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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to class 1! Our teacher is Miss Greed who has been teaching at Broom Barns since 2020 and loves making our lessons as creative, exciting and as engaging as possible.  Her favourite things are going on long walk in the sun, dogs and chocolate, although she doesn’t like the cold very much, and is scared of spiders!

Working alongside Miss Greed are Mr Kalaiarasu, Mrs Cunnington, Mrs Parfitt, Miss Hickey and Mrs Sadiq.  They enjoy working in Year 1 as the children make you smile in many ways and they get excited over little things. Smiles are contagious, positive and infectious and seeing the children’s faces when they do something they didn’t think they could do is amazing!

Trips etc

In Year 1 we plan local trips in response to our class topics and the children’s interests. Past trips have included Knebworth Park, Standalone Farm, R.S.P.B. Rye Meads, Farm to Fork, Shuttleworth, going to the cinema, going to the theatre to watch the pantomime, visiting a farm and Airbus. We also have many visitors to the class including Zoolabs, Stevenage Dog Watch, Alice’s Tea Party, as well as parents and family members who have told us about their jobs, trained us in first aid and brought in babies or pets for us to meet.


We have an exciting year planned for Year 1 children.  Our topics this year are; local heros, animals and their habitats, friendships and families and so much more!

Year 1 have P.E. every Wednesday and Thursday.  Children will need suitable P.E. kit for both indoors and outsideLong hair should be tied back and earrings removed.

We use the ‘Letter and Sounds’ and phonics schemes and Collins Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree and Pearson Bug Club reading schemes. We will look at stories with familiar settings, non-fiction reports, diary writing, letters and poetry based on the senses.

Every morning starts with EMW (early morning work). EMW is incredibly important because it helps you to revise key concepts from your learning and gives you the chance to practise your arithmetic, reading and writing skills every day.  This is why arriving to school on time is so important. It equals 225 minutes a week of revision and feedback time which we have found to really help children make accelerated progress.

General Information and Expectations

8.50 is the time your child should be in school every day.  Early morning work is very important and planned, often individually; please ensure your child is on time.

It is hugely important that the children read aloud regularly at home. Children should be reading for approximately 10 minutes each evening. If they have completed their school reading book, please feel free to read other books with your child. It is important that they have the chance to read books that they are interested in e.g non-fiction, poetry and magazines as well. Children are encouraged to become more independent in Year 1 and may change their own reading books as soon as they have finished them. The children are reminded each day to change their book during morning snack time. We would be grateful if you could either comment or sign the reading record to let us know you have read with your child.

Year 1 Home Learning is:

Read at least 5 times every week or 5-10 minutes a day.  Remember to ask an adult to sign your reading record!   Please also allow your child to hear you read to them for an additional 5-10 minutes every day.  The children should read as much as possible to further develop their English skills; as little as 15 minutes a day can make a big difference.

Complete your spelling homework which is set for you on Spelling Shed every Wednesday.  You will be tested the following Wednesday and then set new spellings.


Uniform should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.  Please check the labels regularly as they can fade in the wash.

Book bags should be clearly labelled and in school every day along with your child’s reading record and reading book.  Backpacks are not needed and we do not have the space for them.

For further information on the uniform please visit our School Uniform Page

Get Involved!

We are very keen to maintain open communication with you.  If there is anything you would like to talk to us about please catch us after school or make an appointment in advance.

There are numerous opportunities for you to join in with the life of the school in the following ways:

  • Volunteering in School – please contact the school office for more details
  • Accompanying school trips
  • Class assemblies
  • Sports day and sports competitions
  • Whole school events such as our Decoration Day and our annual coffee morning

Thank you for your support. We look forward to a successful year!

For further information on our curriculum please see Our Curriculum Page  and our  Curriculum Maps Page

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