Westvale Park

Primary Academy

Always Children First


Summer 1 Topic:

Sunshine and Sunflowers


In the Sunshine and Sunflowers project your child will explore their local environment and see how it has changed throughout the year. They will grow flowers, fruit and vegetables in the garden area. They will learn how to care for themselves, plants, animals and mini beasts, identifying some different types. They will also be learning about the life cycles of different creatures. They will take part in outdoor learning activities and find out how to stay safe in the sun.


Supporting your child at home:

  • Grow some quick growing plants together, such as salad leaves, radishes or cress.
  • Plan and go on a picnic, asking your child to plan how to stay safe.
  • Go on a local walk and talk about the changes that have happened to living things throughout the year.
  • Discuss what your child is eating and whether it is healthy or unhealthy. 
  • Look at different landscapes from around the world such as deserts and compare them to our own.
  • Hunt for mini beasts in the garden.


Key texts this half term include:

Japser's Beanstalk - Nick Butterworth

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Mad About Minibeasts - Giles Andreae

Penguin on Holiday - Salina Yoon


Our topic will conclude with the children creating their own dance to represent a plant growing. 

Topic Web - This documents explains in detail, what your children will be learning this half term.