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 really looking forward to our topic ‘In the Wild’ as it will provide some great opportunities for both practical and written activities. With the provision being set up linked to our topic, the children will also be able to carry out independent learning in the areas. Children will have the opportunity to guess the animals from given descriptions, create images of the different animals, work in the gift shop or create pieces of writing about what they might see in the wild.


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:

English – We will begin our English work on the book ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Julia Donaldson. This will include creating character descriptions using a range of adjectives and looking at the rewriting the story.  

In week 2 we will be focusing on the book ‘A kiss like this’ this is an excellent book, which will reinforce how it is great to be different. The main message being that everyone is special.

We will then move onto ‘Where the wild things are’ in weeks 3 and 4. Over the two weeks, the children will have the opportunity to create their own wild thing adventure which is great chance to get creative with their ideas.  

After our visit to Yorkshire Wildlife park, the children will have a chance to write a recount and describe their favourite animals and parts of the trip.

In the final week, the children will have the opportunity to carry out some research and create a fact file on their favourite wild animal. A key focus will be on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Maths Focus:

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


  • Reading and writing numbers to 20 in numerals and words.
  • Completing addition and subtraction of numbers within 20.
  • Solving addition and subtraction problems using concrete pictorial representations, and missing number problems.
  • Solving one step multiplication and division problems.
  • Comparing, describing and solving practical problems for lengths and heights.
  • Telling the time to the hour and half past the hour and drawing the hands on a clock face to show these times.




Summer 2018 Term Educational Visits:

I am thoroughly looking forward to our visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in summer 1 which is the number 1 walkthrough wildlife adventure in the UK. The Wildlife Park has around 70 different species of animals which will be fantastic for the children to experience. It will give the children the chance to see animals that they may have not come across before such as the giant humps of a camel or the powerful bounce of a wallaby.

I am really looking forward to seeing the monkeys as I find them very entertaining.



Science Focus:

Topic Focus:

Topic – We have a fantastic topic this half term which is ‘In the Wild’. Throughout the lessons, children will identify wild animals that live in the United Kingdom and within the wider world. They will be describing the different animals and their features. Children will have the opportunity to discuss their favourite animals and even see some on our visit. They will then create a fact file to show the key facts on their favourite animals.

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?