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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. 


Autumn Term 1 (September - October Half Term)


Over the first week or two of Autumn term 1 (September until October half term), we will be working with the children and assessing them in different ways. This will help us to see what they are great at and it will also highlight any gaps in their learning that may have occurred due to being away from school for so long! We will then adapt our teaching during Autumn term 1 to fill those gaps and cover any essential skills teaching a 'recovery curriculum' before moving onto our actual Year 1 curriculum. 


Alongside our recovery curriculum, we will also be covering other key curriculum areas. This will include PE (Physical Education), Science, RE (Religious Education) and PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education). Hopefully we will get chance to throw in some nice art/DT, music and computing bits too however in this first half term our primary focus is filling any gaps from EYFS so understandably this will take up more of our time!


English - We will assess the children and then teach to fill any gaps/key skills.



MathsWe will assess the children and then teach to fill any gaps/key skills.


Indoor PE - Our indoor PE this term is gymnastics. The children will be using and exploring different ways to travel, they will be using their bodies to create different shapes and balances and exploring different turns. The children will put all of this into practise by creating their own gymnastics sequences.


Outdoor PE - Our outdoor PE this term has a focus on throwing and catching. We will be taking part in a range of activities such as pocket rocket, rainbow throw, pirate ship and space docking to help the children practise these key skills.


Science - Plants (with a specific focus on trees). During Science this term, children will spend a lot of time outside! They will set up their own investigation where they will ask questions, use their prediction skills, make observations, collect data and hopefully reach a conclusion. The children will look at the structure of trees and draw diagrams. They will be looking at, and naming, types of trees in our school grounds, going on a leaf hunt and they will find out the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. Make sure you know your trees as we will be sending the children home in search of trees in their local environment! The children will get the chance to plant daffodil bulbs so that we can watch them grow as we move into Spring and hopefully brighten up the area outside our classroom. We will end the term by looking at seasonal changes that we see in Autumn. 


RE (Religious Education) - Our key question that we will explore in our RE lessons this term is 'Who is a Christian and what do they believe?' Throughout this topic, we will explore what Christians believe about God, what the Bible teaches Christians about God, why Jesus is important to Christians and why Christians pray. 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 'Being Healthy'. The children will explore different ways of being healthy including food choices, exercise, personal hygiene and having a healthy mind! During this topic, the children will get to sample different healthy foods (more info will come soon), create their own 'Joe Wicks' style workout, discuss what they can do if they ever feel blue and learn the importance of keeping clean by watching what happens to germs when we use soap. The children will also be taking part in a different 'Chill Skill' each week while exploring the importance of relaxing.



Class Updates and Photos

Tuesday 15th September


The children have had a busy couple of days. We had our first outdoor PE session together yesterday. The children did so well getting changed independently. I was really impressed at how well some of them can do their own buttons up! We were practising turning our clothes the right way around independently when they were inside out.

Today the children had Mrs Robinson teaching them while I got on with some planning and a few more assessments. Mrs Robinson will teach the class every other Tuesday. We have almost finished all of the maths assessments now so I have been able to plan to fill any gaps that I have found. We will be completing phonics assessments over the next couple of days.

Mrs Robinson helped the children to complete missing number sequences in maths. The children worked really hard on getting their numbers 1 digit per square in their maths books. They were really focussing on getting their numbers the right way around.

The children wrote their own sentences in English focusing on getting their letters to sit on the line, using their phonics knowledge to sound out words, using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. They have so much to remember but they are doing a great job. Mrs Robinson will always teach the children RE on a Tuesday afternoon when she has them every other week.

Tomorrow I will be giving out spelling booklets. The spelling booklets include all of the spellings which the children will learn up until October half term. I will also put a copy of this on the website tomorrow. The spellings are broken down into weekly lists of 10 spellings. I have included the date when the children should start practising each list and the date when each list will be tested in school. If you have any questions once you have received these then just let me know.

The children will be receiving reading books hopefully by the end of this week. This is consistent with all KS1 classes. We want to get the phonics assessments out the way first but I will let you know when we give them to them.

Have a lovely evening,

Miss Nadin :)

Friday 11th September


In maths this morning, we practised writing ‘teen’ numbers. We had to we make sure that we had the numbers the correct way around. Miss Nadin kept getting her numbers wrong and wrote 15 as 51. We had to correct her and write them the right way around!

As it is Roald Dahl Day on Sunday, the whole school celebrated it today. We talked about Roald Dahl books that we had heard of. Some children recognised Matilda, the BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox. We read a chapter from George’s Marvellous Medicine. The main character, George, got cross with his Grandma and decided to make a potion in a huge saucepan using things from around his house. We suggested things that he could use and we drew our own potions. We labelled some of the things around the edge. After this, we made a real potion in a huge saucepan. It was DISGUSTING! We mixed everything up and it turned a disgusting brown colour! More photos to follow on Class Dojo(we cleaned our hands between each stir of the spoon!) :)

This afternoon we did indoor PE. In indoor PE we are doing gymnastics. We started off by playing a Mr Men game and then we were practising doing the hop scotch. It would be great if you could ask the children to practise this over the weekend so they can show me on Monday!

We can’t believe we have spent a whole week in Year 1!

Have a great weekend :)

Thursday 10th September


This morning in maths, the children were looking at patterns which were made up of different 2D shapes. They remembered what the shapes were called and they drew the shape that came next on their whiteboards. They then cut out different 2D shapes and made superheroes out of them. We are really focussing on getting the children to practise their cutting skills.

In literacy, they wrote some silly sentences. The children were trying really hard to get their letters to sit on the lines in their literacy books. We took some time to practise the letters that hang below the line like a cats tail (f,g,j,p,q and y). Ask them to show you how well they can do this! They made sure they used their phonics knowledge when spelling words, that their sentences started with capital letters and ended with full stops and that they had finger spaces between each word.

Have a look at some of our pictures on Class Dojo from this afternoon!

After the children had finished their basket activities, we continued our discussion about our achievements. It was great to hear about all of things they have achieved so thank you for chatting about this with them at home. We then moved onto the fourth Dovedale REACH value which is challenge. We talked about facing challenges at school and that challenges were great as we can learn from them. We discussed how we felt when we overcame a challenge. The children were challenged to follow a step by step tutorial to draw Fish Finger (our penguin). We made sure that we never gave up! I will post some photos of some of their drawings.

Miss Nadin :)

Wednesday 9th September


We had another busy day today! This morning, the children continued to practise their letter formation to show off what they can do. They also showed off their skills by ordering numbers. This afternoon, the children practised using their cutting skills, they used the building blocks to create towers and some of them even drew a picture of Fish Finger. Have a look at the photos! I have spent some time this afternoon working with the children individually to assess their maths skills. This will help me to see if there are any gaps in learning that have occurred due to lockdown. We can then target any gaps to make sure the children get back on track!

At the end of the day, we started to discuss the third Dovedale REACH value which is achievement. The children had a quick think about something they have already achieved in their lifetime. Some children talked about learning to swim, learning to ride a bike and passing a dance grade. It would be lovely if the children could talk about some of their achievements at home tonight so that they can come in tomorrow and we can continue our discussion around this.

Miss Nadin :)

Wednesday 9th September

Good morning,

Just to let you know that in Year 1 the children receive a piece of fruit from school that they can have at playtime. Yesterday they had a packet of raisins but from today they will get fresh fruit. If your child would prefer to bring in a piece of fruit from home to have then this is also fine.

The children came into school brilliantly yesterday morning even with the change of gate! Just to clarify, the Year 1 children now come in through the Side Blue Bunting Gate at 9:00 unless they have EYFS siblings (these can use the main green gate). I will be around the gate to help guide them again.

Miss Nadin :)

Monday 7th September


Wow what a fantastic first day we had!

Thank you so much to the children in Penguin class for a fantastic first full day in Year 1. They all came into school with a smile and were simply brilliant all day long. What a lovely class!

We all had a very busy day today. We did our first pieces of work in our new Maths and Literacy books this morning. We were practising getting our numbers the correct way around in Maths. The children were also practising making sure their numbers sat in the squares of our Maths books and didn't escape outside of the squares. In Literacy, we met our class teddy which, of course, is a penguin! We decided to name the penguin and after lots of suggestions we chose Spencer's idea suggestion which was Fish Finger. We then wrote some sentences in our Literacy book about the mischief Fish Finger got up to in school over the summer holidays. We tried really hard to use our phonics knowledge when spelling words, capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

This afternoon, we were talking about one of the school REACH values which is respect. We spoke about ways that we show respect in school, at home and with our friends. A lot of the children told me that they show respect at home by tidying their bedroom, helping with the washing up and helping their grown ups around the house so I hope what they told me is true! :)

The children have settled into the new routines of our 'bubble' well. They have been fantastic at staying in their chairs, washing their hands many times throughout the day and keeping their own equipment to themselves. A strange situation for year 1 but I am sure after a few days it will seem completely normal!

It was lovely to see and very briefly meet a couple of parents after school tonight. Hopefully I will be able to say hello properly soon!

I'm looking forward to seeing Penguin class again tomorrow. Have a lovely evening,

Miss Nadin :)