Year1 – Mrs Dalgleish

Welcome to Mrs Dalgleish’s Year 1 Class Page!

We are a class that works hard and aim to try our best in everything that we do. Our class lives out the school motto: “May Christ Be Seen in Us” in everything we do! Such as being good friends, following the rules and doing the best we can every day.


What are we learning about?

Maths: Our focus is on number and being able to count on and back from any given number. We wlll try to work initially with numbers up to 20 but quickly moving beyond. Finding numbers up to 100 in the environment when they are out and about is always a great game and can really support their number recognition. E.g. bus numbers or house numbers. Asking questions such as is that number bigger than…? Or what number is one more than…? Can really benefit!

Literacy: During our first half term, we will be focusing on Roald Dahl books, listening to stories and using some of the fantastic vocabulary we find in them. We will remember to write in sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We LOVE to read! And can’t wait to be fluent enough to sit and enjoy quiet reading to ourselves. Reading with your child, asking questions, finding key words, matching them to words around the home, on cereal boxes, books, magazines can all help.


What happens when?

PE is on Thursday. Each child should have a full P.E. kit, labelled with their name which will stay in school for the half term.

Homework is given out on Monday and expected back completed by Friday

Spellings are given out on a Friday to be learned by the following Friday for a test.

Reading books are given out on a Friday these should be practised a number of times and talked about at home before being returned the following Thursday with a signed reading diary. Remember – for every five books your child reads, they will receive a reading award in assembly!

Year 1 children will be allowed to bring 30p/50p for a healthy snack from our tuck shop each Thursday and Friday. This is not compulsory and completely at the parents’ discretion. Money given should be in a purse/wallet.


How can I help my child?

Reading at home – make reading fun and easy – something you both look forward to!

  • Share the reading, take turns or see whether your child wants to read or be read to today
  • Visit the library together and help them choose books to share
  • Talk about pictures in books
  • Sing songs, read poems and make up rhymes together – the funnier the better
  • Be a role model. Let your child see you enjoying reading and talk about what you are enjoying
  • Point out words on signs, shops and labels
  • Play word games like “I Spy” and “Simon Says…”

Writing at home – make writing fun

  • Help your child write an alphabet letter, then go letter hunting in your house or in a book to find that letter
  • Encourage them to write shopping lists or make birthday cards
  • Water and a paintbrush on a dry path and a stick on sand are fun ways to write letters and words.
  • Help them create a scrapbook with pictures. Encourage them to write stories under the pictures and talk to you about them.
  • Ask them to write about pictures they draw – on paper or on the computer. Or get them to tell you the story and you write it under the picture.
  • Have felt pens, pencils, crayons and paper available
  • Put magnetic letters on the fridge – ask what words they can make with the letters.

Don’t worry if your child’s letters or words are sometimes backwards or misspelt at this age. The important thing is that they have fun writing at home and are making an effort.

Maths at home:

  • find numbers around your home and neighbourhood – clocks, letterboxes, speed signs
  • count forwards and backwards (clocks, fingers and toes, letterboxes, action rhymes, signs)
  • make patterns when counting “clap 1, stamp 2, clap 3, stamp 4, clap 5…”
  • do sums using objects such as stones or marbles eg 2 + 3, 4 +1, 3 + 1 …
  • make up number stories – “you have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. There are 4 of them”
  • let your child prepare and share out food – “two for me and two for you”. Ask, “How many for each of us?”
  • talk about time – “lunchtime”, “Storytime”, “bedtime”
  • use words in everyday play like “under”, “over”, “between”, “around”, “behind”, “up”, “down”, “heavy”, “light”, “round”, “circle”, “yesterday”, “tomorrow”. You can get library books with these words and ideas in them too
  • ask questions like “How many apples do we need for lunches? What do you think the weather is going to be like today/tomorrow? What are we going to do next?”

Here’s a tip – use lots of mathematics words as your child is playing to develop their understanding of early mathematics (e.g. “over”, “under”, “first, second, third”, “round”, “through”, “before”, “after”). Use the language that works best for you and your child.

We look forward to a very successful year, thank you for your continued support!

Mrs Dalgleish & Mrs Jones