Year Groups

Year 1

Summer Term Learning


This term we will be studying many popular stories. First, we will look at ‘Bilal Cooks Daal’ and ‘Chapatti Moon’. We will look at India and Pakistan where the books are based. Then we will look at the features of instructions and write our own instructions to make slime. Next, we will read ‘Where the Wild Thing Are.’ We will work on writing descriptions and use sensory language to describe the Wild Thing’s forest and the Character descriptions to describe them. Finally, we will read ‘10 things that I can do to help my world’. We will learn to write a persuasive letter to convince Mr Heale to help save our environment.

After half term, we will read ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’. We will retell the story with 2 different animals. Then we will read ‘The Flood,’ which is a picture book. We will write the words to the story to retell the events of the flood. Finally, we will read ‘Cockatoos’ by Quentin Blake. We will write a non-chronological report about the birds and learn to use sub-headings.


This half term we will be focusing on counting and unitising objects. We will be using this learning to support us with money. The children will learn to recognise coins, count money and calculate what we can buy with a given amount.

We will then move onto position and direction. Throughout this unit, we will describe different positions, directions and movements including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.

In Summer 2, we will be starting a new unit ‘Time’. Children will learn to sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening].  In addition to this they will sequence events in chronological order, recognise and use language relating to dates (including days of the week, weeks, months and years). They will also tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.


Our science topic throughout the summer term is Animals including Humans.

For the first half term, we will focus on Animals. We will learn to sort them by different categories including vertebrates and invertebrates. We will learn the 5 main animal groups (birds, fish, reptiles, mammals and amphibians). Then we will learn the difference between herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Finally, we will learn to describe animals using our new terminology.


After half term, we will shift our focus to humans. We will learn to name our body parts and label them on a person. Then, we will learn what makes up our skeleton. Finally, we will focus on our senses. We will conduct experiments to compare our sense of smell, sight, touch, taste and hearing.


In computing, we will use Beebots to help practise coding. We will learn to give clear instructions and directions, including turning right / left a quarter, half or three-quarter turn and moving forward a specific number of steps. We shall work on our problem-solving skills to notice where we have made mistakes and improve our instructions to navigate through a maze.

After half term, we will learn about how to identify computers around the school. We will identify what is technology and what has computing elements. We will then learn to find and save pictures from the internet.

We shall also use Virtual Reality to support our writing in English and understanding of the Seaside in our topic lessons.


Our topic question next half term is: “What if there were no rainforests?” We will be using maps to locate rainforests; we will be labelling and describing rainforests, as well as comparing climates and learning about changes over time.

Our topic question next half term is: “Why have people always gone to the seaside?’ We will be locating seasides in the UK, comparing seasides from the Victorian times to now, writing postcards as well as classifying natural and man-made features at the seaside.


There will be lots of art in our Topic and Science lessons.

We will learn about Henri Rousseau and try to recreate his painting.

We will also create our own Punch and Judy Puppets and look at art of the British coastline.


We will continue to follow the PATHS program, which is a resource to support children with their emotional well being, including recognising and managing feelings. We will also be continuing the Mind Up program, learning more about our brains and the science behind our feelings. Finally, we will be studying the Year 1 SRE curriculum, in which we will look at the lifecycle of a human and how we grow and develop from babies to adults.


PE will be taught by Mr Clack and Mr Haughton on a Thursday.  Please wear your PE kit into school


This term we will answer the question: “What relationships are important and how do we look after others?” We shall look at how our families are made up and talk about different types of families. We will look at why family is important and how our families keep us safe. Then we shall look at telling stories and how fairy tales and cultural stories have helped our families. We will look at the ‘Christian family’ and how the priest holds the father role to lead the church family. Finally we shall see how families may differ in the environment and how animal families support each other in order to thrive.


This term, Year 1 will be taking part in an exciting Vocal Project based on pirates. We will be learning some songs and practising them together each week. At the end of the project, we will perform the songs we have learnt in some form of performance. Further details will follow in Summer 1.

Trips and Special Events

We have some great trips planned this term.

In week 2 (Hedgehogs) and week 3 (Squirrels), we will visit Pizza Express.

On 12th May, we have an interactive Walk and Talk session along the Wandle River to learn about its formation and history.

On 25th May, we will be going to Kew Gardens for the day.

On 8th June, we will be going to the Science Museum.

On 15th June, we will have a seaside workshop to learn about the history of the British Seaside.


We will also be taking part in the Vocal Project. We will have lessons every week and there will be a performance at the end of the term!


Please send your child in with their book bag, reading record, water and fruit (optional) every day. Please ensure everything is named.

Please record reading at home in their yellow reading record, complete weekly Mathletics tasks, as well as practising spellings and mental maths.