GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Year 1

Red Class – Mrs Owen and Mrs Kearns

Yellow Class – Mrs Nicoll

Aqua Class – Mrs Wells


Cycle 1:

Autumn: Step into Darkness

Spring: Making a Splash

Summer: Shiver Me Timbers!


Cycle 2:

Autumn: Extreme Explorers

Spring: Down on the Farm

Summer: Victorians


 Key information

Key words

In Year 1 it is expected that children will read key words on sight, or be able to fluently apply their phonics to read them.  Throughout the year children will also be learning to spell these words.  Some of these words are 'tricky words' that cannot be sounded out (e.g. said) and some of these words require the children to apply their phonics knowledge (sounds). At BIS we also have a list of ‘must correctly spell’ words for each year group which we support the children in learning throughout the year.  The Year 1 words are as follows:

Year 1 Tricky words


Reading is a very important part of learning which will help your child progress in all areas of the curriculum.  Your child will choose a school book, appropriate for their reading level, to bring home each day.  Please try to hear them read at home every evening, record how they did in their red reading notebook and then return it to school the following day.  Thank you for your continued support with reading.


When supporting your child with their reading, you may find it useful to refer to these sounds.  As well as the individual alphabet sounds (e.g. the 'd' sound in 'dog'), your child will also learn these digraphs (sounds with two letters) and trigraphs (sounds with three letters).

qu – queen, quick ear – hear, dear oe – toe, goes
ch – church, much air – fair, pair au – autumn, launch
sh – sheep, shop ure – sure, cure a_e – make, came
th – thin, with er – corner, her e_e – these, even
ng – sing, strong ay – day, tray i_e – like, time
ai – rain, sail ou – out, cloud o_e – home, cone
ee – feet, keep ie – pie, tie u_e – rule, cube
igh – light, night ea – meat, seal i – find, child
oa – goat, moan oy – boy, annoy o – cold, told
oo – book, boot ir – girl, skirt c – circle, central
ar – farm, chart ue – blue, true g – giant, ginger
or – for, torn aw – saw, yawn ow – blow, snow
ur – hurt, turn wh – when, which ie – field, chief
ow – cow, town ph – photo, phone ea – bread, head
oi – coin, soil ew – new, chew ey – donkey, monkey

 Letter Formation

Your child will continue to practise the letter formation learnt in Year R.  In Year 1, once the children are confident with forming letters correctly and with the correct orientation, they will begin to look at joining.  Please see below for guidance on letter formation.


Things to Remember

Please send your child in with a named water bottle every day

Book bags should be brought to school each day

Your child’s PE kit should be in school during term time

All belongings should be clearly labelled with names


Page Downloads Date  
Making a Splash 2022 10th Jan 2022 Download
Reading Workshop Y1 2022 01st Mar 2022 Download
Shiver Me Timbers 2022 26th Apr 2022 Download