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Year 1

Summer Term 2022 

Our two topics this term are Our Planet and SportA flavour of some of what the children will be learning and experiencing during these topics is given below.

Our Planet

During this topic we will be exploring stories about features from our planet. We will first focus on the story ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers where the children will celebrate all the fantastic things about planet Earth. We will then move onto stories from another culture; focusing on ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘Meerkat Mail’. We will describe the characters and settings in the stories. We will also continue to extend our sentences when retelling the stories, using descriptive language and conjunctions, such as ‘and’, ‘because’ and ‘but’. We will also be looking closely at some poetry; discussing alliteration, similes and riddles.

This term we will be exploring different countries in Geography and making contrasts between our own country and Zambia. We will also be looking a bit closer to home in History by looking at how our school and Peterborough have changed over time.

In science, we are learning more about seasonal change, observing changes in daylight hours, weather patterns and linking with maths by collecting data on our favourite seasons.

In art, we will be focusing on sketching skills and examining the work of the artist, Max Ernst. In PE, the children will be preparing for Sports Day with a unit on athletics, whilst the indoor focus will be on Yoga. The children will also have the opportunity to be involved in the Multi Sports festival, competing with other local Primary schools.

Our computing work will involve the children understanding the basics of programming by exploring how Bee-Bots work and setting instructions for their own Bee-Bot journey.


After half term we will be looking more at dictionaries, recounts and instructions; introducing imperative verbs for the children to write their own instructions. The children will also sit the Phonics Screening check straight after half term.

We will continue our ‘sports’ theme into our history work by finding out the history of sporting events like the Olympic Games. Whilst in art the children will be focusing on sculpture work using clay to create their own medals.

In science, we will continue our seasonal change but also look more at animals including humans, linking this to our topic by finding out about healthy eating and keeping fit. We will compliment this work with an exciting visit to the Peterborough United Football ground which will include fitness activities, a talk about a balance diet and a tour of the stadium.

In computing we will continue our work on programming by looking at animations. In PE the children will be looking at team disciplines and sports involving striking and fielding.

Our maths focus for this term will be to develop the skills from term 1 and 2; further developing the children’s addition and subtraction, with a clear focus on real life problem-solving and mathematics in everyday life. We will learn about money, measures and time through various practical and written activities. We will continue our mental and oral maths tasks to build fluency for number bonds, doubles and unknown values in number sentences. We will also look more into multiplication, fractions and data handling.

During the whole term we will follow the Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme.  These units of work will focus on personal safety and managing change.

In Religious Education, we will also look at the basic beliefs and practices of a religion and how Jewish people express their beliefs and practices.