Waterside Academy

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." -Dr Suess


Welcome to Year 1

Class Teacher: Mrs Burman

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Harrison and Mrs Evans

School Council Representatives: 

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Eco Team Members: 

Please make sure that your children have a named water bottle in school every day.


PE: Our PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays



The phonics taught at Waterside is delivered daily, now through our new Twinkl Curriculum (our intent) - we have historically used 'Letters and Sounds' - this is true for phases one through to four; phase five is supplemented using additional materials.

Children are encouraged to read at school regularly and the books they read from are always matched to their current phase of phonological learning.

When the children have 'guided' sessions new sounds, words and more challenging texts are used as their are adults leading the sessions who can question and stretch appropriately.  

Please click on the Phonics screening tab for further information and links to other resources. 

Year 1 and Year 2 took part in a Health and Wellbeing Workshop. The children enjoyed a range of activities to help them learn to develop healthy lifestyle habits.

A Miracle in Town Nativity

The children in year 1 and year 2 worked together to perform this catchy nativity. Spectacularly, Mary performed a solo to inform us of the angels arrival. Joseph and the innkeepers dramatically discussed there being no room at the inn, followed shortly by the camels notifying us of their important role within the Christmas story!  The audience thoroughly enjoyed the show and some came back for a second helping! 

Together at Waterside

As part of our Together at Waterside project, Year 1 learnt about the Fan Brothers. This unique family duo write and illustrate books together! The children worked to create a fact file, artwork and explored Canada as part of their geography learning. 

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