Barle (Year 1)


In Year 1, all children are required to take a Phonics Screening Test in June. This is to assess each child’s phonological awareness and segmenting and blending skills. This will then help them to become fluent and competent readers. At Wilcombe, we use Read Write Inc. Please see the photos below of the all of the sounds and mnemonics that the programme covers. Ask your child to tell you the sound, the rhyme and show you the action. Below are also some useful websites for how you could support your child.


English Spring Term

This term, we have read and written our own journey stories, linked to our Medieval Topic. We read The Paperbag Princess and wrote our own stories set in a castle, involving a dragon. There were lots of wonderful ideas and interesting use of story language. We have also looked at instructions, making marmalade sandwiches and writing our own instructions using imperative verbs. We have also written some descriptive Winter poems using our senses. The children are really proud of their poems and wanted them to be displayed in the classroom. Feel free to come and have a look!

Maths Spring Term

We are beginning to use our reasoning and problem solving skills as we solve more abstract problems. We have developed our knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction and started to learn about money, length and measurement. We have also explored 2D and 3D shapes, describing their properties and going on shape hunts around school. We continue to use practical equipment to help build our fluency. Our favourites are Numicon, glass gems and teddy bear counters!

Outdoor Learning

Every Tuesday afternoon, the Year 1 children receive their curriculum learning through outdoor education with Mrs Quick. They go on bug and flower hunts, observe the local environment, learn about seasons and weather all whilst using important skills taught in Maths, Science and Art. The children love their exploratory afternoons and have decided to keep a whole class journal of their learning.

Medieval Madness!

The children began the year learning about the Medieval period. We studied what life was like a long time ago and how it is different to our life today. We learnt all about castles and even visited Tiverton Castle. We designed and made our own castles with the help of Year 2. We learnt about King William I (William the conqueror) and his wife Matilda, writing fact files and painting portraits. We received a shock when King William visited us, and we were able to interview him. His French accent was interesting and he really was as gruesome as our History lessons had taught us! We decorated our own crowns and became royal for the day, learning how to dance with a partner. We then exhibited our work to our parents and told the whole school what we had learnt in an assembly.

PE Autumn Term 2018

We have been practicing our fundamental movement skills this term, through the use of the Real PE programme. We are learning to become more independent by getting ourselves changed for PE, we are now really good at this! The children are enjoying fun, skills based activities.


We have been exploring numbers whilst looking at place value. We have used practical Maths to help our understanding. We then moved on to learning about addition and subtraction within 10. The children have enjoyed the hands on approach to Year 1 Maths.


For this half term, the children have been learning the story of the Three Little Pigs. It all began with a hook of discovering the blown over houses and muddy paw prints on the playground.

We then made puppets to help us retell the story and built our own houses out of straw and sticks.

We are going to innovate the story with our own characters such as the Three Slippery Snakes. we will then write a recount of what happened from the Big Bad Wolf’s point of view.


I am in charge of how smart I am because I can GROW my BRAIN like a muscle learning hard things.


And even if I fail or make a mistake, it is a GREAT thing, because I can LEARN from them and