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Curriculum Willow

Curriculum Information –

At the beginning of each term Mrs Tait produces an Curriculum Overview sheet giving parents information on what will be happening in the classroom that term. This is sent out at all parents, a copy of the latest terms overview is below. In addition Mrs Tait also sends out a weekly newsletter with a more detailed look at what is being covered in the coming week. This weekly information includes the main objectives being covered in class with ideas for parents and helpful websites that complement the in class learning.  Click on the image below to see the recent newsletters. Both school and class newsletters can be accessed quickly from the left hand side menu.

ClassroomNewsletter

Termly Curriculum – Summer 2017

Literacy.  We will be looking at fantasy stories using the text ‘Mr Gumpy’s outing’ by John Burningham.  We will also be looking at information texts about boats, weather and animals, toys and food.  We will be reading and writing poems about food.

Maths:

  • Count, read and write numbers from 1-100 in numerals and words
  • Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
  • Solve one step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictures and arrays
  • Recognise and know the value of different coins and notes
  • Missing number problems

Science – Local Environment/Weather.  We will be recording and observing the weather and looking at how the weather affects animals, inclusing migration and hibernation.  We will also be describing, comparing and grouping carnivores and omnivores, fish, amphibians, mammals, birds and reptiles.

History – Victorian children at play

Geography – What if I live in…town and country locations

RE:

  • We will be looking at precious books and stories for Christianity, Isla, Judaism and Sikhism.
  • How does the Khalsa influence the lives of Sikh families?
  • What can we learn from visiting a church?

PE:

  • Running, jumping and throwing activities
  • Throwing and catching team games, including rounders

Music – Exploring instruments and symbols.  This unit develops children’s ability to recognise different ways sounds are made and changed, and to name and know how to play a variety of classroom percussion instruments.

PSHE:

  • Healthy and safer lifestyles
  • Managing risk

Art – Printmaking/Sculpture.  We will be looking at how different artists are influenced by nature, and making our own prints collages and sculptures using different materials and based on the world around us.

DT:

  • Preparing fruit and vegetables
  • Making a picnic for the characters from Mr Gumpy

PE is on a Tuesday this term. Please make sure your child has a PE kit to change into including trainers/plimsolls for outdoors.

Homework: This term, homework books will be sent home on Fridays. All children should complete homework and return their homework book to school by the following Wednesday. This gives me time to mark the homework and set the next week’s. The Maths and reading activities are intended to promote discussion and provide an opportunity for you to work with your child. Spellings will be sent home weekly on a Friday. Please help your child to practise and rehearse the spelling pattern, using the look/say/cover/write/check method, so they are prepared for a quick test the following Friday.

Termly Curriculum – Spring 2017

Literacy – Traditional and Fairy Tales, Poetry and Instructions.  We will be concentrating on independently composing and constructing sentences.  We will be finding new and interesting words and phrases and using the key features of a familiar story in our own writing.  We will be writing instructions using time connectives and bossy verbs.  We will be writing poems about polar bears and penguins.

Maths – Numbers and the number system:

  • Addition and subtraction;
  • Multiplication;
  • Solving one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects, pictures and missing number problems;
  • Reading, writing and interpreting mathematical statements involving = + and-;
  • Comparing describing and solving practical problems for length and height and measuring and recording length and height.

Science – Animals and pictograms.  We will be discussing how humans have the same body parts, but despite our similarities, are very different from each other.  We will investigate the differences among Willow class and record our information on a pictogram.  We will also begin looking at the sun and the seasons discussing seasonal changes and weather.

History – The Great Fire of London.  We will be learning about famous people, Samuel Pepys and the dates and facts surrounding this significant historical event.

Geography – Polar bears or penguins, North and South Poles.  We will be looking at polar bears and penguins and investigating where and how they live in such cold places.

Computing.  We will continue with our Espresso Coding programme where the children are learning how to use a mouse, keyboard and to make short computer programmes in order to give instructions to something.

RE – Judaism and Christianity.  We will be learning about the beliefs, traditions and everyday life of a Jewish family.  We will also be looking at the significance of Easter for Christians.

DT – Freestanding structures.  We will be making furniture for fairy tale characters.

Music – Percussion instruments.  The children will be identifying and performing changes in tempo, learning to play percussion with control.  They will be keeping a steady beat and using dynamics to vary the musical effect.  They will be using movement, body percussion and instruments.

PE.  We will be learning how to observe copy and play games as an individual and in twos. We will be focusing on ball skills.

Art – Printing ,Collage and Textiles.  This half term we will begin by drawing some everyday objects using different marks and then represent them using simple printing and collage techniques.

PSHE – Myself and my Relationships/My Emotions.  We will be learning to recognise, celebrate and cope with our emotions.  We will also be talking about friendship.

Homework: On Friday’s, children will bring home a homework book with a short task to complete. This homework book needs to be back in school by the following Wednesday in order for the worked to be marked and new homework set.

Termly Curriculum – Autumn 2016

Literacy.  This half term we’ll be using the book ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes, a story where a little boy loses his favourite and much loved toy. We’ll be looking and commenting on the characters in the book, building up new stores of words, making story maps to help us retell the story and identifying the connective language that helps move the story on. The children will need to bring in a favourite object (or photo of favourite object) so that they can relate the story to their own experience and imagine how they would feel if they lost something precious to them. I will let you know in the weekly info when they need to bring this in.

Maths. We will be making sure that children are secure in saying, reading, writing and counting their numbers from 0 to 20 and beyond. When we are comfortable with this we will be working out numbers that are one smaller and one bigger than a number (still using numbers 1-20).Then we will begin to add and take away two small numbers.

Science. The children will be identifying body parts and names using songs and games. We will then discuss the 5 main senses: touch; taste; sight; hearing and smell. We will also be comparing humans and other animals and the differences in the way that they move and live.

History. The children will be learning about changes within living memory. To help us to do this we will be looking at toys and books.We will also be studying The Great Fire of London.

Music. The children will be identifying and performing changes in tempo, learning to play percussion with control, keeping a steady beat and using dynamics to vary the musical effect, identifying and keeping a steady beat using movement, body percussion and instruments.

PE. PE is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday this term. Please make sure that your child has a PE kit to change into, including trainers/plimsolls for outdoors and jogging bottoms/fleece for when the weather is colder.

Art. This half term we will be focusing on self-portraits using different materials. After half term we are involved in an exciting project with a visit from an artist, workshops and a trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum.

PSHE. We will be talking about beginning and belonging, and myself and my relationships.

RE. We will be thinking about what it means to belong for Christians and Sikhs, and why Christmas is important to Christians.

Computing. We will be learning how to use a mouse and how to make things move in a simple program.

Design and Technology. We will be using sliders and levers to make cards.

Homework.  A homework book will be sent home every week on a Friday with an activity to complete with your child. These activities are designed to consolidate or introduce work done in school and to give you an insight into your child’s work. Please send homework books back into school by the following Wednesday in order for me to mark work and set more. The first homework will be to decorate and name your child’s homework book!

Spellings. Spellings will be sent home weekly on a Friday starting from 16th September. Please help your child to practise and rehearse the spelling pattern, using the look/say/cover/write/check method, so they are prepared for a quick test on the following Friday. These weekly spellings will also be available in the weekly info and will be different for each child.

Show and Tell. Show and Tell will be on a Wednesday afternoon and each week will be the turn of the children in a different House Group, e.g. first week Beach, second week City, and so on. I will let you know the order of Show and Tell in the weekly info. These sessions are designed to help children to become confident about talking in front of a group. If your child would like to bring something in it would be really helpful if you could make sure that they have something to say about it!

Book Bags. Every child needs to have a named book bag. Please help your child get into the habit of bringing in their book bag every day. We will send home a reading book at a level which your child is secure at and a story/non fiction book to share. It‘s much more useful to have 5 minutes reading every day than one long session, but everyone’s different, so do what you feel is appropriate for your child.

Yearly Curriculum Map 2016-17

Literacy

Autumn:

  • Stories with a familiar setting
  • Recount, labels and captions
  • Poetry

Spring:

  • Traditional fairy tales
  • Poetry
  • Instructions

Summer:

  • Fantasy stories
  • Information texts
  • Poetry
  • Recounts

Maths

Autumn:

  • Numbers and the number system
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division

Spring:

  • Numbers and the number system
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division

Summer:

  • Numbers and the number system
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division

Science

Autumn:

  • Our bodies
  • Our senses

Spring:

  • Animals
  • Pictograms/pets

Summer:

  • Carnivores/herbivores/omnivores
  • Local environment

History

Autumn:

  • Changes within living memory/Toys and Books
  • Events beyond living memory/Fire of London

Spring:

  • Lives of famous people in the past
  • Events beyond living memory

Summer:

  • Victorian children at play
  • Folk stories and castles

Geography

Autumn:

  • Have you ever been lost?/Knowledge about the work and immediate environment
  • UP/Up and away/UK/Countries,map work

Spring:

  • Polar bears or penguins?/North and South Poles
  • Sun hats or umbrellas/weather

Summer:

  • What if I live in…town and country locations

Computing

Autumn:

  • Espresso
  • Making things move
  • Fairy Stories
  • Click and go

Spring:

  • Espresso
  • Another planet
  • Your own app (start)
  • Simple inputs
  • Burst the bubbles
  • Catch the fish
  • Magic castle

Summer:

  • Espresso
  • Simple inputs continued
  • Emergency!
  • My own app (click and start)
  • Debugging exercises

RE

Some key questions for Years 1 and 2:

  • The family in Christianity: What difference does belonging to a faith make to a family?
  • Places in Christianity: What makes a church a special place for Christian people?
  • People in Christianity: Who was Jesus? A great leader and teacher?
  • Celebrations: Why is Christmas important to Christians?
  • Stories & Symbols: How do the stories from the gurus and the concept of seva affect Sikh children?
  • Self & Community: How does the Khalsa influence the lives of Sikh families?

Autumn:

  • What does it mean to belong?
  • Christianity and Sikhism
  • Celebrations: Why is Christmas important to Christians?

Spring:

  • What stories do Christians tell about Jesus at Easter?
  • How do Jewish people express their beliefs in practice?

Summer:

  • How does the Khalsa influence the lives of Sikh families? (see exemplification)
  • What can we learn from visiting a church?

Art

Autumn:

  • Drawing
  • Painting

Spring:

  • Printing
  • Collage and Textiles

Summer:

  • Clay
  • Sculpture

Music

Autumn:

  • Ourselves/Exploring sounds
  • Number/Beat
  • Animals/Pitch
  • Weather/Sounds

Spring:

  • Machines/Beat
  • Seasons/Pitch
  • Our school/Sounds
  • Pattern/Beat

Summer:

  • Story time/Sounds
  • Our bodies/Beat
  • Travel/Performance
  • Water/Pitch

PE

Autumn:

  • Athletics
  • Dance

Spring:

  • Gymnastics

Summer:

  • Games

DT

Autumn:

  • Sliders and levers

Spring:

  • Freestanding structures

Summer:

  • Preparing fruit and vegetables

PSHE

Autumn:

  • Myself and my relationships
  • Beginning and belonging

Spring:

  • Myself and my relationships
  • My emotions

Summer:

  • Healthy and safer lifestyles
  • Managing risk