Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

 Welcome to Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Moynihan

TA: Mrs Kevin, Mrs Cahill and Ms Herrero


Welcome to Summer Term in Year 1


Welcome back to our summer term in Year 1! The sun is shining on what is going to be a wonderful term ahead, with lots to look forward to. 


We will be learning about the UK in Geography, focusing on the different countries, capital cities and seas that surround us.  We will then move on to look at hot and cold areas of the world.  In science we will be learning about animals, including humans.  We will learn to identify, name, sort and compare different types of animals.  Our over arching theme in PSHE is health and well-being and I look forward to discuss ways to keep safe and healthy with the children. This is only part of what we will be learning this term, please see the Key Stage 1 long-term plan for more information.



As was the case last term, I will teach reading through our daily English lessons and phonic sessions.  In addition, an adult will hear each child in the class read once a week on their allocated reading day.  Please continue to read at home each night and record this in their reading record. With our phonics screening test approaching in June, any extra reading at home would be a great support to the children and will help them to feel more confident with their sounds.



Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and is due back in on a Monday, as it was last term. Please make sure that it is back on the Monday, so that I have time to check it and get the following week’s homework in the folder by Wednesday. Homework will mainly be revision of objectives covered in class.



PE lessons will be on a Monday and Friday 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 a tracksuit as most of our lessons will be outside this term.  I would suggest leaving the PE kits in school and taking them home to wash at the end of a half-term.



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 can not provide cups for the children, so it is very important that they have their own water bottle. 

I hope that this information has helped but please do not hesitate to pop in to school to see me if you have any further questions.  I can not believe that we are on the summer term already, I am looking forward to a fantastic last term with my wonderful class!


Thank you,

Natasha Moynihan

Phonics and Reading

At Monksmead, we have been following '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.  Recently the Government produced a new list of validated schemes and 'Letters and Sounds' is not on this list.  For this reason, we are now in the process of changing to a new scheme called Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS).  We will be sending out more details about the new scheme to our families soon.

For reading, we have been using 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.  However, as we are now in the processing of changing to ELS, we are also updating our reading books so that they are fully aligned with our new scheme.