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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 truthfulness



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 27th June



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


Ada Lovelace  




Our Learning so far.....



We've had a fun packed week and have enjoyed playign outside in the lovely weather too. The children had fun learning tennis on Tuesday with foundation as well as learning how to write a simple algorithm to make a beebot move. On Thursday we found out who won the writing competition too! 









This week we will begin our new unit of work based on the story Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey. 

The second unit will be a writing a letter in role of one of the chractes from the book. Through this unit we will consolidate our story writing skills by focussing on the following areas....

  • Using effective language - vacabulary, grammar and punctuation 
  • punctuation - through editing ensuring capital letters, full stops and finger spaces are consistant 
  • using the letter layout correctly, using a signing off too.




This week we will finish our numbers to 100 unit before starting our new unit of time. Our new unit has 7 lessons. This week we will look at number bonds to 100, looking at when events and things happen using the words before and after, using a calendar and what information it tell us, and telling teh time to the hour.







The children love to use songs to help them learn their numbers so why not practice your numbers using the Jack Hartman song!

Let's Get Fit | Count to 100 by 1's | 100 Days of School Song | Counting to 100 | Jack Hartmann - YouTube 


Key vocabulary for this unit:

100 square, number square, place value grid

pattern, same, different, less than, fewer, smaller, less,

equal to, (=), greatest, biggest, fewest, smallest

tens, ones, place value, partition, how many?, count, number bonds


Key vocabulary for time unit:

before, after

faster, slower, shorter, longer, earlier, later

yesterday, today, tomorrow, day, week, month, year, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

calendar, date, minute hand, hour hand, second hand, o’clock, half past, second, minute, hour



For the rest of this term we will be looking at Ada Lovelace. Thi sunit has a history focus, telling teh inspirational story of Ada Lovelace. She is famous for her inventions and developments in the field of technology and became known as the first computer programmer. Pupils will learn through her life story all about her achievements and ongoing legacy. 







Summer is on it's way!

With the weather getting warmer I thought I'd just remind everyone to still send a coat in for the children. In the morning it can still be rather chilly and in our garden we don't get the sun until the afternoon. So that the children can still enjoy our outside space please ensure your child has an approciate layer to allow them to take part. The door will be open most of the day to allow for ventilation as well so children may still want to think about layers until the weather is consistantly good.


As the weather imporves can I remind everyone that children will need a sun hat and to have sun cream applied before school. It would also be really helpful for everyone to have a water bottle in school too.


Please could PE kits be in school all week as we do sometimes do PE on other days. Our PE days are usually Tuesday and Thursday.  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.












As discussed at parents evening there are a few ongoing skills that you can be practicing at home with your children. As we are approaching Year 2 very quickly now and there are still a few areas that the children need to get confident with to give them the best start in Year 2. Here are some of the areas that can consolidated at home.

  • Writing their numbers correctly

        ensuring no reversals and that in a 2 digit number the numbers are in the correct position 

  • Number bonds to 10 and 20 

        I know the children know them in order but now they need to recognise and know them off by heart in any  order. The childrne will be having a weekly number bond challenge on Fridays too. 

  • Read and write numbers in words to 20

        Some children are still not able to read and write all their numbers to 20 in words. This is a really vital skill and essential for Year 2 as they will be expected to read and write numbers to 100.

  • Worded problems

        This is always a tricky one to do for teh children as there are so many steps to complete. The children need  to be able to read a worded problem and pick out teh key information given. Use this key information to decided what they need to do e.g. addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. Write the number senetence for the question (show your working out) and tehn answer the question. 


Below there are some resources that you can use to help you to practice these skills at home. There are also lots of games in purple mash that can be used to help practice some of these skills too. 


This week's Maths homework will practice numbers to 100. 

Maths homeowkr will be due in on Monday 4th July 



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.


 The next spelling test will be Friday 1st July


Fancy pants oooh family


 do, to, into, you  


Magic spells family

Sounds like Z but spell with s


     was, is, his, has, says   



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. 

Reading books will now only be changed on a Monday and Thursday.

Year 1 spellings for the year

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!