Year 1

Welcome to Year 1.  Our class teacher is Mrs Ward, supported by Miss Warman, Mrs Fox and Mrs Page.

Our Learning Journey

Year 1 is a key developmental stage for all our pupils and a year with big changes. Our pupil’s move from a predominantly play based curriculum; involving choices of continuous play activities in Year R to an increasingly more traditional classroom based environment, although we work very hard to retain the balance of play based and practical learning throughout the year and many of our lessons are delivered all over the school site.

Key stage 1 is delivered with a child’s natural curiosity and enquiring attitudes in mind; we aim to develop enthusiastic learners who love learning and questioning, becoming more independent and resilient as they are supported to achieve success. Our pupil’s are proud of their growing independence and excited by their learning, achievements and personal goals. In parallel with class-based learning we continue to encourage social and emotional intelligence giving our pupils lots of opportunities to demonstrate caring, thoughtfulness and consideration, showing respect to people, their learning, their environment and their community. Our pupil’s are helped to develop high personal goals and aspirations by facing challenges and problems with growing confidence in a safe and nurturing environment making our curriculum fun, engaging and individual.

Learning to Read

Every child in Year 1 is required to take the Phonics Screening Check in June. The children learn and practise phonics everyday as part of their literacy lessons. Our pupil’s play phonics games and practise reading ‘alien’ words (nonsense words). We love this website: . Lots of things are free and the children can show you how fab they are at phonics.

Maths in practise

Homework is fun at St George’s and Abacus is an internet based software that supports your child at home. There are lots of activities and games and as your child moves through the different activities they achieve points.   Please don’t help your child with the activities, the software helps to identify each child’s needs or gaps in their learning, which is then something we can support them with in class.   If you have any questions please come and ask Mrs Hoare.

All of the children have their personal account details in the front of their reading record. Log on at or download the app for android and iPads/phones – it’s free!


Some interesting web sites to discover with your children.

Leighton Buzzard History

Wild things

BBC Bitesize

Rushmere Park

Dunstable Downs