Year 1 - Mrs Acheson and Miss McCarron

L S Lowry

We shall be finding out L S Lowry.  He is a famous artist who painted everyday scenes of factories, houses, working people, children and cats and dogs in 1930s Salford.  He also painted portraits and was very fond of sea views.


We will read non-fiction texts and answer questions about the text.  We will use some of Lowry's paintings and add captions, labels and speech bubbles.

Books to read at home

There are so many amazing books available.  Below is a small sample of books recommended for Year 1 pupils.


If you would like to know more about Phonics, the Cbeebies website has some very useful information at:-

The children have absolutely loved meeting Geraldine the Giraffe who is helping with to learn their phonics.  You can find her videos on You Tube.  A good website is:-

In Year 1 we work hard to learn our phonics. 

We also need to be able to read certain words without using sounds.  Above is a downloadable sheet featuring the Year 1 common exception words (they are called this because they do not follow the 'rules' we learn at this stage in phonics).


We will begin the term by working on place value for numbers.  We will add and subtract numbers up to 10 and 20.  The children will learn about graphs and data collection.  We will investigate 2D and 3D shapes.


We will be using Purple Mash and learning about online safety - this will be a regular theme throughout the year.  The children will be logging in and out of Purple Mash and be given opportunities to open, amend, print and save different pieces of work.  They will also be grouping and sorting items.


We will be drawing and painting portraits of ourselves and others.  We shall also paint in the style of Lowry.



We have our PE lessons each Monday and Thursday.

All children require a t-shirt, shorts and pumps for these sessions.

Children are not allowed to wear earrings in school. If they are worn they must be covered at all times.

 Forest School

The children will take part in our very popular Forest School activities, after the Christmas break.

We will have Forest School each Wednesday morning.  Our first visit to the Forest will be in January 2020.

Please provide your child with spare clothes that are suitable for wearing outside in the Forest.  A warm coat and sensible shoes, or wellington boots are the most important requirements - thank you.

Key Stage 1 our very proud to announce that we have sponsored a Guide Dog puppy called Spirit.

Diary Dates

Panto trip- Friday 15th November - details to follow

Year 1 class assembly - Tuesday 19th  November at 9.10am

KS1 performance - Tuesday 10th December - there will be two performances - details to follow

Christmas Crafternoon - Wednesday 18th December


Ambassador of the Week

Every week we select an Ambassador.  The children love taking on this role.  

Preston is the Ambassador for the week starting Monday 2nd December

We have been learning about Remembrance Day this week and all the children made their own poppy to take home.  The poppies were donated by a member of the Royal British Legion.  They had lots of fun putting the pieces together.

We visited Stalybridge Fire Station on Friday 22nd November.  We had lots of fun and learnt some very important safety messages.  Click on the first photograph to scroll through.


On Friday 25th October we had an amazing Times Tables Rock Star day.  On the same day the Year 1/2 class had a tea party to celebrate the end of our work about The Lonely Beast - please see the photographs below.  Some of the children tried a cup of tea with their cake - the Beast's favourite food!

We have Circle Time every Friday with Mrs Spregg.  We have been talking about our emotions.  In the photograph below, the children were having great fund 'drawing' different emotions.



Roald Dahl Day - Friday 13th September. 

We had a few Enormous Crocodiles, a couple of Mr Foxes, some Mathildas, a very kind Willy Wonka and Miss Trunchbull also came to visit!


Our homework is set weekly on Friday and is to be returned to school on Monday morning. You can expect to receive a weekly homework.  Please ensure you read regularly - thank you.  There is a homework club on Thursdays, for children who have not completed their homework, or those who need a little help.


Meet the Year 1 Team


You can find us both in the School Staff section in 'About the School'