Class 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

The summer term seems to have crept upon us and we are very excited to be beginning a new topic on the theme ‘Enchanted Woodland.’ We are lucky to have a student teacher, Miss Pasasseo, working with us for much of this term.

Our English work will be centred around books set in the forest. We will begin with ‘The Gruffalo’ where we will be looking at writing letters to different characters and creating fact files about different woodland animals. We will be reading the traditional tale ‘Hansel and Gretal’ and then writing our own stories set in a magical woodland.  We will also work from Maurice Sendak’s classic ‘Where the Wild Things are,’ hopefully without too much of a wild rumpus! Our final unit will include some instruction writing (and maybe even a bit of baking!)

As part of our RE work we will be visiting the Cathedral and Jewish Synagogue in Manchester, which we will link to writing recounts in our English sessions.  The trip takes place on Wednesday 2nd May.

In Maths our topics are Multiplication, Division, Halves and Quarters, as well as some work on Weights and Measures.

In Creativity, children will continue the theme of Enchanted Woodland. We will visit a woodland, observe the wildlife, collect natural objects and take beautiful pictures of the things we see. After our woodland adventure, we’ll write about our experiences and learn all about trees. We’ll use information books to investigate woodland creatures and make mini-books of our own. Throughout the project, we will find out how to recognise different plants and animals and create detailed, observational drawings of them. We’ll build miniature dens, create woodland works of art and construct mini-woodlands from twigs, sticks, pine cones and leaves. At the end of our project, we’ll have so much to share with you. We’ll read our stories aloud, create a woodland art gallery, plant seedlings in the school grounds and so much more!

PE will still be on Mondays and Tuesdays, so please make sure that your child has their full PE kit with them on those days. The weather does tend to get much hotter this term, so please make sure that your child has a cap or sunhat with them as well.

All Year 1 children will take part in a statutory phonics assessment during the summer term. This will take place on a one to one with Mrs Clements and is a simple activity where children are asked to read 40 words – 20 real words and 20 ‘monster words’ which gives us an indicator of how well they use phonics to decode. Please do see me if you have any additional queries or questions about this.

Our next class assembly is on Friday 6th July.

We began Spotlight Talks in Year 1 towards the end of last term, and these will continue each Friday. Two children are selected each week to talk about a hobby or interest of their choice. They can bring in props and resources to help them but will need some support to help them think about what they would like to say. This has become a very special part of our week, and we look forward to many more interesting sessions!

We so value all the hard work and support you give your children at home. Watching them grow and learn is such a privilege. Please do keep visiting Bug Club and playing the Abacus games on activelearn. We change reading books every day and will also continue to send home reading targets and High Frequency Words on a Thursday / Friday.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Please do come and catch me in the morning if you have any worries or questions.


Rosie Clements