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

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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.


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 investigate and use number bonds to solve real stories (word problems). We are also exploring measurement, including time, reading o’clock and half-past on an analogue clock. The ‘Beat That Maths’ sheet will come home every  week for you to see how your child  is progressing. It is for you to keep at home to refer to when helping your child.

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 s a t p i n
  • 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 mins! Please date and sign their yellow  reading record every time you hear your child read.


Our topic this half-term is ‘Time Detectives’.  We have been finding out about past events and people such as : Neil Armstrong and Guy Fawkes. Will will be learning about the Great Fire of London.


Please make sure that P.E. kits are names and in school every Monday.


This year our production is titled Sing Christmas. We will be joining Year Two to sing  lots of Christmas songs. Further information will follow shortly.

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