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St John's Catholic

Primary School

Summer 1 overview

Welcome back! Please find a brief overview of the children's learning below.







In R.E, we will be studying the topic of 'Life in the Risen Jesus’. We will focus on The Resurrection story and what this means for our faith. The children will reflect upon the presence and importance of Jesus in our lives.



Children will continue to prepare their own collective worships as well as say more formal prayers. During lessons we will be expecting the children to use scripture to inspire and support their work.



Our English work will focus on Ancient Greece. We will study a variety of Ancient Greek myths and think carefully about the meaning, use of language and structure. The children will write their own myths applying the grammar, spellings and punctuation which we have studied throughout the year.

Through our study of the Greeks the children will also apply their writing skills to reporting about the Olympic games, writing a letter about democracy and completing a diary entry linked to the Trojan war.


Our grammar work will focus on commas and the use of correct tenses. 


We continue to concentrate on spelling patterns with various letter strings through investigation and thank you, in advance, for your continued support in helping your child learn their weekly spellings.



We will also continue to read and study our class book, Wonder by R. J. Palacio.



In Mathematics, we will build on our learning in fractions by studying decimals and percentages in detail. Throughout our learning, we will focus on developing fluency, reasoning and problem solving.


We will also focus on improving speed and accuracy with mental arithmetic.


On Thursday mornings, the children will complete the topic on geometry with Mrs Donnelly.




In Science the children will focus on properties and changes of materials.


The focus is:

-compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties,

-know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution

-use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating

-give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic

-demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes

-explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials


Mrs Donnelly will teach this on a Thursday morning. 




This half term we will focus on netball and athletic skills.

We will work hard to prepare for sports day this year!                    



The children will continue to learn Latin in school. This is an incredibly useful skill with so many languages being derived from Latin.


In Geography we will study biomes and vegetation belts across the world.






We will complete a series of lessons based around ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’. This will cover a variety of skills including listening, appraising and performing. 



Our history work will focus on the Ancient Greeks. We will find out who the Ancient Greeks were and their continued importance and influence. We will study Ancient Greek democracy and The Olympic Games. We will also find out about the Battle of Marathon, The Trojan war and learn about Greek Gods and Goddesses.



Our art work will focus on finding out about the influence and importance of Ancient Greek art. The children will research, design and make a Greek pot.


Learning Log


This half term I would like the children to research and report on The Olympic Games. They can choose to focus on The Ancient or Modern Olympics. We will then compare and contrast their findings in class. 


Please submit by Thursday 20th May.

I look forward to supporting and guiding the children in this very busy term. As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Mr McGrath   

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