Our School This Term

What’s happening in class? Summer 2019


During the Summer Term our topics in Nursery are ‘Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales’ and ‘Under the Sea’.

In the first half term we will be reading a different story each week and doing lots of literacy, maths and art activities that relate to each book. The first story we will look at is Jack and the Beanstalk. We will be counting lots of magic beans and measuring some giant footsteps!

During the second half term, we ask the children what they would like to learn about in relation to ‘Under the Sea’. This gives the children the opportunity to investigate their interests and be more independent in their learning. We often look at sea creatures and pirates. It is lots of fun!

We will continue to do phonics each week in the Summer Term and encourage the children to start writing their names.


During the first summer half term, reception class will be looking at plants and flowers. We are going to grow our own vegetables, such as potatoes, and will see if we can cook them to create our own chips! It will be exciting to see the growth over time and see the children plant and tend to their own crops. Most importantly during the first week back to school we will have the farm visiting Priory, so make sure you are in school!

During the second half term we will be focusing on animals, both domestic and wild animals. We will prepare the children ready for our trip to Whipsnade Zoo in July. We will introduce the children to new books such as Dear Zoo and Down in the Jungle. We will also be preparing for our assembly, so keep an eye out for a date for your diary.

In literacy we are going to focus on consolidating our knowledge of using our sounds to spell new words and write simple sentences. We are going to focus on several stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, we might even meet a giant! In maths we will continue to look at numbers and shapes. We will be adding, subtracting, doubling and halving amounts so we can become confident and independent. We shall relook at making patterns and spotting mistakes in those patterns as well as using shapes and recognising characteristics of shapes, such as how many corners and sides it has.





Year One

In literacy this term we will be learning about different types of stories.  We will writing descriptive sentences with expanded noun phrases.   We will be learning how adding suffixes and prefixes to words changes their meaning.   In 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.  We will also continue with multiplication, moving on to multiples of 5 and 10.

In our Creative Curriculum learning we will be learning about the United Kingdom this half term and about plants and animals next half term.

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.  Try Deep Sea Phonics, Alien Punctuation and Kung Fu Sentences.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy

Here are some great numeracy games.  Try Number Pyramid, Camel Times Tables and Forest Ordering.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths

There are loads of great educational literacy and numeracy games at http://www.ictgames.com/

For ideas about the United Kingdom have a look at: http://projectbritain.com/

Our class loves singing songs and some of our favourite can be found for free on www.scratchgarden.com/videos.  There are also some great ones on YouTube.  Try searching for hopscotch learning songs.

Year Two

Literacy – We will be starting the term by looking at quest stories. Some of the fictional books we will be looking at are Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers and The Quest by Ruth Merttens. Whilst learning about these stories, the children will be predicting what they think will happen in them and after that will sequence the stories into the order they went in. The children will be encouraged to write in the style of Jeffers and Merttens by writing different sentence structures, for example command, questions, exclamations and statements. By the end of the quest stories, the children will write their own quest story. In addition to this, the children will be writing non-fiction texts as well. They will be exploring the features of instructions, for example command sentences, titles, sub-headings, bullet points and imperative verbs. This will lead the children into writing their own set of instructions. The term will end with looking at different poems. Within this area, the children will be focusing on one poet in particular and exploring the style of their work. This will involve the children reciting and learning the poet’s poems off by heart. The children will write their own poem in the style of that poet.





Mathematics – In mathematics this term, the children will be looking at position and movement, length and height and lastly measurement. Within these areas, the children will still be focusing on the four main operations to practise different arithmetic questions as well. During position and movement, the children will be giving and receiving instructions to move an object by using the correct vocabulary, for example “quarter turn clockwise”. In length and height, the children will be learning to estimate and measure any direction in metres and centimetres. The children will be using different rulers for these activities. For measurement, the children will be learning to estimate and measure mass (kg/g), temperature (°C) and capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit. In this area, the children will be using scales, measuring vessels and thermometers to measure the different amounts.





Creative curriculum – Our topics this term will be Barnaby Bear in the UK and Secret Garden. For Barnaby Bear in the UK, the children will be listening to different national anthems, for example from Scotland, Wales and England. They will be learning to sing one of these national anthems and then commenting on what they like and dislike about them. The children will be exploring food that is grown in the UK and then using this information to plan and cook their own healthy meal. In science the children will be learning about the four seasons and understanding how the length of the day changes in the different seasons. Barnaby Bear in the UK will focus mainly on geography and within this the children will be learning capital cities in the UK. In Secret Garden, the children will be learning to recognise the geographical features of the school grounds and then create a map

of the school grounds including a simple key. The topic will also focus on different animals and by the end they should be able to name 20 common animals including mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Furthermore, the children will be learning the terms carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.




Year Three

Literacy: Having covered many genres of writing this year so far, the children will have the opportunity to really explore their creative side as they take a closer look at what makes an exciting adventure story, before planning and writing one of their own. Following this, they will be looking at the art of persuasion. It’s all very well hoping, or wanting others to do as we would like, but is it possible to influence someone else’s decision making? If so, how can this be achieved. It will be time to find out! They are two great topics that the children will really enjoy.


Numeracy: We will cover a variety of topics between now and the end of the year. Multiplication will remain a key focus and the children will continue developing their times table skills as well as learning how to use different methods to solve more challenging problems. We will continue to explore different units of measure and fractions to help the children build on the work they have already carried out this year.


Topic: As part of our topic work, we will be delving into the Prehistoric Era and then the Living World. In a world dominated by technology, the children will be able to investigate what life was really like thousands of years ago, compare it to their life now and identify whether there can really be any similarities. They will then look beyond Human life by looking closely at nature around the world; how it grows, survives, thrives and the potential impact that we can have on it all. It promises to be a real eye opening adventure and a fantastic end to our year. Hopefully, the children will enjoy and be inspired by all of it.


Home: If you would like to support your child at home, then please read with them as often as you can and place a note in their reading record each time you do this. Asking them a couple of times tables each day, to see how quick they can answer you would also be great!

Year Four

Literacy – In literacy this term we will be looking to consolidate our learning related to grammar, and their related terms sentence and structure. We will build on our learning from this year so far whilst developing these skills by using them with greater accuracy when writing.

Children will focus on using fronted adverbials in their writing whilst also ensuring they use descriptive language including similes, alliteration and metaphors to have a greater effect on the reader.  We will also be looking at persuasive writing and descriptive character writing.  We will continue to develop our comprehension skills and be focussing on being able infer thoughts and feelings accurately and confidently, after reading a piece of text.

Numeracy – In numeracy this term we will continue to develop fluency with numbers up to 4 digits and adding/subtracting 10, 100 and 1000 from a given number. We will also be working on developing our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages, recognising and identifying their equivalents. The children will be introduced to algebra and use it to initially solve simple number problems before moving on to writing expressions to represent situations in real life contexts.

We will be furthering our knowledge of measurement (including money) and adding/subtracting amounts and calculating durations of time with greater accuracy especially when passing through the hour. When representing and interpreting data, children will answer comparison and difference questions after reading data represented in charts, tables and graphs.

Throughout all our work in numeracy this term, children will continue to develop and use all four operations and ensure they are able to recall their times tables up to 12 x 12 with speed and accuracy.

Creative Curriculum – Our topics in year 4 this term are The Prehistoric Era and The Living World.

Whilst learning about the Prehistoric Era, we will be focussing on developing scientific knowledge and investigating rocks, minerals and fossils. This will involve sorting and classifying after initially understanding the properties and appearance of each. The geography element of this topic will cover countries in the UK and Europe and identifying hilly, mountainous and coastal areas in the UK.

The Living World topic will again develop scientific knowledge and the children will learn about plants, animals and humans, their requirements, functions and basic parts.

Please use the links below to access information, resources and educational games and activities.





Year Five

In literacy this term children will explore classic fiction through reading Shakespeare’s Macbeth. They will investigate settings, character development, dialogue and narrative style. They will be completing several written tasks which will include dramatisation, playing with point-of-view and writing a ‘Lost Tale’. They will also learn about letters and correspondence and create a CV and covering letter for an ideal or imaginary future job. In poetry children will plan, write and perform their own poems about hopes for future careers. They will incorporate metaphors and other imagery from poems they will read.

Grammar will include a review of multi clause sentences, noun phrases, relative clauses and conjunctions to write descriptively. Children will identify, define and use metaphors and brackets for parenthesis while revising adverbs of possibility.

About William Shakespeare: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vhbn

Spelling, punctuation and grammar: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

In numeracy this term children will consolidate their ability to apply number skills to solve problems involving number up to three decimal places using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

They will continue to work on recognising mixed numbers and improper fractions, converting from one to the other, while writing mathematical statements. In geometry children will explore properties of angles through drawing, measuring and comparing acute, obtuse and reflex angles. They will have opportunities to use different units of metric measure [for example, km and m; cm and m; cm and mm; g and kg; l and ml] and will practise converting between them. Children will gain an understanding of approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints.

Maths is fun: https://www.mathsisfun.com/links/curriculum-year-5.html

Learn and revise: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

Year Six

In literacy this term we will be focussing on inference skills – how to imply meaning through writing and how to interpret this through reading.  We will also be refreshing all of our grammar, including definitions of all parts of a sentence and the use of verbs in different tenses and with various declinations.

In numeracy we will focus mostly on numerical accuracy when following through questions which require several steps.  We will become efficient manipulating numbers into millions and using them in context correctly.  There will also be time to revisit some of the practical skills such as measuring using scales, jugs, tape measures and trundle wheels.

There will, of course, also be a focus on SATS questions for both of these subjects in order to prepare our pupils to show their best capability during the national test week.  We will work with them to increase their confidencce in handling the questions and the time pressures involved in this to try and support them as much as possible.

Our creative curriculum topics are Seaside followed by Bamberg.  For both of these we will be mostly focussing on science investigative skills (fossils, rocks and minerals) and geographical skills (locations within the UK, Europe and the world).

Please look on the website in the children’s area for the link to use all of the Espresso resources for all subjects for free.  Your child has been given a password for this.