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Welcome Back Year 1 !

Summer Term 2

Welcome back to Summer term! I hope you all had a lovely and restful Half Term break and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. We have enjoyed lots of exciting learning over the past term; from learning about the famous explorers Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart, to creating our very own return narratives based on our class text 'The Secret of Black Rock'.  Our theme this term is ‘A Journey Around the United Kingdom' and there will be lots of engaging learning opportunities for Year 1 to look forward to!  

On our Year 1 class page you will find all the information about our class topics, class news, events, daily routines, homework and dates for your diaries. I will also regularly share the Year 1’s fantastic work on our Twitter page, so don’t forget to follow us to keep up to date with everything we are learning about in school.  

Mrs Mawray will  be covering my PPA every Monday Afternoon. 

Our PE sessions are on a Monday and a Friday, so please remember to come in your PE kit during those days. Forest schools will take place every other Thursday morning.  

Warmest wishes, 

Miss Parker 


Our Autumn Term Topic


We Are Explorers 

As Writers ...


This half term we will be exploring and using the fantastic text ‘Beegu'. This beautifully illustrated and exciting text is about a lost creature called Beegu who's spaceship lands on Earth far away from the comfort of her home. The children will learn about Beegu's adventures and the challeges she faces whilst on Earth. We will write our very own letters, postcards and lost narratives about Beegu and her journey on Earth. 

Using this text, the children will practise using full stops, capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks; use the conjunction 'and', and add simple description to create more detailed sentences.  They will begin using the suffix's 'est, er, ing and ed' in their writing.

As Mathematicians... 

This Term in maths the children be learning about: 

Place Value to 100

Measurement: Legnth and Height

Measurement: Time and Money 

Measurement: Weight and Volume 

Geometry: Position and Direction 


As Geographers...

In geography this half term we will be learning about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We will be creating our very own maps of the United Kingdom and learn interesting facts about each of the countries and how they are different.      

As Artists ...

 In our Art lessons will be learning about the fantastic artist Henri Rousseau and we will be creating our own artistic pieces inspired by his work and the plants and nature around us.  

As scientists ...

Our science topic this half term is all about plants. The children will be identifying and naming a variety of common wild and garden plants and they will be able to describe the basic structure of plants and trees. We will also be learning how to plant and look after our own flowers in school and we will observe how our plants grow. 


As Readers ...

We will be reading, exploring and discussing a variety of different poems, fiction and non-fiction texts linked to traditional tales. These high-quality texts will allow the children to practise and develop their fluency when reading and their comprehension skills.   As well as a shared reading lesson the children will have their phonics lesson each day. 




Every day Year 1 will have a 20 minute phonics lesson. At Little Leigh Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. We revisited Phase 3 throughout Autumn Term 1 and we will now move onto Phase 4 and then Phase 5.  Below are a selection of websites which will help support the children with their phonics at home. 


Online resources:


  1. http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/forestPhonics/index.html

Here you will find a fun phonics game where the children have to select the letters to make the words using their phonics sounds.

  1. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

Here you will find different games where the children have to read and sort the real and nonsense words.

  1. http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

Here you will find information and resources about the different phonics phases.

  1. https://lettersandsounds.org.uk/for-home/y2-phonics-screening-check-revision

Here you will find different video’s for home learning, revising all the phonics sounds.

  5. http://www.mrthorne.com/ 

Here you will find phonics videos that are very useful for pronunciation of sounds.

  6. http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ 

Here you will find a  great selection of games to support all areas of learning.

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This half term our PE sessions will take place on a Tuesday and Friday. Please can your child arrive to school in their P.E kit on these days. 

During the winter months, it is advisable for the children to bring warm clothes such as tracksuit bottoms as sessions will continue outside where possible.


Within school, all the children take part in whole class reading sessions, guided reading sessions and individual reads. These sessions aim to develop word recognition, inference skills, comprehension of texts and fluency/understanding of the texts we read.  Our inviting reading area with quality texts will allow the children to independently develop their love of reading during quiet reading times.  

In KS1 we encourage parents/guardians to read with your child at least 3 times a week and record a short comment in their child’s reading diary about that reading session. Due to Covid 19, reading diaries will not be provided at the moment, however every child will choose a new book each week to take home and read.   


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