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Water Primary School

Water Primary School


Willow Class - Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Year 1 is also called Willow at Water Primary School. Myself, Miss Hodgson, along with Miss Murray, will be your class teachers, supported by Miss Bulling and Mrs Cole.

We hope that you have had a fantastic Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to say Happy New Year. 


Throughout the next half term, PE will continue to take place every Tuesday. This will last for the whole morning. Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit. This can be worn underneath a tracksuit. Children will wear their PE kit, along with trainers, for the whole day.

Forest School

We are fortunate enough to be attending the forest again this half term. This will take place every Friday morning. Please send children in dressed for the forest, in their PE tracksuit with plenty of warm layers, plus waterproofs and wellies if you have them.

Focused Learning

We will be reading and discussing a range of stories each half term. These stories will be used during our English lessons, among others. We will also continue to teach your child handwriting, phonics and guided reading.

In our English lessons, we will be working on our spelling, punctuation and grammar. We will work to develop the physical skill needed for handwriting, and we will be learning how to organise our ideas in writing. 

Forming capital letters, composing sentences orally before writing them, and sequencing sentences to form short narratives will all take place during our daily English lessons.

Not all of our learning in Year 1 is through adult-led, focused groups. We will give children the opportunity to learn through play in continuous provision. 

Learning through Play

We will work to follow the children’s interests where possible, encouraging them to share their hobbies with us and providing them with the opportunity to develop these interests through independent learning in continuous provision. Children will also be supported to independently apply the skills taught by accessing challenges in provision both indoors and out.


Throughout the next term, we will be working on addition and subtraction within 10. This will include: adding parts to find the whole, finding a missing part, practising using our number bonds, finding fact families and solving word problems. We will also work on taking away to find how many are left and subtracting by breaking the whole into parts. 

Home Reading
Please continue to read every evening with your child – little and often is best. Please send children in with their reading books every day. Please sign and date your child’s reading record every time you listen to them read. 

Keeping in Touch

Please note that the door to Willow opens at 8.50am each morning, with registration taking place at 9am. Our school day will continue to end at 3:10pm.

Please check Class Dojo for updates, and follow our adventures on Twitter - @MissHodgson1 and @Waterprimary.

Our door is always open and, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to us before or after school. 

Many thanks.

Miss Hodgson and Miss Murray


Water Primary School

Burnley Road East, Rossendale

Lancashire, BB4 9PX

01706 216414