Reception and Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Louise Pearson                                                                                                                                                                 Summer 2019

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Jane & Mrs Bailey

The School Day:
Morning: 9.00 – 12.30
(Break time 10.55 – 11.05 Assembly 9.10 – 9.30)
Lunchtime: 12.30 – 1.35
Afternoon: 1.35 – 3.25

With the exception of the first week back after half term, throughout the summer term our topic will be 

All things chocolatey’!

We are starting this topic off by presenting the children with a question, ‘Does chocolate grow on trees?’, and then from this initial question, the children will investigate other areas of learning. Their learning will be focused around answering of series of related questions which allow the children to take some ownership of what, and how, they wish to find the answers to these questions.

We will be incorporating map skills by locating Africa and the other continents on world maps, finding out about its’ climate and comparing aspects of the Ghanaian way of life to our own. The children will be looking at African artists and using hot colours to produce drawings of their own.  We will spend time learning about plants (especially the ones that eventually help produce chocolate!) and trying to grow some of our own. In music, the children will be listening to African music and may even decide to make drums of their own.


In Maths we will be covering the following areas of learning –
* Place value up to at least 50.
* Money and coin recognition and problems that involve giving change.
* Position and direction including turns and half turns.
* Measures including time.
*The year 1 children will continue to learn how to multiply and divide and will use their understanding to solve simple problems.


‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Brown will be the focus for our reading and writing sessions in the summer term, followed by the tale of  ‘Handa’s Hen’. This will then lead us onto sharing other African tales and poems. In the latter half of the summer term we will be focusing really hard on developing our reading skills through small, guided reading activities and our homework tasks will reflect this.

In RE we will be talking about the news that Jesus brings and then looking at The Creation and the world God made.

Our focus for this terms work is ‘Super Scientists’.
We will find out about scientists such as Thomas Edison, Sir Isaac Newton and Alexandra Graham Bell. We will then carry out simple experiments based on their area of knowledge.




Long hair must be tied up for swimming and/or a swimming cap can be worn. Earrings MUST BE REMOVED prior to the swimming session.

Goggles may only be worn by completing the form available from the school website

Year 1 swimming sessions start on Tuesday 30th April 2019.

Reception swimming sessions begin on Tuesday 11h June 2019.


As from Friday 7th June the children will be having tennis sessions with a local tennis coach.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE in school as usual.  No extra kit is needed.


This will continue to be given out on a Monday and should be handed back into school on Friday. All of the children have 1 piece of homework, daily reading and weekly spellings to complete.


Our next class 1 parent’s morning is to be held on Wednesday 12th June at 9.10- 9.50am. We look forward to welcoming you all in class.

As the weather warms up the children will take their water bottles outside during playtimes. Please ensure your child brings a water bottle on a daily basis and that it is clearly named.