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Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery


                                           Year 1

I hope you have all had a great Easter break. 

We are going into the final term of year 1! This term our subject focus is on art and music. We will be using Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky and Andy Goldsworthy as our inspiration for art. In music, we will look at the classical work of Ralph Vaughn Williams 'The Lark Ascending' and 'The Carnival of the Animals' by Saint Saen.

We will use these pieces of art and music to inspire our writing in English. 

Please click the link to see more detail of what we will be learning this term and how you can help at home..

Mrs Kirkwood will continue with the Forest School sessions this term. Please see the dates on the Curriculum Matters.

Curriculum Matters - Summer




Spring term - curriculum matters


Autumn term - Curriculum matters

Read on to find out more about our class.

Useful documents are linked at the bottom of this page.



Click on the link to view our timetable. The Maths, English and topic sessions will also incorporate 'COOL' time (Choose Our Own Learning).


Key times: PE Tuesday and Thursday

Library and buddy reading with Y4 - Thursday

Celebration assembly - Friday


Reading - Please continue to read as often as possible and at least 3 times per week.

Word Cards - Practise a few at a time - this will help your child increase their reading fluency and move up the reading shelves.

Phonics - Practise putting on sound buttons to blend the sounds to read the words. Please return each week.

Spellings - Weekly list of words linked to phonics. In addition, the high frequency tricky words will be tested each half term.

Maths - Play counting games - take it in turns to count. Can you get to 100? Count forwards or backwards from any given number. Count in 2's, 5's and 10's. Tell me one more and one less than my number. 

I appreciate this sounds a lot but please remember you do not need, or are expected, to sit your child down for long periods of time. Many of the tasks can be done verbally whilst walking/driving or will only take a 10 minutes every day. A little bit of work more often will make a huge difference to their confidence and progress in school. 

 Our class

Class teachers - Mrs Christie (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

                          Mrs Barker (Friday)

Teaching assistant - Mrs Daly is our main teaching assistant and is in class Monday - Wednesday. We are also lucky enough to have support covering the whole week.

We have a home corner, reading area, construction, outdoor space, small world, writing, DT and Maths areas. The children can access these areas independently and are resourced to enhance and continue their learning. The children are set 5 challenges each week and can put a coloured spot on their ladybird for each challenge completed.


Please remember that the morning snack should be fresh fruit and vegetables and only and water to drink. If you are sending your child in with their own snack, please make sure it is not any other kind of snack or drink. There is fresh fruit available in school every day.

Please make sure that book bags, jumpers, cardigans, wellies etc are all labelled.

Please read with your child as many times as possible each week, the minimum should be 3 or 4 times per week. It is beneficial to read the same book 2 or 3 times in the the earlier book bands to improve decoding skills, fluency and comprehension. Fill in the reading record when they have read to you as this will go toward their Reading reward chart.

All children will have a set of word cards. You can cut this up and learn a few at a time. A few minutes every day will help increase their word recognition. The words they know link to the reading band they are on. You can also ask your child how to spell the words they are learning.

Please continue to practise  handwriting. We are encouraging children to use printed letter formation from September 2022

Useful links

 High Frequency words - spelling list

Reading word lists

Phonics progression

Letter formation practise set 1

Letter formation practise set 2