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Woodpecker Class



Summer Term  2019

Welcome To The Woodpecker Class

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Class teacher - Mrs Plange

Teaching Assistant-Mrs Culpin

Welcome back to the Summer Term.

 Please find below details about the coverage in the Summer Term . I hope you find it useful.

Our theme this half term is entitled, 'Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside'.

All curriculum subjects where possible will link with our theme.


Our English will incorporate a variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. We will focus in Summer Term 1 on the fiction story, 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch' by Ronda Armitage. In Summer Term 2 our non-fiction texts will be based on the life and work of Grace Darling. We will also be reading 'The Storm Whale' By Benji Daves and investigating poems through the book 'Seaside Poems' By Nick Sharrat.

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The Storm Whale by Benji Davies     Image result for seaside poems by nick sharratt                                                               


Year 1

Number: Multilication and Division


Geometry: Position and Direction

Number:Place Value within 100



Year 2



Position and Direction

Problem Solving and efficient methods


Mass, Capacity and temperature




We will be looking at significant people (Grace Darling) in the past and the impact they have had on life today.

 Comparing Victorain beach holidays to the present dayImage result for victorian beach scene



Features of coastal areas

How areas have been spoilt/improved

Jobs in coastal resorts and facilities that are neededImage result for grace darling and the rnli

RNLI- Visitor to talk about their work and the link between them and Grace Darling

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Data and data representation.


Our unit is entitled, ' Looking at me, looking at you'


This term the children will take part in three PE lessons per week.

They will have 3 outdoor sessions which will be net and wall games, sending and recieving balls and sports day practise.

General Information

Home Readers

We encourage the children to change their home reader books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please ensure your child’s bag contains the book you wish to change, plus the blue home school Reading Record. The teachers will collect all the blue Reading Records in on the above days and they will be returned the same day. We hope your child will continue to enjoy the home reading scheme this year.

Libary Books

Children will have the opportunity to visit the school libary weekly with their class and will be issued with books which they are allowed to take home. Please ensure your child does not loose their book and has their book in school should they wish to change it.  

On a Thursday morning break the school libary is also open snd children are welcome to change books or simple sit and enjoy reading a book.



Homework challenges will be set every term. Chldren in Year 1 will be given a red homework book and the Year 2 children will continue to work in their purple homework book. Please ensure your child hands these in at the end of each half term so that they can be marked and new challenges can be stuck in.

Summer Term

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Using recycled materials children are to design and make a lighthouse. In addition to this children are to research a local lighthouse and write some interesting facts to share with their friends.

 Mathletics Homework (the interactive computer programme we subscribe to). Each child’s login card will be stapled on the inside of their blue Home Reading Record book. Please encourage your child to use this whenever possible to consolidate maths skills.

All children have been allocated with a Reading Shed log in where children can practise spellings linked to their year group.

Practise reading and writing common exception words for your child's age group which were sent home at the satrt of the term.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that all water bottles for use within the classrooms are transparent and named and not placed in the children's book bags as leakages cause irreparable damage.

PE Kit

Could we ask that you please ensure your child has their full named PE kit in school all week. It would be helpful if your child is familiar with their name label and can identify it.

Children require an outdoor kit (shorts, t-shirt, socks and waterproof trainers)A tracksuit and jumper may be required if the weather is cooler.

We do go outdoors in all weather conditions for PE so it is essential that the children are correctly kitted out.


Schools Bags

As space is limited within the classroom we kindly ask that children do not bring large rucksacks to school. The book bags that children had in reception are perfect. Please again ensure they are clearly labelled to save time at the end of the school day.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Information for Parents.

What is Phonics?

Children begin to learn phonics (sounds) in Reception. Once children begin learning sounds, these sounds are used orally to identify and make words. They will then begin to learn the letters which make each of the sounds and these are used to read and spell words.

For this reason, the first initial sounds that are taught are ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘p’, ‘i’, ‘n’. These can immediately be blended for reading to make simple CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) e.g. sat, pin. Children then develop segmenting for writing skills; breaking the word into sounds to spell it out.

What is the Phonics Screening Check?

Children in Year 1 throughout the country will all be taking part in a phonics screening check during the same week in June. Children in Year 2 will also take the check if they did not achieve the required result when in Year 1 or they have not taken the test before. Headteachers should decide whether it is appropriate for each of their pupils to take the phonics screening check. The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding and blending skills to an appropriate standard.

What Happens During the Screening?

The test contains 40 words. Each child will sit one to-one and read each word aloud to a teacher. The test will take approximately 10 minutes per child, although all children are different and will complete the check at their own pace. The list of words the children read is a combination of 20 real words and 20 pseudo words (nonsense words).

Pseudo Words (Nonsense Words)

The pseudo words will be shown to your child with a picture of an alien. This provides the children with a context for the pseudo word which is independent from any existing vocabulary they may have. Pseudo words are included because they will be new to all pupils; they do not favour children with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words.

Reporting to Parents

By the end of the summer term all schools must report each child’s results to their parents. They will also confirm if the child has met the standard threshold. Children who do not achieve the expected level will retake the test when they are in Year 2.

How Can I Help My Child at Home?

• Play lots of sound and listening games with your child.

• Read as much as possible to and with your child.

• Encourage and praise – get them to have a ‘good guess’.

• If your child is struggling to decode a word, help them by encouraging them to say each sound in the word from left to right.

• Blend the sounds by pointing to each one, e.g. /c/ in cat, /p/ in pat, /ng/ in sing, /ee/ in been.

• Discuss the meaning of words if your child does not know what they have read.

Should you have any questions regards the phonics screening, please do not hesitate to ask.

Important dates.

Year 1 and 2 Sharing assembly- Friday 28th June

Reception/Year 1 and 2 - Trip to Cleethorpes Tuesday 2nd July

Summer Fair -Tuesday 9th July 3:30pm-5:30pm

School Closes for Summer - Friday 19th July




Weekly Maths Coverage

Summer Term 2

In maths this week we will be covering the following:

Week 6 Week Commencing Monday 8th July

Year 1 - Time

Recapping o'clock and half past

Comparing time

Solving problems using their knowledge of time

Year 2 Money

Selecting money

Making the same amount in different ways

Comparing money

Finding the total

TTRock stars x2, x5 and x10 division facts

Week 7 Week commencing Monday 15th July.

Year 1 Time

Consolidating time

Solving time problems

Year 2 Money

Finding the difference between amounts

Finding change

Solving 2 step money poblems

TTRock stars division x2, x5 and x10


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