Welcome to our phase page. Here you will find information about school life for children who are in Year One or Two and in one of the following classes: Meerkats, Raccoons or Koalas.
Children in Key Stage One focus on:
- Developing their independence in all areas of school life;
- Learning how to read (decode), building on their learning from Foundation Stage;
- hands on learning and exploring new concepts for themselves and
- A love for learning.
These years are important for your child as they learn the fundamental learning blocks they need before moving on into Key Stage Two.
In this topic, we will be learning all about pirates! We will look at famous pirates such as Blackbeard and Grace O'Malley as well as exploring a range of pirate books including Night Pirates and The Pirates Next Door.
This half term children will concentrate on number work and focus on developing their basic number knowledge. We will begin to explore addition and subtraction. Please help your children to practise counting in steps of 2,5 and 10 at home. We will also focus on length, weight and mass. Towards the end of the half term we will also be exploring shape.
Throughout this half-term children will be looking at non-fiction and fiction books linked to our overall topic theme. They will write a character description about a fierce pirate and a setting description about a desert island!
They will be building a bank of vocabulary to use in a variety of different genres of writing.
Children will start the half term by looking at seasonal changes and the weather in Autumn. They will then move onto exploring a variety of materials and find the appropriate materials to make their pirate ships.
Linking with Science, the children will have opportunities to design and make their own pirate ship. Afterwards they will discuss what went well and how to make it better.
Firstly we will ensure that the children are confident with logging in and out of the laptops with independence. We will also focus on algorithms and how to use instructions within technology
We will be naming and locating the continents and oceans. We will also discuss capital cities around the world.
Why do insects like flowers?
In our topic we will be learning about everything related to mini-beasts! Looking at our significant person, Vincent Van Gogh, reading our shared text 'Tadpole's Promise' as well as lots of other topic related learning.
We will continue to develop our counting skills in 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Another area we will focus on is telling the time to the nearest hour, half an hour and quarter of an hour. In Year 2, we will also look at telling the time to the nearest five minutes. In our minibeast role play areas our learning will continue, where children will be able to weight and measure the minibeasts they find. Finally, we will look at investigations and consolidate all learning we have done this year.
In Literacy we will be exploring a variety of texts including Aaargh Spider and Tadpole’s Promise. We will look at the features of instructions and then create our own instructions linked to growing.
Children will be looking at a range of plants, the parts of flowers and what plants need to grow. We will also be looking at living things and thinking about where they live. KS1 will focus on comparing habitats of insects and how these help the basic needs of the things that live there.
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In Art we will be looking at the work of Vincent Van Gough and his piece of art the sunflower. We will compare this to the work of a more contemporary artist Georgia O'Keeffe and then we will make our own interpretation of this with a variety of different materials and mediums.
We will be studying simple fieldwork and observational skills, using aerial photographs and simple compass directions such as: North, South, East and West. Children will also look at locational and directional language.
In Music, we will sing with a sense of melody, recognise and explore how sounds can be organised and give opinions on different pieces of music we listen to.
In RE, we will look at what is good about our world, where do things come from, what does it feel like to create something I am proud of and do all people believe the same things?
Our focus will be looking at boys, girls and different relationships. We will also look at different life changes that children might encounter.
Why Do People Travel?
In Maths, we will be continuing to strengthen our basic skills and place value knowledge. We will use lots of practical learning to explore geometry and direction, multiplication and fractions. Whilst covering all of these topics, we will be using problem solving and reasoning tasks to develop pupils thinking.
In English our shared text will be 'Flat Stanley’ by Jeff Brown. We will write our very own alternative ending to the story as well as exploring lots of different sentence types when writing short historical recount about The Wright Brothers and a fact file about Amelia Earhart. We will continue to work on our phonics knowledge and develop a love of reading.
Children will be exposed to new language through Victor’s vocabulary each week and will be expected to use these to enhance their own writing ideas.
In Geography this term, we will look at the seven continents, similarities and differences between the UK and a non-European country, ariel photographs ,physical features e.g. mountains and human features e.g. town.
Design and Technology
In DT, we will think about our learning linked to materials (Science) We will design and make our own cars by following a success criteria. After, we will evaluate our cars based on how far they travel and we will look at if certain materials travelled further than others.
In Science, we will be will learning materials and their properties. The children will do an experiment to look at the suitability of different materials and then select a chosen material to make their car in DT.
In History this term, we will learning about The First Flight and how The Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart and important individuals in History.
In PSHE, we will think about what keeps us healthy and we will also think about the impact our behaviour might have on others.
In RE this term, we will look at Jesus, who he was and we will look at how he lived.
How Do We Keep Our Bodies Healthy?
In Numeracy we will continue to develop our understanding of basic skills.
We will explore 2D and 3D shapes looking at their properties.
We will also focus on fractions. We will start by finding fractions of shapes. We will find fractions of amounts of food and begin to find fractions of amounts.
Children will be enjoying a range of books linked to food, traditional tales and non-fiction texts. From these books we will create our own stories based upon a familiar tale.
Our text for this half term is ‘Keep Running Gingerbread Man’ which is a twist on a traditional tale.
Phonics is a very important part of reading and writing in KS1 so we will continue stream children into specific groups suited to their individual needs.
What an exciting half term this will be linked to science! Starting March 8th, the entire school will take part in a jam packed week of science.
We will take part in fun and interesting experiments and develop our scientific questioning skills. Pupils will begin to record and measure findings from different investigations and will talk about what they have learnt.
Look out for the pictures and information we will be posting on the school website!
In Art we will be learning about the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Pupils will look at examples of his interesting work and consider similarities and differences between his work and that of other artists. They will then have the opportunity to recreate their own pieces of art which is created by fruit and vegetables.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
We are VERY excited to create tasty, healthy treats in DT during this half term. Pupils will be given the opportunity to design and make their own fruit kebabs. They will learn where different foods come from and choose their own equipment.
Throughout this learning unit, children will learn all about what to put into their bodies and how to keep healthy. The will discuss what is good for their body and what is bad for their body. We may also touch on the Easter Story and how it is an important Christian celebration.
For our computing sessions, pupils will learn how to keep safe on the internet. We will create a poster to explain how we can do this.
In Music we will be exploring rhythm and rhyme and focusing on using body percussion.
Who was the first man on the moon?
In our topic we will be learning about everything related to space! Looking at our significant person, Neil Armstrong, reading our shared text 'The Man on the Moon' as well as lots of other topic related learning.
If you child is learning from home you can find lots of resources on the 'Home Learning' section of the website.
In English our shared text will be 'The Man on the Moon' by Simon Bartram. We will write our very own alternative ending to the story as well as exploring lots of different sentence types when writing setting descriptions about our own planet. We will continue to work on our phonics knowledge and develop a love of reading.
In Maths, we will be continuing to strengthen our basic skills and place value knowledge. We will use lots of practical learning to explore multiplication and division further. Later on in the half term we will be learning about length in standard and non-standard units of measurement.
In Science, we will be will learning about the four seasons, autumn, winter, spring and summer. We will complete lots of investigations to help us learn more about winter.
In History,we will look at our significant person Neil Armstrong as well as lots of other astronauts. We will learn about the race to space and who the first man on the moon was!
In Art, we will be learning about the artist Peter Thorpe, who was famous for creating space themed artwork using lots of bright and bold colours and shapes. We will create our own solar system artwork in the style of Peter Thorpe.
In Computing, we will develop our knowledge of the basic components of coding using 'beebots'. We will continue to look at how to log on to our school account and access purple mash to continue our coding work.
In RE, our topic will be 'How is new life welcomed?' This will link into our learning of seasons, particularly spring.
In PSHE, we will think about what makes us special and unique. We will also learn about how we can help other people at school and at home.
Why Did London Burn?
In Maths, the children will be continuing to look at addition and subtraction. They will explore money before adding and subtracting amounts. During the topic of the great fire of London, we will be focusing on measurements. We will be comparing, describing and solving practical problems linked to time. We will be investigating how long the fire was burning for in days and hours whilst promoting an understanding of vocabulary such as quicker, slower, earlier and later.
This half term, the children will have many writing opportunities. They will be planning and writing a set of instructions about how to make bread (just like the bread they sold on pudding lane, before the fire). The children will also write an information text about The Great Fire of London.
Whilst it is interesting learning about the great fire of London, it is important to learn about fire safety in modern times. We will be looking at what we can do to prevent fires and the importance of the fire service.
In Art, the children will create collages of houses and flames representing the great fire of London. We will be focusing on the texture of the piece and selecting appropriate materials in order to produce a striking piece of art.
Apart from learning all of the interesting facts about the great fire of London, the children will be focusing on the life of Samuel Pepys. He is a significant individual linked to the topic. We will be concentrating on the events that unfolded through his diary and comparing 1666 to 2016.
We will be focusing on distinguishing between an object and the material from which it is made. Children will be planning and carrying out a science investigation. This investigation will focus on which material, based on its properties, will be the most waterproof for carrying water.
The children will be doing a lot of singing this half term! With Christmas just a matter of weeks away, we will soon be rehearsing some of the classic songs ready to be sung around the tree at home!
What have we been busy doing?
What Wiped Out the Dinosaurs?
In Maths, we will begin the term recapping the fundemental skills they learned in previous years such as counting, adding and more than and less than. We will then focus on building a strong understanding of place value and the value of each digit in a number before applying this learning in to addition and subtraction. We will finish the half term with a geometry focus, exploring shape and then measure.
As part of our English learning we will explore the book Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus; we will use the book to explore simple rhyming words. We will also explore descriptive writing, studying how to use exciting adjectives to build description - first of a setting and then describing a character. Later in the term we will look at how to write a fact file, looking at what makes a good fact file and what you must include before writing our very own! Finally as we reach Harvest time, we will explore instruction writing, creating our own instructions for a harvest meal.
PSHE will focus on keeping safe. The children will discuss how to stay safe in and out of school, as well as how to manage risk and make sensible decisions in order to remain safe, healthy and out of trouble. They will then look at the importance of feeling good and being yourself (and being comfortable in doing so).
In History, the children will be exploring Dinosaurs! They will start by discovering the world in which Dinosaurs lived, making comparisons to the world today. They will then look at how the era of the dinosaurs came to an end. They will then research the term's VIP: Mary Anning. They will find out why she is famous and what she contributed to the our understanding of dinosaurs.
As part of their Science lessons, the children will learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and compare the three, thinking about how it might have change dthe way they lived. They will also look at dinosaur skeletons, making comparisons between different types and discuss how fossils have helped our understanding of how they lived.
Continuing with our focus on Dinosaurs, the children will learn how to draw a dinosaur skeleton and human skeleton and then make comparisons between the two. In Design Technology, the children will use a range of tools and materials to create moving dinosaur models.
In Computing, the children will look at the the basic components of coding by creating dinosaur mats and then inputting clear instructions in to 'beebots' in order to get them to follow a set path. They will also look at how to log on to their school account and access basic programmes.
- Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
- Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
- Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
If you are unsure which set your child is being taught please contact your class teacher.
How else can you help at home?
- Read to an adult every day for at least 10 minutes – books can be changed daily at school.
- Complete homework activities as these are often practising skills learnt in class, especially in numeracy and spellings.
- Talk to your children about their topic and encourage them to talk about their school day.