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Summer 1 2018 – Wild World - Plants

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 looking at stories from other cultures, focussing on the story ‘Lilla and The Secret of Rain’. We will continue to focus on handwriting and spelling the Year One common exception words.

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 nonsense 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.

In art will 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.


Summer 2 2018 – Wild World - Animals including humans.

We will be starting summer 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.

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 story settings focussing on the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

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.


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Spring 1

We are starting this new term with a focus on buildings and architecture in the local area and famous buildings in London and around the world. This leads us into our interesting science topic ‘materials and their properties’ where the children will learn about the range of materials (both man-made and natural), new language to describe their properties, how to sort them and how to investigate aspects of their characteristics.

In English this half term we will be writing fantastic descriptions of the wonderful models that were made over the holiday. The children will focus on using descriptive language to describe the features of their models. We will then move on to writing information texts on exciting facts about famous landmarks around the world. We will also be reading traditional tales, re-telling the story of The Three Little Pigs and re-writing the story focusing on story language.

In maths the children will be learning to recognise, identify and name a half of an object, shape and quantity. Children will develop their understanding of position and movements using the electronic toys ‘BeeBots’ to programme ½, ¼ and ¾ turns. Children will continue to practise the skills of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and will be learning number bonds to 10 and up to 20.

In Art, we will be learning to blend colours to create winter artwork. We will also be exploring different ways of using charcoal to draw sketches of famous buildings from around the world. We will continue to use our sketchbooks to experiment with all these techniques. In Geography we will look at the different countries of the UK and learn about the capital cities. The children will have the opportunity to use maps and atlases as well as looking at Google Earth.

Spring 2

In this half term we will continue to focus on ‘Seasonal change’ in science and changes within our local environment. The children will have the opportunity to identify animals and plants that are in the local area. We will continue to learn about ‘materials and their properties’. For Geography and History, we will be going on some walks around the local area and the City of London to explore landmark architecture and the work of Sir Christopher Wren at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The children will also be looking at timelines and creating a timeline of St Paul’s and learning about how it has changed over time. In English we will be writing our own acrostic poems and the children will become nature detectives so that they can collect ideas to help them create their own springtime poem. We will be learning more about time connectives (first, next, then, after that and finally) to enable them to write a recount of their trip to St Pauls. Handwriting and presentation are still a very big focus in Year 1 with children being encouraged to form letters correctly and using finger-spaces. In maths we will continue to practise counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s (forwards and backwards). We will also be returning to place value and using our knowledge of tens and ones and we will relate this to money with children using their knowledge to help them make amounts using different coins (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p and £1). We will be looking at time. This includes thinking about sequencing events into today, tomorrow and yesterday as well as reading a clock to the hour and half past the hour. In art we will continue to use our sketch books to experiment with a range of techniques. This half term we will focus on observational drawings and pencil strokes and shading to create sketches of St Paul’s Cathedral.


Here are some interesting websites that you may wish to look at with your children.


Autumn 1st half term 2017

Our science topic is ‘Seasonal Change’. The children will learn the months of the year (later on learning to read and spell them) and will begin to identify which months fit into which season. We will use our senses to make observations about what we can see in our local area and try to determine which season it is. We will use these observations throughout the year and compare and contrast what we see. Children will use descriptive language to make detailed observations. They will also learn that the weather changes significantly and begin to think about why this happens. We will keep a year long record of the temperature so that we can begin to notice patterns.

In English we will be learning about labels, lists and captions and our focus will be on composing a sentence orally before writing it and using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will also be looking at various texts focussing on descriptive language. We will begin to focus more intensely on handwriting and letter formation and writing targets will include remembering finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.

In Maths there will be a strong focus on recognising, counting and ordering numbers. Our focus is to count forwards and backwards to 20 and children will also be expected to read and write (spell) numerals and words to ten/10 (later on to twenty/20). We will be thinking about doubles of numbers and will continue to use different resources to represent numerals. Children will begin to add 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20 using a variety of methods and they will begin to use the language of more and less than.

In PE we will continue with our ‘REAL PE’ scheme of work and children will be exploring different body movements.

In RE our topic will be ‘The natural world’ which also ties in with our science topic.

In art we will be experimenting with using a range of materials including pencils, oil pastels and charcoal. We will explore mixing colours and creating textured paint by adding sand, pasta and rice.


Autumn 2nd half term 2017

We will begin our second half term with an ‘Autumn Art Attack’ wow day. In Science we will continue to look at ‘Seasonal changes’ and will discover more about changes in weather and lessening daylight hours. We will continue to collect data about temperature to discover whether or not patterns are emerging. We will study our local environment also to see how plants including trees have changed. We will also be visiting Hollow Ponds to collect items for our arty extravaganza!

In English, we will be continuing to focus on adjectives and using our ‘Magpie Walls’ to generate interesting words which we will use to create our own seasonal senses poem. We will also be reading lots of traditional stories and will be re-writing some parts focussing on orally rehearsing our sentences and using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

In Maths we will be extending our counting forwards and backwards to 50. Children will also be learning more about strategies for subtraction and addition and will begin to think about place value. Children will also have the opportunity to learn more about money including recognising coins and working out which coins they will need to pay for items. Children will also be learning number bonds to 5 and 10. In Art we will experiment with colour blending to create winter art. Our RE for this half term is Christianity and the festival of Christmas. Parents and carers will also have the opportunity to watch the children perform twice this half term: once during a class assembly and once during the Christmas show!

Recycled material village January 2015

Narrative retelling by Sycamore class

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