Hamilton Primary School

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Year 1

The teachers and support staff in Year 1 are -

Teachers: Miss Gilvray and Mrs Lawrence

Support Staff: Mrs Meyer, Mrs Jarvis, Miss Fields, Mrs Cobb, Mrs Boxall



Click below to see what we are learning each half term!
Half Termly Curriculum overview - Autumn Term 1

Half Termly Curriculum Overview - Autumn Term 2


We use The Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme to teach phonics and reading. 
Below are some useful links to support you in phonics work with your child.

How we teach tricky words - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTC0PbtmeUA

Little Wandle Phonics Videos and downloads
Little Wandle Phonics Presentation September 2023

Information about Little Wandle reading books.

At the end of Year One the children will undertake a statutory phonics screening test.  We will prepare your children for this in school, but please speak to your child's class teacher if you would like advice about how you can support your child at home.

Useful Phonics Websites
Phase 5 Sounds
Common Exception Words for Year 1 


Children are taught GPCs. This stands for grapheme phoneme correspondences. This simply means that they are taught all the phonemes in the English language and ways of writing them down. These sounds are taught in a particular order. The first sounds to be taught are s, a, t, p.

Children are taught to be able to blend. This is when children say the sounds that make up a word and are able to merge the sounds together until they can hear what the word is. This skill is vital in learning to read. Have a look at this video to see what we mean!

How we teach tricky words - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTC0PbtmeUA

Children are also taught to segment. This is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This skill is vital in being able to spell words.