Key Stage 1

Year 1

In English this half term, we will be using our core text ‘Dear Greenpeace by Simon James’, we will start off by identifying facts about whales which will then lead us to create a leaflet about how we can recycle in schools.

In Topic our learning will continue from English. We will create a leaflet about how we can recycle in schools and this will be shared within the Inspire partnership and local nurseries.

Our focus in Maths will be exploring measurements of volume and identifying the capacity of containers. We will be identifying coins and their value, then using them to make different amounts. We will look at positional language which will enable us to solve problems and answer questions.

In RE, we are learning about all the religions where we will understand the significance of symbolisms and different celebrations.

In Art, we will be creating a collage and paintings for our Arts Fortnight project. We will make coral out of many different media, including newspaper and Mod Roc. We will also be sketching what our fruit will lo

 During our Science lessons, we will be learning about animals and their environment. Additionally, we will be learning about the weather and its seasonal changes.

We welcome parental involvement in our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

If you have any questions about Key Stage 1, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with Ms Turner, our phase leader for Years 1 & 2

 

Year 2.

During Spring 2, Ash, Sycamore and Plum classes have been learning about gender equality and children’s rights. Our core text was called ‘Hermelin the Detective Mouse’ by Mini Grey, a book about a mouse who helps the people in Offley Street, however, they have no idea he is a mouse. When the residents find out, they are very unkind to him. We wrote a persuasive letter to the people of Offley Street informing them how unkind they were and that they should apologise. This linked to our topic around equality and human rights because we wanted people to realise it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, you still have the right to an opinion and a choice.

In our project, we used our skills to explore all about the rights that children and young people have. We decided we were going to create a leaflet to hand out to the community in Woolwich. We wanted to share that child labour still exists in this century and that we would like to prevent it from happening. We hoped to share our knowledge to prevent the community from buying from stores who purchase items form companies who use child labour as a means of creating and making their wares.

In RE we were studying Christianity and the Easter story. We found out about different characters and symbols. We learnt about what happened to Jesus and we acted in role to recreate the story. We then empathised with the character.

In art, we researched about David Hockney and how he joined images together to form one image. We used this idea to create an image of a child looking through a magnifying glass to look at bugs. This linked to our core text of ‘Hermelin the Detective Mouse’ because detectives use a magnifying glass and there were also different types of bugs and pests in the book. We cut the paper into sections and we drew our design, we then used chalk pastels to make the image of the boy blurry and we used paint to make the bugs stand out. After, the pieces were put back together then attached to a canvas to create one complete image.

In science we had a new focus on materials. We investigated the properties of materials before deciding to make a chair out of newspaper that would be able to have a teddy bear sit on it and not collapse. We found this to be quite tricky because we only had newspaper, masking tape and scissors to make the chair. We had to work collaboratively to create the chair. We found that if we rolled the newspaper into tight bundles the stronger the chair became. Only one chair could hold the bear for a short time, all the other chairs collapsed.

In maths we continued to recap our previous learning as well as look at fractions of a shape and fractions of a number. In addition, we looked at time using our knowledge of the 5 times table to help us work out how many minutes past the minute hand was.

In the summer term we are looking forward to deepening our learning around our topic of sustainable development and what we can do to help the planet become more sustainable. We will be sharing our learning by holding an exhibition of what we have found out and what we have made.

We welcome parental involvement in our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

If you have any questions about Key Stage 1, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with Ms Turner, our phase leader for Years 1 & 2