Heron Cross Primary School
Grove Road, Heron Cross
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4LJ

Tel: 01782 233565

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Year 1 Home Learning and Useful Links


There are lots of excellent websites that you can use to help to support your child's learning at home. 

As we discover any new links that are useful we will add them to this page for you to use.


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. It helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another. Teaching children to blend the sounds of the letters together helps them to decode unfamiliar / unknown words by sounding them out. Phonics is a core subject for Year 1 children (phase 2-5).


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At Heron Cross we write cursively (non-looped). In Year 1 we focus on the letter formation (size/height, ensuring we start on the line, that we continue to write on the line, we do not join letters). We concentrate on using finger spaces, capital letters at the beginning of sentences, capital letters for proper nouns (names) and full stops. These basics are key to ensure progression. We include nouns (a person, place or thing), verbs (a doing word) and adjectives (describing word) in our writing.






We love to read in Year 1 and work hard to instill a love for reading! It is highly important that each child reads everyday with an adult using their Phonics to sound out new and tricky words. We love story telling too! It is important for children to hear how to pronounce words, to read with fluency, to understand when to pause and how to read speech with different emotion, volume and expression. You could try reading a few words or a sentence and then asking your child to mimic you (echo reading) or you could read aloud together (choral reading). Just ensure your child reads along with their finger at the same time.

Questions to ask your child / points to discuss to improve comprehension:

  • Who is your favourite character? Why? 
  • What has happened in the story so far?
  • What does this word X mean?
  • Can you find any words with the X sound in? (example: sh, ng, oo, ee, au, aw, ew, ue)
  • What do you think will happen next? Why?


Please continue to practise these key skills with your child:

  • counting both forwards and backwards more confidently and fluently from 0 to 100 
  • add and subtract numbers from 0 to 50
  • order numbers from the smallest to the greatest
  • 2, 10 and even 5 timetables
  • writing numbers (one digit per square, facing the correct way)








Topics, Science and other subjects






Computing and programming


Children have also been using the offline editor (version 1.4) 




PE and Mindfullness





Please let us know if there is anything you would like to share with the class.

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