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In Year 1 our classroom is based around the author

Julia Donaldson



Year 1 is a busy, fun and exciting year!

On this page you will find information about our class and about the interesting things we will be learning about this year.



Meet the teachers!


In Julia Donaldson Class the teachers are:


Mrs Vicky Bayliss -  Class Teacher

Miss Shalla Akram - Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Tiffany Booth - Learning Support Assistant

Miss Katie Makin - Learning Support Assistant


Mrs Michelle Osborne covers the class on Friday afternoons.



Check our Twitter page @PindersPrimary weekly for lots of photographs of our learning!



Our School Rules 



Be safe

Be respectful

Be ready to learn








Help your child reach our reading target each week by listening to them read each day & signing their reading record. Ideally, reading books should be read at home EVERY DAY if possible. Can your child read the book independently? Can your child answer questions about the book? Can they read with expression and fluency? Each week if your child has read at least 4 times at home they will receive a reading star which could win them a book at the end of the half term!




  • Reading is highly valued at Pinders Primary and we want your child(ren) to enjoy reading. Each night your child will come home with a reading book and we ask that you listen to your child read every night and enjoy reading together. We also encourage children to read other books as well as their school reading book to foster a love of reading. 



  • In Year 1 homework will be sent on a Thursday and needs to be completed by Tuesday of the following week. 



  • Spellings are given out on a Friday and the children have until the following Friday to practice their spellings. Spelling tests are every Friday where your child will receive their score and new spellings. Children must bring their spelling books back every Friday so their new spellings can be recorded. 


Read and Respond 

  • Our Read and Respond day is Friday. Your child will bring home their Read and Respond book to read with you at home. In the Read and Respond journal will be the week's task eg. retelling the story in order. Your child must return their Read and Respond book to school every Friday.




  • All uniform must have your child's name written on the label.



  • Our PE days are Mondays and Thursdays. Monday will always be an outdoor session so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately. Don't forget your trainers!
  • Please come to school in your PE kit on PE days.
  • Our PE days can change half termly so look our for information towards the end of a half term.



  •  Our library sessions are on Tuesdays. Children will have the opportunity to browse the library and choose a book to take home! Library books must be returned on Tuesdays before borrowing another book. 


Water Bottles

  • Water bottles should be taken home each day for washing. 
  • Water bottles can be purchased from the school office for £1.



  • Milk can be paid for online and costs £1.05 per week.



Our Classroom




Year 1 Topics



Autumn Term - Explorers


Educational visit - Wakefield Theatre




Spring Term - London's Burning


Educational visit - Wakefield Cathedral




Summer Term - Paddington's Travels


Educational visit - Yorkshire Wildlife Park



Year 1 Phonics Screening Check


In the summer term of Year 1, your child will complete a phonics screening check. This is a statutory check which means children in Year 1 throughout the country will all be taking part in the check during the same week in June. The test contains 40 words which children will read aloud one-to-one with a teacher. The list of words is a combination of 20 real words and 20 nonsense words. It is a good indication of your child's reading progress and any child that does not pass the bench mark will be given extra support and a chance to resit the test in Year 2. Your child will receive daily phonics lessons and lots of practice of reading similar words/tests throughout the year. If you have any questions regarding the phonics screening check, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Bayliss. 


Watch this short clip to find out more about the Phonics Screening Test.

*Please note we are not a Read Write Inc. school. You will be given information on our Pinders Phonics programme at the beginning of the school year.

Parent video: The Phonics Screening Check