Welcome to Phoenix Class (Year one)

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

Our class  teacher is Miss McGowan; she is supported by Mrs Holgate. Miss Robinson will teach the class on Wednesday mornings. We will also have Miss Saleem teaching in our class throughout this term.


Magical things are happening in Year One! Our topic theme this half term is 'Magic' and we have kicked things off by making our own magical cloaks and creating a magic potion outside.  

Our literacy this half term will be work based around the book 'The Bog Baby'. We have spent some time creating our own Bluebell Wood for a wall display where we will be able to show off our writing about this book. 

In maths we will be moving on to basic multiplication and division by grouping and sharing. We will also learn about doubling and halving, as well finding a half or a quarter of a given quantity.


As always, my door is always open, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop in or grab me on the playground.


Year 1 Homework

Homework will be given out weekly, with new work handed out on a Friday to be completed for the following Thursday. This will usually consist of one maths worksheet and one phonics sheet linked to what we have been doing in class, as well as a spelling practise sheet with that week's spelling list. Sometimes, children will be given other activities to support their learning e.g. targeted handwriting sheets to help with particular letter formation.

Reading books will be changed as and when they are completed.

Thank you for your continued support with this.

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?