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Summer 1

Year 1 have loved learning outdoors and this will be a large part of their education this term. With our Creepy Crawlies topic. Lots of exciting activities await….


We will begin to multiply and divide. This will be by grouping amounts ‘arrays’. The children will count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will continue to practice doubling and halving amounts and know more from memory.

For fractions, the children will find halves and quarters firstly with shapes and then with amounts.

Then we will move onto position and directions.  For this, the children

Vocabulary: multiply, divide, count, array, share, equal, left, right, forwards, backwards, above, below.


Our topic will be ‘Mini-beasts’

We will read lots of great stories based around mini-beasts such as ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘Spinderella’, The Bad Tempered Ladybird’, ‘The Very Busy Spider’, ‘Snail’.

Non-fiction books about creepy crawlies will be used for the children to learn about the different creatures, their lifecycles and habitats. The children will write their own stories with a mini-beast character and fact files about mini-beasts.

Vocabulary: verb, noun, adjective, non-chronological, fiction, non-fiction, research, capital letter, apostrophe, pre-fix, bullet points, text, diagram, fact-file, suffix, title, headings, sub-heading, fiction, non-fiction.


Each term we look at the seasons and changes around us. So we will look at summer and what we can notice on a summer walk. Last term we looked at plants and we will look at how these have changed from spring to summer. Linking with English, we will write a diary of our sunflower seeds and notice how they grow.

Our topic will be ‘Lifecycles’.

We will look at the lifecycles of: frogs, butterflies, chicken and a sunflower.

Vocabulary: May, June, July, August, summer, changes, lifecycle, warm, hot, season, frog spawn, tadpoles, froglet, egg, chrysalis, seed, chick.


The children will be introduced to data and data handling. This will include block graphs, bar charts, tally charts.  They will be learning how to explore and tinker with hardware to find out how it works. They will be recognising that some devices are input devices and others are output devices.

With a keyboard they will learn where keys are located and develop control of the mouse through dragging, clicking and resizing of images to create different effects. They will be able to recognise devices that are connected to the Internet. Linked with collecting with our topic on mini-beasts, the children will record their data through different ways. Using data representations they will be able to answer questions about data.

Vocabulary :bar chart, block graph, branching database, categorise, chart, click and drag compare, count, data, data collection data record data representation, edit, input, keyboard, line graph, mouse, information, label, pictogram, pie chart, process,record, resize, sort, table, tally values.

Art and Design

The children will study the artist Andy Goldsworthy.  He specialised in making Art using natural objects. Collecting ideas each week to build up to a large piece of outdoor art using flowers, branches, twigs, leaves and stones found outside.   

Vocabulary: composition, artist, leaves, branch, twig, sculpture, nature.  


With an Under the Sea theme, the children will be looking at key musical vocabulary.

They will use glockenspiels, chime bars, triangles and bells. Each week learning a new musical word and finishing with a performance of music to show life under the sea that they have created.

‘Vocabulary: pitch, pulse dynamics, tempo, fast, timbre, slow, loud, quiet.


Our topic for History will be: ‘Travel and Transport.

As we did with toys, the children will look at how transport and travel has changed over time.  Each week we will look at a different mode of transport and how they were and how they have changed to now, comparing and contrasting.

Key words: past, present, old, new, transport railway station, tram, bicycle, penny farthing, platform, vehicles, carriages harbour, marina, moorings, conductor, compare, contrast.


We will continue with basic skills which are throwing and catching. Adapting to throwing on their own, at a target, with a partner or in a group. In our other PE session we will practice Sports Day type games. Learning new skills and using these to have challenges such as obstacle races.

Vocabulary: leap, hop, skip, jump, travel, direction, clockwise, anti-clockwise, forwards, backwards, throw, catch, balance, co-ordination.   


In RE we will look at Christianity with a focus on ‘Who do Christians believe created the world?

The children will look at and be able to retell the story of Genesis simply. They will be able to recognise that ‘creation’ is the beginning of the ‘big story’ of the Bible and say what the story tells Christians about God, Creation and the world.

Vocabulary: Christians, Christianity, Creator universe, humans, generous, nature, Earth Creation, thankful, World, relationship, animals, charity.


The topic will be ‘Citizenship’

We start by looking at the importance of rules and the consequences of not having or following rules. Other areas we will look at are: caring for animals, how we are similar or different, belonging and democracy.

Vocabulary: rules, consequences, choice, behaviour, similarities, differences, belonging, vote, democracy, choice, fairness, equal.   


I will continue to share our learning journey on Seesaw. I hope that you have enjoyed seeing what we do. I appreciate your feedback and comments and especially your support with the children’s learning at home. If there are any other ways that we can help, please let me know what would be useful.


In our class we use lots of verbal praise and find this is the most powerful, recognising when children have made good choices in behaviour and explain why it was good. Effort and 'having a go' is highly praised and an understanding between all of us to act as role models and 'do the right thing' to share and be kind to one another to be a great team together. At the same time recognising that we all can make mistakes sometimes and that we are all learning. 

After their day at school, you may like to ask:

'What was the best thing about today?' Use Seesaw as a way to start conversations about their learning from that day. Feel free to shower them with praise when they get home, they will have worked really hard.

Useful Websites This is a video of all of the sounds and how to pronounce them.

Key Dates

Last day of term: Friday 27th May

We are sure the children will have a great term and we look forward to working closing with you to ensure your child has the best opportunities and that they enjoy all that we offer in Year 1.