Year 1 2019 - 2020


Welcome to year 1 - 2019-2020 

We have lots to look forward to during the year. We aim to give you a brief overview of the year ahead and explain the subtle changes between the EYFS and year 1.

Routines and equipment

Day to day routines remain very similar to those in EYFS.  Our school day begins at 8.50am when the year 1 doors open and we finish at 3.00pm. Children will enter and leave school via the same gates as EYFS and you will meet them outside the year 1 doors.

Dinner and snack ordering systems are new; children are responsible for ordering their own snack each morning and can choose from apple juice, orange juice and toast. These all cost 30p each. Fruit will also be available each day at no charge. Any snack money must be brought into school in a named envelope or purse/wallet. The children will be served their snack from the trolley at break time in the year 1 classroom.  Children can also choose from a hot school dinner or a sandwich each day.

Children need a labelled PE kit including trainers in school every day (these will be sent home half termly to be washed) as well as a water bottle. Pencil cases are not permitted. Children must not bring rucksacks into school (we do not have enough space to store these in the Year 1 area). Instead, children should use a blue Cledford book bag as these fit in children’s trays in the classroom (these can be purchased from the school office).

In Year 1, we regularly engage in outdoor learning and these activities take place regardless of bad weather. Children should have a waterproof coat in school at all times and extra warm clothes and wellies in the wetter and colder winter months.

Homework and expectations

It is expected that by the end of Year 1 all children know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and be able to count forwards and backwards in 1s from any given number up to 100.

There is a list of words that children should be able to spell by the end of year 1. Please find the word list attached. These will be sent home again in September with further guidance and explanation for parents and carers. Children must practise these spellings at home while work in school is planned carefully to give plenty of opportunities to use and apply them. Similarly, during the course of the year, children will be taught a variety of phonics rules in preparation for the end of year assessments. Also we will begin to teach cursive handwriting in Year 1. We have introduced this at the end of Reception and attached the cursive handwriting sheet to enable children to practise over the summer holidays in preparation for September.

As always at Cledford, the expectation is that all children read at home with an adult at least 5 times each week. We expect that reading diaries are signed daily. Children are responsible for selecting their own reading book and will be shown where to choose these from at the beginning of the school year. 

Homework in Year 1 follows the school policy with a commitment to the benefits of project work and learning at a greater depth to increase independence. Children are expected to complete a number of challenges over a term and projects are shared with staff and peers on a regular basis.


In June, Year 1 children will complete their Phonics Screening check. The results of this will be reported to parents/carers at the end of the school year.

Educational Visits

We will have a variety of exciting educational visits throughout the year. Further details will be sent out about these visits at the start of the year but they are likely to be Jodrell Bank, Delamere Forest and Chester zoo. We will also go on a number of ‘no cost’ visits to the local church.


Year 1: The arts at Cledford items

There are no The arts at Cledford items to display

Cledford Primary School, George VI Ave, Middlewich, CW10 0DD