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St Matthews C of E Primary School

Half-termly Class Newsletter


Class: 1CS

Date  5th June 2017


General Information / Upcoming Events

Welcome back! We hope everybody had a lovely half term break! Phonics Screening will take place the week commencing 12th June, please ensure where ever possible, your child is in school during this period. Moving up day will be on the 4th July and your child will spend the morning in their year 2 class meeting their new teacher for September.



The main PE session will take place on Tuesday morning’s and will be taught by an outside agency (Oldham’s Sport Development). There will be another PE session (outdoors) held on Wednesday afternoons whereby the children will participate in different activities. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school on these days.

Reading Books

Children’s reading routines i.e. guided reading/individual reading will be the same as stated on the last newsletter. The Children’s individual books will be changed at least weekly but not every day so that the children can build on their fluency skills.  Please encourage your child to place their reading book and reading record in the pink box on my desk when it is ready to be changed.


Curriculum – What will children be learning this half term?


The children will complete a ‘Storytellers’ unit where they will be introduced to a traditional tale from ancient India, The Best of Friends. Activities involve selecting words to describe the characters vividly, identifying good storytelling techniques and exploring strategies for remembering a sequence of events. The children then compose and rehearse their own retellings of the story. The children will then move on to a ‘Poetry unit’, the children will explore poems with themes that are engaging and relevant to their own lives and experiences. They will compare poems, identifying similarities and differences in points of view and feelings. They will learn poems by heart, experimenting with sound and movement as they recite and perform their poems. The children will then look at a ‘Non-Fiction unit’ exploring the book ‘Top Jobs’. In this unit, the children will explore the Big Question: What’s the best job? They will learn how to write a job application, focusing on what they think they are good at, and then read aloud their writing to apply for the job. They will answer the Big Question, planning and writing their own instruction text based on a model.


The children will recap the strands; ‘Time’, ‘Multiplication and Division’, ‘Addition and Subtraction’, ‘Measurement’ and ‘Sorting and Sequencing’. In Time, the children will be recapping telling the time to o’ clock and half past the hour. Children will recap language related to days of the week, months of the year etc. In Multiplication and Division, the children will recap solving one step problems by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays. The children will make links to counting in 2’s/5’s/10’s and recap grouping and sharing methods. In Addition and Subtraction, children will recap adding and subtracting 1 digit and 2 digit numbers using objects, number lines or mental approaches. They will look at finding the difference linked to subtraction. In Measurement will be recapping how to compare, measure and record length and mass/weight. The children will use the standard measurements to record accurately. In Sorting and Sequencing, the children will explore repeating patterns with numbers, objects and shapes. They will recap identifying odd and even numbers.


The children will focus on the topic ‘Identifying and Comparing Materials’. They will identify and name common types of materials including wood, metal, plastic, rubber, fur, wool, sponge, cotton wool, paper, brick, ceramic, rock and some liquids and powered solids. They will label, collect and group together objects made from the same material. They will understand that different objects can be made from the same materials. They will explore why some materials are unsuitable for some objects. Working scientifically, children will test the properties of different liquids and investigate which material are suitable for a specific object. Children will compare a variety of materials and look closely at their properties.




The children will be introduced to a unit on ‘Spreadsheets’. They will use 2Calculate to navigate around a spreadsheet and explain what rows and columns are. They will enter data into cells and save and open sheets. They will then move on to inserting images using the image toolbox and use the speak and count tools to count items.


This term will have a Geography focus; we will be exploring the topic ‘The 4 Seasons’. The children will describe the weather in different seasons and identify hot and cold areas of the world. The children will learn about the equator and use geographical vocabulary to talk about the weather. The children will learn the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world and begin to locate them on the world map. In Art/D&T, we will continue to focus on Printing, we will be rolling, rubbing and stamping to make prints. The children will then design their own printing block. We will look at the work of famous artists such as Kandinsky and Andy Warhol.


Will be taught by an outside agency (Oldham’s Sport Development). Multi-skills and Games will be this half term’s focus.


In Music we will be taught by Mrs Emmott. We will be exploring Sounds - Creating & responding to vocal sounds/exploring how to change sounds/creating & placing vocal & body percussion sounds/exploring descriptive sounds. We will also be exploring Beat - recognising & developing a sense of steady beat using our voices & body percussion/identifying & performing changes in tempo/learning to play percussion with control/keeping a steady beat & using dynamics to vary the musical effect/identifying & keeping a steady beat using movement, body percussion & instruments/recognising & responding to changes in tempo in music.



What will be given?

When will it be sent home?

When does it need to be returned to school?


Weekly Maths homework



Weekly phonics homework



Spellings ( will begin again w/c 19th June)



On a Friday




On a Friday




On a Friday



 By Wednesday (children to return it to the blue box in the classroom)


By Wednesday (children to return it to the blue box in the classroom)


Children will need to practise the spellings for the following Friday’s spelling test.



How can parents help?

We are always grateful for your support and involvement throughout the year. Helping your child with their homework weekly will be much appreciated, as the homework set is there to embed the concepts we have learnt throughout the week. As always, we ask that you read with your child at home as frequently as possible and make brief comments in their reading record book to indicate that the book has been read. As the Phonics Screening Check is drawing closer, we ask that you practise recognising phonic sounds with your child as much as possible and practise applying them by reading real and nonsense words.


Useful links to support learning                         Interactive clock

www.phonicsplay.               Youtube-  days of the week                   Maths games

Ipad app- Pocket Phonics and Phonics Test UK.                                YouYube- Odd Todd and Even Steven song.

Thank you for your continued support.         Miss Straffon