Class Two – Years 1 & 2

The classroom

This is Class 2. Taught by Miss Robinson and supported by Mrs Mason. This is a mixed class class of Year 1 and Year 2 pupils who love to learn in different ways.

Spring Term Curriculum 2023:

Maths: Year 1 and Year 2 will continue to be taught both their maths lessons and mastering number sessions, separately. In the main maths lessons Year 1 will be exploring place value beyond 10 and up to 50. They will be developing their knowledge of calculation by working with numbers up to 20 when adding and subtracting. Year 2 will begin the term by consolidating addition and subtraction within 100, before learning about multiplication and division, including how these different operations are related. Before Easter, we aim to have also completed measurement work on length, height, weight and volume, as well as money for Year 2.

English: In the Autumn term it was so rewarding to see the children’s progress in writing. The Year 1 children have grown in confidence and worked really hard to develop more clearly defined letters and record sentences with a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop. The Year 2 children have worked on their stamina for writing as well as imagination and description through their choice of words and phrases. This term Year 1 will be developing their independence when writing as well as learning how to check their work themselves, for example spotting spelling mistakes and missing punctuation. Year 2 will consolidate their understanding of different punctuation by learning about different types of sentences and how to extend their sentences using conjunctions. Year 2 will also begin to use commas in a list for example when using more than one adjective.  We will begin the term by looking at a familiar traditional story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will be learning the story by heart but also exploring an alternative version. We will be using our imagination to change the story and write our own versions.  During the second half of the term, our English work will link very closely to our science topic and we will be using poems and nursery rhymes to inspire our own writing.

Reading: Daily phonics lessons will continue and the skills learnt in these lessons applied in all areas of the curriculum. Year 2 will be learning spelling rules when adding suffixes to words and Year 1 will learn new graphemes to represent sounds and how to decide which grapheme to use. Each year group will continue to learn to read and spell the Common Exception Words. Reading will play a big part in getting to know and understand our whole class texts and these texts will allow the children to develop their comprehension skills.  Reading will also take other forms including reading independently or with a friend and each child will be heard by an adult in school at least once a week. Every child will take part in two guided (group) reading sessions with the class teacher two out of every three weeks, which provides further opportunities to read aloud to adults in school. Guided reading enables focused reading teaching at a level appropriate to the child. We will work on decoding, fluency, expression, reading for an audience and comprehension (understanding what we have read).

SCARF: This area of learning will continue to underpin how we work together as a class and how we develop positive relationships both in and beyond the classroom. We will continue to promote the SCARF values of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship in all that we do. This term our first SCARF unit will be valuing similarities and differences as well as looking at acts of kindness. After February half term, we will start our ‘Being our best’ unit where we will be identifying needs of our bodies and being able to give and receive praise.

Science: Each half term we will continue to learn about seasonal change by observing and gathering information. Then our science topic is plants. Year 1 will be identifying and naming a variety of plants and looking at their basic structures. Year 2 will be identifying what plants need to stay healthy and learning that seeds and bulbs grow into plants.

Topic: (History and Geography) This term the class have been learning about different sources that can be used to find out about the past and have loved our work on the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague. We will continue with our enthusiasm for the past by starting the term with another history topic. We will be looking at significant individuals from the past including their lives and achievements and comparing their lives with our own. We will be learning about Rosa Parks and Sara Forbes Benetta. After half term our Geography topic is ‘My school’. We will be studying the school grounds including physical and human features of the surrounding environment, as well as using compass points and producing field sketches.

PE: We will be developing the fundamental movement skills of catching and bouncing a ball and beginning to develop an understanding of opponents and simple tactics. Our gymnastics unit will look at making shapes, developing different balances and combining movements. After half term we will be completing outdoor challenges whilst working co-operatively.

Computing: We will be introduced to what programming is, including using commands and predicting the outcome of programs. Our second computing unit is about creating media. We will be doing this using digital photography which will link closely with our digital art work.

RE:  Our whole school Christian Value is ‘Koinonia’ this term. This will underpin lots of our whole class discussions and weekly reflections linked to whole school assemblies and how Christian values help us in day to day life. We will be exploring the questions ‘Why does Easter matter to Christians?’ and linking our learning about Christianity to other world religions.

Art: In our digital art work, linked to our computing learning, we will use I-pads and cameras. We will look closely at pattern, shape, texture and colour in natural details. We will also be learning about the work of Andy Goldsworthy and looking at his 3D Art. We will then use what we know about his work to inspire us to create imaginatively using materials found in the environment.

Design and Technology: Our first design and technology week will be textiles and we will be exploring different ways of joining fabrics before designing and making a hand puppet linked to the stories we will have written in English. As we approach the Easter break, we will complete our second D&T project of the term and this will involve an educational visit to learn more about windmills before we design, make and decorate our own.

Music: This term we will continue to develop our singing and listening skills, both in music but also across the curriculum. We will link our learning in music to our learning in history by thinking about how music can tell us about the past. During this work we will learn about the musical elements dynamics and tempo. Our second unit of work will get us to think about the question: How does music help us to understand our neighbours? We will develop our understanding of pulse, rhythm and pitch and combine these elements in our work.