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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 1

Summer Term

We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 1 curriculum for the Summer Term 2019.



During the Summer Term, we will first be exploring the cautionary tale of Lila and the Secret of Rain. It is a story about a village in Kenya that has been experiencing a terrible drought for months. Will Lila save her village?


Later in the term, children will read The Jolly Postman which has been a classroom favourite for many years. It is a fun rhyming story following the day’s work of the Jolly Postman as he delivers letters around a fairy-tale town to various characters from European traditional stories and nursery rhymes. The letters to the characters take many forms and are dispersed throughout the book in lovely envelope pockets from which the reader can take out the ‘real’ letters to have a close look.


Children will be learning:

  • To explore, interpret and respond to picture books.
  • To explore narrative setting, plot and characters.
  • To broaden understanding and use of well-chosen vocabulary.
  • To sequence events to retell a narrative.
  • To write simple non-chronological reports.



In Numeracy during summer term 1, we will be focusing on Measuring Space. Children will be learning:

  • To know the units of hours, minutes and seconds.
  • To use appropriate equipment to measure a given distance (mass, capacity, time).
  • To record measurements using a system of non-standard or standard units.
  • To know the language of comparison.
  • To compare two lengths (masses, capacities, times).
  • To order a selection of lengths (masses, capacities, times).
  • To use appropriate language when making comparisons.
  • To solve problems involving length, height, mass, volume or time.


In Numeracy during summer term 2, we will be looking at Exploring Money: Calculating: Multiplication and Division. Children will be learning:

  • To recognise and know the value of different denomination of coins and paper banknotes.
  • To solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representation and arrays.



In Science, we will be looking at Animals and Humans throughout the term. Children will learn:

  • To identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
  • To identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
  • To describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals including pets).
  • To identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which parts of the body is associated with each sense.


As part of our science themed term, children will also be studying Space in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the first moon landing. Children will look at the planets and stars, and how astronauts travel into space. There will be exciting enrichment opportunities, including a planetarium dome visit in school for the children to enjoy!



In this term, our topic for Computing will be ‘We are Celebrating’. Children will be learning:

  • To develop basic keyboard skills, through inputting and formatting text.
  • To develop basic mouse skills.
  • To use the internet to find and select images.
  • To develop skills in opening and saving files.
  • To improve vocabulary and sentence work by using a word bank.
  • To develop skills in combining text and images.
  • To discuss their work and think about whether it could be improved.


We will be exploring our next topic: ‘Let’s go on a Safari’. Children will start by looking at a world map to identify the location of the seven continents and five oceans of the world. They will then find both the UK and Kenya on a world map and be introduced to the explorers who are excited about going on safari! Children will find out about the climate and weather in Kenya to help the explorers pack the appropriate clothing. They will discover that Kenya has a range of land features that affect the temperature, as well as having only two seasons (a wet and a dry season) thanks to its position near the equator. They will be introduced to the four points of a compass and use these to help them navigate around a map.
Our unit will be ‘Travel and Transport’. Children will be learning:

  • To compare modes of transport now and in the past.
  • To find out about the invention of trains and how this affected travel.
  • To find out about the invention of motor cars.
  • To find out about the first aeroplane flights.
  • To find out about the first landing on the moon.

In summer term 1, our main focus this term is on ‘Moving Pictures’. Children will explore and use mechanisms (for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axels) in their products. Children will start by looking at a variety of storybooks that have moving parts before they go on to explore ways of using sliders to move objects around the page and to make objects appear and disappear.
Later in the term, we will be looking at ‘Playgrounds’. Children will discuss what they enjoy most when playing in the playground, before taking a more detailed look at some familiar pieces of playground equipment, such as slides, swings and roundabouts. They will explore the components, features and materials of these pieces of equipment and learn how to describe them.
This term in PE, children will play co-operative and target games, which will include throwing balls at a range of different targets, and building on their ball skills in a cricket context. Later on in the term, children will be focusing on athletics skills with an emphasis on developing the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and co-ordination.
In our topic ‘Relationships’, children will be learning:

  • To identify the members of my family and understand that there are lots of different types of families.
  • To identify what being a good friend means to me.
  • To know appropriate ways of physical contact to greet my friends and know which ways I prefer.
  • To manage uncomfortable feelings – such as pride and jealousy.
  • To know who can help me in my school community.
  • To recognise my qualities as person and a friend.
  • To tell you why I appreciate someone who is special to me.

Later in the term, our topic will be ‘Changing Me’. Children will be learning:

  • To understand the life cycles of animals and humans.
  • To tell some things about me that have changed and some things about me that have stayed the same.
  • To tell others how my body has changed since I was a baby.
  • To identify the parts of the body that make boys different to girls.
  • To understand that every time I learn something new I change a little bit.
  • To tell others about changes that have happened in my life.



In RE our focus for this term is Hinduism, the children will be learning to:

  • Name and talk about key Hindu objects, artefacts, beliefs, teachings and practices.
  • Understand how the everyday actions of a Hindu are influenced by their beliefs and values.
  • Retell Hindu stories and messages and explain what is important to a Hindu person and why.
  • Suggest meanings for religious actions and symbols.
  • Discuss and connect ideas between different religions (e.g. how you show that you belong/ why identity is important, etc.).


Later in the term, our focus will be Sikhism, and the children will be learning to:

  • Name and talk about objects, artefacts and practices which are special for Sikhs.
  • Retell Sikh stories and messages and explain what is important to a Sikh person and why.
  • Discuss and connect ideas between different religions (e.g., how you show that you belong).