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: Our core book this half term is ‘Dear Greenpeace’ by Simon James. This is a lovely story about a girl called Emily who is worried that the whale living in her pond is unhappy. Emily writes to Greenpeace who keep saying to her that it is impossible for a whale to live in a pond. Undeterred, Emily continues to seek the best course of action for her beloved whale, finally setting him free. Some of the learning that will emerge from this sequence of lessons include: identifying the difference between facts and opinions, writing a fact file on whales and their habitat, generating questions and many more. The outcome will link to our Global Curriculum on Sustainable Development.

Maths: This half term, the children will be using mathematical equipment to measure and compare weight, mass, capacity and volume. We will also be learning about fractions, time, money and direction and movement. In each area of maths, children will be using the correct vocabulary and they will apply their knowledge to reason and problem solve.

Global Curriculum: Our theme this half-term will continue to be Sustainable Development. Over the last term we will explore how eco-friendly Rockliffe Manor  is. Children will put a plan together to change 3 things to make the school more sustainable. For example,

  • What happens when the bins are emptied at school, where does it go?
  • What happens to leftover food from lunchtimes?

The outcome for this project is to create a ‘How to make your school eco-friendly’ book which we will deliver to local schools. We will identify two local schools/nurseries to walk to deliver our book. We hope this will result in our local community making a positive change!

Art: The first two weeks of June will be the Arts Fortnight. The children will be using a range of art techniques and materials to create a piece of art linked to our underwater and sustainable theme.  Parents are invited to come in the classroom to see the wonderful art produced on Friday 14th of June.  

Science: This term will be learning about the topic of ‘Animals including Humans.’ They will be classifying animals based on characteristics (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, omnivores, carnivores and herbivores). Children will be describing the different body parts of animals and discussing how to take care of pets.

RE: This half term, we will be learning about special celebrations and religious festivals. The children will learn about the meaning of the festivals for believers, the way in which the festival is celebrated around the world and what the children can learn from their own lives and communities from it.

PE: The children will have two PE sessions each week. Over this half term, we will be doing Sports’ Day preparations.

Our author focus this half term is Julia Donaldson.

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 Curriculum Framework for Year 1.


Year 2

This half term we will be reading ‘One Plastic Bag’ by Miranda Paul. It is an inspirational real life story about the recycling women of Gambia and one woman’s mission to help her village and the environment by recycling the plastic bags littering the streets. We will also be looking at what impact waste and pollution has on the environment and how we can help by recycling. Our writing outcome will be a biography of Isatou Ceesay.

In our topic work we will continue to look at ‘Sustainability’ looking at how the Sustainable Development Goals helps us achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. We will experience how it feels to be Isatou Ceesay and actually use waste plastic bags to create something new and desirable.

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will be revisiting the four operations to ensure children feel confident at using the most efficient methods to help them as they transition into year 3. We will also be looking at direction and position, children will explore how to apply their knowledge to a range of questions which aim to improve fluency, reasoning and application. Children will also take part in multi-step investigations, looking at problem solving and working collaboratively.

Science: In science, the children will learn about materials. They will explore the properties of different everyday materials and generate appropriate adjectives to describe these. They will think about the suitability of different materials for different jobs, and will perform an investigation to explore this further.

Art: During this term the children will be taking part in Arts Fortnight, children will create art inspired by deforestation. The children will create individual artwork ranging from sketching to painting, exploring tone and texture using a variety of materials. The children will all collaborate to create a mosaic piece incorporating their learning around the theme.

RE: Through RE we will be exploring ‘Sikhism’. The children will be exploring the faith of Sikhism and learning about Guru Nanak and the 5 Ks.

SRE: Year 2 will be learning about the differences between boys and girls and naming different body parts.

PE: PE will take place twice a week, on Thursdays and Fridays

Our author focus this half term is Lynley Dodd.

We will take part in 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 click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 2.