Welcome to Phase 1 – Early Years & Year 1

Meet the Team

We hope you find the following information useful. If you have any questions or comments, please email jjones@lordderamores.com

Alternatively, you can phone school and leave a message via the office or pop in and see us at the end of the day.


At the start of each term (half term in EY), we will send out a Newsletter via ParentPay. The newsletter outlines the curriculum and relevant information for that term.

Y1 Summer Term Newsletter 2022

Early Years Summer Term Newsletter 2022

Y1 Spring Term Newsletter 2022

Early Years Spring Term Newsletter 2022

Y1 Autumn Term Newsletter 2021

Early Years Autumn Term Newsletter 2021


Learning in Phase 1

We believe that young children learn best through play and through following their own interests.  This is reflected in our Early Years and Year 1 learning Environment where teaching and learning is done through play. The Phase 1 Team play and interact with the children for the majority of the time.  We help children practise and consolidate what they already know and help them learn new skills and knowledge, within the context of the activities they choose to do.  We encourage reading, writing and maths in all these areas.

There are daily focused activities to enable staff to directly teach skills and knowledge such as phonics, writing skills and maths.  In Early Years, these will be short, whole class or half class sessions, usually at the beginning or end of the morning or afternoon.  In Year 1 these sessions will be longer and may also include some focused group work.

In the Early Years curriculum there are 7 areas of learning:

3 Prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

4 Specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Underpinning all these are the Characteristics of Effective Learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.

In Year 1, the Characteristics of Effective Learning continue to be developed through the children’s play.  The Year 1 curriculum consists of; English, maths, computing, science, design technology, geography, history, RE (Religious Education), PE (Physical Education).

Observations and Focus Children

In Phase 1, we use Tapestry Online Learning Journey to record the children’s learning.  Each week, both the Early Years  and the Year 1 staff choose 3 children to focus on.  During the week, the staff will spend more time observing and interacting with the focus children.  Observations of learning and adult interactions will be recorded on Tapestry.  Parents will be informed of their child’s focus week at the start of the week and will be invited to add information about what their child enjoys at home.  The following week, there will be an opportunity for a ten minute meeting with staff to discuss their child’s learning.  In Early Years, each child will have 3 observation weeks – one per term.  In Year 1 there will be 2 weeks – one in the Autumn term and one later in the year.


Our aim is to foster a love of books and reading for enjoyment and information. Please hear your child read as often as possible.  It is important that you note in your child’s planner each time they read with you at home and write the book title and ‘Please change’ (Year 1) if you think they are ready for a new book. Don’t forget to check your child’s understanding of the text by asking questions or asking them to retell the story.


Homework menus will be sent home each half term. Please sign and date activities when they are completed.(Year 1) or make a comment on Tapestry so we can see how the children have got on. There are always more activities than weeks so not all activities need to be completed.

Useful Information for EY

Useful Information for Y1

Useful Links for Year 1