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Andover Church of England Primary School

Striving for Excellence in a happy,secure and Christian environment

Year 1

Websites to assist home learning in Year 1.

Welcome to Year 1


Mrs Morrison is the Sycamore Class teacher. Mrs Rolfe is the learning support assistant. Please don't hesitiate 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.  


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 Spring 1?


Our leading question this half term is "Where do dinosaurs come from?" and with lots of children who have shown an interest in dinosaurs this year so far, I am excited about this learning journey! I do hope that we can work together as a home/school team to really encourage a love for learning in the children.  The classroom is appropriately decorated and we have lots of dinosaur themed activities for them to get involved with! Please see the topic overview below for more information on sunject coverage using the topic of dinosaurs as in incentive.

What are we learning during our time 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, learning phase 5 and mastering blending with fluency.  The children will be able to read both real words and made up words, adding sound buttons to identify the different sounds in the 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.  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.


Mr Thorne-




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


Adding Sound Buttons