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Welcome to Year 1!


smiley   Our topic for the Summer term is 'Wonderful Walford - Our Local Area'   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 Summer term is familiar stories and cultural stories  (fiction), instructions and information texts (non-fiction) and poems on a theme (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 about coins (money) and telling the time.


Sensational Science:
In the Summer term, we will cover the topic ‘plants’ 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 the history of our local area and familiar aspects of our own lives.  As part of our history work, we will be finding out about William Gilpin, who is famous for creating 'The Wye Tour' with Ross-on-Wye being known as the birthplace of tourism. We will use pictures to help us find out about school, toys and daily life in our local area in the past.


Globe-Trotting Geography:

In Geography, we will be learning about the differences between towns and cities. We will investigate what can be found in each area and identify what facilities can be found in Walford and Ross-on-Wye.


Awesome Art:

In Art, we will be working on creating landscape scenes using both our drawing and collage skills. We will also investigate 3D sculptures and use recyclable materials to create our own sculptures. 


Dynamic DT:

In D&T, we will be investigation different food groups and what is healthy. We will develop our food cutting and preparing skills to plan and create our own healthy picnic snacks.

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


Year 1 Curriculum Information

Empowering English

Buddy The Dog - Internet Safety Rules

Recommended Reading - Year 1

Online Learning Resources