Our topic for the whole of the summer term is ‘Wild World’ which encompasses many different aspects of learning and covers a wide topic area. We started the first half term by having a planting day where the children planted a range of plants including bean plants. The children will be observing the plants and writing observations in their bean plant diaries. In English the children will be learning about and describing fantasy settings. We will focus on the traditional tale Jack and the beanstalk and the children will write their own story opening focussing on describing the setting at the top of the beanstalk. The children will also be writing their own ending for the story ‘Where the wild things are’ by Maurice Sendak.
Children continue with daily phonics lessons and our focus is very much on getting them to identify phonemes (including digraphs and trigraphs). We will be practising the skill of blending sounds together to read unfamiliar real and non-sense words. Please do continue to practise reading and sharing stories together at home as often as possible.
In maths we will be learning more about 2D and 3D shapes. Children will consolidate their knowledge of shape including being able to name and describe 2D shapes and name 3D shapes and everyday objects. Following on from this we will be consolidating halving and quartering numbers. Children will also be solving problems involving multiplication and division through grouping and sharing and using arrays. We will of course, continue to practise counting forwards and backwards to/from 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. Children will be working on their quick recall facts and we will focus on number bonds to 20 and doubles.
In RE we will be exploring the religion of Islam and will be learning about the Muslim belief, prayer and Allah’s teachings.
Our art will focus on improving drawing skills and increasing the detail that is included in sketches. We will also be looking at the work of local artist and interior designer William Morris. Children will have the opportunity to sketch some of his designs and learn the skill of printing.
We will be starting Smmer 2 by learning about what an explorer is and focussing on the life and work of Charles Darwin. This ties in with our science topic for the second part of the summer term ‘animals including humans’. We will be learning about the human body and learning to draw and label our own bodies. We will begin to compare humans with other animals from around the world. We will be starting to identify different groups of animals including mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, reptiles and the children will be investigating whether different animals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores! We are going on a school trip to ‘Mudchute Farm’ in the heart of East London to explore farm animals. We will also continue to make observations about our local and school environment, identify changes that have occurred throughout the 4 seasons and deepen our knowledge of the senses.
Geography will focus on comparing animals which live in either hot or cold climates and we will also look at the various countries Charles Darwin went to during his adventures on the HMS Beagle. Children will be introduced to using atlases and will start to identify countries, continents and oceans.
In phonics, children are learning alternative spellings of graphemes and are continuing to practise blending for reading.
In English we will be looking at both fiction and non-fiction texts. The children will be writing their own diary entries, non-chronological reports and will be exploring stories from other cultures starting with ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’. Don’t forget our ‘Tinga Tinga Wow day’ on Wednesday 7th June where children can come to school dressed as their favourite Tinga Tinga character.
This term in maths we will continue to consolidate our knowledge of number and place value. Children will be practising counting forwards and backwards from any given number to 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. They will also look again at simple multiplication and division and recap time.
In RE we will be learning about Christianity and specifically about Jesus and his teachings. We will make comparisons to other religions and talk about similarities and differences. Children will be encouraged to be proud of their own beliefs and cultures as well as celebrate the diversity in our school and wider community.
In art we will be exploring collage and modelling/sculpting using clay.
In PE, the children will be continuing to build up a repertoire of key skills including movements, balancing and handling different equipment.
We will be ensuring that our children are getting prepared for the transition into Year 2 and there will be a transition day where they get to spend time in their new class with their Year 2 teacher.