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Class 1


Welcome to Class 1 at de Vere primary school, our class is taught by Miss Tsoi and supported by Mrs Patterson, Mrs Swanwick and Miss Inkley.

Year 1 is the beginning of our pupils’ journey into the National Curriculum. We ensure there is a smooth transition for our children as they move on from the Reception year into Key Stage 1. During the autumn term we continue to learn through purposeful play and carefully transition into a more structured learning style when the children are ready.

In Year 1 at de Vere, we encompass the schools vision to promote a love of learning to continue throughout the children’s lives. We view each child as individuals and aim to enable them to be skilled communicators, creative and active learners who know and remember more.

Curriculum overview 

Please click here to access the curriculum overview for Year 1

Our Learning

At de Vere primary school, we follow a wide-ranging curriculum but most of all, we have lots of fun! We take great pride in providing children with rich learning experiences to compliment our curriculum and will often plan exciting and enriching trips. Learning is carefully considered within our Year 1 classroom and is delivered through; purposeful play, group work and whole class teaching sessions.

Our half-termly topics are:

Autumn 1 – Toys

Autumn 2 – Hedingham Castle

Spring 1 – Enchanted woodland

Spring 2 – The world is our playground

Summer 1 – Decades of Design

Summer 2 – Let’s go on a journey


Our PE lesson is each Friday led by a specialist teacher from Premier Sports. Please ensure your child is dressed in their PE kits on this day. Earrings must be taken out for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.

Class Blog

23rd September 2022

Obama Class have started off the year with a history topic - ‘History of Toys’. The children have been learning about toys from the past all the way back to the Victorian era up until today. It has been interesting to learn that some toys were made long ago but are still played with now. We investigated the making of ‘crayola crayons’ and identified many similarities between then and now. We wondered who best to ask about toys from the past and of course the perfect people were our grandparents! The children loved our grandparents afternoon, where they shared their learning and asked their most important research questions. Thank you to all those who came along and shared their most special toys with us!


Phonics is a significant part of our learning in key stage 1 and largely supports children’s reading and writing skills with increasing independence and confidence. In Year 1 we follow our impressive phonics scheme ‘Phonics Shed’ and is taught daily for 30 minutes.

In June, the children will sit a statutory Phonics Screening assessment. This is aimed to give teachers and parents information on how children are progressing with their blending skills.



“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss

Reading with young children regularly is a powerful thing and has many benefits for children; comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun. Giving a child time and full attention when reading them a story builds self-esteem, vocabulary, feeds imagination and even improves their sleeping patterns.

As a school, we are keen to promote a love of reading and share a range of different stories together. Your child will take home a phonics book for them to read and apply their phonic knowledge and a sharing book for you to read together. Children can change their reading books after it has been read at least twice or when they wish to.

Reading is a great habit. Like all habits, it needs repetition and regularity to establish itself. Because it needs quiet time, and our lives today are very short of this, parents need to create it for their children. This means consciously making time and we ask that you read with your children at home at least 4 times a week (or more!). Parents are asked to log their reading in reading logs.

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