Year 1

Year 1’s learning this half term: This term, Year One will be focusing on self-identity and diversity. The children will discover, through their core text for this half term ‘Beegu’. ‘Beegu’ is a story all about finding yourself in an uncertain and confusing environment but finding help from those who are kind. We will be using this text to help us in our English, Art and Science learning.

English: For English this half term, the children will be looking at the text ‘Beegu’ By Alexis Deacon. The story is about an alien who crash lands in our strange world. Beegu is trying to get home but needs help and falls upon a school to find both kind and unkind people. We will be writing our own tour guide of our local area, describing what things are and what we can do there.

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. Moreover, they will be investigating what material is best suited for Beegu’s new spaceship and will learn the skills to test how absorbent different materials are. 

Curriculum: This term we will be looking at the subject History. As a class we will be looking at our local areas, Plumstead and Woolwich in the past and comparing them to the present. We will learn what chronology means, generate questions surrounding the past and also using sources to find out information. Once, we have our information we will be using it to create our final outcome, a fact file of ourselves including who we are and where we come from.

Art: For Art this term, the children will be focusing on the artists, Alexis Deacon and Colin Ruffell. We are looking at observation drawings of buildings to create our outcome for the term.  

PE: Over the half term, the children will be continuing to develop 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: This term for Music, the 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.

RE: In RE this term we are focusing on community. We will begin identifying similarities and differences between ourselves and others before identifying different religious groups.

Reading: We will do Daily Supported Reader every day. The children will work in an adult led group, reading books at the right level for them.


Year 2

Year 2’s learning this half term: During the Autumn, the learning in year 2 will be based around the global theme of ‘Human Rights’, with a focus on equal rights for all. Over the course of the term, the children will be learning what fairness means in terms of human rights and how this has changed throughout history. We will be focussing on human rights for all through the study of the Suffragette movement. We will be comparing modern day gender roles with those of the past, including how women’s rights began. Year 2 will be creating an end of year project to share with children in Upper Key Stage 2 regarding women’s rights, and also how the Suffragette movement has impacted our current society.

English: In English, this half term Year 2 will be reading our core text ‘Yasmin’s Hammer’. We will be exploring a town in Bangladesh and discussing what it would be like to live there. The main character in our story is unable to go to school due to supporting her family financially so is affected by child labour, which is our focus for this half term. Throughout the story, Yasmin dreams of going to school and, in the end, her parents find a way to make this possible. In groups, we will be discussing this decision and having a debate using the question ‘should Yasmin go to school?’ Through discussing the impact of child labour, the children will have many opportunities to compare Yasmin’s experiences to their own and reflect on her thoughts and feelings. They will be incorporating their historical and geographical knowledge to support them with justifying their opinions and evaluating the gender stereotypes that are present around the world. We will build up to writing our writing outcome of a diary entry where we will be describing a day in the life of Yasmin.

Maths: In Maths this half term we will be consolidating our place value knowledge up to 100, by using different resources to partition numbers in different ways. Kevin is really looking forward to identifying different ways to partition numbers because he only knows how to partition into tens and ones at the moment. We will also be practising counting forward and backwards from any given number up to 100. During the half term, Year 2 will also be adding and subtracting numbers and identifying the relationship between the two operations. We will also be using the inverse to check our calculations.

Science: Our science topic this half term is, ‘Living things and their habitats’. In this topic the children will develop core scientific knowledge and skills. They will be identifying and comparing key features of living, non-living things as well as things that have never been alive. We will be carrying out an investigation to gain a better understanding of how habitats meet animals’ needs for survival.  

Art: We will be creating a landscape portrait of an Indian village eliciting depth of field by used mixed mediums such as sand, soil, stick, tea bags and coffee relief. This will be a large whole class piece created through modelling our school value collaboration.

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.

PE: We will be exploring movement and perform a variety of jumps using obstacles. The children will coach each other using different commands and by using our character skills of relationships. We will work collaboratively to perform and share the skills we have learnt.

RE: Our RE focus this half term is Celebrations. Throughout the half term, we will be identifying the importance of celebrations, and discuss how we celebrate different events and how these may be similar or different to other cultures. We will be focussing on Chinese New Year, Diwali, Christmas, and Eid and identifying the significance of these celebrations to different cultures.

Reading: We will 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.