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Y1 Summer 1 2021

Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Miss Wood and Miss Groves


Learning Challenge: Did the Great Fire of London make Britain a better place?

This learning challenge builds on the children’s previous learning about the past and people who help us. They will build on their knowledge of the 7 continents by learning about the UK and where the Great Fire of London started. By the end of the unit the children should understand about the Tudor time period and know specific facts about how, where and when the Great Fire of London started and how it affected London. They will continue to build on their knowledge of chronology and primary/secondary sources. The children will round off their learning and show off what they have learnt with an interactive workshop.






The children will be continuing their journey through our reading scheme Read Write Inc. Throughout this journey, the children are provided with many opportunities to ‘Get writing’. The term ‘Get Writing’ is a process in which the children practise saying a  sentence and hold the sentence in their mind before writing.  Many of the children will start learning specific grammar elements in their lessons and will work on proofreading their writing and making corrections independently. Spelling will become a focus as we begin to ensure children can spell tricky ‘red’ words in their independent writing.


Now that we have been working with the Read Write Inc scheme for most of the year, the children are very familiar with the lesson structure. They will continue to participate in daily speed sounds sessions where they will learn a new sound and then practise reading and writing words with that sound. Children then move onto their storybook and participate in various activities during the week all related to that storybook. The purpose of focusing on one book all week is to build fluency so that when they bring that book home, they can read it fluently and with confidence. It is their chance to ‘show off’ their wonderful reading.



The children are grouped accordingly based on their phonetic knowledge and therefore every child will be on a slightly different ‘journey’ in phonics. The majority of children are learning set 3 sounds whilst recapping sets 1 and 2. Other children are recapping Set 1 &2 and will soon move onto Set 3. Ultimately, we want the children to be able to spot digraphs/trigraphs (special friends) in the words they are reading in order to encourage accuracy whilst reading.



This half term we will start by recapping some of the number objectives from the addition and subtraction to 20 and the Place Value to 50 unit to give the children the opportunity to practise and consolidate. We will then move onto multiplication and division and start by using practical resources such as cubes and counters to show how objects can be grouped and shared before moving onto representing this with pictures. We will also continue to learn to fluently recall number bonds to 20. We will continue to work on counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s – ensuring we can do this quickly both forwards and backwards. Finally, we will learn about fractions, understanding halves and quarters.



In Science, the children will build on their learning about the four seasons by exploring what weather is associated with each season and how day length changes depending on the season. We will also explore the misconceptions that summer is hot and sunny and winter is snowy.  We will then move on to learning about the life-cycles of a frog and a butterfly and hopefully the children will get to see these life-cycles in action in the classroom and in the garden when they go pond dipping. The children will work on their scientific enquiry skills of observing changes over time.



In RE we will be starting our unit on caring for others. We will learn about caring for other people and the world around us. It will help develop skills of questioning, explanation and awareness of what ‘caring’ looks like for different pupils and people of different faith backgrounds. It will also develop skills in reflection and communication and encourage self-esteem and empathy.



This half term in PSHE, Year 1 will be leaning all about money. The children will learn about where money comes from and how to make good choices when spending money. They will also learn ways we keep money safe and save money. Finally, the children will discover different types of jobs people do.


This half term, the children will continue to develop their basic game playing skills, concentration and ball skills. We will play simple games focusing on defending, tackling and dribbling and have an opportunity to play as a team. We will continue to work on the vital skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition. The children will also continue with their dance unit based around the Jungle Book, working to create movement sequences and perform in unison with their partner.



This half term the children will be learning the song ‘Round and Round’, a Bossa Nova Latin style. They will listen to and appraise - Latin music, film music and a mash-up of Dance and Jazz music. The children will continue to learn about pulse, rhythm, tempo and dynamics through a range of games, singing, playing instruments, improvising and performing their own arrangements.



This half term the children will be learning how to use an app on the iPads to create a book. They will learn how to take and upload photos into the app and add sound. They will think about layout and will learn how to add & format text.


Art and Design and Technology

This half-term the children’s topic will form their inspiration for their art work as they will be creating a multimedia depiction of the Great Fire of London. The children will start by recapping their knowledge of colours and will learn how to mix different shades of secondary colours before moving onto critiquing existing paintings of the Great Fire of London.  The children will then experiment with different media to create flames and practise their sketching skills to draw Tudor style houses. Finally, all this will be put together to create a final piece of artwork.