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Summer 2

 Out and About In the Country!

This half term we are learning about…

  • How to write a dark setting description
  • How to write down our fears and think of ways to overcome them
  • How to write animal fact files
  • Different materials and their properties
  • Focussing on writing sentences ending with ‘ed’ and ‘ing’
  • How to create a story map
  • How to re-write a story using a story map
  • How to write fun and descriptive stories
  • Comparing different human and physical features of a city and a countryside
  • Studying the different country sides in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
  • How to create landscape paintings, looking closely at Van Gogh’s work
  • How to write newspaper reports
  • How to write a diary entry
  • How to use a compass and read a map

How to correctly use simple grammar and punctuation

  • The different parts of a plant or flower
  • How to conduct a scientific enquiry
  • The season of Summer and how to keep safe during it
  • How to write an informative letter
  • Life cycles of tadpoles and caterpillars
  • How to write a personal statement to give to their new Year 2 teacher                   

The children will be:

  • Begin to write their own stories and use their own ideas to write independently
  • Imagining how they would feel in a creepy dark field
  • Using all their senses to create setting descriptions
  • Going on a scavenger hunt outside to find minibeasts and objects related to animals in our local area
  • Will be debating; Where is better to live? Town vs Countryside
  • Investigating the best materials to make an owl house
  • Creating a promise tree and thinking about what traits they should take into Year 2
  • Writing their own superhero story
  • Recapping all their learning of the Year 1 writing curriculum
  • Working together to create a class rhyme and song
  • Learning how to read maps and create their own
  • Spending a day at Middleton Park learning more about wildlife and eating a yummy picnic
  • Making a worm habitat
  • Learning actions to go with the ‘Minibeast rap’

You can help your child at home by:


  • Listening to your child read on a regular basis and asking questions about the book.
  • Practising the spellings in your child’s spelling book.
  • Supporting your child with their weekly homework.
  • Encouraging your children to practise writing sentences or stories using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
  • Helping your child to learn their tricky and high frequency words.
  • Talking to your child about the environment they live in and how it is different from other places

We're going on a scavenger hunt.

This week during Science the children went on a scavenger hunt around our school grounds. Their main learning objective was to find a variety of different animals and animal features around our local environment. The children were turned into mini scientists and given magnifying glasses to observe different items closely.  The children were really engaged and enjoyed finding birds feathers, snail trails, slugs, squirrel acorns, caterpillars and lady birds on leaves. The discussion Miss Crowther received was excellent. Well done Year 1.

Are you afraid of the dark?
This week in Literacy the children met a little owl named 'plop' from the story The Owl Who Is Afraid of the Dark. We started our new topic, with an imagineering session of being in a dark setting. After discussing what we could witness with all 5 senses, the children created their own dark setting description using the pronoun 'I'. The children enjoyed creating spooky and creepy  setting descriptions, using a wide selection of descriptive language. Well Done Year 1.

Creating an owl fact file.

After meeting 'Plop' and learning fun facts about owls in our science lesson, the children created their very own owl fact file using the information gathered. The children had to write in full sentences and write about what an owl looks like, where an owl lives, what an owl eats and they also included fun facts. The children really enjoyed creating their own fact files, it was great to see the children work so hard.

We have created MANY story maps in Year 1.

Over the weeks and upcoming few weeks the children recapped their prior learning on ' What is a story map?'. They remembered the key features and created their own based on different topics.. All children worked independently and came up with fantastic ideas, based around different topics. We have created a story map about darkness and a super hero so far in Year 1.

My story is about....

After creating their story map and having a clear idea of what their story is going to be about, the children started to write. The children used their story map as a reminder to help with their writing. It was great to see, every story being so different. Year 1 you all have vivid imaginations and could become great Authors one day.  Every time the children write a story, they get more exciting to read. Well done Year 1.

Science experiment- testing materials.

This week in science, the children worked in small groups to create an owl bird house. They had a selection of materials to use; plastic, paper, card, building blocks, tissue and sticky tape. They had to design and create an owl bird house and decide, what will make the house strong, waterproof and also comfy for the owl Plop. Well done Year 1, you worked great in a team and created excellent houses. The discussion is this lesson was also excellent!!

How to keep safe in the sun?


This week during Science the children have be learning all about ‘Sun Safety’. All the children worked well together and discussed how to keep safe in the sun. The children learnt about UV rays and how it didn’t matter if there were clouds, the UV rays could still reach them and it’s always important to wear sun cream and to cover up. After discussing the season of summer, the children are excited to spend time in the sun ‘safely’. 

We really enjoyed learning key skills to become excellent footballers during PE week!

Countries and their capital cities.

This week in Geography the children have been learning all about the United Kingdom and the 4 countries included. They learnt about Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They learnt key information about each country and could match the correct capital cities and flags to the correct countries of the United Kingdom. They also learnt why each country has a capital city. Well done Year 1.

A frog's life cycle.

This week in Year 1 we have be learning all about the life cycle of a frog. We started off by reading the story 'Tadpoles Promise' to excite the children. Within our science lesson we learnt the different stages and terminology linked to a life cycle. Then within our writing lesson, we wrote a life cycle report. Well done year 1, you were excellent!

Our Year 1 Class Rhyme.

This week in Year 1, we have been reading the story Rhyming Rabbit and spotting the rhyme words. We played lots of rhyming games to ensure we understood what rhyming is. Then as a class we worked together to create a class song, making sure we used lots of rhyme words.  Well done Year 1, you did excellent and worked well together to create an awesome song.