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Houses and Homes Summer Term

Houses and Homes


Calling any future architects, builders or designers this is the topic for you... Our new topic for the Summer term is called 'Houses and Homes'. We will be using this as a base to explore geography, history, design technology and many other subject areas.


Our key text in Literacy will be The Way back Home by Oliver Jeffers.

As Readers we will be:

  • Revising set 2 and 3 sounds, recognising the individual sound and spotting them within words and identifying alternative sounds for the graphemes (written sound).

  • Practising reading real and nonsense words in preparation for the Y1 phonics test.

  • Reading, writing and memorising the Bronze spellings for the Broomwood Primary School test. 

  • Using our phonics to segment and blend sounds to further fluency skills.

  • Continuing to learn the 100 high frequency words for Year 1. 

  • Reading books aloud, making predictions and discussing the story and characters. Answering questions through discussion and making simple inferences through understanding of the story.


As Writers we will be:

  • Practising the correct formation of upper and lower case letters

  • Spelling by sounding out using our phonics and common exception words including the, you, said, was, they. 

  • Starting our sentences with a capital letter and ending with a full stop

  • Using finger spaces

  • Creating our own sentences using say it, count it, write it, read it and linking to our success criteria. 

  • Retelling a story in our own words with a beginning, middle and end. 

  • Using sequencing words to support the story telling process 

  • Reading our writing aloud to check it makes sense

  • Begin to edit our writing 


As Mathematicians we are learning to:

  • Count in 2s, 5s and 10s

  • Create groups of objects and count them using 2s, 5s and 10s

  • Make equal groups and add them together

  • Share equal groups


As Scientists we will be:


  • Learning about and exploring habitats including microhabitats

  • Exploring and investigating a range of habitats in different locations such as the savannah and the Arctic

  • Planning and carrying out an investigation to find out where woodlice prefer to live

  • Researching the life and works of the scientist David Attenborough


As Geographers we will be:

  • locating the Arctic Circle on a map and identifying the countries which make up part of the Arctic Circle

  • finding out about the climate in the Arctic circle

  • exploring the physical and human features of the Arctic and comparing these to features found in Kenya and Manchester

  • Finding out about the life of an Inuit and how their lifestyle is similar and different to our own and a child in Kenya

  • Researching facts about the Arctic which we will present to our classmates


As Computer Technicians we will be:

Summer 1:

  • creating illustrations in the style of Oliver Jeffers using a paint program
  • finding out how we can 'paint' using an I Pad
  • using 'freehand tools on a paint program including pencil, paint brush and creative effects
  • creating shapes and lines and the fill tool
  • uploading an image as a background on which we will 'layer' our illustrations 
  • comparing using paint and an I Pad to create illustrations and expressing a preference

Summer 2:

  • Developing a set of instructions known as an algorithm in computing
  • Practising debugging our algorithm
  • Researching TV Chefs and understanding what makes a good presenter
  • Developing our collaboration skills by working together in specific roles
  • Using technology purposefully
  • Using different features of a video camera and use a video camera to capture moving images


As learners of Religious Education we are asking the big question:

What makes some places sacred? 

  • What does sacred mean?
  • Which artefacts are sacred to different faith groups?
  • What do different sacred places look like?
  • What is inside a sacred building?


In PSHCE we will be learning about online relationships. We will be asking

  • What is the internet?
  • How can we use the internet to communicate safely?
  • How can we communicate in a kind and respect way online?


As Designers we will be:

  • Developing skills of joining, strengthening and stiffening structures
  • Planning, creating and evaluating our own structures


As Artists we will be:


  • Researching the artist Hundertwasser and exploring his work
  • Developing drawing techniques and adding light and dark tones
  • Designing, making and evaluating a piece of artwork in the style of Hundertwasser