Summer Term

Dear Parents,


Firstly, welcome back to the summer term. Your children have settled into their routines very well and I am very impressed with their positive work attitudes! As usual I’m always here to talk to if you have any questions, problems, queries or concerns that I may be able to answer for you.


This half term we have a trainee teacher, Mrs Mullen, joining us in Year 1. The children have already been introduced and have responded very well to an extra adult in the classroom. Mrs Mullen will be teaching lessons and helping with extra interventions.


A few things to remember; please ensure your child has a P.E. kit! We are planning to have PE on Tuesdays, however, please make sure the kit stays in school all half term — hopefully the weather will brighten up and we might squeeze in some extra fun outdoor session later in the week. Please ensure your child’s kit is labelled. If your child brings home a kit that is not theirs could you please ensure it is returned to school.


Reading is extremely important. Please read at home as often as you can and remember to bring book bags every day. Your child will continue to get weekly spellings and homework. These will be given out on a Friday to learn at home ready for a quick quiz the following Friday. Homework is given out on Fridays to be returned the following Friday.


This half term our topic will be ‘’The Enchanted Forest.’ This is a really fun topic that will allow children to look at life cycles, plants and different climates. We are planning a trip this term to Gibside in which we will look at fairy stories and plant life—information to follow in due course.


All children in Year 1 are required to participate in the phonics screening check. This is a statutory requirement set by the government. The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words (nonsense words) that the children read aloud to their teacher. The screening check will be carried out week commencing 12th June. If you have any questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact me.


Thank you for your ongoing support.

 Mrs Arkless, Miss Heslop and Mrs Mullen