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 Autumn 2, the learning in Year 1 will be based around the global theme of Identity and Diversity. The focus of the term is ourselves and our community. Over the course of the term the children will be learning about how we can contribute to our community and how we are all unique. The project outcome for the learning journey will be a celebration of different cultures within our community.
English: In English, this half term Year 1 will be reading our core text ‘Beegu’. We will be exploring our sense of belonging. We will be learning to write in role, develop emotive language, and order events in order using time adverbials. We will build up to writing our writing outcome of a diary entry in the role of Beegu.
Maths: In Maths, this half term Year 1 will be focusing on shapes. We will also be looking at place value of numbers 11-20. We will continue to review our learning by investigating and applying our skills to problem solve.
Art: In Art/D.T the children will be developing their skills linked to relief work. They will explore the art of Alexis Deacon. As part of the art learning journey the children will be using a variety of materials to create an individual art piece. The children will work towards an art outcome of a 3D city skyline using printing and recycled materials.
Science: In Science, we will be learning all about animals including humans. We will ask: How do we group and classify animals? How are animals adapted to their habitat? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding. We will also be focussing on our working scientifically skills and be carrying out an investigation linked to the classification of animals.
History: In History the children will research the changes through time to the local area. They will develop their key knowledge through local resources. They will learn about changes to the community throughout the eras. They will reflect on the impact of change and form and justify an opinion.
Geography: In Geography the children will develop their key knowledge linked to their local community. They will explore the geographical features of our local community. The children will have the opportunity to reflect and discuss a wide range of pictures, videos and texts. As part of the learning journey, the children will become familiar with the local area as well as expand their geographical vocabulary.
RE: In RE the children will be learning about Christianity including, Jesus' birth and Christmas. Through stories, role play and hands-on experiences, they will consider: What do Christians remember at Christmas? What do Christians believe about Jesus? Why is the Bible important to Christians?
PE: The children will be developing spatial awareness and body control through different movements. In addition, they will show collaboration and teamwork by participating in various games.
RSE: We will be focusing on understanding different types of families and talking about people that are important for children both in school and at home.
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.
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This term, Year 2 will continue to explore our global theme of self-identity and belonging,with a focus on resilience. The children will discover, through their core text for this half term ‘The Red Tree’ by Shaun Tan, that feelings cannot always be expressed by words and remind us that although some bad feelings are inevitable, they are always tempered by hope. This book is a kind fable that follows a small child who awakes to find blackened leaves in her bedroom, she wanders around a complex world and is overtaken by a countless number of feelings, just as all hope seems lost she returns to her bedroom to find a tiny red seedling has grown to fill the room with a warm light. The children will use this character’s journey as inspiration to write their own story for the character, highlighting the hope and positive mindset the character adopts.
Together with this, the half term’s Science we will be continuing to learn about ’Living things and their habitats’. How does a habitat provide an animals basic need? How are animals and plants are suited to their habitat? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding. In addition, we will be focussing on our working scientifically skills and be carrying out an investigation linked to observations of micro-habitats.
Geography: The children will develop their key knowledge linked to mapping journeys in the local environment. They will explore compass points, directions and local land marks. The children will have the opportunity to visit and recognise human and physical features of the local area.
History: The children will be finding out and explaining how the local area has changed and how it was different in the past, by listening to the residents in the nursing home. The children will develop their key knowledge using appropriate words and phrases to describe historical events. They will learn about what life was like in the past by speaking to people from different generations. The children will use historical sources to compare and contrast how features have changed in the past to the present within the local area.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.
Art: The children will be developing their skills linked to sketching, designing and painting. They will explore art linked to the global theme of ‘Identity and Diversity’ as part of the art learning journey the children will be identifying portraits created by and in the style of Picasso. The children will work towards an art outcome of creating a portrait of the little girl in our core text, ‘The Red Tree’. They will explore this by using pastels and by mixing acrylic paints to explore emotions.
RE: Year 2 are learning about the religion of Judaism. The children will be learning about festivals in the Jewish year - Sukkot, Pesach and Purim. Through stories, role play and hands-on experiences, they will consider: Why it is important to keep traditions/customs alive? How do festival events help to teach young Jews about their past? What do festivals show about the Jews’ relationship with God?
PE: The children will learn new skills while playing football. They will learn how to dribble and pass a ball to others while having an awareness of their surroundings.
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