St Margaret's CofE

Primary School


Year 1

Home learning

While the school is closed to most children, we do expect children to continue to learn as much as possible. We will be updating the website on Mondays with work to do and activities for the children to be getting on with in the following week.  Some of this will be through other websites and some of it will be activities that we have planned to support topic work.  You will need paper and pencils.  


You will find all of the week's work under the 'Home learning and weekly resources' button and then by week beginning (WB).  You will also notice that there are subject buttons.  In here teachers will be putting other supporting materials: web addresses, videos, spelling lists etc, for more generic support that your child can also do if they find themselves with some spare time, or have a specific area of learning that they would like to do more work on.  Please note that these web pages are a work in progress, if there is something that you need that is not covered in either of these places, please e-mail the email address for help and advice. 

Here is the initial booklet that was sent home before the school closure.

SEND - if your child has some challenges with their learning and cannot access packs provided by the school, here are some alternative ideas for activities that you can do at home.

Year 1 Curriculum Map - the overview of the Year 1 Curriculum

Can we help the Jolly Postman find his way around the UK?

This is our current topic web that explains what subjects we will be looking at for this topics and what we will be learning.

Welcome to Year 1!


PE will be every Monday and Wednesday - please ensure children have their PE kits on these days. I recommend a pair of long bottoms to be worn under PE shorts for the winter.


If you have any questions or need to let me know anything, feel free to talk to me at home time.

Writing and Spelling in Year 1


By the end of year 1, the children are expected to apply their phonics as their primary way to write. The words they should be spelling correctly are the common exception words (that don't work using phonics) and the high frequency words (words that they probably use frequently and can use phonics to spell). All of these words are included on the Year 1 Word Mat available to download from our class page, this is what the children use in class to find words they want to write.


The suffixes and prefix the children need to be able to use are:

  • un_
  • _ed
  • _ing
  • _er
  • _est

They should be able to apply these to a word that does not need a change e.g. 'rain' to 'raining'.


It prepares them well for year 2 to know some words need a change and there is a picture of our working wall below showing how we guide them through how to add a suffix correctly. We try the rules from left to right until we find the one that applies.

Phonics and Reading in Year 1


There are guides and glossaries on our class page to help with phonics and reading.


You will also find the strategy cards that we use in out guided reading sessions to give the children both phonics based and non-phonics based strategies to help with in their reading. We advise thinking about have one or two you could work on together. 

The Phonemes of the English Alphabet Code - Synthetic Phonics