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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 term, Year One will be focusing on their own identity, their community and sense of belonging. They will explore these themes through their core text ‘This is our house’ by Michael Rosen. The story is about a little boy named George, who will not let any other children play in his cardboard house. The children will discuss how the characters must feel and begin to link this to scenarios in their own lives. The children will talk about the groups that they belong to, including their families, and have the opportunity to go on a tour of their community, Plumstead. The class will then work together on a project, the outcome of which will be a video describing their local area and what is special to them. The children will also write a personal description linked to this and further develop their writing skills.

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children developing their understanding of place value, consolidating numbers they already know and moving beyond 20. They will be ordering numbers, as well as finding one more and one less. The children will also begin to use number lines in order to add and subtract.

Science: This half term's topic is ‘Everyday Materials’. We will be looking at manmade and natural resources. The children will be completing an experiment, in which they will explore which materials are best for a boat to float.

Art: In our art lessons the children will be learning to draw self-portraits linked to our topic of identity. They will use sketching pencils and water colours, taking inspiration from David Hockney.

RE: This half term, the children will be learning about Hinduism, focusing on key beliefs and the story of Rama and Sita.

PE will take place twice a week.

Our author focus this half term is Julia Donaldson.

We will 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 either Miss Naz or Mrs Lewis. 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.

Please try to read with your child every day at home for ten minutes. Feel free to give feedback about how they got on, or the difficulty level of the banded reading book. It has been great to see so many children reading with parents at home. We are keeping track of how many books each child reads as this will go towards their Reading Challenge total.

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 further help your child at home, please see Miss Naz.

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

 

Year 2

This term, Year Two will be focusing on self-identity and belonging. The children will discover, through their core text for this half term ‘Happiness is a watermelon on your head’, how we can affect the happiness of others. This great book is a fun story about three miserable women who are highly confused by Miss Jolly, their neighbour, who always seems to be happy no matter what. This leads them on a hilarious quest to discover the secret to happiness. It all ends in a rather sticky mess…The children will be looking closely at the book’s illustrations and language to compare the different emotions of the characters. From this the children will be creating their own character descriptions, identifying adjectives that not only describe how the characters look but their personalities too. We will be looking at using the conjunctions ‘and, so, because’ to extend our learning. In addition the children will create their own recipe for happiness, thinking about what they need to have and do in their lives to be happy. We will also be thinking about the community and how we can try to increase happiness. We will be designing a questionnaire aimed at identifying what makes people happy, we will then discuss and interpret the data and begin to plan and prepare activities in the hope of bringing happiness to others.

Together with this, the half term’s Science will focus on animals (including humans) and the key things needed for survival. They will explore how healthy eating, exercise and cleanliness are important for wellbeing, and how wellbeing and happiness are linked.

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children developing their understanding of place value of numbers to 100, as well as adding and subtracting 2 two-digit numbers in a variety of ways.

Art: The children will be creating art linked to our theme of Happiness. They will look at how different pieces of artwork make you feel and create their own piece to show an emotion. They will also be taking inspiration from our core text’s illustrations to create collages.

RE: Through RE we will be exploring the topic ‘Who am I’ this topic will be looking at what makes the children unique and special as well as identifying similarities. We will look at how people show their faiths and the ceremonies conducted to welcome children into their religions.

PE: PE will take place twice a week, on Thursdays and Fridays

Our author focus this half term is Vivian French.

We will do 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 the class teacher. We try to make sure it is on the same day each week but things can change.

The children will change their home reading books on a given day, this day will be written in their Reading Record book. Children will choose a banded book to practise reading at their current level as well as a book of free choice to enjoy at home.

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