Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 8AD

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Vine Tree Primary School

Learn, Included, Respect, Enjoy, Treated Fairly

Welcome to Year 1 - Mrs Timmis, Mrs Brocklehurst and Miss Culverhouse

We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are now ready for the fun and excitement that the new term will provide. 

This page should give you all the information you need about Year 1.

However, if you ever have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to email us: year1@vinetree.org.uk

Our Year 1 Classroom

The school day

Timings:                                            Drop off/Pick up point:

Year 1 start time: 8:50am                Drop off: Main playground - children will make their way around the school to the Year 1 classroom where they will be met by their teacher for the day. Mr Locke will be on hand to help children if required.  

Year 1 finish time 3:05pm                Pick up: We will meet you on the playground and send children one by one to parents as we see them arrive.


What will my child need to bring to school?

Full school uniform - All items labelled

A warm coat (labelled)

A water bottle (water only)

A small healthy snack

A lunch bag (if needed)

Please ensure all personal items are labelled before sending them into school.


Reading books

Children will be given reading books to take home every Monday. 

Our reading focus in Year 1 begins with developing children's fluency in line with their knowledge of sounds. Children will use Book Bag Books in order to do this. Your child will begin with Sound Blending books before moving onto the coloured Book Bag Books. It is highly recommended that you and your child work through the activities suggested to support this vital skill. The activities vary depending on whether your child is using the Sound Blending books or the coloured Book Bag Books.

Please use the SWAYs below to find out all about Book Bag Books and the previously mentioned activities. A copy of the activities will be sent home and is also available to download below. 

In addition to their Book Bag Book children will be brining home a Bingo Book. Please see below for more information. 

Finally, children will have a non-fiction book which they can choose from our class library. These books are sent home with a view for you to enjoy them together. It is not expected that your child will be able to read these books independently.

Children should read at least 3 times per week and this should be recorded in their reading diary. Each reading activity from the Book Bag Books counts as a read alongside any other reading experiences e.g. sharing a Bingo Book. The name of the book title and a signature is all that is required when recording your child's reading. 


SWAY on Sound Blending Book Bag Books coming soon...

Bingo Books


In addition to regular home reading, your child will receive a homework grid for each half term in their homework book. The tasks on this grid will cover a broad range of curriculum areas including English, Maths, Science, Art/DT, French, ICT and Music activities.

Children can choose as many tasks as they wish to complete from the grid (completely their own choice). They can record tasks it whatever way they wish, e.g. photos, collages, drawings, models. Parents are free to add a note to each piece to explain what the children have done if needed. 

We will inform you of a date each half term of when to return the homework book and any other accompanying work. This is so that we can celebrate your child's work with a school exhibition. 

You should keep the homework book at home until the required return date.

Many thanks in advance for your help and support.


Year 1 will have PE on a Monday and Friday every week. Please send your child into school in FULL PE kit on these days every week.

PE will take place outside where ever possible so it is recommended that your child is wearing a warm jumper/hoodie and jogging bottoms/leggings during colder weather. Children will remain in their PE kit for the day so there is no need to send in uniform as they will not be getting changed for PE.

Our Year 1 Curriculum

Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc is the program we have chosen as a school to teach children the sounds needed to read. There are 44+ sounds that children need to know so they can sound out/Fred talk any unknown words. As children build their knowledge of these sounds, they will in turn develop their fluency. This means children will be able to read words, with the sounds they know, at a glance. It is vital children can read fluently in order to understand what they have read.

See below for a list of all the sounds children need to learn in Year 1 and a video on how to correctly pronounce them.


Our class text for the first half term is The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis. We will be learning the story opening using a story map. During our exploration of the book will look at some new vocabulary to help us understand what the Bog Baby looks like. We will also discover how to use exclamation marks, use 'and' to join ideas and write our own story opening.

Books we will be reading during story time this half term are shown below. Children will vote for which book they'd like to read that week.


In Maths this half term we are going to learn number bonds for numbers 1-10, begin to add and subtract numbers. We will also investigate 2D/3D shapes.


Why not practice a number bond song from below?


We are looking animals, including humans: grouping animals (mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds), carnivores, herbivores & omnivores, parts of a human.


Take a look at the link to watch some videos about the different groups of animals.