Class One

English: Our writing this 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 then be reading, writing and reciting some animal poetry and writing our own animal
rhymes in the style of the book Oi Frog!. The delivery of our own caterpillars will see us
keeping a log of their progress. After half term we will revisit traditional tales, focussing on
Jack and the Beanstalk. 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 helping your children with their homework each week, it really helps.
Maths: This term we will 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 this term. 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. We will also be looking at learning some programming algorithms using Ozobots.
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 based on the book Handa’s
surprise.
Art/DT: Animals in all shapes and form this term including paintings, creating a model to
go with our Dear Zoo book and sewing butterflies. 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.
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.
Thank you,
The Class 1 Team