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Year One


Please see the daily timetable below for our Year One children.






At Westwood, our children are taught using the Talk for Writing scheme. Talk for Writing, is powerful because it is based on the principles of how people learn. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.


Talk for Writing has had an outstanding impact on schools, both ours and others. Typically, schools have found that children initially double their rate of progress and, where the approach has been applied systematically across a setting, many schools have moved from dire results to outstanding success. Schools already performing well have not only increased attainment, but also enjoyment and engagement.


Throughout the school year, we will look at a variety of books covering a multitude of genres, ensuring that our children are exposed to the widest possible range of books.


For more information on Talk for Writing, you can visit their website here.




At Westwood, we follow the 'White Rose' scheme of work. White Rose maths promotes a love of mathematics through a variety of activities during lessons time. Alongside the more 'traditional' sums and calculations, we challenge students using visual and verbal reasoning questions to help them answer not only 'what?', but 'why?'.


We also like to challenge the children with 'physical' maths problems both inside and outside the classroom. For example hiding numbers around the playground and challenging children to find and retrieve only odd numbers, or giving each child a number and asking them to arrange themselves into different orders or groups.


We find that through these fun and interactive lessons, key information is retained easier.




A focus for our Year One children is the teaching and learning of Phonics. The children learn sounds and words through many different ways including - small group teaching sessions, individual activities, small group games and interactive games on the board. We follow Letters and Sounds as a scheme for teaching Phonics. The children's reading books are linked to their understanding of Phonics and should provide an opportunity to identify and read sounds they have learnt. The children are taught the letter name and the sound it makes. The order of teaching phonics is -


Phase 1

Phase 1 is all about speaking and listening skills. It is important for children to listen to identify different noises and sounds within their environment. Singing songs and rhymes can support the development of this stage.


Phase 2



These sounds are used together to create simple short words for the children to decode.


Phase 3

j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh

oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure.


By the end of Phase 3 children should recognise all of the above sounds and identify the sounds in words such as - c-oa-t. This will help with reading progression.


If you would like to help your child at home with learning Phonics please speak to your child's teacher. If you would like any further information regarding phonics or teaching within school please speak with a member of staff.


Phonics Screening Check


All children within Year One will take part in a Phonics screening check in the Summer term. This is nothing to worry about and is just to check children's understanding and progression with phonics. The test is very short and is a range of 'real words' and 'nonsense words' for children to decode. If you have any concerns regarding this check please speak to Miss Woodcock.