Christ Church C of E Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary




Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter-Summer Term 1st Half.


                                                                                  April 2018

Dear Parents,


Welcome back after the Easter holiday.  We hope you and the children had an enjoyable break. 



In science we will be learning about plants. We will be learning about the different parts of plants, the variety and importance of plants in the environment and how to grow and care for plants.



Our core book this half term is ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  We will be learning to describe different characters and creating our own stories based on Jack and the Beanstalk.  We will also be working on punctuation, connectives (first, next, then, finally etc) and describing words (adjectives).


Phonics & spellings

We will continue to revise the more difficult phonemes, ie those containing two or three letters.  We will also continue to learn how to add suffixes to words such as –ed, -ing, -er etc.; and be revising the more difficult spellings such as should, could, would, because, laughed etc.  We will also be preparing for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test which takes place in the middle of June.



We are working on division.  We will also be learning how to solve practical problems involving the 4 operations and learning the 5 times tables.  Please practice the times tables as often as possible.  There will be a times tables test every Friday.



Please help your child practice these basic skills at home by completing the IXL activities.Your child should also practice their tables at home until they can recite them perfectly in any order. 



This half-term the children are doing football.  Our PE lessons will be on Tuesday afternoon.  Please ensure that your child has the correct summer PE kit in school at all times and it is clearly labelled.  Summer PE kit consists of black/navy shorts, white T shirt, white socks and black plimsolls. 



Our topic this half term is ‘Judaism’.  Children will learn about the main Jewish beliefs and festivals.  They will be encouraged to reflect on what is important to Jews and compare it with what is important to Christians




We are learning to video a short film using ipads and how to edit it.





  We will be visiting Woodlands Farm on 9th May where we will be learning how to make soup.





Your child will bring home spellings on Friday to be learnt for a test on the following Thursday. 


Homework sheets

Homework will also be set on Fridays that should be returned to school no later than the following Thursday. 


  1. Reading

Please continue to read with your child and make notes in his/her reading record book after he/she has read to you.  It is important to ask your child questions about the book each time you listen to them read, in order to check their understanding of the text.  The banded books will continue to be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the ORT books are changed once a week.  RWI books are changed more regularly.


If you have any concerns about your child’s progress or wellbeing, please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Pringle or myself.


Thank you for your continued support


Rosemary Walsh & Andrea Pringle