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Excellence Everyday

Year 1 class  

'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.


Miss R. Jones

Learning Assistant

Mrs N. Wood (am)

Learning Assistant

Mrs P. Evans (pm)


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.

 September 2022

Important things to remember: -

    • Registration takes place at 8:40 am and the school day ends at 3:10pm - your child will enter and leave from the hall door.
    • Please provide a healthy snack for your child to eat at playtime.
    • Each child can have their own water bottle , please provide these with their name on.
    • PE for this year is on a MONDAY and THURSDAY, please ensure that your child comes into school wearing their PE Kit on these days.  Children will continue to come into school in PE kits on their days for PE.  On these days children must wear the following PE uniform: Black jogging bottoms or black sports leggings , white PE tops, black hoody tops . Or a Summer PE kit : the usual red shorts and the white PE top .
    • Weekly homework will be set on Monday and needs to be completed by  Sunday. Homework will be set on Seesaw ( log in and password details will be provided). Seesaw enables staff to set work, monitor work and provide feedback online.   The homework will be a consolidation of work already done in class. Later in the year English homework will be set on SPAG.com (online), again log in and password details will be sent.  Homework used to support phonics screening will also be added in the spring term.  
    • We will begin to send home reading books out as soon as we have assessed your child’s reading level.  Returned books will go into a quarantined box before being returned to the library. Your child will need to return their home reading book/s every Monday, they can then select a new home reading book from the school library.  We encourage the children to read at home every night but at least three times each week. This is part of the homework expectations and we appreciate your support with this. Your child has their own personal reading record for you to record their reading journey. We expect these to be completed every time your child reads their school book. 
    • Topic webs will be uploaded onto this class page in the first week of each half term. Topic webs will inform you of the learning taking place and will provide a list of project homework activities to complete at home.  
    • Children are asked not to bring any other personal items into school; we will provide all necessary stationery.


Year 1 Long Term Plan 2022-2023

Year 1 Topic Webs

 Autumn 1 topic web.pdfDownload
 Autumn 2 topic web.pdfDownload
 spring 1 topic web.pdfDownload
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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 

Here is some of our amazing learning from this year!

We are Year 1
We are Year 1

Year 1 Classroom

Autumn 2022 Learning

Talk for Writing - The Three Billy Goats Gruff


In Autumn term we look at place value and addition/subtraction within 10. We also look at 2D and 3D shapes. Here we are building towers with 3D shapes to explore their properties.


In Science we have been learning all about materials. The children have enjoyed exploring the properties of different materials, as well as testing which materials float and sink.

Spring 2023 Learning