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Year 1 Newsletter

Term 5 & 6 2019


Mrs Gilbert, Mrs.Middleton and Mrs Giddings would all like to send out a warm welcome back to all parents/carers and children of Year 1 and we hope all of the children have had an enjoyable half term.  Below, we have outlined what your child will be learning in Terms 5 and 6 and any other information which may help you to support your child at school.


Our new topic has a magical twist as we enter The Enchanted Woodland!

Year 1 will be learning about lots of exciting things.  There is a campfire set up in the role play area of the classroom and children have enjoyed reading in our reading garden area. Our new topic launched with a visit from some Owls. The children had a fabulous time learning about the nocturnal birds and




We will be looking in detail at character and setting descriptions, which will develop into the children writing their own woodland adventure stories. We will also be writing recounts, instructions and leaflets on nocturnal animals. Our key texts are The Owl Babies and The Gruffalo.


Below are details of the grammar content to be taught during Year 1:



Regular plural noun suffixes s or –es [for example, dog, dogs; wish, wishes], including

the effects of these suffixes on the meaning of the noun. Suffixes that can be added to

verbs where no change is needed in the spelling of root words (e.g. helping, helped, helper).

How the prefix un– changes the meaning of verbs and adjectives [negation, for example,

unkind, or undoing: untie the boat].


How words can combine to make sentences

Joining words and joining clauses using ‘and’


Sequencing sentences to form short narratives


Separation of words with spaces

Introduction to capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to

demarcate sentences

Capital letters for names and for the personal pronoun

Terminology for pupils

Letter, capital letter. word, singular, plural, sentence

punctuation, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark




In Maths, we will be learning about multiplication and division.  The properties of 2D and 3D shapes and fractions.


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Children will learn how to type with two hands, use the shift, space and enter key properly, and edit work by using the backspace, delete and arrow keys. Children will then go on to learn how to use undo and redo and to select and format text.

Children will use a simple painting program to paint with different colours and brushes, create shapes, fill areas, undo and redo and add text.



Exploring timbre, tempo and dynamics



Religious Education

Children will consider what a place of worship is, before exploring key features of a Jewish synagogue, Hindu mandir and Christian church. They will learn about objects, design and uses of each place of worship. Children will then discuss the importance of places of worship to religious believers and communities. To end the unit, children will consolidate their learning by applying the key features to their own design for a new place of worship.



This term we will be focusing on Changes. This will include the children identifying what it feels like to start new things and to move to new places. The unit will help to prepare the children for their transition into Year 2.




This term, the children will be learning skills in gymnastics, dance, athletics and games.  In addition to this, they will be competing in races and learning dances for our June Rose Day celebrations.


PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings they will be unable to participate in PE for health and safety reasons.




Children will learn about the inventions of Lego and ear muffs, and will explore the materials used to make them. They will investigate other materials that keep us warm, carrying out simple tests. Children will find out about the work of animal scientists, such as vets and zoo keepers. They will group and sort animals to make their own paper zoo, and will act in role as a vet, identifying the body parts of different animals.



Our library time is on Mondays. Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.



Homework activities are sent home every Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. Each week, the activity will alternate between a Maths, English or topic focus and will be connected to the learning that has taken place that week. In addition, your child will be expected to learn their spellings which they will be tested on every Tuesday. These are linked to the phonics learnt that week.


Every child has their own reading book.  May we request that you make a comment each time you hear your child read.  As soon as there is a comment in the reading book, your child will have the opportunity to change their book every morning at 8:40am, in the Library.


The expectation in Year 1 is that your child reads at home on a daily basis. They can read other books that you have at home or other reading material including comics and newspapers.



There will be a continuation of Phonics in Year 1 and later in the Year the children will complete the Phonics Screening Test.



The term commenced with an owl visit in order to enrich the children’s learning.



Celebration assembly will continue to be held on Thursday afternoons and singing assemblies on alternate Fridays, please refer to our assembly schedule on our school website.



Mrs Gilbert  and Mrs.Middleton

Year 1 Teachers

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