Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

                                                Welcome to Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Moynihan

TA: Mrs Fleetwood and Ms McGinley


Welcome to Summer Term in Year 1


 After what was a very different Spring Term, I want to welcome you all back to Year 1 and what will be a wonderful summer term ahead!


With the prospect of a ‘normal’ summer term, I am very much looking forward to a huge amount of learning and fun in Year 1.  In preparation for the transition into Year 2, the class has a more ‘formal’ approach, with the children working more at tables, with less ‘discovery time.’  This is a change for the children, but one that I am confident they are ready for and will embrace fully.   They will, I am sure, take on the challenge of working more independently – it is exciting for them to become more responsible for their own learning.  I am very excited to be a part of their new learning journey. 


Please have a read of the information below; this should give you a brief overview of the topics that we cover.  Our class timetable has also been uploaded onto the website as has our long term plan.



I will teach reading through our daily English lessons and phonic sessions.  In addition, an adult will hear each child in the class read at least once a week.  Each child will be continue to bring home a reading record and these will be checked when they have their individual reading time. 


Please try your best to read with your child every day, this will help to improve fluency and accuracy and hopefully be a lot of fun to do together.  When the children have read their books and it has been noted in their reading record, they will choose new books to go home on their reading day.



Homework will be given out on a Thursday and is due back in on a Monday.  Please send homework in to school in a homework folder so that work can be neatly stored.  Homework  will be related to work covered in class and is meant as a chance for the children to consolidate their learning.  Most weeks there will be a piece of phonics  work to complete, to consolidate and revise previous sounds.  Most weeks there will also be an English or maths based sheet, but on some occasions I may set work from other curriculum areas, such as topic or science.  If homework is not completed I will work with those children during their break time to help them complete the task set.  This work is in addition to regular reading at home.



PE lessons will be on a Tuesday and Friday every week this term.  Please make sure that your child has their PE kit (named) in school on both days.  Each child will need a pair of plimsolls or trainers for PE and you may wish to also send in a tracksuit for colder days.


Science/Topic/ART & DT

Our science topics for this term are animals including humans and materials.  In topic we will be learning about animals and their habitats and also the history of  transport.  All of our art and DT will link to our topics.



Our RE topics this term are special books and stories from special books.   In PSHE we will be focussing on using the internet safely, jobs in the community and growing and changing.  After half-term our focus will be keeping healthy and safe.



The children will be learning how to code using our coding programme and also how to create images on screen.



Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school so that they can keep hydrated during the day.  Due to hygiene reasons we do not provide cups for the children, and water fountains across school are out of use so it is very important that they have their own water bottle. 


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop in to school to see me, it is ever so important that we work together to provide your child with the very best experience at school.


Thank you


Natasha Moynihan

Phonics and Reading

At Monksmead, we follow 'Letters and Sounds'.  This is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

For reading, we use a scheme called Bug Club Phonics.  This scheme is aligned with the Letters and Sounds SSP (systematic synthetic phonics) programme and meets Department for Education guidance on choosing decodable books for systematic, synthetic phonics.


In Year 1 we learn to:









  • Identify which words appear again and again.
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases.
  • Relate reading to own experiences.
  • Re-read if reading does not make sense.
  • Re-tell with considerable accuracy.
  • Discuss significance of title and events.
  • Make predictions on basis of what has been read.
  • Make inferences on basis of what is being said and done.
  • Read aloud with pace and expression, i.e. pause at full stop; raise voice for question.
  • Recognise:

o   capital letters

o   full stops

o   question marks

o   exclamation marks

o   ellipsis

  • Know why the writer has used the above punctuation in a text.
  • Know difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.

Our phonic scheme is Letters and Sounds

Our reading scheme is Phonics Bug and Bug club from Pearson








      • Write clearly demarcated sentences.
      • Use ‘and’ to join ideas.
      • Use conjunctions to join sentences (e.g. so, but).
      • Use standard forms of verbs, e.g. go/went.
      • Introduce use of:

o   capital letters

o   full stops

o   question marks

o   exclamation marks

      • Use capital letters for names and personal pronoun ‘I’.
      • Write a sequence of sentences to form a short narrative [as introduction to paragraphs].
      • Use correct formation of lower case – finishing in right place.
      • Use correct formation of capital letters.
      • Use correct formation of digits.








      • Count to and across 100, forwards & backwards from any number.
      • Read and write numbers to 20 in numerals & words.
      • Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals.
      • Say 1 more/1 less to 100.
      • Count in multiples of 2, 5 & 10.
      • Use bonds and subtraction facts to 20.
      • Add & subtract:

o   1 digit & 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero.

      • Solve one-step multiplication and division using objects, pictorial representation and arrays.
      • Recognise half and quarter of object, shape or quantity.
      • Sequence events in chronological order.
      • Use language of day, week, month and year.
      • Tell time to hour & half past.