Reception and Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Louise Pearson                                                                                    Spring 2017

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Sally Scoffield & Mrs Marie Holmes

The School Day:

Morning:        9.00 – 12.30 (Break time 10.50 – 11.05 Assembly 11.05 – 11.20)

Lunchtime:    12.30 – 1.35

Afternoon:     1.35 – 3.25

Throughout the summer term our topic will be - ‘All things chocolatey!’

A large part of our learning will focus upon Africa.  In geography we will be making simple comparisons between our own locality and that of Ghana.

We will find out how chocolate is made and how we can use it in cooking.  We will be designing new chocolate bar wrappers and will definitely be tasting different varieties!

Our art and design technology work will include the use of 3d media and a look at paintings and other art work inspired by Africa, its landscape and its animals.     

In Maths we will be covering the following areas of learning –

* Place value

* Money

* Position and direction including turns and half turns

* Measures including   capacity

*The year 1 children will 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 at the start of the summer term, followed by the tale of Handa’s Hen.  This will then led us onto sharing other African tales and poems.  In the second 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 Islam and learning how Muslims celebrate important times of the year.


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.

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

Year 1 swimming sessions start on Tuesday25th April 2017.

Reception swimming sessions begin on Tuesday 6th June 2017.


As from Wednesday 14th June the children will be having tennis sessions with B&D Tennis Club.  These will run for 5 weeks.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit 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 Parent’s morning is to be held on Wednesday 17th May at 9.10-9.50am. We look forward to welcoming you all in class for some clay based activities.

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.