Class Teacher:

Miss Dyas


Staff in Our Class:

Miss Jaggar ( AM)

Miss Dodd ( PM)

Miss Lumb ( AM)

Mrs Gibson ( PM)

Miss Austin ( AM)

Miss Adamson ( PM)

Mrs Riley ( Friday AM)

Our Class Governor:

How can you support me at home?

Here are some websites that children can access from home to support learning in school.

This website has a selection of phonics games to support children at different levels of phonic ability. The games can be found under the different phases of phonics. Playing these types of games, helps to develop children’s reading and writing skills.

This website is designed to support children with timetables skills - teachers have set appropriate times tables for children to practice in a fun but competitive manor. Year 1 will be practising the 2 times tables, 5 times tables and the 10 times table.

This website has both worksheets and games children can assess to support all the different maths skills. The website is broken down into sections as taught in school.



 Homework Days:


Your child will be tested every Monday morning and will receive next week’s spellings on the same day. If your child is absent on the day of the spelling test, all the spellings will be made available on the school website. It is vitally important that you help your child practise their spellings as much as possible, as this knowledge can be transferred into their reading and writing ability. In the Elephant class, all the adults are striving to develop competent and confident readers and writers by the end of this academic year.

In terms of the times tables, by the end of year 1 your child will be expected to know their 2, 5, and 10 times tables. You can practise their timetables with your child as much as you possibly can. Your child will be tested on their times tables every Friday, which will be the times table they are currently working towards becoming secure with.






Monday & Tuesday






Our Class Animal:

Each class, has been given a different animal ( from a dragonfly all the way to a panther) to represent their class. You're probably wondering why? As a school, we wanted to be able to identify each class by a different animal, increasing in size through the different year groups. 

We are the Elephant class! Our class animal is called ‘Elmer’.

Did you know?


Elephants are the largest land mammals

They only eat fruit, plants and grass, they don’t eat meat.

Elephants can live for up to 70 years.


This year we will have a special elephant in the class.  Every Friday, a child will be chosen to take it home for the weekend.  The children will be encouraged to write about their adventures and share some images of their time together.  Every child in the class will have the opportunity to spend a weekend with the elephant.


 Do you know anymore facts about elephants? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?

All About Me:


My name is Miss Dyas and I am going into my third year of teaching here at Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary school. I have worked in Year 4 for the past two years and I am very excited to be taking on my new role in Year 1.

Teaching has been my ambition of mine from an early age. My aim is to have a positive impact on children’s lives and inspire them to go for their goals and reach their full potential. I find my role as a teacher extremely rewarding and I love to watch the children flourish throughout the year. 

I am also the PE coordinator which is a fantastic opportunity to lead and organise sporting events within school.  Exercise is an essential part of children’s lifestyles therefore, I work alongside colleagues to raise the importance of PE and fitness within PE lessons, outside on the playground and in extracurricular activities. 



The Summer Term Ahead:


I am thoroughly looking forward to our topic this half term. Everybody loves a trip to the seaside and through the provision; it will help the children to gain a sense of what it is like. The children can create sandcastles, visit travel agents or even take a trip to the souvenir shop.


Information About Our Homework:




Our weekly handwriting is based upon a different letter of the alphabet and words that have that specific letter in it. We are focusing on teaching the children the correct letter formation, size and orientation as well as writing the letter on the line.



The children are tested every Monday on their spellings. During the Autumn Term the children will be tested on the Year 1 Common Exception Words. This may change depending on children’s scores.

The children will be tested on 5 spellings each week. This may change depending their scores each week.


For a full list of spellings see the school website.



Summer 2018 Term Events:

The countdown to our Summer Festival begins!

English Focus:

During the second half of the Summer Term, we will be moving onto the Snail and the Whale in which we will be creating our own imaginative story about where they would go on a journey with a whale. We will also look at maps of the UK and wider world to plan our journey looking at different countries and presenting what they have learnt to peers. We will also be looking at Lucy and Tom Go to The Seaside in which we will be looking at different seaside places, different places that children have been on holiday, comparisons between seaside places and Castleford and recounts of visits to the seaside.


Finally, we will be looking at Poetry, (seaside and other types) The children will create acrostic poems and shape poems using what they have learnt during our Seaside topic. We will look at both rhyming and non-rhyming poems by authors such as Conrad Burdekin.

Maths Focus:

Throughout the second half of the Summer Term, we will be focusing on : -

recognising and writing the multiplication symbol (x) and the division symbol (÷) in mathematical statements, calculating the answer with the teacher using concrete objects and resources and well as using arrays to show understanding and reasoning.

Solve word problems involving simple multiplication and division, with teacher support, as well as step by step methods to help children with mental maths skills.

We will be recapping all units of shape both 2D and 3D as well as fractions (quarter and half)

We will be recapping, comparing, describing as well as solving practical problems for time, weight, height, length and capacity.




Summer 2018 Term Educational Visits:



Science Focus:

Science – “Properties of Everyday Materials”

During this topic we will be describing the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials, comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties. We will be investigating floating and sinking,

testing different materials suitable for waterproofing and investigating the different materials needed to make an umbrella for Teddy.


As we are in Summer, we will continue discussing how the length of the day continues to change, how we have the longest day and what that means, and how and why the temperature rises in the summer.

Topic Focus:

Topic – ‘I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside”.


“I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside” is a very interesting and fun topic. It is a topic that we all enjoy because it is all based on the seaside.

We are both looking forward to learning about different seaside places with the children, as it is always interesting to find out about different places that we could visit and what type of things we could do there.


We will be looking at different seaside places in Great Britain.


The children will be leaning new facts and information about different seaside places as well as what people did when they went to the seaside in the past.


This topic will support children’s wider knowledge of using basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather, as well as key human features, including: city, town, village, port, harbour and shop.

As part of this topic the children will use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as name and locate the 7 continents and 5 oceans that we study in Year 1.


To support children to fully understand this topic, parents can continue to look at different seaside places, both in books and on the internet and ask children to verbally discuss what they have learnt to ensure their understanding.


Parents can complete extra learning with their children by doing their own research in books and on the internet about different seaside places you have been to or are planning to go to, its history and any interesting facts.

My Challenge:

Can you think of an animal for each letter of the alphabet?

How is Progress Measured in Year One?


 Across school we use a consistent approach to assessment, using a range of methods. During lessons teachers will use AFL ( Assessment for learning) strategies to assess the children's knowledge and understanding. This will then allow the teacher to judge where the class and each child's next step will be. Throughout the school year, we  carry out assessment weeks where children complete a Maths, Science and SPaG assessment, followed by a piece of assessed writing. The teacher will then assess the children taking into account the assessment papers and what the child is like in class. 


National Curriculum Objectives:





What do the children in our class have to say?



What have we been up to in our class?