Park Mead Primary

Eddie the Penguin Saves the World songs 

 Welcome to Year 1



Mrs Fisher


Monday and Tuesday

Mrs Tickner


Wednesday to Friday

Miss Cripps


Monday to Friday

Mrs Harris

Teaching Support 


Mrs Horler

Teaching Support






Key Days for your diary:

PE Days

On these days your child must attend school in their PE kit.  The correct colour t-shirt for their house and either shorts or jogging bottoms depending on the weather.  They may wear either their school jumper/cardigan or dark jumper on these days.  Your child will need either trainers or plimsolls but they must be comfortable to wear for the duration of the day and to run around in.   

Please ensure they are warm enough to take part in outdoor PE as where possible we will be outside. 

Tuesday and Wednesday 1FT

Monday and Wednesday 1C


If you have any school library books at home these will need to be returned before issuing any new books to your child.  If you are unsure of the books you have at home please let us know with a note in their reading record.  

Each fortnight we will visit the library as a class, allowing your child the opportunity to choose their own book to share with you.  This book is for enjoyment and may not match your child's reading ability.  Use these books to feed their imagination ready for story writing in Year 1. 

Monday (every 2 weeks - the classes will alternate their weeks)

1FT 1C
25th April 3rd May
9th May 16th May
23rd May 7th June
13th June 20th June
27th June 4th July
11th July 18th July

Homework - Reading

We would ask the read with your child as often as possible.  The children will bring home reading books that match their phonic and decoding levels.  Reading regularly is the most effective way to support your child's progress.   

Change Books on:

Friday - allowing, ideally, for 3 reads of each book before changing.

Read once for decoding - sounding out the words 

Read the second time for fluency -  can your child read it with some pace and expression

Read a third time for understanding - take time to talk about the story - What did your child like or dislike? How did the characters feel?  What do you think might happen next?


Our English unit of work this half term is based on writing a action tale with a focus on description, particularly creating interest and intrigue. Our focus text is the story 'Supertato '  

Year 1 Non negotiables

Please reinforce our Year 1 non-negotiables for writing at home. These are:

  • Using our cursive handwriting, forming our letters correctly, starting on the line
  • Sitting our letters on the line and ensuring ascending (tall) and descending (long) letters reach high/low enough. 
  • Putting finger spaces in between words.
  • Using capital letters at the beginning of each sentence and for proper nouns.
  • Using full stops at the end of sentences.


Your child will take part in phonics lessons daily which will support their reading and writing.  The reading scheme is in line with the phonics phases to give your child practise of the sounds they are learning and linked tricky words.  To support your child's phonic development please refer to the back on the Songbirds book for the focus sounds and all books are stickered with the phonic phase.  The books have prompts to support parents in their child's phonic and reading development (they can be found on the reserve of the cover). 


Please continue to read with your child as often as possible.  Books will be changed on a Friday. We will assess your child's reading throughout the year to ensure they are progressing.

When reading spend time looking at the pictures in the book with your child, can they predict the story?  Depending on your child's enjoyment of reading you may wish to read the book to them first, share the book page by page or let your child read the whole book to you.  You will have the book at home for several evenings, please read the book at least twice, ideally 3 times, with your child.  Reading the same book several times allows work on fluency and expression alongside the skills of decoding and comprehension. 


Reading Home Learning: - Free eBook library when you create a username and password.


We use White Rose Maths as the basis of all our Maths planning at Park Mead. 

This half term our unit focus is 'Multiplication and division'.  Don't forget your children have Numbots logins and can use this to consolidate their basic number skills - the programme moves at the child's pace as they progress through the levels..  The ethos of White Rose is to ensure your child has a secure understanding of the basic number system, that can then be transferred to larger numbers.



Our topic this term is 'Gardener's World'. We will be looking at the key features of plants, how we grow and look after them   as planting some of of own for the Year 1 garden. 


Websites and Activities: 

Maths Websites: - Your child will have brought home a log in for this website - it is learning times tables so please use with caution as it will be tricky.

Phonics Websites:  - Mr Thorne Network - Mr Thorne teaches the sounds with the help of Geraldine the Giraffe. - Interactive games for all phases of phonics. - Phonic games linked to all phases to reinforce learning. - Interactive games for phonics and reading. - Link the children's learning to the correct phase and play the games to reinforce the sounds. - Various games and activities. 

Reading Websites: - Free eBook library when you create a username and password.


Please do try to read with your child as much as possible - sharing stories is equally as important as accessing school reading scheme texts. 

To access Reading Cloud, click here.        

Pie Corbett is the creator of the Talk4Writing scheme of work we follow in English. Here you will find suggestions for key books for each year group and activities linked to them: 

Pie Corbett's Reading Spine



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