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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome to the Summer Term! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed eating lots of chocolate. We look forward to hearing about all your adventures.


We have another exciting half term planned for you. Our new topic will be 'Let It Grow!’. During this topic we will be hopefully enjoying lots of sunshine whilst investigating growing plants, vegetables and fruit. This is going to be a really hands on topic where we will be finding out why it is important to look after our environment. As always we will be exploring this topic through a cross-curricular and fun way.


In English we will be...

Looking at some popular books within our topic. The children will be reading the stories ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Handa's Surprise’. As well as growing our own vegetables, we will be writing alternative endings, building our WOW word banks and writing our own narratives based on these books. We will continue our love for non-fiction and we will be looking at a range of texts based on our topic. The children will also explore features of a recount text, instructional writing and fact files.


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

Thank you for all the hard work you are doing at home with the children’s reading. Please continue to read with them on a daily basis and try to encourage comprehension skills as well as de-coding skills in the books you share together. The children will be continuing with Phase 5 Phonics, focussing on alternative spellings and preparing for the Phonic Screening test in June. We will be continuing to work on the children applying their phonic skills to their writing in English. Common exception words are available on the website. The children will have a spelling list sent home each week on a Friday, which will reflect the phonics they have learned, and they will be tested on these the following Friday. Please also continue to work on letter and number formation at home.


In Maths we will be...

Getting to grips with time! We will be solving problems involving the days of the week and months of the year. The children will be investigating telling the time, learning how to tell the time to the hour and half hour. Year 1 will also be revisiting fractions, multiplication, division and 3D shapes. The children will continue to solve fun and practical problems involving all these concepts.


In Science we will be...

Transforming ourselves into Plant experts! The children will be finding out about different types of plants, parts of a plant, how plants grow and why we need them! We will be growing things inside and outside the class and creating long term observational diaries. The children will also be carrying out practical experiments at Smokey Row and looking at the conservation of our local area.


In addition to all of this we will be carrying on our work from the Local Area. The children wanted to look at the United Kingdom so we will be investigating the countries within the UK. The children will also be making comparisons to a village in Africa, based on ‘Handa's Surprise’. We will be exploring stories from the Old Testament, creating natural sculptures, performing with musical instruments and continuing to work on our Growth Mindset while exploring British Values.


General Information

  • Our school day starts at 8.45 am with registration at 8.50 a.m. Please ensure that your child is in the classroom in time for registration. Children arriving after 9.00 a.m. will be marked as an unauthorised absence.
  • P.E. is on Monday and Friday afternoons and P.E. kits need to be in school at all times.
  • We will be visiting Smokey Row on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Home Learning will be given out over a two week period. The Learning Logs will go out on a Thursday and should be returned on a Wednesday.
  • Please remind children of their 'Time to Shine' slot. Please feel free to ask if you are not sure on their given date.
  • Our Christian value this half-term is 'LOVE'.


I hope that you find this information useful but please do not hesitate to pop in and see me at the end of the day if there is anything else you would like to know. I am looking forward to a fun term.


Mrs. Hunt

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