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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Welcome to Year 1 where no two days are ever the same; there is always something fun and exciting to learn and do!


Hi I'm Mrs Tough, the Year 1 teacher. I have been at Seaburn Dene a long time as I love the warm, friendly, family feel of our school.

We spend a lot of our time learning through games, songs and practical activities along with more traditional lessons as we think this is the best way to learn new skills, it is also lots of fun. Our classroom mascots help us learn new concepts every week, they are always on hand to help us.

Important days for parents

Mondays: PE with Mr Charlton ( gymnastics) story books changed. New E-books set on RWI e- library

Tuesdays: Library books changed.

Wednesdays: Homework due in. ( maths/ English alternate weeks)

Fridays: Story books changed.



We expect all our children to read every evening and at weekends. In Year 1, 10 minutes should be a minimum and, in addition, most children love to share books with adults, especially at bedtime. Please ensure you either sign the reading log to confirm daily reading is taking place and upload by Sunday afternoon each week or write a list on Class Dojo in the journal section. Any reading is a bonus whether its online via  Oxford Reading Buddy site, RWI e-library, a Read write Inc or Oxford Reading Tree book, a picture book or a set of flashcards. Make it work for you as a family. Consistency is the key to success.


Children will also have links to phonic videos of sounds they have recent learnt in school posted on Class Dojo. These are a great way to supplement reading at home and it gives you the chance to practise sounds that we are learning currently in school.  



Homework is alternated weekly. Maths one week then English. Books or online tasks are set on Fridays and  need to be returned by the following Wednesday please. The focus for our homework is always based on work previously done in class. Sometimes I may ask for screen shots of work done online or a photo. When working in our books please encourage the children to use HB pencils and use their best handwriting. 


Class Gallery: Check out what we have been up to in the Autumn term. For even more pictures, please see Class Dojo.

Learning Links

Here are some of our favourite songs and videos we are are using to support our learning in class this term. Links to our favourite songs will also be shared on Class Dojo.

The Counting by Twos Song | Counting Songs | Scratch Garden

Go up into space as you count up by twos with a dog and a song on a crazy rocket cruise! The Counting by Twos song teaches skip counting by 2. If you are learning to count or teaching math and early years numeracy, the Counting by 2's song by Scratch Garden is the best way to get there!

Let's all do the 10 dance (number bonds of 10 song)

Come on everybody Let's all do the 10 dance. Grab your 10 partner and head out on the dance floor! A super fun and funky dance tune about the number combinations of 10. So do the 10 dance with 5 and 5, 6 and 4, 7 and 3, 10 and 0, and 8 and 2.

DOUBLES! DOUBLES! (*new* 1-10 version)

WWW.HARRYKINDERGARTENMUSIC.COM ...or find me on Teachers Pay Teachers!­­­­Kindergarten-Music HARRY KINDERGARTEN MUSIC, LLC Hip educational songs & videos for the K-2 Classroom! Song: DOUBLES! DOUBLES! (1-10 VERSION) Educational Content: Practicing "doubles" addition; This version has both the "small doubles" and the "big doubles" in one song, whereas my previous versions repeated one or the other in both verses.

Greater Than, Less Than - "Let it Go" parody

Lyrics: ---A parody of the song "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen.--- Alligator looks for a treat tonight But not a number to be seen He's searching for something big But he only sees a three He keeps exploring til his eyes, they spy a nine And he wonders then, "which one should be mine?"

We have been exploring the language of comparing numbers this half term, deciding which number Alligator (Chomper) would choose to eat!

Computer Whizzkids

In this section you will find links to free, safe, internet based games that will support your child's learning. We use these in class in our Cool Computing area.


Watching Alphablocks for a few minutes a day would really help your child develop their phonic skills. Each episode is around 5 minutes long, why not watch one before you read with your child, after breakfast or after school to boost the sounds they are learning in school.

Alphablocks Series 4 - Name

When A gets hiccups, she can't say her own name - but Magic E and friends sing a song to help her remember. This episode introduces the long A sound, the digraphs '-ay-', '-ai-' and '-ae-' and the words day, play, way, tail, trail, sail, game, cake, snake and name.


Another personal favourite of mine is the Cbeebies programme Numberblocks. These programmes cover lots of topics taught in Year 1, usually around 5 minutes long a great way to end a busy school day or watch before school.

Numberblocks - Blast Off! | Learn to Count

As seen on CBeebies! Watch Numberblocks full episodes on BBC iPlayer: Subscribe for more Numberblocks: Learn to count with the Numberblocks as they blast off to space in this counting adventure - plus much more number fun! We are the Numberblocks! Little blocks with big ideas, having a ton of number fun.