We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Easter break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Summer Term. 

The Summer term is always an important time for children in Year 1. In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks when writing sentences, as well as using the conjunctions ‘and, so, because, but’ and adjectives (describing words) to make our sentences more interesting. We will also continue to learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and the children will be given the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts.

In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens up to 100. The children will continue to learn methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We will continue to consolidate the children’s knowledge of number facts – number bonds and doubles and the children will begin to learn about measurement. Children will use and understand language of length, weight and mass for the first time.

In Science, we will move on to learning about plants and trees. Children will identify and name common plants and trees and learn about the structure of a plant. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to investigate and observe and they will even be planting their own beans/seeds! Children will also continue to observe changes across the seasons as we move into summer.

In Thematic, Our theme this term “Light Up the World” is a unit based around the sun and other sources of light, with a science focus. Pupils will look at solar power and how to save electricity, as well as learning about sun safety and the importance of protecting both the skin and eyes.

Pupils will continue to remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, including phonics. The children will have a weekly spelling test. This will still be on a Wednesday morning and new spellings will be given out on a Friday with the spelling test result of that day attached.

Reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their diary/passport as this can build your child’s confidence and provide a link between home and school. Pupils will continue to have access to the book boxes, as well as books from the school library on a weekly basis. A reminder that Oxford Owl has 100’s of books available for the children – remember to login and take a look.

Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a phonics screening test in June, which consists of 40 words (real and nonsense) to read. Phonics sheets including nonsense words will be sent home to practise this term as they will help prepare your child for the test.

We will continue to send out creative homework that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible. We aim to set creative homework twice every half term. Each class has a homework display where good examples of homework will be displayed.

PE will take place twice a week, please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (black or navy) and black pumps. Both PE lessons will be taught by Soccer 2000 and will cover a range of skills. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. Long hair should also be tied back.

A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.

We have much to be excited about for the Summer Term and we look forward to a final term packed full of learning and progress.

Miss Carroll
Year 1 Teacher


Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at  Oxford Owl