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Year 1 Curriculum Overview


Summer Term  


In English we will be reading stories from other cultures such as ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne, ‘We’re going on a Lion Hunt’ by David Axtell and a personal favourite ‘Little Red and the hungry lion’ by Alex T Smith We can’t wait to read this together! We will be using our English crucial knowledge to helps us to write super stories. We will also be learning how to write letters and recipe instructions – yum!  In Summer 2 our stories will be focused on fantasy characters such as ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson, ‘Alien’s Love underpants’ by Clare Freedman and ‘Under the bed’ by Paul Bright. In our English reading lessons, we will be practising our comprehension skills as well as our reading skills. We will be learning how to answer questions about a text by answering who, what, where and when questions.


In maths we will start off by recapping our crucial knowledge from the Spring term and practising those numbers up to 50. This will then get us ready for our new learning this term as we begin multiplication and division- where we will be learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s! We will also be learning about fractions, money and time. Finally, we will be extending our number knowledge by looking at numbers all the way to 100!


In Science we will be learning all about the four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter. In Summer 2 we will be learning all about our human body and the 5 different senses – touch, smell, taste, sight and sound!


In Computing we will be learning to using a computer to create text and find pictures. We will compare how we use a computer to write and how we write without a computer. In Summer 2 we will be designing and programming a character on screen within our own stories.


In Geography we will be learning about weather and different types of weather we have in the UK.


In History we will be learning about explorers! We will look at significant individuals such as Christopher Columbus, Captain Cook, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Captain Scott!


In PSHE we will be looking at the questions:

  • What is the same and different about us?
  • How can we look after each other and the world?

In these areas we will be focusing on relationships, caring for ourselves and others, caring for the world and our bodies.


In Music will be exploring sound and recognising different the levels of tempo within music. We will be combining rhythmic patterns with a steady beat suing body percussion.  We will be looking at the sounds of different transport and studying the pitch levels of sounds, music and our own vocals.

Art and Design

In Art we will become sculpture artists! We will be exploring clay and learning new skills to mould the clay in different ways.

Design and Technology

In Design and Technology, we will be learning about different fruits and vegetables. We will learn how to prepare fruits safely to create something delicious!

Modern Foreign Languages

In French we will be continuing to practise key French phrases such as Bonjour and Je m’appelle.

Physical Education

In P.E we will be taking part in athletics where we will be working on our running and jumping. In Summer 2 we will be recapping our attacking and defending skills from the Spring term to develop our knowledge of play in invasion games.

Religious Education

In R.E we will be reading different stories from the bible and discussing the morals of the stories. We will be finding out about more Christian stories involving Jesus. We will also be learning about why worship is important for different religions and how worship is shown in different ways.