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Welcome to Year 1 


The year 1 team for 2018/19 consists of Mrs Merrick (1C) and Miss Bland (1D), along with our teaching assistants Miss Warner (1C) and Mrs Jones (1D).  We are looking forward to lots of learning - and fun! - over the coming months.  Please read our curriculum newsletters to find out what the children will be learning.



Our topic this term is Castles and Dragons!  During the first half term we will be reading stories and writing about dragons.  We will be learning all about where we live and the features of the area in Geography and starting to look at what things are made from in Science.  Our topic will then move onto learning all about castles after half term, during which we will visit Tamworth Castle to experience what it might be like to live in one!

Year One had a wonderful day visiting Tamworth Castle.  They learnt how to be a knight and found out what it was like to live in medieval times, as well as dressing up and exploring the castle and its grounds. We all had a great time!

Castles and dragons role-play (May 2019)

The year one children have had great fun dressing up as characters from a castle and role-playing their different jobs.

KS1 Easter Bonnet Parade (April 2019)

Many of the children in Key Stage One decorated an Easter bonnet and wore them to our very special parade where we sang some Easter songs and shared our creations with the other children.  

Playing the ukulele! (April 2019)

The children had a great time playing the ukulele's! They learnt how to strum and play the chord of C while we sang Row, Row, Row the Boat.

All Stars cricket coaching (April 2019)

The children were very lucky to be visited by a local cricket coach who taught them about batting and fielding and let them have a go.

Making Mother's Day cards (Mar 2019)

Year One enjoyed printing with celery to create flowers for their Mother's Day cards.

World Book Day (Mar 2019)

World Book Day (Mar 2019) 1 Class 1D
World Book Day (Mar 2019) 2 Class 1C
Year One enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book character for World Book Day.  They also shared their favourite book and did lots of other book related activities.

Baking carrot buns (Feb 2019)

The children really enjoyed baking carrot buns, they were very tasty!

Visit from the Fire Service (Jan 2019)

The Fire Service visited us this week and we learnt all about what it's like to be a Fire Officer and what to do if there is a fire. 

Year 1 summer term curriculum newsletter 2019

Year 1 spring term curriculum newlsetter 2019

Year 1 autumn term curriculum newsletter

Writing key objectives

Maths Key Objectives

Year 1 long term plan 2018-19

Phonics at Milby

At Milby, we use Letters and Sounds which is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. There are six overlapping phases in the programme; please ask your child's teacher which phase your child is on, so that you can support home learning. Enjoy exploring the suggested websites and have fun!



Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segent longer words with adjacet consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five (Throughout Year 1) Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond) Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.