What is going on in Year 1 in the Summer term?
In English this term we are going to be exploring some wonderful texts including The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, The Boy who unplugged the sea and The Storm Whale. We will also be exploring poetry with a seaside focus, creating our very own holiday brochures (who isn't dreaming of that dream getaway?) and sending off a message in a bottle! We will be starting to fine tune our writing skills, focusing more on the SPAG aspects of our writing, ensuring we are confident in using capital letters (including for proper nouns and the pronoun I), full stops, finger spaces, the prefix '-un' and also using a range of suffixes in our writing.
For guided reading, we are going to continue our carousel lessons which will have a variety of activities on offer. We will be reading aloud with an adult, completing phonics activities which will have a Phonics Check focus and also begin to complete mini SPAG activities. We will also begin our whole class guided reading lessons following the Reading Rocketeers book. During these sessions, we will look at the retrieval of specific information, inference (including deductive reasoning) and finally, evaluative and summative assessments of the text we have just read.
In Phonics, we will be completing our teaching of Phase 5 using the DfE approved Phonics scheme; Twinkl Phonics. Once completed, we will then be taking part in revision sessions and getting ourselves reading for the PHONICS SCREENING CHECK. We will also be looking to use our prior knowledge of Phase 3 and Phase 5 phonics and implementing our spelling skills into our writing.
We are going to begin the summer term be revisiting place value (in particular counting in 2's, 5's and 10's), looking at halves and quarters of both number and shapes (continuing this by looking at 2D and 3D shapes) as well as beginning to look at multiplication and division as number sentences. We will also be revising addition and subtraction with larger numbers before moving on to look more closely at time (telling the time to o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to).
Seasonal Changes is where we will start our science learning this term observing how the weather changes now spring has begun before we then move into the more warmer, summer weather. We will also be answer the questions; "How do you stay safe in the sun?" and "What do you wear in the summer?". This will all be taught both through written work, explorations and also an investigation.
Our final science topic of the year will be Scientists and Inventors! We will be exploring many great scientists and inventions including zoos, lego, sensory gardens and the vets. Our significant person who we will be studying is Mae Jamison.
"We're all going on a summer holiday!" - not quite but we will be heading the seaside in our classroom this term! We are going to be finding out where some of our famous UK seaside resorts are, where we might go on a summer holiday and then exploring and naming some of the features (including piers, cliffs etc). We will also be looking at the weather, linking with our science lessons, and how it affects us when looking at particular dangers.
We will also be looking at the history of our wonderful seaside resorts and comparing and contrasting them to present day. We will be looking at entertainment on the beaches, souvenirs we might bring home and also what we might wear on the beach! We will also be playing our very own game of GUESS WHO'S ON HOLIDAY, where we bring in baby pictures and guess who is who!
We currently follow the scheme, HeartSmart in PSHE and will be exploring the two topics, Fake is a mistake! and No way through, isn't true!
For our final term in school, our religious focus will be on My World, Jesus' World (comparing present day with the time when Jesus was alive). We will be exploring clothes, food, entertainment and also stories which may have been told by Jesus or to Jesus - linking to what we learnt in Reception. We will also be exploring the questions, Why is baptism special? We will be sharing our own experiences of baptism, speaking to Father Ian and visiting church.
Our Christian Values this term are JUSTICE and PERSERVERANCE.
Year 1 Reading Journey
Want to learn more about the books we have enjoyed so far this year and the books we will read this half term? Take a look at our Year 1 Reading Journey: