Welcome to Year 1 Sharks

Welcome to the class web page for Year 1 Sharks. My name is Miss Riaz and I am Key Stage 1 Lead. I have the pleasure of teaching Shark class this year along with my teaching assistants, Miss Lord and Miss Davey. 


Welcome to Key Stage 1

We welcome your child to Key Stage 1 and hope to engage them with a creative curriculum which is interesting and lots of fun! Throughout the year we aim to keep parents, carers and families well informed as to what we have been up to. You can follow our journey on Class Dojo, Twitter, Facebook or on our Instagram page. Our class webpage will be updated each half term, with our topic planning, knowledge organisers and class newsletters. We are looking forward to working with you and your child as we guide them on their journey throughout this academic year.


What does my child need each day?

Your child needs to bring their book bag and reading book to school each day. This is so that they can be supported with their reading by an adult in school. Your child needs to bring an appropriate coat, so they are able to play outside in all weathers. Children should bring a water bottle to school, which they can keep on their desk and have access to throughout the day. Your child will need to bring a PE kit, which can stay in school on their peg. PE kits will be sent home for washing at the end of each half term. 


Our Weekly Timetable

Every Monday your child will be set new spellings, which they can access through Spelling Shed. Throughout the week we will focus on those spellings and there will be a spelling test at the end of the week, on Friday. Our PE days will be Tuesday and Wednesday. 


New spellings are set


PE day



Library books are changed                 


PE day


Spelling Test       

Reading books are changed       


Our weekly homework consists of a mixture of reading, playing on Spelling Shed and Numbots. Pupils are expected to regularly read and play these games throughout the week (see below for further details). 

Reading books will be sent home weekly, and daily reading is strongly encouraged to help all pupils to apply the skills they are learning through their phonics lessons. Our reading scheme is Rising Stars Rocket Phonics and all books sent home are appropriately matched to your child's reading ability. Pupils are required to read and then re-read their books to help them to get faster with their reading (fluency). Pupils should answer questions about what they are reading throughout the story to demonstrate their understanding (comprehension).


Every Monday, new spellings are set online, on Spelling Shed. Pupils need to go on regularly throughout the week and play a minimum of 3 games. We will work on those spellings in our phonics lessons during the week, ending with a spelling test on Friday. 

You can access Spelling Shed by clicking on the link here

Our Maths homework is playing on Numbots for a minimum of 15 minutes a week. Pupils will focus on developing and securing their calculation skills and receive certificates when they complete a level. 

You can access Numbots by clicking on the link here.


Reading and Phonics

Reading forms an essential part of the Year 1 curriculum and phonics is a strategy used to help pupils develop their reading skills. All pupils in Year 1 will take part in a daily phonics lesson following the Rocket Phonics scheme to help prepare them for the Phonics Screen Check in June 2024.

You can find out further information about the Phonics Screen Check by clicking on the link here


Below is some information about phonics for parents and some links to phonics games. Further information can be found on the school's phonics page

 What is phonics?

 Phonics games 


Year 1 Curriculum 2023-2024

Please take time to look at our curriculum content for this year:

 Long Term Plan 2022-23

 Science Content and Key Knowledge 

 Geography Content and Key Knowledge 

 History Content and Key Knowledge 


 Autumn 1 Medium Term Plan - Geography Learning Challenge - Where do the wheels on the bus go?

 Autumn 1 Science Knowledge Organiser - Seasons 

Autumn 1 Geography Knowledge Organiser - Geographical skills and fieldwork


 Autumn 2 Medium Term Plan - History Learning Challenge - What has changed since my grandparents were young?

 Autumn 2 Science Knowledge Organiser - Human Body and Senses 

 Autumn 2 History Knowledge Organiser - Comparisons to the Past 


 Spring 1 Medium Term Plan - Geography Learning Challenge - Why is it Always Cold in Winter? 

 Spring 1 Science Knowledge Organiser - Everyday Materials 

 Spring 1 Geography Knowledge Organiser - Human and Physical Geography 


 Spring 2 Medium Term Plan - History Learning Challenge - Why did the Great Fire of London start?

 Spring 2 Science Knowledge Organiser - Plants 

 Spring 2 History Knowledge Organiser - Why did the Great Fire of London start? 


 Summer 1 Medium Term Plan - History Learning Challenge - Who has made a Difference to the World?

 Summer 1 Science Knowledge Organiser - Inventors 

 Summer 1 History Knowledge Organiser - Who has made a difference to the World?


Boarshaw Primary Promise

Our Boarshaw Promise is to give all our pupils unique childhood experiences in each year. Find out what pupils will be experiencing in Year 1 below! 

 Year 1 Promise


Our Newsletters

Keep up-to-date with information about each term and find out what we are learning through our class newsletters.

 Autumn 1 Newsletter  - Welcome to Year 1 

 Autumn 2 Newsletter - Welcome back this half term

 Spring 1 Newsletter - Welcome to Spring Term

 Spring 2 Newsletter - Welcome back

 Summer 1 Newsletter - Welcome to Summer Term!




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