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Class 1 Summer Term

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break. Our topic for Term 5 is ‘Down on the Farm’ and Term 6 is ‘We’re Going on a Bug Hunt’. The children will be learning about different farm animals and different types of food that farm provides us with. We will be looking at the life cycle of a butterfly and observing caterpillars growing in our classroom! The children will be pond dipping in our very own school pond and going on minibeast hunts! We will also be learning about food chains and the parts of flowers and trees. We will be doing lots of learning outside and observing the insects and animals in our role play areas as a farm shop and minibeast investigation area!


The children will be exploring books with farm animals and insect themes through fiction and non-fiction books.  Our writing focus for reception children is to gain confidence to use phonics for longer pieces of independent reading and writing.  Year 1 writing focus will be on persuasive letter writing, stories, poetry and explanations about life cycles. Year 1 children will also be using their phase 5 phonics knowledge to read and write and will be extending their understanding of punctuation, grammar and vocabulary.

These are some of the books we will be sharing in class:

  • Farmer Duck
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Bad-Tempered Ladybird
  • Mad About Minibeasts
  • Because a little bug went kachoo!
  • Bog baby
  • Superworm

and many, many more.



Every child should be reading for a minimum of 10-15 minutes every day. Remember to discuss the book, pick out favourite words, retell the story and make the reading fun!  Children will be able to change their books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. The children choose their books from specific coloured boxes; we are encouraging the children to be more independent when selecting their books.

May I also remind you that when 6 pages of their reading record has been filled in your child will receive a reading certificate during Thursday morning assembly. Parents are always welcome to attend this assembly.


The children will be learning about capacity and the language related to this such as; empty, full, half full for the reception children. The year 1 children will be solving problems and making comparisons about the volume of different containers.

In number the children will also learn about doubling, halving, partitioning of numbers and also addition and subtraction of single digits for the reception children and 2 digit numbers for the year 1 children.

Opportunities for Parents to Get Involved

Parent Readers- if you can spare any time each week to come and hear a small group of children read this would be extremely beneficial to the children’s learning. Please let me know if this is something you would be able to do - we can be flexible with days and times. Many thanks.

Weekly Thursday assemblies incorporates a collection for charity so please may we ask if your child can bring in a small donation (spare change) on this day so they can put money into this collection.  Many Thanks.

Please do come along to these sessions to share a book with your child and a small group. The children really enjoy these sessions and the more the merrier. If you have younger siblings, they also can join in the fun!

Please continue to use the spelling list and help your child to read and write the words. We will continue to practice these in school.


PE Kits

Our P.E. lessons are on Tuesday morning and Friday afternoons. Please make sure your child has their full P.E. kit and is clearly named- thank you.


Please check that your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name. Many thanks.

Water Bottles and Sun Hats

As the weather is getting warmer please can we ask that your child bring a named bottle of water to drink in class. Children can drink from the water fountain but having a water bottle is a lot easier. A named sun hat is also useful to have in school on particularly bright days, so that should we go outside for any long periods of time, these can be worn.

Many thanks.


  • Farm animal small world play
  • Farmyard small world play e.g. fence, grass
  • Farm fact books
  • Insect fact books
  • Nets (pond dipping)
  • Old white shirts (that can be used for lab coats) safety glasses (for role play)
  • Insect role play dress up
  • Insect small world play (figurines, plastic toys etc)
  • Insect pots

Preferably these items will be unwanted but if you would like the items returned to you please make sure they are named.

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak with us after school or email us at sbooth@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk, jnobes@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk.

Many thanks

Mrs Booth and Mrs Nobes

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