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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 Mrs Collins.

We hope that you have had a brilliant half term and are looking forward to the new term ahead. 


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 will not be attending Forest School this half term. It's time for another year group to experience the wonders of the woods.

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 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, composting 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 work on counting on and back, comparing groups, comparing numbers, ordering objects and numbers, and using ordinal numbers.

We will also work on using a number line, learning to use the part/whole model, and addition and subtraction within 10. 

Home Reading
Books need to be handed back to school every Friday so that they can be quarantined over the weekend. They will be changed every Monday and sent home at the end of the day. Please read with your child every evening, even if it’s just for five minutes. Please sign and date your child’s reading record every time you 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 now finish 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