This Term


Below you will find information about what the classes in KS1 are learning about this term. 

Summer 2024


We will be continuing with the Talk 4 Writing approach to teaching English skills. The children will learn the following texts this term: ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’, instructions to make porridge, a recount about a visit to a park and ‘The Magic Paintbrush’. These texts will help the children learn about fiction and non-fiction writing as well as about Traditional Tales from England and other cultures. The children will learn more about sentence types, punctuation and word types. As always cross curricular links will be made where relevant.

The children will continue with daily phonics sessions and spelling skills. Children in Year One will consolidate what they have learned about vowel digraphs and continue to look at the alternative sounds that some letters and digraphs can make. The Year Two children will also learn more about spelling rules and patterns, in particular using prefixes in words and how breaking bigger words into their syllables can help with spelling.


The children will be further developing their understanding of addition and subtraction. In Year 2 the children will begin to look at formal written methods. In Year 1 the children will use the number line to help solve addition and subtraction calculations and develop their recall of number bonds. Year 2 will use their multiplication and division facts to solve problems and Year 1 will look at arrays. We will be reviewing 2D and 3D shapes and estimating and measuring the capacity of different objects. Year 2 children will also take part in data handling activities. They will have opportunities to apply their learning in different contexts linked to Theme work.

Theme (cross curricular work - including Science)

Our theme for the first half term is 'Could Jack Really Climb a Beanstalk?' We will be learning about what plants need to start to grow and stay healthy. The children will learn the parts of a plant and begin to look at how our food comes from a range of different plants and parts of plants. The children will take part in simple scientific experiments and learn how to create and carry out investigations.

For the second half term our theme is 'Where Do Pandas Come From?' In this unit of work the children will find out about where pandas live in the wild and why they have become endangered. As part of this work on animals the children will have the opportunity to visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in South Yorkshire and take part in educational workshops to learn more about different types of animals. The children will also learn about the impact humans can have on their environment and how land use can change. The children will learn about the human and physical features found in different areas of China and how Chinese culture is different to our own.

Please see our Theme Work page for more detail about this term's Theme work. 


In Geography lessons the children will learn more about weather around the world and the location of hot and cold places in the world. This will also consolidate learning about the continents and using maps. In the second half term the children will study the city Beijing looking at the climate, human and physical features and compare these to Leeds. They will also find out about life in Beijing looking at clothes, food, jobs and transport. They will then look at the area of Sichuan in China where pandas come from and compare this area to Beijing.


The children will do Art lessons in the second half term which will help the children learn more about sculpture and how to use different techniques to mould and join clay. They will also learn about the artist Henry Moore and look at pieces of his work that are in different styles. They will use the sculpting skills that they have learned to create their own sculptures in the style of Henry Moore.


Design Technology

The children will develop their DT skills through our themes this term. During the first half term they will learn food technology skills such as weighing ingredients and then peeling, chopping and cooking the ingredients to make a bean bake. In the second half term, linked to our China theme, the children will measure cut and join materials to make their own toy panda.


At the start of the term computing lessons will focus on teaching the children about using programs to create models and simulations of the real world. This unit will also include work about online safety. Later in the term the children will have further lessons on computer coding. The children will learn how simple programs can be constructed and how they can fix their own 'APPs' by de-bugging when things don't work.


The children will build upon their learning in the 'Real PE' scheme. They will develop the key physical skills of co-ordination with equipment, counter balance in pairs and agility skills, response and reaction to situations and equipment. The children will take part in a range of games, challenges and activities to build these skills at their own level.

If the weather permits it PE lessons will take part outside so children should always have a suitable outdoor PE kit, including trainers.


The children will continue to learn and sing a range of songs linked to curriculum areas. The children will also take part in Music lessons focused singing. The children will have the opportunity to learn more about singing in parts and rounds as well as the musical style of Bosa Nova. The children will learn how to play the Boomwhackers and develop their understanding of rhythm using the Rhythm Cups.


The children will build upon their learning about religious festivals and learn about the ways in which festivals are celebrated and what they are

celebrating. The children will learn that different faiths celebrate for different reasons but often have similar ways in which to celebrate. They will learn about the Muslim festival of Ramadan. Later in the half term the children will study creation stories from the Christian and Muslim faith and compare this to the Humanist view of creation. They will learn about the role they have to play in caring for our world and how they can do this by reducing what they use, reusing some old items and recycling.

The children will take part in collective worship in class focussing on different themes.

Life Curriculum

During the first half term the children will learn more about their relationships with others and the parts of the human body. This work will include discussing with the children when secrets are safe and when they should share information with adults. Later in the term the children will learn about being part of a wider community and how they can contribute to their communities that they belong to. In addition the children will also complete work related to moving on to their new class and year group.