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Welcome to Year 1

June - July 2018 Summer 2

Welcome to our final half term together before all of you move forward with your learning journey and into Year 2. I would like to take a moment to say how proud I am of you all for the way you have all acted this year in terms of behaviour and learning. I am certain that you will go on to really enjoy the rest of your time at Parkgate Primary School and beyond. 


Our overall theme for this half term will be 'Palm Oil and how this affects animals and their environment'


English this half term will be text led through stories set in familiar places, focusing mainly  on 'Class Two at the Zoo' and 'The Lion Inside' amongst others. We will be using some of the 'Pie Corbett' strategies to really get to know the stories, in order to retell and innovate them. The children will have lots of opportunities to support them in generating ideas for their writing, for example; use of character and comic book apps on the iPads, Role Play and Drama! Again there will be lots of opportunities to write! 


Throughout the year, there will be a focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar. Spelling will be taught through daily phonic lessons where children will learn the essential skills needed for reading and writing. During our English lessons, the children will focus on different aspects of punctuation and grammar, for example; continuing with capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and sentence structure from the previous half term, and introducing adjectives to describe nouns, use of 'and' to join words and ideas. There will be a Phonics Screening that takes place during the week of 11th June 2018 to assess the children's phonetic reading skills using a combination of alien and real words. 


Our Maths will focus on this half term on consolidating the skills taught throughout Year One and extending the children through reasoning and problem solving.


In Science we will be looking at animals; learning to:

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets


In History we will be learning about the founder of Chester Zoo; George Mottershead, learning about the concept of differences in time periods, chronological understanding through ordering and creating timelines. We will be looking at and analysing different sources of evidence, and using historical language. 


This half term in RE we will be looking at 'Jesus the Storyteller'. In PSHE we will be looking at 'Right and Wrong'.


PE will now take place on Monday and Friday; this half term we will be covering 'Ball Skills' and 'Outdoor Athletics'.  Through Computing we will be creating links to other areas of the curriculum, using both the laptops and iPads. We will be Coding/Programming using Kodable. In Art we will be printing with a strong link to the main learning focus. 

Reading – we will be continuing with Guided Reading and changing the children’s reading books. We will encourage lots of reading activities throughout the day; using all our lessons whether it be as a class, in a group, with a friend, or on their own.  Children will also be reading with our Reading Rangers.


Water bottles – can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school each day.


If anyone has anything that they would like to discuss, then please see me after school, or arrange an appointment.


Many Thanks


Mr Simon