Year 1 - Bay and Cherry

Summer Term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Cherry Class

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the new term.  The children enjoyed our trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park this week, despite the weather.  Our new topic this term is:















We will be starting the topic focusing on African animals using our trip to the Wildlife Park as a starting point.


This half term we will begin by focussing on recounts using our trip as a basis for writing.  The children will use their first hand experiences to help them write.  We will then move on to writing non-chronological reports about cheetahs and lions and finally we will be using The Night Zookeeper as a basis for writing stories using African animals.

 As ever the key skills we concentrate on in Year 1 are writing in full sentences, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in the correct places all the time.  We are working on using a wider range of vocabulary using adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and generally building up the children’s stamina for writing.

 Reading– Individual reading takes place each week. We aim for two reads each week; however during busy times it may only be one. 

Home reading - Home reading continues to be a very important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book.

Spellings– We have weekly spelling tests on a Wednesday morning.  The list at the back of the reading record is the list your child needs to practice weekly. 

Phonics – Phonics helps children to learn to read quickly and is a big focus in Year 1.  We teach phonics twice a day in class and in June this year the children will be required to take a Phonics Screening Check.  Before Christmas your child was sent home with a pack of flashcards to practise with.  Please continue to use these and in the front of your child’s reading book there will be a phonic focus which you can complete together with your child.   If you feel that you would need support with this please come and see us, we are more than happy to help.













MATHS As we approach Year 2 we are focussing on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s both forwards and backwards.  Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school!

We continue to build on the children’s previous learning. We will investigate the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, develop a further understanding of + - ÷ and ×. There will be a focus on problem solving using all four operations as well as continuing our work on money particularly recognising the value of all coins and notes. 

ART– The children will undertake various different Art projects this half term.  We will start by using African necklaces as our focus, with the children making their own beaded necklaces in the same form.  We will also look printing to create patterns.

SCIENCEThe main focus of this half term will be Science.  We will look at different types of animals and be able to categorise them by what they eat, how they are structured and their features.

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.

Outdoor Learning – The children will get the chance to access outdoor learning as often as possible.  As a Key Stage we feel that it is important that your children get chance to spend time outside learning about the world around them on a bigger scale.  We are very lucky to have some excellent equipment for them to use. 

Homework – will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them.

As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, after school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.


Mrs Brewster and Miss Lewis