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Year 1: Miss Hardaker - Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl class is made up of 30 wonderful Year 1 children and our class teacher is called Miss Hardaker. We are also lucky enough to be taught by Mrs Robinson every Monday and every other Tuesday. Our fabulous teaching assisstants support us at different times throughout the week, across all of Year 1, and these are: Mrs Wilkins, Mrs Salt and Mrs Dowthwaite. 


On our webpage you will find some important information such as our spellings and any important dates for your diary. These will also be communicated on Class Dojo where further regular updates will be shared so please make sure you are connected. Feel free to send me a message any time on Class Dojo, or through my school email:


We hope you enjoy seeing all of the exciting and 'phizz-wizzing' things we will get up to on our learning journey this year in Roald Dahl class!

Meet the Teacher 2021

*Please ignore the part that says packed lunch needs to be in a disposable bag! I edited it out too late! 














Important dates:

  • Wednesday 1st September - Inset Day
  • Thursday 2nd September - First Day in Year 1
  • Wednesday 8th September - Meet The Teacher (in person, hopefully!)
  • *New*: Wednesday 29th September - Harvest Festival - come to school wearing Harvest/autumn themed clothes or colours. (If you can, please donate a non-perishable item of food too :) )
  • *New*: Friday 8th October - 'Hello Yellow' World Mental Health day - come to school dressed in yellow!
  • Friday 22nd October - Break up for half-term


Reading Books.

Reading books can be changed as often as necessary, either when they have confidently completed and discussed a book at home or with an adult at school. Phonics books are changed weekly.  

Children will need to leave their reading book and reading diary in the designated book box (they will know where!) when they arrive in the morning. This will give me enough time to check and 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 them 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, our spellings are linked to the phonics sounds your child is currently learning, high frequency words 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 contianing all of the weekly spellings for that half term. 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 this half terms spelling booklet, as well as a range of different ways to practise with your child. As a school, we highly recommend Spelling Shed which the weekly spelling lists will also be added onto so your child can practise in the form of an online game. Please find your child's log-in information on the first page of their Reading Diary.



PE days for the Autumn Term are Tuesdays (indoor) and Thursdays (outdoor)

On PE days, children are asked to wear their school PE kit to school. Please note that the school PE uniform is changing from September to a plain red t-shirt with or without the school logo, plain black sports jacket/zip-up jacket and plain black or navy joggers/shorts. 






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.








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.