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Here you will find what is happening in class 1. There will be curriculum help and links to other websites.

Class 1 Summer Term Newsletter

Dear Parents and Pupils,

The summer term is already upon us, and Easter break is fast becoming a distant memory!

We have a fun filled and action-packed summer term ahead of us!

Activities relating to Britain in Bloom are already underway and should keep us busy until the end of term.

We have the Summer Fair this Sunday (8th May), which I am really looking forward to, as we haven’t been able to have one for so long!

The Queen’s Jubilee Fairtrade Afternoon Tea, (June 8th) will also be a lovely family event, not to be missed!

I am delighted to say that we have welcomed some new children into the class. In Nursery we have Cooper and in Reception we have Minty.

We have an exciting Learning Context to start the summer term – On Our Doorstep! This topic will allow to explore where we live, visit places of interest in our locality and celebrate all things Cumbrian! As there is a statue of Queen Victoria in Bitts Park, we are also learning about her and the Victorian era!

In Art – We will explore colours and colour mixing. We shall look at famous works of art depicting flowers and plants.
In Design and Technology – We will be tasting and evaluating a range vegetables and fruits. We shall sample different flavours of soup and design our own recipe and create recipe cards, and, if time allows, we shall make fruit kebabs!
In Computing - We will be looking at greetings cards and create an e-card using search engines and Word.
In Geography – We will be locating (and visiting) places of interest in Carlisle, create a ‘Come to Carlisle’ guide, and we shall map the school field and gardens.
In History – We will learn about Queen Victoria and the Victorian era and explore historical places of interest in Carlisle.
In Science – We will be investigating green plants. We shall grow plants, create a ‘bean diary’ label plants, learn about photosynthesis and the transportation of water. We shall conduct an experiment to find out what conditions a plant needs to grow well.
In PSHE- In Relationships- We will find out about the NSPCC underwear rule, discuss the difference between being unkind, teasing or bulling, find out who can help us, learn how to listen carefully and how to pass on praise!
In Growing and Changing – We will think about things we can do now that we couldn’t when we were babies, think about how to look after a new baby, label external body parts and veins and find out how to keep privates private!
In PE – We will continue to have Rowan deliver multi-skills each week, Frasier will continue to deliver cricket and in the summer term we will have a tennis coach for the last half term. We shall also be practising for Sports Day ( June 15th) which everyone will be invited to!
In RE – We will learn about prayer and why it is important to Christians and other faiths and how we can appreciate the natural world

All the routines remain the same, the doors open at 8.40 am for an 8.55am register. School finishes at 3.30pm. Please can we ask that parents order lunches at home, it makes life so much easier for staff in that hectic first 15 of the day, if we are not having to chase up lunch orders, especially in class one when the children don’t always know what they like to eat!!

Homework and Reading.
Reception children
All children are well into the routine of reading at home every night. I really cannot stress how important reading is particularly at this early stage of learning. Reading feeds into everything else your child does at school. Please remember you do not have to finish the reading book, 5 or 10 minutes of reading the book, talking about the characters and what has happened in the story is the perfect amount of time.
We will give out spellings and homework on Friday and ask that the spelling book is returned to school on the following Friday.

Year 1 children
All Year 1 children have reading books to read at home each night, weekly homework and a set of phonic related spellings to learn and practise. We will give out homework on Monday and spellings on Friday and ask for both to be returned to school by Friday.


Mrs Evans, Miss Simpson and I are always available for a chat at the start, or the end of any day and we would urge you to come in and see us at your earliest convenience should you have any concerns, or questions about what is happening at school.
Equally, should you need to speak to us on the telephone, or arrange an appointment to speak confidentially to us, please leave a message with Mrs Lawson and we will contact you as soon as we possibly can. You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I check my emails daily and will of course respond accordingly.

If there is no one in the main office, please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Many thanks for taking the time to read such a lengthy letter and hope that you do find the information helpful. We are all really looking forward to the term ahead with your children and hope that they all enjoy the curriculum, visits and other exciting opportunities that we have planned for them.

Yours sincerely,

Lynn Harrison. 


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