Year 1/2

Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum letter

Pole to Pole

 

English

The topic begins with continuing our use of Pie Corbett (Talk for Writing) strategies to orally rehearse, retell and innovate the narrative Lost and Found. Later on in the topic they will be learning about the structure and features of recounts.  They will then be applying these skills to write a recount of our Polar Day.  To link with our history part of the topic the children will write their own newspaper reports about a polar explorer.  Towards the end of the topic they will be looking at Inuit traditional tales and re-telling them.

Maths

The children will be developing their calculation skills using a range of resources, drawing their own resources as well as unstructured numberlines.  Place value is central to their understanding of these methods, therefore the children will continue to practise these regularly.  A variety of standard and non-standard measuring both inside and outside the classroom will take place, including capacity, length and mass.

Learning Journey Knowledge and Skills

Geography

The topic will start by looking at a range of maps and atlases. We have worked our way outwards, drawing bird’s eye plans of our own classrooms, then the whole school before moving out into the school grounds. The children will locate where in the world the Arctic and Antarctic areas are found.  We will compare the daylight and temperature between the two poles and the similarities and differences between these and the conditions in Winchester.

History

The children will be learning about the expeditions of Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott.

They will learn about the key features of Antarctica and to understand why exploration of that place would be dangerous.

Science

The focus of the children’s learning will be on polar animals, linked to the geography.  The children will have opportunities to sort and classify animals, looking at their adaptations for different seasons.  They will carry out a variety of experiments with ice and ‘blubber’.  We will also be comparing the temperatures in different locations.

Music

The children will be building on skills to explore, respond to, recognise and identify sounds from different sources and musical moods, features and changes/contrasts and how music makes you feel. They will use notation to plan and then rehearse and perform their own class piece ‘As Cold as Ice’

Art

The children will be creating a collaborative collage out of magazine clippings, focusing on single units of colour. They will be making their own representations of the Aurora Borealis through weaving and chalk landscape activities.

Computing

The children will be developing their knowledge of programming using BeeBots and ‘Logo’. They will be using these tools to make and follow algorithms to control the BeeBot or a ‘robot’.

Gymnastics

The children will be using apparatus and the wall bars to develop their skills of agility focusing on a variety of movements. To begin each lesson, we will do a ‘Polar Bear’ Yoga warm up.

How you can help at home

Daily reading is best even if it is only a couple of pages. It is important that your child is regularly using Spellodrome to increase their spelling knowledge. Alongside this daily reading of key words is crucial to children’s development of reading.  Once key words for reading have been achieved the focus then needs to shift to asking comprehension questions.  These include finding information within the text and asking inference questions, for example how is the character feeling, or why are they doing something.  Please practise getting dressed and undressed independently, paying particular attention to turning their clothes in the right way to enable them to get dressed quickly before and after PE lessons.  Finally don’t forget to take time to have a conversation with your child and discuss what they are learning about at school.

Useful information and dates

Take Home Task – Tuesday 17th April 2.30p.m

Pole to Pole “Take Home” Task

As part of this topic we would like your child, with their family, to get creative.  We would like your child to make a ‘miniature world’ polar habitat in a box.  The models should be no bigger than a shoe box.

Your child’s miniature world should be returned on the morning of Tuesday 17th April.  There will be an opportunity for parents to attend to share at 2:30 until 3:05.  If you are unable to find a box or make your habitat please can your child complete and bring in the planning sheets, drawing a picture of the final habitat, so your child is able to share their ideas with the class.

The Year 1 and Year 2 team

Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum Letter

London’s Burning!

English

The topic begins with narrative writing, retelling a story set in the Great Fire of London.  We will be focusing on the children’s use of language to help the reader picture the scene and thinking about the characters’ feelings.  The children will be practising using dictionaries and understanding how these can help them with their work, as well as putting words into alphabetical order. They will be learning about newspaper reports, identifying the type of language that is used and writing their own version of a report on the Great Fire of London.

Maths

The children will be continuing to develop their problem solving skills using a variety of contexts, including money and measure.  They will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes, comparing and sorting them as well as identifying their properties.  Also, the children will developing their skills of multiplication and division.

Learning Journey Knowledge and Skills

History

The topic was launched with an exciting day all about fire and water!

The children will learn all about the Great Fire of London, sequencing events from the past. Finding out about why the fire spread so quickly and the ways in which King Charles 11 and the people stopped the fire spreading. They will learn about Samuel Pepys’ life and the importance of his diaries as evidence.

Science

The focus of the children’s learning will be on the human body. They will be drawing, naming and labelling the basic parts of the body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.

They will also learn about healthy eating and the importance of exercise.

Music

The children will be focusing on aspects of singing through learning songs for the Nativity. They will be focusing on rhythm and pitch.

Design Technology

In DT the children will be making their own Tudor house and learning about various types of hinge and joining techniques.

Computing

The children will be continuing to develop their keyboard skills using Clicker 7 software. They will be using the speech, prediction and spell check functions to aid their speed and accuracy in word processing.

Dance

The children will be learning to perform a Dance about the Great fire of London. They will be working individually as well as collaboratively.

How you can help at home

Daily reading is best even if it is only a couple of pages.  Alongside this daily reading of key words is crucial to children’s development of reading.  Once key words for reading have been achieved the focus then needs to shift to asking comprehension questions.  These include finding information within the text and asking inference questions, for example how is the character feeling, or why are they doing something. Each week the children have spelling and number bond tests which is best to practise regularly at home. As the children progress through number bonds they will also start the times table challenge and information about this will be sent out as and when applicable. Finally, don’t forget to take time to have a conversation with your child and discuss what they are learning about at school.

Useful information and dates

Take Home Task – Monday 15th January 2018

Go Wild Take Home Task Letter

Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum letter Autumn term 2017 Go Wild!

 

 

 

English

The topic begins with continuing our use of Pie Corbett (Talk for Writing) strategies to orally rehearse, retell and innovate the narrative We’re Going on a Lion Hunt.  These skills will then be transferred to another narrative, Handa’s Surprise, enabling the children to build up their repertoire of plot structures.  We will then be learning about the differences between captions and labels as well as writing lists about what you would take on safari.  Finally, once the children have gained enough knowledge about the subject, they will be writing information texts about African animals.

Maths

The children will be starting the year with a series of investigations using and applying skills learnt in the previous year.  Place value will be a strong focus for the term moving into addition and subtraction.  Within both of these areas the children will become increasingly familiar with a wide range of resources, both concrete and pictorial, to support their understanding.  Weekly number bonds tests and where applicable times tables challenge will begin shortly after the start of term.

Learning Journey Knowledge and Skills

Geography

The topic will start by using a range of maps and atlases to locate where Africa is within the world.  The children will be using geographical language to describe a variety of locations.  The main focus of the topic is the animals to be found within Africa, in particular on the savannah.  They will be learning about the landscapes, weather, people and culture of the continent.  Contrasts will be made between the UK and Africa.

Science

The focus of the children’s learning will be on animals, linked to the geography.  They will have opportunities to sort and classify animals, looking at food chains and survival needs.

Music

The children will be focusing on aspects of singing, playing, improvising composing and listening within this unit.  The songs that they will be learning are about Autumn and harvest.  They will be learning to sing with clearly articulated words and keep to a steady rhythm.  As part of our topic celebration we will be learning an African welcome song to share with you at Take Home Task assembly.

Art

In art the children will be creating animal masks using paper and paste.  They will be perfecting skills of layering and smoothing out creases, as well as painting.

Computing

The children will be developing their keyboard skills, becoming more familiar with the layout of the keys.  Later in the term they will have an opportunity to work collaboratively on an adventure simulation, requiring problem solving.

Dance

The children will be learning to move in the style of a range of African animals in the style of the Circle of Life from The Lion King.  This will form part of the ‘Take Home task’ assembly

How you can help at home

Daily reading is best even if it is only a couple of pages.  Alongside this daily reading of key words is crucial to children’s development of reading.  Once key words for reading have been achieved the focus then needs to shift to asking comprehension questions.  These include finding information within the text and asking inference questions, for example how is the character feeling, or why are they doing something.  Please practise getting dressed and undressed independently, paying particular attention to turning their clothes in the right way to enable them to get dressed quickly before and after PE lessons.  Finally don’t forget to take time to have a conversation with your child and discuss what they are learning about at school.

Useful information and dates

Take Home Task – Tuesday 7th November 2017, details to be confirmed.

 

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