Summer is Arriving!

Our topic is 'Wild About Animals'.

Class teachers: Miss Ellis (1E), Mrs Hampson (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Lane (Thursday and Friday) (1HL)

Teaching Support: Mrs Shaw, Mrs Holden and Mrs Oldroyd

WE'RE GOING TO THE ZOO! Please send your Blackpool Zoo trip monies in as soon as possible to secure the places! 

Curriculum Subject Outline

We are exploring many texts to learn about writing simple and complex sentences. Some of the fictional texts we are going to explore, that link with our topic, are: There's a Lion in my Cornflakes, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Big Bad Owl and Giraffes Can't Dance. We will also include poetry and non-fiction texts including, The Drop Goes Plop and Wild Animals. This term we will also be learning about verbs, and continuing to apply our knowledge of adjectives and nouns. We will also be securing our knowledge of question marks and exclamation marks, so if you see them in your child's reading book then point them out! For a complete list of learning targets, please see the attached curriculum.

Every day in school is a reading day. The children will be reading independently, within whole-class guided sessions, small group reading and 1-1 reading. Please encourage your child to read with you or another adult as often as possible outside of school. Phonics is an important part of Year 1 reading. Try looking up Mr Thorne on you tube to help your child learn more or play some interactive games on 'Phonics Play'.

Our first Summer objectives will focus on securing place value and number bonds. Throughout the term, regular rehearsal of the number bonds within 10 and 20 will take place, so please keep supporting them with this. Counting forwards and backwards with the flexibility of different starting numbers is important and an easy one for parents to help their children practise at home. We will then move to subtraction, learning different methods to work out subtraction calculations and problems. Finally we will revise halving and discover how to find quarters of shapes and numbers. We cover many objectives and we would be happy to talk with you about any of them and how you can help at home.

Science: Animals Including Humans

The half term starts with learning about ourselves and our bodies. We will learn the basic parts of our bodies and how the 5 senses help us learn about the things around us. We will then move into our animals topic where we will be able to name a variety of wild animals and we will be able to talk about their habitats, features and diets. 

Seasonal Changes

With any luck the sun may shine and we can do some more data collections to study how our weather changes within our seasons. We will be recording an interpreting our findings. We will be contrasting our Summer with other parts of the world. ie. Antarctica and Africa and link this to how it effects animals that live in those climates.


We will be thinking about the 7 Continents and 5 Oceans that make up our world. We will use interactive maps, atlases and globes to find out more.

R.E. and PSHEC

The children will be learning about 'Living in a Wider World', thinking about tolerance and understanding of faith communities. 

Art,  D&T and Computing

Word processing and basic computer skills are our focus for this term but we will continue work on programmable toys and basic recording techniques.

Our artist to study is Andy Goldsworthy and we will be thinking this term about sculptures. Hopefully making some stunning art sculptures after going on our nature walks.

In addition to all this we have a STEM challenge of making a miniature panda enclosure out of clay!

PE Day: Thursday for both Year 1 classes. Please ensure that your child has a white T-shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps (velcro fastening or elastic). All kit should be named and kept in a labelled pump bag to be left on their coat peg. The P.E. bags can be kept in school for the half term.

Other Information

In Year 1 we expect:

  • Reading books in reading bags to be brought in every day.
  • Children need to be heard read at home and talked to about what they have read.
  • Reading record to be signed and comments included.
  • A charge of £5 for lost/damaged reading books.
  • Children to be on time 8.55am so that they are ready to start learning at 9.00am
  • At the start of the day children in Y1E will line up at the main entrance and will be collected by their teacher. The children in Y1H/C will line up outside their classroom door.  As we are encouraging the children to be as independent as possible, parents do not need to come into school. 
  • At the end of the day the children will be dismissed from the main entrance if they are in Y1E and from the classroom door if they are in Y1H/C.


Snack:Children can have toast every morning. If you wish your child to have toast, please make sure the money is paid online via Parent Pay. The cost is  £1.25 per week and if you are unsure about payment then please speak to the office.

We would like your child to bring in their own water bottle to school with their name on and water is freely available throughout the day for them to refill their bottle. 

Homework: In Year 1 we expect children to read daily with adults at home. Flashcards with tricky words may be included in reading work. There are also spellings that go out every Friday and the test is completed the Friday following. We will also be sending out additional phonics exercises as the phonics screen is looming. (If you have not been able to attend one of these meetings then please speak to one of us.) We are also sending home 'Quick Maths' every Monday.

Please remember that if your child brings their own personal belongings, school will not be liable for loss of personal items. Thank you.

If you have any questions or queries, please come and see Mrs Hampson, Mrs Lane or Miss Ellis. 

We all look forward to working with you and your children this year,

Many thanks for your continued support.