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

This half term, we will be learning about the theme of friendship and kindness.  Our core book is The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas. This story is about a robot with a broken heart who is sent to the scrap heap. An exhausted, migrating Bluebird shelters where the Robot’s heart used to be; The Robot builds her a nest of wires. The Robot loves the warmth and life the Bluebird brings to him so he offers to carry it through the cold lands to the warm south. When the Robot reaches his destination he is exhausted.

English: The Robot and the Bluebird is a lovely story for children to explore and learn from. The children will be using descriptive vocabulary to write their own adventure story which we will then publish.

Maths:  This half term, the children will be learning about counting, ordering and comparing numbers up to 100. We will also focus on learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as learning about measurement including: length and height.

Global Curriculum: We will continue to explore issues related to our project. We are going to look at the impact charities have in helping people in need. Our aim is to make a charitable act by donating a welcome box to a charity that helps refugees.

Art: The children will be using a range of media to create a sculpture of a robot.

RE: This half term, the children will be learning about Christianity. We will identify key events from a bible story and explore the qualities of a leader.

Science: This half term, we will continue to learn about plants. We will be identifying and describing different types of trees, as well as comparing the different uses of plants. Last half term the children made predictions on what a seed was going to grow into. Over this half term, we will observe the growth of the seed and record the changes in a diary.

The children will have two PE sessions each week which will allow the children to develop movement, co-ordination and teamwork skills.

Our author focus this half term is John Burningham.

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 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 will 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.

In our topic work we will continue to look at social equality with a focus on children’s rights and child labour, 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,

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children further developing their understanding of multiplying by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. We will also begin to look at halves, quarters and thirds of shapes and numbers. The children will move onto 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.

Science: will continue to focus on plants, identifying parts of a plant as well as what a plant needs to grow. Once we have acquired the knowledge, the children will then plan and conduct a scientific investigation. 

Art: The children will be creating art linked to ‘David Hockney’. The end outcome will be a picture montage where all children will contribute to one detailed picture of an insect. Independently, children will be looking at close observational drawings of insects and learning different techniques to create textures using different materials for affect.

RE: Through RE we will be exploring ‘Christianity’. During this topic we will be looking at the importance of different traditions and customs of the religion as well as the symbolisms of the faith.

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

Our author focus this half term is Mini Grey.

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.