Year 1

Summer Term overview – Year 1

A brief overview of the curriculum areas


In our Fantasy Worlds unit of work the children will be studying the story of Peter Pan and exploring the characters and events in the story. The children will collect adjectives to describe the characters in the story and will write their own set of riddles. In our poetry unit we will be reading and discussing a variety of different pirate themed poems to prepare the children for writing their own. We will learn how to write a non-chronological report using specific language and learn how to organise our writing effectively. We will look at a range of stories from other cultures describing settings. The children will develop their ability to write extended sentences using connectives and will continue to focus on the use of accurate punctuation.


The children will develop their understanding of length, weight and capacity by comparing and measuring each concept using non-standard measurements. The children will apply their understanding of these concepts through completing a range of problem solving activities linked to the story Alice in Wonderland. In our unit of work in fractions, children will learn how to half and quarter shapes, objects and amounts. Children will continue to partition 2-digit numbers discussing and applying their understanding of ‘tens’ and ‘units’ to a range of mathematical calculations. Children will be introduced to simple multiplication and division concepts. They will develop their understanding of these operations through solving practical activities. The children will continue to develop their mental arithmetic skills and enhance their vocabulary and number knowledge.


In our History work the children will learn about ‘Seaside Holidays in the Past’. We will look specifically at how people in the past travelled to the seaside, clothing they wore and the types of entertainment they enjoyed. We will make comparisons between the past and present and discuss how things have changed.


Through the topic ‘The Seaside’ this terms geography is about developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding relating to their own environment and the people who live there, developing an awareness of the wider world. The children will investigate and learn about the physical and human features of the beach and seashore. There will be a focus on geographical questions like What/Where is it? What is it like? How did it get like this?;  as well as develop and use geographical enquiry skills, including fieldwork skills, geographical terms, making and using maps, and using photographs. Children will complete this topic through an educational visit to St Mary’s Lighthouse.


In Science, the children will learn about the four seasons in more detail. They will look at how the sun moves and the impact on weather and day length. They will extend their investigation skills with shadows and work on silhouettes. They will also learn about differences in seasons in the Northern and Southern hemispheres and how this influenes hibernation and migration of animals.


 Children will complete a study of ‘The Church’. Within this study, the children will learn about the internal and external features of the Church and will discuss different reasons why we may visit a Church.

 Design & Technology

The children will create pop up Punch & Judy puppets linked to our History topic of ‘Holidays in the past’. They will be taught how to create a simple mechanism using  simple levers and sliders.


Focusing on the theme ‘animals’, the children will experiment with a range of media and materials to create an art piece inspired by their favourite animals from around the world. The children will look closely at the shapes and patterns of different animals, to allow them to explore their use of colour, pattern, texture, line, and shape to help create a unique and vibrant piece.


The children will use School360 to develop research skills, using a basic online database called ‘All About Animals’. The children will learn how to use search tools to find out about the habitat and diet of their chosen animals. They will record their research results in a booklet.

The children  will also begin to  learn how to blog their work so that it can be published on School 360.



Children will be learning about dance and movement and different ways that they can use their bodies to interpret different stimulus including music, percussion and the rhythm/ pulse of music.

There will also be taking part in gymnastic lessons where the children will learn basic skills which include- balancing, rolling, travelling on and around apparatus and weight on hands. They will look at how they can use their bodies to create different shapes as well as different styles of movement using apparatus.

All children will do indoor and outdoor PE so it is essential that they have their full PE kit (P.E. T-shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit bottoms), including trainers, in school for the full week. 



Year 1 

Reading books will be changed  twice a week in Year 1. 

At Shanklea, we read primarily from the Oxford Reading Tree home reading scheme.  All children in KS1 read books from the Oxford Reading Tree programme but we recommend that children also read a variety and breadth of different text types at home in order to continue their learning.

 English and Maths Homework in Year 1

Children will be receiving weekly English and Maths homework. This will consist of a written activity and an online activity. This will be alternated every week.

As part of this homework, children will sometimes be given the opportunity every fortnight to choose a book from their class’s reading area which they would like to read. There will be a selection of different homework related tasks that can be completed in their homework books for the book that they have chosen.


Children will receive weekly spellings based on their Read Write Inc phonics groups. Children are expected to practise these words in preparation for a spelling test during the week.

Year 1 children will also receive a Key words books with different specific words in that the children need to learn to read and become familiar with.

From Spring Term, Year 1 will bring home ‘Nonsense Words’ to help support them in preparation for their phonics screening check.