Christ Church C of E Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary


Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter-Summer Term 1st Half.


                                                                                  April 2017

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 ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’.  We will be finding out about vegetables, writing instructions, creating a poster and creating a story.  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 are continuing to work on addition, subtraction and times tables this term.  We will also be working on estimating, comparing and doubling numbers.


Please help your child practice these basic skills at home by playing the games on Active learn and The Maths Zone.  Your child should also practice their tables at home until they can recite them perfectly in any order.  Times tables will be distributed with the homework sheets on Fridays.



This half-term the children are doing outside games.  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 ‘An Introduction to Sikhism’.  We will be finding out about the Sikh religion and how it influences the lives of Sikhs.




The children will using imovies to make short video clips.




There will be an outing to Woodlands Farm this half-term.  We will inform you of the date during the next few weeks.





1. Spellings

Your child will bring home spellings on Fridays to be learnt for a test on the following Thursday.  There are several ways you can help your child to practice their words including typing the words into a computer and getting them to make sentences with the words. 


  1. Phonics

‘Tricky’ high frequency words should be practiced until your child can read them automatically.  Phonemes should be revised at regular intervals and segmenting (sounding out) and blending skills should be practiced at every opportunity.


3. Writing

Writing sheets are in purple folders and should be handed in on dates specified in Home Learning sheet.


  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.


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


Thank you for your continued support


Rosemary Walsh, and Sue Davis