Bathampton Primary School

EverybodyBelongs ~ Aspires ~ Thrives

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


In Year 1, Mrs Sheppard is the full-time class teacher for the start of Term 6, then Mrs Reynolds and Mrs Sheppard will job share for the rest of the term (from w/b 17th June).


Our PE days this term are Wednesdays and Fridays. Please come to school wearing your PE kit on these days.

Library day is Thursday.

Our drop everything and read day is Friday. Parents are invited to come into Year 1 and read until 9am.



Our History topic this term continues with 'School Days'. This project teaches the children about their own school and locality, both today and in the past. They compare schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today. If anyone has any connections to former pupils of Bathampton Primary School, we would love to hear from them! It would be fantastic to hear about what our school was like in the past. This continues into Term 6 where we will be looking at changes over time.


In Science, our topic is called 'Plant Parts'. This project teaches children about wild and garden plants by exploring the local environment. They identify and describe the basic parts of plants and observe how they change over time.


In Term 6, we will be studying DT and our topic is called 'Chop, Slice, Mash'. This project teaches children about sources of food and the preparatory skills of peeling, tearing, slicing, chopping, mashing and grating. They use this knowledge and techniques to design and make a supermarket sandwich according to specific design criteria.


Here are our other units:

PE - Rackets, Bats and Balls & Athletics/Sports Day preparation

Music - Reflect, Rewind, Replay - Samba Music

RE - Judaism

PSHE - Changing Me

Computing - iProgram 2 - Children use Scratch 2 to design and program animated stories.


In English we will be learning a shortened story of 'Lost and Found'. This is a finding tale and we will be looking at the structure of this. We are also working hard to embed the children's use of simple punctuation within their writing and focussing on how we can add interest to the reader by describing characters. We will be writing finding tale stories then we will be writing letters, all inspired by the book.


We follow Little Wandle to teach Phonics. Please click the link for more information:


We follow Little Wandle phonics and reading scheme. We practice our phonic sounds, skills and tricky words every day. We have small group reading sessions three times a week where we read the same book; first we use our phonic knowledge to de-code the words, then we practice making our reading sound interesting and finally our group adult checks our understanding. The books are allocated based on the child's phonic stage. These have been recently reassessed and based on these assessments, groupings and reading books/levels have been allocated. This is a continuous process to make sure the children are progressing at an appropriate pace.


We will also be practising more frequently, 'alien words'. These are words that don't make sense but are used to check the children's phonic understanding. By the end of Year 1. the children should know all of their Phase 5 sounds. Please find these attached below.


In Maths, we will continue to follow the White Rose scheme. In Term 6 will be covering Geometry with Position and Direction, Place Value (up to 100) and Money.

If you wish to follow White Rose at home, you can find the Home Learning booklets which work alongside our units of work.



It is recommended that children read daily. We know this can be difficult with busy family lives, therefore we would be grateful if their class reading book can be read 3 times & if they choose to read additional texts (even the back of a cereal packet), that is an added bonus! It all helps! Please record these in their Reading Records. Reading books will continue to be changed and sent home on a Thursday (after the 3rd read in school). They will also continue to bring home a home learning phonics practice sheet. These are also attached below in case it doesn't make it home.