Year 1 Weekly Update – 26/05/23

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

  • /ph/ in phone,
  • /wh/ in wheel,
  • /ie/ in shield,
  • /g/ in giant.

We have been reviewing these tricky words:

  • Friend,
  • Once,
  • Our,
  • Because,

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 focusing on equal groups.

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.

Handwriting: This week the children have been correctly forming the letter ‘w’ and ‘e’.

RE: In RE, we discussed Thomas, who did not believe that Jesus resurrected. We discussed why he didn’t believe what the disciples had told them. We considered how we believe in Jesus even though we have not seen him.

Science: This week is Science, we have been sorting living things and materials into groups: alive, dead and never alive. The children drew two items in each category, for instance, a tree (alive), a stick (dead), and a stone (never alive).

PE: The children have continued with their new topic, and been practising their ball skills using their feet. We have also continued with our Jumping topic in Mr. Reilly’s PE lessons.

French: In French, the children have continued to learn the names of fruits.

Computing: In computing this week, we have practised copy and pasting images using Purple Mash.

Geography: In geography this week, we have looked closely at different examples of maps. We used the key to help up understand where places where within the area.

Forest school: In forest school, the children made a butterfly that could flap using a washing peg, a piece of paper shaped as a butterfly and masking tape. Once the butterfly was constructed the children used glue and natural materials around them to decorate it.



  • A polite reminder to return all books on a Wednesday (reading record, home-school books and library books).
  • A polite reminder that 1K’s PE days are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, whilst, 1N’s PE days are on Wednesday and Thursdays.
  • The week after we come back from half term (Monday 12th June), we will be conducting the statutory Phonics Screening. Please continue reading as normal, and practise reading alien words. The following game is good for differentiating between real and nonsense words. We recommend writing words on paper for the children to add sound buttons if needed.

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Thank you for all your continued support! We hope you have a restful half term.


Best wishes,

Miss. Kyriacou, Mr. Noel and Mrs. Byrne