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Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

Summer 1 2022

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to Year 1!


Welcome back after the Easter holidays. We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable time with your families. We look forward to the exciting term ahead of us. The children will be reminded of our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty and they will continue to earn dojo points for good behaviour, attitudes and effort. Your child’s homework grid will be sent home at the beginning of the term and will focus on reading, spelling and maths skills that need to be mastered.  Homework books will be given out on a Friday and will need to be handed in by the following Wednesday at the latest. PE lessons will take place on a Monday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit each week, and is not wearing earrings on PE days.


Staffing in Year 1 is:

Mrs Smith - Class Teacher

Miss Adam- Associate Teacher

Mrs Haji- Teaching Assistant

Miss Read- Special Support Assistant

Mrs Sadia- Special Support Assistant

Mrs Solkar- Special Support Assistant 




Please encourage your child to complete their homework each week. Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday.  It is important that your child learns to read their spellings and understand the meaning before attempting to copy them into their spelling book with a sentence using the word underneath.  It is also vital that they learn their vocabulary as this is linked to the book they will be reading in class the following week.  Passwords and logins have been sorted, there will be some online homework too through Purple Mash, and TT Rockstars. 


It is crucial that you read with your child as much as possible at home to support their phonics and also their understanding of different texts.


Your child will be given fact sheets with information and vocabulary based on these topics and others that we are learning about in class. Please support and encourage your child with learning these facts, as this will support and consolidate their learning with the classroom.



PE will take place on a Monday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their full P.E kit - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers or shorts or leggings, black pumps and their school green sweatshirt. Also make sure that your child has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day.




In English this half term, we will be focussing on stories with familiar settings and stories with outdoor settings such as camping outdoors. Key features of stories will be explored and then we will create stories using settings that we are familiar with. A focus on developing our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops will be seen in this work. We will explore the text and use the Talk 4 Writing approach to retell, innovate then invent our own stories. Phonics will continue throughout the day and there are some links in the website star for you to support your child at home.


Phonics will continue throughout the day and there are some links in the website star for you to support your child at home. 



We will be practising our 2x, 5x and 10x times tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently. Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child as much as possible. We will start by learning what a half and a quarter is and how they have equal parts. We will then make the link between division and fractions. Our main focus will be ensuring the children have mastered numbers up to 100 by: counting, writing and comparing numbers. Then we will move on to telling the time to the nearest hour and half an hour.  After this we will be moving on to money and recognising different coins and notes. Lastly, we will look at volume and capacity measuring using non-standard units. We will relate this to our fraction work and measure using the terms ‘half’ and ‘quarter’.



Our Science topic our topic is ‘Every day materials.’  We will be distinguishing between an object and the material that it is made. Then the children will identify every day materials such as: wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock. They will move on to describing the properties of these materials. Then they will compare and group materials based on their properties.



Our topic this term is 'The Great Outdoors'.  As part of our DT work we will be looking at play equipment and investigate how it is made. Discussion will then take place to discuss the purpose of playground equipment and who the audience would be. We will then design a prototype of a slide and experiment with materials to make our own slides. Then the products can be evaluated.  



Our PSHE topic is ' Keeping Safe'. We will explore how we can stay safe with products that we find around the house. And we will think about how to stay safe in and out of our homes and what rules we might need for this. Then we will explore situations when we might not feel safe and no what to do in those times to help us feel more safe. Then links will be made to online safety and how and why we keep some things private but do not keep secrets.


If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the beginning or end of the school day or arrange an appointment through the school office.


We hope your child has an amazing half term being the best that they can be.  As always, we all hope that you stay healthy, safe and happy! 



From all the Year 1 team: Mrs Smith, Miss Adam, Mrs Haji, Miss Read, Mrs Sadia, Miss Solkar