Welcome to Year 1

base camp

Welcome to Y1, it's a crazy start of this academic we're in the middle of a global pandemic, and can see no light at the end of the tunnel.  However, our year 1 classroom has 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

What's new this term!


Hand sanitiser/washing our hands 

We are working hard to keep you as safe as we can in school. This includes washing your hands when you enter the classroom. 

We had a great start to the autumn term, the children are really enjoying being back at school, they have structure, routine, friends and a caring wealth of staff support, they've produced some amazing homework with the support of their families using seesaw our new virtual homework platform. If you're struggling or need advice please get intouch with me!


A massive thank you to all the parents and families who have supported us, by following the social guideline written by the government and school. x


Last term catch up!

Here are a few photos from this term, we had such a busy term! Click on each photo to see the next!! I'm very proud of my class.





Remember  It's starting to change to autumn!   you must bring a winter coat and a hat everyday - it's cold at break and lunchtimes!

PE -  Tuesday and Wednesday

Homework - It will go out Friday via the seesaw app, this needs to be completed by the 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) In year 1 we have a reading challenge-The Hedgehog Reading Bell.  We ask the children to read at home 4 times or more Friday-Friday, they can then come out to the front and ring the bell, they're loving the challenge at the minute-see below!!


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, seating circle and amazing field area.

Have a look at these photos, our term so far!


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


What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?  In year 1, we work hard on our phonics skills, it's our bread and butter to reading and writing. 

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




Spanish in Y1


Our termly overview- this gives you a flavour of what our days consist of!

Y1 termly overview



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