Willow Class Curriculum Provision – Summer Term 2017

Willow Class Curricular Provision Summer 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 ‘Funny bones’ which is based around the human body and hospitals now and then.

So far in English children have learned about Florence Nightingale and the impact her work had on hospitals during the Crimean war. Next week we will be focusing on Mary Seacole. After which children will research and discuss the conditions in hospitals today and compare these to conditions in the Victorian period.

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 have improved their presentation and handwriting and it is something we continue to work on. 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 counting up to 20 by grouping 10 first and writing numbers in numerals and words which will prepare them for place value work in a few weeks’ time. As their knowledge of place value grows they will start to compare and order larger numbers and use the correct mathematical language to do so.

Year 2 will also continue to work from the scheme in which they will be introduced to bar modelling. Bar modeling is a way of representing and interpreting the ‘part- whole’ concept in addition and subtraction word problems using paper strips or drawing models. This is a key skill taught and developed within the ‘Inspire’ scheme. Also, in preparation for the SAT’s tests in May children will have opportunities to experience and practise both arithmetic and reasoning type questions and revise the various methods they can use during the tests to ensure they feel prepared and confident.

In addition, all children will practise their times tables daily and work towards achieving a times table award. Any additional times table practice done at home is welcomed!

Our topic in Science is The human body. Year 1 children will be able to ’identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. Children will learn the names of body parts through songs, actions and games. They will be using various resources to create a model which demonstrates how our joints and muscles work! Year 2 children will be able to describe the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene. Pupils will work scientifically by observation and measurement to work out what things humans need to stay healthy and suggest ways to answer their questions.

In History, through their research and work on Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole they will gain a good understanding of the long term impact and contribution some individuals can have. After comparing the conditions of Victorian hospitals to modern day hospitals, we will then try to find out if any significant changes have been made during their living memory.

In R.E our theme is ‘Special things in nature’. Children will begin by learning about the Creation story. They will also read, act out and write about different stories about Jesus which help Christians to think about the beauty of the natural world.

Our unit in PSHE is ‘Economic wellbeing’ in which children will learn about where money comes from as well as how and why it is important to save money. Children will look at different case studies and discuss the choices made by the people.

In Computing our unit is ‘We are Zoologists’. Children will have opportunities to work on excel to collect and present data.

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. Children will also takepart in ‘ Mile a day’.

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.

Additional Information:

Water:  It would be helpful if each child could bring in a named plastic water bottle each day which they will keep in class to ensure they remain hydrated and will take home each day to be cleaned and returned the following day.