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2019 Summer Term Year 1 - Lower School

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School Curriculum Advice for Parents

Welcome back to the Summer Term! We hope that this grid will give you helpful details of planned work for this term. Please assist your son/daughter in exploring and discussing these areas. We trust you continue to find the homework diary useful and intend to continue to suggest activities in it.

All year groups will be having English and Mathematics lessons every day. The most important way to help your children is to read with them on a daily basis. The more you read together the better they will do in school and in life!

“Families that read together succeed together!”

We will also continue to suggest spellings and times tables to learn in the homework diary too as this type of work is also considered beneficial. Please continue to refer to the homework diary for general reminders about expectations, such as those relating to uniform. Thank you!

Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
In the first half of the term we will find out about the cave paintings discovered within the Stone Age. We will use our research to make our own cave paintings.

In the first part of the half term, we will be doing an e-safety unit, looking at cyber bullying. Following on from this, we will be exploring how we communicate in the digital world, including blogging, social media and emailing.

In DT this term we aim to research different types of bread, find out where it comes from, how bread is made and how it fits into our healthy, daily diet. We will taste and evaluate different types of breads. We will plan, design, make and evaluate our own twist on homemade bread.

Throughout the term we will be exploring the history of Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, examining how life changed over the course of these periods.


This term we will be: learning about the orchestra and the different instruments; listening and analysing Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and composing pieces of our own, inspired by art and the artist Kandinsky.

In P.E. the children will be having lessons in: dance – learning a group routine with a Stone Age theme; gymnastics – floor and apparatus work; athletics – running, jumping & throwing; cricket – striking and fielding. The last swimming session will take place on Friday 19 July 2019.

The first half term’s unit of work gives a range of opportunities for children to explore their values in relation to finding money (or property); the rights and wrongs of keeping such items and the law. In the final part of the year we will look at changes that have taken place in their lives, change can be good as well as bad, draw a journey of their life and add feelings about each event. Then conclude with thinking about changes for next year.


Over the course of this term, we will be covering topics including: The Circle of the Christian Year; Islam: The Mosque, Muhammad and The Qu’ran; God’s Transforming Power.

This term we will be learning about rocks and soils. We will find out how rocks are made as well as sorting them according to their properties. After half term, we will explore materials and how some solids turn into liquids when they are heated.

This term, we will be looking at a story called, ‘The Four Friends’, food and ‘The Carnival of Animals’.

You may like to talk to your child about these topics. The prospectus (which details how the different subjects are taught) is available for download by clicking here. In addition, you may also wish to:

  • research ideas at the local library and help your child to develop his/her library skills;
  • search the internet for relevant websites and activities (see the links section);
  • watch relevant television programmes that may support their work, or visit a museum or place of interest;
  • simply talk to your child about what they are learning!

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