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Welcome to Year 1

Mrs Long, Mrs Ndisi, Mrs Walker and Miss Isherwood

Summer 2

This is a Geography based theme. During this theme we will locate the North Pole, South Pole and Equator on a globe. We will identify the physical and human geography of each of these parts of the world and investigate which animals live in each of them. We will also explore how weather affects lifestyle.



             This half term we will be reading various texts including 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers, 'Puff the magic dragon' and 'The owl and the pussycat' amongst others. We will complete lots of book talk activities such as making predictions, looking at the vocabulary and retelling and responding to the texts. We will also write instructions to link in with our D&T learning where we will be making a meal for a herbivore. We will continue to master our sentence writing skills of using a capital letter, finger spaces, a full stop and applying phonic knowledge when spelling.


Our daily Little Wandle Phonics sessions and 3 reading sessions a week continue to underpin all of our English learning. This half term the children will complete the Year 1 Phonics Screening where they will read real and non-real words. We hope that this does not cause the children any anxiety as they are used to similar reading assessments as part of the Little Wandle programme.



In Maths this half term we will be covering five maths units. We will start off by completing our exploration of ‘Money’ and we will be identifying the physical properties and different values of coins and notes. We will compare different amounts of money and solve addition and subtraction problems using the context of money. After this we will cover ‘Multiplication and division’ and we will be doubling and halving, multiplying using repeated addition and equal groups and dividing using sharing and grouping. Our final maths unit for the term will be ‘Measures: capacity and volume’. We will be comparing the capacity of different containers using non-standard units and standard units. We will finish off the unit by practising application of our measuring skills in a real-life contexts.



In Science this half term we will continue our work as 'Plant Detectives' as we explore the plants and flowers in our local area. We will learn the difference between garden flowers and wild flowers before discovering which of each grow around our school site and making comparisons between them. We will then investigate what is happening beneath plants as we study the roots of them. Towards the end of the unit we will have a focus on trees as we compare and contrast the trees we find on our school grounds.


In addition to the above, we will continue to investigate the seasons and the changes we notice as we move through Spring and into Summer.



In Computing this half term our lessons will start with an information technology focus as we explore spreadsheets. The key learning objectives during these lessons will be: I can change content on a file such as text, sound and images, can name my work, I can save my work and I can find my work.

Our lessons will then move on to have a digital literacy focus as we explore technology outside of school. The key learning during these lessons will be: I can say what technology is, I can say what examples of technology are in school, I can say what examples of technology are at home and I know that a chair uses old technology and a smart phone uses new technology.



In D&T this half term our lessons will have a food and cooking focus as we concentrate on preparing fruits and vegetables. We will learn about where in the world different fruits and vegetables grow before reminding ourselves about the importance of food hygiene and will practise this in our lessons. We will follow the research, design, make and evaluate process and use specific skills and equipment in order to create a meal for a herbivore. We will use our senses to explore how each fruit and vegetable looks, feels, smells and tastes.  



In PSHE this half term our unit will be 'Changing Me’. We will begin by exploring the lifecycles of animals and humans and identifying changes that happen as we grow. We will then move on to recognising that some things change and others stay the same. After this we will identify changes in ourselves since we were babies. Next we will focus on our bodies as we learn the correct names for our body parts, recognising the parts of the body that makes boys and girls different and understanding that these parts are private body parts. Towards the end of the unit we will think about learning and growing as we celebrate that every time we learn something new we change. Finally we will share some ways to cope with change.



In RE this half term we will continue to focus on the religion of Judaism but will move on to exploring Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur which are Jewish holy days. Our key question for the half term will be ‘Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children?’



PE this half term will continue to be on Mondays and Fridays and the focus of these lesson will be on Athletics and Cricket. Children should come to school dressed in their PE kit which consists of – plain black bottoms, a plain white polo top or a plain white round neck t-shirt, their green school jumper or cardigan and trainers.



Reading books need to be brought to school every Wednesday please. Reading books will be changed then and children will bring their Little Wandle book and a phonics reading book which they have chosen themselves.

Our expectation is that children read at least 3 times a week with an adultReading records will be checked every week. Please do jot down any reading at all that children are doing into their reading records so that we can reward their fantastic efforts.


Home learning

Home learning books will be sent home on Friday to be returned to school on Wednesday please and will have a focus on maths learning linked to our lessons in school. Learning with Parents is optional and available for you to access as you wish.

Phonics screening

This is "Alien words final (1)" by Little Wandle on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Resources for homework



Websites to practise key skills at home:


Maths Links:

Use the following links to practise these key Year 1 number skills:

- Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 100

- Recognising odd and even numbers

- Finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number

- Partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones

- Number bonds and facts to 10 and 20

- Finding doubles up to 10 and finding halves from 20



English Links:

Use the following links to practise these key Year 1 reading and writing skills:

- Segmenting and blending all sounds

- Breaking longer words into syllables to read them

- Reading contracted words (I'm, don't, can't etc)

- Reading and spelling tricky words and common exception words

- Forming capital and lowercase letters correctly

- Writing sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops

- Extending sentences using 'and' and other conjunctions (but, so, because, then, with)

- Developing sentences by adding adjectives and using different sentence openers




Other Learning Links:

Use the following links to practise knowledge and skills from other areas of the curriculum:







Activities to practise key skills at home:


                     Representing Numbers                 Maths                        Quick Maths



                                              Phonics              Common Exception Words               SPaG



                     Daily Online Activities         Maths and English Ideas          Practical Ideas



                                   KS1 Maths Games                     Year 1 Number Games



Resources from SEND Supported:


We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:



There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

Growing Every Child
  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
  • | Tel: 0247 6543 754
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