Class Teacher - Mrs L Todd
- Mrs L Bentley
- Mrs N Farmery
Summer Term 2019
The summer term is starting and it’s going to be full of fun and learning! Our topic for the first half terms is ‘Earth Rocks’ and the second half term is ‘Ready, Steady Go’.
English – Phonics continues to be a major focus this term with the screening check fast approaching in June. Children will be continuing to learn within phase 5 and those who need additional input will have booster lessons during some assemblies and in the afternoons. The children have discussed the books they would like to focus on and The Gruffalo was by far the most popular choice. We have a woodland landscape for our roleplay, which will further support our Art and History Learning.
In the second half term we will be reading pirate books as we explore the beach.
Spellings - The children will continue to bring home a spellings book. We will complete the high frequency and tricky words for Year 1. Please note this may mean some previously practised words being repeated for consolidation.
Reading - Please remember to sign your child’s reading book every time you read so that the children can earn their reading certificates. This can be a read with any adult or older child.
Maths - We will begin our learning with measurement multiplication and division, then volume and weight. The second half term will include fractions, money and time.
Science - We will learn about the body parts of animals and humans, moving onto comparing materials in the second half term.
Design and Technology (D&T) – We will combine Design and Technology by building clay models of the characters and cooking our versions of the food described in the story.
History – The children will explore a John Constable who was born near Colchester.
Art – We will be painting our own landscapes.
Geography – Here we will be looking closely at UK weather patterns
Computing – We will be exploring programming, combining maths as we learn about position and direction.
R.E. – This fits nicely with our topic as we will be thinking about nature and our responsibility for the natural world. Christian stories will include St Francis of Assisi and his interest in caring for animals. We will finish with The Creation Story (Christianity) and also consider Hindu beliefs on how the earth was created.
P.E - Our P.E day continues to be on Friday. Please ensure children have a full P.E kit in class. We will be practising athletics in the first half term and consolidating previously taught skills in the second half term. P.E will contribute to our PSHCE focus which is ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ and we intend to do some healthy food preparation within the term.
A reminder that indoor kit comprises blue shorts, a white t-shirt and black plimsolls. An outdoor kit is still important as we cannot rely on the weather so please include jogging bottoms and top. Trainers or plimsolls may be worn outdoors. Please label your child’s kit as well as their school uniform. It is important that P.E kit stays in school so that it can be used if your child should need a change of clothes for any reason.
For health and safety reasons, long hair must be tied back. Please ensure that earrings are removed on PE days. Local Authority Health and Safety states that children cannot participate in PE activities with them in and P.E is a vital part of your child’s learning.
Swimming - The whole school is excited about the commencement of swimming – Year 1 will be swimming every afternoon from Tuesday 7th May, so please make sure that your child has suitable kit, including shorts for boys and swimming costumes for girls (no bikinis please) and a swimming cap and towel. Goggles are optional, but should be clearly labelled with name and year group. All students must remove their own earrings for these sessions.
Library – We are setting up a small library outside of year 1 and Foundation Stage. Our aim is to develop the children’s love of reading through a range of books. Please support your child to choose a book for sharing at home and exchange for another when ready. Research shows that a child’s reading vocabulary and willingness to read improves greatly by the telling of bedtime stories and listening to books which are beyond their reading ability. Please make use of the library!
Water Bottles - Children should be provided with water bottles, which they will have access to throughout the day. Sports type lids are preferable, as there is less potential for spillage. Only plain water should be provided.