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.
During the Spring, the learning in Year 1 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 Robot and The Bluebird’. We will be exploring themes of loneliness and friendship. We will generate exciting vocabulary to describe different characters and settings in the story. We will be writing our own adventure stories.
Maths: In Maths, this half term Year 1 will be focusing on measuring length, height, weight, volume and capacity. We are also going to be exploring patterns when counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will be refreshing our knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction through daily oral mental starters.
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 properties of materials.
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 sculpture using different media to create a 3D piece of art. They will explore David Lucas’ art, reflecting upon how he uses colour, patterns and shape.
RE: In RE, Year 1 are learning about Christianity and the values that Jesus taught. We will be learning about different stories about Jesus.
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
This term, Year 2 will continue to explore our global theme of ‘Human Rights and Social Justice’. The children will continue to look 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. We will build on our previous learning and begin to start thinking how we can share our knowledge on child labour and what we can do to make a difference,
This half term, our core text is Hermelin the Mouse Detective by Mini Grey. It tells the story of Hermelin, an aspiring detective, who sets about helping the people in his community find their missing objects. At first, the people are grateful to this mystery detective but then they find out his true identity…The children first explore the book and debate how the people of Offley street treated Hermelin. They will then become detectives and solve their very own classroom mystery…eventually writing newspaper reports on this.
Together with this, the half term’s Science we will be learning about Humans including animals, looking at the importance of nutrition and exercise and the effect this has on human body and begin to explore life cycles and growth.
Geography: The children will develop their key knowledge linked to the human and physical features of India, expanding on their previous knowledge to deepen learning by considering whether the geographical features impact the differing economy.
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. We will also begin to look at halves, quarters and thirds of shapes and numbers. The children will move on to learning how to tell the time to the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter to as well as at 5 minute intervals. The children will be learning how to apply these skills to different contexts, reason and problem solve with them.
In Art the children will be developing their skills linked to sketching, designing and painting. They will explore art linked to nature and insects. The children will create a butterfly in the style of Van Gogh linked to science investigation of The Life Cycle of a Butterfly. Additionally linked to Hermelin because of the bugs and insects.
In RE, we will be exploring ‘Christianity’ 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.
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. 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 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