Welcome to Year 1

Happy New Year 2019 - We've had a great start to 2019, the children have come back enthusiastic and very keen to learn.  

Our new theme this Spring term 2, is Family Album;

We have looked at timelines, family trees, chronology and created some lovely paintings and art work.

We have a trip to Farmer Ted organised for Wednesday 3rd April where we will look at new life, linking to our science theme.



In Y1 we're a fantastic team, Mrs Kirkham, Mrs Reed and a fantastic group of enthusiastic children. I'll keep you up-to-date with activities and events on the website and our school Twitter @brindlegregson

I encourage all my parents to come and chat, before or after school, about any issues or questions you may have.  However if it is urgent and needs prompt action, please get in touch with Mrs Wilkinson in the office.

I'm contactable in person, phone call to the office or my email s.kirkham@bgl.lancs.sch.uk

Thank you for your co-operation and support.

Mrs Kirkham


Remember to bring a winter coat and a hat everyday - it's cold at break and lunchtimes!

PE - Mondays and Wednesdays

Homework - given out Friday, to be given in following Wednesday

Changing reading books- Monday and Thursday ( Please encourage your child to read a wide variety of genres, including books, comics, internet and leaflets they have at home)


Thank you.

Mrs Kirkham

Celebrating Success-look at these star pupils!   

In year 1, we love to share success, the children can achieve their dream and full potential in all areas of school life. We also encourage information and photos of personal achievements outside school.

We love taking our learning outside, its fun, informative and keeps us fit.  We're lucky enough to have our own pond area at BGL, it's full off frogspawn at the minute, soon to be tadpoles then froglets!

Year 1 Assessment - KLIPS

KLIPS stands for 'Key Learning Indicators of Performance'.

All the children will working towards these targets over the course of the year.

It is expected that the children are secure in all of these areas by the end of the year. We aim to highlight off all, or as many of these bullet points as possible, throughout the year.

Klips Y1


Phonics Y1

In year 1, we work hard on our phonics skills, it's our bread and butter to reading and writing. 

What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

All Primary School children in Year 1 will take the Phonics Screening Test.  The test must be taken by all Year 1 children including those attending state schools, academies and free schools. It usually takes place in mid June. The test has to be on a one to one basis by a qualified teacher.

What is Phonics and how it is linked to the Year 1 Screening Test?

The Phonics test checks children's ability to read and decode words.

Phonics should be taught in schools on a daily basis, for 15 - 20 minutes everyday. During these sessions children are taught the sounds letters make, how to write the sounds, how to read words by identifying the sounds within a word and how to combine these sounds to write words.


The Phonics Screening Test is used to find out how well children are doing in phonics in Year 1. If they don't pass the test, then they may need extra phonics support in Year 2. It is used to confirm whether or not children are able to decode and use phonic knowledge to an age appropriate standard.

What is in the Year 1 Phonics Test?

The Phonics test contains 40 words, divided in 2 sections of 20 words, which children are asked to read. Some of these words will be real words, some will be nonsense words. Each page will contain 4 words. All the words on the page will either be real words or nonsense words, real words and nonsense words will not be mixed on a page. All the letters in the word will be in lower case. The test usually take between 4 and 9 minutes per child, however there is no time limit. Children will be expected to blend sounds to read the words. Nonsense words are used to check a child's ability to blend sounds using phonic knowledge, regardless of what the word might be. Children must only attempt the Phonics Screening Test once, they can't have another go at it on another day.

Here is a link, so that you can view past words the children have been tested on in 2014 and 2015



Short video about the Y1 Phonics Screening Check  

Spanish in Y1


Weekly Y1 Overview

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