Copmanthorpe Primary School

Copmanthorpe Primary School


Welcome to Year 1


This page will give you some brief information about Year 1. Any information shared on here may be subject to change as we navigate the new restrictions and adapt to the new normal.

Obviously things will be a little different at school for the time being and if you have any questions or would just like to speak to a member of the Year 1 team about another matter then please contact to school office (via phone or email). Alternatively, leave a message on the table near the classroom door in the morning and we will gladly call you back later in the day. We are extremely keen to keep an open and supportive dialogue between home and school despite the Covid restrictions.

As usual, any urgent information will generally be sent out via the school app or email. We'll also use the student announcements on seesaw to send out reminders.

As the new year begins, we will continue to embed our behaviour policy; Ready, Respectful and Safe (RRS) with the additional new Covid rules.

We will also be reinforcing good learning attitudes with the help of the Copmanthorpe Learning Buddies: Resilient Snail, Resourceful Squirrel, Reciprocal Bee and Reflective Owl. (RRRR)

Year 1 Staff

1S Teacher – Mrs Stanford

1WW Teachers – Mrs Willson (M, T, W) and Miss Wilkinson (Th, F)

Mrs Collins and Mr Simms will be covering the teachers' PPA (planning, preparation and assessment time) on Tuesday mornings.

TAs – Mrs Brooks, Mrs Patrick and Mrs Collins

1:1 TAs - Mrs Priest and Miss Wood

Useful Information

  • Please ensure that your child’s uniform, coat, pack up and water bottle are clearly labelled. We will not be able to hold onto lost property anymore and children will not be able to wander the school to look for lost items so if it is not named we won't be able to return it to the correct child. They do not require any other items to be brought into school unless otherwise agreed.

  • Children will be given two banded reading books a week to take home. More information as to when in the week these will be given out and also when they need to be returned will be sent out with your child’s first book.

  • Reading diaries will not be used currently.

  • Named water bottles should be in school daily and must be taken home every day for washing.

  • Bookbags are encouraged instead of rucksacks due to limited storage space.

  • PE will be on a Tuesday morning so children are to come into school in their full PE kit on this day only. Please make sure that they have on suitable PE kit for the weather as we will usually be outside. Please also ensure that long hair is tied up and earrings are either removed or covered up on P.E. days as we will not be able to help children with this as we usually would have.

  • Forest Schools kits will be required in school everyday including wellies. Please ensure that the kit is named.

  • In regard to home learning, we are trying to limit the amount of items passing between school and home so are setting up new systems for homework. We will be in touch about these routines soon but it is likely to be daily reading, a weekly spelling and then a termly topic menu to select from.

  • Please note we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL, so children cannot bring any nut products to school in their packed lunches. We appreciate your co-operation with this. 

  • The children continue to get a free piece of fruits for snack everyday. No other snacks are required but your child may bring their own piece of fruit if they wish.

The Curriculum for Autumn 1

Initially our curriculum will have a theme of well-being; making sure that the children are happy and settled back into school. The texts we will be using in English will reflect this and there will be lots of time for team building and reflection. We will then continue with our broad curriculum covering a range of subject and skill areas at mostly the Year 1 level. We will continually assess and review which aspects of the Early Years curriculum we need to revisit in order to fill any gaps in learning that the children may have.  

Our termly whole school topic is ‘People, Places and Perseverance’ which during Autumn 1 will focus on well-being. The texts that we are covering are ‘The Col  Monster', 'The Worrysaurus’ and  ‘In My Heart: A Book of Feelings’.

We have invited all the children to join us on seesaw (an online learning platform). Please get in touch if you need help accessing this.

Please see this help sheet on keeping children safe online: click here. 

And this sheet which offers some advice on commenting on seesaw. Please supervise your child whilst they are using seesaw to ensure they only post with your permission.


Some useful Links and Resources

English websites

Maths websites

Other useful links

Joe Wicks '5 minute workouts' 

purplemash   -  Purple Mash (logins will be sent out soon)

Year 1 Websites

  • Teach Your Monster to Read This is a free website, but you do need to register with an email address or you can download the app (for a small charge, but keep a look out for special offers as it's sometimes offered for free.)

  • ICT Games Lots of fun games, that cover lots of curriculum areas.

  • Phonics Play This is a subscription website, but you can access some of the games for free. Or you can sign up if you wish, it's not very expensive. 

  • Topmarks Great website containing tonnes of games to support all areas of Maths and English, including phonics and spelling.

  • Oxford Owl This fantastic website contains a huge range of ebooks that can also be access via tablets, as well as a range of maths games to support your child. To access the ebooks your child can use the class login details below.                Username: cop4, Password: cop4  or  Username: cop3, Password: cop3

  • Ipad apps


Mrs Stanford, Mrs Willson and Miss Wilkinson