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Hello and welcome to Year 1

We are a happy and friendly class who love to learn. 

Our Teachers are Miss Riding and Miss Suthers and we are supported by a collection of helpful Teaching Assistants. 

Reading books go home every day and are expected to be brought back into school every day. 

We encourage all children to read regularly at home with a grownup and sign the home reading record. 

Book bags will be checked and changed weekly. Children will bring home a phonetically decodable reading book, which they should be able to read with some independence alongside a free choice book to enjoy with family. It is very important that the children re-read the same book regularly, as they need to see sounds and words again and again to transfer into their long-term memory.

Children will also bring home homework on a Friday to be returned to school by the following Tuesday. Homework will vary but will always be something that they have practised in the classroom. 


PE is currently on a Monday and Thursday and it is expected that a full PE kit is in school. 

Year 1 Homework Friday 10th May 

Inspirational People

To kick-start our new theme, we practised our 'explorer' skills to look for clues as to who our inspirational person is. We looked at cold habitats, savannah habitats, plants & insects and pre-historic animals. We observed closely using magnifying glasses and described what we could see as well as making detailed drawings. We decided that this person must love nature, must have travelled far and wide and must have lots of tales to tale. Can you guess who it is?



Did you guess? It's none other than....Sir David Attenborough! We can't wait to learn more about him and be inspired by his work.

Phonics Meeting

Thank you to all the parents and families who joined us for our phonics meeting. It was so lovely to see so many of you. We talked about the importance of regular reading at home to allow children to practise their sound blending in words and in

sentences . In your child's book bag, there is a Phase 5 sound mat with all the alternative sounds and their corresponding

pictures. You will also find a real and nonsense word read & roll game to practise sound blending in words ready for the upcoming phonics check.

Please see below for these resources also. 

Roll & Read

Phase 5 Sound Mat

Phonics Check Slides

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Read and Spell Tricky Words


Thank you to all those who joined us at our parent reading workshop. It was great to see so many of you. The importance of you reading to and with your child can't be underestimated. We recommend you read little and often and aim for everyday. This could be reading a book together, reading a book to your child, singing a nursery rhyme, playing games with the tricky and high frequency word cards. 

In the parent reading letter, you will find helpful information of how we teach your child to read at school and the ways in which you can help at home. 


See the Reading Parent Information page below.

Reading Meeting Slides

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Ancient Worlds

We had a great time on our trip to Clitheroe Castle! It was very windy but the sun was shining. We made a model of the castle in sand and even had time to visit the park!

Winter at Thorn! We had a great time at the snowball fight, then enjoyed our Christmas party. When January came, so did the snow and we played outside.

Festivals of Colour

We had a great time at our family open afternoon to celebrate all the learning we have been doing about festivals. The boys and girls were so excited to have their families visit and loved showing off their classroom and all the fun things they have been doing. It was lovely to see so many family members enjoying learning with their children. 

Watch this space!