Summer term Year 1

Year 1 Summer Term News Letter June 2019

Summer Term Learning

Our topic for this half of term will be:

Animal Magic 

you will all receive an email with details of this terms learning. 

Key dates this half term……

Every Tuesday and Friday morning at 9.00am– come and join your child for phonics

10th– 14thJune  Phonics screening

17th– 21stJune  Family Learning Week

1stJuly  - Summer Walk 

3rdJuly  - Sports day 

17thJuly – Sandbanks Trip

23rdJuly -End of Term

Please note that all children are required to take the phonics screening check, if anyone is off sick and misses it during the week beginning 10thJune they will take it the following week. 

Swimming & PE

This term Swimming will take place on Mondayand Thursday– all children must have the appropriate swimming kit. 

Girls: one- piece swimsuit, swimming hat and towel. 

Boys: close fitting trunks or shorts (not baggy shorts), swimming hat and towel. 

Goggles may be worn if children can put them on themselves. 


Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school at all times.

Homework – helping your child

Reading- Your child will continue to bring home a reading book each evening which they are expected to read to an adult at least 5 times per week.  Please can we ask you to fill in the appropriate part when your child has read and support them to correctly complete the reading activity sheet which is on the reverse. Please ensure that the reading activity is completed to the best of his/her ability using pencil.

Phonics– on Fridays you will continue to receive details of your child’s phonics learning for the week.

Mathletics - Your child has a password that gives them access to ‘Mathletics’ on the internet, a great way to learn as well as being good fun. Please encourage your child to log on each week and aim to earn a certificate which will be given out and celebrated in school.  

Spellings– home on a Monday with a test the following week (after phonics screening) 

HomeTalk – SchoolWrite – please support your child with this once a month activity to help develop their talk for writing skills. 


Please can all children bring a named water bottle to school to have in the classroom. In the classroom bottles should just contain water, this is the healthiest option and spillages do not encourage ants and flies. Children may have juice or squash as part of their packed lunch. 

As the weather is warming up and UV light is stronger can all children bring a named sunhat to school to wear at breaktimes. Children may bring sun cream to school but will need to apply it themselves. 

Keeping in touch……

Please remember that we are always happy to speak with you about your child – after school is generally the most convenient time as before school can be a little rushed. However, we will always endeavor to be available if possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Year 1 Team

phonics year 1

Year One Phonics Screening Check June 2019

In June, every Year 1 child will be taking the statutory phonics screening check. Year Two children who did not meet the threshold standard will retake the screen. The check takes place during the week beginning June 10th 2019

The check is very like tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.

The purpose of the check is to provide evidence of children’s decoding and blending skills, not to test their vocabulary.

What does the Phonics Screen look like?

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-to-one with their class teacher. Alien words (or made up words, or nonsense words, or pseudo words, or non-words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child

has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them. 

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some alien words – so they understand more about what they must do. Each of the alien words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the

word was their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!).

Scoring and communicating the results

Your child will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether they fall below or within this standard. For the past four phonic screening checks the pass threshold has been 32, which means children had to read at least 32 out of 40 words correctly. The threshold mark is usually communicated towards the end of June, after the test has been taken, so that teachers can mark the screen. 

You will be told the outcome of the screen for your child in their annual report in July. If your child’s score falls below the standard, they will be given extra phonics help and will have to re-take the Phonics screening check in Year 2.

What can you do to help prepare your child for the Phonics Screen Check?

You can help your child prepare for their Phonics Screening Check by going over the phonics they’ve learned in Reception and Year 1. Read new books and stories with them where they will be introduced to new words that they’ll have to sound out,  and review the phonics sounds and rules.

If you need replacement copies of the sound mats we use in class to support the children please come and ask

There are also several websites that have fun, free activities to support your child’s phonics learning (see below) and there are numerous apps available for smart phones and I pad. 

Useful Websites