Summer Term Curriculum
Dear Parents and Carers,
RE: YEAR ONE – SUMMER TERM
We hope you had a fantastic Easter and are looking forward to the summer term. Thank you for your continuous support over the spring term. This is an overview of what year 1 will be learning in the Summer Term.
Home learning is handed out on a Monday. Children are expected to complete home learning throughout the week. There are up to four letter sounds to be completed Monday to Friday which correspond with the phoneme (sound) we are teaching for that day. Weekly spelling tests will now be on a Monday. Children are also expected to read to an adult for at least 15 minutes each night and please could you sign and write a comment in their reading record. Staff also read with children so please bring your reading books into school every day. We have a library session every Tuesday so children can change books then.
Our RE topic for the first part of the summer term is ‘Easter and Pentecost’ where we will be learning about Pentecost and the importance of the Holy Spirit. We will be focusing on the gifts that Jesus’ disciples received on that day and the commands he gave them to follow. We will also be learning about Islam. For the next half of the summer term we will be learning about Reconciliation and the importance of saying sorry when we make unwise choices.
In maths this term we will be learning about numbers to 100 and adding and subtracting within a hundred. We will also learn about money and the values of different coins. Finally we will be focusing on multiplication and division. We will continue to assess your child throughout the term and therefore your cooperation with completing home learning in order for your child to progress would be much appreciated.
In Literacy we will be exploring different stories from other cultures. We will be focusing on ‘Anansi’ stories from West Africa. We will also learn how to write an information text about plants using ‘Talk for writing’ and will be visiting the Soane Centre. Then we will move onto exploring the features of poetry. We will use what we have learnt to write our own poems. We will also learn how to write a recount and will be going out and about to interesting and engaging places to give us inspiration for our own recounts.
In our daily phonics session we will continue to teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and will continue on from where your child was in the spring term.
In our daily guided reading sessions we will read a wide genre of books to promote a love of reading and develop the children’s reading and comprehension skills.
This first half of the term our humanities topic is ‘Countries of hot and cold areas’. We will be exploring England and other countries. We will be looking at weather, clothing and travel. Later on in the term we will be covering the topic ‘UK and capitals’, where we will be looking at maps and focusing on cities and the countryside.
In Science this term we will be learning about plants. We will be identifying wild and common plants and name them. We will be identifying the basic structure of flowering plants and trees. In the second half of the term, we will be visiting SOANE Centre.
During this term we will be developing our skills in ball games and will be developing basic game-playing skills, in order to participate in team games. We will also focus on throwing and catching skills. During the second half of the term, we will be developing athletics skills. We will master basic movement, e.g. running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility and co-ordination.
Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit and that it stays in school until the half term, when it can be brought home to be washed.
In the first part of the term we will be focusing on healthy lifestyles. We will look at the importance of a good diet, regular exercises. We will also discuss about the negative effects of the use of drugs and alcohol.
During the second half of the summer term, as part of our SRE curriculum, children will be taught to recognise the differences between male and female bodies. More details will follow in due course.
Rights Respecting School:
As our school is a rights respecting school, we will also be looking at the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and will be learning about the different articles. We will continue to learn that every child has rights which cannot be taken away from them and focusing on the different ways that both adults and children can respect children’s rights. For more information about rights respecting schools look on the school’s website.
During this term we will be learning how to record ourselves while performing a story from other cultures. We will also learn how record digital media by taking photographs using iPads. We will also continue to develop our ICT skills by blogging, and looking at how to be safe online. Please continue to check the class blogs and encourage your children to post and comment on them.
Drop Everything and Read:
This term we shall be continuing our ‘Drop Everything and Read’ sessions. This means that every Friday afternoon everybody at St Anne’s (adults and children alike) will have thirty minutes to stop whatever they are doing and read a book of their choice. This could be your library book or a book that you have brought in from home. We really hope that these sessions in which we are all reading for pleasure will help to foster your child’s love of reading. Please help ensure that your child is ready for these sessions by ensuring that they bring a reading book into school on a Friday.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Calle and Miss Harrison