Year 1 (Emerald Class) 


Welcome to Year 1.  This page provides you with everything you will need to know about life in Emerald class. We hope you will find it useful, but if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the year 1 team.




  • Class teacher: Miss C King
  • Teaching Assistants: Miss K Charge
  • Learning Support Assistants: Mrs D Ramsden, Miss T Goldsmith and Mrs Anna 



We aim to make the transition between Reception and Year One a smooth one. By the time your child enters Year One in September they would have had many chances to meet their new teachers and have spent time in their new classes. Children will also have visited their new classroom through some shared activity afternoons between EYFS and key stage 1 classes. 


Curriculum and Topics

Children in Year One follow the National Curriculum, which sets out the objectives for all of the subjects. The key areas in the curriculum are as follows: Maths, English, Science, PE, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Education, PSHE, Art and Design and Music.


At Cranbrook Primary we teach most subjects through a creative curriculum, based around a topic and a range of core reading texts. This allows the children to fully immerse themselves in their learning through an engaging theme, visitors, trips, a 'stunning start' to launch the topic and an opportunity to share their learning with others at the end of the topic. 


As curriculum newsletters for each topic become available, these will be available by clicking on the links below: 


  Term 1 Newsletter   Term 2 Newsletter Terms 3&4 Newsletter Term 5&6 Newsletter 
Term 1 Word Mat Term 2 Word Mat Terms 3&4 Word Mat       Term 5&6 Word Mat


There will be several opportunities for you to come in and see your child's topic learning over the course of the year, through our Topic celebration events. These will run after school and will provide your child with a chance to show you their topic books, in school learning and home learning tasks. Look out for dates in the school calendar! 



Children will be expected to bring their book bags into school every day. We believe that reading is an extremely important skill and ask that you support us at home by reading at least four times a week with your child and recording it in the communication book, with a comment and signature. 

Your child's books will be changed once a week, with four books given to them to read during the week. More books can be requested if your child finishes these. Please ensure books are sent back to school in your child's folder on the day specified in their communication book, so that staff are  able to provide new books. 



Alongside reading at least four times a week, your child will also have spelling books sent home with them every Friday, which must be returned the following Friday. Please help your child to practise and learn these spellings; they will be tested every Friday at school. Please find below the Year 1 spelling rules.

Year 1 spellings


Home learning

Alongside reading at least four times a week, your child will also have spelling books sent home with them every Friday, which must be returned the following Friday. Please help your child to practise and learn these spellings; they will be tested every Friday at school.


A home learning task will be set on EdShed weekly, and should be completed by the following Wednesday. Your child's login can be found in their home learning book- ask your child's class teacher if you have any difficulties accessing the sites. Children will also be provided with termly topic tasks in their home learning book, which are optional additional tasks. Completed topic home learning tasks will be recognised and celebrated in class and may be shown in school assemblies.

Other activities:

  • Access Times Tables Rock Stars regularly to practise multiplication recall.
  • Please see the English and Maths pages for additional resources and websites. An explanation of the terminology used in English or Grammar questions can be found here: Terminology Table.


Behaviour and Rewards

In Key stage 1 the class behaviour system takes the form of a rocket displayed in class. All children start afresh in the middle (on green) every day; poor behaviour leads to children moving down to amber, and then red. Positive behaviour choices will lead to children being moved up to silver, and then gold. Any colour rating at the end of the day that is green or above should be celebrated, however children reaching gold will receive a gold sticker so that they can share their achievement with you! Children reaching gold will also receive a golden ticket which will be entered onto a draw to join a Golden Ticket winners event.  


Every Friday one child in the class will be chosen for a shine certificate, which will be awarded for exceptional effort or behaviour. 



Every child should have the following named equipment at school:

  • Water bottle
  • Book bag
  • Change of underwear
  • Suitable coat with hood



Children will have a PE session every week and will need to wear their PE kits into school on their PE day. Details of which items are required for PE can be found in the home-school communication books.  


School Day

The school gate opens at 8:30am. Children arriving will go straight into class to begin early morning activities. Please ensure your child is in school by 8.45am, after which point the school gate will be closed and your child will be marked as 'late' in the register. 

School finishes at 3.10pm and children should be picked up by the gate. Please line up at the gate (by the 'Year 1' sign) so that the teacher ensures children go with the correct adult and that there is an opportunity for a verbal handover if required. Please contact the school office if you are running late or somebody different needs to collect your child. Teachers are not responsible for your child after this time.


Morning snack

Children in key stage 1 will receive a piece of fruit for morning break. If you would like your child to receive milk, this will need to be ordered and paid for- please see the school office for details.  



Lunch time is from 12-1pm. In key stage 1 children are currently entitled to a free hot meal. They will be asked to state whether they are having a school dinner or a packed lunch every morning. If your child is bringing a packed lunch then the box or bag will need to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.