Solent Infant School
Welcome to Year 1
Autumn News from Year 1

Dear Parents and Carers

May we take this opportunity to wish you and your child every success and happiness in their new year group. Please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher if you have any questions or queries throughout the school year.

This half term, our learning theme will be ‘Superhero Me’. An overview of our curriculum for each half term can be found on our website HERE.

The children will be developing their literacy and numeracy skills and will continue to work through our phonic programme to improve their spelling, handwriting and reading. They will read twice a week and bring a reading book home on the day they read with the teacher. Please read and discuss the book with your child at home and bring their book bags and contents to school every day.

New in Year One:

All children will now bring home weekly spellings to learn linked to their phonics work. There will not be a ‘formal’ spelling test, but helping your child learn these at home will assist them in their daily class work. We have provided each child with a little book to keep at home to use for practising their weekly spellings. Some children will continue to work on flashcards at home and in school. Thank you all for your continued support at home.

After October half term, there will be a three week rotation of homework tasks. One week will be linked to our theme, one week will be maths based and the third week will be a literacy focus. There will also be a list of real words and pseudo (made-up) words to read.

In Year 1, the children are encouraged to be more independent and therefore book bags are not checked daily.  Please ask your child to give any messages or notes to the class teacher. Teachers will be explaining these new systems to the children in their classes.

In the past it has been very congested at the Year 1 door. We would therefore appreciate it if you could leave your children at the door and encourage them to come into school on their own. An adult is available at the door to take messages. 1R will leave school at the end of the day via the door next to the computer suite.

Year 1 P.E. days this term are:  Monday and Tuesday

For health and safety reasons please ensure that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed. P.E. bags will be kept at school all week and will be returned home half- termly for washing. Please could all clothing and plimsolls be clearly named?

Year 1 Library days   

These are currently being confirmed and we will let you know as soon as we can.

Please keep an eye on the Year 1 window for information updates.


And finally a huge thank you to all those parents who are ordering lunches in advance online with their child. It is a great help and prevents the children worrying about lunchtime.

It has been lovely to see so many smiley faces this week!


Mrs Summers, Mrs Ray and Mr Mason

The Year 1 Team