What We Are Learning: Summer 1 Apr-May

 

During this half term we will be learning…

Maths

During this half term, our main focus in maths will be money. We will be representing money using £ and p and revising counting methods using fives and tens to count quickly and efficiently. We will be finding equal amounts of money and exchanging money. Towards the end of the unit we will be using a bar model to calculate the total amount of money spent and then working out how much change is required from amounts below £100.

In addition we will look again at ‘Time’. We will recap what we learned last year before starting our Year 2 unit with recognising time to 5 minutes. We will then develop our skills of telling the time, sequence it and manipulate an analogue clock. We will then be learning how to find the duration of time, the end of a length of time, the beginning of a length of time and finally, compare lengths of time.

 

English

Alongside our Read, Write, Inc groups we will be working on an exciting unit of work in our English lessons. Using “Aladdin” as a baseline, the children will be immersed in opportunities to revisit key skills learnt throughout KS1 reading and writing. Throughout this unit children will develop their comprehension skills using quality texts and animations and extending their writing skills through modelled and independent writing opportunities including setting description, diary entry in the role of a character and persuasive letter writing. By the end of the unit children will independently write a narrative in the form of an additional chapter.

 

Religious Education

Our unit this half term is, ‘Why is the Church a special place for Christians?’. We will be exploring the connections between holy places of the Old Testament and the building of places of worship. Children will begin to make links between the building and the Gospel, and understand that the Church is a body of people.

 

Theme

Our theme this term is called ‘Skelmersdale on Safari’. During this unit of work children will explore the geographical similarities and differences between Skelmersdale and Kenya. The children will have the opportunity to connect with school children at a Braeburn International School, Nairobi, Kenya. This will take form in letter/email writing plus a live question and answer session with the children at Braeburn International School. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to expand their cultural capital and understanding of children and school life from different cultures. We will also be linking this to our storytime book ‘Meerkat Mail’.

Key Vocabulary: endangered, game reserve, habitat, migration, national park, rural, savannah, tourists.

 

P.E

We will have two P.E lessons each week. Our first P.E lesson will take place on a Monday afternoon and will focus on OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities).  Our second lesson of the week will be taught by the Sport’s Coach and will focus on athletics.

 

Music

Our music unit this half term is based around a unit called ‘Friendship song’, all about being friends. We will continue to develop a range of skills including: listening and appraising; composing and performing.

 

Computing – Code a Story

Key Vocabulary: Repeat, backdrop, program, loops, characters, code, sequence, debug, password, username, execute/run, browser, WWW, images, digital book.

During this unit of work we will learn how to write a basic story with illustrations. We will then turn this into an animated story using visual coding. The activity will introduce new concepts such as conditional language, repeat loops and debugging. In completing this unit we will learn how to code using Scratch. 

D.T - Mechanisms: Fairground Wheel

Key Vocabulary: Design, design criteria, wheel, Ferris wheel, pods, axle, axle holder, frame.

This half term we will be learning more about mechanisms. We will design and create our own Ferris wheels, considering how the different components fit together so that our wheels rotate and the structures stand freely. We will have the opportunity to select appropriate materials and develop our cutting and joining skills to create a final product.

Spanish – Los Transpotes

By the end of this unit of work – Transport, we will be able to recognise and recall 7 modes of transport in Spanish. In addition we will recap prior learning and be able to recall numbers 1-5 and the colours yellow, red, green, orange & blue more easily in Spanish. A lot of tasks to help us learn to listen more carefully in Spanish. Repeating the words and short phrases each lesson to ensure we can remember all the new words and language presented to us. Revising what we already know each lesson before learning new words so that we can improve our memory skills.

We will learn to listen carefully and repeat what we hear with improving accuracy. Working on memory skills so we are able to remember the new words we have learnt in Spanish long term and with accurate and authentic pronunciation.

 

PSHE - Relationships

Key Vocabulary: Belong, family, friend/friendships, qualities, caring, sharing, kind, help/helpful, community, confidence.

During this unit we will develop our understanding of friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss.

It is important to explain that whilst the Relationships Puzzle (unit) in Jigsaw covers most of the statutory Relationships Education, some of the outcomes are also taught elsewhere in Jigsaw e.g. the Celebrating Difference Puzzle helps children appreciate that there are many types of family composition and that each is important to the children involved. This holistic approach ensures the learning is reinforced through the year and across the curriculum.

Science - Plants

Key Vocabulary: Seeds, bulbs, grow, healthy, water, light, temperature, soil, nutrients, leaves, flowers, blossom, petals, fruit, roots, trunk, branches, stem.

During our work this half term in science we will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. There will be opportunities to grow our own plants from seeds and describe the changes we observe as they grow.

 

Spring 2 Feb-Apr

What We Are Learning

With Mrs Maley on Monday to Wednesday we will learn…

Maths

During this half term, our main focus in maths will be fractions. We will be making halves, quarters and thirds, as well as counting in these. We will name fractions of the same denominations, moving on to comparing and ordering fractions and counting wholes and parts. We will finish the unit by finding fractions of whole numbers and quantities.

Key Vocabulary: Equivalent fraction; mixed number; numerator; denominator; two halves; two quarters; three quarters; one third; two thirds; one of three equal parts.

 

English

We will continue to work in our RWI groups this half term. Please remember to log on to the Oxford Owl site to access your child’s home reading book.

Tremendous Trio: Our three focus stories for this half term will be: 'Don’t look in this book' by Samuel Langley-Swain, 'The Adventures of Captain Underpants' by Dav Pilkey, and a surprise text chosen for us by Mrs Warrington.

 

Religious Education

Our unit of work this half term will be: ‘Easter. How do Symbols help us to understand the story?’ During this half term, we will begin to understand that symbols are pictures or objects with a deeper meaning and a story to tell. We will deepen our knowledge of the details of the Easter story; and explore our understanding of the concept of salvation. We will engage in a Eucharist service and explore what the cross symbolises, then design and create our own.

Key Vocabulary: 

Cross; crucifix; Pascal candle; resurrection; Last Supper; Eucharist; symbol; Light of the World; sacrifice; celebration.

 

Theme

Our theme this half term is called ‘Famous for More than Five Minutes.’ The main focus of this theme will be history-based, and we will explore a variety of historical people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally, from different periods in history. We will explore how changes have been made to everyday life as a result of these individuals.

Key Vocabulary: See our attached Knowledge Organiser.

 

P.E

We will have two P.E lessons each week. Our first P.E lesson will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and will focus on Hockey.  Our second lesson of the week will be taught by the Sport’s Coach and will focus on athletics.

 

Music

Our music unit this half term is based around a Reggae song called ‘Zootime,’ by Joanna Mangona. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, we will be listening to an appraising lots of songs from the Reggae genre.

Key Vocabulary: Keyboard; drums; bass; electric guitar; reggae; pulse; rhythm; pitch; improvise; compose; perform; audience; melody; dynamics; tempo

 

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Spring 1 Jan-Feb

What we are Learning ...

Maths

Last half term we learned our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. For the first part of the half term we will now be learning the corresponding division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times table.

We will then move on to measuring and comparing lengths in metres and centimetres, as well as solving word problems involving length. Following this, we will continue with our work on measurement, and will move on to measuring and comparing mass in grams and kilograms, and solving word problems involving mass.

Key Vocabulary:

Multiplication and Division:

Groups of, times, divide, divided by, divided into, share, share equally, left over, one each-ten each, equal groups of, row, column, multiplication table, multiplication facts, division fact.

Measurement:

Measuring scale, gram, kilogram, centimetre, metre, mass, length, heavy, heavier, lighter, compare, more than, less than, equal to, units, longer, shorter, estimate.

 

English

We will continue to work in our RWI groups this half term. Please remember to log on to the Oxford Owl site to access your child’s home reading book.

Tremendous Trio: Our three focus stories for this half term will be: 'Don’t look in this book' by Samuel Langley-Swain, 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl and a surprise text chosen for us by Mrs Warrington.

 

Religious Education

Our unit of work this half term will be: ‘Jesus, friend to everyone’. We will be reading lots of stories in which Jesus performed miracles, to raise our awareness that Jesus was an extraordinary person who welcomed everyone as a friend.

Key Vocabulary: 

Miracle, New Testament, Gospels, faith, trust.

 

Science

This half term, our learning will focus on ‘Materials’. We will be learning about the properties of different materials and grouping materials according to their properties, as well as carrying out investigations to test the suitability of different materials.

Key Vocabulary: 

Suitable, unsuitable, use, object, material, property, hard, soft, stretchy, flexible, waterproof, absorbent, shape, changed, twist/twisting, squash/squashing, bend/bending, stretch, stretching.

 

Theme

Our theme this half term is called ‘No place like home.’ We will be learning about the geography of our local environment as well as the history of Skelmersdale.

Key Vocabulary: See our attached Knowledge Organiser.

 

P.E

We will have two P.E lessons each week. Our first P.E lesson will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and will focus on Dodgeball.  Our second lesson of the week will be taught by the Sport’s Coach and will focus on athletics.

 

Music

Our music unit this half term is based around a song called ‘I wanna play in a band,’ by Joanna Mangona. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, we will be listening to and appraising lots of class Rock songs.

 

PSHE

This half term in our ‘Dreams and Goals’ unit, we will be setting ourselves realistic goals and thinking about how we can achieve these. We will be developing our perseverance skills when trying to achieve our goals, as well as building on our team-work skills.

 

Spanish

This half term we will be learning the Spanish alphabet as well as Spanish phonics.

 

Computing

During this unit of work, Making Games, we will be developing our coding skills and using Scratch Jnr to create our own simple games. We will create sprites; simple repeat loops, and try to identify any ‘bugs’ in our work.

Key vocabulary:

Repeat; code; back-drop; sequences; de-bug; loops; execute/run; upload.

 

Mrs Maley

 

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Autumn 2 Nov-Dec

What we are Learning ...

 

With Mrs Hewitt on Thursday and Friday, we will learn…

Maths

The first unit we will be covering together is Three-Dimensional Shapes. This unit focuses on 3-D shapes and their different properties. It also explores how to describe shapes, group them and form 3-D shapes. We will explore a variety of natural Three Dimensional shapes that you would find at home, out in the shops or outside in the environment.

Key Vocabulary:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English

We will also be doing daily phonics, as we begin with Read Write Inc, RWI is a phonic based approach to teaching reading. It involves children learning to read sounds and how to blend them together to read words RWI is a successful reading programme that enables every child to become a confident and fluent reader at the first attempt. It aims to teach all children to read at a pace that they are comfortable with.

 

Science

Our focus this half term will be Animals Including Humans. We will learn that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow to adults. We will look at a variety of life cycles, sort animals and their young and categorise animals into different animal groups. We will also develop our understanding of and be able to describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).

 

Key Vocabulary: See our attached Knowledge Organiser below.

PSHE

This half term we will be following Puzzle 2 of our Jigsaw scheme – Celebrating Differences.  This theme focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’; bullying – what it is and what it isn’t.

You can find out more about Jigsaw within the PSHE section of our website.

 

Spanish

This half term our Spanish topic is ‘Las Verduras’, which means, ‘The Vegetables’. During our learning, we will be able to name, recognise and recall from memory up to 10 vegetables in Spanish. We will do this by completing a number of speaking and listening tasks gradually building up knowledge of language in this unit. We will complete word searches, word puzzles, matching pair tasks with words and pictures and a range of worksheets helping to reach the final task of a role-play at a Spanish market stall. For this subject we use a scheme called Language Angels.

 

Computing

This half term we will be focussing on ‘Presentations and Typing’.  We will learn to use presentation software and develop our keyboard skills in order to present our ideas. We will learn why it is crucial to present ideas in a well thought out format. We will create a presentation about our own use of technology and why it is important we take a healthy balanced approach. Lastly, we will have the opportunity to showcase our digital skills and independently create a short presentation about ourselves.

 

Key Vocabulary: Template, Presentation, Chat, Template, Input, Landscape, Copyright, Data, Publish, Download, WWW, Software, Images, Browser, Evaluation.

 

Mrs Hewitt

 

With Mrs Maley on Monday to Wednesday we will learn…

Maths

For the first part of the half term we will develop our subtraction skills using number bond diagrams as well as the standard column method.

We will then move on to the multiplication of 2, 5 and 10. We will work on understanding what multiplication means and what it looks like, as well as the patterns in multiplication and the commutative law.

Children all have log in details, which have been sent home, for Times Table Rock Star so that they can continue to learn their times tables at home.

Key Vocabulary: place value; column; commutative; commutativity; inverse; integer; repeated addition.

 

English

We will continue to work in our RWI groups this half term. Please remember to log on to the Oxford Owl site to access your child’s home reading book.

Tremendous Trio: Our three focus stories for this half term will be: The Day the Crayons Quit, Mr Majeika and The Legend of Spud Murphy.

 

Religious Education

Our first unit of work this half term will be: ‘Christmas. Why was the birth of Jesus such good news?’ we will be looking at the Christmas story from the perspective that it was good news then and now and will talk about our own feelings and experiences of good news.

Key Vocabulary:  Good news; Elizabeth; Zechariah; Jesus; Mary; Angel; Gabriel; Joseph, shepherds and Bethlehem.

 

Theme

Our theme this half term is called ‘Remember! Remember!’, and we will be exploring why Bonfire Night is celebrated and how the Gunpowder plot is significant in the history of Britain. We will learn about the people involved, in particularly, Guy Fawkes, King James I, Thomas Percy and Robert Catesby. We will be developing our chronological awareness by studying where the people and the events fit and locate it on a timeline.

Key Vocabulary: See our attached Knowledge Organiser below.

P.E

We will have two P.E lessons each week. Our first P.E lesson will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and will focus on Gymnastics.  Our second lesson of the week will be taught by the Sport’s Coach and will focus on striking and fielding skills.

 

Music

Our music unit this half term is based around a song called ‘Ho Ho Ho, which is a Christmas song by Joanna Mangona and Jane Sebba. We will listen to and appraise a range of songs a well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose songs. We will also learn the signed version of the song.

Key Vocabulary: keyboard, bass, guitar, percussion, trumpets, saxophones, pulse, rhythm, pitch, perform, audience, rap, improvise, dynamics, temp.

 

Christmas!

We will be having lots of fun preparing for our Christmas Carol Service which we hope you see you all at, as well as making Christmas card, decorations and calendars.

 

Mrs Maley

 

 

Autumn 1 Sept-Oct

 

What We Are Learning: Autumn 1 Sept-Oct

With Mrs Maley on Monday to Wednesday we will learn…

Maths

Our first unit of learning in Maths will focus on various aspects of numbers to 100. We will be able to count to 100 through different steps, including counting up in tens. We will also look at comparing numbers using our place-value knowledge.

For the remainder of the half term we will be developing our addition and subtraction skills using number bond diagrams as well as the standard column method.

Key Vocabulary: Numbers to 100; sequence; tally; continue; rule; >greater than; < less than; one-, two-,three-digit number; place value; exact;  represents; exchange; exact; one hundred more; one hundred less; fact; tens boundary; mental and written calculations

English

Our English lessons will be based around our theme of Owls and the story, ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. We will be writing non-chronological reports and a short narrative, as well as learning a poem by heart.

We will also be doing daily phonics, as we begin with Read Write Inc.

Religious Education

Our first unit of work this year will be: ‘The Bible: Why is this such a special book?’. We will have the opportunity to handle many different Bibles and try to understand that the Bible is like a library of books. We to look at the content; presentation and discuss the importance of the Bible to Christians, as well as developing our understanding of holy books from faiths other than Christianity.  

Key Vocabulary: Bible, Old Testament, New Testament, Holy, Gospel, Word of God, Dead Sea Scrolls, Mary Jones.

Theme

Our first unit, ‘Whooo lives in a place like this?’ will link to the text, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. We will be developing our art skills, including creating collages; developing our observational drawing skills; making 3D sculptures from clay and printing in the style of Andy Warhol. We will be using atlases and globes to find out about the different continents and oceans, and investigating which owls inhabit the different continents.

Key Vocabulary: See our attached Knowledge Organiser.

During the first half term, we will also have a mini theme on ‘Values’ during our first week back, and a week on ‘Harvest’ later in the half term.

P.E

We will have two P.E lessons each week. Our first P.E lesson will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and will focus on Basketball.  Our second lesson of the week will be taught by the Sport’s Coach and will focus on striking and fielding skills.

Music

Our music unit this half term is based around a song called ‘Hands, Feet, Heart’, which celebrates South African music. We will listen to and appraise a range of songs a well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose songs. We will also learned the signed version of this song.

Key Vocabulary: keyboard, drums, bass, electric guitars, saxophone, trumpet, pulse, rhythm, pitch, pulse, pitch, improvise, compose, perform, audience, melody, dynamics, tempo

 

Mrs Maley

 

With Mrs Hewitt on Thursday and Friday, we will learn…

Maths

The first unit we will be covering together is Two-Dimensional Shapes. This unit focuses on 2-D shapes and their different properties. It also explores how to draw shapes, make patterns with shapes and turn shapes using familiar language. We will move on from identifying sides to identifying vertices before learning about lines of symmetry. We will make figures using blocks and sort basic shapes using different criteria before drawing shapes using square grids and dot grids. Finally, we will make and describe patterns in addition to moving and turning shapes.

Key Vocabulary: vertical, symmetry, sides, edges, vertices & faces, surface, quadrilaterals, polygons, prism, properties

 

English

Our English lessons will be focused on Poetry and we will be learning ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ by heart, as well as exploring other poems.

We will also be doing daily phonics, as we begin with Read Write Inc.

 

Science

Our focus this half term will be Living Things and Their Habitats, which we will explore as part of our ‘Whoo lives in a place like this’ theme. We will learn to identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. We will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. Through this theme we will identify and name a variety of animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats and describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

 

Key Vocabulary: See our attached Knowledge Organiser.

 

PSHE

This half term we will be following Puzzle 1 of our Jigsaw scheme – Being me in my World, as well as learning lots about our new class and the adventures ahead of us as we start our journey in year two.

 

You can find out more about Jigsaw within the PSHE section of our website.

 

Spanish

This half term our Spanish topic is Yo Aprendo Espanol, which means, I’m learning Spanish. During our learning we will identify Spain on a map of the world and learn the capital of Spain. We will also learn about other cities in Spain and learn about other countries where they speak Spanish.

 

We will then learn to count to ten, say our names and say how we are feeling in Spanish. For this subject we use a scheme called Language Angels.

 

Computing

This half term we will be focussing on ‘My Digital Life’.  We will learn to improve our knowledge of the risks of our online lives. We will learn about the ways we communicate online in the world around us and how to communicate in a polite manner. We will develop our knowledge of the Internet and which sites/apps are suitable for us to use and about different types of media content. We will learn about trusted adults, personal information and using strong passwords and the differences between the Internet and the real world.

 

Key Vocabulary: See our attached Knowledge Organiser.

 

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