Brill Church Of England School

With the Wind in our Sails


Teacher's welcome

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Year 1! We hope you have had a lovely Summer Holidays. 


Please use the purple communication books to let us know any different home time arrangements, buses, after school clubs etc.  Also use these to write any notes about health issues, book changes or any information that may be important.  There are times when you may need to speak to one of us directly and of course we are very happy to do this.  If possible please try to catch one of us before 8.30 am or after school.


This term the homework activities will include a variety of creative tasks to encourage fun learning at home and certain maths themed activities to practise covered skills and concepts.  The Learning Log will usually be given out on Fridays and will need to be given in on, or before, the following Wednesday. 


 Spellings will be sent home in your children's Learning Logs with the homework on a Friday for you to practise. Our Spelling Test will be on a Thursday. 


Please ensure that your child’s PE Kit is in every day.  We value the benefits that physical activity and outdoor learning can bring, and will try to incorporate these elements as often as possible into the curriculum in addition to the two set PE sessions a week. 


This term the topic is “Going Places”.  Included below is an overview to show how this topic will be taught. 

Please don't hesitate in contacting me via my school email address if you have any further queries.

Miss Reynolds


Ways you can help support your child’s learning

  • Reading with you child often and discussing the story and the characters. 
  • Select texts from our Year 1 recommended book list  to read with your child.
  • Help your child become familiar with any key words or spellings which will be sent each week along with the learning log task.


Reading is taught in Guided Reading sessions.  Each week your child will read with an adult in a small group with a particular focus to each session.  As well as this your child will have a reading book to take home and bring to school each day and a library book to share with you at home.  Practicing reading and sharing books at home builds confidence and really makes a difference.  Once completed at home please write a short note in the communication book and your child will be able to change their book on any day.

There are two main skills for successful reading, a sound phonic knowledge and quick recall of every day irregular sight words (tricky words).  Phonics will be taught on most days in differentiated groups so that your child will be able to apply phonic skills to decode unknown words.  All children will also have a few high frequency sight words each week to practice either reading or spelling.  These will be sent home in the small red book on most Fridays.


This term we will be encouraging children’s writing by sending Sunny the meerkat home with a different child each afternoon.  We hope that everyone will have a go at writing Sunny’s diary and reading this out the next day.  This is lots of fun and the children really enjoy having Sunny join them in whatever they happen to be doing that evening.  Please don’t feel you need to print out photos.  We love to see the children’s drawings and I know it can get stressful when ink cartridges run out!

 The Curriculum

At Brill School, English, Maths and Core Skills are taught through focused daily lessons; usually in the morning. For other lessons we have in recent year moved away from narrow subject based teaching and have developed a curriculum that is imaginative, child focused and cross curricular.

Year 1’s thematic topic units for this year are:




Main focus


Going places






The Great Outdoors

 Outdoor Education

Click on the topic units for an overview document for the term's work or on the subject links for more information about the long term curriculum in each specific area.

(Music and Modern Foreign Languages are taught once a week by our Subject Specialist Teachers)

Miss Reynolds, Class Teacher

Miss Cruikshank, Teaching Assistant