St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

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St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

“...encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

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Welcome to 1MB






St Matthews C of E Primary School

Half-termly Class Newsletter


Class: 1MB and 1BF

Date: 16th September 2019


General Information / Upcoming Events

A big welcome to year 1! We are very excited for the year ahead and extremely impressed with the brilliant start all children have made to their first weeks in year 1.



PE will be taught on Wednesdays by Mr McGuiness.

Also, this half term we are lucky to have coaches from Manchester City coming in to work with the children on a Thursday afternoon.

Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school on these days.


Reading Books

Children will have a daily guided reading session in school but will also have a separate individual reading book and record book that will come home every day. Children’s individual reading books will be changed on a regular basis at least weekly. However, if your child has read their book before the allocated days they can put it in the box on my desk and it will be changed for them. We do ask that your child does not change their reading book too frequently as one of the year 1 objectives is to build up reading fluency by reading texts again.


Curriculum – What will children be learning this half term?


As part of our ‘Intrepid Explorers’ topic we will be reading fiction and non-fiction texts. The children will learn to orally compose a sentence first before writing it down. We will look at making predictions about a story and linking it to our own experiences. We will orally retell stories through role play, eventually building up to sequencing sentences to form a short story.


We will be learning about place value, the children will be focussing on numbers between 0 and 10. They will be counting forwards and backwards from any given number using numerals, pictures and numbers written in word format. They will learn to identify one more and one less than a number and become secure with counting using 1:1 correspondence. They will compare different numbers and begin to identify different ordinal numbers in context. Following this the children will practise adding and subtracting numbers within 10. They will recognise and use number bonds to 10.


Identifying materials.


My world, Jesus’ world, Harvest.



Children will be using a programme called ‘Purple Mash’ on the new Chrome Books in school. Children will be exploring online safety and learning how to individually login and navigate Purple Mash.


History – ‘Intrepid Explorers’


In PE, the skill focus will be co-ordination (throwing and catching). throwing.


The children will be exploring sounds by using their voice expressively. They will learn different songs by performing actions. They will learn about beat and how to control a steady beat through the use of movements, body percussion and different instruments.



What will be given?

When will it be sent home?

When does it need to be returned to school?

Maths - to support each block of learning.



Weekly phonics homework




At the beginning of a new block of learning.


On a Friday



On a Friday

For practise at home.






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 the tricky word sets on the slip stuck in the front of their reading record book.


Useful links to support learning                                                                                  

YouTube- I can count to 100 song- Harry Kindergarten    

Have fun teaching- counting back from 20              Ipad app- Pocket Phonics and Phonics Test UK

Friends of 10 song - Youtube  – 5-7yrs old addition and subtraction                    - This is free if used on a computer but has a joining fee if used as an app.


Thank you for your continued support,


The Year One Team.