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Summer 1 2021


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 look at for reading, focus on application of phonics and improving children’s fluency.

Word level reading:

  • I can continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.

          For example: using my phonics to sound out words that are new to me and blend them together.




              Words that I know are read confidently and fluently without the need to sound out.

  • I can read most common exception words.
  • I can spot if a word has been read wrongly by following the sense of the text.

          For example: re-reading a word that I know doesn’t sound right.


As well as this, we will continue to work on children’s comprehension skills. Making sure that they understand what they are reading and are able to discuss this with an adult or peer.

  • I can ask and answer questions about the books or stories I am reading and make links.

For example: Once a class text has been read, children will be given time to discuss what has happened and why. When children are reading their Bugclub books they are encouraged to read a couple of pages and answer questions on what they have read. It is important to do to the same when children are reading books at home too.

  • I can enjoy reading poems and know some off by heart. I can say what I like and don't like about a poem. I can change my voice when reading a poem to make it clearer.


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 bookmarks have been sent home with details – please ask if you need these to be sent out again.



The key objectives that we will look at for writing, focus on application of phonics, spelling and basic grammar skills.


  • I can break down spoken words into their sounds and write them mostly correctly, and make good attempts at spelling words I do not know.

          For example: using the phoneme frame strategy to separate the sounds and sound buttons.  

Also, using a range of spelling strategies learnt in class to remember spellings effectively.

  • I can spell most common exception words.
  • I can use simple spelling rules.


As well as this, we will continue to work on children’s grammar skills. Making sure they understand the basics and can consistently apply these skills to their writing across the curriculum.

  • I can use capital letters and full stops to show where sentences start and end and sometimes use question marks.

For example: creating sentences with a capital letter (CL) and a full stop (.) As well as sentences with an exclamation mark (!) or a question mark (?). Ensuring that these are used correctly.

  • I can use the correct tense in my writing.
  • I can use these words in my writing: when, if, that, because, or, but.
  • I can understand how the grammatical patterns in a sentence indicate it's function.


Handwriting will continue to be a key focus this half term too. It is important that children understand how to form their letters and number correctly.

  • I can write capital letters and numbers the right way up, the correct size relative to each other and lower case letters.
  • I can use the diagonal and horizontal strokes I need to join letters.


Handwriting and spellings will also be a key focus for children, please ensure that they complete their handwriting/spelling tasks set in their homework books this term. Pride will continue to be a focus in class.



The key objectives that we will look at for Maths, focus on Multiplication and Division.

  • I can remember and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and recognise odd and even numbers.
  • I can answer multiplication and division problems within the tables using x, ÷ and =
  • I can show that multiplying 2 numbers can be done in any order but division cannot.
  • I can answer questions involving multiplication and division using arrays and repeated addition.


We will then move onto Geometry (properties of shape and position and direction)

  • I can notice and explain the properties of 2-D shapes e.g. the number of sides and line symmetry.
  • I can notice and explain the properties of 3-D shapes e.g. the number of edges, vertices and faces.
  • I can compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.
  • I can order mathematical objects in patterns and sequences.
  • I can use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement. This could include movement in a straight line.


We will be logging children onto TTRS (Times Table Rock Stars) in school but you can continue to log on at home too. Login details have been sent out, if you need these details again please let me know.


Foundation Subjects 

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

  • Geography: Researching the UK and other countries that produce fruit. Children will look at the importance of where these fruits are grown.
  • Science: Children will be focusing on ‘animals including humans’ and looking at the features within this.
  • DT: Children will get a chance to create a ‘fruit kebab’ and write a set of instructions on how to make one.
  • Art: Children will be studying the work of Cezanne, his fruit paintings and creating some close-up sketches / paintings of fruit using different mediums and techniques. 
  • PSHE: Children will look at physical, mental health and wellbeing. There will be a key focus on the importance of staying healthy.
  • R.E: Children will focus on Christianity and a key concept relating to this – persuasion.
  • P.E: Children will be developing their skills in throwing, catching, balance and co -ordination. We will play a range of multi-games using equipment to help.


As always, thank you for your amazing support. Everything that you have done and are doing with your child has already made such a difference.

The Swift team truly appreciate it!