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DistingtonCommunity School

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


We are a class of 15 children. Our class teacher is Miss Watson and our teaching assistant is Mrs Kellett. 

We learn through a creative curriculum and we have lots of exciting, purposeful continuous provision opportunities that allow us to develop and grow through memorable, fun activities.


If you have any further questions or queries, please contact Miss Watson on our Class DOJO page or via. email on


Key Information

  • Homework books will be sent home every Friday and are to be returned the following Friday. Homework will consist of 1 maths related activity and 1 literacy/topic activity. 
  • Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday
  • Children are expected to read at least 5 times per week to achieve Strive 4 Five! 


Please see attached our class newsletters.

Our Curriculum 

Please have a look through our curriculum map (below). This outlines our core topics for the year. 

We will keep you updated with your child's learning throughout the year via. Earwig, Class DOJO and parents meetings. 


In Year 1, reading and phonics play a vital part in our learning. We take part in daily Read Write Inc. sessions which allow us to become confident and competent readers and writers. 

We will be sitting the national phonics screening check on the week commencing 12th June 2023

Find more useful information about the phonics screening check here - Year 1 Phonics Screening 2023 | Your Questions Answered (


Strive 4 Five!

In Year 1, we are all 'Reading Rockstars'. We aim to read at least 5 times per week and are rewarded for our efforts with raffle tickets. These are entered into a weekly draw and children can win some brilliant prizes! 

Most of our Y1 children will bring home 2 reading books. One book will directly match their current phonics ability, mirroring the sound in which they're focussing on in school, and the other an Accelerated Reading book. Accelerated Reading books are used to help develop your child's comprehension skills and your child will sit regular (informal) online 'quizzes' to assess their understanding of the story. 


Earwig and Class DOJO.

Please access your child's Earwig and class DOJO page regularly for updates on, and photos capturing, their Y1 learning journey. 

If you have difficulty in accessing either of these, please let Miss Watson or the school office know and we will help you with this. 


Key Dates

Please continue to check the whole-school and class DOJO pages for additional key dates and information that may be added and given. 

School term dates can be accessed on Cumbria County Council's website.


Autumn Term

  • Thursday 13th October - Parent's Meetings. Please see our Class DOJO page for your allocated slot. 
  • Monday 17th October - Phonics Workshop (PM). See our Class DOJO page for more information.
  • Wednesday 19th October - Flu Vaccinations.
  • Thursday 20th October - Y1/2 Trip to The Lake District Wildlife Park. 
  • Thursday 20th October - KS1 Halloween Disco (start time: 3:45) 
  • Wednesday 9th November - Planting session at Church 
  • Friday 18th November - Children in Need. Non-uniform day.
  • Monday 21st November - England's 1st World Cup Match - non-uniform (England themed)
  • Tuesday 6th December - Christingle Day 
  • Wednesday 7th December - EYFS/KS1 Trip to Planet Play
  • Thursday 8th December - EYFS/KS1 Christmas Performance (10am and 2pm)
  • Wednesday 14th December - Christmas Jumper Day
  • Thursday 15th December - Christmas Party Day 
  • Monday 19th December - Christmas Fayre

Spring Term

  • W/C 6th Jan - Children's Mental Health Week
  • 7th Jan - Safer Internet Day
  • 10th Jan - 'Dress to Express' non-uniform
  • 13th Jan - Valentine's Disco
  • 2nd March - World Book Day
  • 14th & 17th March - Phonics Workshops.

Summer Term

  • 1st May - Bank Holiday
  • 5th May - Coronation Celebrations in school 
  • 8th May - Bank Holiday
  • 26th May - Half Term 


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