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

Our core book is Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary by Simon Bartram. This story is about an ordinary man in an ordinary job who is eagerly awaiting his holiday. On holiday he will no longer be ‘little old Dougal’ but ‘Dougal the deep-sea diver!’ Told through a series of diary entries we follow the main character as he finds ancient treasure, is interviewed by news reporters and discovers the lost city of Atlantis. He takes us with him on his journey through meeting colourful fish in the deep sea, resulting in him being invited to stay with the merpeople in Atlantis. Stuck with the ‘dilemma’ of whether to stay in the ‘wonderful Atlantis’ or go back to work to earn a living…. we have to turn to the final page to find out which choice he made!!! 

English: The learning opportunities that arise from this book are endless. We will be writing a diary entry using the first person as well as researching ocean creatures and writing a fact file about them. The children will use a range of exciting adjectives, nouns, adverbs and conjunctions to make their writing more interesting. We will conclude this learning journey by writing our own imaginative story of deep-sea adventure.

Maths:  This half term, the children will be using mathematical equipment to measure and compare length and height. We will continue to focus on counting and sharing in equal groups of 2, 5 and 10. Using the correct vocabulary, they will then apply their knowledge to word problems.

Science: We are holding the STEM week in the first two weeks of this half term. During these two weeks, Year 1 will be learning about Sustainable Development. We will focus on how humans are impacting on the environment and exploring strategies we can use to minimise the negative impact. Using recyclable materials, we will design an item which we can use at school. After the STEM week, children 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).

RE: This half term, the children will be learning about Sikhism. We will identify key beliefs of Sikhism and how Sikhs express their beliefs.

SRE: In SRE children will learn that there are different types of families and that babies become children. Children will explore how they are special and who to ask for help.

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 Lauren Child.

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 ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward. It tells the story of a lonely man who longs to make the area he lives in a better place. It also gives the message that you should never give up on your hopes and dreams. Our written outcome will be a narrative retelling the story, paying careful attention to the descriptions of the character and the setting.

In our topic work we will learn about ‘Sustainability’ looking at how the Sustainable Development Goals achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. 

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children further developing their understanding of reading scales, at intervals of 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s as well as reading scales with missing numbers, estimating the readings using their reasoning skills to explain their choices. We will also explore how to measure length and height, the different units used and how to measure accurately. As with all our maths learning we will then apply this knowledge to a variety of reasoning questions, reflecting on their learning along the way.

Science: This term we will begin by embarking on ‘STEAM’ fortnight, in this time we will focus on sustainability and urbanisation, we will work together to try and ensure waste is reused and that we are working to ensure a sustainable future for our community. We will then look at habitats, we will justify why animals and plants belong to their habitats before we locate micro-habitats and identify the mini-beasts that live there. 

DT: The children will be exploring how we can use material that would be classed as rubbish to create art, we will begin to manipulate materials to create our own art thinking about the environmental benefits of this process.

RE: Through RE we will be exploring ‘Christianity’. 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 Bob Graham.

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.