During Summer 1, the learning in year 1 will be based around the global theme of Sustainable Development. The focus of the term is to understand the need to empower, promote and raise awareness of how we can be sustainable, focusing on our waste and the repercussions of not disposing of our rubbish in a sustainable way.
In English, our core text this term is ‘Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary’. Dougal has a very boring job but very interesting hobby - deep-sea diving - and some exciting and unusual things happen when he goes on holiday. Hidden mermaids and mermen guide Dougal to the lost city of Atlantis. What will happen next? We will be exploring different sea animals to look at their appearance and then understanding the features of writing to persuade. We will then be using key information to write a fact file about a sea animal’s appearance.
In maths this half term, your child will learn to read, write, and understand mathematical ideas using multiplication (×), division (÷), and equals (=) signs. They will start to use arrays and will use grouping and sharing to divide. They’ll continue to use materials, repeated addition, mental methods and arrays to solve multiplication and division problems. They will practise solving equations as well as word problems.
Our curriculum lessons will have a geography focus, they will explore rivers and oceans around the world, then they will explore the causes of pollution, find solutions, debate over the impact then publish a leaflet as a Public Service Announcement with all their findings. In PE we will be doing testing the skills learnt to run, throw, balance and jump. In art, we will be focusing experimenting with collage and recycled materials. We will then create a mixed media and collage outcome of a sea animal. In science, we will be comparing different types of animals and discussing how an animal is suited to its environment. Our RE this term will be focussing on a local Christian place of worship, investigating how they differ and how Christians celebrate.
In Year 1, we will continue to use bug club to access our coloured books, in school our reading books will be changed every day. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, recording in reading journals and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. We will also be sending out spellings and phonics or maths related activities on a Friday, which are due the following Wednesday. Additionally, there will be a variety of homework activities to choose from at the start of the term relating to our overarching theme of social justice.