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Miss Steele - Year 1



Welcome to Penguin Class! 

Hello, I am Miss Steele and I am really proud and excited to be the teacher in Penguin Class.  We are also extremely lucky to have Mrs Page and Miss Davies supporting us in our learning throughout the week. 

In Year 1 we work hard, have fun and always do our best!

We share busy but enjoyable days, learning but having fun. 

Keep up the fantastic work Penguins and always remember that we are the most fabulous perfect penguins!


Daily routine

In Year 1 the school day starts at 8:45 am and finishes at 15:30 pm.  The children line up outside their designated classroom door and then come in through this door. Morning break is at 10:30am where a healthy snack of fruit or vegetable is provided by the school. Milk is available for children to drink at break time if paid for by the parents or carers.  Contact the office for more information on this. 


Please click on the link below for curriculum information for the current academic year. This has details on the topics we will cover. 

Year One Yearly Overview 2017-18


Our daily phonics sessions follow the Read Write Inc. Programme. During these sessions children learn the relationship between letters and sounds and secure the foundations for successful reading, writing and spelling.  Our puppet ‘Fred the Frog’ helps us to speak in pure sounds to improve our phonics. We also use sound buttons to support our reading and writing. 

Throughout the year, children are sent home red words, these words cannot be sounded out, so need to be learnt. Children are also given speed sounds to learn and will be familiar with these from their daily phonics sessions.  It is also important to practise these as they will need to apply these sounds to reading words for the national phonics test in the summer term.


Penguin class has indoor PE on a Friday and outdoor PE on a Wednesday but please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school every day and that they have something warm to wear for when we go outside including trainers or plimsolls. We like learning all about why exercise and being healthy is so important.


Our homework in year 1 will consist of Reading, Learning Logs and the red words / speed sounds mentioned in the previous section.

Children are expected to read at home and have their reading record signed by the adult that they read to with any relevant comments. All children will receive one book home and when they reach a certain stage, they will receive another home, one fiction and one non-fiction. This will give them the opportunity to discuss the differences between the two books. When they are ready to change their books they place them in the book box in their classrooms. Changing days for Penguins are Mondays and Thursdays. 

Learning Log homework goes out on a Friday and is due back in the following Thursday. These tasks will always compliment a subject area that we will have been working on in the classroom.  They are a chance to shine and demonstrate the new skills and ideas that we have been introduced to which the children have chance to share with their peers in school. 

Finally, don’t forget to look at the learning platform, here you will find lots of fun activities to do linked to our learning in School.

 Reading and library books

Our library session is on a Friday afternoon; children will be able to choose their own book to share with you at home. Please ensure this is in your child’s book bag so that they can change it regularly. They have the opportunity to choose from a range of texts from a variety of genres. 

We build our reading and comprehension skills through weekly reading groups. Staff do not make comments in the home reading record as we keep our own more detailed records in school linked to the year group curriculum objectives.  

The children love sharing stories as a class. We explore a range of texts across the year to develop our love for books and comprehension skills in a more complex text.