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Our topic for this half term is Explorers! We will be learning about three different explorers – Captain Cook and Captain Scott. These explorers are very important as they contributed to the geographical understanding of the world as we know it!


We will be learning all about our topic through most lessons, including PE! We hope that a cross curricular approach will really engage and immerse the children into all things ‘Explorers’. To develop our writing, we will be writing instructions, stories and reliving a day of an explorer through a recount (diary entry).


In Maths, we will be developing our understanding of place value of numbers to 100. It is really important that we embed our previous learning of place value to make sure we understand the numbers properly. After that, we will be looking into the ‘real maths’ aspect of money and time; something that all children need to learn to manage daily life. We hope that you will encourage their learning of both time and money in practical situations at home.


Cursive Handwriting

Year 1 Spellings



This week’s homework is based on money. We have started to learn about coin recognition (which the children were really good at) and some children have started to think about what coins we would use to make a certain amount.

On the homework sheet, there are 3 different activities: mild, medium and spicy. The mild activity is the easiest, the medium is in the middle and spicy is the most difficult.

We expect that your child completes one of these sheets. Have a chat with your child and talk about how confident they are feeling with money and then pick the one that is most suited to them. We do use mild, medium and spicy chilli challenges in class so they should have some idea already!

The deadline for this homework is Friday 29th June.

If you require a paper copy, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Chilli challenge homework


A huge thank you to all the children and their adults for all their hard work with the chilli challenges this half term


This term’s chilli challenge grid is available below.


The deadline for Summer chilli challenges is Friday 13th July. Please feel free to bring in your chilli challenge masterpieces whenever they are completed. We celebrate the work as and when it comes in so don’t be afraid to bring them to school in ‘dribs and drabs’.


General Information



1HA Monday and Thursday

1HT Tuesday and Thursday


Spellings - given out on Friday and tested the following Friday.


Maths - we have a new online system called MyMaths which some of the children’s maths homework will be set on. Each child has a unique username and password to allow them to log on and access it. The homework set is specific to what we have done in class. Sometimes, there are no activities that are applicable to the learning that has happened. If this is the case, we will send home a homework sheet that will be suitable for your child. This will also be available on the website.


Reading - please send reading records and books to school everyday. Once your child has read to you, sign the reading record and comment if you wish. Children can change their reading books when we can see that the book has been read at least once at home. Please don't be afraid to read a book a second or third time with your child - every little bit of reading is practise!


Talk to us - if you would like to discuss your child we are usually available after 3.25pm (after we have safely seen the children out) or you can make an appointment via the school office.



The Royal Wedding celebrations

On Friday 18th May, St. Matthew's gathered together to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It was a sea of red, white and blue in the school hall during assembly! In year 1, we decided that everyone should be a Duke or a Duchess for the day so just before our Street Party, each child made a crown fit for royalty! At lunchtime, everyone had a street party on the Key Stage 2 playground to celebrate.

From everyone in Year 1, we wish the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex huge congratulations on their wedding day and wish them all the happiness in their future together.