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DistingtonCommunity School

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

We are a class of 16 children. Our class teacher is Miss Watson and our teaching assistants are Mrs Kellett, Miss Graham and Miss Cannon.

On a Friday afternoon, Miss Whitfield teaches our class.

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

  • Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Children are expected to read at least 5 times per week to achieve Strive 4 Five! Children receive a raffle ticket each time they read at home which they sign and enter into our weekly reading raffle! 


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 in June 2024. 

Find more useful information about the phonics screening check here - Phonics Screening Test | How to Pass it & Free Downloads


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


School Councillors - 


Introducing our Year 1 Class Councillors... Oliver and Romie! 

Our Class Councillors were nominated into their position by their class friends. They will attend whole school councillor meetings with Mrs Kellett to discuss some very important issues and will report back to their class with their outcomes. They get the chance to organise fundraising events to raise money for the school and chosen charities.