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Summer Term - Year 1

Miss Naden and Mrs Mills


Welcome back Year 1! We hope that you have had a lovely Easter break. We are very excited to welcome you back and cannot wait to get started with what we have planned over the summer term.





We will be using our phonic knowledge to sound out words, focusing on forming sentences by using finger spaces between words.  We will learn how to use capital letters and full stops in our sentences and check that our sentences make sense! 


We will be starting our term by reading the fantastic book ‘Traction Man’. Mini Grey beautifully illustrates this wonderful book. We will then be moving on to reading ‘The way back home’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children will be exploring the book and using their creativity and imaginations. 


For the final part of our term, we will be reading ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith. We will then be moving on to reading Izzy Gizmo. This is one of my favourite books, it is wonderfully engaging with fantastic illustrations. During this unit, we will be focusing on instruction writing. We will be beginning to write our own instructions for creating an invention.






The children will continue to take home a RWI book once a week and a ‘reading for pleasure book’.  The reading for pleasure book can be changed as and when needed. The children will be provided with a reading folder and can place this in the ‘book changing’ box if a new book is required.  Please make sure that your child’s reading diary is signed daily.



In Maths this term we are focusing on the skills of counting, recognising and writing numbers to 50 in word and number form.  We will become experts at using a ten frame and counters to add and subtract numbers to 20, using our number bonds to facilitate our maths mastery skills.  Towards the end of the first half term we will move on to basic multiplication and division. During the last part of the term we will be focusing on numbers to 100 and an introduction to time and money. Please continue to use the NumBots app at home.  It’s a great way for your child to continue to develop their maths skills!



Our class saint is St Cecilia. This term we will be focusing on the following units:



Sharing Jesus’ Life

Following Jesus Today


We will also be studying the Jewish festival of Passover. Mrs Howard will come to visit us and we will take part in class liturgy. We are also looking forward to taking part in school assemblies and Mass.


RHE - Ten:Ten

A key part of our catholic life at St. Giles’ is learning about living as a community. During our RHE lessons we will be listening to some story sessions.




Our history unit this term is very exciting! We will be learning about Seaside Holidays. We will begin our term with a focus on chronology to ensure that we fully understand the concept of History. Our focus will be on continuity and change. Through this, we will be looking at, and comparing sources to find out how seaside holidays have changed over the years. We will compare seaside locations, clothing and entertainment. We will also be going on a school trip to the seaside! We will explore the seaside location, play games and maybe even have an ice cream on the beach!




Geography will continue to be taught by Miss Ridge during the summer term. We will be learning about weather and climate. We will identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and consider the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South Poles.




In art this term we will be learning about the artist and designer Alfred Wallis. We will begin to work in a range of mediums, experimenting with pastels, paints, pencil and beginning to layer materials to create a multimedia seascape inspired by his work. We will also be celebrating diversity in Art by learning about wonderful artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. We will compare and draw similarities to other artists studied in Y1 such as Hepworth and Matisse before creating our own work in her style.



This term I am very excited to say that we will be creating our puppets as part of our textiles unit of work. We will begin by learning about different types of puppets, linking to our work in History with a study of Punch and Judy. We will be having a visit from Punch and Judy in school, which is very exciting! We will explore a range of basic sewing techniques, learning how to thread a needle and create basic stiches to assemble our own puppets.



Our Science work will continue to study the changes in our weather. In particular, focusing on how the physical changes that we see during the transition from Spring to Summer. We will also be learning about Plants, we will take part in experiments to find out what plants need to grow. We will be learning about different types of plants and identifying where they grow.



In Computing, we will be starting our learning with a refresher on internet safety. We will know how to use the computer safely and appropriately. Then we will learn how to log ourselves into PurpleMash where we will be completing the following units: Animated Story Books, Coding, Spreadsheets and Technology outside of School.



In Music, our work is focused on two units of work: What songs can we sing to help us through the day? And how does music teach us about looking after our planet? During these units we will be listening to a range of music, learning how to find and keep the pulse, improvise with our voices, exploring musical vocabulary and singing together.



PE this term is split with ASM sports. Miss Naden will be teaching athletics during the first half term and net and wall skills 1 during the second half term. ASM will be teaching fundamental movement skills 2 during the first half term and invasion games skills 1 during the second half term. Please make sure that PE kits are in school with everything that your child might need. Girls are not able to wear their tights under their shorts, therefore please make sure that they have a pair of socks to wear.



Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school with completed homework the following Monday. Homework will be stuck into homework books ready to be completed. It is also very important that the children continue to use numbots at home. Logins are in homework diaries, ready to be used at home.


Other Information

  • Please ensure your child comes with a water bottle into school every day. Juice is not allowed in school, only water. Water bottles will go home each evening and need to be washed before returning to school the next day.
  • Snacks for break time need to adhere to the school’s healthy eating policy.
  • Please make sure that ALL uniform is named clearly to avoid confusion with other children. This is particularly useful when getting changed for PE.
  • Please make sure that you send a named coat into school with your child.
  • Toast can be purchased for break time using parent pay.  Please be aware that this will need to be booked a week in advance.



End of Year Expectations Year 1

Suggested Books for Year 1

Our Christmas show!

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