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Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery


Summer Term

The Summer is our creative term of learning. We will be focusing on Art, Music and Dance.

Our first topic in Music is learning about the composer Ralph Vaughn Williams and his piece called 'The Lark Ascending'.  After half term we will use 'The Carnival of the Animals' by Camille Saint Saens. We will listen to classical music and learn about pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm and the beat/pulse and discuss how each piece of music makes us feel.

In Art, we will begin with 'sculpture'.  We use the music 'The Lark ascending' as an inspiration to create our own 3D bird models. We will also look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy. There are some lovely exhibitions in Chatsworth gardens or The Yorkshire Sculpture Park if you would like a day out.

After half term we learn about abstract art and printing. We will take inspiration from Mondrian and Kandinksy to create our own abstract art.

This half term we will be creating a dance to showcase at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield. The them is 'sporting events of 2022'. Reserve the afternoon of 15th June in your diaries!

Our English will be linked to our Science (plants) and topic lessons where we will be looking to improve children's writing by using conjunctions, adjectives, question marks and exclamation marks.

In Maths, we will continue to practise our fluency skills of addition and subtraction using numbers to 20 and counting in 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's to 100.

We will learn new skills linked to multiplication (2's, 5's and 10's) and division . Eg  10 + 10 + 10 +10 = 40 or 4 x 10 = 40

If there are 5 sweets in each bag and there are 6 bags. How many sweets are there altogether?

If there are 20 apples and 4 children, how many apples do they get each?

In computing, we will use Purple Mash on the IPads to learn about programming. 




Reading - Please continue to read as often as possible and at least 4 times per week.

Word Cards - Practise a few at a time - this will help your child increase their reading fluency and move up the reading shelves.

Phonics - Practise putting on sound buttons to blend the sounds to read the words. Please return each week.

Spelling - Continue with the high frequency spelling words a few at a time. These will be tested half termly.

Maths - Play counting games - take it in turns to count. Can you get to 100? Count forwards or backwards from any given number. Count in 2's, 5's and 10's. Tell me one more and one less than my number. Work out simple addition and subtraction questions by counting on or back from the larger number.

I appreciate this sounds a lot but please remember you do not need, or are expected, to sit your child down for long periods of time. Many of the tasks can be done verbally whilst walking/driving or will only take a 10 minutes every day. A little bit of work more often will make a huge difference to their confidence and progress in school.

Feel free to contact me on if you are isolating and would like to receive specific work or if you have any queries.


Kay Christie, Ellena Barker, Janine Daly             



 Our class

Class teachers - Mrs Christie (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)

                          Mrs Barker (Thursday)

Teaching assistant - Mrs Daly (Monday- Wednesday) Mrs Simpson (Thursday and Friday)

We have a home corner, reading area, construction, outdoor space, small world, writing, DT and Maths areas. The children can access these areas independently and are resourced to enhance and continue their learning. The children are set 5 challenges each week and can put a coloured spot on their ladybird for each challenge completed.


Please remember that the morning snack should be fresh fruit and vegetables and only and water to drink. If you are sending your child in with their own snack, please make sure it is not any other kind of snack or drink. There is fresh fruit available in school every day.

Please make sure that book bags, jumpers, cardigans, wellies etc are all labelled.

Please read with your child as many times as possible each week, the minimum should be 4 times per week. Fill in the reading record when they have read to you as this will go toward their group's 'Reading Racer' points.

All children will have a set of word cards. You can cut this up and learn a few at a time. A few minutes every day will help increase their word recognition. The words they know link to the reading band they are on. You can also ask your child how to spell the words they are learning.

Please continue to practise cursive handwriting:

c    o     a    d    g   q    f    s

These letters all start on the line. Start by doing an entrance, over and stop, back around. The 'a, o, d and g' all start by making the 'c'. 

i    r    n    m     

These all start on the line. Start by doing an entrance, then back down. Finish by putting a little 'flick' on the end

l   h   b   t   k   

Entrance, up tall, back down.

    e      u    y      v    w    x    z

Try writing words using all cursive handwriting. (not joined up though)

Feel free to print off and use the handwriting guides under 'useful links'.


 Useful links

Year 1 reading and spelling words

Handwriting guides

 Oxford Owl reading materials

 Phase 3 sound mat      Phase 4 sound mat   Phase 5 sound mat