

PE: Our PE day is Friday. Please come dressed in PE kits on Fridays.