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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

Mrs Lock and Mrs Marshall - Class 1

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Summer Term 2022


In Year 1 Mrs Lock will continue to teach Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Marshall will teach each Thursday and Friday. Mrs Chilton and Miss Maule will continue to be out wonderful teaching partners.


This summer term our topic is 'Africa' and we are looking forward to finding out lots about this incredible continent with it's amazing animals, vibrant art and magnificent music. In Geography we will be learning how to name and locate the seven continents on the world map and to use atlases to name and locate the five oceans of the world. We will also be learning about some of the famous people from Africa who have had an impact on our lives including Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai, who founded the green belt movement, and Mo Farah who inspired us with his talents in sport. In our art lessons we will be looking at the work of  sculptor Barbara Hepworth  as we learn about ways to use natural and manmade materials to create sculptures. We will also look at patterns and explore how this can be applied to clay. In PE we will be developing our ball skills and learning how to play games as a team. During the second half of the summer term we will apply these as we prepare for our sports day. In R.E. we will be learning and reflecting on the stories that Jesus told and in our Heartsmart lessons we will focus on learning how amazing  we all are just by being true to ourselves and the importance of persevering and finding a way through.

Following the half term holiday we will also embark on our final DT project of the year as we design, sew and embellish our own bunting, with inspiration taken from African colours, animals prints and art.


Useful information:

  • Our PE lessons are on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. We would ask that all pupils come to school in their P.E. kits on these days. Our PE will take place outside whenever possible so please ensure that your child has suitable clothing for the changing weather. We also want to utilise our wonderful outdoor area as much as possible so if you are able to make sure your child has a pair of wellingtons and a waterproof coat and/ trousers so that we can go outside all year round. You may wish to include some warmer clothing for our outdoor sessions until the weather gets warmer. Please ensure all extra clothing and footwear is clearly named. 
  • Please may we remind parents to discourage children from bringing toys into class - they can get lost or broken and act as a distraction during valuable learning time. In addition, during current times, we are trying to limit the transfer of objects that travel between home and school. Thank you!



We want all of our children to foster a deep love of reading so please enjoy this journey with them by reading with and to your child, immersing them in sharing favourite stories, talking to them about what they are reading and reading a wide range of fiction, poetry and non fiction to them so that they can broaden their vocabulary and understanding.

We will be arranging a parent's meeting early in the autumn term to explain about our reading strategies and how you can support your child on their reading adventures.


We would ask that all children read to an adult at home at least three times at week and to record this in their reading diaries. Ask your child to tell you about the book to check they are understanding what they are reading not just decoding words. If you are able to do this every day just for a few minutes you will be amazed how much your children will benefit from this. At school we read to the class daily right across the curriculum and teach your child to develop their reading skills so they are able to develop their comprehension skills through class and small group discussions and also differentiated guided reading sessions. We also wish to foster a genuine love of reading and regularly change the selection of books the children can choose to read in school.


As well as a school de-codable reading book, and a reading for pleasure book, we will be sending home some individual words for your child to practise which will aid their sight vocabulary when they come across these words in their books.


Once your child has read and is secure in their understanding of their reading book new books will be issued by school staff.



A Busy Ant newsletter will be emailed at the start of each unit so you can see what we are covering in class. There are some optional activities  for you to support your child with their learning should you wish to use them. We would love to see any photos of this home learning which can be put on your child's portfolio on Class Dojo. 



Spellings and simple dictations will be included in our phonics lessons as we teach the children to blend the sounds to read a word and segment the sounds so that they are able to spell words that are phonetically plausible and write them down. We will also spend one session a week focusing on the tricky words that are taught in each phonics phase to ensure the children can both read and write these accurately. To reinforce the phonics we are learning in class a list of words will be sent home for your child to learn and we will have a spelling test on a Friday morning each week. A copy of the spelling lists can be found below along with a Look Cover Write Check sheet to support your child to learn these words.


We will be using Class Dojo to keep you updated of upcoming events or additional information. Please keep an eye open for posts on our class story and feel free to send us messages using the dojo messaging during working hours. We will endeavour to respond at the earliest possible opportunity.


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Greater than less than home learners

Go to the end of this powerpoint to find a game aimed at practising reading numbers written as words.

How to help your child to be ready for Year 1 and for help with blending sounds.

Help with phonemes...

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Here is a short video to help you with the pronunciation of the sounds we teach the children. An important tip is to avoid adding an uh to sounds as this can make blending sounds more tricky.

Phonics terminology and definitions:

Pure Sounds – pronouncing the sounds of letters and combinations of letters correctly, for example not saying ‘muh’ but ‘mmmmm’. Avoid trying to say an ‘uh’ at the end of the sound. I uploaded a video to the Facebook page showing how to pronounce the sounds in Phase 2 and Phase 3.

Oral blending – hearing a series of sounds and merging them together to say the word, for example an adult says ‘b-u-s’ and the child says ‘bus’.

Blending – children see a word, say those individual sounds in the word and then merges those sounds together to hear the whole words like
c-a-t makes ‘cat’. This is vital for reading.

Segmenting – the opposite to blending. Children break up the word into its component sounds. This is vital for spelling and writing words.

Phoneme – The smallest unit of sound. There are approximately 44 in the English language to learn.

Grapheme – the written form of a phoneme. They can be made up of different numbers of letters for example 1 letter – s, 2 letters – ai, 3 letters – igh.

Digraph – two letters that make one phoneme, for example oo, oa, ee

Trigraph – three letters that make one phoneme, for example ear, igh, air

Split digraph – perhaps you know this as the’magic e’? It is when a digraph (ie) has been split and a consonant has been placed in the middle. The ‘ie’ is still making the sound despite a letter in the middle. There are five split digraphs to learn
i_e like in time
a_e like in cake
o_e like in joke
e_e like in theme
u_e like in tube

Decoding/decodable – being able to ‘sound out’ the word into its componant phonemes.

Polysyllabic – a word that is made up of more that one syllable.

Tricky words – there are words within each of the phonics phases that cannot be decoded and sounded out. These words just need to be learnt by sight. Sometimes a tricky word taught within a phase can become a decodable word once your child moves up the phases, for example ‘out’ and ‘like’

High Frequency words – these are words that occur most often in books and stories. They can be both decodable or tricky words.

Non-words/Alien Words – Words that can be decoded but are made up and do not make sense. These words really test phonics skills. If a child has good phonic knowledge they will be able to decode both real and alien words.

Sound buttons – a button drawn or placed under each individual grapheme. Every time the button is pressed your child makes the sound and then blends all the sounds together to read the words. The word ‘cat’ would have three dot sounds buttons and ‘moon’ would also have three but the ‘oo’ would have a longer line button underneath.

CVC – Consonant, vowel, consonant. These can be simple three letter words like ‘mat’ but also the word ‘rain’ is a CVC word as the ‘ai’ is a vowel digraph in the middle. This is the same for words like moon, chain, sheet. The ‘ch’ and ‘sh’ are a consonant digraph and one sound. The word ‘boy’, for example, even though has 3 letters is not a CVC word as it only has two phonemes b-oy. This is the same for words like cow, tie, say.

Alliteration – words that begin with the same phoneme (snake, sock, scissors, star)

Letter formation – the way each individual letter is formed. Children will need to learn where they need to start for each letter.

Recommended reading lists for Year 1


Best Books for Year 1 | Ages 5-6 Recommended Reads | BooksForTopics



Parent/ Carer Reading Comprehension Questions

Please use the powerpoint slides below to help your child practise their phonemes. Start with Phase 2 and practise each phase until they are confident with all their grapheme/phoneme knowledge up to phase 5.

Non negotiables for core subjects Y1

Writing end of year expectations

Playdough is brilliant for building muscle strength that is needed for pencil grip and letter formation. It is easy to make and can be used in many ways: try rolling it into lengths and use these to form letters or numbers. Or write words using sounds and use the playdough as 'sound buttons' to press as they say each sound.

Diary Notes 2022


First Day of Summer Term 1 - Tuesday 19th April 2022

Year 1 Phonics Screening - Week beginning Monday 6 June

Thoroton Fete Saturday 2nd July

30 Days Wild in June is a daily activity challenge organised by The Wildlife Trust to promote health and wellbeing through enjoying a daily activity in the great outdoors whilst appreciating all that nature has to offer us. We hope you will join us in getting outdoors and adventurous and letting us know what you have been up to by sending in photos or videos of your wild adventures. Why not start off with a wild outdoor breakfast. Scroll down to find links to downloadable resources and activities to get you started on your adventures but above all -have fun!