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 Alice in Wonderland 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 poems with rhyming patterns to prepare the children for writing their own. We will learn how to write a recount using specific language and learn how to organise our writing effectively. We will look at a range of stories from other cultures describing settings. This term the children will focus upon the Three Little Pigs for their traditional tale focus.  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. We will look at animal habitats and why animals have a preference for particular living conditions.  We will also investigate the structure of common wild and garden plants and trees.  Further into the topic, the children will be looking into the structure of plants and trees.



Children will complete a study of ‘The Mosque’. Within this study, the children will learn about the internal and external features of the Mosque and will discuss different reasons why Muslims visit a Mosque. We will also compare and contrast traditions and festivals in Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths.


Design & Technology

The children will create pop up Punch & Judy puppets linked to our History topic of ‘Holidays in the past’.  As a class, the children will create pulley system linked to The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch.



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 P.E. so it is essential that they have their full P.E. kit (P.E. T-shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit bottoms, spare socks), including trainers, in school for the full week. 


The children will continue to develop rhythm and pulse through action songs.  They will practise singing with expression and learn to hold their own part in a round.  The children will use Charanga to explore their singing and rhythmic skills as well as using musical instruments to support their understanding of rhythm and pulse.  Linking with the Year 1 African topic the children will be learning about African music.


In the Summer Term Year 1 will be focussing on living in the wider world, understanding that there are rules and expectations.  Within this topic the children will learn about sharing, turn taking, lending and borrowing and communities.


Reading Rollercoaster and Maths mountain

These reward schemes allow children to earn certificates while developing their reading and mental maths skills.  To progress along the Reading Rollercoaster, the pupils must hand in signed reading records twice weekly.  Progression up the Maths Mountain will be based upon a weekly mental maths test

Reading books will be changed once a week and will be given two books for the week.

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

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 to choose a book from their class’s reading area which they would like to read.

This term we will introduce a homework drop box, could you please encourage your children to deposit their homework in the correct box, in order to develop their independence.


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.

Alien words


This term the children will bring home weekly alien words practice.  We encourage children to read the words with parents, putting ‘sound buttons’ underneath each sound in order to segment and blend the words.