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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 Pirate Cruncher’ by Jonny Duddle. It is a story about a pirate crew in search of treasure with lots of twists and turns involving a fiddler.

In English the children will be writing a suspense story describing their own monsters. They will also be looking at character descriptions, poetry and information about pirates. The children will continue to develop their phonics in groups targeted at their level.

In Maths we will be learning positional language, as well as recapping place value and the four operations. We will be using our knowledge of the four operations to solve problems and puzzles.

In PSHE the children will be learning about kindness and thinking about how our actions can affect others.

In Geography we will be learning about beaches. This will include looking at the human and physical features of a beach, learning about different beaches around the world and finally designing our own perfect beach.

In Science we will be learning about the human body.  We will be using our senses to explore how people see differently, how our sense of touch helps us in our everyday lives and how to classify items using taste and smell.

This half term in RE we will be learning about Islam.

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

The children will be creating waves in Art. We will be looking at different shading techniques to create shape and texture.

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 Howard, 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.

Year 2

After Arts Fortnight, we will begin to expplore our new core text which is 'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch. It is a great story that reverses the princess and dragon stereotype, with a fantastically feisty female main character. the book links perfectly to our castle and Royals topic.

In English the children will first, during arts fortnight, be exploring poetry linked to colour and the senses. We will then move onto ‘The Paper Bag Princess’ and begin to look at the characters in detail. The children will write character profiles and think about the story from different viewpoints. They will use drama to explore the story and make up their own plans to capture a dragon! This will result in writing a set of instructions.

The children will continue to develop their phonics in groups working at their own level. During these daily sessions, we will be focusing on the reading and spelling of words. This term again, we will be learning more spelling rules and applying these to sentence writing.

In Maths we will be recapping mental and written calculation methods. We will also be focusing more on developing reasoning skills and finishing each week with mathematical problems and puzzles. Later on in the term, we will be learning about measuring temperature and linking this with our Geography learning. We will also have an investigation week, solving problems linked to our core text.

In RE the children will be learning about Judaism and Jewish festivals. They will also have a visitor from the Catford Synagogue and have the chance to handle artefacts, while learning more about the faith.

In Geography the children will be comparing the UK to another locality abroad. This will be linked to our Science topic on plants, with the children exploring where our food comes from. They will look at the weather in tropical countries and think about the culture there, as well as the food they grow.

In Science 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 onto the plants we eat. The children have already kick-started this topic by designing and making fruit salads. This will continue with a trip to Welling Tesco and a healthy eating workshop.

Each week the children will have an outdoor and indoor PE lesson with Mrs Vdovin. The children will be doing dance and athletics in preparation for Sports Day.

This half term begins with Arts Fortnight. The children will be creating art based around a colour theme. Year Two’s colour is yellow. We will be looking at Sunflowers by Van Gogh and creating art around a nature theme. We will also be designing and creating coats of arms in DT later this term. The children will be practising their sewing skills.

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.