Key Stage 1

Key stage 1 is the term used for the two years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales known as year one and year two, when pupils are aged between 5 and 7. This key stage covers pupils during infant school or might form the first part of primary school, as it does at our school.  

Compulsory national curriculum subjects are:

English
Maths
Science
Design and technology
History
Geography
Art and design
Music
Physical education (PE), including swimming
Computing
Ancient and modern foreign languages (at key stage 2)
Schools must provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.

The national curriculum is organised into key stages and at the end of each key stage, your child will be formally assessed.

Year 2

Writing: We will be looking at texts which develop children’s story telling skills such as Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and which allow them to demonstrate their understanding of how to use conjunctions, different kinds of punctuation and expanded noun phrases in their writing. The children will focus on editing and revising their work so it meets success criteria. They will also be writing about real life events such as their visit to The Tunnels Beaches to learn about rockpool habitats.

Maths: The children will focus on revisiting key topics from across the year so they consolidate and deepen their understanding of key mathematical concepts. Children will be exploring and investigating number statements and using the mathematics they have learnt over the year to solve number problems.  The children will recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and multiplication and division.

Science: The children will suggest ideas, ask simple questions and know that they can be investigated in different ways. For example, children will be posing questions around sails and which materials are best for making these. They will also be performing simple tests, observing closely, using simple equipment, gathering and recording data to help in answering questions. The children will also explore floating and sinking with different objects recording their scientific findings.

D.T: Children will use different sewing techniques including running stitch and over-sewing to create a sea-themed sewn picture. They will also look at a range of different mechanisms and learn skills for making wheels, axles, levers and sliders in order to create a yacht with a sail and wheels. Children will evaluate their design and make assignment suggesting areas for improvement.

‘Over the sea’

Summer 2

P.E: The children will continue with their weekly swimming lessons this half term focusing on water confidence and learning different swimming strokes. They will also concentrate on athletics activities including running, throwing and jumping events. Children will also move over, under and through spaces and obstacles indoors and outdoors using different obstacle courses. The children will also have opportunities to engage in ‘Just Dance’ on a daily basis.

Art: Children will look at a collection of shells and identify the light and shade on them.  Children use their shading skills to make the shells look 3D. Children will also create sea creatures using modelling techniques and will look at the work of famous artists who have used the sea as an inspiration for their work.

Computing: Children will explore how to take effective photographs of their own work using the zoom tool to home in on key features. They will upload these onto a computer and print them off too.

Geography: The children will be exploring the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. They will name, locate and identify characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the UK. They will use atlases to mark the capitals on a map and draw a picture of all four places.  Children will track a journey through the seas to get between the four countries. Children will also use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

R.E: Children will continue to explore our own key beliefs and consider some of the key beliefs and stories within Christianity and Judaism.

Music: The children will learn about music related to water habitats including the sea. The children will explore a range of different untuned and tuned instruments, discussing how they differ. They will sort the instruments into those that can and cannot be used to make a sea/water sound.  Children will use tuned percussion instruments to play water sound effects.

 



English: In English, the children will be exploring nonfiction at the start of the half term.  Their class text will be Planet Earth by Leonie Pratt.  The children will use ideas from this, and their own research, to write a non-chronological report about a place of interest.  They will also continue to develop their understanding of how to write short stories which include thoughtful and imaginative language.

Maths: In maths, children will be exploring multiplication and division.  They will recognise how to make equal groups and add equal groups.  Children will become familiar with multiplication sentences using the x symbol, using arrays and the 2, 5 and 10 times table.  They will then make equal groups by sharing and grouping, practice dividing by 2, identifying odd and even numbers and divide by 10.  In the last part of the half term, children explore the properties of shape.

Science:  In Science, the children will be looking at food chains and will start to identify how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different animals including those living in extreme environments such as the Arctic.  Children will also describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene where there will be a link with the work they are doing in PSHE.

Art:  In Art, the children will be colouring, mixing and looking at hot and cold colours.  They will be mixing gradients of different colours.  Children will learn the three primary colours (yellow, red and blue) and will begin to explore colour mixing.  Children will learn how to mix primary colours to make various secondary colours.  Children will also explore how, in art, some colours can be used to create feelings of warmth (e.g. red, yellow or orange) or feelings of coldness (e.g. blue, green or grey).  They will also learn how to add white to create lightness in their paintings.


Pole to Pole: We are Explorers

Spring 1

P.E: Children will be having Gymnastics throughout the term on Tuesdays.  They will be developing balance, agility and co-ordination through these weekly gymnastics sessions.  Children will also be developing rolling, throwing, catching, dribbling skills through playing games such as hockey.

Forest Schools: Children will have a weekly Forest School session either on Monday or Tuesday.  Forest School offers all learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experience in a natural environment with trees.

Computing:  The children will be learning how to use the internet to make safe searches and find information related to their topic.  They will then be using PowerPoint to present information.

Music: Children will be exploring music related to weather and our land.  They will compose music to illustrate a story, explore timbre and texture, match sounds to images and listen to and identify contrasting sections in a piece of music.

Geography: Children will be keeping weather diaries to compare how the weather is at different times.  They will also use atlases to locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.  Children will learn about rivers, mountains and deserts and become familiar with physical and human features.  They will also describe where places are using compass points, e.g. north, south, east and west.  Children will create simple maps using symbols.

R.E: Children will be exploring Chinese New Year towards the end of the half term.  They will learn about Year of the Pig.  Children will also explore the beliefs and traditions of Christianity and other religions.

PHSE: Children will be learning about healthy lifestyles including the importance of hygiene, a balanced diet and regular exercise.

 



Writing:  The children will complete character descriptions in the first week back lined to the Rama and Sita story.  They will then read NoBot and will be writing a story about a robot who loses a body part.  As part of this, the children will continue to learn about basic punctuation, conjunctions and imaginative vocabulary.    The children will then read How to Catch Santa.  They will then write a story about catching something related to Christmas.  The children will also have opportunities to complete nonfiction writing across the curriculum.

Maths: The children will continue to add and subtract different numbers together and will become increasingly confident using a number line.  They will focus on adding and subtracting ten and multiples of 10 and will then move onto harder calculations involving tens and ones,  e.g.  52 + 15 or 77 – 36.  There will be opportunities for problem solving and reasoning in all lessons.  The children will also be learning about measures including money, different coins and finding amounts using these. 

Science:  The children will be finding out what different objects are made from and will use a range of sources to find out about the properties of different materials e.g.  Video clips, books, internet search etc.  They will sort materials by their given properties.  Children will also grade materials by how good they would be for a job and investigate which would be best.  As part of the NoBot story, the children will also make a working circuit and investigate different objects/materials that can be used to conduct electricity.

Art:  the children will create artwork in the style of the artist Giacomo Balla that represents light and objects which shine.  The children will also be studying the work of Mondrian talking about what they like and dislike about his style.  They will be particularly looking at Mondrian’s pictures and how he uses lines to create effects.   The children will then be using line and tone to draw shape, pattern and texture.  They will also create artwork linked to Remembrance and the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Autumn 2

Shine

P.E: The children will continue to have their weekly tennis lesson at Bicclescombe Park with a tennis coach and will be working on basic ball skills.  On Friday mornings, the children will be doing big apparatus.  They will also be having dance sessions and will become increasingly confident in extending their agility, balance and co-ordination through dances which they will perform using simple movement patterns.

Computing:  The children will be using 2simple software lines to create pictures in the style of Mondrian.  They will also use 2Create software to tell the story of Rama and Sita.

Music: The children will practise singing in tune for their Christmas performance and will also have opportunities to listen to and appraise different pieces of music related to their topic.  The children will play different instruments to develop their understanding of rhythm and pulse.

History:  The children will be learning about the life of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.  The children will explore how the actions of these significant individuals changed hospitals and hygiene for the better and children will be ordering significant events in their lives using simple timelines.

PHSE:  Children will be learning about truthfulness, how to be true to oneself and how to make informed moral choices.

R.E:  The children will explore the Hindu festival of light ‘Diwali’ during their first week back.  They will therefore also learn about tolerance and understanding of other faiths as part of fundamental British values.  In December, the children will revisit the story of the Nativity and explore the significance of Jesus’s birth for Christians.

 




Writing:

The children will be looking at texts which develop their instructional writing skills. These texts include recipe books and cook books. The children will be making various dishes and writing recipes for someone else to follow. They will also be learning the story Stuck by Oliver Jeffers and will write a similar story using the pattern of this book. Throughout there will be an emphasis on using capital letters and full stops correctly and writing in the correct tense.

Maths:

The children will be learning about place value to start with. They will be looking at tens and ones in two digit numbers and representing these using Base 10 apparatus and pictures. The children will also be ordering and comparing two digit number numbers and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Children will also begin to add and subtract different two digit numbers later on in the term, e.g. 40 + 17 and 52 + 15. There will be opportunities for problem solving and reasoning in all lessons.

Science:

The children will make scientific predictions and observations about how different foods, such as cheese and apple, change over time and will be sorting fruits and vegetables into correct groups. The children will also be making simple food chains to show the transfer of energy from plants and animals. Children will also be exploring the components of a healthy diet and the importance of regular exercise. They will be measuring pulse and talking about what changes happen when they exercise.

Design and Technology:

The children will be learning about how to prepare food hygienically and safely. They will practice using different tools safely and will be cutting, peeling and chopping ingredients to make different dishes. They will make different dishes and talk about what they like about these and how they could be improved further. The children will recognise the need for a variety of foods in their diet and look at places around the world where their food comes from.

Ready, Steady, Cook!

 

Autumn 1

rscook

P.E:

The children will be swimming up until October half term each week. They will be learning about skills for basic strokes and different ways of propelling themselves across the pool such as gliding. The children will also have a weekly tennis lesson at Bicclescombe Park with a tennis coach and will be working on basic ball skills. On Friday mornings, the children will be doing multi-skills.

 

Computing:

The children will be using the computer program Scratch to plan and try out different instructions. They will be writing a program in Scratch and will be debugging – spotting and fixing any problems with their programs. By the end of the unit, they will have a clearer understanding that algorithms are sequences of instructions.

 

Geography:

The children will be using Google Earth and maps to learn about the names of different continents and will explore which foods grow in hot and cold places around the world. They will explore similarities and differences between these locations. They will use food packets to identify where different foods have come from. Children will be finding out about the kinds of food which grow in and around Ilfracombe.

R.E:

The children will be looking at symbols that are important to Christians and Jews as well as symbols which are important to one another.

Music: The children will explore the difference between rhythm and pulse and will be making percussion musical instruments to perform beats and rhythms on.






Year 1




LITERACY: We will start by looking at the book ‘Woolly Mammoth’ where we will write our own set of instructions for washing a seagull. Then we will go on to invent our own using an animal of our choice. We will also look at the book ‘Can a penguin ride a bicycle?’ and follow the structure of the book to write about the animals we learn about both as a class and on our own.

NUMERACY: We will look at measures including time and money and we will use our knowledge of these measures to solve one step problems. We will begin to think of ways we can extend our own learning in maths by asking questions and selecting skills and resources to answer them.

SCIENCE: We will be looking at animals in the local and wider environment.  We will be classifying and sorting animals according to whether they are invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds or mammals.  We will look at life cycles and describe them.  We will also look at animals known as pets and organise them into groups that belong to. We will carry out a test where we can use non-standard measures.

ART AND DESIGN: We will look at printing through the work of artists.  We will explore how to print with a range of objects and discuss the marks that the different objects make.  We will then explore how to make our own printing block before going on to produce a mono print.

Summer 2


Coastal Curiosities

 

GEOGRAPHY:  We will look at pollution and the effect that seagulls and tourism has on this.  We will also look at how weather has an impact on the local environment.  We will also use maps and globes to locate 4 countries of the UK.

HISTORY: We will be looking at a local place of interest and how it has changed over the years through pictures and visits.

COMPUTING: We will be looking at creating postcards on the computer.  We will have to draw, type, save and edit our work to produce a final piece. We will look at retrieving images from the web and use this to help us present information.  We will look at e-safety.

P.E: In PE we will be doing swimming, multi-skills and tennis at the park with a specialist teacher.

.P.S.H.E: We will be looking at the needs of different people – our friends and those who are older or younger than us.

R.E: We will continue to learn about what it means to belong to different communities. We will talk about how being part of something makes us feel.

Music: We will be continuing to learn how to use symbols to represent sounds to create a piece of music to perform as a band.

 


LITERACY: We will begin with ‘The Woods’ by Paul Hoppe. There will be a focus on language and structuring sentences to write a story. We will work towards writing our own story about overcoming a fear. We will also look at ‘Outdoor Wonderland’ by Josie Jeffery where we will consider instructions and use to write our own set for some food that we make in DT.

NUMERACY: We will start with a unit on fractions where we will look at halves and quarters.  Then we will look at position and direction which will look at turns following on from halves and quarters.  We will then look at place value. We will be working with numbers up to and past 100.

SCIENCE: We will be garden detectives and look at identifying evergreen and deciduous trees.  We will also identify, name and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. We will visit the school garden and record with a diary, the growing of plants from a seed. We will perform simple tests to practice working scientifically.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: We will be looking at food and identifying the common foods groups and where they are sourced from.  We will then measure and weigh food items using non-standard measures.

ART AND DESIGN: We will look at describing the sensory properties of different materials and decide which to use when using sculpture to develop our imagination as well as developing a wide range of art and design techniques.

Summer 1

Into the Woods……



GEOGRAPHY:  We will look at maps including imaginary ones and label particular features.  We will use maps, pictures and stories to find out about places.  We will also use simple locational language to describe the features on a map and in fieldwork.  We will also collect data from our fieldwork.

 

COMPUTING: We will be completing a unit called ‘TV chefs’, where we will be looking at algorithms.  We will have to break down a process into simple clear steps, use different features of a video camera and say how it could be improved.

P.E: In PE we will be doing swimming every week in our own pool at school. We will be doing athletics. We will also be having sessions each week with a specialist tennis coach at Bicclescombe Park. We will also be doing ball skills.

P.S.H.E: We will be looking at hazards in the home and ways of keeping safe in familiar situations.

R.E: We will be discovering the importance of belonging and what it means to belong to some different faith communities-in particular we will be thinking about Christians and Jews this term.

Music: We will be creating, selecting and combining sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music. Though the use of percussion we will create a simple piece of music.

 




ENGLISH:  We will begin with ‘Look inside space.’  We will look at creating a non-fiction piece of text that poses and answers questions. Then we will look at a narrative called ‘Whatever next’ where we will be looking at creating our own stories about a journey.

MATHS: We will begin by looking a t weight, mass, volume and capacity.  We will begin to measure and record using these units of measurement.  We will also look to solve practical problems involving weight, mass, volume and capacity.  We will then look at multiplication and division.  We will learn to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will look at solving one step problems using concrete and pictorial representations and arrays.

SCIENCE:  We will investigate and explore materials. We will use our senses to name, describe and choose the appropriate materials for a purpose. We will predict, test and evaluate how to make a rocket travel the furthest.

 

DT: We will be using construction kits to explore axles and wheel.  We will then create our own sample boards before using all the skills of cutting, joining, folding and tearing to make our own moon buggy with moving wheels.  We will then evaluate our products with a friend and make any changes we think are needed.

Spring 2



To infinity and beyond

HISTORY:  We will be looking at the passing of time and the language associated with it.  We will also be looking at the life of a significant historical figure.

COMPUTING: We will use websites and videos to research about the planets.  We will also look at using digital recording to add sound effect to to a story to make a talking book. We will talk about e-safety, staying safe online.

 

P.E: In PE we will be looking at netball and dodgeball to focus on the skills of negotiating space when racing and chasing, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles. We will also look at how to pat, throw, kick, stop and catch a ball. We will also continue with gymnastics and using the apparatus to transfer these skills.

P.S.H.E: We will be looking at using facial expressions to demonstrate some named feelings and describe some of their positive or negative qualities. We will also look at how to set a goal and try to achieve it.

R.E: We will be exploring the importance of birthdays, baptisms, weddings and extending to the celebration of Easter.

Music: We will be experimenting with, creating, selecting and combining sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.  Though the use of percussion we will create a simple piece of music to accompany a rocket launch.






LITERACY: We will begin with a narrative ‘Watch out!’ where we will be looking at writing our own story with predictable patterns. We will then look at the ‘What I like’ poem book and create our own poem based on senses looking at verbs and nouns. 

 

NUMERACY: We will be learning about addition and subtraction, time and place value. We will be looking at number bonds to 20 and how these relate to bonds within 10, addition and subtraction of 1 and 2 digit numbers, telling the time to o’clock and half past.  We will also look at how to solve problems.

SCIENCE:  We will be looking at weather and seasons.  We will carry out investigations and use data to ask and answer questions. We will describe some positive and negative effects of the weather for ourselves and our environment.

 

ART: We will be looking at colour mixing ad how to make things darker or lighter.  We will be trying to match colours to those of the animals we will look at and then using these skills to create our own image of an animal using paint. We will also look at how to create texture for the animals skin and features.

Spring 1

A is for Africa

africa

GEOGRAPHY:  We will be Identifying the similarities and differences between our local environment and a country in Africa. We will use basic geographical vocabulary to name physical and human features of familiar places and we will also use different maps to help us locate places.  Finally we will finish by producing a travel guide.

COMPUTING: We will be looking at creating cards on the computer.  We will have to draw, type, save and edit our work to produce a final piece. The cards we make will be for a celebration.

 

P.E: In PE we will be looking at gymnastics on the big apparatus to transfer the skills from last term gym work with the specialist coach. We will also be doing multiskills and African dance.

P.S.H.E: We will be looking at ways of keeping clean and how this stops the spread of disease.  We will also be looking at how they can make a positive contribution to the class, school or community.

R.E: We will be exploring the importance of birthdays, baptisms, weddings and extending to the celebration of Easter.

Music: We will be experimenting with, creating, selecting and combining sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.  Though the use of percussion we will create a simple piece of music to accompany an African dance.






LITERACY: We will begin with ‘‘Knock Knock open a door’ a fiction book about different toys.  We will look at sequencing sentences to form a narrative and create our own version.

We will then look at ‘Dear Santa..’ where we will create books with flaps about different toys and look at pattern and adjectives.

NUMERACY: We will be completing a number unit of work on addition and subtraction.  We will also look at a geometry unit on shape and a number unit on place value. Through all the units we will look at how to represent and record using pictures and symbols and how to solve problems and give our reasoning.

SCIENCE:  We will investigate and explore materials. We will use our senses to name, describe and choose the appropriate materials for a purpose. We will use vocabulary such as opaque, transparent, absorbent, rough, smooth etc. We will predict, test and evaluate which will be the best material for Santa’s sack.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: We will be creating our own puppet.  To do this we will need to: select and explain our choices of materials, look at fixing techniques, draw a simple design with labelling and then put this into practice and make a product, evaluating it afterwards.

Autumn 2

 Toys

HISTORY:  We will be looking at the passing of time and the language associated with it.  We will look at toys from different time periods and compare their life and interests now with their babyhood, recalling a significant memory from the past. 

 

COMPUTING: We will be looking at a unit called ‘We are treasure hunters’ which looks at using programmable toys to move around a map.  We will start by thinking of algorithms for their routes. Then input these as stored programs for the robot.  We will then predict how the robot will move and will debug their programs.

 

P.E: In PE we will be looking at throwing and catching skills and dance, where we will look at the movement of toys and create a short dance using all the skills we have learnt.  We will also be having sessions each week with a specialist gymnastic coach. 

P.S.H.E: We will be looking at things that we like and dislike, what is fair and unfair and what is right and wrong.

R.E: We will be learning about things that are special to Christians and ourselves, e.g. people, books, objects, places, seasons and music. We will also be looking at the festival od Divali and we will look at Christmas.

Music: We will be exploring different instruments and how they make different sounds in different ways to create a group piece of music.  We will be saying what we like and dislike about a piece of music.

 



 


LITERACY: We will begin with ‘Oi Cat!’ where we will look at rhyme. We will write our own silly rhyming sentences based on pattern of the text. Then we will look at ‘I love Bugs’ where we will look at orally rehearsing sentences and sentence structure linked to poetry.

NUMERACY: We will be learning to represent and explain what happens when counting forwards and backwards in ones and can compare two measures and describe the relationship. We will also be able to solve addition and subtraction problems using their knowledge of one more and one less and number bonds. We will also be learning about 2d and 3d shapes.

SCIENCE:  We will be looking at the physical appearances of animals and using this to identify whether they are herbivores, omnivores or a carnivore.  We will be sorting materials and living things and then completing simple tests.  We will also look at them human body and the senses.

ART AND DESIGN: We will be using drawing, painting and sculpture to design and share ideas, experiences and imagination.  We will be using a range of materials creatively to design and make animal masks and products.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: We will be designing and making animal enclosures.

Autumn 1

 

Farms

GEOGRAPHY:  We will be looking at maps of the world and focussing on identifying the continents.  We will be drawing and labelling features on a simple map.

 

COMPUTING: We will be learning about retrieving images, photography and using presentation software.

 

P.E: In PE we will be creating simple movement patterns showing awareness of rhythm.  We will also be having sessions each week with a specialist gymnastic coach.  There will also be swimming each week.

P.S.H.E: We will be looking at how to care for animals.

R.E: We will be learning about things that are special to Christians and ourselves, e.g. people, books, objects, places, seasons and music.

Music: We will be exploring different instruments and how they make different sounds in different ways.  We will also be learning animal songs.