St John's Upper Holloway C.E Primary School

Jesus said: 'Love each other as I have loved you'. - John 15:12

Welcome back to Year 1

It is so good to be back! The children look really happy to be back at school and it has been a real privilege getting to know them.

This year we will be focusing on making sure children feel safe, happy and re-connected to our school community. If you have any questions about how we will be keeping the children safe then please come and chat to Mr Flavell.

To support this and to enable hand washing, we will be using a ‘soft start’ approach. Classrooms will be open from 8.45 am so children can come straight in and wash their hands before settling down for the day. Please make sure your child is in between 8.45am and 9.00am.

Please make sure you have a water bottle that is named and is brought in every day for keeping ourselves hydrated. The children do regularly finish and refill their water so please don’t think they are not drinking if they return home with a full bottle.  Year 1 do get the chance to eat fruit mid-morning but if children want to bring in their own fresh fruit for their mid-morning break they can do. Finally, on Tuesday, everyone should wear their PE kit to and from school. Please make sure the PE kit is appropriate for all weather types, just in case it turns unexpectedly!

Summer term 

Welcome to the summer section of the Year 1 webpage. Although it has been a very disrupted year, we have lots planned to make it an enjoyable and successful end to the year- we will be posting pictures of our highlights so keep an eye out during the term for the latest updates. 



Our science topic this term is Plant Detectives and we will be exploring the big question - ‘What are the parts of a plant and what they do to help it live?’


We will be learning to name a range of plants including trees and understand their parts and their structure. We will look closely at different parts of plants, identifying and classifying them into groups. 

The children will use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to different questions posed to them. Hopefully our plants will grow!


Our humanities topic this term is ‘Significant People in our own locality' and we will be asking’ Did Dick Whittington Make Archway Special?


In History and Geography we will explore our local area, Archway!  We will look at important artefacts from the area and explore what ‘artefacts’ we might have from our own lives. We will find Archway on maps and learn which city, county and country it is in.  We will explore who Dick Whittington was and ask questions about the events in his life. Then, we will use our knowledge of the local area to map his journey. We will study his story carefully to make sure we can retell it.

To find out more about our summer term curriculum as well as key dates and information, you can click to see the summer term parent curriculum letter here. 


Continued Home learning:


Homework will be sent out via Seesaw.  Every child has a seesaw logon and password.  If you need any support getting started with Seesaw please speak to Mr Flavell. If you do not have access to the internet then please speak to Mr Flavell.

Book Amnesty!

For every school reading book you bring back into school (from last year) you will get a raffle ticket and have the chance to win a prize.


Most children will starting phonics on Phase 3 this term with the exception of children who have completed this phase. I have included a picture of these sounds at the bottom. The pictures next to the sound prompt the children to think what sound is in the picture that we’ve been learning about. Phase 3 Phonics Pronunciation Phase 2 (revision for Year 1) Phonics Pronunciation Phase 5 Phonics Pronunciation


I would also recommend logging on to lgflbusythings - this is a great resource for phonics, handwriting and maths. Please speak to Mr Flavell if you need another copy of your log on. There is also some more links at the bottom of the page.


Homework is sent out every Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday.  Please remember that your role is to support the children - not do the work for them.  The homework will be largely online based via Doodle and linked to current learning. The more children complete the more progress they will make returning after a long break. If you need any help with the homework then please come and chat to me.  I am always happy to go through it with you.

The first homework will include a homework folder with a series of information sheets on the various online applications we are using such as Seesaw. It will also have a list of High Frequency Words and Exception words that Year 1 children need to be able to spell by the end of Year 1. If you wish to steadily work through some of these from time to time that would be useful. The exception words are called as such because they are words we need Year 1 to learn but they don’t fit into the Year 1 spelling patterns stated in the curriculum.

Reading books will be changed on a Monday for the week ahead.  There will be 3 books going home each week- please read with your child every day. The books can be reread with the children to develop fluency and understanding of the text. Little and often is much more beneficial than reading for a long block of time. If you wish to keep a book please state that in your child’s reading record. A simple ‘please keep’ will be useful. Simple comments are appreciated, particularly if a child is struggling on a particular word or sound within the text. Any interesting observations or answers that children provide would also be appreciated.



LGFL website


BBC Bitesize for Y1 great all round resources:

Purple Mash:

Doodle Maths:

Fun Hundred Square to support counting. (Make sure flash player is allowed in your computer settings.)

Good maths games and teaching resources

Doodle English:

Doodle Spell:

Spelling Frame:

Mr Thorn does phonics: Phase 3 Phonics Pronunciation Phase 2 (revision for Year 1) Phonics Pronunciation Phase 5 Phonics Pronunciation