Year 1 2019 - 2020

Miss Hall

This is my second year at Westminster Community Primary School. I completed my degree in the summer of 2018 at the University of Gloucestershire. Throughout my training, I taught across both key stages, but my passion lies with Key Stage 1. Please remember my door is always open so feel free to pop in.

Welcome to Year 1

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 Lion Inside' by Rachel Bright and Jim Field 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.

I wonder what that lion and that mouse are up too?!

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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 20 and then 50

- addition and subtraction within 20

- shapes- 2D and 3D and making patterns

- comparing and measuring length and height.

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 begining 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.


Please read with your child at home as many times a week as you can. They will receive a new book every 3rd day 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.

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. 


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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224