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Badsey First School

Badsey First School

Year 1 - Kestrel Class

Summer Term 2022

 Welcome back to the summer term. We are very much looking forward to continuing the children's learning journeys across the whole curriculum, with new and exciting knowledge activators and activities.

Please see our Summer Term 2022 Curriculum Letter here updated April 2022

Who's who in Kestrel class?


Miss Penrose is our full time Year 1 teacher, having taken over from Miss Harris after Easter. She continues to be ably supported full time by Mrs Newman.  Every other Friday, Miss Penrose has her PPA time, when Mrs Thomas covers in class.

What's happening in Kestrel class this term? 

As always the finer details of the learning journeys the children will be studying are on our class letter.  One main fixture in the Year 1 calendar each Summer Term is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check which will take place on the week commencing Monday 6th June 2022 this year.  We will write out with more information about this nearer the time, and remember the video below gives you lots of information about supporting your child with their Phonics at home. 

As always please pop in and see Miss Penrose if you have any questions or concerns.


  • Your child has 2 school reading books.
  • This term, the children will be encouraged to change their books themselves when they are ready to.
  • Please encourage children to continue re-reading their books to help improve fluency.
  • Please bring in book bags every day.
  • Please record any reading your child does at home in their reading record, it all counts towards winning our Badsey Bookworm!


 We are focusing on using capital letters, spaces between words and full stops every time we write, and we use the sound mats below to help us write phonetically.

Sound Mat Phase 2
Sount Mat Phase 3

As we teach specific spellings, these will become 'non-negotiable' and we will expect them to be correct from then on. Here is a list of the year 1 spelling words which the children will be taught throughout the year.


 Here is a video to show you how children learn phonics at Badsey. PLEASE WATCH THIS!

We are now learning phase 5.

Here are the phase 3 sounds the children have already learnt.

Here are the phase 4 blends.

Here are the phase 5 sounds we will be learning later on this half-term.



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