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Hello and Welcome to Year One!


Class Teacher: Mrs Bechley

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Bennett

Summer Term 6 2022


This term we will be learning all about poetry, sharing and appreciating different poems linked to the sea, using the text 'A First Book of the Sea' as a stimulus. We will also be learning how to write letters, using the text 'This is how we do it' as a stimulus for our writing. 


Our units in Maths will be following the White Rose scheme. Our topics for Term 6 are Place Value, Money and Time.


In Science, we will be learning all about Seasons. We will be learning to make comparisons between Spring and Summer, learn about sun safety and how daylight hours change. 


Our PE days for Term 6 are on a Monday (Outdoor PE) and Friday (Indoor PE)


Home learning will be set on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. There will continue to be an overview of the weeks learning, 'pick and mix' style tasks linked to the learning for the term and a weekly maths or English task.


Please continue to read with your child as often as possible, ideally for a few minutes every day.


Thank you for your support.

Mrs Bechley

Y1 Class teacher

Summer Term 5 2022


Below is an overview of our learning which will take place in Summer Term 5. If you have any questions then please come and speak to us and we will do what we can to help you.


On PE days your child will need to bring in their PE kits which are a white/blue T-shirt, blue/black shorts or jogging bottoms. They will need to wear their uniform to school.



Summer Term Subject Overview 2022

This term we will be reading Daisy Doodles by Michelle Robinson. This text will help us to plan and write our own stories using real and imaginary characters. We will use the text 'Bonkers about Beetroot' to link with our Science topic all about Plants, and our DT topic all about fruit and vegetables.


Our units in Maths will be following the White Rose scheme. Our topics for the Summer term are: Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Geometry.


In Science, we will be learning all about plants. We will be learning to identify, name and describe different trees and plants.


Our PE days are on a Wednesday (Outdoor PE) and Friday (Indoor PE)


Home learning will be set on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. There will be a brief overview of the weeks learning sent home, 'pick and mix' style tasks  linked to the learning for the term and a weekly task linked to Maths or English. 


Please read with your child as often as possible, ideally for a few minutes every day. 

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Bechley

What is the Phonics Screening Check?

Children usually complete a word-reading check at the end of Year 1 so that parents can be confident their children are being taught to read successfully. This check will take place in June 2022.


Children read 40 words. It takes between two and five minutes.


If they do not manage to read 32 of the words, they are given extra support, and repeat the check in Year 2.


The 'pass' mark of 32 is subject to change by the government and schools will be notified some time in June of this figure.


All children at VRPS will be supported to learn phonics using the RWInc phonics program


Year 1 will take the Phonics Screening check during the summer termWe politely request that parents ensure children in Year 1  are in school during the administration of the phonics Screening Checks.


Please use the phonics support pack which has been sent home with your child on 5/4/22 to support them with their phonics learning.


Ten top tips from Read Write Inc

1. Saying sounds correctly This is really important when you are helping your child to learn the sounds. Just remember not to add an uh to the end of the consonant sounds – so say mmm not muhlll not luh, etc. because then later it’s easier to blend the sounds together to make words.

 2. Linking sounds to letters Encourage your child to make a link between the sound and the written letter shape. Start with the sounds in your child’s name and then look out for them in signs. The sound m in McDonalds is always a good starting point too!

 3. Sounds represented by more than one letter Some sounds are represented by more than one letter such as sh inshipch in chatth in thinqu in quick and ng in sing. When you’re out and about point out examples of these to your child too. You might see them in posters, signs, or leaflets.

 4. Practise, practise, practise Build up a knowledge of the letters and sounds quite quickly with your child and keep practising so that it becomes automatic. Keep reminding ‘Do you remember when we were talking about the sound ch...?’, or ‘Oh look! There’s a big t (sound) on that poster!’.

 5. Putting sounds together to read simple words Say the sounds c-a-t to read catsh-o-p to read shop and s-t-r-ee-t to read street. If your child gets stuck and is struggling to blend the sounds, say the sounds yourself, quickly, until your child can hear the word! Only beginner readers need to sound out every word as they read all the time. But, they will still need to work out new and long words.

 6. Tricky words Some everyday words in English have tricky spellings and can’t be read by blending. Imagine trying to read the word said or does by blending each letter! These are sometimes called high frequency tricky words, or Red words. These words just have to be learned by sight and flashcard-type games are a good way to practise these.

7. Reading books Schools using a synthetic phonics scheme are likely to be sending home decodable books. This means the books contain mostly words that children can read by sounding out to get them off to a good start with independent reading. After your child has read a page, you can read it aloud again, to make sure that the story is enjoyed and understood.

8. Using pictures Pictures are great for sharing and talking about a story (which is really important too!) but don’t encourage your child to use pictures to guess the words that they don’t already know.

9. Writing letters Teach your child how to write the letters as the letter sounds are learned. And don’t forget to show your child how to hold the pencil correctly too!

10. Common sense ... Lots and lots of books! Carry on sharing and reading lots and lots of stories and information books to and with your child. Praise and hugs! Most importantly, remember that your child will learn much faster with encouragement, praise and hugs

Phonics Parent Presentation April 2022

Spring Term Subject overview

Curriculum Map Overview Year 1