Caldershaw Primary

Caldershaw Primary

Nurturing Success Together

Edenfield Road, Rochdale, OL12 7QL

01706 658623

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


 Class Teacher: Mrs McManus

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Johnson, Mrs Barr, Ms Hernon

Our Class Guidelines

Our Class Timetable


At Caldershaw, we know how important reading is: not only to enable us to find out about the world and research specific topics, but (most importantly) in giving life long pleasure. Please read your book every night to an adult and record it in your reading record book. A few pages will do, but make sure you understand what you've read and that you can answer the questions you're asked!

Caldershaw Collection - Year 1 Top 10 Books

Life Long Ago

We have really enjoyed finding out about life long ago during our History learning this term. We have found out all about timelines and what they are, we have looked at homes from the past and compared them to modern day, household objects and how they have changed,  we have looked at old and new toys and also found out all about Alexander Graham Bell and his invention of the telephone.

KS1 Children in Need - Pudsey Run!! 

KS1 Fieldwork 

In KS1, we went on a walk to our local park. We had to answer the question 'is litter a problem in our local park?' We really enjoyed looking for litter and litter picking in and around the park! 

Home Challenges 

Home challenges are sent home on MONDAY and should be returned the following MONDAY. Children in Year 1 will receive spellings to practice each week - linked to their learning in phonics - and a piece of maths work - again linked to prior learning in class. 


In Year 1 children continue to be taught phonics using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. This is taught daily in small groups according to your child's phonics understanding. Children must be confident with all phases ready for the phonics screening check w/b 10th June 2024.

Please find links below to help your child. Phonics Play - A website containing free games to practise reading real and alien words. Word Lists - practise reading different words containing sounds we have learnt. Phonics Bloom - A website containing lots of games to practise reading words with different sounds. Poop Deck Pirates - Practise reading phase 3 words. - Listen to the 42 sounds in the English language.

Phonics check guide for parents (click here) 

Phonics glossary guide for parents (click here) 

How to help your child with Phonics guide (click here) 

Knowledge Organisers

This is an example of one of our knowledge organisers. Knowledge organisers are a summary of key facts, vocabulary and essential information that the children need for each unit of work. Please feel free to print them out and encourage your child to consolidate their learning. All the units are listed below.

 KO Animals including humans Y1.pdfDownload
 KO Around the World.pdfDownload
 KO Explorers.pdfDownload
 KO Life Long Ago.pdfDownload
 KO Materials Y1.pdfDownload
 KO Plants Y1.pdfDownload
 KO Seaside.pdfDownload
 KO Seasonal changes Aut and Winter Y1.pdfDownload
 KO Seasonal changes Spr and Summer Y1.pdfDownload
 KO Special People.pdfDownload
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Marvellous Maths

In year 1 we have been working hard on understanding the concept of part/part/whole in relation to addition. We have then been introduced to the part whole model. Mrs McManus has been very impressed with our addition skills within 10!


Super Sketch Book Skills

We have been learning how to use our new sketch books in Art. We have been looking at the work of Paul Klee and made these fantastic pages where we annotated pieces of his work to share our thoughts on them. We also had a go at recreating some of his pieces. 

DT - Playgrounds

We loved our recent DT work on freestanding structures. We had the challenge to design, make and evaluate a piece of playground equipment for the small world areas of the Early Years classrooms. We think the finished products are amazing!

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