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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 ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge.

In English the children will begin by using our core text to explore feelings and also describing the actions of the beast throughout his adventure in the story. We will also be focusing on using time conjunctions in writing as well as changing verbs from the present tense into the past tense. Our written outcome for this half term is for the children to write a recount, in chronological order, of the beast’s adventure.

In maths the children will be focusing on developing their understanding of place value. Lessons will allow the children to explore the concept of place value as well as developing their knowledge of number bonds. They will also apply their knowledge of place value when solving addition problems.

In science the children will be learning about materials. Lessons will allow the children to explore different materials, being able to name different materials and being able to sort materials using key vocabulary learnt during the lesson.

In geography the children will be focusing on developing their knowledge of how to describe our local area. Lessons will specifically focus on looking at describing cities, thinking about the human and physical features of cities and also having the chance to design their own cities.  

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

In our art lessons, the children will be creating a fabric college landscape. They will be using the front cover of our core text, as well as other landscapes pictured in the book, as their stimuli.  

During our computing lessons the children will be learning how to take pictures and write simple captions to describe the pictures they have taken. Our computing lessons will complement the children’s English learning as the pictures being taken will link to the work on ‘The Lonely Beast’ and captions will be used to explain the picture that was taken. The children will then share their pictures.

PSHE lessons will also be planned in throughout the week. The lesson will focus on new beginnings for the children and supporting them with their transition into Year 1.

In the book corner, our ‘author focus’ this term is Mairi Hedderwick We will be reading her books and talking about them during story time.

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 your child's class teacher.

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 will be ‘Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head’ by Daniel Hahn. It 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 key to happiness. It all ends in a rather sticky mess…

In English the children will explore the text’s key theme of happiness and what makes us happy. They will look closely at the book’s illustrations and language to compare different emotions and how they are shown. They will then think about the characters with their wacky hats, before creating their own jolly character.

The children will continue to develop their phonics in groups working at their own level. In Year 2, there will be a greater focus on spelling and rules.  

In maths we will be focusing on number and place value, as well as addition and subtraction. They will begin to use Year 2 calculation strategies such as the empty number line. We will be applying our addition and subtraction knowledge to solving problems in a real life context.

PSHE will be linked to English and our core text, by exploring emotions. The children will think about their own and other’s emotions, and how to manage these effectively.

In music, the children will be working to create their own ‘Happiness Playlist’. They will be thinking about how different pieces of music create moods and how they can represent these themselves by using percussion instruments. They will select their favourite pieces for a class playlist and even design the album cover.

In RE, the children will be exploring the faith of Sikhism. They will be learning about Guru Nanak and the 5 Ks’

This 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.

Each week the Children will have two PE lessons with Mrs Vdovin. This half term, they will be learning dance during indoor PE and teamwork skills during outdoor PE.

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.

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 your child's class teacher.

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.