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Year 1 summer term letter

27 April 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome back to Summer Term. I trust that you all had an enjoyable and festive Easter break as well as finding some time to enjoy the sunshine. This term in year 1 we will continue to build upon key literacy and numeracy skills covered so far this year. Please read the below regarding our learning for this half-term.


For the first half of the term we will be focusing on information texts, linking directly to our Unit of Inquiry. We will discuss the purpose of information texts as well as reading and creating some of our own. We will keep a diary, recording results and findings in regards to bean plant growth as well as write about the developmental process/ change of animals and humans. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring children are writing all sentences with a capital letter and full stop.

Phonics will continue each morning to ensure that all students are capable of decoding (sounding out) words, whether they be real or make believe. In mid-June the students will be tested on their phonics knowledge where they will read 20 real words and 20 pseudo (made up) words.


In Mathematics we will build upon key number concepts looked at already this year. The children will continue to be exposed to different strategies in order to add and subtract numbers as well as looking at ways of sharing or grouping numbers (multiplication and division). We will revise fractions, paying attention to finding half and a quarter of objects or of a number. The children will compare, describe and solve practical problems for mass/weight of objects as well as measuring and recording the capacity and volume of containers.

The KIRF for this first half term is: I can tell the time. Children will need to be able to tell the time to the hour (o’clock), tell the time to half past the hour and draw hands on a blank clock face to show these times. We have already looked at this in maths so those children that are really secured doing all the things above, will start looking at number bonds up to 20.

Unit of Inquiry

Our unit of inquiry this term is:

All living things go through a process of change.

To gain an understanding of this central idea we will be focusing on the following lines of inquiry:

• The process of a life cycle.
• Development stages of various living things.
• How plants grow.


A small amount of work will be handed out on Fridays. The homework should always be returned by the following Thursday.

Spellings will be handed out on Fridays and tested on the Friday after. We will keep reviewing the sounds that we learn in our phonics lessons. We will also continue sending out common exception words.  As you know the spelling tests are done on the spelling books so you can check how your child did in the test. Do please check that your child’s spelling book is back at school by Thursday.

Reading books will continue to be changed on a daily basis. Please do make a comment in the reading diaries to communicate any concerns, questions or reading gains you think your child has made. This is a fantastic way to record your child’s progress. Book bags should be in school every day as we may listen to the children read any day of the week.


This term the children will continue to have PE on Wednesday. Please ensure P.E kits are in school every Monday.

Dates for your diary

• London Zoo - Friday 4 May
• Parent lunch - Monday 21 May, 12.15pm
• KS1 Disco - Thursday 24 May
• Half Term - 28 May – 1 June
• Cake sale - Thursday 14 June, 3.30pm
• Class photo - Friday 22 June
• National Gallery trip – Friday 22 June
• Sports day- Tuesday 3 July

Thank you for your continued support and help in the education of your child. Please continue to see Michelle or myself if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours faithfully

Miss Blanca Melgarejo
Year 1: Class Teacher




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