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 and Mrs Doyne. Miss Robinson will teach the class on Wednesday mornings.

Here we are at the start of another half term already!

Our topic this half term is 'Land Ahoy!', and will be based on pirates. Through this we will be learning about reading and creating maps, coastlines and planning journeys. We will also find out about some historical explorers and why they were important. 


In maths this term we will be continuing with place value,  addition and subtraction (up to 50), weight and measure following the White Rose  Maths Hub planning.

In English we will continue to practise and reinforce our phonics, learning new sounds and applying them to spelling.  We will also be writing our own pirate stories, poems and sea shanties!


As always, my door is open for any queries or questions, so please feel free to come and see me or grab me in the playground after school. 



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?