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Year 1 - Information and Overview

Welcome to Year 1


We are so pleased to welcome the children into our classes for the start of their Key Stage 1 journey. The children have all settled so well and we have seen so many children making new friendships and entering Year 1 with big smiles. Before we tell you about all the exciting things we do in Year 1 we would like to introduce you to the Year 1 Team. Mrs Ford is the Year 1 Leader and the teacher in Beech Class. She is supported by the Teaching Assistant Mrs Lane and on Tuesday afternoon the class is taught by Mrs Brockhurst. The student teacher in Beech Class is Miss Batsford. The teacher of Chestnut class is Mrs Burrows, and she is supported by the Teaching Assistants Mrs Saunders and Mrs Jones. Mrs Jones will be teaching the class on Tuesday afternoon. The student teacher in Chestnut class is Mrs McTaggart. Hazel Class is taught by Mrs Leahy and she is supported by the Teaching Assistant Miss N. On Tuesday afternoon, Hazel Class is taught by Miss N. Please attend our Year 1 Welcome Meeting this year on Tuesday 14th September at 2:30pm in the hall. The slides from the Powerpoint will be uploaded onto the website.


The Year 1 Curriculum

The Year 1 Curriculum includes the core subjects alongside a number of foundation subjects as follows:


Core subjects: are fundamental, work together and support development in all other areas.

  • English (reading, writing and spoken language)
  • Maths
  • Science

Foundation subjects: include essential knowledge and skills for children to participate successfully in society.

  • Art and Design
  • Design Technology
  • History and Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Computing
  • Music
  • PDL


You can find lots of resources and useful information on this page to assist you in understanding and supporting your child's time in Year 1. This includes curriculum newsletters, contact information, ways to support your child at home and information about ‘Seesaw’ the online learning journal we use.


Parental Partnership

At Hiltingbury, we value working alongside parents and recognise the positive impact these successful relationships have on your child’s learning and social and emotional development. You are the experts of your child; their first and enduring educators. If you have any questions of concerns about your child’s learning, social or emotional needs, then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. This can be arranged at drop off or collection if appropriate or alternatively you can arrange a telephone call or meeting through the school office.



Seesaw is a secure online learning journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Key Stage 1 curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s learning across the curriculum during their time with us. This platform allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record your child’s learning in the classroom and beyond! We encourage parents to be actively involved in your child’s learning and welcome home observations detailing what your child has accomplished at home.



Within Year 1, the topics change each half term and are reflective of the interests of the children. The indoor classroom environment is updated frequently to ensure engaging, motivational and exciting learning opportunities are provided for your child. You can find our yearly overview below and each half term you will receive a curriculum newsletter which will provide you with more detail over subject content.


Phonics and Reading

At Hiltingbury, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme which involves a multi-sensory approach. This programme is devised into six different phases and is taught on a daily basis. Children start on Phase One of the programme which complements a broad and rich language curriculum. You can find an overview of each phase in the documents uploaded below. We also use cued articulation which is a system that shows where and how the sounds are made within the mouth. You can access the video by clicking on the following link: Cued Articulation Video. You can also find a video that shows the speed sounds from Phase 3, Phase 4 and Phase 5 by clicking on the following link: Speed Sounds Video


Within each classroom we have colour banded books that children will bring home each week. These books are closely matched phonetically and will support your child’s reading development. Children are encouraged to change their books twice a week. Please use your child’s reading record book to record any reading you do at home with your child. Your child’s teacher will also write in here when they hear your child to read and their reading successes such as moving to a new colour book band will also be communicated in here. You can also practise reading tricky words (words that cannot be phonetically decoded) and the high frequency words which are commonly found within these books. It will really support your child’s fluency if they can recognise these words quickly by sight. You can find the book banded word mats in the useful documents section of this page.


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