Year 1

Welcome to Ash Class!

Firstly, I would like to give you all a very warm welcome to Ash Class. I am really looking forward to teaching you this year. 

We hope to encourage our class how to ‘Show Pride and Reach for the stars!’ and follow the ‘Aston Lodge Way’.  You will always be rewarded with pride points/ class dojo points for all the positive things that you do.  We use the interactive Class Dojo app to share learning experiences, photographs of learning, messages, and information about the curriculum with parents and carers each week.

Remember if you have any questions or concerns, you will be able to contact me via class dojo. I can’t wait to see you all again very soon! We use the interactive Class Dojo app to share learning experiences, photographs of learning, messages, and information about the curriculum with parents and carers each week.

Meet your Teachers

Hi, my name is Mrs Earnshaw, and I am your new class teacher.  

At university I completed a degree in Early Childhood Studies, before completing my PGCE in Early Years and Primary Education.  I have a passion for learning and love seeing children developing holistically and grow into confident little people. 

Also, I love spending time with my family on days out and holidays.  I enjoy spending time outdoors going on walk, cycling, gardening and being creative.  

Emma Earnshaw

Mrs Earnshaw

Class Information

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday.  Children will come to school in their PE. 


Phonics is taught daily using ‘Read, Write, Inc’ scheme.   As part of phonics your child will learn a new sound each day, develop early reading skills to enable them to become confident, fluent readers.   Phonics is an important aspect of your child’s learning and development as it supports all areas of the curriculum. 

Your child will receive a phonically plausible book that matches their phonics knowledge, together with a ‘Love for Reading’ book to share with an adult at home.  

I really can’t express enough the importance of your child reading regularly at home. It is a basic expectation that your child will read at least 3 times a week.  

At Aston Lodge we are passionate about promoting a ‘Love for reading’.   This year we will be reading our ‘Challenge Textbook’s’ at story time and children can share these books with peers in our reading corner too. 

Towards the end of the academic year, Year 1 will take part in a ‘Phonics Screening’ Assessment, where children will read 20 real and 20 nonsense words.  


As part of English, we read and explore a range of text each week.   Your child will use their phonics knowledge to support their early writing development.   We have a strong focus on writing simple sentences ensuring that children are developing the essential skills such as capital letter, finger spaces, full stops, and correct letter formation.  Also, developing confidence to compose and construct a simple sentence. 


We follow the White Rose Maths scheme, where children are taught in small steps throughout each stage.   


Homework will be given out on a Friday, and it is to be returned by the following Wednesday.  


Spellings will be given each Friday and the following Friday your children will be tested.  Spellings will be linked to the Y1 Common Exception words. 

Our New Learning

Autumn Term 
This term we will be learning about the 20th Century, Earth and Space, Programming, and Where we live?


Spring Term 
We have an exciting term ahead!   

This term we will be learning about the Victorian’s, Our school and the local area, E-safety, painting plus many more.  Please see our class subject overview for more detail.


Spring Term 2 – Outdoor learning afternoon
After half term, Year 1 will be participating in several outdoor learning afternoon (every Thursday) which will replace our PE lesson. This will be linked to areas of the curriculum such as geography, science, art, PSHE, Maths, English, etc.

Your child will need to wear appropriate warm clothing and suitable outdoor wear (coat, hat, gloves, etc), and appropriate footwear.

Your child will be able to come to school in their outdoor learning clothing instead of their uniform.’