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Christmas Spelling Bee Year 1 Spellings and Letter

Autumn Term 2


Dear Parents,

Welcome to year 1! We have had a wonderful start to the year and we are so proud of all of the children and their progress. They have really risen to the challenges that Year 1 brings and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Victorians. Their favourite focus so far being on punishments in the school room! We have also been exploring animal groups, considering what they eat and where they live, as well as how our senses work and why we need them. 


The children were also very much excited to finally see their their flowers and plants have been growing in our outdoor area. We currently have radishes growing and have tasted some as part of our snack in anticipation for them being fully grown. Currently, we have spotted some of the leaves growing above the soil and can see the radish bulb and roots growing under the soil through our transparent pots - how exciting!



This year your child will receive weekly maths homework. We are working hard to develop our fluency alongside reasoning and problem solving. Please encourage your child to discuss their reasoning with you and to use concrete resources to support and deepen their understanding.

We are also starting to send home letter formation sheets to practice writing cursive letters from the line and in the correct way. You will also find QR codes on each sheet with myself (Miss Wilby) demonstrating the letter formation alongside the rhyme which matches to our phonics sounds.

Both maths and letter formation homework is due back in on Wednesdays.


Weekly spellings will be sent home for the term for a test on Fridays. All spellings are partnered with our weekly phonics lessons. The spellings are also available to download below and to practice on Spelling Shed. If you do not have access to Spelling Shed, please let a member of the Year 1 team know.


Reading books

Children will be able to change reading books every Friday. Please use the reading bookmarks (banded and KS1) to support your child and their comprehension of the text that they are reading. Please can you record all your child’s reading at home in their Reading diary, including the name of the book and the pages read. 



Children will have PE lessons every Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that they come into school in their PE kit on these days.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your ongoing support.


Miss Wilby and the Year 1 team

Letter of the week!

Each week we are focusing on one letter to nail the formation of correctly. This week's letter is the letter 'a' - you start on the line. Go to the top of the apple, then go around the apple and down the leaf. Please follow the link below to see the modelling of the letter. Make sure you are holding your pencil correctly!

Letter formation worksheets

  • Knightlow C.of E. Primary School,
  • Hill Crescent, Stretton-on-Dunsmore,
  • Rugby, United Kingdom, CV23 9NF
  • Tel: 02476 543751
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