Year 1 – Summer Term 1
Spellings and Homework
Year 1 will be given spellings and homework on Fridays.
These have to be returned by Thursday of the next week, when we also
have our spelling test.
Your child’s reading book will be changed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Please make sure that you write a comment in their reading record to show how they are getting on with the book they have been given. This way, we can make sure that your child is reading the books they can understand and enjoy.
Please make sure that reading books are in school every day, as your child will read it to an adult at some time throughout the week.
Miss Owen’s class need their P.E. kits on Tuesdays and Thursdays this half term.
Please make sure that your child has their kit in school on those days. They should wear a white or blue t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or pumps for outdoor sessions.
Summer 1 Topic – Space
During the first part of our Summer term we will be learning about the very first moon landing and why it remains such an important historical event in our living history. Through our topic, we will be learning about the events of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and understanding why the achievements of the astronaut Neil Armstrong make him a significant figure in History now. We will continue to learn about materials in our Science topic, conducting different investigations about the properties of lots of everyday materials. We have taken inspiration from a painting created by the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh, for our Art work this half term. We will be looking closely at his piece called ‘Starry Night’, and making our very own starry pictures using some of the same painting techniques.
In Design Technology we will be using ‘space’ as a theme to make some exciting moving story book pictures, using sliders, wheels, pivots and exploring some other simple mechanisms.
In English the children will be reading lots of space-themed story books and developing their ideas for different characters and the adventurous that they may go on. We will be taking inspiration from the books ‘Bob the Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram, ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy and ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers to practise using adjectives, adverbs and good sentence punctuation. We will use these skills to build up to our own independent creative story writing by the end of the half term.
In Reading we are working in groups to share different types of book. We discuss the things we have read and give our thoughts and feelings about each book. We also try hard to answer questions about stories, thinking about how characters are feeling and why things have happened. The children will continue practising their phase 3 and 5 phonic sounds and learn more high frequency words to improve their fluency. As part of our spelling work we will continue to learn about some simple prefixes and suffixes that we might add to change a word’s meaning.
In Maths we will begin to multiply numbers by counting in groups of 2, 5 and 10. We will start to use numbers to 100 with more confidence now and revisit our knowledge of place value by partitioning numbers into tens and ones, ordering and comparing.
During the half term we will practise our skills in addition and subtraction again, using what we know to solve problems and reason about our answers.