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Year 1 Sale

Welcome to the class page for Year 1S.


Our teaching staff are: 

Miss Sale

Miss Harrison (HLTA)

Mrs Green-Wright

Miss Harrison


1S Class assembly

Take a few minutes to check out our class assembly all about St Patrick's Day!

In Maths, we have primarily been looking at Place Value. The children have been reading, writing and representing numbers from 1-100 in many different ways, and we have recently started to look at grouping numbers into tens and ones. In our mental and oral starters at the beginning of each maths lesson, Year 1 have been counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. 


Most recently, we have been introduced to addition and subtraction. The children are working within numbers 1-20, e.g. 15 + 4 = ?, 19 - 8 = ? etc. 


In English, year 1 are working on using their phonics to write in simple and compound sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 

In Autumn we looked at superhero stories. The children were very interested in the story of Superworm and they were able to act out the story in the role play area! 

In the Spring term so far, we have been looking at traditional tales and we are reinventing the story of Little Red Riding Hood. If you have any traditional/fairytale stories at home, please share them with your child - We would love to hear about them!

Some of us have now mastered simple sentences, and we are looking at joining clauses with conjunctions. We have looked at using AND and BECAUSE to join our sentences. 

Here is a document which you might find helpful if you would like to support your child with their phonics:

Our class author this year is Julia Donaldson. We are very lucky to have a wide range of Julia's books in school, and so far we have had the chance to read the following: 



Zog and the Flying Doctors

Sharing a Shell 

What the Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

The Gruffalo 


The Snail and the Whale

The Highway Rat


The Flying Bath


But there are many more for your children to enjoy in the school library or at the local Broughton Hub, where many of the children are now members following our recent visit. 



How can I help my child in Year 1?


Carry on reading! 


Reading at home with your child is so important. It helps them to develop their learning in lots of areas. Your child will receive two new books on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You may not always have time to read the whole book (we understand home life is busy) but just a few pages a day can increase their confidence and get them into the routine of practising and applying their phonic knowledge. Sometimes parents say 'my child wanted to read a book from home'. As long as they are reading, that’s fantastic! Most children this age really love to read both new and familiar stories. Don't forget to read stories to your child as well!


Keep everyday learning light


Otherwise, try to keep any home learning light, and don’t push it if they seem tired or reluctant. School is exhausting for a child in Year 1. They are learning so many new things at school, and may well also be starting to join activities after school as well, such as swimming or gymnastics. If you do want to do more than reading and spellings, ask your child to retell a story, count out the cutlery for dinner, or clothes in the washing pile. Disguise the learning. They won’t want to sit at a table and focus quietly after such a busy day. Remember, your child is only 5 or 6 and still so young!


Spelling is mostly taught everyday in our phonics lessons. However, your child will receive a weekly spelling list which they will be tested on after the weekend. Your child will only be able to move on if they get all of their spellings right - but not to worry! - The spelling lists are in line with your child's phonics level so they will have already been learning those sounds in school.

In Science, the children in 1S have recently been learning about animals with Miss Harrison. We were very fortunate to have some lively visitors in school, ranging from a hedgehog to a snake! Take a look at the pictures below. 

Take a look at our Science knowledge organiser below to see what your child will be learning this term: 

On 7/2/19, we had a visitor called Corina in to talk to us about healthy eating. The children learnt about how many portions of fruit and veg we should have in a day, what a portion looks like and how to make fruit kebabs! We also met Casper Cabbage, Billy Broccoli, Sally Swede and Carly Carrot. Look at the pictures below. 

In Spring, we have been growing our very own plants! First, we planted our seeds in a little greenhouse and popped them in the window. After one week, we planted them in pots with soil and some of them have started to grow very tall. Sadly, some others still haven't sprouted but we are holding out hope for them! 

WOW! What a term we have had looking at Castles. This topic seems to have really caught the imagination of the children, who are very knowledgeable about them. We firstly learnt about motte and bailey castles by making a model of them, and then we visited Clitheroe castle in the Ribble Valley to check out what a real one looks like! We got to make our own castles in the sand, practise our sword skills and have a guided tour of the keep where we found out what a gong farmer does (ask the children!). It was a really fantastic trip and I hope the children get the chance to visit again as it's a wonderful day out. Have a look through our photos below.


We have also just learnt about the jobs people do in castles, and did mock job interviews for each job.


This week, the children will be able to come in period costumes to have a delicious feast!  



Clitheroe Castle

In Geography, we have been exploring our local area. We went on an autumnal walk in Mandley Park and we have been identifying different types of houses and homes around us. We have been looking at items that keep us safe and we have become trainee cartographers by exploring and drawing our very own maps. We even had a go at building our own houses out of Lego!


Take a look at our knowledge organiser below which outlines the key knowledge your child will learn in this topic. 

The children in 1S have been working with Mrs Fowler throughout the year on many different musical topics linked to the wider curriculum. One of the greatest musical achievements so far was the year 1 nativity which you can see in the photos and video below under "Christmas". On behalf of 1S, I would like to thank Mrs Fowler and Miss Carlton who arranged the whole nativity, and also the parents who attended and supported their children with learning their lines and gave lots of moral support! And of course, the children themselves, who couldn't have done a better job!

To mark the beginning of advent, the children made an advent candle which we placed on the prayer table in the classroom.

Friendship week in November was an important week in PSHE. We released balloons and made a pledge to ourselves and others to be kind. We left messages on the balloons and so far we have had 4 positive responses from as far away as Skipton (North Yorkshire)!


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In the run up to Christmas, we had a lot of fun doing many Christmassy activities. We practised the nativity, made lots of Christmas crafts and even made Christmas chocolate pudding biscuits!