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Knowl Hill CofE Academy

"Together We Succeed"

Ashley Hill MAT

Part of the

Ashley Hill

Multi Academy Trust

Year 1

Adults in Year One

Class Teacher- Mrs Richards

Teaching assistant - Mrs Roy (Mon, Tue, Wed)


If you have any questions that can't be answered from the information below, please send an email to the school office which will be passed on to myself.




Our Christian value this term is Perseverance


I would just like to welcome everyone back and say Happy New Year!


I hope you all had an amazing break and made some fantastic memories to cheerish. Thank you so much for the voucher you organised for me. It really warmed my heart to see how much I am appreciated and I look forward to spending it soon. 








Epic - Books for Kids ( 


If you would like to use Epic to access lots of free reading books here is our class code that you will need.


Class code: qyl3398

Week beginnning 17th January

Mrs Richards is unwell with COVID so this page will be updated on her return. 


This week we will be starting our New Dimensions curriculum. Our Topic will focus on


The Artic circle - Come Fly with me!





For this half term we will be working with the book Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward. During this time we will complete 2 units of work. Our first unit is a narrative. This is a 3 week unit where wwe will focus on writing setting descriptions and character descriptions. The children will consolidate their learnign about adjectives and how to use them within a sentence. We will also begin to use conjunctions to join 2 sentences or ideas together. We will finish the unit by wriiting a story about finding an usual character. 






This week we will begin our new unit of addition within 20. This is a 6 day unit. We will start the unit my looking at adding on from a number. We will then explore adding on ones to a 2 digit number using a numberline and a ten frame. We will end the week by looking at number bonds and how they relate to number bonds to 10 and how to make a 10. 




 Key vocabulary for this unit:

count, count on

add, addition, additions, plus or +, altogether, in total

number bond, tens, ones, number stories, represent

part, whole, part-whole

greater, less, how many more?, predict



This week we will begin to explore the artic circle. The beginning of the topic will focus on core geography skills where children will be using globes and maps to identify which countries are part of the artic circle and where they are found on the planet. We will then look at what physical features would be found in this climate and why. The children will then explore ice in more detail and share their own experiences of cold places. We will end the week by looking at seasonal change and the differences between the seasons. 




Winter is here!

This week the weather has shifted to be rather cold! I would like to still use the garden as much as possible as I know the children enjoy it so much. Please could you ensure your child has an appropriate coat in school at all times and a pair of wellies that can be left at school. I've noticed lots of children are not bringing in gloves yet but would still like to use the garden. To save their little hands please remember to provide children with gloves too. 


As we have the door open for most of the day so that the children can access the garden and to provide ventilation for COVID I would suggest layering up children. It can get rather cold in the classroom and lots of children are not yet wearing vests. If you know your child has been cold then feel free to add some extra warm layers for them. I know I have been!


Please could PE kits be in school all week as we do sometimes do PE on other days. Our PE days are usually Wednesday and Thursday. After half term please ensure that within the PE kit your child has jogging bottoms, a PE jumper and socks for the girls. It is really helpful if all items of clothing is named including cycling shorts that many girls have been wearing as I currently have a collection of them in the classroom! If you are missing any please let me know and I can get them back to you smiley










Home Learning 








As part of the Maths homework for this term please continue to work on number bonds to 10 and then to 20. This is a vital skill that children need to know off by heart in any order as it will help children when we start to work with bigger numbers. I have left the resources up from last term for you to use for this, which can be found below as before. Please also continue to practise writiting numbers as words to ensure children are confident with this by the end of the year.  


This week I would like the children to practise and enbed the numbers to 20. You will find the work in their homework book. It will given out on Monday 10th January and will be due in Monday 17th January



Here are the spellings for this week. You will also find them in their homework books. Please do not use the homework book to practice the spellings in. Spellings will be tested on Friday morning. Please remember to send homework books in on Friday as this is where the spelling test will be done.


Here are the spellings for this week. Spelling test will be on Friday 14th January 











Please remember to write in the partnership book when they have been reading so that I know when to change their books. Each book should be read three times before they are changed. Please could you write the name of the book into the partnership book so that I can keep a record of what books they have had and it will ensure the correct next book is given.  


The children will also be coming home with their high frequency word packs. New words will be sent home when children move colours. Remeber once the children are confident reading these words they can be challenged by learning to spell them too. 

Parent Information Meeting


It was lovely meeting so many of you on Tuesday evening. Here is the power point that I shared with everyone. If you have any questions please email. 

Below is a list of year 1 common exception words.

Class Dojo Winner!

Mrs Bourner Parent Information Evening presentation


Useful Websites

Here is a list of different websites which your child can visit if they wish to complete some extra practise at home in either maths, times tables, literacy or phonics. To follow a link, copy and paste it into the search bar.




Counting, matching and ordering 1- 

Counting, matching and ordering 2- 

Higher or lower-

Number ordering-

Number sequences-



Times Tables:



Joining words-

Making sentences-

Rhyming words-




Additional Phonics

We have learned all our sounds but it is really important to keep practicing recognising and reading these sounds in a variety of words!


The children love to play this bingo game:


Alphablocks is a children's show that focuses on sound learning and blending which can be interactive and you can find this on YouTube:


This website will be helpful for parents to understand how to pronounce each of the sounds and other useful information about phonic skills:


Please ensure that you are reading the Read Write Inc books sent home three times before moving on to the next book.


Reading with Mrs Bird!

Below are some videos to help you practice reading your Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 Green Words and your Red and Green Ditties! Enjoy!