Great Heath Academy, Girton Close, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7PT

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Year 1

Welcome to Year One!

Your teachers are Miss Saunders, Mrs Broad and Ms Hawkes. Our teaching assistants are: Mrs Cobbold, Miss Knapp, Miss Dabbs, Mrs Grigaytis and Mr Langford.


We do lots of counting in Year One, up to 100 and beyond, forwards and backwards! We use numberlines, counters, numicon and dienes to help us add and take away. We are beginning to divide and multiply using practical objects. We investigate and use number bonds to solve real stories (word problems). We are also exploring measurement, including time, reading o’clock and half-past on an analogue clock.

Phonics and reading

We will be carrying on with our daily phonics and guided reading activities. When reading at home here are a few games that you can play:

  • play phonics I Spy
  • make as many words as you can using only s a t p i n
  • guess what the book is about just by looking at the cover
  • find another word that means the same thing
  • finding tricky words on food packaging or recipes
  • make up your own alien words using different sounds

It’s really important that children practise reading every day, even if it is just for 5 mins!


Our topic this half-term is ‘Flowers and Insects’. We have been outside to observe seasonal changes. We are finding out what plants need to grow and are growing our own seeds and potatoes in class.


Please make sure that P.E. kits are in school every Monday.


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