Y1 2023 - 2024

Mr Heaton

Mrs Harper

Welcome to Summer Term in Year 1

Welcome to the Summer Term. We hope you have enjoyed spending lots of family time together over the Easter period and are now ready for the exciting new term.

The classes in Key Stage 1 are named after woodland animals:

Mrs Harper is the teacher in Squirrels Class.

Mr Heaton is the teacher in Hedgehogs Class.

Useful Links

Spelling Shed/ Maths Shed:  https://www.edshed.com/en-gb/login/school



Our topic in Year 1 is " Our Local Area"

Our Year 1 topic for the Summer Term is ‘Our Local Area’.

In History, we will be learning about Our Local Area and learning more about our history of transport. We will be going on a local walk to see all the local history that is on offer. We will also be visiting a local farm to explore how crops are grown and machinary has changed over time.  

In Geography, we will be learning how to find Elworth on a map and exploring birds eye view of our school setting. 



In English we are now exploring a the book 'Hermelin' by Mini Grey.  Things are going missing - is Hermelin the one to find them? Although Hermelin is just a mouse, he's also a brilliant detective! Will he be appreciated for his talent? Will he ever find a friend to help him? Children will writing letters to the local residents who lost precious belongings.

It is a wonderful book with beautiful illustrations and great vocabulary.  We will also be reading lots of other Mini Grey books to find similaries and difference. 

Hermelin: The Detective Mouse

General Information for Year 1


Homework will be set weekly. It will be set on a Monday to be completed by the following Monday. This homework can be found by logging onto Spelling Shed and Maths Shed. Please let your class teacher know if you are having problems accessing either site.


The children will be continuing the Read Write Inc reading scheme.

Your child will read daily in school, as part of a small group. Some colours follow a 3 day reading system in school (Red, Green, Purple, Pink) and others follow a 5 day plan (Yellow, Blue, Grey).  Alongside this, they will be given a high quality story book to share with you.  This needs to be returned and will be changed on the same day as their RWI book.

We would love you to be reading with your child everyday at home, and ensuring you are signing their Reading Record once you have read with them. This is essential for their successful reading journey and to develop a love of reading.

You will also continue to have access to Oxford Owl and their library of resources and ebooks which match with the story they are reading in school. 

Oxford Owl Student Login

Please ensure your child has both their reading book and reading diary in school everyday and secured inside their plastic wallet.


Phonic screening check 2024

All children in Year 1 will be completing their phonic screening check on the week beginning 10th June 2024. It is important that your child/children are in school that week. Please continue to watch the RWI phonic videos from the link sent via the school email to support your child. 



We will continue to have one P.E session a week on a THURSDAY afternoon.

Children are required to come to school wearing their full PE Kit. With the guidance in place advising against changing clothes in school, children will be required to come to school wearing their full PE Kit on their allocated day (and also on Fitness Friday).

We are suggesting that the Elworth PE t -shirt and shorts/skort be worn underneath the Elworth jogging bottoms and zip up top on colder days.  A waterproof jacket is a necessity, in case of poor weather. Children will also need to come in wearing a sensible pair of sports trainers.


Squirrels will be swimming on Monday and Hedgehogs will be swimming on a Thursday. 


Children will be able to order snacks on a daily basis. If your child is having a snack from home, please can you ensure it’s a healthy snack and avoid sending in chocolate or sweets.

Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day. In the current climate we are unable to provide cups for children who have forgotten their bottle.

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