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

During the Spring, the learning in Year 1, learning will be based around the global theme of 'Peace and Conflict'. Throughout the term, the children will learn about basic human rights using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a basis for their understanding. They will explore refugees and how and why people have migrated to safer countries around the world. The children will have the opportunity to examine stereotypes around refugees and what can be done to support them. The project outcome for the learning journey will be to create welcome boxes for refugee families and deliver them to Grace charity in Greenwich.

English: This half term in Year 1, our core text is ‘The Journey’. We will be exploring the themes of change, challenge and hope portrayed in this book. We will be immersing in the story by identifying and exploring the characters’ feelings through-out the story. We will also be analysing the images and language in the book. We will then write an informal letter from a character’s point of view.

Maths: In Maths, this half term Year 1 will be focusing on place value to 50, addition and subtraction strategies to 20. We will also be looking at multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We will continue to review our learning counting forwards and backwards, number bonds to 10 and representing numbers in different ways.

Science: In Science, we will be learning about Everyday Materials and Seasonal Changes. We will be describing materials using our senses and asking questions such as: What material is an object made from? How do materials change? In addition, we will be focussing on our working scientifically skills and be carrying out an investigation linked to how materials change when they are heated or cooled.

Geography: In Geography the children will develop their key knowledge linked to the locations of the UK and war-torn countries. They will explore the journey of a refugee and how long they must travel to reach safety. The children will have the opportunity to look at atlases and world maps to understand geographical locations.

History: In History, the children will develop their key knowledge linked to human rights and refugee experiences. They will learn about famous refugees from the past such as, Judith Kerr and will be using stories as historical sources for asking and answering questions about the past.

Art: In Art, the children will be developing their skills linked to collage using different layers to create an image.  They will explore the art of Eli Halpin, reflecting upon how she uses colour, patterns and shape.

RE: In RE, Year 1 are learning about the religion of Judaism. We will be looking at key beliefs, places of worship and celebrations in Judaism. We will use RE artefacts to explore symbolic representations and how they are used in Judaism.

PE: In PE, the children are learning about fundamental physical skills including jumping, running, throwing and catching.  

RSE: In RSE, the children will be explaining and showing that family and friends should care for each other. We will also focus of how people change and grow.

Music: In music we will be playing simple rhythms and patterns on an instrument.

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 Year 1 Termly Overview for Autumn

Please click here to view the Year 1 Termly Overview for Spring

Please click here to view the Year 1 Termly Overview for Summer


Year 2

This term, Year 2 will continue to explore our global theme of ‘Human Rights and Social Justice’. The children will be looking at social equality with a focus on children’s rights and child labour, we will be researching these issues across the world to understand how our rights differ from others. Then we will form our own opinion on child labour and explore both sides of the debate to justify whether child labour is a positive or negative thing.

This half term our core text is Yasmin’s Hammer  by Ann Malaspina. It is a great story that is based in the noisy streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Yasmin longs to go to school so she can learn to read, but her family needs the money she and her sister earn at the brickyard to help keep the rice bag full and the roof repaired. We will explore the book through role play and look at the characters in detail focussing on their appearance as well as their personalities. The children’s final outcome will be writing a diary entry from the main character’s point of view, they will adopt the character’s voice and address the injustice explored throughout the text.   

Together with this, the half term’s Science we will be learning about nutrition and exercise and the effect this has on human body. In this topic we will investigate: Why exercise, balanced diet and hygiene are important for humans? What factors motivate humans to engage in sport? Are sugars and fats always unhealthy? and What are the basic needs of a human?

Geography: The children will develop their key knowledge linked to the human and physical features of India, identifying the locality of this country on the map and comparing how parts of India differ from where we live.

History: The children will be finding out about child labour in the UK and how Dr Barnardo committed his life’s work to helping children receive and education.

In Maths 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 by naming them, identifying their properties and finding halves and quarters of shapes.

In Art the children will be developing their skills linked to sketching, designing and painting. They will explore art linked to the global theme and inspired by their core text. The children will use the artist Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration, considering how we can create art out of natural materials. From this, the children will create textured art from materials they find around them, looking closely at depth perception and how this is created through different tones and textures.

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

In PE, the children will be developing multi skills. They will learn ball skills, running techniques and how to throw and catch with increasing accuracy.

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 Year 2 Termly Overview for Autumn

Please click here to view the Year 2 Termly Overview for Spring

Please click here to view the Year 2 Termly Overview for Summer