Park Mead Primary

Welcome to Year 1

Summer Term 


Mrs Fisher




Mrs Tickner




Miss Osbourne




Mrs Harris


Teaching support 

Mrs Clement-Smith


Teaching support

Mrs Jefferies





Phonics Screening Check Preparation 

Please click on the link below to read further information about how you can help your child at home. 



St James' CE Primary School - Little Wandle Phonics- Screening Test  information         Phonics Screening Check -




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 Friday 1FT

Monday and Wednesday 10


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. 


Homework - Reading, Numbots and Spelling Shed

We would ask that you read to and 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.   


Numbots - 10-15 minutes a week 


Spelling Shed 5 games a week 

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 fiction 'action' tale based on the story of 'Supertato'. We will be focusing on description using similes and onomatopoeia. 




Year 1 Non negotiables

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

  • Using our print 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.


We will be following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics and reading. Phonics involves breaking words down in to the smallest units of sound and teaching children how these sounds are represented with letters. 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 practice of the sounds they are learning and linked tricky words.  The books the children will bring home have prompts to support parents in their child's phonic and reading development (they can be found on the reverse of the cover).


An overview of the phase 5 graphemes children learn in Year 1



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.

 You will have the book at home for several evenings. Please read the book at least twice, ideally 3 times, with your child and talk about the story.  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 'Coasts'. We will be looking at location, features and comparing a variety of coastal beaches. We will also look at different habitats.  

The best beaches in the UK | 52 beautiful spots | CN Traveller


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


Links to the Little Wandle phonics videos:


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Park Mead Primary School, Park Drive, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7HB

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