Welcome to Phoenix Class (Year one)

 We are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece...

Our class  teacher is Mrs Whitwam; she is supported by Miss Robinson.  Mrs Hoyle and Mrs Doyne are both Support Assistants in the class.

Welcome back everyone.  Christmas seems like a distant memory!


Our topic this half term is 'Splendid Skies', which is a science topic based around the weather.  We will be spending some time outdoors at various points, so please ensure your child has a nice warm coat!


In maths this term we will be covering place value (within 50),  addition and subtraction (within 20) following the White Rose  Maths Hub. In English we will be doing work around our topics, continuing with our phonics and learning new sounds.  We will also be completing writing tasks on a text based around friendship.

Click on the homework link below for information about maths, English and topic homework.


My door is always open for any queries or questions, so please feel free to come and see me.

Kind regards,


Mrs Whitwam


Our first gymnastics lesson with Karen Binns - it was great fun!

Year 1 Homework

Please look on our homework page for this half terms homework for English, Maths and Topic.  Below you will find additional information relating to the curriculum we teach in  Year 1.

Thank you.

How To Help Your Child With English At Home

Below you will find details of the different areas of learning your child will cover in English this year. If you can work on any of these at home it would be very much appreciated.


Phonics is the relationship between printed letters and the sounds they make. Children will first learn the most common letter sounds, and then look at more difficult patterns such as recognising that ‘ow’ sounds different in ‘cow’ and ‘snow’, or that both ‘ai’ and ‘ay’ make the same sound in different words.

Speaking & Listening:

The Spoken Language objectives are set out for the whole of primary school, and teachers will cover them every year as children’s spoken language skills develop. In Year 1, some focuses are:

  • Listen and respond to adults and other children
  • Ask questions to extend their understanding
  • Learn new vocabulary related to topics or daily life (days of the week, months of the year etc.)

Reading Skills:

  • Learn the 40+ main speech sounds and the letters that represent them
  • Blend sounds to form words
  • Read aloud when reading books that contain familiar letter/sound patterns
  • Listen to, and talk about a range of stories, poems and information texts
  • Learn about fairy tales and folk stories, and retell the stories
  • Make predictions about what might happen next in a book
  • Explain clearly what has happened in a book they have read or listened to

Writing Skills:

  • Hold a pen or pencil in the correct and comfortable way
  • Name the letters of the alphabet in order
  • Write lower-case letters starting and finishing in the right place
  • Write capital letters and the digits 0-9
  • Spell simple words containing the main sounds they have learned in reading
  • Learn to write words with the common endings, such as –ed, -ing, -er, and –est
  • Plan out sentences aloud before writing them
  • Write simple sentences, and use joining words such as ‘and’
  • Use capital letters and full stops in sentences
  • Combine some sentences to make short descriptions or stories


Tip: As well as reading books from school why not join your local library or read books from home too?