Year 1 - Snowy Owls

Welcome to Year One. We are really looking forward to the year ahead with our new class and have been getting our heads together to plan some lovely experiences for them. Year One is a really important year for the children, when they transition gradually from the play-based curriculum of the Early Years and are gently prepared for more structured learning in Year Two and beyond. This is not something we like to rush! 


Mrs Hall will be teaching the children on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Miss Pulling will teach on Thursdays and Fridays.  In Year 1 we will move gently towards more whole class teaching sessions and there will be a big focus on becoming more independent at all sorts of things as the year progresses. 


Please find attached your child’s curriculum overview for the coming half term. This term the children will be learning all about history.


On the overview you will find the different subject areas we will be studying and the curriculum elements we will be including. This shows you the overarching subject content that they will be learning as well as the main learning enquiry questions the children will be answering linked to their theme.


We are now using the FFT phonics programme and the children’s home readers will be based on what has been done in class (more information on this to follow).  We will still be asking children to choose books from the book shed to supplement their reading. Please chose from anywhere within your child’s colour band, we will no longer be following the book lists. If you feel your child is ready for the next colour band, please et us know and we will assess them in class. Please record any comments about your child’s reading in the yellow reader books – please use each page as a week so we can monitor how much they are reading.   If your child is going to be collected by someone else, please make sure this is written in the book as we will not be able to send children home with a different adult without prior consent. 


On the following days we will be having PE and forest school:

PE day: Tuesday

Forest School Day: Thursday


Please can you ensure the children come equipped with the appropriate clothing on these days. The school is asking that on PE days children ensure they wear the appropriate PE kit as per the school uniform guidelines.

Newton Poppleford Primary School - Uniform (


We would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that badges with the school logo, which can be sewn or ironed on to items of clothing, are available to purchase from the school office.


Please ensure children all come to school with a waterproof coat everyday. They will also need a pair of wellies and a spare pair of clothes to be kept in school (in a named plastic bag to be hung on their pegs) as we don’t ever want the weather to get in the way of our learning and fun. Children will also need a named water bottle to use throughout the week, which we will then send home for a good wash on a Friday. Children will not need a pencil case. They will be provided with a clear plastic named bag for reading books and home school book; this is the only bag they will need. We would discourage the use of big rucksacks or bags to save space in our classroom.  


The children are allowed to bring a small, safe toy that can fit in their bag, which they can store in their colour trays in class. 


As you are aware, Year One children are entitled to a free school meal. A copy of the menu is available on the school website and we will also tell the children the choices each day. 


You will also find on the overview information about the planned trips/visits and enrichment for the term. We hope that you find the information useful and we are happy to talk through any aspects.


You can also find the suggested kit list for Forest School and a message from Mrs Dowsing below:

Forest School is all about getting children outside and exploring nature, whatever the weather, so it is important children wear appropriate clothing. Children need a pair of named welly boots in school every day. They also need a change of clothes (top, trousers and socks) in a named bag that can stay on their peg.

On Forest School days children should wear comfortable clothes that are ok to get muddy. They also need to have their arms and legs covered due to the risk of ticks, so on warm days they can bring long sleeves and trousers to change into. Children must have waterproof coat and waterproof trousers and as it gets colder, they will also need warm layers, a woolly hat and gloves.


If you would like to talk to us, we are available at the end of the school day or you can book an appointment through the office.


We look forward to getting to know you all better! 

Mrs Hall and Miss Pulling

Swimming lessons in year 1 will take place on Fridays at the beginning of June. More information will follow.
The teachers in all the classes have put together a document with lots of ideas and suggestions that will help you to support your child with their punctuation and grammar.