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 Journey’ by Francesca Sanna. This story is told through the eyes of a young girl and it explores the decisions made by a mother and her two young children when they are forced to flee their home as refugees.  As a class, we will be focusing on themes of ‘Social Justice and Equity’ and ‘Human Rights.’ During this term, children will learn about refugees and their rights. The outcome of the project at the end of term is to create a welcome box for a child refugee, and deliver the box to the Grace charity in Greenwich.

English: The children will be writing persuasive letters asking for donations for items to create their welcome boxes. Throughout the half term we will be making predictions by inferring and describing characters using appropriate adjectives. Additionally, we will learn about the features of a letter and compare fact and opinion. The children will also continue to develop their phonics in groups targeted at their level. 

Maths: The children will begin by looking at 2D & 3D shapes. They will be naming and describing the properties of shapes, as well as finding them around the school. We will then move on to partitioning and place value. The children will partition numbers in different ways and explore larger numbers. They will also continue to work on their maths reasoning skills by solving problems.

In Science we will be learning about different plants. We will be identifying and classifying plants, researching which plants are edible and finally planting and observing vegetable plants.

Art: The children will be creating collage inspired art pieces using bird images from their core text to symbolise hope.

In RE children will be learning about Judaism- identifying key beliefs of the religion and learning how Jews worship at a Synagogue.

Each week the children will have two PE sessions which will allow the children to develop movement, co-ordination and teamwork skills. This term, they will have gymnastics each Friday with a coach.

Our author focus this half term is Oliver Jeffers.

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. 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 Mrs Aliaj.

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


Year 2

This half term, our core text is The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. It is a great story that reverses the fairy tale character stereotype, with a feisty female main character. The children will explore the book through role play and look at the characters in detail focussing on their appearance as well as their personalities. They will write character descriptions which make comparisons and end with a debate about female and male roles. The children’s final outcome will be writing a diary entry from the princess point of view, they will adopt the character’s voice and address the stereotypes previously explored. In our topic work we will be looking at social equality with a focus on children’s rights. We will research these issues across the world, understand how our rights differ from others, form our own opinions and explore both sides of a debate.

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children further developing their understanding of multiplying by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s and begin exploring and building on their existing knowledge of division.  We will end the term looking at 2D and 3D shapes naming them, identifying their properties and finding halves and quarters of shapes.

The half term’s Science will focus on plants. We will be identifying parts of a plant as well as what a plant needs to grow. Once the children have acquired this knowledge, they will plan and conduct a scientific investigation.

Art: The children will be creating art linked to the global theme of social equality. The children will be exploring the artist Grayson Perry and designing and creating their own mod roc vases inspired by his work. Through this term the children will explore stereotypical colours for boys and girls and creating a pattern to symbolise unity and social equality. 

RE: Through RE we will be exploring ‘Hinduism,’ this topic will be looking at the importance of different traditions and customs of the religions as well as the symbolisms of the faith.

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

Our author focus this half term is Satoshi Kitamura.

We will take part in 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.