Key Stage 1

Year 1

In English this half term, we will be focusing on the characters from our core text, ‘The Journey’ written by Francesca Sanna. We will be recording character descriptions before identifying features of a letter. After, we will write a persuasive letter to large organisations asking for donations to help refugees.

In Topic we will be learning about refugees and what we can do to help improve their life. To do this we will be learning about human rights and social justice and equality. We will design and create a welcome box that can be given to refugee children.

Our focus in Maths will be exploring 2D shapes, place value and subtraction. Children will use their prior knowledge of addition and subtraction to help them solve problems and answer questions.

In RE, we are learning about Judaism and the Shabbat table. We will be learning about places of worship and identifying key beliefs.

In Art, we will be creating a collage using bird images from the book ‘The Journey’, which will symbolise hope.

During our Science lessons, we will be learning about plants and what they need to grow. In addition, we will be learning about what types of plants are edible and if they are evergreen or deciduous.

Year 2

In English this half term, our core text, ‘The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch tells the story of a princess who has to save her prince. However, she doesn’t always look as pretty as she should. We will be looking at gender roles and stereotypes will be comparing and analysing the differences between the characters from this core text and fairytales. This will lead us to record a character descriptions and diary entries.

Our Topic will be looking at the rights that children have in the UK and in other countries. We will be debating whether children should work from a young age. We will then share our knowledge and opinions with other year groups. In addition, we will be going into Woolwich to tell the local community about Children’s Rights.

In Maths, our focus will be division, statistics, 2D and 3D shapes. We will also be learning about fractions of a shape. Children will use their knowledge to solve questions and problems.

In RE we are learning about Hinduism, focusing on families and traditions, as well as visiting a Hindu place of worship.

In Science we will be learning about the features of plants about conducting an experiment about what plants need to help them grow healthily.

In Art, we will create a pot out of paper and Mod Roc based on the artist Grayson Perry.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of 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