Year 1 2022 - 2023

Mrs Ahmad 1AA

Mrs Ahmad 1AA

Hello! I am Mrs Ahmad and I am overjoyed to be entering my third year at Woodlands Primary School. I am so privileged to have the opportunity to work in Y1 this year; I am so excited to be your teacher!

This year is going to be such an exciting year for us all, as we head from Reception into Y1; we are going to learn about lots of things together. Our learning journey will take place using a child centred approach, enabling learning opportunities through your interests.

When I am not in school, you can find me on fun filled days out with Mr Ahmad and my two daughters, Malaika and Alishba. We usually end up walking in North Wales or taking part in outdoor adventure sports; we enjoy climbing, bouldering, gorge walking and mountain biking. We also love camping, running, exploring mountains and especially having a BBQ by a lovely lake.

I already know lots about you from being with you in Reception and I just can’t wait to get to know you some more and see you flourish with maturity; we have lots of exciting things planned for us to do together!

Miss Sayce  1ES

Miss Sayce 1ES

Hello! My name is Miss Sayce and this is my third year working at Woodlands Primary School.

I am very excited to be teaching Year 1 again this year, I love being part of the Key Stage 1 team!

I enjoy teaching all subjects but I particularly like history as there are so many exciting things to discover. I also love reading, some of my favourite books are 'Stickman' by Julia Donaldson and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.

When I am not in school, I love to bake tasty treats for my friends and family, as well as grow fruit and vegetables in my garden! I also like to watch football, especially my favourite team, Shrewsbury Town FC.

I can't wait to get to know you all, I know we will have so much fun and learn a lot!

Miss Skillen 1/2ES

Miss Skillen 1/2ES

Hello everyone! I am Miss Skillen, and I am the KS1 and EAL lead at Woodlands Primary School. In the seven years I have been a teacher, I have taught in EYFS, KS1, KS2, and I am thrilled to be teaching the mixed year one and year two class this year.

I have a real passion for the arts. I love designing, making, acting and singing- you will love hearing my angelic voice in class. In 2020, I was lucky enough to help design the art and DT curriculum for the whole school. You will love the fantastic activities we have planned for you in KS1.

When I am not in school, I enjoy going to concerts, spending time with family and friends and going to see musicals. You will often find me in theatres singing my heart out to my favourite show tunes or belting out songs from the early 2000’s. If I am not singing, I am usually enjoying long walks in the woods in my sparkly, silver wellies.

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Welcome to Autumn 2! We hope you have all had a wonderful half term holiday! We are looking forward to an exciting half-term and have lots of great activities planned to support our creative curriculum.




Our main text for this half-term is 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark', written by Jill Tomlinson.

This is a fun and engaging story about a baby barn owl (Plop) who is afraid of the dark. He is so scared he won't even go hunting with his family. So Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole, where he will meet a series of friends who will convince him that perhaps there is a little bit of magic in the dark after all.


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 Mastery Targets for Autumn 2:

- Use plural noun suffixes: ‘s’ and ‘es’

- Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop

- Join words using 'and'


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In Maths this half term, we will be exploring addition and subtraction within 20. 

Mastery Targets for Autumn 2:

·       Represent and use number bonds and subtraction facts within 20

·       Read, write and understand statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=)

·       Add and subtract one-digit numbers within 20

·       Solve number problems that involve addition and subtraction


Learning to be the best we can...: Maths: Concrete, Pictorial and  Abstract...?


Read Write Inc. sessions will continue to develop the children's reading skills as they learn their sounds, segmenting and blending whilst also developing their comprehension skills. If you would like to help your child to practise their phonic knowledge for reading at home, then follow the link for more information.





During Science this half term, we will be learning about animals, including humans. The children will learn to:

  • Identify, describe, name and compare a variety of common animals including; fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
  • Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons.





This half-term, we will focus on the theme 'Where do I belong?'. The children will learn to:

  • Recognise landmarks in Ellesmere Port, Chester and other parts of England, using Google Earth to identify these landmarks.
  • Recognise that we live in Ellesmere Port, near Chester, which is in England.
  • Name and locate the four countries that make up the United Kingdom.


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P.E Information

Please make sure that your child wears their PE kit to school on their PE days: Monday and Thursday

Indoor kit: a white t-shirt, black shorts, pumps and socks

Outdoor kit: plain, dark coloured jogging bottoms, a jumper or hoody and outdoor trainers, socks

Please make sure all items of school clothing are clearly labelled and that named water bottles are sent in daily.


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