Pirate Class - Reception & Year 1

Welcome to the summer term, where we hope the sun will shine for us, so that we can get outside to enhance our learning!

Well done to all our year 1Children who now say good bye to their parents at the door and come into school by themselves. After half-term I would like all year 1 children to come into school by themselves in preparation for year 2.

This term we have got some exciting days out planned. During the week of the 8th May (SATs week) Pirate class like to get out and about to give them some welcome peace to enable our year 6 friends to concentrate. I have planned many of our lessons to be outdoors. On Monday we will visit the farm park for our science lesson on forces. On Tuesday, we will be out for the whole day for our trip to Orford castle as part of our history lesson. Then on Wednesday I have arranged for Mrs Jane Woodbury-Eggins to do a presentation at Easton church for our RE lesson. All children in pirate class will also take part in a multi-sports tournament at Wickham Market school on Thursday 18th May (letter to go out soon).

After half term on Friday 9th June we will have our class photo taken ( usually the best!)Our annual sports evening will take place on Wednesday 14th June, we start at 5.30pm with the pre-school races. On Thursday 6th June it is Pirate class' turn for parents to come for lunch that day. Thursday is 'roast day' so don't miss out and book your place!

The children will continue to have PE with Mr Sam Whatling on a Thursday 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 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.  

Children in year 1 have received their homework books now with their next piece of work about textiles. I have not put individual targets in their books this term as I will send out some information about their phonics check in June. Children in reception will receive individual homework as and when they need it. This may just be practicing spellings, numbers or supporting them with any work we have been doing in school. When your children are ready for a reading book they will have a phonics check to see which book they need to start on. Then when they have used the book at home and practiced writing the key words from it. They may put the book and the reading record in the red box to be changed.

Reception Parents- Thank you to those parents who continue to put photos and observations on Orbit, it is so helpful to me to know what your children get up to out of school and more importantly what they can do.

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- poetry, learning and preforming poetry, stories about fantasy worlds, writing reports/recounts

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

Maths-  Space, shape and measure, telling the time, money, capacity, measuring length,

Science- Forces- push and pull

Geography/History- Castles, castles around the UK

SEAL ( social emotional aspects of leaning)- relationships

PSHE- feelings, hygiene, learning about money

RE- Christianity- celebrations, visiting a church, artefacts in a church,

Art and Design- Textiles

Design and Technology- textiles

PE- athletics, practicing for sports evening

Computing- we are stories tellers, listening and creating an audio book

Music- playing a tuned or unturned instrument (using the key vocabulary)


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.