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St Paul's With St Michael's

CE Primary School

Think • Share • Achieve

Year 1

Hello and welcome to our class page!

Year 1

Summer Term - 1

This half term's Topic is 'Fairy Tales'.  In Literacy we will learn how to write short narratives using a range of punctuation marks, different connectives and adjectives.  In DT we will create maps and posters for the fairy tales.  Other areas that we will be working on are:

  • Maths - our focus will be multiplication and division 
  • Science - we will learn about growing plants
  • Geography - making simple maps and following routes
  • RE - we will look at Judaism 


Children will be given homework on Friday and it is due by the following Wednesday; our spelling test will take place each Friday.  Please continue to check Google Classroom for homework as well as work handed out from class.  It is vital for children to complete their own homework as this will boost their skills, knowledge and confidence in both writing and in numeracy.


Important Dates:

Important Dates:

Our class assembly is on Friday 13th May 2022.  Please come and celebrate our learning with us!

There will be a Parents' meeting regarding the Phonics Screening Test on Tuesday 24th May 2022.  This will be a great opportunity to get to know more about the National Screening Test and ways to support your child.



Please continue to read with your child.  We cannot stress how important it is that children read with someone every evening at home.  Please make sure that you write a comment about the book that has been read in the reading record.  Apart from the school books that children are given, they can also choose a book that they have at home.  This makes such a difference to the children's learning and progress, so please ensure that lots of reading is taking place at home.  Our Reading Challenge will help children achieve this and earn reading rewards!  Before reading, you can ask your child to make predictions about the text and explain their reasoning.  During reading, you can ask the children to recall events from the text by asking them what happened (recall) and what they think about the events (critical thinking).



Your child will take part in a phonics lesson everyday for half an hour.  As part of this lesson, children read some 'real' and some 'alien' words.  It is important that they apply their phonics skills to their reading and writing.  At the end of Year 1, children across the country have a phonics knowledge screening check.  This is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to becoming fluent readers who enjoy reading for pleasure and learning.



We will use a range of texts to help children write their own sentences, stories and poems throughout the year.  When practising at home, please remind them to use the following:

After they finish their sentences, children need to check that they have included capital letters, finger spaces and full stops (question marks or exclamation marks depending on the sentence).  Handwriting plays a major role also as children will be preparing to use joined handwriting in Year 2.



We ask children to log in to 'Mathletics' for 15 minutes each day.  The target is for children to earn at least one bronze certificate by Friday's awards assembly.  For numeracy, we use the 'Power Maths' mastery programme.  We aim to promote articulation (explaining answers), fluency (recall mathematical facts easily) and variation (showing the answer in different ways) in all areas of mathematics.  Therefore, it is of great importance that children spend time using this programme.  All children should have their log in details of Mathletics glued in their reading record.  All numeracy work will be uploaded on Google Classroom.  It is preferable that you ask your child to answer the questions / work on a piece of paper and upload a picture of this.



We very much expect all children to wear their school uniform everyday.  We believe it creates a strong sense of belonging and helps them remember in the morning that they are getting dressed to learn!  This is our uniform:

Standard grey trousers / skirts / shorts / dress (red and white dress in the Summer); red or white shirt; red school jumper or cardigan; BLACK shoes.

Jewellery should comprise of simple stud earrings and nails must be clear and natural.  Hair should be neat and the child's natural hair colour.

Only children in Nursery and Reception classes are permitted to wear jogging bottoms due to toileting needs.



PE takes place every Monday and Wednesday.  All children need to bring their PE kits on these days.  The PE kit consists of:

White top, black bottoms and black trainers.


  Water Bottles

Every child is expected to bring their water bottles with them everyday.



It is paramount that children spend time each day in order to complete their homework.  This is to assist them with the lessons they have been learning throughout the week.  You can add this to part of the home routine after school.  All homework is due on Wednesday.  Children should have access to their Google Classroom log in details stuck in their reading record.



Your child will receive a set of spellings to learn at home and write a few sentences based on these words.  They will be tested the following Friday.  Please practise writing each word for at least five minutes per day.  It is important that children know how to spell all the words correctly.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Miss Lekka


Useful websites to explore with your child:

Think! Road Safety

Phonics Play Comics

Phonics Play

Top Marks

Oxford Reading Buddy

BBC Bitesize Primary

World Book Day Resources

Craft and Creating

Tate Kids

British Council Learn English

Teaching and Learning Resources

Science Museum Learning Resources

Book Trust Books and Reading

BP Primary Resources

Natural History Museum

If you would like more information about the curriculum SPSM follows, please ask your child's class teacher.  Thank you.

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St Paul's With St Michael's Primary School

57a Brougham Road, Hackney

London, England, E8 4PB

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