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.
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.
In science we will learn the names of the 6 animal groups and begin to identify, name and classify animals. We will revisit learning from last year around naming the parts of our body and naming and describing our 5 senses.
In art we will study the work of Gwen John paying particular attention to the mediums she uses to create her drawings. We will discover the mediums of charcoal and chalk and begin to use these to make drawings of our favourite toys linked to our History topic.
In literacy we will take our study of fairy tales further and begin a study on wolves using the text ‘The Last Wolf’ by Mini Grey as a starting point. The children will consider the ways in which illustrations can contribute to the meaning of a text. They will explore the story through a variety of teaching approaches including artwork, drama and role-play and will develop reader response by exploring interpretations of themes, plots and characters’ actions and motivations through discussion and reflection. They will be provided opportunities to write poetry, information texts, persuasive speech, letters and advisory notes as well as many opportunities for ‘free writing’.
Our Special Author this term is Valerie Thomas
What can we find in our corner of the world?
This term we will be studying the physical and human geography of our local area. We will study aerial photographs of Durham and name and label what we see. A fieldtrip around the local streets will provide an opportunity to use maps and compass directions to follow a simple route around the area. During this visit we will name and locate physical features and complete a simple survey to help us to understand how people use our area. We will create our own maps to show what we have found.
In science we will use leaves to identify, name and classify a variety of trees which are growing in our local area. We will learn whether they are deciduous or evergreen.
In art we will study the work of Sandra L. Strohschein paying particular attention to her painting entitled “Falling”. We will use graphite and watercolour wax resist to create a painting in her style. We will also explore and compare the use of soft pastels and pencils.
In literacy we will study a variety of fairy tales with a particular focus upon Little Red Riding Hood. We will retell familiar stories and rewrite them with a new twist. We will write letters, wanted posters and labels as well as creating adverts within the theme of fairy tales.
In DT we will explore levers and pulleys as mechanisms and will create our own simple mechanisms using Little Red Riding Hood as out stimulus.
Our Special Author this term is David Shannon