Hemlington Hall Academy

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Teachers: Miss Oliver & Miss Solomon
Classroom Assistants: Miss Crosby & Mrs Scott


Throughout the year, every child will receive spellings (age and stage appropriate) which should be learned at home. The children are expected to learn them and use them in their daily writing.

There are a few simple steps, which as a parent you can follow to help your child learn their spellings each week.

  1. Practise writing them out whilst they are looking at them.
  2. Cover them up and let them have a go.
  3. Repeat this process about 5 times.
  4. Get your child to write the words into sentences to make sure they understand the meaning of them, and that they can use them correctly in their writing.

All children are expected to read, write and spell key words by the end of the academic year, please find copy of them below. These are sent out weekly in chunks of 5, known as our ‘words of the week’.

1st 100 High Frequency Words


Homework is given out every Friday to be returned by the following Monday. Homework for this half term has a Maths focus, to accompany the children’s reading and spellings which they also practice at home. This is designed to be something which your child can complete with very little support, to ensure they enjoy doing their homework and gain a sense of achievement once completed. If you have any questions regarding homework which is sent home, please do not hesitate to ask us.


We follow the same scheme as children have used during their time in Foundation Stage. We change children’s books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We encourage children to take ownership within this process and children are expected to take out their reading books and place in the ‘Changing book’ tray on these mornings. Please take a couple of minutes each night to read with your child and make a comment in their reading record.


Children have PE every Friday morning. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on this day. Children also have a Yogabugs session on a Thursday focussing on their motor skills, they will not need a PE kit for this session.


What are we learning this half term?

We really enjoyed our last topic in Spring 1 – which was all about London and the Royal Family. We hosted our very own ‘Royal Tea Party’ and even had a visit from the ‘Queen’.

Our topic this half term is Home Sweet Home. We will be looking at the features of homes, different types of homes around the world and also thinking about suitable materials for building homes. Our work will be linked to the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’ which you can join in with at home!

We are looking forward to learning lots more this half term and will be updating with recent pictures soon…



I hope you are all enjoying your time off school playing in the snow. If you have some spare time here are some activities you could do.

Today is ‘World Book Day’ why not do some reading activities. Have a look at….





Why not play some phonic games…


There are some great links on this website you help your child with their phonetical understanding for reading and writing.


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