Pirate Class - Reception & Year 1

 Welcome to the summer term! let's hope for some sun!

This term we have some exciting things planned already. We will be going to Aldeburgh to visit the lifeboat station, float our boats and eat chips on the beach. We will all be attending a multi-skills PE session at Wickham market school. The reception children will continue their balance bike sessions. We also have this term our sports evening and summer production, so keep a look out for dates on the newsletters.  

The children will continue to have PE with Mr Calver on a Tuesday morning. They will need a school PE T-shirt and black or navy shorts. They may also need long PE trousers as they may be doing PE outside this term. They can wear their school sweatshirt if its chilly.They will need trainers (not plimsolls please) this term, so please add these to their bags.

Please make sure every item is named, as you can imagine, getting 24 children changed and all wearing the same thing can be very confusing for them as everything looks the same. They can usually identify their own clothing by smell but it is much more affective with their name inside.

They will continue to have yoga on a Monday afternoon. We are also very please to welcome on a Tuesday afternoon Carol Rook from Easton church who will be working with all children across the school on reflective stories.

 Please continue to hear your child read and encourage them to put their books in the box to change when necessary. As you know we like to keep their reading books inline with the phonics lessons so sometimes your child may need to keep the book /s for a few days. Sometimes it maybe necessary for your child to have a book they have read before, this might be because they have overtaken the phonics lessons or just to boost their confidence. 

The homework this term for year 1 children will comprise of phonics (before half term) and a science project for after half term. This homework will be the end result of work produced for a science fair that parents will be invited to for the whole school.

Children in reception will receive any individual tasks that we feel they could do with extra practice for.  Please remember to do all the activities in the front and back of your child's reading book, including practising writing the words found in the book. When you have exhausted the book please ask your child to put it in the red box for changing. 


 Please see below for this terms learning and topics. If you have any experience in any of our topic areas please let me know. If you would like to help in pirate class as a parent helper by listening to children read, playing games, art and craft activities again, just let me know as I still have some sessions available.


Mrs Payne


Topics for this term are:

Literacy- dairies and postcard writing,stories with familiar settings, poetry, Spelling and grammar,

Phonics, all letters- Phonemes (sound) diagraphs (2 letters 1 sound) Trigraphs (3 letters 1 sound), tricky words phases 2, 3 and 4. Grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, finger spaces,  (plural)es and s words,

Maths-  measurement non-standard and cms, length, height, weight, capacity,

Science- floating and sinking

Geography- coastal areas, maps of the seaside, physical features

History- the history of seaside holidays

SEAL ( social emotional aspects of leaning)-changes

PSHE- School rules, making friends, playing and sharing, taking turns

RE- humanism

Art and Design- 3D making boats

Design and Technology- making our own ice cream

PE- athletics (prep for sports evening)

Computing- We are collectors

Music- composing and using instruments, seaside shanties, oh I do like to be beside the seaside


Phonics- All phases!

If you would like to help your child at home, these are the phases we work through. Please ask us if you are unsure what phase your child is on. Please don't move them on to the next phase too quickly, it is much better for your child if they are fully confident with reading, writing and spelling the words in their ability phase. We test the children on these every half term.

Phase 2 to read, write and spell

High Frequency words (HFW)-
a, an, as, at, of, off, on, can, if, in, is, it, dad, had, back, get, big, him, his, not, not, got, up, mum, but,

Tricky words-
the, to, I, no, go, into, and, put

Phase 3 words to learn to read, write and spell

Will, that, this, then, them, with, see, for, now, down, look, too

Tricky words-
he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her

Phase 4 words to learn to read, write and spell;
HFW- went, its, from, children, just, help
Tricky words-
said, so, do, have, come, like, some, were, there, little, one, they, when, out, what

Phase 5 words to learn to read, write and spell;
HFW- don't, old, I'm, by, time, house, about, your, day, made, came, make, here, saw, very, put
tricky words- oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, could

Phase 6
suffixes- -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -s, -er, -est, -y, -en, -ful, -ly, -ment, -ness

Help with phonics online games.

A good site online with games and activities at each phase.