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Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page!

Teachers - Mrs Iqbal (Monday - Thursday mornings)

                 Miss Hall (Monday - Thursday afternoons and all day Friday)

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Mills, Mrs Cetin and Mrs Giddings.

On this page we will keep you up to date with any news we may have. Please refer to our class newsletter for any more information.


PE takes place every Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure children arrive to school in suitable kit and shoes.


Please read with your child daily and ensure book bags come into school everyday.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. We are happy to speak to you about any questions you may have.


Year 1 Team




At St George’s, we teach phonics and reading using the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ scheme. 

Children start to learn phonics from week 2 in Reception. Teaching continues through the whole of Year 1 and the first term in Year 2. After this, the children move on to learning spelling patterns whilst revisiting phonic teaching. We teach GPCs (Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences) following a progressive overview. 

In addition to the daily phonic lessons, we have 3 reading sessions every week. The books that the children read are closely aligned to their phonic ability and are changed every Thursday. In addition to this book, your child will bring home a book from our interest baskets. These books are labelled a ‘book to share’. This book might be too easy or difficult for your child, but it is intended for you as parents or carers to read to your child, to ignite a love of reading.  

Some children who are finding aspects of the scheme difficult will receive keep up sessions. The children are assessed every 6 weeks (every 3 weeks if receiving keep up support) to ensure they are on track. We are also encouraging children to read for 100 nights across the year. Children will receive certificates for 25 nights reading, 50 nights reading, 75 nights reading and eventually 100 nights reading. When they reach 100 nights, children are invited to bring a special teddy to school to join in with a ‘teddy bear’s picnic’ to celebrate their success. We will let you know when these celebrations are due to occur.  

Please click on the link below to access the parent area on the Little Wandle website with information and ideas to support your child at home. 

Little Wandle

Little Wandle - Letters and Sounds Home Learning

Phonics bloom have some fun games you can play at home:

Phonics Bloom

Books are changed every Thursday. Please make sure that books are in your child's bag every day. The children will bring a book home that is phonologically decodable ('A book I can read') and a book from our interest baskets ('A book to share'). The 'book I can read' is to be read throughout the week. Research has shown that repetition is a key factor to learning to read fluently. Please try to listen to your child reading this book as often as possible. The book to share will be purely based on interest. It may be too difficult or too easy for your child to read, however it is purely to help develop a love of reading and to instil 'reading for pleasure'. If you would like access to more books then please use the following link:

The Site to visit for Collins Big Cat online books is: click on the Teacher portal and enter: 


Password: $tGeorges2020 and click Login.

If you have any queries or questions, please feel free to email or send a note in with your child. Appointments to speak to one of us can be made at the school office.