Willow Class Curriculum Provision – Autumn Term 2018

Welcome back to all the children in the new Willow Class!  We have some exciting activities planned for our first half term.  Our theme will be ‘Epping Forest’.

Willow class will be going on walks around the school and recording what they see.  They will use this information to create a forest poem and will focus on using adjectives.   Children will carry out research on forest animals in order to create their own information booklet.  They will group related information together and learn to use correct punctuation.  We will be going on a trip to Epping Forest where we will find out more about the area and the creatures which live there.  After this visit, we will write a recount about the day.  Children will be recapping the phonic sounds learned in the previous year and also learning some new vowel digraphs.  They will revise basic grammar concepts such as the meaning of the words ‘letter’, ‘word’ and ‘sentence’.

In maths, we will be continuing to work from the Inspire Maths programme. Children in year one will be focusing on number this half term.  This unit includes counting to ten, number bonds to ten, and simple addition and subtraction.  Year 2 will also be concentrating on number.  They will be looking at numbers to 1,000 and finding one more, ten more and one hundred more than a given number.   They will then look at addition and subtraction within 1,000.

In Science, Willow class will be learning about plants, as part of their ‘Epping Forest’ topic.  They will be looking at the structure of plants, and how to identify some common plants and trees.  Children will look at how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and find out what they need to stay healthy.  Willow class will develop their scientific enquiry skills by thinking of different ways questions can be answered and how these answers can be recorded.

In RE lessons, children will be learning about ‘special symbols and objects’.  This unit of learning will include thinking about special things in our homes and considering the significance of various symbols.  They will also be looking at the importance of the Buddha image and festival of Wesak for

Buddhists.  Children will learn about the Torah scroll and the Seder meal for Jewish people.

In Computing we will become treasure hunters! We will be programming ‘bee bots’ to move by giving them a set of instructions and creating simple programs.

Willow class will be developing their learning of music through daily singing sessions and use of percussion instruments.

PE lessons will take place on Wednesdays. Please bring a full PE kit to school with your child’s name written inside (including jogging bottoms and sweatshirt as the weather gets colder). This term, our unit is ‘Basic Movement’.  Willow class will be practising different ways of moving their bodies including skipping, jumping and hopping.  They will be thinking about how their body changes during exercise and taking part in team games.  They will learn about PE equipment and how to use it safely.

Year 1 will take part in Forest school each Thursday afternoon and therefore need to bring in suitable clothing and boots with their names on.

Homework will be given out each Friday to be handed in on the following Wednesday. Each child will receive English and Maths homework that will focus 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.

Thank you for your ongoing support,