Year 1

Year 1

Meet the teacher

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.

Dame Dorothy Primary School boasts excellent mathematic skills. The children are becoming confident when it comes to completing their mental maths 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 this term, we will be looking at multiplication and division, fractions, position and direction, place value to 100, money and time. Please help your child at home by showing them o’clock and half past and getting them to help use and count out money.


This term, we will be looking at extending our writing using all aspects of grammar that we have learnt so far. We must continue to remember our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We also need to make sure our sentences make sense and will begin to edit them if necessary!

This term, our topic is called Paws, Claws and Whiskers. We will be doing lots of exciting activities including a bit of food technology.

In science this term, we will be looking at animals including humans and plants. We will be planting some seeds of our own to see if we can make them grow!

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 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.

PE lessons are on Monday afternoons, children can come into school wearing 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 playing tennis for the first half term with Steve & Hannah from Boldon LTC, athletics with Donna after half term. 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!

School branded water bottles to be used in school only. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

Please make sure that all items of uniform, PE kit and coats are clearly labelled to avoid any confusion should the children remove them.

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