Summer – Year 1

Welcome to Year 1’s Summer Term

Take a look at what we’ll be exploring this term………


We will begin the term by exploring a range of fictional texts relating to our theme which is all about Pirates (ooooarghh!)     The first book we’ll be reading is called ‘The Night Pirates’ by Peter Harris & Deborah Allwright which is a fantastic pirate adventure story about a boy called Tom who joins a crew of girl pirates in a quest to find treasure across the high seas. We’ll also be using a book called ‘Molly Rogers Pirate Girl’ by Cornelia Funke to support our understanding of this genre including: story structure and language features. We’ll use ‘Talk for Write’ strategies to retell the story and innovate our writing by using a story map. Later on this term we’ll be reading some pirate poetry including ‘Pirates’ by Valerie Bloom to inspire our own poetry writing. We will also be learning to write instructions on how to make our very own pirate hat.

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules



Mulitiplication and Division

Building upon the counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s work we’ve completed during the Spring term, we’ll be introducing the concept of multiplication and division through learning to double, half (make equal groups) and making simple arrays. We will also introduce fractions by learning about how some shapes can be split into equal halves and quarters.

Position and Direction

We will be exploring position and direction by using key vocabulary: ‘quarter turn’, half a turn’, ‘three quarters of a turn’ and ‘whole turn’.

Numbers to 100

Building upon our numbers to 50 work, we’ll be learning to count to 100, exploring number patterns using number grids,  ordering and sequencing numbers and learning how to apply our existing knowledge of number bonds to numbers up to 100.


We will continue to review our learning about: days of the week, months of the year and seasons. During this unit we’ll be learning to use new vocabulary: before and after, learning how to use a calendar, how to tell the time to the hour and half hour and how to write time.


We’ll be recognising and counting coins : 1p, 2p, 5p, 20p, 50p £1 & £2 and recognising notes: £5, £10, £20 & £50



This term’s topic is all about ‘Plants’ and we’ll be learning to recognise the common features, similarities and differences between plants and trees. We’ll learn about the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants and how to identify, name and describe the main parts of a plant, including trees. We will be learning the meaning of ‘evergreen’ and ‘desiduous’ and we’ll grow our own plants which the children can observe throughout the term. This year, Corrie Primary & Nursery School is entering the Tatton Park Schools garden competition and each year group is growing plants so that they can contribute to our competition entry. Fingers crossed!

We will also be finishing our unit on ‘Changing Seasons’. The children have been learning about each season throughout the year and have already completed some investigations in school to find out about the weather. The children will be exploring nature during the summer term through a series of outdoor lessons including our recent introduction of Forest school. We will finish the unit by completing our seasonal data strip and comparing/contrasting information across the four seasons. Hopefully we’ll have time to arrange a lovely summer walk down to the river.



‘Ooooarhhh me hearties’ and ‘Shiver Me Timbers’. Our topic this term is learning all about pirates and treasure! We will be learning about who pirates were and when & why they sailed around the world. To do this we’ll be identifying and learning about the world’s oceans and compare/contrast our own town of Denton with a town on the Carribean Islands. We will be learning some basic map skills and complete a local Geographical study. Children will also learn about some famous pirates including the notorious English pirate, ‘Blackbeard’. We will be using our DT skills to make pirate hats, bandanas and flags!

We’ll conclude our ‘Pirates’ unit with an exciting end of year Pirate Party!

Keep an eye out for our Pirates themed Homework menu. Children need to complete one piece of homework per week from the menu.



This term we will be studying a unit titled, ‘What does it mean to belong to a faith community?’ Children will think and explore what belonging means to them. We will will learn about how religious people show they belong to their faith community, about the ways babies are welcomed in religions faiths and the promises made at weddings. Children will think about their own network of belonging and how we all belong to someone.



The children will follow the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and this term will be learning how to create media using digital writing. They will learn how to use a keyboard, how to add and delete information, explore the tool bar and change information using choices that they can explain to others.

Later in the term they will continue with the creative media unit by learning how to use a computer to digitally paint. They will learn about the tools available to draw and paint using freehand, how to draw and paint lines & shape, how to select the size of paintbrushes to create different effects and use the skills learnt to create a piece of art in the style of an artist.



Following our Charanga scheme, children will be following a unit called, ‘Your Imagination’ followed by a unit called, ‘Reflect, Rewind & Replay’. Children will learn to sing a song throughout the unit which they will perform at the end of the unit. Children will also play the Glockenspiel and recorder to accompany the song they’ve learnt. Children will listen and appraise a range of songs throughout both units using: Pitch, pulse & rhythm and tempo to describe, compare & contrast the pieces of music.



Our Jigsaw topics for this term are ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’. In ‘Relationships’ we will be learning about families and how they can be diverse, friendships and what good qualities we look for in a friend, appropriate ways to greet friends and people who can help us in our school community.

In ‘Changing Me’ we will look at the life cycles of animals and humans, identify ways that our bodies have changed since being a baby, identify girl and boy parts of the body using scientific vocabulary and discuss changing and growing as part of our development.

Please note that there will be a dedicated parents/carers meeting to discuss and inform you about the lessons in our ‘Changing Me’ unit.



The children will continue to follow the ‘Primary Passport Curriculum’ which the KickStart team will support us to deliver. In the first half term, children will be learning about Athletics with a focus on how to run and jump using different styles of jumping. They will also learn to throw a javelin. In the last half term, children will be developing their invasion games skills by learning to: dribble a ball with either hand, receiving and trapping a ball, passing a ball using bounce and combining a jump with passing a ball.

At Corrie we monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday this term.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school all week, every week as we may change sessions and because we monitor having a kit to wear as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.



Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. As children progress through Reading Eggs, they are awarded with reading certificates which we check weekly, print off in school and celebrate in class. This has proven to be a great motivator for children as they become proud and confident readers. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Homework books along with Google Classroom logins. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.)

We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly for each book in line with school policy.

We will send home two ‘reading’ books each week:

The first is a ‘phonically decodable’ book. This just means that with practice children should be able to read the words by ‘sounding out’ (saying each letters sound and then blending them together to read the word). This book will be closely matched with the phonics your child is learning at school. We will send this book home with your child until they can recall the letter sound matches and use blending to read the words to you.

The second book is a ‘Guided Read’ book which they will be reading in school with the teacher in a small reading group. This book will contain words your child may not be able to decode using their phonics.You should read this book to them encouraging them to point to the words as you say them, joining in where they can. This will build your child’s sight vocabulary.

We will check reading records and change reading books as appropriate once per week every Wednesday. Howeverplease make sure your child has their reading books and diary in school every day as we sometimes have opportunity to do extra reading or to change books more frequently.



In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths and/or a reading task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Pirates homework menu.

Children are encouraged to be as creative as they wish and can choose how to present their homework so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O. Mrs. Ethel or Miss. Richards

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.


On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

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