Welcome to Year One and Two

Welcome to Year 1 & 2.

We are so excited to have you in our class this year. You are going to have so much fun learning and playing with your friends whilst developing lots of new and exciting skills. We will be busy transforming into writers, athletes, artists, musicians, designers, builders, scientists, mathematicians, historians and who knows what else!

During this year you will feel supported, challenged and determined to reach your goals. Please do not be afraid to ask questions as that is what learning is all about! You will make mistakes (and so will we!) and you will not understand everything straight away.

Remember to try your best and be resilient.

Never give up!


Below is some information about our class routines and expectations which I hope you will find useful.


The start of the day:       


Doors open at 8:50 am and school starts at 9 am.

Children are to enter through the classroom doors. As the entrance pathway to our classroom is quite narrow, if it is busy please wait until there is enough room to ensure social distancing is being adhered to.

Once the children enter the classroom, they:


  1. Hang up their coats
  2. Wash their hands
  3. Place their name peg on their choice of food for lunch or put their lunch box on the trolley.
  4. Place their water bottles on their desk.
  5. Place their reading record and book in the basket.
  6. Put their book bag in their tray.



Children can bring their own healthy snack from home for break time, fruit will be available in school.


Reading is the key to other learning. We will listen to your child’s reading individually, in small groups and during guided reading every week. Please try to hear your child read every day as it will help them to improve their confidence and fluency. Children should bring their reading books and reading records into school each day, please ensure that their reading records are kept up to date and signed each time you read with your child.


Spelling lists given out on a Monday are either from the statutory word lists for Year 1 and 2 or are linked to our work in phonics and handwriting. They are tested on Friday.



We have a number of rewards systems in class and in school to praise the children for their hard work, attendance and for making good choices. These include sticker charts, St Edmund’s Standards certificates, attendance rewards and messages home to parents.




Our class have PE every Thursday morning. Please ensure children wear their PE kit to school on this day. Earrings should not be worn on PE days.


In Year 1 and 2, it’s important for your child to get to grips with maths in a very practical, hands-on way. They will be investigating, counting, playing number games and using everyday objects to help them solve problems and do simple calculations. You can help your child by referring to the maths parents’ booklet in the useful documents section. This booklet will help you to understand what methods of calculation the children are learning in class. It will offer ideas of quick games or activities that you can do with your children at home to help consolidate their learning, developing your child’s fluency in maths.



Children will be given spellings to reinforce their phonics every Monday, these will be tested on a Friday. Please take time to look at the spellings with your child during the week to see how they are doing.

End of the school day:                                                                                                                                          


School finishes at 3:15pm, please collect your child from the classroom entrance. As the entrance pathway to our classroom is quite narrow if it is busy please wait until there is enough room to ensure social distancing is being adhered to.


I am really looking forward to working with you and your child this year and I am sure that together we can help them have a fantastic year, growing in confidence and knowledge. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress please message me through Seesaw or email the school office - bursar@st-edmunds.lancs.sch.uk and I will reply as soon as possible.


 Mrs Nickson


Useful Documents


Year One and Two - Phonics

Year One and Two - Reading

Year One and Two - Common Exception Words

Year One and Two - Mathematics

Year One and Two - Handwriting

Useful Websites/Apps/Educational Programmes




Teach your monster to read (Phonics) - https://teachyourmonstertoread.com

Phonics Play - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Alphablocks - (34) Alphablocks - YouTube




Book Trust - Stories for kids online and fun games to play | BookTrust

Oxford Owl - Oxford Owl for Home: help your child learn at home | Oxford Owl




Numberblocks - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPlwvN0w4qFSP1FllALB92w

Jack Hartmann times tables -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVcQH8A634mauPrGbWs7QlQ

Hit the button - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button


Extra Resources


BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p

Seesaw - Seesaw | Where learning happens

Cbeebies - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/article-for-teachers

Go Noodle - Home - GoNoodle




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