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Welcome to Year 1

This is a very exciting year for the children as there are many firsts that they experience. They will continue to explore different ideas through the National Curriculum subjects, find new ways to learn and enjoy lots of different experiences both inside and outside the classroom. They will be encouraged and praised in all that they do.

Mrs Dilloway

ClassroomI first joined Shepherd Primary School in October 2016 where my journey began as a Teaching Assistant in Reception class. Since then, I have had the privilege of working in many of the year groups throughout KS1 and KS2. During this time, I was studying to achieve my degree in Primary Education. I have now completed my PGCE. This passion for learning I believe can support children to develop and achieve their own love of learning. Outside of school, I enjoy exploring the many different National Trust sites around the UK.

This Year

Children develop their understanding of phonics further in Year 1 ready for the Y1 Screening Check in June.


The well being of the children is very important in Year 1 and we believe in nurturing the whole child. We work hard to create a positive learning environment so the children can be the best they can be and reach their full potential.

We support the transition from Reception even before they reach Year 1. They know where their new classroom is and who will be teaching them. They complete an activity in Reception with their new teacher that is on display when they first start in September.

The children start the year with a more Reception style way of learning as we gradually introduce the Year 1 curriculum. This means they get time to continue the ‘Explore and Learn’ aspects of Reception whilst others are completing work in groups.

We have a ‘Growth Mindset’ approach and celebrate the effort of the children whilst also promoting that making mistakes is a good thing that helps you learn. The children are encouraged to ask for help and to express how they are feeling so they can be supported.

The first topic in our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum is ‘Being Me in My World’, which looks at how special we all are and about feeling safe in their new class. We also look at rules and responsibilities and support them to make the right choices.

To find out more about your child's learning, please see our Curriculum Page.