Welcome to Heyes Lane Year 1

“Children learn as they play.  Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
Fred Donaldson

Welcome to Heyes Lane Year 1


Wow; Year 1. How grown up are you? Year 1 is a time to show your teachers and parents just how far you’ve come. All of your teachers have a passion for one thing in particular. Can you guess?

That’s right, we all love to read and we are going to give you a wonderful gift.

A love of reading.  

Our passion is to explore a range of different

texts and genres so that everyone can find that favourite book.

Your learning journey in Year 1 will be an engaging, positive and personal experience. Read on to discover what exciting things are in store…

Mrs Jones
Lead Teacher

Meet the Team

Mr Swinburne

Mrs M Brown

Mrs McArdle
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Broadhurst
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Taafe
Teaching Assistant

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In Year 1 we begin the year as ‘Little Inventors’ where we enter the world of houses and homes. Your first mission is to explore homes in your local area and compare these to homes around the world. To achieve this we will first develop our scientific knowledge of materials.  

So how can we become Little Inventors? Well, we will take you on a tour around the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) where you will learn and be inspired by a range of inventors; past and present.

The fun doesn’t stop there, as we apply all we have learned about materials to help Santa on his secret Christmas quest. (But shhhh, we don’t want to give too much away. Christmas is a time for surprises after all.)

Within the theme of ‘Little Inventors’ we will be weaving in our reading, writing and maths. Can you guess which fairy tale would be best to teach about the properties of materials? (Clue: Oink oink)


As spring is flourishing so are our little learners! Year 1 embarks on a magical journey with a bear from Peru – can you guess who? He starts at Paddington railway station in London and continues his journey to Manchester where he helps us to learn about the History of trains, beginning with George Stevenson and the first passenger rail journey from Manchester to Liverpool. We will consider how trains have developed from coal to electricity and the effect of this on our world today.

Later in spring as the flowers start to emerge we delve into the very secret ‘Secret Garden’. The story explores relationships and mindfulness which helps us to develop an understanding of these fundamental building blocks in our own lives. In science we explore the plant life in our local area and plant our own flowers to add to the environmental diversity.


As the summer sun starts to shine we fly to the other side of the world where our learning develops ‘down under’. Where we could we possibly be going?

After we have recovered from our long flight!  We look at which continents and oceans we flew over on our journey. We build on our knowledge of weather and seasons and begin to understand how and why these differ around the world. We develop ourselves as ethical learners as we begin to look at the Great Barrier Reef and how pollution is damaging its beauty. After learning all about Australian animals, art, and landmarks, the children develop their literacy skills by writing persuasively to encourage people to visit this beautiful continent. We explore a range of non-fiction texts (maybe even discovering your favourite book) and take a trip to Chester Zoo where we engage in a real life experience looking at the indigenous animals of Australia!

Curricululm Overview

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Summative Assessments

In Year 1 the children have a Phonics Screening Test.

The Phonics Screening Check is a test for children in Year 1. Children take it during June in a one-to-one setting with a teacher. At Heyes Lane this is their class teacher.

Whilst children learn phonics to help them with both word reading and spelling, the Phonics Screening Check only tests their skills at word reading. This is sometimes called decoding.

During the Phonics Screening Check, children are asked to read (decode) 40 words. Most of these words are real words but some are pseudo-words (words that don’t make sense). Pseudo-words are included to ensure that children are using their decoding skills and not just relying on their memory of words they’ve read before. Because some children may misread these pseudo-words based on their similarity to words in their existing vocabulary, each pseudo-word is clearly identified with an image of an alien. Most teachers and children, therefore, refer to pseudo-words as alien words.

Each child’s end of year report includes their result in the phonics screening test.

If a child doesn’t pass the phonics screening test they will have extra phonics sessions in Year 2 and have the opportunity to revisit the test later on Year 2.


At Heyes Lane, we follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised which is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme. Our lessons are designed so children can learn, apply and revisit Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences (GPCs) and words, daily, weekly and across terms and years, in order to move their acquired knowledge into the children’s long term memory.

In Year 1, we build upon the work already achieved in the EYFS by revisiting and reviewing phase 2, 3 and 4. The children are then introduced to Phase 5 where they will develop GPC, segmenting and blending to decode words and learn alternative pronunciations of graphemes already taught. Children are encouraged to read at home and are listened to regularly in school. They are given books that match their secure phonic knowledge in order for them to apply their learning with the aim of becoming successful, confident and fluent readers.

Helping Your Child

We believe reading is the key to all learning and will enable your child to develop as a learner as well as increase in confidence and enjoyment when reading a range of texts.

Reading with your child every night is vital to increase fluency and word recognition. We encourage this alongside the enjoyment of books they cannot yet read. We send home a fully decodable book to practise fluency and phonics as well as a reading practice book that we call a star book. This star book will have unfamiliar words in it so will need to be read with adult guidance. Also, we send home a library book that the child will chose themselves and be able to enjoy with an adult at home. We always encourage discussion before, during and after reading (whatever the text!) This will increase enjoyment, expand vocabulary and comprehension skills. Relating stories to real-life experiences also helps children’s understanding of characters and settings.

Homework is sent in the Autumn term and consists of phonics practice and maths fluency tasks. Completing this homework with your child will reinforce the learning from that week and embed the skills in their long term memory.

Links to Websites


Please see the link above to access the Phases Powerpoint


Your child will be given an Oxford Owl log in at the start of Year 1. This website is great for encouraging the reading of eBooks and practising a range of genres.


In Year 1 each child gets their own login and password for NUMBOTS. This is an interactive maths platform that enables children to practise skills whilst earning coins to upgrade their character.


This website has a wealth of games for children to practise almost any aspect of the curriculum. We particularly like the maths games which increase rapid recall of maths facts whilst having lots of FUN!!!


This website focuses on Maths and English and has some great interactive games for your child to play and learn!

Here is our weekly timetable it may change from week to week.

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