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3rd April 20
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Year 1



Welcome to Year 1



Our class teachers are Mrs Robinson and Mrs McCauley. 

Our teaching assistant is Mrs Coulton.

We hope that you are all having fun and staying safe. We are really looking forward to seeing you as soon as possible.   

With best wishes, Mrs Robinson & Mrs McCauley.






Phonics At Home


In Year 1 we are using Phases 3, 4 & 5 phonics. Click the links below to find pronounciations to support your child at home. 






Take a look at all the fun and amazing activities that we have been doing during our Autumn term!

Can you spot where we have been looking at science activities about 'Our Body', geography activites about 'Hot and Cold countries' and lots of maths and English challenges?

The Narnia Experience.

Year 1 had a great time at the Narnia Experience in Hesketh Bank. We stepped through a wardrobe and into a magical land.

This was us printing houses linked to our study of the Great Fire of London.

We were learning about arrays-repeated adding. It's quicker to multiply (do groups of).

We were doing practical maths-weighing and measuring.

We were learning about place value-when the one in 12 is really ten.

We made our own street of houses linked to the Great Fire of London-they were too close together.

We looked at the new science equipment in our school and did a fair test to see which material was the most absorbent.

Home Learning


Dear Year One Families,

Like you, we’re finding this a very strange time, adapting to the changes which are upon us at the moment. We really hope that you and your families are keeping well.

Just before we finished school, the Lancashire Authority produced a ‘Support for home learning’ document for families to use (this was sent out on an email from school; we have put a link to this information below this letter). There is so much wonderful material to delve into here – please have a look through and see what would work best for you. However, after this first week of settling into new routines, we thought that you may find it useful to have some clearer direction, especially linked to what we were currently working through in maths and English.

We have set up reading and maths tasks for the children to access on the Purple Mash and MyMaths websites. These will go live from Monday 30th March. On our last day at school, the children were given details of these websites together with their individual usernames and passwords. Please don’t worry if you weren’t there to get yours or it has vanished at home (we completely understand that!) - if you just email on the address, we can send you your details.

We will also be posting up each week on our class page, the phonics sounds that we would have been covering at school. Once you know which sound to look at, there are many different games, words and sentences to have a go at on the Phonics Play website ( which currently has free access for all.

There are also free activities for music available on the Charanga website – if you are interested then please contact us on the school home learning email address for login details.

A lovely way to enjoy books is to listen to them, which you can do for free at Lancashire libraries:   

and joining the library online - 


These are ideas of what you could do. What is really important now, is that all of our children feel as secure, loved and happy as possible. Please do as much or as little as fits with each day. Our children have all made wonderful progress in the first half of Year One – we are very proud of each and every child. Once this current challenge is over, we will all return and resume a more normal routine again.

Let’s remember the latest song about hope that we were learning : Faith, hope, love  (Faith, faith, faith on Youtube : Ronikadee – with the lego train!)

Very best wishes,

Mrs McCauley, Mrs Robinson & Mrs Coulton

Phonics for 30th March - 3rd April


Phonics for 30th March – 3rd April

Our first set of phonics sounds are from Week 5 of Phase 5b. They comprise of different sounds that these letters can make in words:

i           -  makes either short or long sounds: tin, his, milk OR mild, wild, behind


o          -  makes either short or long sounds: hot, not, clock OR so, don’t, both


c          -  makes either short or long sounds: cat, crisp, coat OR cell, ice, success


g          -  makes either hard or soft sounds: gap, pig, golf OR magic, danger, germ


u          -  makes either hard or soft sounds: but, plug, gust OR music, tuba, stupid


If you look on the PhonicsPlay website with the free login –

             username:   march20

              password:    home 

The resources section is where the games are. There is quite a range here, but when practising the sounds for this week, it would need to be games which apply for Phase 5b (many of the other games are great for Phases 3 and 4 – also valuable revision).

Hope that this helps – any problems then please just email us on the address.

Best wishes,

Mrs McCauley & Mrs Robinson