Category Archives: Year 1

Y1 Phonics Screening Check 2018

Y1 Phonics Screening Check 2018

You may be aware that during the week commencing 11th June 2018, all Year 1 children will sit a phonics screening test. This is a statutory assessment, which means children in Year 1 all over the country will be sitting the same screening check. After the check, the results are submitted to the Local Education Authority. You will be informed of your child’s score in your child’s end of year report.

The check consists of 40 words which the children must read independently. Some of the words will be real words and some will be pseudo words (we like to call them alien words). The children will sit individually, with Miss Monteith, to complete the test.

You can find out more information about the Screening Check here:

Phonic Screening Check

Our phonics teaching program ‘Read Write Inc’ ensures the children are well prepared for this Screening Check. All our spelling pattern work and alien word games have also helped to prepare the children. In addition, the children will be familiar with the format of the check. As part of our on going Read Write Inc assessment, the children are experienced in this type of assessment. Surprisingly, most actually enjoy it!

If you would like to help to prepare your child further for this assessment, there are some useful on-line games which include decoding and blending words and identifying real and ‘alien’ words. The links are below.

Buried Treasure

Picnic on Pluto (select phase 5)

Word Blender

A range of games

If you are unable to access the internet at home, a print out version of the games is available from school. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

Year One and Space

Year One made an ‘out of this world’ effort with their learning in the Spring Term during our space topic. We produced some super space related writing such as an alien’s diary and newspaper reports for the moon landing in 1969. Year One have been learning lots of exciting historical facts about Neil Armstrong and…Read More

‘Forest School’ in Year 1

Year 1 donned the famous St Columba’s red suits and participated in one of many new ‘Forest School’ sessions with Miss O’Connor. The session was linked to Year 1’s English work; a scary troll left the children lots of exciting activities to explore!       The children made leaf crowns and independently decided to…Read More

Spring Term in Year One

We have had a very busy spring term in Year One, so here are a few of our highlights. Space Explorers Year One began the spring term with the topic of space. They enjoyed finding out about our solar system, and discovering that Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.  …Read More

‘Forest School Staff Training.’

On Monday evening the staff donned their wellies and outdoor attire to take part in exciting ‘Forest School Training’ with Miss O’Connor. (Level 3 Forest School Leader).   St Columba’s Forest School Aims To provide an opportunity for individuals to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves. To provide a safe and non-threatening environment in…Read More

A super start to Year One

We have had a super start to the new school year in Year One. All the children have settled in well, and have embraced the transition from Reception into their new class. Our first term starts with our topic Amazing Animals, and Year One have loved reading some new books about some interesting characters. We’ve…Read More

Year 1 2015-2016

Year 1 have had such a super year this year. They have worked incredibly hard all year and have done so well. Miss McDonnell and Mrs Weir are so proud of each and every one of them. Good luck in Year 2. You will all be fantastic!   Here are some of their highlights!Read More

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check 2016

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check 2016

You may be aware that during the week commencing 13th June 2016, all Year 1 children will sit a phonics reading test. This is a statutory assessment, which means children in Year 1 all over the country will be sitting the same screening check. After the check, the results are submitted to the Local Education…Read More

Year 1 Plants

Year 1 Plants

Year 1 are enjoying their Science topic ‘Plants’. After conducting a plant hunt around school, we learned how to plant our own seeds. On our plant hunt we found lots of different plants, including daffodils, ivy, daisies, bluebells and even poppies! We planted sunflower seeds, runner beans and cress. We found out that different seeds…Read More