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Lionel Primary School

Working together to provide an educational environment that inspires, challenges and nurtures each child.

Year 1

Hello Pear, Pineapple and Plum Classes

Members of Staff:

Pineapple class- Ms Taylor/Mrs Moores & Miss Wright

Pear class- Miss Stroud & Miss Deria

Plum class- Miss Schulz (Head of Year) & Miss Hall


Welcome to Year One!


We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday and are looking forward to a brand new start in Year 1! We are very excited to get to know you and our new children. Please take some time to read the following information.



In the morning, teachers or teaching assistants will continue to greet the children at the door.  The register is taken at 8:55am and we begin our lessons straight away. If the children are late or absent they miss vital information and learning time. If your child’s door is closed, please take them to the office to be signed in. Children will be dismissed through the same door at the end of the day. Please note that we will not send Year One children home with anyone other than a parent/carer unless the school is notified. Year One children are also not allowed to be collected by older siblings that attend our school as a safety measure.


Children will be provided with fresh fruit as a morning snack. Please send your child in with a water bottle (no fizzy drinks) and drink bottles will be topped up as needed. Milk can be ordered at You can also send in a healthy snack (no nuts or chocolate please!) for afternoon play.


We will provide dates for trips, special events, and parent’s evenings on the school website and through ParentMail as and when they are applicable. We will also send out a termly newsletter to tell you about our new topics! You can find links to games and resources on our class pages on the school website.


If you need to speak to your class teacher, please be mindful that the mornings and straight after school are always busy as we greet/dismiss the children. Feel free to wait around until there is a break or you can email your questions or concerns to our Year 1 email address including your child’s name and class in the subject line and main body of the email so it can be directed to the appropriate teacher. Thank you so much for your co-operation and we aim to respond to all emails within 48 hours.




Curriculum Information for Summer Term:


In Phonics the children will continue with the Read Write Inc. program. This is where they will learn to use sounds to improve their reading and writing. We learn new sounds or alternative spellings daily and apply these sounds to spell new words! The weekly spellings we send home for homework will be based on the Read Write Inc. sound order and will get progressively harder over the year. Challenge words will be provided once children are used to the format of our spelling tests.


In English the children will work on developing a love of reading through a variety of exciting books, poems, and rhymes! Every child will be working hard to use the sounds they know to make phonetic spellings, write on the line, use finger spaces, and start using capital letters and full stops. This term the children will learn all remaining letters in our school handwriting style. Please do not encourage your child to join (even if they have older siblings that do!) as this skill is taught in Year 2. Please encourage them to write using these skills when completing homework or writing at home for fun.


In Maths we will be focusing on reading and writing numbers to and from 100!  We will be teaching multiplication and division as number patterns, sharing and grouping. Later in the term we will be learning simple fractions, looking at position and directions, place value within 100, money, and time. The homework we send will match what do in school each week.


In Geography we will be learning about Hot and Cold places around the world.


In History we will be discovering castles! We begin by learning about the different kinds of castles (motte and bailey, stone keep, and concentric) and when they were built, parts of a castle's defence, and people that live and work in the castle.


In Science we will be learning about the Season: Spring and plants. We will investigate sights, sounds, and weather of the new season. In plants, the children will learn to identify parts of a plant and tree, what plants and trees need to grow, and to name some local plants in our area!


Other Key Information:


PE kits need to be brought into school ASAP. If your child does not have a full kit then they will be unable to participate. We will send kits home to be washed every half term or as needed. It is a good idea to keep shorts and full length bottoms in your child’s PE kit so they are prepared for the outdoor sessions. Please ensure that each piece of kit (including shoes) is labelled with your child’s name as they are easily mixed up when the uniform looks the same!


PE days:

Pear- Tuesday & Friday

Pineapple- Tuesday & Wednesday

Plum- Monday & Thursday


Homework will be posted every Friday after school on Google Classroom. You can find your child's log in details on the inside of their reading record book. It is important that your child completes the homework each week. Homework will consist of a weekly spelling list that will be tested on the following Friday, some maths relating to our topic, and occasionally a piece of science, history or geography. Spelling results will be recorded on Google Classroom for you to see and incorrect words will be noted in the comment section for extra practice at home. You may assist your child with typing but please be aware that we always know which children have done the work using their own ideas.


Reading books are required to be in school daily. It is expected that the children practice reading daily at home for a minimum of 10 minutes.  Please note that we encourage reading in many different formats including independent reading done by the child, shared reading between the child and another person (sibling, parent, carer, family friend, etc.), and listening to reading! Reading a variety of other books to your children is also important so they can hear how words flow together to form sentences, and develop a greater range of vocabulary.


When your child has done independent or shared reading, please record this in the reading record books. You may also include non-school books in your child’s reading record. If it is a book you are reading together, please write “shared reading”. We will be checking reading records throughout the week to monitor reading. It is part of the whole school’s reading policy that children that are not reading at home at least 3 times weekly will be required to read at playtime at the end of the week.


At home, please encourage the children to sound out (not guess) the words and ask your child questions to make sure they have understood what they have read. It is very important that you assist your child’s learning at home by allowing them to use their new sounds, increase confidence over time and develop a love of reading!


Please could you also have a spare set of clothes (underwear, tights/leggings/trousers) in your child’s bag in case of any unexpected accidents.


Thank you and we look forward to a fantastic Summer term!

The Year One Team

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