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.
This term, Year One will be focusing on self-identity and diversity. The children will discover, through their core text for this half term ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’, similarities and differences between their self and others. This book is about a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse who encounter each other on their journeys and develop an unlikely relationship. The dialogue between the characters offers beautiful, uplifting messages of hope. The learning opportunities emerging from this magnificent book are endless. Whilst reading this book we will be discussing what it means to be kind to both ourselves and others and as our project outcome we will be creating a kindness guide which, will be displayed in our ‘Museum of Hope’ later in the term.
English: For English this half term, the children will be looking at the text ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ as well as the text ‘Have you filled your bucket today?’. Both texts, highlight to the children how important it is to be kind to each other in order to be ‘bucket fillers’ rather than ‘bucket dippers’. The children will be using this learning to create a guide to kindness that will give tips and actions to help everyone be a ‘bucket filler’.
Maths: In this half term, the children will be learning about the place value of numbers as well as addition and subtraction. The children will learn to represent numbers in different ways, count forwards and backwards, compare numbers, find one more and one less and know all number bonds to ten. As they become more confident in knowing the value of numbers, they will then move on to learning strategies to add and subtract numbers.
Science: Our science topic this half term is ‘Materials’. In this topic the children will develop core scientific knowledge and skills. They will be identifying what materials objects are made from and what their uses are. They will also be investigating what material is best suited for an umbrella and will learn the skills to test how absorbent different materials are.
Art: The children will be focusing on experimenting with different shades of blue to create colour washes and mood strips. The children will also be using their skills to create vertical strip collages and the children will then learn the skill of weaving, using strips of paper made throughout the term, to create a final outcome.
PE: Over the half term, the children will be developing the valuable skill of teamwork ensuring that they are working together and using their skills. The children will also be doing gymnastics to develop their strengths.
Music: Children will be listening to Old-School Hip Hop style songs and will learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch and will begin to learn to rap and enjoy it in its original form. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with the song the children will also develop the skill to appraise other Old-School Hip Hop songs.
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 Miss Roper.
This term, Year Two will be focusing on self-identity and diversity. The children will discover, through their core text for this half term ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’, similarities and differences between their self and others. This book is about a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse who encounter each other on their journeys and develop an unlikely relationship. The dialogue between the characters offers beautiful, uplifting messages of hope. The learning opportunities emerging from this magnificent book are endless. After immersing ourselves in this core text and exploring the themes of identity, diversity, friendship, hopes and dreams we will be celebrating our learning by creating a ‘Museum of Hope’. This is will be our project outcome where we will share all our successes in our learning achieved over the half term.
English: In English, the children will be using a range of drama techniques to explore the characters’ emotions and actions. They will be learning about the features of narratives to build up the skills needed to write their own narrative. Through-out the English learning journey, the children will be delving deep into the text by exploring new vocabulary, making inferences, and understanding the language structures in order to be successful and confident writers.
Maths: Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children developing their understanding of place value of numbers to 100, as well as adding and subtracting numbers in a variety of ways. Our maths learning journey consists on children becoming fluent mathematicians who can reason and apply their knowledge to different contexts.
Science: Our science topic this half term is, ‘Animals and their habitats’. In this topic the children will develop core scientific knowledge and skills. They will identifying and comparing living, non-living things as well as things that have never been alive. Moreover, they will be learning about different features of habitats, how animals and plants have adapted to live there and how they are dependent on each other for survival.
Art: The children will be creating art through observational drawings and using shading techniques to create texture. They will also be using watercolour paints and create mood boards based on an inspirational artist.
PE: Over the half term, the children will be developing their jumping skills by identifying features of a good jump and performing a range of jumps in an obstacle course. Alongside, they will be developing team-working and coaching skills will are valuable in any context.
Music: The children will be exploring emotions in music. They will listen to a piece of music and the children will be encouraged to think about the emotions and feelings that different pieces of music can evoke in us.
We do 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 try to read with your child every day at home for ten minutes. Please feel free to give feedback about how they got on, or the difficulty level of the banded reading book. We appreciate all parental feedback.