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Miss Emmerson - Year 1


Welcome to Puffin Class!

Hello, I am Miss Emmerson and I am really proud and excited to be the teacher in Puffin Class.  We are also extremely lucky to have Miss Lucock and Mr Douglas  supporting us  with our learning .

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 super work Puffins and remember to puff out your chests and be proud to be a Puffin!


Daily routine

In year 1 the school day starts at 8:45 am and finishes at 3:30 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. 



Our daily phonics sessions follow the Read Write Inc. Program. 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.


Puffin class has outdoor PE on a Friday and indoor PE on a Wednesday, but please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school every day.  They will need to have the following in their PE kit:

White T-shirt (ones with the logo are available on school website) 


Black shorts 

Black zip up hoody (No other colours please) 

Black tracksuit bottoms or leggings (No other colours please) 



Our homework in year 1 will consist of Reading, Doodlemaths 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 Puffins 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. 

Each child has their own Doodlemaths login and we recommend for children to spend 5-10 minutes on Doodlemaths every day or when possible.  The children really enjoy practising their mental maths via this app and should be completing this independently.

Reading and Library Books

Our library session is on a Monday afternoon and there is a wide array of books to choose from.  We keep our library books in our trays at school and are given lots of opportunities over the week to read our library book and share it with others. 

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.