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. 



Spring 2018: 


I am really excited about teaching ‘Under the Sea’ this term as it is also a new topic for me. I am very interested in discovering more about what is hiding under the sea and sharing this fantastic learning experience with the children.


Information About Our Homework:


Throughout the first half of the Autumn Term our homework consists of :-

  • Weekly Handwriting – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in on the following Wednesday.
  • Weekly Spellings – handed out on a Monday (glued into planners), to be tested on the following Monday.
  • Fortnightly Homework Project activity (glued in to the homework project book) – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in on a Wednesday (2 weeks later.)




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.






Spring 2018 Term Events:

Our school Spelling Bee begins the first week back.

English Focus:

We will begin our English work by looking at ‘Rainbow Fish’ which is a brilliant book that I am sure the children will thoroughly enjoy. Children will be looking at using speech bubbles in the first week to express what each character is thinking. In the second week, we will look at creating character descriptions for the ‘Rainbow Fish’ which provides children with the opportunity to use their fantastic range of adjectives that they have been gathering in the Autumn term.   When moving onto week 3, the children will be covering poetry, which will involve looking at poems but also creating their own. In week 4, we have our visit to the Deep, so this is a great chance for the children to write a recount and some fact files. Other books that we will cover includes ‘Winnie Under The Sea’ and ‘Tiddler’ which will provide creative writing opportunities and the chance for children to use their imaginations to create some fantastic stories.

Maths Focus:

Maths – In the Spring term we will be looking at:


  • Reading and writing numbers to 20 in numerals and words.
  • Counting in multiples of 2,5 and 10.
  • Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives.
  • and tens
  • Given a number, identify one more and one less.
  • Completing addition and subtraction of numbers to 20.
  • Solving addition and subtraction problems using concrete pictorial representations, and missing number problems .



Spring 2018 Term Educational Visits:

As our topic this half term is ‘Under the Sea’ we will be visiting the Deep on the 28th January.


I am thoroughly looking forward to this visit as it is one of the biggest and best aquariums in the world. It will be excellent to be able to see the fish so clearly and walk through the glass tunnel. The Deep has some of the largest sharks in captivity in England so this will be something that really excites the children. Whilst on the visit, we will also take part in a workshop which will enhance the children’s current knowledge.



Science Focus:

Our Science topic this half term is ‘Animals’. This is a very engaging topic that the children really find exciting. They will be learning about mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Within the lessons, they should discover how to classify these animals and the key differences/similarities that they have.


Topic Focus:

Under the Sea’ is a fantastic topic that offers lots of opportunity for the children to discover more about a range of sea creatures. This is very exciting for the children they will be provided with a range of facts and be given the chance to complete research on different creatures. They will be creating their own fact file about a sea creature of their choice.


Within the topic, the children will be using their geographical knowledge to name and locate the five oceans. Children will be using maps and atlases to discover more about the world in which they live.


My Challenge:


Can you think of things that live under the sea 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:





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