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Curriculum Overview

Autumn Term 1

English

Our writing lessons this half-term will be guided by the story Grandad’s Island. The children will explore the story and look in detail at the structure and vocabulary. They will then plan out their own return narrative before writing their own adventure story.  We will be learning about and using expanded noun phrases and time adverbials in our writing. The children will be developing the skills to write a Non-chronological report by producing a fact file on a jungle animal.  In our SPAG lessons, we will be learning how to use the suffixes ‘ly’, ‘er’ and ‘est’. 

 

Maths

During this half-term we are looking at numbers to 100, looking particularly at place value. They will be developing their skills in partitioning, comparing, ordering, counting and recapping odd and even numbers. We will move on to look at addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers which will include how to solve word problems.

 

Science

In this unit, children will have their first look at our digestive system, something they will return to in greater detail in Year Three and Year Four. They will learn that food gives us energy so we can move and grow. They will begin to understand the digestive system sorts out the food we eat, taking nutrients and other essential things and leaving waste. Elaborating on their understanding of body systems, children will learn about the circulatory system which is made up of a complex network of blood vessels, arteries and veins. The role of the heart will be explored, and children will understand that blood is pumped around our bodies.

 

Art

This unit starts by revising what the children learnt in year 1 about colour, and through looking at Kandinsky’s Squares with Concentric Circles, Delaunay’s Electric Prisms and Monet’s The Beach at Trouville allows them to practise colour-mixing and brushwork skills. This forms the basis for studying Klee’s use of shape and colour together in Three Houses, introducing and defining the concept of shape. Geometric shapes are contrasted with organic shapes in portraits by Picasso and the mobile-like sculptures of Calder. Children use natural objects to create organic shapes in card, which they then form into sculptures like Calder’s, working together in groups.

 

Geography

Building on their map skills developed in Year One, this unit will revisit maps of the local area. Children will walk around their school site, noting the location of different parts of the school and will also think about direction using the four points of a compass. They will sketch a map of the school site before drawing a map with a key in the following lesson. Children will then look at Ordnance Survey maps and will begin to recognise the symbols used. They will look for physical and human geographical features and how they are represented on a map.

 

R.E

In the autumn term the children will be learning about the Gospel. They will consider the question what is the good news Jesus brings? They will explore the concepts of friendship, forgiveness and peace through discussion and Bible stories. We will look at the idea that Christians believe that Jesus gave good news of friendship, peace and forgiveness.

 

Music

The children will be exploring what a crotchet and a quaver are using the words nut and berry. They will have the chance to follow a piece of music using a very exciting instrument called a Boom Whacker!

 

DT

In DT this half term we are learning about mechanisms and will be creating a moving monster.  The children will be exploring the technical knowledge of pivots, levers and linkages.

Computing

In computing this half term we are learning about coding. The children are using the programme ‘2Code’ to explore algorithms and code. The children will learn that in computing a set of instructions is known as an algorithm and that we need to program an algorithm using code. The children will learn how to code simple computer programmes and how to save their code.

 

Autumn Term 2

English

In writing this term we will be using ‘The Bog Baby’ as our main text to guide learning.  Initially, we will be making predictions about characters' feelings and the plot of the story before we begin to read it.  We will be exploring the language used and the effect it has on the reader.  The children will develop the skills to write their own ‘Finding Story’.  We be learning to use conjunctions to extend our sentences and time adverbials to sequence our ideas.  In SPAG we will focus adding the suffix 'ful' to words and writing these words into our sentences.  We will also be writing a set of instructions linked to the text.  Exploring the key features, we will be writing our own set of instructions.  

 

Maths

In maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction involving word problems and how we use bar models to help represent the information provided and help us to solve it. Our next topic after that will be measuring length where we will be comparing non-standard units and standard units. We will estimate and measure lengths in cms and ms and measure straight and curved lines. We will investigate the length of certain body parts and draw lines with specified lengths. We will apply our knowledge of length when problem solving.

 

Science

Living things and their environments builds on the Year 1 unit, Animals and their Needs. This unit helps children to understand the difference between things that are alive, things that are dead and things that are inanimate (have never been alive). Asking questions about the differences between these things will help children to think scientifically. Children will build on their knowledge of different types of animals as they learn about habitats including rainforests, deserts, meadows and underground habitats. Some of these habitats will be familiar to children, others may not, but studying them helps children to ask and answer questions about habitats and their features and helps children to grow a body of knowledge in this area. Children will learn that microhabitats are habitats that are very small or limited, for example, under a log. In this unit, children are introduced to the idea of interdependence; a concept that will be returned to throughout the curriculum. Children will learn how habitats provide for basic needs of animals and how the living things within a habitat depend on each other

 

Art

This unit introduces children to the elements of colour, shape and texture. The children will be introduced to the artist, Matisse and look at some of his later works known as ‘cut-outs.’ They will then have a go at creating their own ‘cut-outs’ using their knowledge of primary, secondary and complementary colours. We will then explore visual texture and how artists show this in their work. We will look at the artists, Durer and Jan van Eyck and their pieces of art named ‘Young Hare’  ‘The Arnolfini Portrait.’ The children will have a go at using charcoal to do some rubbings of textured items and to draw the texture of objects. They will then have a go at using oil pastels to draw clothes showing the different textures they can see.

 

History

This unit introduces children to the Romans and the Roman Empire, including the Roman invasion of Britain. The children will begin to understand that Romans were an ancient civilisation and we look closely at Romans in Britain. During this topic they will encounter Julius Caesar and Emperor Claudius. They will also look closely at how the Roman Army was organised and evaluate what made them so successful. In addition, the children will learn about the rebellion led against the Romans by the Celtic queen of the Iceni, Boudicca. The children will analyse about the similarities and differences between life in Britain before and after the Romans. At the end of the unit, the children will consider the legacy of the Roman invasion on life on Britain. They will learn that the Romans left their influence on the way we speak, read and write, and also left behind the roads and towns they had built.

 

R.E

In RE we will be learning about Judaism. Thinking about why learning to do good deeds is so important to Jewish people. We will start by looking at what could be considered a good deed and thinking about any good deeds that we have done ourselves. We will then look at a Jewish tzedakah box (a box for collecting money to give to people in need). We will discuss the concept of charity and what else we can give to people in need instead of money. The children will make their own tzedakah box in small groups. The children will explore the good deeds shown in the Bible story of ‘Ruth’ and what it is like to welcome a baby girl in the Synagogue. They will make comparisons with other religions and how they welcome new babies. Towards the end of the term we will learn about the Christmas Story from the Christian Bible.

 

Music

In Music we will continue to explore the boomwhackers and introduce chimes.

 

DT

In DT this half term our topic will be Structures and we will look at the theme’ Baby Bear’s Chair.’ The children will be exploring the concept and features of structures and the stability of different shapes. They will explore strength in different structures and how the shape of the structure effects the strength. The children will make the structure of Baby Bear’s chair. They will then test their finished product and fix any issues if they come across any.

 

Computing

In computing this term we will be looking at online safety. We will begin by learning how to refine searches using the search tool on PurpleMash. We will talk about why an internet search could be classed as an unsafe search. The children will discuss what they need to do if they ever come across any inappropriate content. We will look at the display board on PurpleMash and how to complete an activity and then share this to the board where the rest of the class can see it and consider what is appropriate to share with others. We will introduce email as a communication tool using 2respond. They will learn to understand how we talk to others when they are not there in front of us. They will learn how to open and send a simple email. We will then move on to explore the concept that information that we put online leaves a digital footprint.

 

Spring Term 1

English

Rosie Revere Engineer is the text that we will be using to guide our writing this half-term. We will be looking closely at the text and building the knowledge and skills to write our own ‘invention narrative’.  The children will be building on their writing skills from the previous term, using time adverbials, adjectives and conjunctions, to structure their work.  We will focus on the suffixes ‘ed’ and ‘est’ and explore what happens when we add them to words.  We will be using these words to create our own poetry about Rosie.  In the second half of the term, we will be writing an explanation text about an invention that we will design.

 

Maths

The unit we are learning this term will begin with multiplication and division. We will first explore the ‘x’ sign and how multiplying relates to repeated addition. We will use arrays to help with this concept as well as using these to look a commutativity in multiplication, division as sharing and division as grouping. The children will explore the 2, 5 and 10 times table and solve word problems involving these which may include multiplying or dividing. We will then move onto Time. We will be looking at time within 5 minute intervals. Please could you start exploring time at home to help in preparation?

 

Science

This unit introduces electricity, what we use it for, how it behaves and how we must use it safely. Pupils will have two lessons dedicated to exploring circuits, asking and answering questions about how electricity behaves and what is needed to create a complete circuit. Pupils will learn about the differences between batteries and mains electricity and will understand how our electricity system is connected across the country and beyond. Pupils will understand that scientists use symbols to represent components of a circuit. This links to their understanding of using symbols on a map in geography.

 

Art

We are moving onto looking at portraits and self-portraits, exploring similarities and differences between these two.  We are going to explore examples of portraits (for example- the Mona Lisa) and self-portraits (for example- Van Gogh self-portrait). We are going to create our own self-portraits starting with planning where our own facial features will be accurately located then finish with painting them. We will then move onto exploring the art concept ‘cubism’ which is inspired by Pablo Picasso.

 

Geography

This unit builds on the knowledge taught in Year 1 – The United Kingdom. Children will have the opportunity to look in more depth at the countries of the British Isles including Ireland. Now they are able to recognise the countries, they will look, through a geographical lens, at the human and physical features of the British Isles including; rivers, coastlines, mountains, valleys, bridges, railways, ports, towns and cities.

 

R.E

This half-term we will be looking at the faith Islam. Specifically, showing submission to Allah. We are thinking about who we listen to and in what circumstances we would. The children will be exploring the key question- How does a Muslim show their submission and obedience to Allah? We will be looking at the significance of prayer and linking these to stories from the Qur’an.

 

Music

This term we will be learning about pitch and rhythm using our voices and tuned and untuned percussion instruments. We will be composing and performing short extracts of music and will talk about how music makes us feel.

 

Computing

We will be continuing with Spreadsheets and then moving onto ‘Questioning’. It involves data handling and show how important it is to ask appropriate questions to be able to get certain information. We will look at pictograms, yes/no questions then move onto binary trees.