Year 1

Year 1

Dear parent/carer,

My name is Mrs Horn and I am the year 1 teacher. I have been teaching at Dame Dorothy since 2009 and I really enjoy it – I’m sure your children will too. The other main staff member working in year 1 is Miss Ward. If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to speak to either member of the year 1 team.

Our Classroom

Our classroom will be organised very much like early years. There will be opportunities for independent learning in the classroom and adult led activities taking place in a quiet area just outside of the classroom to maximise the children’s ability to concentrate and get learning.


This term we will be looking at writing sentences independently, remembering our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will have to check carefully to make sure our sentences make sense and we might even read them out to our friends!

Dame Dorothy Primary School boasts excellent mathematic skills. This term, the children will get into the swing of completing some mental maths when they arrive at school on a morning. It is important that the children get to school promptly at 8:55am so they don’t miss this. In lesson time, we will begin by looking at place value – this will involve recognising, reading and writing 2 digit numbers, learning how to solve problems involving sorting, counting forwards and backwards from any given number (up to 20) and comparing and ordering.

This term, our first topic is about Lewis Carroll and his links to Sunderland. Once finished, we will enjoy a topic on dinosaurs. The children will be doing lots of exciting activities, including a possible trip to Mowbray Park.

In science this term, we will be looking at seasonal changes. If we are able to, I would like to take the children to visit Roker Park over the year – watch this space!

Spellings will be sent home on a Friday in the children’s homework books. The majority will be year 1 common exception words (or red words) that the children must know by the end of the year. Please help your child to learn these words each week. The children will be tested the following Friday to see if they know them.

We have the opportunity to use a wide range of ICT resources such as laptops and iPads. We ensure that the children are aware of how to keep safe when using the internet and they are always extremely responsive to this. Over the year, the children will be learning basic programming skills and will also learn how to write simple instructions (algorithms) to make things happen; the children are really motivated by this.

PE lessons are on Monday afternoons. Your child may come into school wearing their PE kit – this consists of a navy school t-shirt, navy shorts or jogging bottoms and a navy school hoodie. Trainers should also be worn. Please make sure any earrings are removed on PE day. We will be doing netball for the first half term via expert teaching from our PE coaches. Please make sure that all items, especially the hoodies and jogging bottoms, are clearly labelled to avoid any confusion should the children remove them. PE kits can be purchased from Total Sport, should you require one.

Homework and reading books are sent home on a Friday. These should be returned the following Monday and the children will be tested on their spellings the following Friday. All homework set will be relevant to learning in class. Homework is a great way of keeping parents informed about class learning, as well as giving the children the opportunity to consolidate their skills.

Please read with your child and make comments in the reading record book provided. Reading is very important to practise at this stage and any reading you do will be helpful to your child. Read together, share favourite stories, read a range of fiction and non-fiction, whatever takes your fancy! Above all, reading should be fun and we aim for children to want to read so try not to make it a chore.

Coming to school and going home safely

Please drop your child off at 8.55am at the Y5 & Y6 entrance.

Staff are on hand to support children in the cloakroom. We encourage them to hang up their own coats and bags to develop their independence.

At home time, the children will be dismissed from the same door they entered that morning. Staff will be on hand to supervise and to make sure children are dismissed safely to parents.

A few reminders

Please email me at if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

All children have been provided with a named water bottle. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

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