Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 - Miss Hall.

Our Teaching Assistant is Miss Hayes.

Please scroll down to the bottom of our page,

to see our most recent learning!

Useful information

Please practise reading daily at home and please support your child with their weekly spellings. Your child will have a weekly spelling test. This will take place on a Wednesday and your child will be tested the following Wednesday on the new spellings given.

Can you please make sure your child’s name is inside all items of their uniform and their PE kit. Children need an indoor PE kit (shorts and t-shirt) and an outdoor PE kit (warm tracksuit and trainers). These should be brought into school on a Monday morning.


Attendance is important to us here at Shafton Primary Academy, we aim to be at school every day! We display our weekly attendance on our doors, so I'm hoping our year one door always looks like the picture!

We have a half termly assembly to celebrate attendance. Children who

have been at school every day could be in with a chance of winning a special family prize!

Our Reading Bear

Our reading bear, Billy will be sent home with one child, each week for a weekend stay.

This will be a reward for doing some great reading, either in school or at home with their families.

If your child has been rewarded with our bear, please return him on Monday morning ready for his next holiday!

Reading Area

We LOVE our new reading area in our classroom. It has an under the sea theme, full of books around this genre. We have looked at Rainbow Fish and made our own which now dangle in our reading area. We really enjoy reading a book in our boat!

What is the phonic screening check?

The National phonic screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all year 1 pupils and is a quick

and easy check of your child’s phonic knowledge. It takes place each year during June.

What is in the phonic screening check?

It comprises of a list of 40 words and nonsense words. It will assess phonic skills and knowledge learnt through reception and

year 1. Your child will read 1-1 with a teacher. It will be your child’s current teacher so it is a familiar face. Your child will read

up to 4 words per page and they will probably do the check in 10-15 minutes. They will be asked to ‘sound out’ a word and blend

sounds together. (The check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.)

How can I help my child?

There are a number of things that parents can do to support early reading development:

· Let your child see you enjoy reading yourself. They are influenced by you and what you do!

· Immerse your child in a love of reading. Make time for your child to read their school book to you.

· With all books, encourage your child to ‘sound out’ unfamiliar words and then blend form left to right.

· Use the attached resources. There are many phonic games for children to access on the computer.

ICT in year One

We have a very exciting and engaging ICT curriculum in year one, and we often use ICT within our other lessons. We have a designated ICT area where children can go and use the equipment, which will have been previously set up with activities linking with learning that day. We are also lucky enough to have our robots Dot and Dash which year one will be learning to code, control and debug!

Physical Education (PE)

In Indoor PE, we have been trying to create different shapes with our bodies. See if you can spot the shapes; Star, arch, pike, tuck and straddle.


Here we are using Base ten equipment to make

numbers up to One Hundred and beyond!


In science, our topic is Animals and humans. We have been learning about our senses. First we went on a senses walk and noted down all the things we could, see, hear, touch and smell. We also had a tasting lesson.

We learnt there are 4 main tastes; Sweet, sour, bitter and salty.

See if you can tell by our faces the taste of some of these foods.

Science and PSHE

We have been thinking about how to stay healthy in science. We have sorted healthy and unhealthy foods, talked about food groups and why we need certain types of food and have even tasted some healthy snacks. We also have been thinking about mental health and what we can do to help manage our emotions and keep our minds healthy as well as our bodies. Here are some of our thoughts!


" If we're feeling upset or stressed we could go for a walk."

" Talking to my mum helps me feel better."

" Drinking water."

"Getting lots of sleep."

" Going to bed earlier."

Remembrance Day

This week we have been learning about why we celebrate Remembrance Day. We researched this and then completed a piece of writing all about it. (Photographs to follow)

We also made our own poppies, using tissue paper scrunched up int little balls. We think they look amazing!