Year 1 – The Chaffinches

Class Information Year 1

Year 1 is the first year group in Key Stage 1 and where the transition from EYFS to a more formal curriculum begins.

The school day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3:15pm.

Class Teacher: Miss Whyles

Class Teaching Assistant:  Mrs Wilson


Welcome Year 1

Our Year 1 termly Newsletter, Knowledge Organiser and Recommended Reads will be sent home on the first Friday of each term.

Y1 Lent 2 Recommended Reads

Advent 1 Year 1 Recommended Reads

Y1 Advent 2 Recommended Reads 23


Class Newsletter Lent 2 Year 1 2024

Plants Science Knowledge Organiser Lent 2

Y1 Flight History Knowledge Organiser

Year 1 Addition And Subtraction To 20 Knowledge Organiser

Knowledge Organiser Year 1 CHANGE

Knowledge Organiser Year 1 MEALS

Knowledge Organiser Year 1 SPECIAL PEOPLE

Dates and News

Please see the diary dates tab on the website.


Year 1 children currently have PE each week on Monday and Friday  Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit to suit all weathers, including indoor and outdoor footwear. Children should wear their PE kit for school on this day for the whole day.

Long hair should be tied up and any jewellery should be removed.

Please visit our policy page to read our uniform policy.

Swimming Lessons

Year 1 will be going to the Castle Swimming Pool for lessons on Tuesday mornings during terms 3 & 4 (after the Christmas break). Please ensure your child brings their swimming kit each Tuesday.


Homework will be handed out every Friday


See our English page for Reading updates.

See our library page for recommended reading lists.


Spellings will be given out each Friday. These spellings may have a specific focus, sound pattern or may be taken from the Year 1 statutory spelling list. The children will need to learn the meaning of each word to support their vocabulary development.

Times Tables

By the end of Year 1, pupils should be able to count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s as these feed into knowing times tables. Please help your child to practise their counting and number recognition at home.

The School Day

Start of the day

The playground gates open at 8:30 am and children may come onto the playground to line up with their class, ready to be collected by their class teacher at 8:45am.

Break time

Children may bring in a healthy snack to eat at morning break at 10:15am. Fruit snacks are provided by school. Milk is available for those who have signed up for it (this is a paid service).



Children can bring a packed lunch to school or sign up for a school meal provided by Farm Kitchen. Please contact our school office for more information on how to sign up for school lunches.

End of the day

Currently, the school day finishes at 3:15pm. The teachers will open their classroom door that leads into the playground and will send them from the door so they can be met by the adult picking them up. Please ensure your child is collected promptly. Children who are not collected on time will be taken to the School Office to wait.

Supporting Your Child At Home

You will find useful information and resources to help support your child at home on our curriculum pages.

In addition, here are some useful websites to support learning at home:

Parents Meeting Teachers

Parents’ Evenings are held in the Lent term. This will consist of a 10 minute appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss progress.

During Advent Term a brief written report will be sent home.

During Pentecost 1 parents are invited in to look at books with their children and teachers will be available to answer any questions.

During Pentecost 2 a full Academic Report will be sent home.

At other times, please feel free to come and see us if you have any concerns or worries about your child at school. For anything further, an appointment can be made to discuss your concerns in more depth, or you can email the school on

We want parents to feel welcome in our school. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to help, for example, by accompanying classes on outings.


St Norbert’s is a ‘Healthy School’ and, as such, we would prefer not to share sweets, chocolate or cakes brought into the classroom. This includes birthday cakes.

If you wish, you can send in a plate of fruit or donate a book to your child’s class and write a birthday message inside. (It is always best to check the suitability of a particular book, with the class teacher, before you purchase it.)