Year 1 2020 - 2021

Mrs Seaward

My name is Mrs Seaward and I enjoy teaching at Westminster. I have been teaching in this school now for 10 years. My additional roles include being a staff governor and Maths Subject Leader.

Welcome to Year 1


Home Learning

Home Learning Activities are available for all children in my class. I have attached them to the files section below (scroll down). There are a range of different activities for you to complete and I hope you enjoy working through the activities with your child. I will update the files at different points while the children are not at school so keep checking back.

The phonics scheme we follow (Read Write Inc) are running live phonics sessions from Monday 23rd March for children to watch at home; short Speed Sound lessons every day for 2 weeks. Your child has been covering the Set 1 sounds so please take time to watch this and join in! 

Each film will then be available for 24 hours via FB and on this YouTube link.
Speed Sounds Set 1 – 9.30 am
Speed Sounds Set 2 – 10.00 am
Speed Sounds Set 3 – 10.30 am

Useful Websites for Home Learning 

BBC Bitesize

Classroom Secrets Home Learning Timetable

Oak National Academy Year 1


Returning to school

When we do return to school, some things will look a bit different. Our classroom will have changed but this is to make sure that we all stay safe. We will still be friends and work as a class, but in a different way for now. Here is a sneak peek of what our classroom looks like ready for when you come back to school!





Spring Term

Happy New Year! I hope you are all rested and ready for a busy and exciting term back in Year 1! Over the next few weeks we will be continuing to build on the skills we learnt before Christmas such as indepedent learning and accessing the full Year 1 curriculum. We will still have opportunities to develop our skills through play and through the outside area. 


Core Subjects

ENGLISHThe children will develop their skills in reading, writing, spelling , vocabulary, spoken language, grammar and punctuation. They will have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Skills learnt during English will be utilised and enhanced in other curriculum areas. 

This half term we will be studying the book 'The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth' by Ellie Hattie and Karl James Mountford to stimulate the children's writing and imagination. The children will be learning to compose a sentence orally before writing it, begin to construct a sentence using capital letters and full stops and using finger spaces to seperate words. We will also be focusing on using question marks and exclamation marks to make our writing more exciting, as well as using the word 'and' to extend sentences and adding suffixes to verbs (-ed, -ing, -er, -est). 

We began the unti by finding mysterious bones in our outside area. I wonder what other things we might find?

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It is so important to listen to your child read regularly at home and discuss the books they are reading to improve their fluency and comprehension. If you have any questions regarding your child's reading or their RWI book then do please pop in and speak to me. 


MATHSThe children will be developing their knowledge, skills and understanding in the following areas: 

- counting to 50

- solving addition and subtraction word problems

- multiplication

We will continue to focus on number formation within maths lessons. We will also be completing reasoning and problem solving style questions that require explanations of why they believe something. 

It is extremely important that you support your child in learning mathematical facts and their number bonds to10 and 20. This will improve the speed and accuracy of their daily maths work. 


SCIENCEIn Science, we will be continuing to look at the four Seasons and observe changes across the Seasons throughout the year including weather and how the day length varies. We will also be looking at materials, identifying what is a material and what is an object and naming a range of materials physical properties.We will also be completing science experiments testing different materials which will be lots of fun!


Please read with your child at home as many times a week as you can. They will receive a new book every 1 or 2 weeks which will be the book they have been reading in school in phonics sessions. Please ensure that these books are returned to school on swap day. Please also support them with their phonics, including their segmenting and blending of sounds.

The children will be given a homework menu at the beginning of each half term and your child will select which pieces of work they want to complete. Homework should be returned to school each week on a Monday so that I can see what amazing work you have produced! You will find a copy of the homework below. 

Phonics Screening 

In June this academic year, the year 1 children will be tested on their phonics knowledge. We will be practising for this all year, but your support at home will be greatfully received. Please find resources attached, including CVC alien words. Any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. 


PE will take place on a Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit and suitable shoes in school.

Year 1 have swimming on a Tuesday morning. 

Reading books should be returned to school everyday. 

Water bottles - children may bring their own but please water only, no juice!

Please do not allow your child to bring their own toys into school. We have plenty in our classroom that the children are allowed to play with. 

Each week, we select some children from each year group to receive an award in our celebration assembly on a Friday. If your child is chosen for an award, you will receive a notification (via text) on a Thursday, inviting you to join us in the hall the following morning. 


Files to Download

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224