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Our Summer Term 2 Topic is...

What A Wonderful World! 



Hook Question

Do polar bears live in the desert?

For this topic we shall become explorers and scientists as we learn all about hot and cold places in the world and the types of animals that live there. We will learn about the Polar Regions and places in Africa and compare them. We will begin to look at maps to find out where some hot and cold countries are in the world and we will begin to learn about different animal groups.


Topic project ideas...

Resources to help you with your project work.
Online links

Don't forget to send us pictures of the projects that you choose to do. Charlie Monkey and I love looking at them.



In school we do phonics every day based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. We get our planning from the Phonics Play website and we enjoy playing the games on there. Children in Miss Sami's phonics group are working on phase 2 and phase 3, children being taught phonics my Mrs Hughes are currently working on phase 3 and phase 4 and children in Miss Foreman's group are working on phase 5 but recapping phase 3 and phase 4 all the time.

We use the videos on Espresso to help us with new learning. Espresso at home logins have been sent home on a letter alongside home learning books.


Phonics: A Parent's Guide for Letters and Sounds



In school we follow the Penpals for Handwriting scheme. We believe handwriting is the foundation for learning as it allows us to express ourselves on paper, gives us confidence and allows us to have pride in our work.

The letters are split into 4 different families. We have the curly caterpillars, the long ladders (sometimes called long legged giraffes), the one arm robots and the zig zag monsters. At first, it is important that we learn to form the letters in each family correctly and learn how to position them on the line. We spend a lot of time working on this in Year 1. Once this is secure we will then move on to learning some basic joins.


Useful English links (Phonics and Early Reading)

Big Maths

We usually do Big Maths on a Friday morning. It's a really great way to help us learn our basic number facts and recall them at speed. It is a challenge but we are not scared by challenges in Year 1 and we enjoy trying to beat our scores every week. You may choose to practise your big maths learn it facts at home. See below for some practise sheets and timers.

Big Maths Song

Big Maths 20 second timer

Big Maths 30 second timer

Big Maths 60 second timer

Useful Maths and Science links
Mindfulness and Keeping Active