Willow Class Curriculum Provision – Spring Term 2017

Willow Class Curriculum Provision – Spring Term 2017

Below I have outlined what we expect to cover this term, and some useful additional information. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Our theme for the first term is ‘Go Green’ which is based around the subject of climate change and related issues. So far the children have learnt the difference between weather and climate as well as the definition of the ‘greenhouse effect’. From next week children will gain a deep understanding of what climate change means. Then they will focus on the causes of this change and explore ways in which they can aim to reduce and prolong it through small changes in their homes and at school. Children will study the effect climate change is having on the environment and wildlife.

In English we will begin by researching the subject and use this information to write explanations. Children will also participate in debates and discussions on climate change and write letters explaining the issues causing it and suggestions on how to help the climate and slow down climate change. Children will be using the ‘Think, say, write, check’ strategy when planning, writing and evaluating their work to ensure accuracy. We will be maintaining a clear focus on Spelling, grammar and handwriting. One whole English lesson weekly will be dedicated to this in addition to shorter sessions each day.  All children will read twice weekly, in both a 1: 1 and group reading setting.

In Maths we will be continuing to work from the ‘Inspire Maths’ scheme. Year 1 children will be learning to, and actively solving subtraction and addition problems using a range of strategies. During the term they will consolidate their knowledge and application of all number bonds to 10.They will be learning and using a range of different mathematical language which is used and built upon.

Year 2 children will be subtracting and adding up to 3 digit numbers by regrouping hundreds, tens and ones. They will also apply these strategies when solving one and two step word problems. Children will apply the strategies they have developed to generate their own addition and subtraction ‘stories’ ( word problems).

Our topic in Science is ‘ Materials’ and we will be particularly focusing on plastics. They will find out about the production of plastics from natural materials and explore the problems caused by waste plastics globally. Children will work on a practical experiment to see the effects plastic waste has on the environment.

In Geography our focus in ‘Geographical skills and fieldwork’ where children will use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries. In Forest School both year groups will be using simple compass directions, locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.

In History children will investigate the reasons for an increase in the production and usage of plastics globally and compare and contrast how they were used in the past and in the present day.

In R.E we will be finding out about the special symbols and objects commonly found in Christian homes and Churches. We will also look at the symbols and objects which are an integral part of Judaism.

Our unit in PSHE is citizenship where children will be exploring ways in which they can work well with others in a local and global sense. They will also be discussing what community means for them and what elements support maintaining a happy and respectful community. Children will be working in pairs and small groups to recognise similarities and differences between them and how these differences are a positive thing.

In Computing our unit is ‘We are astronauts’. Children will convert simple algorithms to programs such as ‘Scratch’, predict what a simple program will do and debug errors.

Music will continue to be delivered by Mrs. Sterne, Essex Music Specialist.

P.E lessons will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays (for Year 1) at which point Year 2 will be at swimming lessons. Our unit is ‘dance’ this term and we will be using the topic of changing seasons to work collaboratively to generate and link a sequence of dance moves. Please bring a full PE kit to school with your child’s name written inside. Children will continue to run each morning as part of the ‘mile a morning’ initiative.


Homework will be given out each Friday to be handed in on the following Friday. Each child will receive English and Maths homework that will be focused on what they have been learning that week.

Please continue to read with your child each day and use this as an opportunity to build their understanding of the text.