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Chaffinch Class, Year 1

Welcome to Chaffinch Class - the home of our lovely Year 1 children.

Working alongside the children you will also find Mrs Johnson, the class teacher, and Miss Forrester and Miss Chrys - our teaching assistants, who provide support throughout the week.


General Information

If parents would like to find out more about the curriuclum, please come in and talk to the teacher.


PE will be on Monday afternoon and a Thursday morning. Please ensure all items of clothing, especially sweatshirts, are clearly labelled to avoid any mix ups! Girls should have their hair tied back, if it is long and earrings should be removed for health and safety. If your child is unable to take part in PE due to physical injury please contact the school office.


Children will receive homework in the form of reading books and spellings every week. Spellings will be given out every Friday. The spellings will always be linked to sounds we have learnt in the week and common exception words the children are required to know, however if your child needs a little bit more practise on a particular set of words they make keep them for a little longer until they feel more confident. They will be tested on their spellings during the school week. Please also note that the children's reading books will be changed once a week on a particular day which the children are aware of. As well as this, the children have also been given a home learning grid where they can choose one of the activities to complete by a certain date. Please see below for more information.


Phonics is a very important part of our daily learning in Year 1 and we are keen to stress this throughout the year. The children participate in a daily phonics session and may receive some homework linked to the sounds we have learnt in the week. This is to prepare them for the statutory phonics screening check that will take place in the summer term. In order to support the children through this, the school have bought into a new phonics program called 'Phonics Bug', which is full of interactive games and sessions that the children will be working with daily. In our school we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme.

If you would like to help or ideas on how you can support your child further with thier phonics at home then please speak to the class teacher.


During the school year we will be looking a range of topics within our British Values and Cultural Diversity lessons. Our BVCD lessons always link to topical subjects and throughout the year will be researching the lives of important people, as well as exploring traditions and festivals from different religions.