Welcome to Year 1/Year 2
Please visit Our Curriculum section of our website, where you will find our Class Overviews which detail what we will be learning this term.
What’s Growing Outside? (Health, Growth and Harvest)
This term we describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene. We observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. This involves planting bulbs and beans and keeping a record of how they grow week by week. We will name and identify plants growing in our school allotment and local environment. We also find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. In DT we make a range of healthy foods including Apple & Sultana muffins. In Art we will explore the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and create our own self-portraits in his style. In Numeracy we will explore place value and counting in numbers up to 20 (Y1) and 100 (Y2). We will add and subtract numbers within 20 (Y1) and 100 (Y2), including recognising and adding values of coins. Year 2 will also begin to explore multiplication.
I’m Making History!
This is a history topic in which the children will develop an awareness of the past and a sense of chronology. We will create timelines of events which are important to them and begin to explore how toys, home life and school life have changed since our parents and grandparents were small. This will involve handling artefacts from the past as well as a study of secondary sources such as birth certificates.
Our texts this half term will be:
Jack and the Beanstalk by Richard Walker
Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs
Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Materials Madness & Railway Heroes
In our science lessons we learn to name, identify and classify a range of materials. This includes an exploration of the properties of materials and their suitability for different purposes. We use our knowledge and understanding to answer questions such as ‘What if raincoats were made from paper?’.
In our history lessons we look at the lives and works of George Stephenson and George Hudson. We use our skills as historians to study sources of evidence and use what we find out to answer the question ‘ Who deserves to be remembered, George Stephenson or George Hudson? ’.
In our DT lessons we study wheels and axels as a simple mechanism. We work as engineers to design and make a wheeled vehicle, using what we learn in our science lessons to select the most appropriate materials.
We also complete the final observation of our bulb growth and will record the changes we have seen since September.