Year 1

Our Teacher is Miss Hall.

Our Teaching Assistants are Miss Hayes and Miss Audsley

Mrs Stephenson teaches in our classroom on Friday afternoons.

Please scroll down to the bottom of our page,

to see our most recent learning!

Useful information

Spelling test: Wednesday ( new spellings given out this day)

PE Days: Tuesday (Indoor) Thursday (Outdoor)

Reading Race: Reading records are checked weekly.

If your child has read at home they will move forwards on our race. If they reach the finish line, they will receive a certificate and a prize.

We love our reading corner, it is the perfect place to relax with a book.

We have a reading race that links in with our topic of Castles and Knights. Each of us are a toy trying to make it across the track to save the princess in the castle. Each time we read at home we move forward a space.

Billy, 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!


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.)

Our Phonics Area

We love our phonics area in our classroom! We can feed Obb and Bob real and nonsense words, we can play phase 5 hook a duck, and we can play bingo! We love being in this area and continuing our learning in choosing time!

Our Learning


In our literacy lessons, we have been focusing on a story called 'The Lonely Beast' by Chris Judge.

Before reading it we looked at a picture of the beast and came up with adjectives to describe what we think he would be like. We then looked at an extract of the book. We freeze framed the extract and Miss Hall unfroze us and asked what we might be saying (so we had to stay in character!) We then wrote down our ideas in speech bubbles.

Next we read the first part of the story, and wrote a diary entry from the point of view of the beast. We worked really hard and Miss Hall was really impressed with our writing.

Castles and Knights

Our new history topic is Castles and knights. We have started to learn about different parts of a castle and the people that work there. We will be finding out more about castles across the UK and using maps to locate them.

In art we have been using a technique called printing, to create our very own castle pictures. First we drew the outline of a castle. Then we dipped our Lego piece in paint and printed it onto our page.

Take a look at some of our super work, labelling the part of a castle.

We really enjoyed spending some time on the bikes and scooters as a reward for very hard work.

Our School Trip

We took a trip back in time to March 1883 - The Victorian times. We learnt about what their homes were like and the jobs they had to do, We also learned about Victorian toys. We pretended to be Victorian Scholars in a School Room and had a lesson just like children in 1883 would have. It was very different!

We had so much so fun! Take a look at some of our photographs.

Victorian Toys

Victorian Homes


We are lucky enough to have a fantastic library area! We love going into the library to share books with our friends.


In Maths, we have been learning about money. We can recognise coins and some notes and have been making amounts using different coins. We have got a role play play area of a shop so we can continue practising using money in our choosing time.

Writing in Year 1

We love writing in year one, Some of our most recent writing has been about Butterflies. We enjoyed researching facts in science and writing reports to create this very striking display in our classroom.

We also linked this to our art lessons, and created our very own art work of a tiger butterfly.

We have also been learning how to write letters, as we have a new office area in our classroom. We first looked at the features of a letter.

Then we got into character as The Big Bad wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and wrote letters of apology to Granny. Take a look at some of our fantastic work!

Health Day

In year one on heath day, we focused on two main things; Looking after our teeth and Mental health (controlling emotions).

We looked at how much sugar we were allowed and how much sugar was in certain drinks. We were shocked by some of it! We also looked at the correct way of brushing our teeth and what happens if we do not look after our teeth.

We also made stress balls using play dough and balloons. This is something we came up with as helping us to calm down, when we are upset or angry. We also thought colouring and finding a quiet place would help.

Our topic

Our Topic is Homes and Toys. So far we have been learning all about homes past and present. We have learnt about the different types of houses, described our house and have compared old and new. We have also made some house models in DT.


We have been learning to control the Beebots. We programmed them to move forwards and backwards and change direction. We had lost of fun!


Our art topic is observational art. We have watched the story of Austin's Butterfly (see link below) and has a go at sketching our own. We did a first draft and gave each other feedback about how we could improve. We are really please with the progress we made.


In D&T we have designed and baked our own cookies. We've had lost of fun making them!