Welcome back Year 1!


Welcome to the Summer term Year 1. We hope you have all had a fantastic Easter break and are feeling refreshed, ready to start your final term in Year 1. 

Our topic this term is Australia - What would you take on holiday to Australia? 

Geography will be our main topic focus in Summer term 1. In Summer term 2, we will have an Art and Design and Technology focus linked with Australia. 

In English, we will be exploring a range of non-fiction texts and our fiction text will be Meerkat Mail. 


Weekly Information: 

Everyday your child will need to bring to school the following...  

  • School bag.
  • Reading book and reading diary.
  • Named water bottle.
  • Lunch box (If having a lunch provided from home).
  • An outdoor coat suitable for all weathers. 



On a Wednesday, Year 1 go swimming in the morning and have PE in the afternoon. Please make sure all jewellery  is removed and long hair is tied back. Please also ensure that every item of clothing is clearly labelled and is in school on this day. 

*Please note - Swimming is not currently taking place due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. 



Friday is whole school Feel Good Friday! Children will need to come to school in navy tracksuit bottoms or leggings and non-branded trainers. They will still need to wear their GV polo shirt and jumper. This is so children can take part in activities that focus on their physical health and well being. 

Homework will also go out on a Friday and will be expected to be completed before the following Wednesday. This may be in paper form or via your child's 365 account on SharePoint. 

This term, your child will be given 5-10 spellings to practise each week. There will be a weekly spelling test on a Friday. 

On a Friday, your child will also have the opportunity to change their library book. They are able to choose any book of their choice. 


* Please sign your child's reading diary each time they have read at home. Your child will be rewarded in school for reading at home.  Reading books are only changed on a Thursday or Friday. 


Academic Year 2020-2021

These are the Year 1 topics for the academic year 2020-2021

Autumn - Who am I?

Spring - Where do I live?

Summer - Australia. 



Phonics lessons and activities will be happening in school on a daily basis. The following websites will help reinforce your child's phonic and reading ability. Please speak to any of the Year 1 staff if you would like any further advice. 

Phonics Website

BBC phonics

Saying the sounds

Phonics Play


Useful Websites: 









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