Fairfield Park Lower School

Year 1

Dickens Boulevard Ruskin Drive
Badger Class Turtle Class

Mrs Whittington

Miss Blair

Miss Humberstone

Miss Field

Miss Ager

Hedgehog Class

Miss Southam

Mrs Bailey



Hedgehog Class

Hello, I am Miss Southam and I am the teacher in Hedgehog Class. We also have the wonderful Mrs Bailey supporting us with our learning.

We are so lucky to have an amazing classroom with an outdoor area attached so we can do our learning both inside and out. We have different areas in the classroom to help support the way that you learn best. We have a construction area, arts and crafts area, a reading area, a maths area and a role play area. We learn about many different topics in Hedgehog class, including; English, maths, science, geography, history, phonics, computing, all about life, music, art, design and technology and weekly RHE lessons.

We have an active learning approach enabling us to cater for every child’s need and learning style within the classroom. We encourage children to take on their own learning approach to support their own understanding and we this is done in a safe and secure environment.

In Hedgehogs we believe that every child is unique and strive to support them in their growth and development as well as, getting to know them on a personal level to be able to support their talents and interests in learning.


Turtle Class

Hello, I am Mrs Field and I am the teacher for the terrific Turtles. We also have Miss Ager in our classroom supporting us with all our learning.
We have an amazing classroom that leads straight out onto our spacious playground, with views of the fields beyond. We like to get outside as much as possible to use our fabulous environment and really make the most of every active learning opportunity, be it role play, gross and fine motor activities or bug hunting and visiting our veggie patch.
We love reading. We have a reading session every day and enjoy taking any opportunity to snuggle up in our book corner with one of our library books or listen to the class shared book. We are amazing at reading real and alien words in our daily phonics sessions and practicing our handwriting.
Our days consist of many exciting and interesting lessons with our mornings mainly focussing on English and Maths. In the afternoons we explore lots of different subjects including P.E., Science, Geography, History, Computing, All about life, Music, Art and Design and Technology. We also have a weekly PSHE/RHE lesson in which we explore various topics in a safe space which is free from judgement and encourages pupils to consider information and develop skills for life in a secure environment.
In Turtles class we truly believe that every child is unique. We strive to nurture their talents and support them in their interests; enabling them to thrive in our environment.


Badger Class

Hello, We are Mrs Whittington and Miss Blair and we are the teachers in Badgers Class. We also have the wonderful Miss Humberstone in our classroom to support our learning.

We have a beautiful, calming classroom which has access to a lovely outside area which we use for role play, gross motor activities, construction and many more fabulous active learning activities. In Badgers class, we are passionate about reading and we have an exciting book corner filled with books, a book voting station and we have reading sessions along with a class shared story daily.

Our days consist of many different lessons including English, maths, phonics, handwriting, PE, science, geography, history, computing, all about life and music. We also have a weekly PSHE/RHE lesson in which we explore various topics in a safe space which is free from judgement and encourages pupils to consider information and develop skills for life in a secure environment.

In Badgers class, we believe that every child is unique and we love getting to know every individual child and encourage them to share their interests with the class.

Daily Routine

 The school day begins at 8.45am and ends at 3.15pm. 

Year 1 pupils enter the classroom via their exterior classroom doors and this is also where they leave from at the end of the day.

When pupils are settled in the classroom they will begin their Good Morning Challenge, in Year 1 this is typically a fine motor, phonics or spellings based activity

Morning break is at 11.20am which followed by reading and snack time. Children in Year 1 are entitled to a free piece of fruit at snack time daily. Milk is also available to drink during snack time if paid for by parents or carers. Contact the office for more information on this. Pupils are asked to bring in a bottle of water which can be accessed throughout the day and topped up if required. To promote healthy living we only allow water and not squash, juice, fizzy drinks etc.

Lunch in Year 1 begins at 12pm and ends at 1.15pm. Year 1 classes are assigned a midday supervisor who will take pupils to lunch, supervise them in the hall and then in the playground.

Year 1 pupils leave via their exterior classroom doors and dismissed at the door by the class teacher or LSA. If your child is being collected by someone other than their parents then we ask you complete a safeguarding collection form. We have two forms available, a one off collection form and long term collection form which is valid for the school year. Please click on the links below for these forms.

Collecting Pupils from School – Safeguarding slips for One off collection / Regular collection

* There will be changes to the daily routine due to covid restrictions and national lockdowns



Click on the link below for the Year 1 curriculum map.

Year 1 Curriculum Map 2020-21

* There will be changes to the curriculum due to covid restrictions and national lockdowns

Phonics, Spelling and Handwriting

Our daily phonics sessions follow the Letters and Sounds programme. During these sessions children learn the relationship between letters and sounds and secure foundations for successful reading, writing and spelling. We encourage children to use pure sounds when segmenting and blending words which helps to improve their phonics. In addition to this, we use sound buttons to support the segmenting and blending of words. We also teach pupils to read and write the Yr 1 Common Exception words through the use of echo spelling, games and home learning activities.

Throughout the year, pupils will be sent home Common Exception words to practise reading and also sound mats for the phonics phase that we are focusing on. We really appreciate the support that parents provide us with helping pupils learn their sounds and Common Exception words. The Spelling words for this year group can be found here.

In Summer term of Year 1 we complete the statutory Phonics Screening Check, more information on this is provided in the Autumn term.

To learn more about how you can support your child with handwriting, please click here.




PE days and routines

Our PE day is a Monday *. Pupils will need to wear their PE kit to school on this day. Please ensure that pupils are wearing warm comfortable clothing on this day.

Indoor PE kit:
White round neck T-shirt
Maroon shorts
Black plimsolls

Outdoor PE kit:
White round neck T-shirt
Maroon jogging bottoms
Black hooded sweatshirt
Trainers (please only send your child in with laced trainers if your child can tie their own laces).

All long hair should be tied back for PE lessons and earrings removed.

*Please note some of this information may vary in Spring Term 2021 due to COVID guidelines


In Year 1, we provide pupils with logins to Oxford Reading Buddy, Numbots, Purple Mash and Espresso, these are online programs that can support your child’s learning and can be accessed at home when pupils choose to. There is an expectation that pupils are reading to an adult at home regularly, please ensure you sign your child’s reading record so we know when they can change their book.

In Spring term, home learning is set through our learning logs. A new piece of home learning is sent home on a Friday and expected back in school by Wednesday. More information about this will be sent out at the beginning of Spring term. 

Reading and Library Books

In Year 1, we have daily reading sessions in which pupils can access the wide selection of fiction and nonfiction books in our book corners and read these alone or with a partner. All pupils will read with an adult at school at least once a week.

Your child will be coming home with two books. One book will be based on their phonic phase. This has a white sticker with the phonic level on. This book will be changed once a week when they read with an adult in the class. This is so that we can monitor the sounds they are able to use when decoding and also to help with their fluency.

The other book will be a colour banded book. These books take the ‘real book’ approach and your children might need to use more strategies other than just phonic decoding (i.e. using the pictures, repeated phrases). The children will be encouraged to change this book themselves once they have read it at home to an adult. Please write in their reading records so that we can see that they have read it with you.

Pupils also have access to Oxford Reading Buddy which has a great selection of books available online for pupils to access at home. Login details for this can be found inside your child’s reading record and a short video on how to use it can be found here.

When reading with your child, you may find it helpful to ask questions to support their comprehension. To view these questions please click here.

 *Please note some of this information may vary in Spring Term 2021 due to COVID guidelines

10 Things to do before you are 6


There will be times throughout the year for you to share your journey with your class teacher:

Smile at a new person in school Play conkers Dance in the rain Tidy up without being asked Geo-cache around Fairfield
Learn to set the table Walk home a different way from school Enjoy learning about a new festival Learn a new playground game Vote for something important to you