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St Matthews C of E Primary School

Half-termly Class Newsletter


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Date 19th February 2018


General Information / Upcoming Events

Welcome back! We hope everybody had a lovely half-term break. During this half term we have some important dates: World Book Day on the 1st of March, Mother’s Day on Sunday 11th March and we also have Easter approaching, with Good Friday on the 30th March and Easter Sunday 1st April. This half term we are also hoping to go on a spring walk, weather dependent!



The main PE session will take place on Tuesday morning’s and will be taught by Mrs Kimpton.

There will be another PE session held on Monday 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. Can we ask that you encourage your child not to change their individual home reading books too frequently as we would like the children to build up their fluency skills when re-reading a text (this is one of the objectives for year 1 children).


Curriculum – What will children be learning this half term?


In English the children will continue to look at Poetry, exploring poems with pattern and rhymes. Through the poems, they will explore different grammatical suffix endings e.g. –ed, -ing, -er and –est and begin to understand how and when to use them in their writing. They will enjoy performing a range of poetry, experimenting with sound and rhythm as they recite their poems. We will then look at the Non Fiction unit ‘Why Do Elephants Have Big Ears?’ They will use the interactive e-book to find information and learn how to write labels and captions. They will answer the big question, planning and writing their own reports based on a model.


In Maths the children will begin by learning their number bonds to twenty, then will use those to help them add and subtract numbers within twenty. Following this we will look at being able to count forwards and backwards within fifty, starting from any given number. The children will learn to read and write numbers to forty in words and numerals. They will revisit adding and subtracting to twenty, this time using both one-digit and two-digit numbers, and finally will learn how to solve one step mathematical problems.


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.


In R.E we will be focussing on the Easter story and celebrating new life. We will look at life cycles and identify signs of Spring and compare these to the Easter story. We will then look at ‘The Resurrection’ and allow the children the chance to talk about their own feelings and experiences. We will also attend an Easter Service in church.


Our computing topic this term is ‘Maze builders’. The children will use the Purple Mash system to learn how to use the direction keys and to create and debug a simple algorithm.

D & T

In D & T the children will be learning how to make a wheeled vehicle. They will design their own vehicle by firstly thinking about who it is for and what it needs to be able to do. We will look at the chassis and axles on various types of vehicle, and base our designs around one of those. The children will design, make, demonstrate and evaluate their creations.


In P.E. we will be looking at ‘Dance’. The children will understand how to link movements to form a sequence. They will also demonstrate moods and feelings using different movements.


The History topic for this half term is ‘Toys’, and we will be looking at answering the question ‘How have toys changed since my grandparents were children?’ We will be looking at the differences between old and modern toys and will link this to our Science topic. We will be asking the children to ask their grandparents or any older relatives about the toys they played with as children. If any of those relatives would like to come into school to talk about their toys, please let Mrs Buckley know. We would be very grateful for the help to make comparisons between old and new toys.


In Music we will be taught by Mrs Collard. 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 phonics homework







On a Friday




On a Friday



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. 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. We would also request that you ask your child frequently to practise reading and spelling the tricky word sets on the grid in the front of their reading record book.


Useful links to support learning Interactive clock

  1. . materials games and clips.
  2. app- Pocket Phonics and Phonics Test UK. BeeBot Apps – position and direction
  1. you for your continued support.

Mrs Buckley