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Excellence Everyday

Year 1 class 2020-2021 

'Excellence Everyday'

'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'

Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,

Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,

Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,

Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.

Our new stars of Year 1! 


Mrs L. Bibby

Learning Assistant

Mrs D. Edwards


Miss M. Hogg (pm)

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Information 

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About the class...

In Year 1 we believe that children learn best when they feel safe and secure, in an environment where their ideas and opinions are valued.

We also believe that enjoying learning and having fun is key to their ability to succeed.

Therefore all of the lessons are interactive, exciting and engaging and involve the children in as many ways as possible.

The children also still have plenty of opportunities to learn through play while accessing our wonderful areas of continuous provision. We have areas such as a reading corner, numeracy area, writing area and role play.

We believe that a great resource can be each other, so discussions and questioning are encouraged in all aspects to allow the children to learn from others to build up their own understanding.

Giving consideration to mental health and well-being is very important in Year 1.  We work together with the children to create a classroom where all  children can  be happy and free from worry and anxieties.  We support this by promoting positive self-talk and  help children to build up their resilience and self-esteem.  We always have the time to support children to deal with any difficulties that occur. This year we have sourced some wonderful new stories that we will be using to explore and support positive  mental health and  well-being. 

All individuals

Each child enters Year 1 at a different stage; some are ready for the National Curriculum, whereas others will require a little support to achieve the Foundation Stage Profile objectives from Reception.

To continue the learning journey we take assessments made in Reception and identify the next steps for each child.

We see every child as an individual, not just a year group. We understand that every child learns in a different way and has different interests and it is our aim to adapt our teaching to suit the children.

We encourage their independence throughout, allowing them to take ownership of their learning and achievements and to understand how to solve problems on their own.

What do we learn?

We have daily Read Write Inc, Numeracy and challenge curriculum sessions where we can work on our core skills.

Our writing is focused around a book that we are reading or a topic area and we produce some fantastic writing of our own linked to this work.  

We teach most areas of the curriculum through the challenge curriculum where the different areas of the curriculum are linked through a common theme.

Important things to remember: -

  • PE: We have PE every Tuesday and Thursday– please ensure that your child attends school on this day in their PE kit (an indoor and/or outdoor PE kit with trainers)  inline with our new guidance related to Covid-19.
  • Reading books will be changed every Wednesday.  Reading books will go home from Wednesday 16th September 2020. Please ensure your child has their reading book in school each Wednesday.  We will place returned books into quarantine to reduce any risk of covid-19 transmission. Two reading books will be sent home. One will be a book that your child is capable of reading independently and the another  will be more challenging which your child may need some support with. A letter will be issued in September with more details and photos of the two different types of books.  Reading records will be provided for you to comment on your child's reading.  Reading records will be due in school on set days.  The first day for reading records to be sent into school is Friday 2nd October 2020.  This will allow staff to monitor home reading.  We will send reminders via text message for this date.
  • Homework:  We have made some changes to homework in-line with covid-19 measures in place.  Homework will predominantly be set online.   We are soon to be setting up a new app called SEESAW to facilitate additional homework tasks. This will enable staff to set work, monitor work and provide feedback online.  More information to follow in a separate letter. This will be launching soon.
  • Spellings will be given every Thursday in the form of a worksheet. Unlike expectations for last year, this worksheet will not be sent back into school but rather be kept at home.  You may wish to store all spelling sheets in a folder/file so you can refer back to them.  Spelling tests will take place the following  Friday.  Please support your child in learning these spellings at home.  We recommend little and often.  The first set of spellings will be sent out on Thursday 16th September 2020.

Year 1 Long Term Plan 2020-2021

Year 1 - Spring 2 Topic Web

Year 1 - Autumn 2 Topic Web

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Book recommendations for Year 1 

Follow the link below to view a wealth of recommended books for your child in Year 1.  You will never be short of book suggestions with this site. Children, we hope you find something you love. 

'The Reader Teacher' - Visit this site to view 100 'must reads' for YEAR 1 https://www.thereaderteacher.com/year1 

History and Art

This term in history we are looking at the differences and similarities between the lives of children now and children from the past. We started the topic by experimenting with some of the toys played with in the past. We considered what they were made from and what made them move.  The children really enjoyed playing with the toys and comparing them with their own favourite toys.   

Within art, we have used the toys as a stimulus for some observational drawing and we will progress onto creating our own flip books.

Take a look at our art sketchbooks.

Super Senses Day

Year 1 had an amazing time using all their body parts and senses to take part in all of the superhero themed activities.