Year 1 Weekly Update – 21/10/22

Dear Parents and Carers,


Please find our weekly update below. Please take the time to review the list of reminders at the bottom of this email. If you have any questions, please speak to your class teacher.


Phonics: In Phonics this week we have been briefly recapping digraphs, trigraphs and tricky words. This week has been Phonics Assessment Week where we informally assess your child to track their progress.

What can I do at home?

Read with your child at least 10 minutes per day. Sound out words on fingers or out loud. Children should identify digraphs and trigraphs they can see first. Children can chunk the word (splitting the word into chunks to decode). For example: feel/ling.

Please continue to practise recalling and writing the tricky words also. I have attached the learning in this email.


Literacy: In Literacy this week we have been building our knowledge on how to write a letter. We have spoken about personal and professional letters and they children know they are writing a personal letter. We have discussed what goes inside a letter (the date, who it’s for, the main writing and who it’s from). We have discussed when to use capital letters (for a name, they days of the weeks and months of the year, places and for the personal pronoun ‘I’. We have included a range of punctuation including a full stop, question mark and an exclamation mark and discussed when we should use them.

Maths: In Maths this week we have introduced the Whole-Part Model.

What can I do at home?

Visit Purple Mash for learning that has been set for week.


Science: This week in Science we talked about our body parts and the five senses associated with the body parts. We identified each sense: our sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. The children were given sweet and sour foods to taste and shaving foam to touch and feel.


Forest School: In Forest School this week the children read the story of Room on the Broom. Mrs. Grace hid the objects around the forest area for the children to find Thereafter, the children made potions using water with sparkles and outdoor materials.


RE: In RE this week the children have been learning about Diwali – the festival of light. The children were told the story of Princess Sita and Prince Rama and how the celebration of Diwali began. We also spoke about how people celebrate Diwali today.



When we come back from half term, your child should be wearing their Autumn/Winter uniform. Please refer to the school’s website for more information.


Thank you to every parent for your continued support. We hope you have a restful half term.


Best wishes,

Miss. Kyriacou, Mr. Noel and Mrs. Byrne