Welcome back to our Summer Term in Year 1.
English: Our writing for the first half term will be based on ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell and we will be focusing on writing our own version of the book. Sticking to the animal theme, we will be reading, writing and reciting some animal poetry and having fun playing with the rhyming words in Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! In the second half of the term we will look at Traditional tales with a focus on Jack and the Beanstalk and then poetry linked to our senses.
Please continue to hear your child read at home – don’t forget to discuss the book after you’ve read it as it is important to understand what is being read. Thank you for supporting your children with their homework sheets.
Maths: We will be measuring capacity using non-standard units and discussing whether we can judge which container has the bigger capacity by sight. We will also be grouping and sharing and using arrays to divide numbers into equal groups. We will be counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s and solving some problems using our number facts. We shall also be looking at position and direction, place value to 100, money and time. Thank you for continuing to help your child with counting forwards, backwards and in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s. It really helps with their quick recall of maths facts in class and gives them a strong foundation to problem solving.
Science: Our topic for the first part of the Summer Term is ‘Animals’. Children will be looking at different ways of grouping animals according to their characteristics, labelling the different parts of an animal and looking at their diets. We are all looking forward to visiting the zoo on 14th of May. The second part of the term will see us exploring the school grounds as we familiarise ourselves with the plants and trees around us. We will be growing our own plant from seed and keep a diary of its progress.
Computing: The children will continue improving their skills with laptops learning how to create an animal picture and typing some accompanying text using a publishing software tool.
PSHE : Our theme this term is ‘Living in the wider world’ and we will be considering how our actions affect those that are immediately close to us and how rules help us work and live harmoniously.
PE: Mrs Nicholson will be doing athletics on a Tuesday morning for the first part of the Summer term. On Thursday afternoon we will be doing dance, then ball skills.
Art/DT: Animals in all shapes are the basis for the first term’s work including paintings, creating a model to go with our Dear Zoo book and sewing butterflies. In the second half of the term we will be looking at different types of sculpture and creating our own sculptures based on the work of Antony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy. We will be very busy!
RE: This term we are looking at the qualities which made Jesus special including how he is a special friend, his miracles and how he called his disciples. We will also be finding out more about our church and the different things that we can find there.
As always, if you have any problems or queries please do not hesitate to speak to us, as you can appreciate drop-off and pick-up times are busy so it’s best to make an appointment if you would like to speak at length.
The Class 1 Team