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Class 1S

Welcome to class 1S, “Squirrels”. Your teacher is Miss Smyth. Your teaching assistants are Mrs Archer and Mrs Woodard.

Paradise Wildlife Park

On Thursday 20th June Year 1 had a very enjoyable day out at Paradise Wildlife Park. We were very lucky that the rain held off and we were even blessed with some sunshine! The children behaved beautifully and were able to apply their knowledge of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores to the animals they saw….although the dinosaurs might have been a bit tricky!

Phonics Screener

As you know, the phonics screener is fast approaching! We do however, not want to put any pressure on the children, so use your half term to read with your children, look at the phonics activity pack but most of all….have fun!

World Book Day

During World Book Day this year the children took part in lots of exciting activities.

General Reminders

Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school everyday and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help them get changed quickly in school. Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday.

Our library day is Monday, so please ensure children bring their library book in for changing after the weekend.

Any letters or reply slips, which need to be returned, can be put in your child’s book bag. The children are encouraged to check them each morning and give things in after the register.

Maths in Year 1

In year one we like to make maths learning fun and interactive. We have daily maths lessons which cover the objectives set out in the new national curriculum.


We have been practising counting in 2s and 10s, ordering numbers, saying a number more or less than a given number and looking at patterns found on the 100 square. The children have been investigating how to use a variety of equipment to help them understand place value. We have also been looking at the equals symbol and making equal amounts using a range of methods.
We have been working hard learning our number bonds to 10, using the tens frame, adding and subtraction.


This term we have investigated shapes and their properties. We made shape pictures and models, played guess the shape using description only, as well as going on a shape hunt. We have also looked at finding and creating repeating patterns using a variety of objects, pictures and numbers.
The children have been revisiting numbers and the number system, including odd and even numbers and finding the missing number from a number sentence. Lots of different methods were used by the children to solve the problems e.g. practically with objects, part part whole method and pictorially.


Here in year 1 we love literacy. Everyday we have sessions on the following:

  • Phonics
  • Guided reading
  • Literacy lessons
  • Handwriting
  • Story time

We recommend that parents read with their children everyday and share books together as much as possible.

Talking about books and reading helps children to understand what they have read and should be encouraged as much as possible.

Phonics Screening

Find out more about the year 1 phonics screening check here:


In Literacy we have been reading the story Penguin by Polly Dunbar. The children have impressed us by their acting skills as they re-enacted the story! We sequenced the story, looked at repeated phrases, retold the story in our own words and even wrote the story using key features of the text.


Having read the story, ‘Billy’s Bucket’ by Kes Gray, we wrote our own version of the story. We used our imagination to think about the kind of bucket we might find at ‘Buckets R Us’, and what amazing things we would see inside it!

We have also looked at a variety of poems linked to the seaside. We thought about using our senses and what we might experience at the seaside. This involved using lots of descriptive language, including adjectives and verbs.

We also looked at the story ‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox and explored Australia, a lovely trip down memory lane for Miss Smyth! We then thought about how this story might look different if it was set in the UK, ending up with lots of lovely stories involving magic rabbits, foxes, badgers and hedgehogs!

Home Learning

Your child will be given maths homework each week which will include a task to be completed together with the family. The tasks will cover the national curriculum objectives and will help children to consolidate the maths skills learnt in school.

  • Please encourage your child to read 5 times a week.
  • Spellings are given out every Friday and are to be returned on the following Thursday.
  • Maths home learning is given out on a Friday and collected on the following Thursday. There will be a sticker in your child’s maths home learning book indicating a task, as well as possible ideas to complete the task.Spellings Homework

Your child will be given a new set of spellings every Friday. Your child should practise these spellings over the course of the week. Spelling folders should be returned to school every Thursday. Spellings include the Year 1 high frequency words which the children are expected to learn by the end of Year 1.