Year 1

Welcome to our Year 1 Class Family page

Welcome to Year 1! My name is Mrs Cassidy and I am the Year 1 Class Teacher, working alongside a full-time Teaching Assistant, Mrs Warrillow. I have worked in a school environment for many years in various job roles and have many years of experience in the Early Years Sector and Key Stage 1. 

At Silverdale Primary Academy we pride ourselves in the planning of a smooth transition from Reception into Year 1, ensuring the children feel safe and secure, therefore ready to learn. The children’s learning experience consists of learning through exploration and problem solving resulting in them becoming independent and growing in confidence. 

I lead two subjects, which are Phonics (Early Reading) and Art. As Phonics Lead, I have a passion for reading and aim to ensure that the children in Silverdale Academy have a positive experience when learning to read.   

Entry & exit  

You will enter the school grounds through the left gates and walk down the path onto the school playground. As you walk across the playground to the other side, you will walk onto a path, to the side of the climbing wall, which takes you around the back of the school building. Once at the back of the building, you will see some large green metal gates to walk through into the quad area where you will find the Year 1 Fire Door facing you on the right-hand side. The Year 1 staff will be there to greet you. This is where our Year 1 children enter in the morning and exit at the end of the day.  


Year 1 Standardised Phonics Assessment.  

Year 1 children will take part in testing in June over a one week period. This test is part of the Government’s statutory testing in all primary schools. It will test your child’s ability to read 40 words, including made-up words, using the child’s knowledge of letter sounds and phonics. The Phonics test is administered individually to each Year 1 pupil by their teacher. Throughout Year 1, the children have Phonics lessons daily which teaches them how to read. By the time they undertake the test, they are extremely prepared. Parents receive confirmation of their child’s result with their annual report towards the end of the summer term.  

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