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R.C. Primary School

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Year 1: Attenborough class

Summer Term


We can’t believe that we have now started our last term in Year 1!  Where has the time gone?  It only seems like yesterday when we were settling into our new class!  We have learnt so much and have grown up and developed our independence a lot since September, but there are still plenty of exciting things to learn before we leave Year 1 and venture into Year 2. 


Our English work starts with narratives, using ‘No Bot' and then 'Goat and Donkey in the Great Outdoors'. We will have great fun and our creativity will be pushed to the limit!  We will also be reading and writing our own robot poems. Towards the end of term, we’ll be writing recounts of sports day. 


In Science, we will be looking humans and learning to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of our bodies and  identify our 5 senses and how we can test them. We will be using lots of working scientifically skills.


For our Computing work this term, we making an e-book using purple mash. We will be introducing coding for Year 1 and having a go at 'de-bugging' programmes. The children will be creating their own characters, adding sound, movement and page transitions. 


In RE we’ll be learning about what happened very special Christian holidays and important holydays . We will then move on to looking at being sorry and how the bible stories can be our inspiration and guide in life. 


Topic work will start with the Queen Elizabeth.  We will learn about her wonderfully important life and the great work she did.  We will then move on to learning all about weather in the United Kingdom. 


In DT we’ll be exploring shell structures. The children will build their own shell structure and there will be a particular focus on methods for strengthening, providing children with opportunities to develop problem solving skills.



Useful Information


We have high expectations of our children and want them to be safe, be learners and be kind/respectful at all times.
We have recently reminded our children about health and safety in PE. We would like to remind families of our PE kit and important information about PE:
PE Uniform
Plain white t-shirt (School logo is not essential but t-shirts with logo can be purchased from school office)
Navy shorts
Black slip-on pumps
A blue draw-string bag
Trainers (outdoor use only)
Plain navy track suit (outdoor use only)

Jewellery should ideally not be worn in school for health and safety reasons. The only exception is small silver/gold stud earrings. We adhere to the Local Authority guidance and government guidelines which recommend that no jewellery is worn during PE. Children are not permitted to wear earrings during PE lessons. Children should be able to take out their own earrings or not wear them on PE days.

Long hair should be tied back at all times.

For Gymnastics, children will be in bare feet. Please let us know if this presents any issues.
Children wearing tights will be asked to remove them for PE lessons so you may wish to include a pair of socks in the PE bag.

Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit for PE (Our class' PE days are Wednesday & Friday) as they will be unable to participate fully in lessons without it and this can be upsetting for children.

Our Behaviour Charter

Our school Behaviour Policy is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,

  • Relentless Routines,

  • First attention to best conduct,

  • Scripting difficult conversations,

  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.

Curriculum Overview

Year 1 Text Overview

Recommended Reading Books

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes


Year 1 Maths Curriculum