Summer Year 1

Welcome to Year 1’s Summer Term

Take a look at what we’ll be exploring this term………


We will begin the term by exploring a range of fictional texts relating to our theme which is all about Pirates (ooooarghh!)     The first book we’ll be reading is called ‘The Night Pirates’ by Peter Harris & Deborah Allwright which is a fantastic pirate adventure story about a boy called Tom who joins a crew of girl pirates in a quest to find treasure across the high seas. We’ll also be using a book called ‘Molly Rogers Pirate Girl’ by Cornelia Funke to support our understanding of this genre including: story structure and language features. We’ll use ‘Talk for Write’ strategies to retell the story and innovate our writing by using a story map. Later on this term we’ll be reading some pirate poetry including ‘Pirates’ by Valerie Bloom to inspire our own poetry writing. We will also be learning to write instructions on how to make our very own pirate hat.

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules



Mulitiplication and Division

Building upon the counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s work we’ve completed during the Spring term, we’ll be introducing the concept of multiplication and division through learning to double, half (make equal groups) and making simple arrays. We will also introduce fractions by learning about how some shapes can be split into equal halves and quarters.

Position and Direction

We will be exploring position and direction by using key vocabulary: ‘quarter turn’, half a turn’, ‘three quarters of a turn’ and ‘whole turn’.

Numbers to 100

Building upon our numbers to 50 work, we’ll be learning to count to 100, exploring number patterns using number grids,  ordering and sequencing numbers and learning how to apply our existing knowledge of number bonds to numbers up to 100.


We will continue to review our learning about: days of the week, months of the year and seasons. During this unit we’ll be learning to use new vocabulary: before and after, learning how to use a calendar, how to tell the time to the hour and half hour and how to write time.


We’ll be recognising and counting coins : 1p, 2p, 5p, 20p, 50p £1 & £2 and recognising notes: £5, £10, £20 & £50



This term’s topic is all about ‘Plants’ and we’ll be learning to recognise the common features, similarities and differences between plants and trees. We’ll learn about the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants and how to identify, name and describe the main parts of a plant, including trees. We will be learning the meaning of ‘evergreen’ and ‘desiduous’ and we’ll grow our own plants which the children can observe throughout the term. This year, Corrie Primary & Nursery School is entering the Tatton Park Schools garden competition and each year group is growing plants so that they can contribute to our competition entry. Fingers crossed!

We will also be finishing our unit on ‘Changing Seasons’. The children have been learning about each season throughout the year and have already completed some investigations in school to find out about the weather. The children will be exploring nature during the summer term through a series of outdoor lessons including our recent introduction of Forest school. We will finish the unit by completing our seasonal data strip and comparing/contrasting information across the four seasons. Hopefully we’ll have time to arrange a lovely summer walk down to the river.



‘Ooooarhhh me hearties’ and ‘Shiver Me Timbers’. Our topic this term is learning all about pirates and treasure! We will be learning about who pirates were and when & why they sailed around the world. To do this we’ll be identifying and learning about the world’s oceans and compare/contrast our own town of Denton with a town on the Carribean Islands. We will be learning some basic map skills and complete a local Geographical study. Children will also learn about some famous pirates including the notorious English pirate, ‘Blackbeard’. We will be using our DT skills to make pirate hats, bandanas and flags!

We’ll conclude our ‘Pirates’ unit with an exciting end of year Pirate Party!

Keep an eye out for our Pirates themed Homework menu. Children need to complete one piece of homework per week from the menu.



This term we will be studying a unit titled, ‘What does it mean to belong to a faith community?’ Children will think and explore what belonging means to them. We will will learn about how religious people show they belong to their faith community, about the ways babies are welcomed in religions faiths and the promises made at weddings. Children will think about their own network of belonging and how we all belong to someone.



The children will follow the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and this term will be learning how to create media using digital writing. They will learn how to use a keyboard, how to add and delete information, explore the tool bar and change information using choices that they can explain to others.

Later in the term they will continue with the creative media unit by learning how to use a computer to digitally paint. They will learn about the tools available to draw and paint using freehand, how to draw and paint lines & shape, how to select the size of paintbrushes to create different effects and use the skills learnt to create a piece of art in the style of an artist.



Following our Charanga scheme, children will be following a unit called, ‘Your Imagination’ followed by a unit called, ‘Reflect, Rewind & Replay’. Children will learn to sing a song throughout the unit which they will perform at the end of the unit. Children will also play the Glockenspiel and recorder to accompany the song they’ve learnt. Children will listen and appraise a range of songs throughout both units using: Pitch, pulse & rhythm and tempo to describe, compare & contrast the pieces of music.



Our Jigsaw topics for this term are ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’. In ‘Relationships’ we will be learning about families and how they can be diverse, friendships and what good qualities we look for in a friend, appropriate ways to greet friends and people who can help us in our school community.

In ‘Changing Me’ we will look at the life cycles of animals and humans, identify ways that our bodies have changed since being a baby, identify girl and boy parts of the body using scientific vocabulary and discuss changing and growing as part of our development.

Please note that there will be a dedicated parents/carers meeting to discuss and inform you about the lessons in our ‘Changing Me’ unit.



The children will continue to follow the ‘Primary Passport Curriculum’ which the KickStart team will support us to deliver. In the first half term, children will be learning about Athletics with a focus on how to run and jump using different styles of jumping. They will also learn to throw a javelin. In the last half term, children will be developing their invasion games skills by learning to: dribble a ball with either hand, receiving and trapping a ball, passing a ball using bounce and combining a jump with passing a ball.

At Corrie we monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday this term.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school all week, every week as we may change sessions and because we monitor having a kit to wear as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.



Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. As children progress through Reading Eggs, they are awarded with reading certificates which we check weekly, print off in school and celebrate in class. This has proven to be a great motivator for children as they become proud and confident readers. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Homework books along with Google Classroom logins. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.)

We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly for each book in line with school policy.

We will send home two ‘reading’ books each week:

The first is a ‘phonically decodable’ book. This just means that with practice children should be able to read the words by ‘sounding out’ (saying each letters sound and then blending them together to read the word). This book will be closely matched with the phonics your child is learning at school. We will send this book home with your child until they can recall the letter sound matches and use blending to read the words to you.

The second book is a ‘read to me’ book. This will be changed every week. This book will contain words your child may not be able to decode using their phonics.You should read this book to them encouraging them to point to the words as you say them, joining in where they can. This will build your child’s sight vocabulary.

We will check reading records and change reading books as appropriate once per week every Wednesday. Howeverplease make sure your child has their reading books and diary in school every day as we sometimes have opportunity to do extra reading or to change books more frequently.



In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths and/or a reading task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Pirates homework menu.

Children are encouraged to be as creative as they wish and can choose how to present their homework so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O. Mrs. Ethel, Miss. Richards or Mrs. Hodkinson

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.


On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

Welcome Back Reception!


Welcome to Corrie!

Everyone in the Reception Team hopes you had a wonderful half term break and  Easter Holiday! We are incredibly excited to see you all!

The Reception team would like to welcome you to our year group page.

Here you will find information about what your child has been learning in Reception and how you can help them at home. This page will be updated with information about current and future topics.

What does your child need for Reception?

  • A school uniform and shoes
  • A water bottle
  • A coat
  • A pair of wellies
  • A set of spare clothes in a soft bag to hang on their peg.
  • A smile!

Please label all of your child’s belongings with their name.

What learning will your child be exploring this half term?

This half term our key themes will be around Traditional Tales. We will also be exploring lots of different celebrations including St. George’s Day, World Bees Day and of course the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Here are our key texts for this half term:

George and the Dragon: Wormell, Christopher: 9780241370407: Books    Jack and the Beanstalk by Nick Sharratt, Stephen Tucker | Waterstones        Jasper's Beanstalk: Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen: 9780340945117: Books    The Queen's Hat (The Queen Collection) : Antony, Steve: Books

  • George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell
  • Jack and the Beanstalk by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker
  • Once Upon a Time by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker
  • Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
  • The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony



In Maths, in addition to following their own interests the children will be developing our

  • Counting Skills –  to be able to count on and count back, to take away by counting back, to count to and from 20.
  • Numerical Patterns – doubling, halving and sharing.



In addition to following their own interests, our learning in English will be developed through the key texts above. The specific aims we will be working towards are,

  • How to retell a story.
  • How to write a sentence.
  • How to share our thoughts and feelings.
  • How to create my own story.
  • How to write instructions.
  • How to describe movement.


Our Core Rhymes and Songs:

Each half term, we have a selection of core rhymes and songs that the children will learn off by heart. Here are the five for this half term for you to share at home too.



In Phonics, the children will be learning the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Phonics sounds and key words. These will be sent as homework for the children to practice at home attached to their reading logs.

We use the Story Time Phonics scheme to teach phonics. It supports the Phonics Planning of Letters and Sounds by learning the actions to the song for each new letter sound and the actions.


Outdoor Learning

The children have access to the outdoor area where we develop children’s creative ideas through different role-play areas enhanced with quality play equipment. The outdoor learning gives children the platform to learn and explore through all the areas of the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum.


Learning at Home

For your child’s homework each week, they will bring home a reading book and a library book to share with you.

Please record any reading completed at home in their reading log, we ask you to read at least twice a week with your child and to ensure that they bring their books to school every day. Your child’s reading books will be changed every Monday and Wednesday, whereas their library book will be changed every Wednesday.

In addition to this reading, your child will bring home a selection of key words and phonics tasks to complete and practice with at home throughout the week.  Here’s a list of Reception’s Phase 2 Key Words – Phase 2 Key Words Mat and Phase 3 Key words – Phase 3 Key Word Mat

Every Friday, your child will bring their homework book home to complete an activity that supports their learning that has taken place that week, which you can choose with your child from the menu below. These can be completed in any order. They can be completed in their homework book or presented and shared in any way that they choose. For example, photographs and videos taken can be shared by email at Their homework is due the following Wednesday every week. Here’s our current Homework Menu – Traditional Tales Reception Summer 1 Homework Menu

Your child also has access to Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics (accessed through Reading Eggs), their login details are in their Reading Log and Homework Book.

Learning outside of school

We are also really looking forward to our trip to the immersive Fairy Tales exhibition at Z-Arts. Take a look by following the link –

Happy Learning from the Reception class team.

Mrs Macdonald, Mrs Baguley and Miss Machin

Summer Term in 3L

Summer term in year 3

Welcome to the final term of year 3, we have a busy and action-packed term ahead!


PE lessons will be every Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school. This should be black shorts, pumps and a plain white t shirt or Corrie PE top.


Please find below what we will be learning about:

Autumn 1


In maths we will continue using Power Maths and will start the term by focusing on fractions before looking at time. Please practise telling the time as much as possible with your child at home. We will then learn about angles and properties of shapes before moving onto mass and capacity.


In English, we will start the term by looking at Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit, which tells the true story of the volcanic eruption in Pompeii in 79AD. Children will look at writing descriptive recounts of the volcano erupting before writing their own newspaper reports about the eruption. We will then look at The Tear Thief by Carol-Ann Duffy about a thief who each night collects the tears of children who cry. We will use this story as inspiration to write a persuasive poster and a letter of explanation. We will continue to embed year 3 SPaG throughout all of our writing.

Topic: Extreme Earth

Our geography topic this term is Extreme Earth. We will look at the structure of the Earth and will be investigating what causes volcanoes and earthquakes. We will then look at the impact of a natural disaster and what to do during a natural disaster. We will learn about other extreme weather such as tornadoes and tsunamis and identify patterns in weather around the world.


Science: Plants and Rocks and Soils

We will continue learning about what plants need and the functions of all the different parts of the plant. We will then move on to learning about Rocks and soils. The children will recognise that below the surface of Earth is rock which they may not be able to see. They will understand that over time rocks have been broken down to form smaller rocks, pebbles, stones and eventually soils. They will recognise that there are different rocks and different soils which have different properties and appearances. Children will identify, name and describe different rocks. They will compare and group different rocks and soils based on appearance and properties.


PHSE: JIGSAW: Relationships and Changing Me

The children will learn how babies grow, outside and inside body changes, family stereotypes and look ahead to next year in school and further as they grow up.

RE: What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?

In RE the children will learn more about the Hindu faith and the different beliefs and traditions. We will then look at what it means for people being a Hindu in modern Britain.

PE: Athletics, hockey, cricket, football

In PE the children will learn about aspects of the above 4 areas, improving their techniques and skills in these sports.

Music: BRASS

During our music lessons the children will have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument with Tameside music service.

Computing: The children will learn about Branching databases and programming with Scratch.

MFL: French

We will complete our work on months and the date, then look at The Very Hungry Caterpillar story in French. After that we will look at the topics of My Family and On the Farm.




Every term the children will receive a ‘Take Away Homework’ a menu of homework activities linked to our Topic. If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to admin@corrie.tameside.sch FAO Mrs Lynch or send it to the Year 3 email address, alternatively you could sent it to us through Google Classroom.


The children will also be set a piece of maths work, linked to their work in class that week and some handwriting/ spelling practice.


Home Reading: Reading a school book is part of your homework. Children should read at least twice week and signed by an adult. Reading books will get checked every Wednesday. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given and all activities completed (if applicable) Your child should have their reading book in school every day.

Homework will be sent home every Friday and is expected to be returned to school by the following Wednesday.

Remember TTRockstars is part of your child’s homework. This term the children have a challenge to reach 1000 points by the end of the first half term. If they manage to achieve this target we will have a special reward session.



REMEMBER: all homework needs to be completed each week and handed in by each Wednesday to achieve GREEN for Homework in your Assertive Mentoring. If you hand it in on Thursday you will achieve YELLOW. If your homework is not completed you will receive RED for that week.




You will need to regularly revise the year 2 spelling list and learn the Year 3 spelling lists.

Practicing Spellings At Home

Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words

Year 3 Spelling Rules and Examples


Other important information:

  • Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform.
  • Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school (it will be sent home every half term to wash)
  • Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.
  • Please ensure your school water bottle is in school every day.

All the equipment you need is supplied for you in school. Please do not bring in your own pencils, rubbers etc from home.


We are really looking forward to this busy final term with you in year 3.

Mrs Lynch and Mrs Hall