Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 8AD

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Vine Tree Primary School

Learn, Included, Respect, Enjoy, Treated Fairly

Welcome to the Year 1 class page

I am very excited to welcome you all to Year 1, and what we hope will be a very exciting and 'interesting' school year at Vine Tree.

I'm am sure a few of you are feeling a little worried about what Year 1 will feel like for your children after a long time away from school, and my answer to that is hopefully not too different to what they were used to before lock down.

I aim to settle the children in slowly and steadily, with lots of smiles and fun and we will build up to a more formal learning style at the children's pace.


I will be using this class page to share a variety of information, including what topics we are learning about, books we are reading and photographs of the children having fun whilst learning. I will send regular text reminders to sign post you to the page when there is new information, so please ensure school have up to date contact details for this reason.

Class email address: year1@vinetree.org.uk

We have finished working on The Snail and the Whale.

Here is a video of us retelling the story using our story map.

We used the story map to help us write sentences, adding capital letters and full stops.

Our new class text is 

We have had a go at recording what we think this story will be about. We looked closely at the front cover and read the 'blurb' on the back cover too.

Homework - Autumn term

This term we are trialing a new homework approach. Once the children have settled into school they will bring home a homework book with a grid of around 8 tasks linked to our class text which this half term is 'The snail and the whale' by Julia Donaldson'. The tasks will cover a broad range of the curriculum including English, Maths, Science, Art/DT, French, ICT and Music activities. Children should be encouraged to complete 4 or more of the tasks from the grid (completely their own choice)  and record them as creatively as they can (eg: photos, collages, drawings). Parents are free to add a note to each piece to explain what the children have done if needed.

As we have been focusing on settling in and getting the reading system up and running we have started the homework system a little later than planned. Please could you return the homework books on Friday 6th November when we will enjoy sharing the work as a class.


You should keep the homework book at home for the duration of this time,

Many thanks in advance for your help

Mrs Morris

Click on the picture above to listen to our story being read.

Useful information:

Timing:                                            Drop off/Pick up point:

Year 1 start time: 8:45am              Year 1 entrance gate (left of main school building, The Tree House) Please see video below for more information.

Year 1 finish time 2:45pm


What will my child need to bring to school?

Full school uniform - All items labelled

A warm coat (labelled)

A water bottle (NO juice)

A small healthy snack

A lunch bag (if needed)

Please DO NOT send your child in with a bag as they will not need one. School will provide wallets for reading books once they start being used. Please ensure all personal items are labelled before sending them into school.



Year 1 will have PE on a Monday and Thursday 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.

Reading books

 Children will be given reading books at their level to take home every Friday. They will also be given a 'Book Bag Book' which will correspond with their phonic level. These books will not be changed midweek. Books MUST be returned every Friday and new books will be given out. As a school we will be establishing a 72 hour 'book quarantine' system so it is vital that books are returned on the correct day each week to support this important task. I ask that parents/carers listen to their child read at least 3 times per week and record it in their reading diary. 

Please don't feel that your child needs to read 3 full books every week. They may wish to read parts of the book/read other books from home.

We are encouraging children to continue with their use of Get Epic.To login to access your child's books , go to www.getepic.com/students. Then click on students and enter our class code xhu2424 and read as much as you like! I will assign some new reading material on here weekly in line with the topic we are learning about. 


It has also come to my attention that the terms and conditions of GETEPIC have changed since June.  There are now 2 options to explore the website:


  1. During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators.
  2. After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm  for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address once during sign-up. There is no fee for for Epic Free. After the first log in, students can freely access Epic Free using the class code.  They will transition between Epic School and Epic Free, depending on the time of day.  


Unfortunately, this change in terms means that some books are not accessible on the Epic Free version. I will amend the assignments so that children still have access to some assigned books after 4pm. Apologies for this confusion - this is a very recent change on GETEPIC! 

Click on the image below for instructions on how to set up Get epic HOME...