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Year 1

Summer Term


This term we are looking at trains! We will be covering different aspects in English, Design and Technology and History.



In this unit, we are looking at different types of trains alongside different types of texts. The children will be writing an information text, a TV script, a persuasive piece and a narrative all to do with trains. We will be looking at ‘How to Train a Train’ book, Thomas the Tank Engine and many more.


Design and Technology

The children this term will be making junk model trains. A huge thank you to everyone who brought in items for the children to make their trains from. We had lots to choose from! The children will design, make and evaluate the trains that they make.



In history this term, the children will be looking at different types of transport used in the past especially trains. They will be researching the work of George Stephenson and how steam locomotives impacted and changed lives then and now.



In this term’s science unit, we will be looking at different types of materials, their properties and what they are used for. The children will be conducting an investigation into the best material for an umbrella.



Hello and welcome to year 1! In year 1, we are supported daily by Mrs Brown. Miss Brooks and Miss Rohman take the class on a Monday afternoon for ICT and PE.



Reading books will be changed twice a week. Please try and read with your children at home at least three times a week and sign their reading record. Phonics and reading are so important in KS1 to develop a strong foundation for learning.



There is no weekly homework in year 1 but I may send home activities to support the children’s learning. These may be story maps for them to practise, phonics sounds, topic activities or some spellings.

In year 1, phonics is very important to help the children to read. There are some fun activities on and where the children can practice reading and spellings at home.


ClassDojo and Seesaw

In school, we use ClassDojo to give children reward points which can be exchanged for prizes. If you sign up to ClassDojo you can see your children’s points and what they are earning them for. It is also a quick and easy way to contact me especially if you don’t get to pick up or drop off.

Seesaw is the online platform we use for home learning in case of isolation. The children all have an individual log in where they can view their online learning. It can be completed online or printed. It is also a nice way to share activities the children have been doing at home.



Please remember to label ALL of your children’s clothes with their names; this can be done on the clothing labels with a permanent marker pen. We encourage children to take responsibility for their belongings and I’m sure that you can appreciate that it is very difficult to identify children’s clothing if not named. 



Our P.E session is on a Monday afternoon. Please make sure children wear suitable PE kit to school on a Monday. They will need to have pumps in school if they can not go outside for PE.


I am looking forward to meeting you all, but in the meantime, if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Tyson