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Whingate Primary School

Whingate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 3DS
Headteacher: Stephen Archer

01132 638 910

Welcome to Year 1!

In Year 1 we learn and play together with Mrs Bell, Mrs Kellman and Mrs Knights.

Our super teaching assistants are:

  • Miss Bate
  • Miss Magda
  • Miss Webster

We are always happy to help and you will find us on the door before or after school every day!

Spring term


This term our topic is Mr Men!


We will be reading lots of different Mr Men and Little Miss stories over the half term. If you have any favourites that you would like to share with the class, please feel free to bring them into school. 


Over the half term we will be designing and making our own Mr Men characters by exploring different ways to join materials. 

We will also be making up our own stories about our Mr Men and we will be exploring instruction writing with Little Miss Bossy. 

Please come back later in the term to see some of our fantastic work!


Our main maths focus will be addition and subtraction. 



Key information


  • Please check that your child has the correct uniform, including pumps, in line with our uniform policy. 
  • Please also ensure that all items of clothing, including pumps, PE kits and uniform are clearly labelled with your child's name. 


Please ensure that your child has their book bag at school every day. This will enable us to access their reading books and records at all times and will help them to bring home  letters and other items safely. 


The children will do indoor PE on a Monday morning and outdoor PE on a Wednesday afternoon but this will change at times due to other commitments in school. Please ensure that your child has an indoor and an outdoor PE kit in school at all times. 

Your child will also need to have a kit in school if they are planning to take part in any after school sports clubs.



In Year 1 your child will be expected to complete reading, maths and spelling homework every week:


Reading - Reading books will be changed every Monday. Your child should receive 2 reading books each week. Please ensure that your child reads as often as possible at home and that you comment in their reading record. If you are working towards the 100 reading book challenge, you can also make comments on other books that your child has read that week.


Maths - This will be linked to what your child has been learning in class that week and should be at an appropriate level for your child to work with some independence, though they may need some support at times. We will send the homework books out on a Friday and homework is due back in on a Wednesday morning. 


Spelling - This is a key area of the curriculum that many children find tricky and it is vital that they are practiced frequently and repetitively to ensure secure knowledge of their first 100 high frequency words by the end of Year 1. We will send the homework books out on a Friday and homework is due back in on a Wednesday morning. 

Below you will find our long term topic plan for the year. This shows you what our topics are and what subjects we will be studying within each topic. 

Below you will find any important newsletters for Year 1: