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Summer Term

Our Summer Term Learning

Our RE units this term are Easter, Pentecost, Sharing Jesus' Life and Following Jesus Today. We will begin by expanding our knowledge of Easter and the importance of the Resurrection and its message. During Pentecost, we will learn about the Holy Spirit as a gift that brought about change in the lives of the disciples. We will also reflect upon how we celebrate and receive that gift in our lives today. We will then develop our understanding of the way in which we, as Christians, are called to share in the life of Jesus. Our final unit will further our understanding of how we belong to the Church, particularly the Sacrament of Baptism and how this welcomes us into God’s family.

We will be exploring two texts together over the summer term: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and Beegu by Alexis Deacon. Both texts will allow us to put ourselves inside the story and empathise with the characters and their dilemmas. As both books have similar themes, we will develop our ideas through text comparisons, guided book talk and also make connections to experiences within our own lives. Our learning will include creative responses to the text through drama, poetry, storytelling and artwork.  We will also learn how to write in role to develop empathy for characters.

Measurement - We will compare and measure the height and length of objects using non-standard and standard (cm) units of measure. We will then extend our understanding of measurement by introducing the ideas of weight and volume; using uniform non-standard units (such as cubes and cups) to measure weight and capacity.

Multiplication and division - We are going to develop our understanding of multiplication as repeated addition and explore the difference between equal and not equal groups. Our knowledge of skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s will help us find the total of multiple groups and doubles. Building on the concept of equal groups, we will learn about division in the context of sharing equally.  

Half and quarters - Our learning about halves and quarters will be applied to both shape and groups of objects. This unit lays the foundations for later learning about fractions. We then practically apply this by exploring position and direction, where we will describe rotations as quarter, half, three-quarter and whole turns.

Numbers to 100 - This unit builds on our previous number work, in particular numbers to 50 and addition and subtraction. We will investigate patterns in 2-digit numbers, specifically focusing on 1 more and 1 less, and 10 more and 10 less, before moving on to partition numbers and identify the place value of digits. We are going to first compare two 2-digit numbers and then three or more numbers up to 100. Finally, using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 we will explore number bonds to 100.  

Time and Money - We are going to develop our ability to tell the time by reading an analogue clock. We will strengthen our understanding of the hands of a clock, including the second hand and explore units of measurement of time (hours, minutes and seconds). Finally, we will learn to recognise coins and banknotes and understand their relative and absolute values. 

In Art, we are studying painters Alfred Wallis, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Arthur Sanderson. We are going to use inspiration from their work to explore a range of textures and and paint our own seascape. We will compare their work to previous artists we have explored, such as Hepworth & Matisse, thinking about what is similar and different.

Our D.T project this term is focused on textiles. We will be designing, making and evaluating our own puppets. To do this, we are going to evaluate existing puppets and explore a range of joining techniques e.g. running stitch including threading our own needle, stapling, lacing and gluing.

In Science we will be studying plants. We will learn how to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will also identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants. Using our local environment, we will explore and answer questions about plants growing in their habitat. We will work scientifically by: observing closely and comparing and contrasting familiar plants; describing how we are able to identify and group them.

This term the children in Year 1 will be studying the weather. Through a series of lively activities, such as creating and filming their own weather forecasts or making their own weather station, children will build knowledge of seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK. They will begin to understand the hot and cold areas of the world, as well as developing locational knowledge and early geographical skills.

In History, we will explore seaside holidays in the past. The children will investigate what we like about seaside holidays today; before taking a look back to Victorian seaside holidays, why they became popular and how they have changed since. The children will compare seaside holidays now to seaside holidays in the past and develop a chronological understanding of changes.

We will be investigating pulse, pitch and note duration (long and short).  Our unit focus is: What Songs Can We Sing to Help Us through the Day? We will be learning songs based around this theme, such as, 'Getting Dressed, 'Dress Up', 'Brush Our Teeth', 'Get Ready', 'Up and Down'. We will also continue to learn to play the glockenspiel to develop our improvisation and composition skills.

In computing, we are looking at coding and how to use code to make a computer program. We will also be exploring what a spreadsheet program looks like and using 2Calculate to record data. Finally, we will think about how technology is used outside of school. We will walk around the local community to find and record examples of technology.

Our PE lessons are on a Monday with Miss Mason and Thursday with Mr Jones. In the first half term, we will be covering Tri Golf and striking and field Games and in the second half term, we will be exploring athletics and object manipulation.