Whale Class Summer 5 Topic

Our Summer Term 5 topic is…        Once Upon a …

Welcome to term 5.

We hope you had a lovely Easter Break: Not too much chocolate, I hope!!!


During this topic the children will be learning lots about traditional tales in particular The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen.

Throughout our learning of The Little Red Hen, we will finding out how wheat is grown and harvested by inviting ‘Bobbie the Wheat Lady’ in to our class. Then, we will be taking a trip to a real, six sail windmill to see how the wheat is turned into flour. Finally, Warburtons’ bakery will then be visiting school to help make us bread and to teach us all about healthy eating… watch out for the lovely bread smells and FREE samples!!! This should make all of our learning meaningful and fun.


In science, we will be looking at different materials and creating our own houses on clay tiles that will be measured and cut out by us using the correct tools. We will also continue with our tree observations, looking at how they change throughout the seasons, plus, observing and measuring different weathers… ask your child to show you their ‘groups’ tree and weather book! Finally in science, we will be observing and recording changes to our beans that we will plant outside.

In DT, we will be creating our own moving windmills using our knowledge and understanding of axels. Each week in Art, we will also be comparing the works of different artists and replicating their work.

Below are a few key dates to remember:

  • Friday 22nd April: Queen’s Birthday Parade
  • Tuesday 26th April 9.00-9.30: Parents meeting for Phonics test.
  • Tuesday 26th April: Key Strings (music company in school)
  • Tuesday 2nd May: May Day Bank Holiday (school closed)
  • Tuesday 17th May: Bobbie The Wheat Lady
  • Wednesday 18th May: school trip to Heage Windmill
  • Thursday 19th May: Warburton’s bread making day in school
  • Friday 27th May: Break up for Half Term.


In Maths the children will be learning many things including place value: please use the 100 square grid to find missing numbers. We will also be learning about multiplication and fractions as well as measuring weights, lengths and capacity.

Please support their learning in any way you can at home. If you require any additional resources to support your child, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Throughout this term, the children will be reading a wide variety of texts. First we will be reading many traditional tales and comparing them looking for differences and similarities. Then we will be writing our own versions of the stories and acting them out through drama and role-play. Finally we will be writing recounts of our trip to Heage Windmill.

The children will be paying particular attention to how letters are formed; how to add adjectives; and how to use sentence openers and connectives appropriately. Wow, we will be learning lots!!

Homework: Homework will be provided every week. This will include spellings, reading and other curricular work to support the week’s learning. We will also engage in many phonic activities to practise for our Year 1 phonics test (after half term!) A meeting has been arranged for parents in the hall: Tuesday 26th April 9.00-9.30


Thank you for supporting your child’s learning.