Autumn Term Curriculum
Dear Parents and Carers,
RE: YEAR ONE/TWO – AUTUMN TERM
Welcome to the world of Year 1 and 2! This term we will be doing lots of fun and exciting learning as we settle into our year groups. This is an outline of what we will be learning about in the Autumn term.
Children are expected to complete home learning activities throughout the week. Each week children will be asked to practise reading and writing words based on the two phonemes (sounds) they will be learning in class that week. There is a phonics test every Friday which tests children’s knowledge of their weekly phonics sounds. We will be inviting parents to observe phonics classes later on in the term which will give you ideas on how to help your child at home. Children are also expected to read to an adult for at least 15 minutes each night; you must sign and write a comment in their reading record to confirm that you have read to your child. Your child’s teacher or class teaching assistant will also read with your child once a week. We have library sessions once a week, so children can change books then. It is important that the children return their library book each week so that they can take a different book home. If a book is lost or damaged it will incur a cost of £5.00 to replace it.
During Maths we will be learning how to identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use of the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least. We will also be learning how to count to 20/100, forwards and backwards beginning from 0 or 1, or from any given number. We will read and write numbers from 1 to 20/100 in numerals and words. We will learn to count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.
During English we will be learning how to write traditional tales. We will read and explore different stories to get some inspiration for our own stories. This term we will be focusing on ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. We will be using actions and story mapping to help us learn this story and we will use its structure to help us write our own version of the ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. We will also explore the author, Oliver Jeffers. We will read and explore some of his most famous stories e.g. Lost and found.
We have daily guided reading and phonics groups that take place in the morning. We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, and will continue on from what your child was taught in Reception or Year 1. In guided reading, children will also read various fiction and non-fiction texts in small groups and will complete activities based on the book they read. These activities are led by the class teacher. If you would like to observe our Guided Reading lessons to understand and help your child with reading at home, please let your class teacher know.
In RE, we will be learning about our class saints which are as follows:
Year 1 – Mrs Cieslik – St Fracis of Assisi patron saint of animals and ecology
Year 1/2 – Mrs Calle – St Patrick patron saint of Ireland
Year 2 – Miss Heaney – St Therese of Liseux patron saint of missions and missionaries
In RE we will be learning about how the Church welcomes its new members. We will reflect and research experiences of welcoming and being welcomed.
This term our Humanities topic is ‘Our Community Home, School and Church’. We will be exploring our local area and will be using maps to help us get to local attractions in and around Whitechapel. We will be going on trips to places such as Spitalfield’s City Farm, St Anne’s Church and the Ideas Store. To support your child with this topic you could go on walk around the local area and discuss the things that you saw that you found interesting.
In Science this term we will be learning about everyday materials. We will explore the properties of different materials using key scientific vocabulary. We will also be sorting out materials and identifying which materials are man-made and natural. We will also be conducting scientific experiments on what materials float and sink and will be comparing several materials to decide which is best for a particular use.
During this term we will be learning about e-safety and how to safely use the computer. We will also develop our ICT skills in using the iPads and the laptops. Please continue to check the class blogs and encourage your children to post and comment on them.
Drop Everything and Read (DEAR):
We are also having ‘Drop everything and read’ sessions every Friday afternoon which you are welcome to come to. More details about these sessions will be given soon. This means that every Friday afternoon everybody at St Anne’s (adults and children alike) will have thirty minutes to stop whatever they are doing and read a book of their choice. This could be your library book or a book that you have brought in from home. We really hope that these sessions in which we are all reading for pleasure will help to foster your child’s love of reading. Please help ensure that your child is ready for these sessions by ensuring that they bring a reading book into school on a Friday.
Our topic for PE this half term is Games. We will be learning about different ball skills and how to effectively play a variety of team building games. Please ensure your child brings in their PE kit, this must be left in school until the end of half term. We ask you to encourage your child to dress and undress themselves independently. We advise that you label all of your child’s clothes. Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit and that it stays in school until the half term, when it can be brought home to be washed. PE uniform, as well as all uniform, must be named. PE is an important part of your child’s curriculum and participation helps develop a positive outlook to health and fitness, therefore it is essential that all children participate in lessons. Please note that if children miss three lessons in a half term because they do not have their PE kit in school they will miss a portion of their play, as is school policy on incorrect uniform.
This term we will be focusing on new beginnings and transitions. We will look at how we have changed from birth to present and the skills we have learnt and developed.
UNICEF Rights Respecting School’s Award
We will continue to learn about children’s rights and the differences between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. As part of our school’s journey into achieving Level 2 of ‘Rights Respecting School’. We will also continue to learn about the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) different articles that were created to make sure that every child’s basic needs are met. For more information about Unicef’s Rights Respecting School and it’s award visit: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
We will incorporate a new program into our weekly routine called P4C which is a thinking skills program. The aim of this program is not to turn children into philosophers but to help them become more thoughtful, more reflective, more reasonable individuals.
Art/Design and Technology:
During this term children will make a cushion for the elves of the shoemaker. We will be focusing on recording and exploring ideas from first hand observations and developing the children ideas (by trying things out, changing their minds). Children will develop these skills by matching and sorting fabrics and threads for colour, texture, length, size and shape, cutting and shaping fabric using scissors/snips and sticking the materials by gluing or stitching.
We look forward to supporting you in developing your child to reach their full potential. Should you wish to discuss any of the above please book an appointment at the office.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Miss Calle, Mrs Cieslik and Miss Heaney
Year One and Two