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At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our lessons include challenges for all pupils, opportunities for children to learn through hands on experiences, and through lots of feedback from both adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils, and always endeavor to achieve outstanding outcomes.

 

Year 1

This half term our core book will be ‘Ossiri and the Bala Mengro’ by Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby.

In English the children will be making predictions about the story and what they think will happen next as they read through the text. Whilst reading the story, the children will be introduced to our main character, her love for music and the instrument which she plays. The link the book has with music will be used as a stimulus for learning within other areas of the curriculum also. As a written outcome, the children will be retelling the story of ‘Ossiri and the Bala Mengro’ but adding a few of their own individual twists along the way.

In maths the children will be continuing to develop their understanding of place value and will also be working on developing their understanding of addition and subtraction. During the half term, Year 1 will also be studying shape and will be identifying and describing 2D and 3D shapes.

In science the children will be continuing to learn about materials and the everyday use of materials. The children will be investigating the materials which various musical instruments are made from and why some materials are chosen to make some instruments whilst others are used to make other musical instruments. The investigations will also help the children to understand how and why different instruments make different sounds based on the materials they are made from.

Our music lessons will be linking to our learning in science. The children will be learning the names of different instruments and sorting the instruments into categories based on the sound they make, the material they are made from or the family which they may be grouped under (woodwind, brass, string or percussion).

DT lessons will also link with our learning in science and music as the children will be designing and making their own musical instruments.

Each week the children will have two PE sessions, which will allow the children to develop movement, co-ordination and team work skills.

A weekly PSHE lesson will also be taking place linking to our value of the half term which is ‘Respect’.

Year 1 will also participate in RE sessions. This half term the focus is Hinduism and specifically Diwali.

Our author focus this half term is John Burningham. We will be reading his books during class story times.

We complete guided reading every day. The children will work in groups, reading books at the right level for them. Each group will read once a week with Mrs Farrell or Mr White, who will write a short message in their contact book to let you know that they have read. We try to make sure it is on the same day each week but things can change, so it is important for children to have their book bags and contact books at school every day. On their guided reading day, the children will get two new books to take home, one ‘banded’ book which they should read at home with your support, and one ‘free choice’ book which you can enjoy together. If you would like new books sooner, please write a message in your child’s contact book or let an adult know before school.

Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. Our homework consists of a range of maths and English tasks, as well as assignments related to our topic learning. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see Mrs Farrell or Mr White.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

 

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 1.

 

Year 2

This half term our core book is 'How to Find Gold' by Viviane Schwarz. It is the story of two friends, who go on an adventure in search of gold....

In English the children will first go on their own treasure hunt and explore what 'treasure' means to them and others. They will continue to develop their prediction skills to think about what happens next in the story and will explore the illustrations and settings in the book. The children will learn the story through story map and eventually create their own innovated versions.

The children will continue to develop their phonics in groups working at their own level. During these daily sessions, we will be focusing on the reading and spelling of words. This term again, we will be learning more spelling rules and applying these to sentence writing.

In maths we will first be continuing our focus on addition and subtraction. We will then apply our calculation skills to the context of money and do some real life problem solving. At the end of the half term, we will move on to multiplication and division where the children will be learning different methods to solve calculations and problems. We will also continue to practise our mental arithmetic skills daily, which includes our 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables.

In RE the children will be learning about Christianity and about the life and teachings of Jesus. We will learn why the Bible is important to Christians and explore Christmas and the nativity story in more detail.

In geography we will be exploring mapping linked to our core text. The children will get the chance to look closely at maps and use them in their local area. They will also create their own maps and think about the human and physical features around us.

In science the children will learn about materials. They will explore the properties of different everyday materials and generate appropriate adjectives to describe these. They will think about the suitability of different materials for different jobs, and will perform an investigation to explore this further.

Each week the children will have an outdoor and indoor PE lesson. This term the focuses are throwing and catching, and gymnastics.

ICT is a driver subject this term and will be linked to our core text and geography. The children will learn what an algorithm is and use simple software and Beebots to write their own. They will explore algorithms through the context of mapping and program their Beebots to go on a journey.

This half term in art, the children will be developing their drawing and shading techniques, as well as using oil pastels and collage to create ‘treasure’ art inspired by our core text.

We complete guided reading every day. The children will work in groups, reading books at the right level for them. Each group will read once a week with Mrs Vdovin, who will write a short message in their contact book to let you know that they have read. We try to make sure it is on the same day each week but things can change, so it is important for children to have their book bags and contact books at school every day. On their guided reading day, the children will get two new books to take home, one ‘banded’ book which they should read at home with your support, and one ‘free choice’ book which you can enjoy together. If you would like new books sooner, please write a message in your child’s contact book or let an adult know before school.

Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. Our homework consists of a range of Maths and English tasks, as well as assignments related to our topic learning. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see Mrs Vdovin.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

 

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 2.