Year 1 Newsletter

Summer Term 2017

Summer Term!

We hope you had a good break! The children in year one have been working incredibly hard over the last few terms. It's hard to believe that we are already in the final term of this academic year.
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Our learning this term

Our topic for the term is Explorers. Here is a summary of what the children will be learning across the curriculum.


This half term children will be writing their own poem based by James Carter - Anyone seen my dragon?... The children will look at different features of the poem and adapt it to write their own about an animal of their choice.

Our key story this half term is 'The Three Little Pigs'. During the half term we will explore different texts that retell the same story, making comparisons between them. We will then write our own stories using many fairy tale features an our 'Talk for writing' method.


This half term we will be revisiting additionan and subtraction. We will use dienes as a concrete resource to support children with their understanding. The children will be thinking about fact families and numbers that go together. We will teach the children about how to extend their reasoning skills so that they can articulate what they know and why they do. We will also use real-life word problems for the children to solve.


In geography we will be learning about different continents and oceans around the world. We will then focus on France and compare where we live to places in France. In science, We will also learn about different animals and how they adapt themselves to live in different environments.In computing we will learn about different algorithms. Our DT project is all about food and the children will research where food comes from. At the end of the half term the children will create a teddy bear picnic. Yum!

Dates for your diary

Monday 16th April until Friday 20th April - Healthy week. The children will be taking part of lots of healthy and sporty activities. All children are to wear their school sports (PE) kit every day during that week.

Wednesday 18th April & Thursday 19th April
- Parents Evening

Wednesday 18th April until Wednesday 25th - Book fayre in school

Thursday 19th April
- Academy consultation starts (ends on 14th May)

Monday 30th April - Class Photos

Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday, school closed

Monday 14th May - SATs week - standidised tests for year two children. Please ask your child's class teacher if you require further information.

Friday 25th May - Finish for half term

Please check the calendar for up-to-date calendar dates for the coming half term and beyond. The 'OurSchools' app is also great for getting reminders for diary dates too. You can sign up for that and receive information directly to your phone.

Phonics Screening Tests

The children in year 1 will be doing their phonics screening in June (week beginning 11th). Some invitations have been sent out for children who would benefit from a little extra support in the run up to these. If you have any questions about the phonics then please speak to your child's class teacher.

How can you help?

Read with your child.

Practice the spellings sent home.

Complete weekly homework tasks.

Here are some links to useful sites or additional activities where your child can learn from home.




  • Can you create a fact file about France?

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