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Welcome to Year 1!


smiley   Our topic for the Spring term is 'Explorers'   smiley


Please download and view the topic web at the bottom of the page for more information.




Showbie is a program which allows children to upload, save and share their work in class and at home whilst also receiving interactive feedback from their teacher.  Everyone will be given a Showbie username and password and it is available on iPads, tablets and computers.  We will be using this regularly within lessons and for homework each week.


Showbie has proven to be a valuable communication tool during the enforced school closure in order for children, parents/carers and teachers to keep in touch.  The Showbie App includes a range of features which have been utilisied by all:

  • Messaging communication
  • Sharing / Uploading work
  • Instant feedback
  • Voice Notes
  • Video Uploads
  • Class Discussions (Key Stage 2)


From September, Walford will continue to use Showbie as a clear channel of communication between home and school.


I will continue to set and mark homework via the Showbie App on a weekly basis.  Extra (optional) learning activities will be provided where appropriate in order to consolidate learning in school.  Showbie will be used as the new home-school link for reading.  Every child will have a reading folder in their assignments where all reading and comments can be recorded on a nightly basis.


There will also be a general communication folder where any important messages can be shared with class teachers.  Class teachers will endeavour to respond to these messages as soon as possible.  It is important to remember that children will also be able to see this, so anything of a sensitive nature should be dealt with via telephone or email.


Showbie will be used for you to record any learning that you complete at home, including:

  • reading
  • spelling practise
  • Education City
  • Oxford Owl eBooks / MyOn

I will check Showbie every day to see what you have been doing.  Our aim is to be paperless, therefore most written communication will be via Showbie or the school email system.  

Reading books:
Reading books will be changed weekly. Please could you aim to read with your child every day, even for just 5 to 10 minutes! Every little bit of reading practise will help your child develop their reading skills- not just word recognition or sound blending techniques, but their comprehension of the text they are reading. The children will be given a level for their comprehension skills so, as well as hearing them read every day, asking questions to check their understanding of the text is really helpful too! The children will be heard read weekly in their guided reading groups with Miss Weyman or their RWI group leader, as well as individually. Some information about early-reading is available at the bottom of the page.

Empowering English - RWI / Grammar Hammer / Big Write:
In Year 1, RWI phonics sessions will run alongside English lessons where children will be taught about different text types and genres as well as spelling and grammar rules. Some PowerPoints of all the ‘Green and Red Words’ are contained at the bottom of the page to help your child build their confidence in essential High Frequency Words should you wish to do a little extra practice. 

The English focus for the Spring term is fantasy worlds and fair tales  (fiction), instructions and information texts (non-fiction) and rhyming poems (poetry). 


Marvellous Maths:
In Maths we will be working on our rapid recall of number facts and looking at the symbols +, - and = when adding and subtracting numbers. The children will begin to use representations such as the part, part whole model and bar model when recording. We will also be working on solving word problems and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. This term we will also learn more about 2D and 3D shapes.


Sensational Science:
In the Springterm, we will cover the topic ‘materials’ and we will continue our work on 'seasonal changes' - focusing on Winter and Spring.

Pacey PE:
This term we will be working on multi-skills, basic movements and team games.


Hair-Raising History:

This term, we will be exploring personal history and key events in our own lives.  As part of our history work, we will be looking at famous explorers and why they are important figures in history. We will use pictures to help us find out about the past.


Globe-Trotting Geography:

In Geography, we will be learning about the weather and exploring the 4 compass points. We will investigate hot and cold places, what they are like and appropriate clothes for different conditions.

Helpful Homework:
Homework will be set each week. This will be set via Showbie on Thursday every week and should be completed by following Monday morning.  Paper copies will be provided where necessary and a pack containing useful resources such as a sound chart, number line and word mats with be given to your child at the start of the year for use at home. Also, please remember that for anyone wishing to do a little extra homework, Education City and Phonics Play are accessible via the Internet, passwords can be found in Showbie.

Follow this link to find out about using Education City on your iPad.


You can also find useful learning resources on BBC Bitesize:

For photographs of class and school activities, please click on 'CHILDREN' and then 'GALLERY'. There are also lots of videos on Walford TV.  Also, remember to keep checking Twitter: @WalfordSchool for regular updates too.

Please feel free to come and see me about anything you may need help with. I am happy to meet with you and discuss any comments, questions or concerns you may have about our topic, the work covered in class or your child's progress. Please let the office know if you are not receiving updates from the website and would like them. Email updates and newsletters will remind you of useful information and future events such as class assemblies, trips and parents’ evenings etc. if you provide your email address.

Best wishes,
Miss Weyman





Wednesday, 5th January - Return to School for Spring Term


Monday, 21st February - Friday, 25th February - Half Term Break


Monday 28th February – Return to school


Thursday, 7th April - End of Spring Term

School Closures 2021


As you are aware, the government has asked parents and carers to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked school to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.  The government’s guidance states, ‘We encourage parents to consider the spirit of the lockdown when making their decision … and Key Worker parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.”


As a result, Walford Nursery & Primary School remains open for all those children who have had their attendance confirmed by Ms George.


For those children at home, there is a comprehensive Remote Learning plan in place. 


We will continue to utilise Showbie to share work and provide feedback.  Alongside this, there will be daily live lessons on Zoom and we will deliver the Year 1 curriculum.  Miss Weyman will send an email each evening with a detailed plan for the day ahead, including timings for live lessons and all activities on offer.


The Government has stated that children in KS1 should be provided with at least 3 hours remote education each day, including live lessons, recorded lessons and time to complete tasks.  The timetable below ensures that Walford have met this expectation, however, we are more than aware of the demands of remote learning at home so please continue to do as much or as little as you wish – there is no pressure to complete everything!  We would, however, really appreciate all children joining the live lessons where possible, as this provides the daily teaching and the opportunity for the children to stay connected as a class. 


The timetable for Remote Learning in Class 1 looks like this (but can change if appropriate):

9.00am - 10.00am:     Lesson 1: English/Phonics Zoom 

Time to complete independent reading (15 mins) / handwriting activities (15mins)

Phonics Live Lesson at 9:30am

10.30am - 10.45am:   Story Time with Miss Weyman Zoom

Class story

Maths Task Discussion


10.45am - 11.15am:   Lesson 2:  Maths 

Time to complete independent Maths activities

11:15am-11:45am:   PE / Physical Activity

12:45pm – 1:45pm:    Lesson 3: Topic Time Zoom

Afternoon Register

Topic Task Introduction 12:45pm on Zoom

Time to complete topic activities independently 

'Choose your learning' challenges


 2:30pm:  Celebration of Learning Zoom

World Book Day 2021

Enriching Experiences - Christmas in Poland Video

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RE - Harvest fun!

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Rewarding Reading

Rewarding Reading - World Book Day

Motivating Music - Sing Spring Festival

Connected Computing - Safer Internet Day

Rewarding Reading

Year 1 Curriculum Information

Empowering English

Buddy The Dog - Internet Safety Rules

Recommended Reading - Year 1

Online Learning Resources