Year 1 Weekly Update – 21/04/23

Dear Parents and Carers, 


Welcome back! We hope you had a restful Easter Holiday. The children have settled back into school really well and have been eager to tell us all about their wonderful experiences over their break.  

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: This week in Phonics, we have been reviewing the following phoneme-grapheme correspondences.  

  • /ay/ in play,  
  • /a-e/ in shake,  
  • /ea/ in each,  
  • /e/ in he.  

We have been reviewing these tricky words:  

  • Eye,  
  • Sure,  
  • Pure,  
  • Said,  
  • Were.  

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 from this week and previous terms. I have attached the Phonics Home learning from for this week in the email also. 

Maths: In Maths this week we have been practising how to count in 2s and 5s. The children have been sorting and ordering numbers in 2s and in 5s.   

What can I do at home? 

Visit Purple Mash for learning that has been set for week. If your child would like to complete more maths work, we would advise that you print out the Purple Mash page and complete the learning on paper. This will minimise their screen time and to allow them to write numbers and practise their screen time.  

Literacy: This week in Literacy we have introduced our new topic: The Enchanted Woodland. We have read the story Hansel and Gretel and sequenced the story into order. We have role played scenes from the story and have begun to recount the story in our writing.  

Handwriting: This week the children have been correctly forming the letter ‘m’ and ‘n’.  


RE: This week in RE, we have introduced our new topic: The Resurrection. We have discussed what resurrection means, and discussed why Easter Sunday is the most important day of the year. We have spoken and written that it is because Easter is the day Jesus rose again, and that Jesus is a reminder to have Hope. 

PE: The children have begun their new topic Locomotion and have been practising and refining their jumping technique. They have also begun their new topic with Mr. Reilly, and have been practising their ball skills using their feet.  

Forest School: The children have been particularly excited to have their Forest School lessons again. This week, we have started to plant our own potatoes.  


  • A polite reminder to return the two home-school books and a library book that we gave before the end of last term. If they have been forgotten this week, could you please return them on Monday.   
  • A polite reminder that 1K’s PE days are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, whilst, 1N’s PE days are on Wednesday and Thursdays. 
  • Mrs. Grace has asked if possible, could parents bring in any compost they might have.  
  • Thank you to all the parents who brought in the cardboard boxes. As always, any junk modelling is appreciated (pebbles, stones, leaves, sticks, buttons, bottle lids).  

Thank you for all your continued support!   


Best wishes,  

Miss. Kyriacou, Mr. Noel and Mrs. Byrne