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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 lessons are taught on Tuesdays (by Miss Tsoi) and Fridays (by Premier Sports). Please ensure your child is dressed in their PE kits on these days. Earrings must be taken out for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.

Class Blog

Class 1’s trip to Braintree town 

Our first stop was at Braintree library where the children had an introduction to the library and a story read to us by Karen the librarian. The children then had time to explore the children’s section and everyone settled down with a good book! It was lovely to hear the conversations and interactions between the children as they shared each story. 

The children then went on their town and transport hunt and looked for various services a town has to offer. Who knew Braintree was so exciting! We had our lunch at Charles Leek House and continued our route to Public gardens and played in the park. Then it was time to head back to school on the mini-buses. 

“It was the best day ever” – Anne 

“I liked playing in the park” – Jacob  

Class Gallery


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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