Below you will find information about what the classes in KS1 are learning about this term.
As always, where possible our English work will link to the topics being covered in Theme work. The children will continue with the Talk4Writing approach to writing. More information about this can be found on the Talk4Writing pages of our website. The children will learn the traditional tale ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, study a space poem, learn a story from another culture called ‘The Papaya that Spoke’ and for non-fiction texts the children will learn about recounts. The children will write in the different styles of each text as well as continue with their learning about grammar and punctuation.
The children will continue with daily phonics sessions and spelling skills. Children in Year One will move onto learning some new vowel phonemes as well as alternative sounds that some letters can make. The Year Two children will continue with some consolidation of phonics, especially vowel sounds and alternative sounds but will also begin the Read, Write Inc Spelling programme, more information about this can be found on the Read, Write Inc Spelling page of our school website. The children will learn more about spelling rules when adding suffixes to the end of words, such as –ed and –ing endings.
The children will learn and consolidate number concepts including counting in different steps, ordering numbers, writing calculations using the correct symbols and recalling simple number facts. Year 1 children will learn about how numbers can be written in words as well as addition and subtraction facts for numbers to 20. Year 2 children will learn to compare and order numbers to 100 as well as quickly recall number facts for number up to 20 and some up to 100. They will learn how to add two two-digit numbers using mental and written methods. Year 2 will also learn how to add 3 single digit numbers effectively. Year 2 will also recall, calculate and write multiplication and division statements for numbers within the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. All children will work on simple fractions, Year 1 will recognise half and quarters of shapes and small amounts of objects whereas Year 2 will work out 1/3, ¼, 2/4 or ¾ of numbers and shapes. All children will also work on measuring, in particular mass and length, with the Year 2 children also comparing length using symbols for ‘more than’ and ‘less than’. The children will also work 2D and 3D shapes. Year 2 children will start to learn about symmetry.
Theme (cross curricular work - including Science)
Our theme for the first half term is “What is it like in space?” In this cross-curricular unit the children will learn the scientific terms ‘planet, sun, moon, Earth and star’. They will begin to understand how the orbit of the Earth around the sun is what creates day and night as well as the seasons. They will learn about what human and plants need to be able to survive and why this affects our ability to live in space or visit other planets. The children will also learn key facts about the first moon landing when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. They will learn about different sources of information that can help us find out about the past. They will learn about how astronauts travel to into space and what they need to take with them. The children will design and make their own model space buggy that has a working wheel mechanism.
After half term the children will work on a theme called "What was life like in the 1960s?" This work will build upon what they learned about the first moon landing in 1969. The children will find out about what life was like for children during the 1960s, for example what games they played, what was on TV and what was fashionable. The children will also learn about people who were famous in the 1960s and learn key facts about The Beatles and the artist David Hockney. As part of this work the children will respond to music and art work. They will learn some Beatles songs and paint in the style of David Hockney. To conclude this work the children will have a 1960s themed day, when they may come to school dressed in 1960s style clothes and will take part in a range of different activities.
Please see our Theme Work page for more detail about this term's Theme work.
Computing is often cross curricular and includes working on English and Maths skills using the computers but the children also have lessons on learning particular computing skills. During the first half term the children will learn more about using art programs to create pictures. They will look at art work by some famous painters and how they can use different tools within the program to create similar digital effects. After half term the children will have their first unit this year on programming. The children will use the Espresso Coding scheme to learn the basics of computer programming. In this first unit they will learn some new vocabulary as well as begin to make simple things happen on screen by controlling character sprites.
The children will continue following our Real PE scheme of work. This term the children will work on co-ordination with equipment and co-ordination moving through spaces on the floor. They will also work on static balance by themselves, balancing on one leg, as well as balancing with a partner. The Real PE scheme support children to learn essential skills, movements and attitudes to go on to succeed in PE, sports and life.
The children will continue to learn and sing a range of songs linked to curriculum areas. The children will also take part in Music lessons focused on creative thinking and using imagination. As part of this work the children will listen and respond to different pieces of music. Later in the term the children will learn about the rock style of music and apply their understanding of rhythm to singing and performing songs in this style. They will also learn about music from the 1960s as part of our theme work.
The children will learn about the importance of stories to the Christian and Muslim faiths. The children will become familiar with some well known Christian Parables as well as Parables from the Muslim faith. They will discuss the messages and morals that the stories try to convey and if these apply to how we live our lives today. After half term the children will learn about the Christian festival Easter by recalling what Christian people remember and celebrate at Easter time as well as looking at how this is celebrated.
This term the children will begin by learning about the importance of families. They will learn about the way that families can be different and that think about their own family structure. As part of this work they will think about the roles and responsibilities that the different family members take on and think about how they can contribute. Later in the term the children will learn more about health and well being and in particular about the role of medicines in keeping well. They will also discuss being safe with medicines and keeping themselves safe at home.