Summer Term

In the Summer term we will cover many areas of the curriculum through our study of ‘We do like to be beside the seaside’. We will investigate key features of the seaside comparing seasides now, and in the past.

As readers, we will continue to develop our phonic knowledge through daily Read Write Inc. sessions whilst also undertaking daily group guided reading. Through guided reading, we will enjoy sharing and discussing a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Children will develop improved fluency and the ability to summarise what they have read. They will learn to make sensible predictions, read beyond the text and answer a range of questions appropriate to the book they are reading.

We will also be sharing the following texts during our English lessons:

  • The Scarecrow's Wedding by Julia Donaldson
  • The Storm Whale by Benji Davies
  • Katie Morag by Mairi HedderwicK
  • The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch by David and Rhonda Armitage

As writers, we will continue to develop our confidence to write independently using the phonics sounds we have learnt so far. We will focus specifically on what a simple sentence needs to include: a capital letter at the beginning, clear finger gaps and a full stop at the end. We will use the stories and texts we have shared to stimulate ideas for our writing. Through this we will develop our spelling, punctuation and grammar focusing on: nouns, adjectives, verbs, suffixes and prefixes, exclamation marks and question marks. We will also be writing information texts about how to reduce plastic waste and how to look after our oceans.

Throughout this term we will continue to learn and perfect our spelling of the Year 1 Common Exception Words.

As mathematicians, we will continue to practise and increase our fluency in the areas we have previously learnt, including using them to solve problems, whilst developing new skills in multiplication, fractions and positional maths.

As geographers, we will be gaining knowledge of human and physical features of the seaside. We will be creating our own seaside pictures including key features, and labelling whether these are human or physical.

As historians, we will be learning about what seasides used to be like in the past, comparing items used now at the seaside with those used in the past and discussing why, and how, things have changed. We will also be looking at Grace Darling and how her bravery helped save the lives of others.

As designers, we will embed the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet, using this knowledge to design and make a healthy picnic. We will evaluate the dishes we prepare, considering strengths and opportunities for improvement.

As artists, we will be learning how to use clay effectively, experimenting with different techniques to recreate a seaside shell. During our work on plastic pollution, and saving our oceans, we will have a visit from an illustrator, showing us how we can recreate seaside creatures using recycled rubbish. We will look at the work of Vincent Van Gogh, using his ‘Sunflower’ painting as a basis for sketching our own sunflowers, Again we will critique our work, in order to improve and develop our creations.

As computer users, we will be using technology purposefully to create a ‘sun safety’ poster. We will be using programmes on the iPad to create our posters, and learning how to use the app ‘Book Creator’. We will learn about how to store and retrieve the our work independently.

As theologians, we will learn about how people from different faiths celebrate weddings. We will be comparing a Buddhist wedding and a Christian wedding and looking at some of the key traditions from each faith. We will also be learning the story of Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat.

As citizens in PSHE, we will learn about our identity, relationships, risk and safety, diversity and equality, power and making sure we are promoting a healthy balanced lifestyle.

As musicians, we will sing songs about the seaside, and will compose music to describe an underwater scene. We will learn about melody, movement and phrases.

As sports people, we will be participating in a variety of track and field events and working in a competitive environment. We will focus on running in an individual track and staying in our own lane. In addition, we will explore the basic skills of striking a ball and improving on our hand-eye coordination. We will focus on how to hold a cricket bat correctly and standing with the correct stance.

Visits

We have plans for an artist to visit us and create sea life artwork, using rubbish that we may find in the sea. This will help us understand the importance of protecting our sea life from pollution.