Year 1

Summer Term overview – Year 1 

A brief overview of the curriculum areas


The children will be learning the story of The Three Little Pigs. They will be performing the actions and reciting key phrases from the story. They will create their own story in the style of the traditional tale. Building up to the statutory Phonics Screening test in June, the children will continue to build their phonic knowledge through Read, Write, Inc. sessions. In addition to this, the children will be completing tasks based around building and reading ‘alien words’. In their writing there will be a focus upon punctuation and handwriting skills. Some children will begin using joins this term. The children will complete a unit of work based around fantasy worlds such as Alice in Wonderland.  In our poetry unit we will be reading and discussing a variety of different colour themed poems to prepare the children for writing their own. The children will write their own captions and labels around Road Safety. They will recount their experiences when taking part in the Road Safety program. The children 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.

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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. 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. The children will continue to develop their knowledge of number bonds. 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.

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The pupils will be learning about Homes from the Past in their history lessons.  They will be making comparisons between household objects in the past and the present.  They will be researching the topic of castle life using ICT and in-class reading so that they can create a information booklet about castles.


The children will study what it is like to live on a small island.  They will use maps to locate places and create their own picture maps of an island using a key. They will look at physical and human features of the island and understand the meaning of these terms. They will look at daily life on an island using photographs to collect information. They will begin to make comparisons to living in Cramlington. 


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. The children will look in detail at plants, how they grow and what they need to survive. The children will carry out an experiment to identify the optimum conditions for growing a plant.




Children will complete a study of the religion of Islam. They will explore the key question: ‘What festivals are celebrated within Islam?’ The children will explore the lifestyle connected within the religion and the theology behind it. They will explore different festivals, the celebrations that take place and events that take place alongside.


Design & Technology


The children will be using a variety of materials to design and make their own castle with a moving drawbridge.  They will pay close attention to the details on the outside of a castle and will use printing techniques to create an effective castle wall. 




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 be using iPads to complete their research about their chosen animal.



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.

In the Summer term Year 1 will continue to bring home ‘Nonsense Words’ in their Alien Word Book to help prepare them as their phonics screening approaches in June.

English and Maths Homework

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 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 including a combination of high frequency words and phonic words. Children are expected to practise these words in preparation for a spelling test during the week.