Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

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St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


Respect                    Hope                    Confidence                    Faith                     Love                     Growing Together!

Welcome to Class One!

Here you will find information and planning for this academic year. This year children have moved from EYFS to Key Stage One, which is a big jump we will make together :). We are working very hard to 'grow together' as part of the St Giles family. In all aspects of our classroom experience, we aim to demonstrate the Christian Values of our school. Most importantly, our main principle is to show kindness to others and to ourselves. 

If you have any questions, Miss Slater is on the door at the end of the school day. On a morning, children should enter the shared area independently ready to wash their hands and drop off their book bag. In class, activities start straight away so there will not be time to answer questions at this point unless it is urgent. We also have class dojo where you can ask questions and share information interactively. Feel free to message at any point and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Furthermore, we will share progress with reading through planners. 


Teaching staff      


Class One teacher - Miss Slater            Class One HLTA - Mrs Jepson            Class One 1:1 Teaching Assistant - Mrs Whitfield              


School opening times:   Start time - 8.40-9am  (registers will close at 9am)        Closing time - 3.10pm     


Reading and sharing activities:

We love and encourage a love of reading, focusing on different authors and what we like about their books. Ask which book we've landed on from the wheel as this is an exciting way to choose our class reading at the end of the day. 

By becoming more independent, hopefully children will be able to vocalize the things they have been doing in school. However, we also share a lot of the activities on twitter @stgilesacademy and on class dojo story. There will be some photos made available here in the gallery too! 


Reading expectations at home: 

We expect children to read at home a minimum of twice a week in Key Stage One, preferably three times. Once a child has read, please record it in planners as this will enable us to move children along the reading race and check them on the list. Feel free to allow children to read a wider range of books in addition to those sent home in book bags. It is vitally essential for their vocabulary and comprehension that children hear adults read trickier books to them so having a bedtime story, for example, is also a great practise to have at home! Books are changed once a week on WEDNESDAYS. 

We now follow a Little Wandles scheme for phonics which impacts our Big Cat books that we send home, please see dojo for more information. 

Children also have a reading eggs account, which is an exciting programme that children can work through at home and in school. A video explanation of this is available here -


PE: Our PE days are TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS. Children can come to school in PE kit and stay in PE kit all day. Please remember to bear the weather in mind when doing so - longer tracksuit bottoms and jackets are allowed.


Daily essentialsEach day it is essential that children bring...  a clean water bottle with fresh water (this is even more important during these times to ensure children are safe and hygienic.) and their book bag (in order to change books and communicate via planners.) 


Class 1 Amazon Wishlist...

 Thank you so much for the generous donations we have had! The link above is still available to share with businesses/ people you think could help support us. 


This half term our School Christian Value is.... Hope

Spring C - Pirates

If you found a treasure map, what would you do?

For more information on our current topic as well as notices, please check class dojo regularly as we we post weekly information here as well as notices and photographs of learning. 


Weekly spellings 

Children will have spellings each week to take home and practise, which will be available online on class dojo. There are different spellings depending on groupings. These will be tested the following Friday. It is essential children practise these spellings as they will be linked to the phonics sounds that your children will be tested as part of the national Phonics Screening Check in June. 

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the class teacher. 


 Weekly homework 

Homework will be sent home on a Friday to be returned for the following Friday. This will also be available on class dojo. Work can either be brought into class or a photograph sent via dojo portfolio/ message. 


Spellings - Common Exception Words 

Year One children also need to be able to read and write 45 common exception words, which are shown above and available underneath to download. 

Children must be able to both read and spell these words in order to reach the expected standard in preparation for Year Two. 

There are also some mats to help assist children with learning these spellings in the downloads underneath. 

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Children will re-cap sounds from Phase 3 and begin to learn phase 5 sounds. They should be able to identify the sound and also read words with this sound in.

Children will sit the National Screening Check in June 2021 where they will be asked to read 40 real and nonsense words containing the different sounds. 

The sound mats are available to download below:


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Reading Race 

Throughout the school we are taking part in reading races. As children read at home, they get moved around the track. When they reach twenty reads they get a prize!

Please ensure that you record in planners when you have read so that we can change children's books as needed and move them along. 


Times Tables Rockstars

Children will be given a log on to TTRS. Here they can set up their own name, avatar and begin earning points. This is an amazing platform for children to improve their times tables as they go through school. They can record their scores and improve through stages. Children can race against those in other classes and even against teachers! 

At the moment, I have set the times tables so they are doing x1, x2, x5 and x10. These are the times tables children should be aware of in Year One. 

































Previous topics/ learning....


Autumn A - Great Fire of London

 Year One MTP AutA 21-22.pdfDownload
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 Autumn A newsletter 2021A.docDownload
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Autumn B - Toys - See Class dojo