Our School This Term

What’s happening in class? Summer 2018


During the Summer Term in Nursery we will be covering ‘Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales’ and ‘Under the Sea’.

These are two very fun and exciting topics which help to improve our listening, speaking and understanding, along with many other skills.

If you have a favourite story, maybe you could bring it to Nursery to share with your friends!

We will also be working on numbers and initial sounds this term as we get ready to move up to Reception.



During the first half term reception will be focusing on plants and flowers. We are going to plant and grow our own vegetable, such as potatoes and beans. We will hopefully be able to grow flowers and examine the petals and compare them to one another. Hopefully this half term the children will begin to care for the natural world around them, looking after plants and also insects that we discovered last half term.
In literacy we will continue our focus on phonics, recapping and covering both initial sounds of letters and phase 3 digraphs found on the letters and sounds website. When it comes to writing we will continue to write short captions for pictures with the aim of writing several sentences and eventually a story independently. Our reading focus this term will be lots of tricky words that cannot be sounded out using the letter sounds, such as the and no. We hope that by now your child is reading their story books to you and we will change the books regularly to keep it fresh and exciting.
During our maths lessons we will have a greater focus on numbers and counting. We want the children to become confident counting forwards and backwards to at least 20. We also want to make the children confident by counting on from a given number and not always having to start at 0/1 to find out the answer. We will also look at subtracting numbers, recognising that we have to start with the larger number and take away the smaller number.
In the second half term we are going to get ready to visit the zoo, so our focus will be on different animals that we might see at the zoo. We will look at stories such at Dear Zoo to build the excitement for the children. We want the children to show care for different animals and this will start with a visit from Ark Farm, which the children may remember from last year.
In our maths and literacy lessons we will look to consolidate our knowledge from the school year, with lots of opportunities for writing and counting. We also want the children to become confident using the different mathematical language of heavy, empty, full and light, so we will try to involve lots of water and messy play to practice filling and emptying containers to use this language appropriately.
It’s an exciting term with lots of activities planned, so here are some links below to help you prepare for the term ahead:



Year One

In literacy this term we will be learning about different types of stories. We will be writing descriptive sentences with expanded noun phrases. We will also be learning how adding suffixes and prefixes to words changes their meaning. When reading we will be working hard to understand the meaning of what we read.
In maths we will continue to learn about addition and subtraction using number lines as well as continuing to learn about multiplication, moving on to multiples of 5 and 10.
In our Creative Curriculum learning we will be learning about Europe this half term and learning about plants and animals next half term.
Websites for you to try with your children:
If you would like to have fun helping your child with their learning have a look at the games on these websites.
Here are some great free literacy games.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/ Try Deep Sea Phonics, Alien Punctuation and Kung Fu Sentences.
Here are some great numeracy games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/ . Try Number Pyramid, Camel Times Tables and Forest Ordering.
There are loads of great educational literacy and numeracy games at http://www.ictgames.com/
To find out about Europe have a look at https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/earth/continents/europe/
To find out about plants try: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/plants.html
To find out about animals try: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ and search for animals. You do not need to subscribe to the magazine to use the website. http://www.ictgames.com/


 Year Two

In literacy this term we will be working with different stories and discussing the things that make them enjoyable. We will be looking at using prefixes and suffixes to change words. We will be looking at adverbs and how they add information to our sentences.
In numeracy we will be looking at addition and subtraction using two tens numbers. We will be using a number line to add to our numbers using 10’s and 1’s jumps as well as learning how to multiply and divide simple numbers. We will also find out how to measure in different ways and what unit we use to do this.
In our creative curriculum we will be exploring Europe with Barnaby bear. This will involve finding out more about Germany, Italy, Spain and France. We will be learning how to use a map and using them to find different places around the world. In art we will be using printing and photography to see the leaves around us. In music we will be using rhythm and instruments to sing various songs from different countries.
Have a go at some online games at home that are both fun and educational!
Here are some great free literacy games.
Here are some super maths games to work through.


Year Three

Welcome to the summer term! Our first topic will be Castles. The children will learn about why castles were so important and where different castles (and remains of castles) can be found around the United Kingdom. They will also be able to test their imagination as they are taken back in history to the time when Bedford Castle was under siege. Yes, Bedford! They will learn where the castle was, what happened there and where to go should they wish to visit the site which is located by the River Ouse. It promises to be a fantastic topic!

After half term, the children will be looking at War and finding the answers to such questions as; why do they happen? Who starts them? How do they impact on people? There will be lots of opportunities to research information and ask lots of questions to allow the children to develop a better understanding of both historical and more recent wars. It will be interesting to see what ideas they have for preventing wars in the future and whether they can use any of these ideas to support their own conflict resolution skills both in and outside of the classroom.

In Literacy, the children will spend some time researching and learning what an adventure really is, before identifying key features of an adventure story. They will then explore their own adventurous side and let their own creative juices flow by writing their own potential best seller! This will be followed by looking at the art of persuasion and encouraging the children to realise how powerful their chosen words can be if used effectively. Can better language choices really help to change someone’s mind? We will find out!

Numeracy will begin with an opportunity for the children to re-cap a variety of skills that have been explored this year. It will be a very busy, but also very fun half term with as many practical tasks as possible to help encourage the children to further understand the importance of numeracy in our everyday lives. Fractions, time, measure, money and problem solving are just a few of the areas we will be covering.

We always have a strong focus on times tables each term, however, any practise you can support your child with at home would be fantastic and any additional support you can offer your child with fractions, in particular, fractions of quantities (e.g 2/5 of 25) would also be of benefit.

If you would like advice or support with how you can provide any of the support suggested above, please feel free to ask.


Year Four

Literacy will be encouraging as much speaking and listening as possible and trying to draw on this to improve your child’s vocabulary, understanding and ability to explain and describe.  We will be looking at different types of publications, such as leaflets, and helping your children to understand how and why various types of media exist.  There will also be a big focus on enjoying and producing poetry and stories of different kinds.

Numeracy is very practical this term and involves all sorts of measuring and using equipment to help us.  We also have a very heavy focus on our times tables and number strategies as the children begin to learn more advanced methods of calculation, including algebra.  Please help your child practise their times tables – it will really help them to succeed in their maths lessons this term.

Our topic work for the first half term focuses on castles and Tudors.  We are looking at how life was during Tudor times and the different things that contributed to this.  There is a strong emphasis on art and design, so we will be portraying castles in many unusual ways.  Look out for some of our work on the Seesaw App!  Second half term we are studying war and the effect it has on our population and our planet.  We will be creating music and trying to empathise with situations across the world from both the past and the present.

Please take some time to look at the scores, results and work that we post on the doors and windows of year 4 for you to see when you come to collect your children at the end of each day.

These websites will help your child with the work we are covering this term.  Please take some time to look at them with your child.





Year Five

In literacy this term year 5’s will read the modern classic Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Murpurgo. They explore emotions and points of view, ending the unit with their own extra chapter for this extraordinary tale. The text is used to study pronouns, determiners, and effective linking within and between paragraphs.

They will then use a range of sea poems (provided) and The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy, to explore the use of imagery and description. They will go on to discuss how to use language to evoke feelings and produce impressions and then draft and write their own poem about the Titanic.

In their study of non-chronological reports year 5 will use texts about iPads and iPhones to introduce features of non-chronological reports. They will then research information about another electronic device and write reports.

The last unit is on “letters and correspondence”. Children will read a selection of fascinating letters, both formal and informal, from different periods of history. They will learn to recognise and use modal verbs, and find out about the correct use of colons, semi colons and dashes. They will focus on resumes in particular, and use the examples from the book to create a CV and covering letter for an ideal or imaginary future job

Top marks: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation
BBC Bite-size KS2 English: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zv48q6f


In numeracy we will continue to build on previous knowledge and apply their understanding to real life problems and carry out various mathematical investigations. Mental calculation strategies continue to be a focus and the maths lessons will contain oral and mental mathematics, working towards quick recall of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division facts and visualisation of numbers. We will also continue with fractions in the form of adding and subtracting mixed numbers, solving problems requiring scaling by simple fractions and, expressing remainders as fractions in division. We will also work on recognising and using square and cube numbers, decimals and percentages are covered in more detail including co-ordinates, symmetry and reflection and angles.

BBC Bite-size KS2 Maths: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/
Maths is fun: http://www.mathsisfun.com/links/curriculum-year-5.html
Year 5 math games: http://primarygamesarena.com/Years/Year-5

Our creative curriculum this term will develop their knowledge of the Viking invasion and settlement in Britain. They will explore where the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings came from, how they fought for territory and power, and how their fighting led to the kingdom of England we know today. They will study about famous Viking leaders and explorers, the beliefs and weapons of the Viking warriors, and will design and construct their own Viking shields and long ships. They will consolidate their knowledge by creating a Viking Quest game.

Viking Fun Facts: https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/vikings/
BBC Bitesize-KS2 History [Vikings]: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/ztyr9j6