Red Hall Primary

Red Hall

Primary School

Believe and Achieve

Year 1


Year 1’s teacher is Mrs Luxon and our teaching assistant is Mrs Pidgeon, they want every child to achieve and have fun while on the wonderful adventure of learning!

In class 1 we love Outdoor Learning; we are regularly outside discovering new and exciting skills. One of our favourite things is to write sentences or Maths sums in chalk on the playground. In class 1 we also enjoy Phonics; we learn a new sound in our Phonics lesson every day as we do lots of activities to help us remember the sounds. We practise blending and segmenting new words to help us read exciting books in our book corner.

How your child is learning at home is very important to us. You can email the School to share experiences.


This half term in Literacy we are focussing on writing on the lines.


Topic News

On the first day back we discovered something had happened at the river! We went to explore and found some clues as to what could have happened. Year 1 children had lots of interesting ideas, we thought an animal did it. Then we thought about what type of animal and came up with a question.

So our first topic is, 'Can a lion live here?'  Each week we are learning new things about lions such as where the live and what they eat.

I wonder what else we will discover about this topic?



This half term in Maths we are focussing on number.



Make sure you read at home every night for at least 10 minutes and get it signed at least three times a week (if you have lost or forgotten your reading record you can always download one from the School Library page).

Finally, we have our Topic Projects for parents to become involved with.


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read skillfully. Children are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
  • blend those sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘decode’ new words that they see or hear. This is the first important step to learning to read.

By the end of the year all the children will have sat a Phonics Screen. The Phonics Screening Check is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they've learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help.

The Phonics Screen will consist of showing your child forty words, some are nonsense words and some are real words.

Here are some examples of the real and alien words we will ask your child to read.

There are over forty sounds we teach the children, here is a video to help you with the pronouncaition. Watch our sound pronunciation guide.

Online resources available

Ruth Miskin Parents’ Page:

Free e-books for home reading:

Online Games: