Class 1 - Reception and Year 1





Class 1 – Summer 1 2018

Through our topics of Significant People and Changes we shall be learning about -

Numeracy – continuing to practise addition and subtraction and learning how to use a number line; Year 1 will be introduced to multiplication and division. Our work on money/shopping will help put these calculation skills into problem solving situations. Year 1 will be trying to commit more number facts to memory such as number bonds to 10,20 and related facts  (eg 12+8=20, so 20-8=12 etc) and halves and doubles. We shall all be practising writing our numbers carefully – Year 1 numbers to 100, Reception numbers to 20. Year 1 will be trying to learn to write the numbers 1-20 in words, as part of the spellings they need to acquire in Year 1.  We shall be learning to say the days of the week/ months of the year in order. We shall be revising telling the time and measuring the passage of time with clocks and timers as we have a try at our own Tour De Yorkshire. We shall be  continuing our ‘Kung Fu’ Maths scheme where children can progress through different coloured ‘belts’ as they are able to demonstrate key maths skills and knowledge. For example being able to count backwards from 20/10 or counting up to 50 in 5s etc 

Literacy – in preparation for the Year 1 phonics test in June we shall be developing our phonic knowledge (Reception –consolidating phase 2 sounds and beginning phase 3 sounds / Year 1 – consolidating phase 4 sounds and introducing phase 5, consonant blends, alternative long vowel phonemes and tricky words ); improving our segmenting and blending skills; consolidating our use of pronouns, adjectives, verbs; practising how to create and write sentences; learning how to use question marks and commas; enjoying and writing letters and information texts. Our regular spelling practice will include number words; tricky words; words with the suffix –er / -est / -ing. We shall be reading lots of information books together and improving the fluency of our own reading. Those in Reception will all be starting to read the first books in our reading scheme at school and all will be trying to blend sounds /read 3 letter words. Year 1 will continue to improve their fluency in reading and work on decoding ¾ syllable words. Year 1 will also work on their comprehension and reading for meaning.

Science – observing seasonal changes connected with Spring. Recording weather – through observation, measuring collected rainfall,  reading daily temperatures. We shall be learning about flowering plants and planting seeds which we can nurture in our outdoor area. Our pond will enable us to watch the wildlife around it as it changes over the warmer months. We shall continue to learn about scientific skills as we conduct and write up scientific investigations.


Humanities – our hospital role-play area will help us to learn about Florence Nightingale and being healthy. We shall learn about our senses and body parts. There are many important dates in this half term and where possible we shall use them to facilitate our learning, We shall learn about St. George and what this day means. We shall discuss May Day and how democratic voting takes place on polling day. We shall try and conduct our own Tour De Yorkshire and a big focus this term will be planning and carrying out our own Royal Wedding. We shall need to learn about the royal family and the Christian ceremony of a wedding.  In the last week we shall step back in time and see first hand what the world was like as we experience a day at Beamish. Also as we approach the Muslim festival of Eid we shall learn all about Ramadan which leads up to it,

Art & D.T - Painting - colour mixing and collage. We shall be trying to create flowers and creatures in the style of the illustrator Eric Carle. We shall also be developing our observational drawing skills as we draw and label flowers, trees etc using various graphic media.

Music - learning our counting/ alphabet songs/ parts of the body songs. We shall learn about simple picture notation. We shall develop our bucket drumming to practise rhythm and simple recording of composition. This will also help us to split words into syllables for spelling purposes.

P.E – Mr Devlin on Tuesdays ; Mrs Kimpton will be working with class 1 on Wednesday afternoons delivering ball skills and games. Miss Barker will also snatch some hall time where possible for dance/music related movement.

R.E – We shall learn about Christian worship and festivals such as a wedding. We shall be finding out about some of the rituals and ways of life of a Muslim as they enter the period of Ramadan.  We shall try to learn the Lord’s Prayer. Our focus value this half term is Creation. We shall be learning about the creation story.

Computing – We shall use our programming skills as we use the Beebots to travel around a route. Reception will be learning how to log on to ActiveLearn and start creating their own page.

PSHCE- We shall be working each week on a series of lessons from our new scheme of work 'SCARF' which is based on different aspects such as safety, caring, friendship etc. This half term we shall focus on being healthy and hygienic so we do not get ill.  

Forest Skills – At least once a week there will be opportunity to do our learning outdoors. Wellies are always useful as we will get muddy.


If you need any more advice, let me know at the back door in a morning or via the homework/communication book.

Miss D L Barker