Y1/2: Mr Murphy's Class 2019 - 2020

Mr Murphy

Welcome to the Summer Term

Welcome back! I hope you have had a great break and are looking forward to our Summer Term. As always I am available prior to school and after school each day if there are ever any concerns or you as parents need to talk. 

What’s happening this term

Our topic this term is Space. We will spend time looking at the First Moon Landing and the recent anniversary. Why don't you see what any family members can remember about the event from 1969. In R.E. we will be looking at the parables of Jesus. During our science lessons we will be investigating materials. 

Class rules

During the first week we will take time to discuss our class rules and our expectation for the children with then classroom. 


The children will have time to settle in to KS1 before we start sending homework home as detailed below.

The children will have spellings come home every week on a Monday and will then have them checked in school on the following Monday morning. Their spellings will reflect the phonics stage they are working within and children will not all have the same spellings. 

Maths homework will also been sent out by your child’s maths teacher (which may be different to their class teacher.) This too will come out on Monday and is expected back in on the following Monday. Please make every effort to ensure your child completes their homework as it helps to support what they have been learning in class and builds up good attitudes to work and learning.


Reading is essential to your child being able to access the curriculum and the best thing you can do to support them is to read as often as possible with them. This could be anything from 5-10 minutes or as long as your child is engaged and wants to read. Find a quiet time when possible and make it a special time where they have your full attention. We understand that with out of school activities it is not always possible to read every night but we would encourage you to do it as often as possible as this is what will help your child to progress quicker. Please sign your child’s diary every time they read at home and feel free to write any notes or use the diary to ask us anything about their reading. The children will earn certificates for the number of times they read at home starting with white award for 15 times and going up to Diamond for 150 times.

Reading books can be changed by your child every day. This is done after register in the afternoon. We will ask the children who need to do a book change and the onus is on them to then go and change their book in order to build up their independence. I if your child forgets to do this, come with them to let us know at the end of the day and we can remind them of the correct time to swap books and also let them go and choose a new one,

The expectation when it is your child’s day to read is that they bring us their reading record to be signed as their group is called to read.


We will be focusing on Rubgy and Gymnastics during PE this term. These sessions will be on a Monday and Friday and Rugby will be outside, weather permitting. Please ensure children have their hair tied back and any earrings removed or taped on these days. They may wish to bring trainers as opposed to pumps given the activities they will be participating in. PE kits should be in school at all times. 

Useful websites

Get ahead of the game and read up on the Normans and William the Conqueror:

Encourage your child to learn a language for free at www.duolingo.com

Take them along to one of the many regular events at Chester Library! https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/libraries/find-a-library/chester-library/chester-library-at-storyhouse.aspx

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