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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 ’10 Things I Can Do to Help My World’ by Melanie Walsh. We will be writing a character description of our own ‘eco – warrior’. The children will also be planning their own stories staring their ‘eco-warrior’, focusing on the idea that the story will include a problem that needs to be solved. Their writing will need to include persuasive sentences.

Maths:  Maths lessons during this half term will focus on the children developing their understanding of numbers to 100. They will be counting forwards and backwards, sequencing numbers and partitioning numbers into tens and ones. The children will continue to practice their two, five and ten times tables. They will also begin to develop their understanding of time by reading the time on a clock face and by drawing the hour and minute hands in the correct positions.  

Humanities: The children will reflect on how successful recycling is in school and discuss what might be done to improve it. They will then consider how our actions impact the problem of air pollution and how we can make the air cleaner for us to breathe. We will also consider our use of electricity, different types of transport and the alternatives to using electricity during leisure time.

SRE: During SRE lessons the children in Year 1 will be considering the importance of the basic hygiene principles of keeping clean. They will also learn the stages of human life - that babies become children and then adults. The class will also discuss their own families, noting the differences, and also focus on which people they can ask for help when needed.

DT: In our DT lessons the children will be using plasticine and tools to sculpt a model of their own ‘eco – warriors’.

ICT: Using the model ‘eco – warriors’ constructed in DT, the class will be using stop – motion photography to make a short animation film. When completed the children will add a narration to their film.

PE will take place twice a week.

Our author focus this half term is Lauren Childs.

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 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. They will write character descriptions which make comparisons and end with a debate about female and male roles.

Maths: The children will begin by recapping time and telling it to the nearest 5 minutes, as well as working out time durations. We will then have our exciting enterprise week, where the children will have the opportunity to apply their mathematical skills to a real life context. We will then move on to measurement, reading length as well as temperature. Throughout the half term, we will be focusing on problem solving.

Science: This half term, the children will continue to learn about plants. We have recently planted outside our classroom and will continue to care for these plants. Our focus will move on to the plants we eat.

History: Linked to our core text, we will explore women through history and focus in on the Suffragettes. The children will think about equality in the past and also the present day. They will discuss how we can make sure our school is an equal place, and debate what both genders can and should be able to do!

Art: In our art lessons, we will be looking at portraiture. We will particularly explore the art of Frida Kahlo and the children will be creating their own portraits using photography and a range of media. 

RE: This half term in RE, the children will be comparing all the religions they have learnt about this year and thinking about belonging.

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 Lynley Dodd

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.