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Homelinks Year 1

Our Topic this term is…

Around the World in 80 Bricks

Week beginning:14th May 2018  

Here are some areas we shall be looking at in class this week

that you could try at home...


This week in English we are celebrating the Royal Wedding! We are starting the week by reading Babette Cole’s classic, ‘Princess Smartypants’, as we think that Meghan isn’t your typical princess! Will you be watching the Royal Wedding together? Can you have a discussion with your children about the Royal Family? Who is our Queen? How is Harry related to her? Here is a Newsround article you could read together:


Our new Theme topic is ‘Around the World in 80 Bricks’. During this topic, we will be exploring our planet’s seven continents; as well as looking at geographical skills such as map reading and being able to recognise physical and human features. Please see our Year 1 homework on the website for some activity ideas! Below are some links to the fun songs we listening to in class to help our learning.

Seven continents song  Five oceans song Do you have any maps at home that you could look at together? Can you spot any places that you have visited? Are the features physical or human?


This half term, Year 1’s PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Can we please remind you to ensure that your child’s PE kits are in schools at all times? If it is absolutely necessary to take your child’s kit home, please do so on a Friday and return it first thing on Monday. Their PE kit must consist of blue or black shorts/jogging bottoms, a blue Haydon Abbey PE top and a pair of trainers or plimsolls.


We appreciate all of the efforts that you are making at home to support your child with their Common Exception words and Obb and Bob word sorting. Your additional support at home is invaluable. Please can you bring phonics into your daily discussions with your children? Especially when you are reading. You could ask them what sounds they have learnt about in phonics that day and ask them to write it for you. Alphablocks is a great Cbeebies TV show for your child to watch to further embed their phonics knowledge. If you have any questions about the approaching Phonics Screening Test then please don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

On Friday 18th May, we will be heading out into the playground for royal wedding celebrations! The children will be celebrating with a ‘street party’, whilst having the opportunity to complete some fun activities. In keeping with the theme of the day, children are also invited to wear patriotic red, white and blue or their regal finest for the day!

Dates for your diary

Race for Layla: Friday 25th May

Break up for May half term: Friday 25th May

Phonics Screening Test Week commencing Monday 11th June

KS1 Sports Day Wednesday 20th June

Transition Days Monday 2nd – Wednesday 4th July

Circus Skills Day Wednesday 11th July

Phase Assembly Thursday 12th July