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Year 1 Summer Newsletter

Welcome to our Summer newsletter.


Welcome back Year 1! I hope you had a lovely break and are ready for lots of exciting things to learn this half term. I am so impressed with the progress Year 1 are making and I know this term will be just as successful.
We are beginning our new topic ‘Dangerous Dinosaurs’. A copy of our knowledge organiser is available to view below and also a hard copy will be given to the children to keep at home. This is a great way for adults at home to see what we will be covering this half term so that you can support and discuss this with the children to encourage their engagement and learning.

As well as our topic, another main focus is the upcoming phonics screening tests during the week commencing Monday 6 June. The test includes a teacher assessing each child on their phonics decoding ability. The children will be asked to read out 40 items with a teacher. These will be a mixture of real words and pseudo-words (alien/nonsense words). The teacher will then score each item (1 mark for a correct answer) and total the scores to make up the mark for the screening check.
Because of this assessment, we will be ensuring that we provided additional phonics support by incorporating extra lessons in to our timetable during the afternoon and also the homework set will be phonics based every week.
To support your child with this assessment, please ensure continuous reading at home as much as possible and also time to practice on phonics play would be a great addition to ensure they can achieve to the best of their ability.



We are very lucky this term as we not only have our usual P.E lesson every Tuesday afternoon, but we also a dance lesson every Thursday afternoon. We are currently keeping the PE kits in a box in class to avoid them being misplaced in the corridor so please make sure your child has the correct PE kit and ensure all items are labelled with your child’s name. The children are getting much better with taking care of their kit and uniform which is great for their personal development.


As always, please make sure your child’s uniform has their name clearly labelled in it just in case any of it is mislaid.

We have a great term planned and as always, if you have any questions I am always available over Dojo or at the end of the day!

Many thanks,


Miss Kemp and Miss Robinson.

Phonics Guidance for Parents

We have settled into Year 1 brilliantly!