Class 1 Summer Term

Dear Class 1 Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful Easter Holiday.

As you know our topic for Terms 5 and 6 is ‘Under the Sea; Over the Waves’. Once again we have been delighted by the sensational home-learning projects that the children have produced over the holidays. The children have clearly enjoyed creating them and have talked enthusiastically about them during our celebration sessions. We very much appreciate all the time and effort that you have put in in order to support this pre-learning so thank you! This term we have displayed some of the projects on our Class 1 board in the corridor, as well as in the classroom, for the rest of the school and for visitors to enjoy. Do find a moment to have a look.

As our topic title suggests this term we will be focusing our learning on things we find under the sea as well as the seaside itself. We will be learning about the oceans of the world – their names and where they are located. We will explore the history of the seaside by looking at what how clothing for the beach has changed and the types of seaside entertainment people used to enjoy. The children have also suggested a variety of sea creatures which they would like to find out more about. Finally, Class 1 will also be creating sea themed artwork inspired by the works of the illustrator Eric Carle.


Children will continue to have opportunities to develop their vocabulary through new and exciting themed role-plays, as well as a variety of speaking and listening activities. We will focus on a number of different fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts to base our literacy work on, including:

  • The Rainbow Fish
  • Tiddler
  • Hooray for Fish
  • Commotion in the Ocean
  • Douglas the Deep Sea Diver
  • Why are fish like lions? well as many others!

The writing focus for Reception is to continue to use and apply their phonics to write simple sentences independently. They will also be encouraged to accurately spell some the tricky words which accompany each phonic phase. In phonics, Reception will be revisiting Phase 3 sounds and will be introduced to Phase 4. We will be learning to read and write our tricky words and there will be a strong emphasis on blending. Year 1’s writing focus will be to develop their independence when writing. They will also be encouraged to think about the structure of their writing and ways to make it more interesting.


As the children’s phonic and tricky word knowledge develops this term so will the children’s reading skills. It continues to be essential that the children practise their reading as often as possible so please continue to read daily at home with your children for 10-15 minutes. This can include reading games which involve reading tricky words and phonic sound mats. We will continue to award certificates for every six pages completed in your child’s reading records.

Year 1 Spellings

As this is the start of a new long term a new Spice Up Spelling Sheet will be stuck into your child’s spelling book. Each week, usually on a Wednesday, your child will be given that week’s list of words in their spelling book. They are to learn those words by the following week using one of the menu choices. We expect the children to complete one activity per week and for it to be signed and dated by an adult. The tasks can be completed in their spelling books. However, please remember that practising spellings once in a week is not sufficient for a child to really know how to spell those words so please encourage and support your children by going over them several times. Please ensure that your child’s spelling book is in school daily.


Through the use of practical maths sessions, in which we will promote the use of a wide range of concrete apparatus, the children will be covering the following objectives:

Reception Objectives


  • To count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order
  • To say which number is one more or one less than a given number (to 20).
  • To add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.
  • To solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, Space and Measures

  • To use everyday language to talk about position, time and money.
  • To compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.
  • To recognise, create and describe patterns.
  • To explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Year 1 Objectives

Number - Place Value

  • To describe the place value of numbers to 100.
  • To compare and order numbers.

Number – Multiplication and Division

  • To count in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • To recognise and make equal groups
  • To share equally and make arrays
  • To add equal groups and make doubles

Shape, Space and Measure - Time

  • To recognise and use language relating to dates
  • To sequence events in chronological order
  • To recognise and name common 3D shapes
  • To tell the time to the hour
  • To measure and begin to record time
  • To recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes
  • To solve problems involving money


Your child has a log-in for this online Maths website. Please keep encouraging them to use this as regularly as possible at home to help develop their maths skills. The children love receiving certificates for points earned! If anyone has lost or forgotten their log-in please say and we can give it to you again.

Parent Voice

Parent voice is extremely important to us and we love to hear what your child is getting up to at home. Please continue to complete ‘Wow’ slips or jot down any achievements that we should know about. The children love sharing their ‘wow’ certificates with one another.

Uniform and Water Bottles

Now that the weather is warming up please ensure that on days when it is likely to be hot and sunny you put sun cream on your child before they come to school. Also remember to send them to school with a named hat and water bottle.

9:05-9:20 Monday morning - share a book!!

We have already restarted our fabulous Share-a-Book sessions for this term. A massive thank you to all the parents and grandparents who have been supporting us with this part of school life. The children really look forward to these sessions.

Parent Helpers

If you (or a Grandparent) can spare any time to come and help in Class 1 we would be extremely appreciative as it is most beneficial to the children’s learning. Let Mrs Haverty know if you can help.

WANTED! Can you spare any of the following items…

  • Large pieces of material
  • Tapes – cellotape, masking tape, brown tape etc
  • Nuts and bolts – any sizes please
  • Planks of wood

Useful Class 1 Dates

Friday 18th May 1pm – 4:30pm  Reception to Year 1 consultations (by appointment only)
Wednesday 6th June Class 1 trip (provisional)
Friday 8th June Year 1 Café
Monday 11th June - Friday 15th June Year 1 phonic screen assessments
Tuesday 19th June Class 1 assembly

Finally, if you ever have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to email me at

Very Best Wishes, Mrs Haverty and the Class 1 Team