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Y1 Penguins

Welcome to Penguin Class!


Welcome to our class page. We are a wonderful Year 1 class and our teacher is Miss Nadin. Our amazing teaching assistants are Miss Gunnell, Mrs Ashton and Miss Austen who support us at different times during the week. Every other Tuesday, we are very lucky as we get taught by Mrs Robinson.


We hope you enjoy seeing all of the fantastic things that we do in Penguin Class.


Alongside our Class Page, we also share information and updates on Class Dojo. Please make sure you are connected on there so that you can see what we have been getting up to. Please feel free to send me a message on Class Dojo or via my school email which you will see below.

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The School Day

We are currently using staggered start/end times to the day for each year group. Here is the pick up/drop off information for Year 1 children. 

Morning drop off - 9:00am through the Main Green Gate.

End of day pick up - 3:10pm collect children from the playground near the KS1 building




We have outdoor PE every Monday afternoon and indoor PE every Friday afternoon. Please make sure PE kits come to school at the start of the term. We will keep these in school for the whole half term and send these home at the start of October half term for a wash! Please ensure that the children have something warm for outdoor PE especially as we approach the colder months. 


Reading Books

Reading books are changed on a weekly basis when your child has reading time with an adult at school. If your child is reading regularly at home, I am very happy to change their colour banded book more often. The children will need to leave their reading book and reading diary in the designated book box (they know where!) when they arrive in the morning. This will give me enough time to change their book during the day. 
Please could you write a little note in their diary asking for books to be changed so I know they have definitely finished these and please remind your child in a morning to hand their diary and book in, or send me a quick Dojo if they are likely to forget so I can remind them too! 



In Year 1, the spellings are mainly linked to the high frequency and tricky words to aid them with their spelling during independent writing. At the beginning of every half term, children will be sent home with a booklet containing 30 different words, split into groups of 10 to practice each week. The booklet states which week each set of spellings relates to and which date the children will be tested. Spelling tests will generally always take place on a Wednesday. 
Please find resourced below a copy of the spelling booklet for this half term, as well as a range of different ways to practice with your child. As a school, we highly recommend Spelling Shed which the weekly spelling lists will also be added onto. Please find your child's log in on the first page of their Reading Diary. 


Spring Term 1 (January - February half term)


English - The children will be writing narratives (stories) at the start of this term. They will be looking at different 'Magic Key' stories and finding similarities and differences between them. The children will be using Pie Corbett's Talk4Writing this term to help them with their writing. They will learn a Magic Key story by using story mapping and actions to help them retell the story. The children will then write this story independently. The children are then going to take this story structure and 'innovate' it to create their own version of the story. They might change the setting or the problem.


Maths -


Indoor PE - Our indoor PE this term is 'Dance - England'. The children will be taking part in learning a whole class dance. The children will learn part of the dance each week and then they will put it altogether to form a full whole class dance. 


Outdoor PE - Our outdoor PE this term has a focus on 'Attacking and Defending'. The children will be taking part in a range of different activities to practise this skill including Cops and Robbers, Sharks and Seaweed, Jailbreak Dodgeball and The Great Escape.


Science - 


RE (Religious Education) - Our key question that we will explore in our RE lessons this term is ‘Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?' Throughout this topic, the children will explore ways a Muslim might describe their God, they will retell a story about the Prophet Muhammad, they will begin to recognise and will be able to begin to explain the importantance of objects used by Muslims. The children will begin to recognise and describe the significance of the Mosque to Muslims, they will be able to explain the importance of the Qur'an and they will reflect on what matters most to a Muslim and to themselves. The children will have the opportunity to discuss their own thoughts and beliefs and ask questions surrounding these topics. 


PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education) - Our main focus this half term is 'Exploring Emotions'. The children will begin to recognise a range of emotions in themselves and others, they will begin to understand how to react when others show emotion and they will begin to understand the importance of communicating feelings to others. They will identify a bank of ways that they can communicate their feelings and a list of people who they would comfortably talk to. The children will recognise that their behaviour affects other people and they will gain a bank of activities/strategies that they can do to help themselves if their emotions/feelings get a little too much!


Art/DT (Design and Technology) –


Computing – 


History/Geography - 

REACH Superstars!

Friday 25th September - Olivia

Friday 2nd October - Charlotte  

Friday 9th October - Millie 
Friday 16th October - Isaac PS 

Thursday 22nd October - Eva-Jade

Friday 13th November - Michael 

Friday 20th November - Harvey 

Friday 27th November - Maelynn 

Friday 4th December - Edward 

Friday 11th December - Nahla 

Friday 18th December - Vinny