Welcome to Rowan Class - Year 1


                                             Class Teacher - Mrs Cleary 

                                             Teaching Assistant   - Miss Bull.  


    Support Assistants - Miss Shimbles/Mrs Sergeant. PPA Cover - Mrs Kirk/Miss Bull - Friday pm

                               Summer Term


Welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday.


This term our topic is called 'It's Alive'. We are very excited about using this topic to explore and investigate all kinds of animals and plants, how they live and grow and how we look after them. 

We will be visiting Harewood House on Tuesday 11th June to take part in a 'Plant Hunters' workshop. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us, as we will be outside for most of the visit! Please remember to wear sensible shoes and a bring a waterproof coat. School uniform needs to be worn. 


Year 1 children and some year 2 children will have the phonics screening check in the week commencing 10.6.19. We hope you found the phonics pack that your child brought home helpful over the holidays. Please continue to support them by using the pack.

A really useful website which explains what the phonics screening involves is:  



                                          5th July - Sports Day

                  Monday 15th July-Wednesday 17th July - Transition days.

                  Thursday 18th - Friday 19th July back to current class.



In English this half term, we will be focusing on both fiction and non fiction books. We will read books such as  Katie and The Sunflowers by James Mayhew, Grandpa's Garden by Stella Fry and Sheila Moxley and Secrets Of The Vegetable Garden by Carron Brown. We will find out lots of interesting facts about plants and animals so that we can write information texts. We will also be writing our own stories and poems. At this stage in Year 1 children should be writing full sentences clearly and with correct punctuation which includes capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in the correct places.  Children will also start to use question marks, commas and exclamation marks where appropriate as well as using adjectives to make writing fun to read.


We will continue to focus on our writing skills:

  • Letter formation.
  • Capital letters and full stops.
  • Finger spaces between words. 
  • Applying our phonic knowledge.
  • Writing sentences using the 'Think it, say it, write it, check it' method.

The Continuous Provision also provides many opportunities for reading, writing as well as developing speaking and listening skills. Our role play area will be a flower shop/garden centre where children will be looking at writing lists, making designs, writing labels and using money.

Spellings will be given and checked on different days. Please check your child's planner.

Thank you to parents who are continually supporting their children with reading and spellings, it really does make a huge difference.

How can you help at home?

Listening to your child read every day

Read stories or information books with your child

Join and use the library

Use the following websites to develop phonics skills:




Help your child form letters correctly (are they starting and finishing the letter in the correct place?)



In Maths we will be focusing Place Value,measurement of length, height, weight and volume as well as multiplication and division.Children will be able to confidently count to 50/100 and will be able to order and compare numbers below 100, justifying their answers. Children will be able to use a variety of representations to help them order and compare numbers, and will confidently use the < and > signs. They will also be able to identify and solve number sentences represented by word problems.

Children will be comparing and measuring the height and length of objects using non-standard and standard units of measure. Children will learn how to accurately compare and measure and will understand the importance of aligning starting points. Children will draw on their knowledge of number, particularly ordering and comparing numbers. Children will also learn the relationship between number lines and scales on a ruler and use this understanding to calculate differences in length. Children will use key language such as longer, longest, shorter, shortest, taller and tallest when comparing length and height.The the use of uniform non-standard units (such as cubes and cups) to measure weight and capacity will also be used as this is an important first step towards introducing standard units and provides a simple practical context in which a range of problems involving addition and subtraction can be introduced. 

How can you help?

Practise counting up to and past 100.

Practise counting on and back in 10s from any number

Practise counting in 2s and 5s

Practise writing numbers and checking they are the right way round!

 Bake using weighing scales

Some websites that have fun maths games are:





Science – 

This term we will be learning about plants and animals. We will look at naming and describing a variety of different flowers.  We will be planting a variety of different seeds and nurturing and observing them carefully. We will also continue to look at seasonal changes.We will look at different habitats for different plants and animals.

How can you help?

Visit a garden centre and look at all the different types of plants.

Go on a nature walk.

Talk about the seasons and weather.

Read non fiction books about plants and animals.



PE - 

Our PE lessons will be on a Tuesday and Friday. We will be working with a PE coach on Friday and then practising our new skills on Tuesday. Athletics will be our focus this half term. Please could you make sure that your child's full PE kit is at school and is fully labelled with their name. Also, please make sure that ALL items of uniform are labelled clearly, it’s very difficult to return missing clothes to a child when they are not named and clothes do occasionally get muddled after PE lessons.

If the weather is kind to us we will try and have our PE lessons outside. Please could you ensure your child has an appropriate outdoor P.E kit for the colder weather as well as their indoor P.E kit.  (Please see your child's planner for the recommended outdoor P.E kit).



Please use Bug Club if you have access to the internet. It is a fabulous resource and we have been encouraging the children to use it at home. Your child's log in is at the front of their planner.


We will listen to your child read and change their book on the day they do their spelling test (see your child's planner)  and at other points in the week too, so please make sure they have their reading book with them every day. If you need any help with ideas and techniques for how best to support your child with reading at home please don't hesitate to ask. Please record that you have heard your child read in their planner and let us know of anything amazing that your child does or says about their books! It is important that your child reads to you every day, for 5-10 minutes.



Homework will be spellings based as it is important to help your child become more fluent in reading and writing. Please check your child's planner for the day they have their spellings checked and given. We also ask that you are supporting your child to practise their 'learn by heart' targets for maths which can be found in the front of their planner.In addition to this, this term we will be setting a project based homework about plants. More details to follow.


Celebration Assembly

 Each week we select one or two children who we feel deserve recognition for their efforts in class. These children are rewarded with a special mention in our Friday assembly where they are presented with a certificate. We will send a letter home early in the week if your child is receiving a special mention. Please check your child's reading bag regularly for any letters. We will try and inform you in person where possible and I know the children are keen to tell you if they receive one of these letters! They are always extremely proud to receive these and the occasion is made all the more special if parents and family are able to attend.





At the end of the school day, if you will not be collecting your child personally, please inform the class teacher or the school office of the named adult who will be collecting your child. Children will not be allowed to go without prior notification. This is an important safety issue and is in place to keep all our children safe. Thank you for your co-operation.

Water bottles- The children need a named water bottle at school. They are able to refill their water bottle throughout the day. (Water only please.)


All Year 1 children are entitled to a free school meal! 

All year 1 can have free snack at break and a toasted bagel when they arrive at school in the morning.


There are some useful websites which we use to provide children with resources to support their learning.  We also use interactive websites, particularly in maths and phonics to help children practise skills they have learnt.  Here are links to some that are popular: