Our topic for this term is ‘Tap, Tap! Bang, Bang!’
This term in Year 1 and 2 we will be exploring the topic ‘Tap, Tap! Bang, Bang!’. At the start of our learning journey the children came into school to discover a large mess had been created in their classrooms. They became investigators and wrote a report on what had been found. The children will make further discoveries over the course of our learning journey which will lead them into finding new books that will be used to engage them with the topic. Some of the key texts that we will be using include; The Naughty Bus, Mrs Armitage, The Hundred Decker Bus, The Railway Children and a range of non-fiction texts. This term the children will be learning how to write news reports, stories, diaries, instructions, poetry and information texts.
Our science focus for the first part of this term will focus on animals, including humans. We will be looking at animals and their offspring and thinking about the changes that happen. The children will also be able to talk about the basic needs of humans and animals and will understand the importance of healthy eating, exercise and good hygiene. After half term we will begin to learn about plants focusing on what grows in our gardens and the life cycle of a plant. Year 1 will also spend some time looking at the changing seasons.
In geography this term we will teach the children to use simple compass directions and how to describe the location of features and routes on a map. We will use aerial photos to recognise landmarks and basic human (e.g. city, town, farm, house etc.) and physical features (e.g. beach, forest, mountain, sea etc.). The children will be creating their own maps and using basic symbols in a key. In history we will be looking at some of the changes that have been made with various types of transport from the past to the present.
This term we will be working on a DT project which will result in the children designing and building a moving vehicle. We will be looking at examples of moving vehicles and learn about the mechanisms that are used before creating our own. This will also link into the children writing step by step instructions for others to use. In art we will be teaching the children about the artist Andy Warhol and creating prints using polystyrene tiles. During the week of the 25th March the children will be taking part in a range of art-based activities during Estcots art week. In our computing sessions we will be teaching the children about coding. They will learn about the importance of being precise when giving instructions for a program to follow and will learn how to de-bug a simple program. They will then work on the hour of code to support and demonstrate their understanding.
We will be answering questions such as:
- How does your bike/scooter move? How do you get it started?
- What happens when you ride on different surfaces?
- How can we keep safe on our bikes?
- Does everyone in the world have a bike?
- How have bikes and trains changed over the years?
- Where do you live? Do you know what each part of an address is for?
- What are the important features on a map?
- How do I use a compass?
- What is my route to school? What do I pass on my way?
- What are the plants and trees called that we have in our environment?
- What are the different parts of a plant called? Why are plants important?
- What does a seed need to germinate?
- What is the purpose of leaves?
In school this term we will be enriching the learning with…
- A trip to Amberley Working Museum (more details to follow)
- A bike/scooter day
- A welly walk
- DT project to create a moving vehicle
- Art Week
Please make sure that your child has their P.E. kit in school every day and that all items of their uniform are named. Please could we also ask you to check your child’s plimsolls as recently we have noticed a few children who seem to have grown out of their current size.
Your child should also have a named water bottle in school that they can access freely during the day.
For Year 1 the meeting will focus on the Phonic screening check and for Year 2 the meeting will focus on the tests that the children will take in the summer term.
The dates for these sessions will be:
- Year 1 Parents – Tuesday 22nd January
- Year 2 Parents – Thursday 25th January
The meeting will start at 2:15pm and will be held in the Studio.
We are always very grateful to any parents that might like to come and hear children read. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you are able to give some time.