Year 1

Curriculum Overview Year One

Summer Term 2017

Core stories – Tryannosaurus drip      The Tiger who came to tea

Subject We will be learning How you can help
English As writers and readers we will: be looking at the books Tyrannosaurus Drip and The Tiger who came to Tea. We will look at story settings particularly jungles and swamps.  We will be writing speech bubbles. Character profiles, postcards and changing story endings. We will be recording ourselves reading. In these activities and in our Big Write sessions we will be continuing to use a variety of correct punctuation – capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and finger spaces. We will also be using conjunctions such as ‘and’ & ‘because’ to expand our sentences and adjectives to make our sentences interesting. We will be introducing the term Noun and alliteration. We will continue to have daily phonics sessions. The children will participate in guided reading sessions as well as independent reading and reading activities in all curriculum areas. Share books with your child. Discuss the characters, setting etc. and see if you can spot punctuation or interesting adjectives.


Words will be sent home to learn to spell. Practise reading and spelling these words with your child and try and find them in their reading books. Spelling tests will be fortnightly.

Maths As mathematicians we will: continue exploring numbers to 20 and beyond. We will count to and across 100 from any given number. We will learn to recognise the place value of each digit in a 2 digit number.  We will learn to read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words. We will be using number bonds to 20 and their related subtraction facts. We will add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20 and beyond. We will solve one step problems using addition and subtraction, including problems with money. We will use a variety of equipment and methods to help us – including numicon, Cuisenaire rods and number lines. We will recognise and know the value of coins and notes. We will use time & ordering vocabulary especially the language of days, weeks, months and years. We will introduce the language of multiplication and division using equipments and pictorial representation to help us. We will recognise and name a half and a quarter of an object, shape and a quantity.

We will participate in daily Big Maths sessions and will complete a weekly Big Maths challenge.

You can help by supporting your child with any Maths homework they are given. They will also bring home maths games to play.

Continue to count in real life situations and use money as often as possible.

Involve your child in practical activities at home, adding and subtracting groups of objects. Adding groups of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s would support early multiplication and division skills.

Science As Scientists we will: be naming and identifying common plants, particularly deciduous and evergreen trees.  We will be naming and identifying common animals, especially those native to the United Kingdom but also those found in jungles. We will explore carnivores, herbivores and omnivores through studying Dinosaurs. We will study the human body and label particular parts. We will continue to observe seasonal changes and describe the weather associated with seasons and how the day length changes. Go for nature walks and identify and name common plants and animals. Maybe create a list of the plants and animals you have found.

Look at books about the human body – label as many parts as you can. Find out some interesting facts about the human body.

Computing As computer technicians we will:  create simple stories using texts and pictures. We will use a graphics package to produce a detailed picture. We will write simple algorithms (sequences of instructions) using beebots and the app Daisy the Dino. We will begin to blog using the VLE.


Some tasks will be given to complete on the VLE.

Practise basic keyboard skills. Discuss technology and how it is used at home.

Arts As creators we will: continue to develop our drawing skills particularly looking at creating moods in our drawings and paintings. We will study the artist Henri Rousseau and look at his use of colour. We will then produce our own collage. We will develop our printing techniques using vegetables and fruit.  We will work on whole class art projects, developing our collage and printing skills.

In Music this term we will be learning about different styles of music, including reggae and we will be learning our own song ‘Rhythm in the way we walk’. The children will be exploring clapping and using instruments to play the pulse and the rhythm. We will be singing and playing our instruments to create a final performance.

In Drama we will participate in a variety of role play activities including hot seating. In Dance we will be participating in Country Dancing, learning and performing traditional dances together.

Practise printing using a variety of objects.


When listening to music, it would help your children to understand the pulse and the rhythm if you clap along or dance to the beat. You could also discuss the songs they like and ask them to explain why.


History and Geography As explorers we will: look at the countries that make up the United Kingdom and their main cities and towns. We will learn our own address, including postcode. We will look at hot countries and compare to a cold place (our previous studies of Antartica).  We will look at weather patterns and clothes worn, comparing hot and cold climates.

We will look at the different periods of the Dinosaur age using correct time words and phrases. We will study how palaeontologists have helped us find out about the past, looking particularly at Mary Anning.

Discuss places you have visited in the United Kingdom and special features you have seen.

Look at atlases and find the UK and Africa.



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