Welcome to Chaffinch Class - the home of our lovely Year 1 children!

Working alongside the children you will find Miss Brown, the class teacher and Miss Miller - our teaching assistant, who provides support throughout the mornings.

General Information

If parents would like to find out more about the curriculum, please come in and talk to the teacher.


PE will be on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure all items of clothing, especially sweatshirts, are clearly labelled to avoid any mix ups! Girls should have their hair tied back, if it is long and earrings should be removed for health and safety. If your child is unable to take part in PE due to physical injury please contact the school office.

Please ensure your child has their PE kit with them on these days so they can get changed at school- we believe this is an essential skill to develop.

Reading Books and Records

Children will receive reading books every week. As your child is in Year 1, please encourage them to read to you for an average of between 5 and 10 minutes, three times a week. We recommend little and often is best! If you discuss the book after your child has finished, this will help you to check their understanding of what has been read. Please sign and date your child’s reading record and number each session, to ensure your child receives the appropriate certificate or reward. The children are expected to bring their reading record and reading book into school daily. The children will then have their books changed, as necessary, during the school day. Please also note that the children's reading books will be changed on a particular day, which the children are aware of.


Phonics is a very important part of our daily learning in Chaffinch Class and we are keen to stress this throughout the year. The children are taught through our Bug Club Phonics programme ensuring they are accessing their relevant phase.  The children participate in daily engaging phonics sessions and these are supported further through daily reading lessons, these lessons give the children opportunity to put their phonics teaching into practice. Each child is assessed upon entering Year One and then they will be taught phonics in the relevant phase for them.  It is our endeavour to get all children accessing phase 5 phonics by the end of the first full term.  Near the end of Year One, the children will undertake a phonic screening test in which they will be required to read 20 real and 20 'alien' words. 

In Chaffinch Class we are keen to keep our Phonic lessons active and engaging (it is one of our favourite parts of the day!)

If you would like to help or ideas on how you can support your child further with their phonics at home, then please speak to the class teacher.

Phonics Vocabulary

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During the Autumn term, Chaffinch Class with be studying 'Life at the Beach' as our history topic. 

In English, the first class books to be studied are:  'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' by David Armitage and Ronda Armitage, and 'The Ugly Sharkling' by Lawrence Hiller and Maia Wiczak.

In maths, pupils will be studying place value, addition & subtraction and shape.

In PE, pupils will be learning the fundamentals of physical education and ball skills. 

Chaffinch Class Autumn 1 Planning

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Chaffinch Class Autumn 2 Planning

During the Spring term, Chaffinch Class with be studying 'Me and My Community' as our Geography topic. 

In English, the first class books to be studied are:  'Stick Man', 'Room on the Broom' and other texts by Julia Donaldson.

In maths, pupils will be studying place value and addition & subtraction.

In PE, pupils will be learning about Gymnastics and Dance. 

Chaffinch Class Spring 1

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Chaffinch Class Summer 1

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Chaffinch Class Summer 2

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Chaffinch Class Chat - Year 1

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