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 Fox is a support assistant in Year 1.

Welcome back! 

As we enter our final half term of the academic year, our topic this half term is 'Magic and Castles'.  We will be building castles from craft materials and exploring the strength of different materials.  We will be researching castles, including Mott and Bailey castles.  We also have our trip to Skipton Castle to look forward to on Monday 26th June.

Please see our homework page for information about maths activities we will be covering and the homework linked to this.

If you wish to discuss our topic, or any other matter relating to Year 1, then please do not hesitate to speak to me. 


Kind regards,

Mrs Whitwam


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?