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Andover Church of England Primary School

Striving for Excellence in a happy,secure and Christian environment

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Mrs Morrison is the Sycamore Class teacher. Miss Williams and Mrs Hannah are the learning support assistants. Please don't hesitate to contact me at for any learning support or queries about your child's needs.



We have PE on a Friday and a Wednesday so please ensure your child has their kit with them on these days.  The correct PE kit is black/red shorts/joggers with the school PE t-shirt or a plain white t-shirt. Please can I also ask that your child has their hair tied back and earrings are either taped or removed for these days for safety reasons, thank you.  


Uniform can be purchased from Stitch-a-logo here:


School's online platforms that children can access at home:

Bug Club:





What are we learning about in Summer 2?


Our leading question this half term is What makes an animal dangerous? 

This will link animals, continents and oceans together, using a trip to The Hawk Conservancy as a writing hook to start our learning journey.  We will write a recount of the day before focussing on creating a fact file about a dangerous animal. After the success of the Talk 4 Writing approach for Supertato, I will look to encourage the same enthusiasm for writing from the children by using the same approach using an animal themed text.  The children are doing so well with all their learning from maths to PE to art, but there really is a remarkable improvement in their reading this year.  Well done to you all at home for your efforts in supporting this development- it really is the key to their learning and such an important focus in Year 1 so it is amazing to see such progress. Let's keep it going by ensuring reading at home a minimum of 4 times per week recorded in their diaries- we will continue to read as much as possible in school too.  Thank you for your support! 

What are we learning during our time in Year 1?

Websites to assist home learning in Year 1.

Phonic sounds your child should know- please check regularly and just ask if you would like to know how to better support your child at home.



Phonics is of great importance in Year 1.  We build on the phase 3 and 4 sounds taught in Year R, learn phase 5 and master blending with fluency as well as learning alternates!  The children will be able to read both real words and made up words (alien words), adding sound buttons to identify the different sounds in the words to help them break down unknown words. 


I can't recommend watching Mr Thorne Does Phonics on YouTube highly enough.  It will enable you to ensure your child is correctly saying the sounds as well as reinforcing their learning from school.  For a fun, interactive website that echoes the games played in school to make learning fun I would suggest PhonicsPlay.   Teach Your Monster To Read is another great site, as is Phonicsbloom.  IF you are wanting to purchase resources, I get mine from 


Mr Thorne-




Please see examples of sound buttons alongside the different phase sounds mats at the bottom of this page.


Adding Sound Buttons