Key Stage 1

Autumn Term

YEAR 1

YEAR 1

 

Our learning this term will be based around the theme of Global Lens. We will begin with the text ‘My little Book of Freedoms, where we will spend time discussing and interpreting what it means to have rights. This will be illustrated through the core text. Through drama, art and speaking and listening it will become our way in to thinking more deeply about these issues. We will be writing informal letters to children from less developed countries where their rights may not be as recognised as they are here. This will be achieved through the operation Christmas child charity appeal. The second part of the half term will be spent researching non-fiction texts to gather information about Queen Elizabeth II and her role in charity work and how she is a figurehead for human rights in this country as well as many others. We will have opportunity to learn how she has impacted on our lives today and will produce a non-chronological report.

In Maths, this half term we will continue to consolidate and extend addition and subtraction by using a variety of practical tasks and resources to support our learning.  We will continue to practise counting to 100 forwards and backwards and from different starting positions and also in 2s and 5s. We will be learning about 2d and 3d shape, recognising their features and properties.

In our history topic we will be learning about Queen Elizabeth II her family and becoming Queen.  We will produce a chronological report. In RE, we will be learning about the birth of Jesus which links our Christmas production and the celebration of Christmas.

 

In Science, our learning is about animals including humans. We will identify different types of cats, recognising the similarities and differences between wild cats and domestic cats. We will also get a chance to understand more about other animals such as horses when we visit the Kings Troop horses during the term. We will write facts files about 2 animals, using scientific language.

 

In year one children will be provided with a reading book and the children can change these books on a weekly basis.  We would encourage you to read with your child every night and talk to them about what they are reading. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Please click here to access the Year 1 and 2 Newsletter for the Autumn Term

YEAR 2

Our learning this term will be based around the theme of Global Lens. We will begin the term by using the text ‘Where will I live?’ to explore the Refugee Crisis in Europe. In English, we will spend some time analysing the text but our main focus will be on studying the photographs – what story do they tell us? We will then write our own newspaper article on the current refugee crisis. We will also be using the text to explore how children feel and what they must go through when asked to leave their homes and move elsewhere. The children will write a diary entry from a refugee child’s point of view.

In maths this half term we will be using our knowledge of place value to learn and practice adding and subtracting. We will be adding and subtracting up to 2 digit numbers. We will then move on to measure, particularly focusing on money, which will use our knowledge of different multiples. We will also continue to count in 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s.

 

In our history topic lessons this term we will learn about Queen Victoria. We will be researching Victorian times, how they lived, what life was like for children. We will make direct comparisons of the lives of Victorian children with those of children around the world now. linked to Christmas and then we will make our own Victorian Christmas cards.

In Science, this term we will be learning about plants. We will name the parts of a flowering plant and look at how water moves through them. We will plan an investigation into growing plants, predicting and explaining our finding. We will find out what conditions plants need to grow and develop an awareness of the gradual process of plant growth.

 

In year two children will be provided with a reading book and the children can change these books on a weekly basis.  We would encourage you to read with your child every night and talk to them about what they are reading. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.