Year 1 2019 - 2020

Miss Wildgoose

Miss Wildgoose

Year 1 teacher

A huge warm welcome to Year 1!!!!  I am Miss Wildgoose & I am delighted to be the Year 1 teacher here at Gawsworth Primary School. 

What a great start to the year smiley The children have settled in so well and we have had so much fun already! 

  This term, our topic is 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'! We have compared different habitats around the world, investigating how the animals who live in the habitats have adapted to survive there.

Did you know that camels have humps so that they can store fat in for when food is scarce in the desert?  But our learning was interuppted on Monday morning, when we came into school to see that our classroom had been destroyed!! Food had been eaten, our toys tipped upside down, paint everywhere...

But we found footprints, what could it have been? The teddies left us clues, with orange and black fur, and 'The Tiger Who Came For Tea' story open on the Teacher's desk - IT WAS A TIGER! We read 'The Tiger Who Came For Tea' in our English lessons, and the children rewrote the story all by ourselves. We also made our own 6'oclock news report and made 'wanted' posters to put up around school. If you see anythign suspicious, please let Year 1 know!

But not every animal is as cheeky as this Tiger, we have learnt how animals help us! We had a visit from a Female Fire Fighter, who brought her two search and rescue dogs with her, we loved watching the Fire Fighter train her dogs, searching for certain smells (that may have caused a fire or fuel it) and people! 

 The children will be studying Beatrix Potter and Samuel Pepys this term for our 'Famous People of History'. The children already enjoy reading Beatrix Potter book in quiet reading sessions! On the run up to Chirstmas, we still have so much more fun to be had! We will also be looking at how to look after a pet like Peter Rabbit, we designed a habitat for Peter, but what else does a pet rabbit need? This term, we will be looking at the Chirstmas Story as well as 'Paper Dolls' by Emily Gravett for our English lessons, where would your paper dolls go?  


Ways to help at home:

In relation to our topic the children are welcome to bring in any books or relevant objects to share with the class (please name them). The children could also use the internet, with your support, and visit the local library to find any interesting facts about anything mentioned above.

We will continue to focus very carefully on our handwriting…

By the end of Year 1 the children must:

  • Form the lowercase letters using the correct formation and that letters are a consistent size.

  • Make sure that f, g, j, p, q and y descend (below the line).

  • Make sure that b, d, f, h, k and l ascend (are taller letters). (Please note: t is not as tall and only goes a little way above the line).

  • Make sure that all the letters are correctly orientated.

  • That capital letters are the tallest letters (taller than all others).

  • Letters sit on the line.


The children are lucky enough to have 1:1 support with you at home. Please encourage them, when writing at home (especially when completing homework), to focus carefully on the points above and practice any letters that they may particularly struggle with. There will be a number and letter formation sheet in your homework folders fro your children to practise their letters/number anytime they want. 

The children love 'show & tell' and this can be an insentive for the children to write at home. We have agreed that if the children want to bring something in for show and tell, they have to write down what they are going to say and read it out to the class. 

Reading Books

3 scheme reading books will still be issued weekly along with a choosing book. Your child will have a set day for changing their book based upon their Kagan Group - your child’s Kagan Group will be written in their diary.

Some useful information:


Books are changed once a week and your child's book change day is written in their diary. 3 books will be issued for the week (further comprehension activities can be found at the front of your child's reading diary, but these are NOT compulsory). However, in Year 1 we promote the importance of both the children's reading and writing. The reason for issuing no more than 3 books a week is that we ask you to revisit the books with the children. This is in order to ensure that quality time is given to discussing the books in order to help the children fully comprehend and enjoy the stories that they have read. It is also to promote (and give you the time to use) the use of the suggested comprehension activities at the front of the diary. Supporting and building a love of both writing and reading at home is of equal value.

The children are also given the opportunity to choose a book of their own choice – in response to the reading questionnaires that were given to both parents and pupils we have recognised that the children would like more choice with their reading books. Whilst the scheme books have a job to do in teaching the children the skills to become competent readers the idea of the choosing book is that it is one your child is interested in and it is a book is to be shared and enjoyed with an adult. THE CHILDREN ARE NOT EXPECTED TO READ THE BOOK INDEPENDENTLY TO YOU AS WITH THE READING SCHEME BOOK.



Homework is given out on Wednesday and collected the following Monday.. It is suggested that you spend half an hour on a piece of homework. If your child finds any homework too difficult, or overly time consuming, please don't feel that you have to struggle on! Feel free to stop after half an hour and if you could write a brief note to explain why/how they found it difficult I will endeavor to address the misconception with your child the following week.


Homework varies every week, depending on the children's learning and progress that week. Mostly however, they will be English or Maths orientated. 

The children have the ‘Read Write Inc. Speed Sound’ mat to help support them with the new phonic/spelling task. We will begin to learn that many of the sounds have multiple ways of being spelt it is extremely beneficial to talk to the children about any spelling rules as you complete these tasks: eg ‘oy’ is usually heard at the end of a word (toy, enjoy) and ‘oi’ is usually heard in the middle (coin, join).

They also have a ‘Tricky Word/High Frequency Word mat’ – this is again to support spelling and writing at home. Each half term I will also send a selection of the 'common exception’ words that we will be focusing on during that half term. These are so that you are aware of the words that we are focusing on in particular in school and so that you can then support your child by practicing them at home during the half term also.



PE is on a Monday afternoon (outdoor) and on a Thursday morning (indoor). We are focusing on fundamental skills this term, and each term, we will revisit and add more challenge everytime. The children enjoy their 'station PE lessons', where there are multiple different skilled actiities for the children to all have a go at and move around each station in their groups. 

Sometimes, we do spontaneous PE lessons, so please can you make sure you send your child in with their PE kits every Monday for the week. This includes:

- Indoor kit (shorts and t’shirt) with pumps will be needed.

- Outdoor kit (joggers and jumper) with trainers will also be needed just in case the weather is not as nice as we’d hope for this term!

Any queries, feel free to pop in or contact me

Miss Wildgoose



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