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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y1 Curriculum

Summer 1 2023. The medium term plan for this half term can be found below.


Curriculum information – Summer 1 2023


In English this half term we will continue to work on writing short stories in four parts.  The children will be working towards being able to plan and write a complete story by the end of term, so we will be helping them build on their resilience and planning skills. We will also continue to remind children to use capital letters and full stops alongside our work on sentences and knowing when one ends, and another begins! We will use some short animations to support the children’s story writing and keep them engaged. Handwriting will be a focus and children will work on neat handwriting and maintaining correct letter sizes.  In phonics we will revise the digraphs we learnt during the Autumn Term and the start of the Spring Term in preparation for the phonics screening test. As soon as the test is complete we will return to learning all the alternatives such as au, or and al.


Using our spiral curriculum for maths, we will be returning to place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division this half term.  We will be working with numbers to 100 and consolidating counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Children will now be applying their knowledge and using it to solve simple words problems.


We will be revising the countries of the United Kingdom, the four points on the compass and the continents and oceans of the world. We will be making our weather station and taking readings from Harlow, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, with a view to seeing how weather is different in other parts of the United Kingdom. We will then begin our fieldwork if there is time, mapping the number of wild and planted flowers on the school grounds.


This term we will be learning about wild and garden flowering plants.  The children will understand the difference and we will learn the names of several flowering plants.  The children will learn to recognise and correctly name the parts of a plant.  We will be starting our KS1 garden on our frost day back, and this will support the children’s learning. We will continue to think about the seasons.


We will spend a week more finishing our multimedia work with another look at changing text size, colour and background using keynote. We will then move on to look again at coding, with a brief recap on using beebots and then making a simple animation with Scratch Jr. Children will learn to use the coding blocks as well as debug programmes.


Our focus in art is painting.  The children will recap some of their learning about primary and secondary colours and then learn to refine their colour mixing to produce a range of colours to create a picture in the style of Edward Tingatinga. We will also look at the work of Piet Mondrian and Bridget Riley.


After doing some fabulous work using the djembe drums, the children will start to compose this term. They will be creating a graphic score about the weather using picture symbols and moving on the creating some symbols of their own.  They will be using a range of percussion instruments and will be thinking about producing descriptive sounds.  We will look at some fun pieces that use a graphic score from composers such as John Cage and Cathy Berberian a well as many others who write descriptive music.


We are doing lots in P.E.  Because the social element of very important in P.E., we will be including some outdoor teamwork/orienteering games. This is to encourage the children to work as a team, finding clues around the school and solving problems together.  This will strengthen their teamwork in competitive games and help them learn to think of others in all aspects of school life!  We will be doing some gymnastics using the equipment and basing much of the routines that we make up on traditional tales such as The Three Billy Goats Gruff. If there is time, we will also start to do some athletics in preparation for Sports Day!