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Summer Term

Religious Education

Our school uses the Come and See Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme. This term, we will be studying three topics: Holidays and Holy Days (the story of Pentecost), Being Sorry (making the right choices) and Neighbours (the love of God and each other).



This term, we will be reading ‘The Man on the Moon’ and different poems about space. We will be predicting what will happen in the story and explaining what we have read. They will be reciting poems by heart and writing their own. We will continue to work on writing sentences, using full stops and capital letters correctly. They will use this knowledge to write their own stories.



This term our work in Numeracy will include the following:

  • 10 more and 10 less

  • Adding multiples of ten

  • Partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones

  • Word problems

  • Counting to 100 and beyond

  • Counting in twos, fives and tens

  • Understanding place value: (tens and ones)

  • Grouping objects in tens

  • Addition and subtraction

  • Counting on and backwards from various numbers using the 100 square



Our school uses the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) for topic work. IPC includes science, history, geography, art and design technology. Our topic this term is ‘Time Travellers’. This looks at an important event in history. We have chosen to concentrate on different aspects of space travel. We will learn how to order events into a sequence and use the correct vocabulary. Please take the time at home to talk to your children about their relatives in the past. We’d love them to share this with the class.

We have added exciting new role play corners to our classrooms. This term, the children have been having fun pretending to be spacemen and exploring different aspects of space travel.


Information and Communication Technology

In ICT we will continue to learn how to use the keyboard and use word banks. At home let your children have a go at typing simple sentences on the computer.



The children will have a weekly music lesson with our specialist music teacher. They will be learning to use their voices and a variety of different instruments.


Physical Education

These will take place on Thursdays but the children must have their PE kits in school at all times. This is because we sometimes need to move the timetable around at short notice to allow for special events and assemblies and because the children sometimes need to change into their PE kits if their uniform becomes wet or soiled. The children will come home in their PE kits on a Thursday, but please make sure they bring them back in the next day.


Other important information…


We have devised a grid of English, maths and other activities linked to our IPC topic for this term. The activities are designed to encourage the children to carry out independent research and to develop higher order thinking skills. All children are expected to have completed enough activities to have earned as many points as they can.


Home Reading

It is extremely important that children read with a parent/carer for at least 15 minutes every day. Please encourage your child to read widely - websites, blogs, newspapers and information books as well as story books – and for pleasure! Children who regularly practise their word recognition and comprehension skills at home make much more rapid progress in all subjects at school. We would be grateful if you would sign your child’s reading record at least once a week. Home reading books are changed weekly. Please ensure your child brings his/her books every so that we can provide them with fresh reading material.


Dates for your diary and educational visits:

Class assemblies

1DB Wednesday 10th  May 2017, 9 am

1S   Wednesday 17th  May 2017, 9 am

1G   Wednesday 24th  May 2017, 9 am



All Year 1 classes visit Walton on the Naze on the 19th July



Half Term - 29th May- 2nd June

End of term – Friday 21st July (finish at 1pm)

Parent Consultations - Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July- meet the new teacher

Sports Day – Monday 3rd July



  • Full PE kit, including plimsolls, must be in school at all times.
  • Please ensure that your child’s school uniform (including their coat) is clearly labelled with their name and class.
  • Please see our website or ask the office for a complete list of acceptable uniform.


Can you help?

We are always delighted for parents to be involved in the learning taking place at school. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you think you would be able to help with any aspect of our learning, for example, by facilitating a trip, giving a presentation or arranging a speaker. Trips can only take place if we have enough adults to accompany us so please do inform the office if you are available to help us with one of our forthcoming trips. Many thanks for your continued support.