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Summer 1 2021

Key Priorities for Summer 1:

Throughout the first part of the coming Summer term we will be focussing on the key skills highlighted below. Starting with what the children already know we will be ensuring they have a solid foundation to build on for the remainder of this term and in preparation for the coming year.



The key objectives that we will be focussing on is the children’s application of phonics and improving their fluency and word recognition skills when reading.


  • I can use my knowledge of root words, prefixes (including dis-, mis-, in-, il-, im-, ir-), and suffixes (including -ly) to help me read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words.

We have been and will be continuing to teach the meaning and spelling of these prefixes in no-nonsense spelling sessions throughout each week.

  • I can read further exception words including words that do not follow spelling patterns).


As well as this, we will also be continuing to work on children’s comprehension and inferencing skills. Their understanding of what they are reading continues to be a focus in class as well as learning skills such as making inferences on how characters are feeling and having discussions about the language and vocabulary used in the texts.


  • I can work out what a character in a book is feeling by the actions they take and can explain how I know.

For example: Throughout the process of using our class text, children will be given opportunities to consider how different characters in the book are feeling and why.

  • I can tell you what a book that I am reading is about.
  • I can discuss words in the books that I read that excite me.


  • We log children onto Bugclub in school as this helps to build on both fluency and comprehension skills at an appropriate level for the child. Logging on at home will help develop these skills further. Bugclub logins have been placed in the children’s homework books– please ask if you need these to be sent out again.




We will be continuing to imbed the key spelling and grammar skills taught so far this year as well as introducing new grammar skills and applying these within our writing journey.


  • I can talk about time, place and cause using these words: when, while, so, because, then, next, soon, therefore, before, after, during, in, because of.
  • I can use the present perfect form of verbs e.g. He has gone out to play contrasted with He went out to play.


As well as this, a skill we are making a priority for the Summer Term is the children’s handwriting. Ensuring they are using cursive letter formations and joining their letters correctly.


  • I can use more of the diagonal and horizontal strokes I need to join letters and know which letters, when they are next to one another, are best left unjoined.
  • I can write so that most of my letters are easy to read, all the same way up and the same size. My writing is spaced properly so that my letters don’t overlap.





This half term we will begin by looking at shape, both 3D and 2D.


  • I can draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials. I can recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations.
  • I can recognise angles a property of shape. I know that angles are a description of a turn.
  • I can spot right angles. I know that two right angles make a half-turn, three make three quarters of a turn and four make a full turn. I can spot when angles are greater or less than a right angle.
  • I can spot horizontal and vertical lines.


After this, we will then move onto time which links with their existing knowledge of fractions.

  • I can tell the time on a clock face. I can do this if it uses Roman numerals from I to XII, and I can use 12-hour or 24-hour clocks.
  • I can estimate and read the time to the nearest minute. I can record time in seconds, minutes and hours. I can use the words o’clock, a.m., p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight.
  • I can tell you the number of seconds in a minute and how many days there are in a month, a year, and a leap year.
  • I can compare how much time is taken by different events or tasks.


Throughout both these topics we will be making opportunities and links back to the core skills of place value and the 4 operations. This is to ensure the children’s understanding of these fundamentals of Maths is strong and they can apply these skills and make connections to other topics within Maths.

  • We will be logging children onto TTRS (Times Table Rock Stars) in school but you can begin logging on at home too. Login details have been placed in children’s homework books.



Foundation Subjects


Below is an outline of the main areas we will be covering across the foundation subjects.


  • Science: We will be looking at rocks and grouping them based on their physical properties as well as looking at how fossils are formed.
  • Geography: Researching and learning about historical settlements, looking at how the land has changed over time.
  • History: Learning about the Stone Age, comparing how different life was back then compared to how we live our lives today and ordering events over a period of time.
  • Art: Using a range of materials and techniques to create our own cave paintings.
  • Computing: Continuing to practice our typing skills by using Purple Mash as well as stating to look at animation.
  • PE: Using cricket to practicing our throwing and hitting skills as well as working and playing as a team.
  • RE: Learning about the festival Holi which is celebrated in Hinduism and the concept of fire.
  • PSHE: We will be learning about how we can keep safe in our local environment and unfamiliar places.