Great Heath Academy, Girton Close, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7PT

T: 01638 713430



Year 1

Welcome to Year One!

Your teachers are Mrs Jardine, Mrs Broad and Mrs Carton. Our teaching assistants are: Mrs Coster, Miss Edgeworth and Mr Langford.


Thank you for supporting your child  through Beat That Maths it really does make a difference with their progress and we are already seeing children move on to the next Clic level.  The sheets will continue to come home on Fridays for you to see how they have done. We do lots of counting in Year One, up to 100 and beyond, forwards and backwards! We count to and from 100 in tens and fives. We also count to and from 20 in twos. We use numberlines, counters, numicon and dienes to help us add and take away. We will be dividing and multiplying using practical objects. We will be investigating fractions  looking at halves and quarters. We investigate and use number bonds to solve real stories (word problems).  Number bonds to 10 and 20 and telling the time using o’clock and half past continue to be Year One goals.


The children will be expected to write in full sentences using capital letters and full stops. Wherever possible encourage your child to use an exclamation mark and question mark where appropriate.  We encourage the children to write freely using phonetically plausible spellings however they do need to know as many of the High Frequency Words as possible. These will be sent home as homework.  Also, being able to order and spell the days of the week, recite the letter names of the alphabet and write capital letters will help your child progress.

Phonics and reading

We will be carrying on with our daily phonics and guided reading activities. When reading at home here are a few games that you can play:

  • play phonics I Spy
  • make as many words as you can using only six letters of your choice
  • guess what the book is about just by looking at the cover
  • find another word that means the same thing
  • finding tricky words on food packaging or recipes
  • make up your own alien words using different sounds

It’s really important that children practise reading every day, even if it is just for 5 minutes! Please date and sign their reading record every time you hear your child read.


Our topic this half-term is ‘What’s it made of’.  We will be finding out about the properties of materials in science and begin to conduct simple investigations.


Please make sure that P.E. kits and water bottles are named and in school every Monday.



This will continue to be given out on a Friday. Thank you for making this a success for your child. Please remember that homework is due in on a Thursday.


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