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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

English: During our English lessons we will be reading ‘Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary’ by Simon Bartram. We will be following the week which Dougal has whilst swimming deep in the sea and then writing diary entries in the role of Dougal. The children will also be learning and researching about underwater animals and creating fact files about these animals as part of some non-fiction writing. 

Maths: Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children developing their understanding of multiplication and division. The children will also begin to develop their understanding of fractions and begin to learn about finding halves and quarters of both shapes and numbers. 

Science: During our science lessons the children will be learning about animals. The children will be learning how to group and classify animals as well as describe the similarities and differences between animals. The children will be using our core text ‘Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary’ to learn about animals that live under water and explore how these animals have adapted and are now able to survive under water.

Humanities: As part of humanities lessons, the children will be learning about the importance of recycling. We will be exploring how pollution and the lack of recycling can affect animals that live in the sea. We will explore what happens to animals if material which could be recycled enters the sea and how this is endangering animals. 

Art: In our art lessons the children will be using watercolours to experiment with and create water backgrounds. The children will be completing observational drawings of underwater animals which they will then be adding to their water backgrounds. 

RE: We will continue learning about Christianity and the children will be learning about Christian places of worship. 

PE will take place twice a week.

Our author focus this half term is Alan Ahlberg.

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 Mr White or Mrs Farrell. 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 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

English: This half term our core text is Hermelin the Mouse Detective by Mini Grey. It tells the story of Hermelin, an aspiring detective, who setsabout helping the people in his community find their missing objects. At first, the people are grateful to this mystery detective but then they find out his true identity…The children will first explore the book and debate how the people of Offley Street treated Hermelin. They will then become detectives and solve their very own classroom mystery, eventually writing newspaper reports on this. 

Maths: The children will begin by learning about data handling and interpreting graphs to answer questions. We will then move on to learning about time and reading analogue clocks. This half term, the children will also have chance to explore measuring capacity practically and will end with furthering their calculation skills to solve problems. 

Science: During our science lessons the children will be learning about plants. We will look at a variety of plants closely and identify their different parts. We will recap what plants need to grow and how we can care for them effectively. The children will be planting their own plants and will perform simple tests to identify which conditions are best. 

PSHE: Linked to science and the core text, the children will be thinking about how we can help our community. They will be taking part in a local gardening project by Plumstead Common and also will be visited by someone from the local police. We will be exploring how everyone can make even a small difference, just like Hermelin!

Art: In our art lessons, linked to our English newspaper reports, the children will create ink drawings on newspaper inspired by an Australian artist, Loui Jover.  They will also experiment with ink blots. 

RE: This half term in RE, the children will be learning about the religion of Islam and how the Mosque is an important place to Muslims.

PE: PE is on Monday and Friday afternoons. On Friday's this half term, children will be having gymnastics lessons with Coach Stephanie.

Our author focus this half term is Vivian French.

We will complete guided reading every day. The children will work in groups, reading books at the right level for them.The children will get two new books to take home a week, one ‘banded’ book which they should read at home with your support, and one ‘free choice’ book which you can enjoy together. Each child has, written on the front of their contact book, the day they change their books. Of course they are free to change their book sooner or take an extra book to read. Please make sure children bring their book bags, with their contact book inside, to school every day. Mrs Vdovin will check the contact books for messages once a week, on your child’s book changing day.

Try to read with your child every day at home for 10-15 minutes. Please feel free to give feedback, in their contact book, about how they got on, or the difficulty level of the banded reading book. The children will receive a point towards the Reading Challenge each time an adult writes that they have read a book.  

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 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.