St John's C. of E. Primary School

Atherton Road, Hindley Green, Wigan, WN2 4SD

01942 255396

Year 1

Teacher - Miss Burns

Teaching Assistants -  Miss Jones


Welcome to Year 1's class page

Here you will find information about the curriculum, parent workshops and exciting learning your children are experiencing. You will also find a copy of the timetable and topic web attached to this page which is updated regularly. 

This term, our class Christian Value is Hope. 




The children will have PE every Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct kit for these sessions. They will need a white t-shirt, a pair of navy blue shorts and some black school pumps. 


Reading is such an important factor in enhancing your child's learning and development. Therefore, we hope that you can join us in helping your child to develop a love for reading! We would appreciate it if you could read with your child at least three times a week. Your child can read their own books as well as their school reading books. We love hearing all about their favourite stories and sharing them with the class! Please write in their diary how they have got on with the book. Once we can see in their diary that they have read it twice, they can change their book.


Homework will be set weekly - 1 x Maths or Writing and 1 x Phonics. This will benefit your child's learning inside the classroom such as sentence formation, letter formation and phonics . We will also send a half termly topic homework - please send photos / videos etc on Class Dojo. 


Our topic for this half term is called 'Take a walk in my shoes'. Take a look below at all of the fantastic learning opportunities we will have throughout the year.

We’ve been coal miners, phonics and reading superstars , had a mysterious beanstalk appear in our classroom, learnt about harvest and the importance of helping others. Improved our handwriting and had lots of fun… We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in-store for us!

Below is an example lesson of a typical ELS session. 

ELS stands for Essential letters and sounds.

ELS is our Synthetic Phonics Programme. 

This scheme runs from Reception to Year 1 and can filter through into year 2.

The children love using the flashcards in and around school, we often have them as passwords to enter the classroom. This is a way to immerse the children in their learning with a fun and interactive approach.

A big thank you to all our parents who joined us for our Essential Letters and Sounds session: Below is some of the amazing feedback we have received.

"I found it informative, and now at home I can use the same method." - Mrs L Bentley 

"A really useful workshop -  it was lovely to see the children so engaged and excited to learn phonics. Big thank you to Miss Burns for a great session. Thank you to Mr Heatley and all at St Johns for allowing us to visit your wonderful school. " - Mrs R Hayes and Mrs J Rigby

"A 5* session" - Mrs B Gabriels

This is an example screening from 2018.  The past mark on the test was 32. Please note this may change depending on the year the test is taken.

For additional phonics support at home: you can read with your child, sounding out words they are unsure of and discussing the meaning of unfamiliar words. You can access previous screening tests from the GOV website. Also has free game resources the children are used to playing in school. 


By the end of Year 1, children are expected to be able to read and write these tricky words. Please practise these as much as possible at home. Thank you.

Bug club:

Your child will receive an independent log in, the password for all children is year1 and the school code is ecpv. If you require another copy of your log-in please let me know.

See free games on to practice phonic sounds at home.