Summer Term 2022


Year 1


Theme: Into the deep


“Warm currents carried Little Turtle over a Capet of colour. She dances with the swaying sea grass. She swam with fish of every shape, size and colour. “What beauty!” she said. Happy and content Little Turtle climbed into a cozy hole in a rock and slept.”

Little Turtle and the Changing Sea




Within Year 1, stories will continue to be at the centre of the children’s learning. We will be focusing on fictional stories including Clean Up, Commotion in the Ocean and Little Turtle and the Changing Sea. Within the books, the children will be writing recounts of their experiences and instructions, and even some poetry. The children will also be encouraged to independently access fact books to research the oceans and the animals that live there. They will use the information to create their own fact files and posters about what they have learnt. Throughout all their writing, the children will be encouraged to include full stops, capital letters and add exciting adjectives!

In phonics, we will begin to introduce the children to Phase 5, whilst regularly recapping the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds. The children are now being grouped to work on the phases they find the most tricky in order to support their individual needs. The children will continue to have daily phonics sessions, where they will be encouraged to apply their learning.



This term we will build on the skills learnt in the previous term as we look at multiplication and division by our twos, fives and tens, the use of physical resources, pictorial representations and then continuing to solve equations mentally. Children will be taught to do this in a systematic way to allow them to consolidate their learning.


Understanding the World

The children will continue their learning on continents and will identify and name the five oceans. We will research the kinds of animals that live in the different oceans and in different habitats. The children will also look at the idea of climate change and plastic pollution.


Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be learning a variety of artistic skills including sketching and shading. They will be encouraged to look closely at the shapes in front of them, when completing observational drawings. They will also be looking at up cycling their rubbish into some stunning pieces of art. We will also be doing some cooking in small groups.


Personal Development and Wellbeing

The children’s personal development and wellbeing continues to be of central importance. The children will be encouraged to improve their self-confidence and growth mindset by trying a variety of new activities, including some which they may find more challenging. The children will be taking part in regular circle time to talk about their feelings, understanding the school rules and how to adjust their behaviour to different situations.



Within PE this term we will be developing gross motor and cognitive growth skills. The children will begin playing hockey by learning to control the ball and pass it between partners. Learning how to stop the ball using the correct part of their stick will allow them to learn hand eye coordination and timings. The children will be given time to evaluate their playing and given advice to constantly improve. Learning to play a team sport might be difficult for some of the children initially but this will also allow them to develop their communication skills. Children will learn the difference between powerful kicks and gentler kicks as they try and pass the ball between them. We hope to be able to demonstrate our learned skills in a fantastic Sports Day!



Throughout this term we will begin introducing the children to IT both within lessons and through continuous provision. Children will have access to iPads to read eBooks using Oxford Owls or Rising Stars and will be encouraged to access this resource independently. They will be able to use the iPads within literacy to research whale facts, which they will then either present in a class fact file or as a poster. We will be introducing Augmented Reality with our ocean cards and the children will be independently us using iPads on their scavenger hunt.



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