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Summer 2 Topic

From A to B

Welcome back to the second part of the Summer term! We hope you had a lovely half-term break and are looking forward to our last half term in Murphy class full of sunshine, fun and some wonderful learning.


Our topic this half term will be 'From A to B'.


Every day people all over the world make different types of journeys – on land, on sea and in the air. To make these journeys we have invented lots of different ways of getting from A to B.


In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • How we travel to school
  • How to make maps to record our journey to school
  • How to create our own train journey around the host country
  • How we can travel to different countries
  • How to create our own activity holiday


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About transport in the past
  • How to make a timeline to show when different types of transport were invented
  • About exploring different types of transport from myths and legends


 In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to create our own futurist painting to capture the speed and movement of transport
  • How to create a boat collage in the style of Turner and Monet


In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make our own sail boats and aeroplanes


In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make a ‘vehicle’ to transport a small toy from one place to another
  • How to make plans for vehicles
  • How to test our vehicles to see how well they work


In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the sounds different types of transport make
  • How to create our own ‘sound journey’


In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to cross roads safely
  • About bicycle and road safety
  • About people with restricted mobility


In ICT & Computing, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to create a simple algorithm
  • How to program Bee-bots to follow precise instructions
  • About multi-player online gaming and how to stay safe online


In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How children around the world travel to school


Our Literacy learning will begin with two weeks focusing on poetry before moving on to non-fiction texts. We will be using our imaginations to explore and recreate our own free verse poems and continuing to build on our vocabulary. We will continue to build on  and use our phonic knowledge to create our own sentences, stories and poems throughout this half-term. In Maths we will be consolidating our knowledge of 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as solving practical problems relating to these. We will be focusing on ensuring we have mastered our fluency with numbers to 100. In RE we will be exploring different faith stories and sacred texts as well as the International section of our IPC topic. We are looking forward to lots of lovely Science experiments linking to our IPC topic and DT to create our own transport!



  • PE will continue to be on a Tuesday and Friday so children should come to school in PE kit on these days
  • Homework will be set on a Friday on Google Classroom (to be handed in on Google Classroom by the following Thursday) Any problems with this please let us know
  • Spellings will come home on a Friday and will be checked in school the following Friday
  • Guided and individual reading will take place throughout the week so remember to send in reading folders
  • Reading books will be changed on a Friday


If there is anything you need to ask or find out then we are here to help so please contact the school to arrange a time to chat.

We look forward to working with you all.


Mrs Bannister, Miss Garoghan and the Year 1 team

In Murphy Class we always help each other and enjoy working together. We love learning outdoors and in our amazing tipi where we do stories, circle time and other activities. We like to get outside as much as we can and experience our environment. 

Here are some photos of our fabulous learning!

The web links below might help you even more at home.

Topic Letters

Phonics and Reading in Reception and Year 1