The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

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Phonics Screening Check


The Phonics Screening Check will take place will take place

w/c Monday 10th June 2024. 


The test is administered on a 1-1 basis, and will be led by either Miss Brown or Miss Chapman. It consists of 20 regular words, and 20 nonsense words. These words may contain any of the graphemes taught. Across the year, we have completed mock screening tests half-termly, and they are used within year 1 provision to ensure children are familiar with the concept and format. 


Children are encouraged to use their phonetic skills taught in lessons:

- find any digraphs in the word

- blend in their head

- say the word aloud.


Below are some additional resources you may use to practice key skills before the screening.


If you have any questions, please ask your child's class teacher. 

Year One is taking part in the Five to Twelve study

Some pupils in Year 1, have been selected to take part in the new Five to Twelve study!

Five to Twelve is a new national study involving around 8,000 children attending primary school in the 2020s and their families. The study will explore how children are getting on in a range of areas in the post-pandemic context. By following children and their families over time, the study aims to provide a contemporary understanding of how children’s environments and experiences impact on their future education and wellbeing outcomes.

For the first stage of the study, the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), which is delivering the study on behalf of DfE, will be sending letters to the parents or carers of the selected children at their home address in October 2023. The information posted to families will list the various ways they can get in touch with the study team, should they have questions about participating or opting out.

If invited parents and carers have any questions, you can visit the study website at, or get in touch with the study team at or on Freephone 0800 652 4568.

Welcome Message 


Welcome to 1B! You class teachers are Miss Brown, Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Simons and Miss Whybrow.


In the links above, you will find out all about the exciting learning that is yet to come this half term! You will also find the information for the topics we will be exploring across the year. 


Below you will find important information regarding weekly activities and expectations. At the bottom of the page you will find the children's class blog - A weekly update of all the exciting things that happen within the week!




Reading Books 


Each week, you will receive a reading book matched to your child’s phonetic level. This book coincides with the Read, Write, Inc. book they will be reading during their daily phonics sessions with their RWI teacher. This book will be changed every FridayChildren will also read with staff in school, so please ensure they have this with them every day. 


In the front of RWInc Book Bag Books, you will find supportive notes to help your child read the book; this follows a similar structure to how they read at school. RWInc follows a teaching sequence to encourage children to read, rather than recall, the text they are presented with.  


Our suggested activities for this book - 


  1. (Day 1) – Ask your child to read the title, the Story Green Words and Red Words. Child to read the text, if able, or explore the illustrations. 
  2. (Day 2) – Ask your child to read the first half of the book, using questioning to support understanding. 
  3. (Day 3) – Recap what has been read. Ask your child to read the second half of the book, using questioning to develop understanding. 
  4. (Day 4) – Ask your child to retell the story using the pictures in the back of the book to help them. 
  5. (Day 5) – Read the questions at the back of the book aloud to your child and ask him or her to find the answers in the relevant pages. 

You will also receive access to your child’s RWI book they are reading in their daily phonics sessions via the Oxford Owl website. You can follow the suggested activities for this book as well. 


When you read with your child, please write into their reading record so that your child works towards receiving their reading certificate and prize. Your child’s reading record will also be checked every Friday.  P.E. Days 


Year 1 have P.E once per week; the day will be confirmed with a sign on the door. As part of our developing curriculum, additional PE activities will be embedded into core subjects.


Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit at school on PE days. Hair should be tied up and earrings MUST be removed on these days. Your child will not be able to join in with P.E if they have earrings in.  Homework 


Homework will be set weekly on Spelling Shed and Oxford Owl. Children also have access to Numbots, which supports their maths skills at their current working level. Logins can be found in your child’s Reading Record. If you have any questions, please ask your child's class teacher.

1B Class Blog

Thursday 8th February 2024


In our English lessons this week we:

  • Have created our own innovated stories of Lost and Found
  • Been authors, using our plans to help write our stories
  • Explored illustrations which match our writing

In our maths lessons this week we:

  • Have been learning about 3D shapes – they are solid and the faces are a 2D shape!
  • Exploring the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes

In the afternoons we have enjoyed:

  • Making posters which compare Antarctica and the Sahara Desert (geography)
  • Exploring the qualities which make animals good pets (science)
  • Been talking about things we have achieved that we are proud of (PSHE)
  • Creating a model of Earth, showing the human impact if we do not care for our planet!

We are looking forward to:

  • Creating a leaflet to show what we have been learning in Geography
  • Making prints of seasonal tress in Art
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