Year 1 (Elstar) 2020 - 2021

Mrs Bhamra

Welcome to the Summer Term 

Elstar class have worked extremely hard with their writing and I am sure the summer term will be just as impressive. In the summer term, Elstar class will be writing their own instructions on how to make a sandwich as well as their own animal information booklet and will produce animal poetry. As part of ‘talk for writing’, we will look at fantasy stories focusing on the book The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson. 
Children will be given new spellings to learn every Friday linked to their phonics, and will be tested the following Friday. Elstar class will have daily phonic and guided reading sessions and will also take a book home daily to be read with a family member.

In maths, we will build on our current knowledge of number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication, fractions, shape, measure and geometry. Your child will be taught a range of different methods to solve mathematical problems both practically and in written form. Please see the above curriculum overview for a more in depth view of the objectives we will be covering this term.


In Science, we will be learning about animals and plants. We will learn to identify and name a variety of common animals and be able to sort them into fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals or insects. We will also discover what animals eat, compare their body structure and find out how to take care of animals. We will also explore plants and be able to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees and label the parts of a plant. Your child will also learn how to describe the basic structure of flowering plants and trees. We will investigate the best environment to grow plants and grow our own sunflowers. 


Our topic this term is ‘animal kingdom’ and ‘flying high’. In art, we will be creating pictures of different animals using a range of materials, for example water colour, clay and collage. In Geography, we will learn to match animals to their countries and find out about different habitats. In History we will be discussing Wright Bros and A Johnson. In Music, we will focus on exploring pitch and performance; we will sing songs and play musical instruments. In Religious Education we will continue to learn about the Jewish and Christian faith. 


Additional Information:

  • P.E will be every Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate clothing. 
  • Homework will be given out every Friday to be returned on a Wednesday

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come and see me.


Thank you


Mrs Bhamra




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