Duston Eldean Primary School

Welcome to Year One!

Welcome to Year One!

In Year One, the children experience many learning opportunities to begin to develop their independence along with many lifelong skills. These include experiences of how to share and take turns, how to work effectively in groups and how to make effective choices to support their learning. A ‘learn through play’ approach will continue in Year 1 alongside daily maths, English and topic lessons. Throughout the classroom, outdoor area and reading area, the children will be provided with resources and opportunities to freely explore to challenge their thinking, extend their knowledge and secure their understanding. Within this set up and approach, there are endless opportunities for children to develop skills associated with resilience, problem solving, sharing and discussing new ideas, trial and error, showing a growth mindset, persistence, facing and overcoming challenges, taking on criticism and suggestions for improvements and many more!  

Key Dates

  • Indoor PE: Both classes Tuesday pm (tshirt/shorts)
  • Outdoor PE: Both classes Friday pm (joggers/jumper/trainers)


Parents are encouraged to play an important part in our children’s learning through home learning activities including the need for regular reading and phonics practise. Each term we will send a knowledge organiser detailing the key vocabulary lined to our topic. Throughout the year, we will also send home a recall sheet to support their learning in maths. Please share these with your children. 

Spelling tests will start in Term 2. 


The expectation is for children to read their school banded reading book at least three times in a week (preferably more). Reading logs will be checked weekly.

Letter formation packs are available and can be sent home to support the accuracy in letter formation to help children to increase their fluency and presentation in writing throughout the year.

Phonics Screening

In Year One, the statutory assessment takes place during w.c Monday 7th June 2021. It is crucial your child attends school during this week. The assessment involves children reading forty words using their decoding and blending skills to show accuracy of phonemes when reading. The assessment is very relaxed and only takes between 5-10 minutes. It is vital that children leave Year One with an accurate understanding of the phonemes within the English language.

Potential Trips (depending on government guidance)

Throughout the year, children experience a variety of trips and ‘wow’ moments. These include a visit from a company called Tropical Inc. who provide the opportunity for the children to get up close to animals like Python snakes and meerkats. In term four, we learn about toys, old and new and Abington Park Museum visit us to share toys dating back to WW1. To finish the year, we visit Holdenby House, in Northamptonshire to experience a day as a ‘Victorian servant’ working for Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale. The trips are all linked to our rich wider curriculum and every trip is planned in mind with enhancing the learning for the children.


Upcoming Events

30 Aug
Late Summer Bank Holiday
Date Mon,30 Aug 2021

Contact Us

School Business Manager

Duston Eldean Primary
Main Road Duston Northamptonshire NN5 6PP
Tel: 01604 752283