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Year 1 - Summer Term 2019

The Horrible History of Southsea.













The children in Year 1 will be returning to school and learning about ‘The Horrible History of Southsea’


They will begin the topic by using the story of Sir Laughalot as a stimulus for writing about a knight going on a quest. They will create their own main character and the foes they meet along the way. This will be reinforced by learning about the history of castles, with a main focus on Southsea castle and the life of Henry VIII. The children will also visit Southsea castle to immerse themselves in castle life. Children will explore Henry VIII and his influence around Southsea. They will learn the names of his wives and what happened to them. They will also look at different features of castles and the purpose behind them.





Once their stories have been written, the children will use iPads to record their version of the story ‘Sir Laughalot’.  These will then be shared with an audience.







In Art and Design, children will be looking at the Bayeux tapestry and creating their own version using sketching techniques to depict the life of Henry VIII. They will create a scene from his life in small groups. The children’s art work will then be displayed in a classroom museum and shared with other classes. Children will be learning the variety of skills involved in sketching including tones, lines, proportion and detail. They will also learn to evaluate their own, and others finished master pieces.




In Science, the children will explore a variety of materials and their properties. They will learn to name, sort and describe the features of different materials. They will also learn that some materials are more suitable than others for particular uses. After this learning, the children will use their knowledge to investigate three different materials. Each class will be given a material and they must build a class castle from this given material. The castles will then be tested for their resistance to wind, water and missiles as they will come under attack from these elements.



Which class will build the toughest castle?





How can you help your child?

  • Reassure your child - Key Stage One is fun and everything will be ok.
  • Support your child with their homework - They will receive regular homework and may need help to begin with.  Each child will be given a reading record and these need to be in school every day.
  • Talk to us - Please let us know straight away if there is anything we need to know.
  • Work with us - If you have any problems or worries speak to your child's class teacher or Mrs Hogan, and we will try our best to sort these out for you.  Only by working together can we ensure your child achieves their very best.











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