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2019 Summer Term Year 1 - Upper School

Curriculum > 2020 Spring Term - Upper School

School Curriculum Advice for Parents

Welcome back to the Summer Term! In addition to the Yearly Outline Curriculum Plan, this table will give you more details of planned work for this term. We hope that you will be able to help your son/daughter explore and discuss these areas as well as complete homework tasks and activities. We know that children who talk to their parents about their learning make better progress, so please spend some time discussing the exciting topics that we will be covering this term. 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. Your child has aims and achievements for English and maths, which were set at the end of last term. Please ask them about these and contact your child’s teacher if the aim seems unclear, too easy, too hard or already completed.

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 (this is not an overstatement) 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 for your continued support.

Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
This term we will be studying Pop Art with a focus on the artist ‘Andy Warhol’. We will be studying his art work and using this to inspire and influence our own art work. This unit will also link with our History topic of ‘The Changing Power of the Monarchy.’

This term the children will be exploring the risks associated with online gaming and how to play safely online. They will also be looking at instant messaging services and sending appropriate content. We will then be moving onto photo editing on Microsoft Word and data collection/representation on Microsoft Excel.

This term the children will learn how bags are designed for different purposes and people. They will learn that designers must address a range of needs when designing bags, e.g. appearance, safety, comfort, practicality and size. Children will learn about making accurate patterns/templates and detailed working drawings.

Our History topic this term will be: ‘The Changing Power of the Monarchy.’ The children will learn about Kings and Queens of our nation, with a focus on how they influenced public life.

This term we will explore some of the musical styles between the 1930’s and 1960’s. We will focus on music that was popular during the Second World War, including songs sung by Vera Lynn and the instrumental genre of Swing Music and Big Bands. We will finally move on to look at the inspirational band ‘The Beatles.’ The unit will include a variety of composition, performance and listening based activities.

This term the children will be having lessons in: dance – through the decades; athletics – running, jumping and throwing; and rounders.

This term the children will be learning about ‘Financial Capabilities’; looking at household bills and the associated value and learning about what council tax is and what it goes to pay for. What do they think is the most important and how can they help save the council money?

We will be studying a variety of topics including: Pentecost and the influence of The Holy Spirit on Christians, Islam – The Kabah and Hajj; and Christian Pilgrimage.

Our Science topic this term is ‘Forces.’ We will understand, explain and test: gravity, pushes/pulls, friction, levers and pulleys. We will use instruments such as Newton meters, rulers and data loggers to make precise measurements. We will also find out about physicists, such as Isaac Newton, to further our understanding.


This term we will be exploring the names of wild animals through the storybook ‘Caminando por la jungla’ (Walking through the jungle), as well as looking at how to express different emotions.

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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