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Summer Term Year 1 Famous People


Our new topic for the summer term is Famous People

We will learn who is the greatest history maker.


We will learn about – History key learning -


  • Explorers – We will develop historical knowledge and understanding of the lives and significance of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. Identify the kit needed for an expedition and compare the equipment taken by Columbus and Armstrong on their voyages. Discover navigation techniques and learn about the materials used by Columbus and Armstrong. Identify the properties of a range of materials for your own expedition. Go on to describe your own ‘expeditions’ using a range of media.

  • Monarchs – We will compare the lives and reigns of Elizabeth 1 and Queen Victoria, two fascinating monarchs. Place their reigns and significant events within a chronological timeline. Identify the key roles of a monarch and facilitate further learning about these fascinating characters through a range of exciting and interactive activities.

  • Inventors - Meet inventors from history, discuss and order their inventions on a timeline and start to ask ‘inventor questions’ that lead to inventions. Create technical drawings, design and build models and write tenders in role as inventors


  • Geography key learning –

  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans on a map. Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features.

  • Locate some school grounds ‘landmarks’ in person and on a simple map.

  • Stick images of significant explorers onto the continent they explored on a map.

  • Find their school on aerial photographs and modern maps.

  • Follow the journeys of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong on maps.

  • Describe and follow journeys using compass directions and locational and directional language.
    Art key learning –

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

  • Learn to develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

  • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

  • Understand who Van Gogh was.

  • Gain understanding of composition by basing their work on Van Gogh’s painting.

  • Use simple shapes to construct a picture.

  • Paint some figures in the style of Lowry.

  • Use primary and secondary colours to make browns and greys.

  • Produce paintings of industrial buildings and crowds to form part of a big display.
    Computing key learning –

  • Use technology to research famous people.


In Year 1 we are a team supported by Mrs Rushton, Mrs Doherty, Mrs Coulston and Miss Ritchie.  Our class motto is ‘teamwork makes a dream work!’. Year 1 is made up of wonderful superstars and I am proud to be their teacher. Wednesday afternoon will be taught by Miss Ritchie.


Our focus in spellings will be learn how to spell the Year 1 high frequency words and move onto spelling the 100 high frequency words.


Useful websites for home learning are as follows –

Science –

Phonics –

Mathematics –




Key Information

  • Reading Books - children are expected to read daily at home.  Please practise the reading and spelling of high frequency words on a regular basis.

  • Spelling words will be given out on a Friday, to be tested the following Friday.

  • P.E. is on Wednesday and Friday, please ensure a full PE kit is in school.  

  • Year 1 classroom is open from 8.45am and children may be picked up from 3.15pm.



A class learning plan called our Curriculum Map is published for each of the three terms of the school year that details the content of each subject being studied during the period.
Click on the link below to view the maps.



Welcome letter to parents 2019

Spelling of the Reception High Frequency Words

Year 1 High Frequency Words

100 High Frequency Words to spell and read

Year 1 Grammar Glossary

Year 1 Phonics Glossary

Number pairs that make 10 poster to help with Mathematics