Year 1

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Key Information 

Class Homework Library PE

 Set each Friday then due in the following Friday

Spelling tests also on Friday


All classes on a Friday

1H Monday/Thursday* 
1N Tuesday/Thursday*
1S Monday/Thursday*

*Class PE lessons are on the day listed first in the above grid; specialist PE lessons are on alternate Thursdays

The 'Parent Information' presentation and the video recording from September 2021 can be found below, above the 'Online Learning' section. 

Year 1 Phonics Screen - Information Meeting for Parent/Carers:

Year 1: Curriculum in Action

History - Visiting the dinosaurs and learning about Mary Anning

Let's get digital!

History in action!

Science - Urban Zoo Visit

Design & Technology Exhibition - Model London Village

Horsenden Hill Trip

Curriculum Overview

Summary information about what the children will be learning each half term can be found in the curriculum overview documents. These are uploaded at the beginning of each half term and can be found by clicking the buttons below.
Paper copies are available on request from the school office.





Year 1 Pawsome Reading Bookmark
 (click to view/download)

Your child will receive a Year 1 pawsome reading bookmark from school at the beginning of the school year. The characters on the bookmark are linked to the reading skills that we teach in school and will help you to support your child's reading at home. Please use this frequently when reading at home with your child.

Talk for Writing Story Maps & Model Texts

Story maps and model texts help children to retell their class text. They are used in our Talk for Writing lessons. We use model texts to teach pupils how to use new vocabulary and sentence structures effectively, how to structure their writing and how to use their writing toolkits and techniques for effect. Use the model text documents below to help your child practise and remember these at home. There are actions that accompany the text that the pupils will learn in school. The more that children internalise the vocabulary and sentence structures from our model texts, the better equipped they are for creating their own stories. And practising can be lots of fun - so please have a go with your child at home! 

Autumn 1:
Paddington Bear (fiction)                                       
How To Wash A Wooly Mammoth (non-fiction)   

Autumn 2:
Rapunzel (fiction)                                                     
WANTED: Rapunzel - missing person poster (non-fiction)

Spring 1:
The Gruffalo (fiction)   

Spring 2:
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch (fiction)           
Elephogs (non-fiction)

Summer 1:
Kassim and the Greedy Dragon (fiction)

Key Texts & Story Spine for Year 1

The document below shows you the key texts that Year 1 will be using for their Talk for Writing units this year, as well as the supplementary reading texts that they will use as class readers. The class readers are set for all year groups and this makes our Horsenden Story Spine.

Year 1 Parent Information Presentation - September 2021

Year 1 Learning Environment Video:


Click the 'Online Learning' button below to view the recommended websites to help support your child's learning at home.


Storytelling Videos

At Horsenden Primary, we love reading books! If you want to enjoy a story read by some of the teachers, browse through the story videos below. Enjoy!

Miss Harvey:

Miss Sangha:

The Enormous Crocodile, Part 1 - read by Miss Harvey

 The Enormous Crocodile, Part 2 - read by Miss Harvey

 The Enormous Crocodile, Part 3 - read by Miss Harvey

 The Enormous Crocodile, Part 4 - read by Miss Harvey

 The Lion Inside - read by Mrs Donaghy

 The Bear and The Piano - read by Mrs Appelby

 The Gruffalo - read by Mrs Miller

 The Polar Bear Paddle - read by Miss Harvey