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Our second Summer Term topic is

What a Wonderful World!

Hook Question

Do polar bears live in the desert?

During this topic we will be learning all about hot and cold places in the world. We will learn all about the animals that live in these places and how they are adapted to live there. We will also spend time considering different ways that we can protect this wonderful world we live in for future generations to enjoy.


We will be using these exciting texts to support our learning this half term.

You may have some of them at home.

Overview of this half term's curriculum

If you want to do some extra work on this topic at home, you could take a look at Charlie Monkey's project ideas to inspire you.

Charlie Monkey's project ideas to do at home

Our first Summer Term topic is

At the Bottom of the Garden!

Hook Question

Does all our food come from Sainsbury's?


During this topic we will be learning about plants and mini beasts. We will also be attempting to grow our own plants and we may even be able to eat some of them!


We will also be using some of these exciting texts in English. You may have some of them at home.


Overview sheet of this half term's curriculum

If you wanted to do some work on this topic at home, why not have a go at one of Charlie Monkey's project ideas.


At the Bottom of the Garden home project ideas



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. 

We use the videos on Espresso to help us with new learning. Espresso at home logins have been sent home on a letter. Please ask us if you need it again.












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 every week. 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