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Well done to all of Year 1 for a positive start to 2019.

We hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and are getting back into school-mode.

Our topic for the Summer Term is On the High Seas – Pirates.

We will start with the children attending ‘Pirate School’. Here they will make a pirate name for themselves and learn how to talk like a pirate. Cross-curricular links will be made through English (treasure island story settings, pirate character descriptions, pirate poems, labelling parts of a pirate ship, instructions for making a pirate hat/pirate flag, letters in a bottle), Maths & ICT (using position & directional language/turns to ‘navigate’ pirates to find treasure; programming a Bee-Bot around a treasure map using algorithms), Geography (continents & oceans of the world; maps, symbols and keys;  local area fieldwork skills – burying/finding treasure), History (ways of life for people in the past – What did it mean to be a pirate? What was life like on board a pirate ship? What can we learn from the famous pirates Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Captain William Kidd? Who was Sir Francis Drake?), PSHE (Pirate rules and punishments/Code of Conduct), Art (pastel parrot pictures), DT & Science (making a pirate puppet/stuffed parrot, investigating the best materials for a raft/sail, floating & sinking, Scurvy and healthy eating), Music (sea shanties). Please take a look at our topic overview for more details. There will be a few pirate-related homework activities coming your way to help the children prepare for their pirate days.

To enhance our topic, we will be having a Pirate day at school and a Pirate team-building day at Aylmerton Field Study Centre (date tbc).

The children in Mrs Hands’/Mrs Green’s phonic group will be starting weekly spelling tests from Friday 3rd May. New word lists will be given out every Monday and uploaded to the website. The spellings will be linked to the phonics taught that week.

The Year 1 Phonic Screening Check will take place the week beginning Monday 10th June. Please keep reading regularly with your child and practise the materials that will be sent home. Look for ‘special friends’ before sounding out and reading the words.

If you have any questions/concerns or would like further resources to help your child, please come and see us.

Mrs Hands and Mr Green


Some brilliant pirate-related websites’s_Life_for_Me.pdf


  • Please label all clothing
  • Ensure your child has a coat, water bottle, their reading book and diary every day
  • PE is on Thursdays (alternating with Forest Schools) and Fridays (indoor kit needed for both days)
  • Forest Schools is alternate Thursdays (change of clothes, waterproofs and wellies needed)

Notice Board

Phonic Screening Test w/b 10th June

Pirate Day at Aylmerton Field Study Centre (tbc)

Pirate Knowledge Organiser



Curriculum & Resources


Year 1 2014-15

Year 1 2015-16

Year 1 2016-17

Year 1 2017-18


End of year expectations for English and Maths

Useful Websites