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  • What’s in your habitat? — Children look at and identify some of the animals and plants that live in a habitat.
  • Apprentice Gardener — Children use their observations to describe and identify seeds. They start to plant a series of seeds that they will observe over the next few weeks, plant some bulbs to observe as a class and begin a class book to record their investigations
  • Growing up – Children identify the needs of a human baby and identify the changes that have occurred as they have grown from a baby into a child. The unit progresses to looking ath the stages of human life. Children find out more about babies by questioning an expert (a parent or health professional). They may also meet a baby.
  • Take care — Children first think about what they need to do to stay safe and healthy. They then sort food, group into categories and plan a healthy meal. The unit also focuses on physical health and the importance of cleanliness
  • Materials — Children identify which materials are appropriate for certain objects and which are not based upon their properties. Children carry out a comparative test to find out which types of materials are appropriate or not appropriate to make a teabag.
  • Shaping up – a unit investigating how we can change the shape of objects. They decide on suitable uses for a range of materials and test different types of elastics to see how well they stretch.

English — Year 2

The following is an outline of the English curriculum covered in Year 2.

  • Stories with a familiar setting: Children write a variety of descriptive pieces set in familiar places such as school and home.
  • Instructional texts: A very practical unit focusing on the features, language and layout of instructions.
  • Performance Poetry: Children study rhythm, rhyme and explore a selection of poems designed to be performed to an audience.
  • Traditional stories: Focused around a range of traditional tales such as the Three Little Pigs and Cinderella. The unit culminates with children writing their own ending to a traditional story.
  • Explanation texts with a cross-curricular link to our Geography Rainforest topic. We create rainforerst booklets with a contents page, index glossary and much more.
  • Different stories by the same author: The author is Francesca Simon and we focus on the Horrid Henry stories and end the unit by writing our own versions.
  • Nonsense poems: Children create silly rhymes and rhythms.
  • Seaside stories linked to the Seaside Rock end of Key Stage 1 production.

Mathematics — Year 1

Number and Place Value

  • Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
  • Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens
  • Given a number, identify one more and one less
  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
  • Read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words

Addition and Subtraction

  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs
  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero
  • Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = – 9

Multiplication and Division

  • Solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher


  • Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
  • Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity


  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for:
    • Lengths and heights [for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half]
    • Mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than]
    • Capacity and volume [for example, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter]
    • Time [for example, quicker, slower, earlier, later]
  • Measure and begin to record the following:
    • Lengths and heights
    • Mass/weight
    • Capacity and volume
    • Time (hours, minutes, seconds)
  • Recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes
  • Sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]
  • Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years
  • Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times

Geometry — Properties of a Shape

  • Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    • 2-D shapes [for example, rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles]
    • 3-D shapes [for example, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres]

Gemoetry — Position and Direction

  • Describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns

English — Year 1

The following is an outline of the English curriculum covered in Year 1.

Autumn 1

  • Stories with a familiar setting: Peace at Last
  • Poetry senses: Autumn
  • Instructions: Planting a Seed
  • Guided reading + phonics

Autumn 2

  • Describing a setting: Toy Story
  • Stories with repeating patterns: Bear hunt; Monkey and me
  • Traditional tales: The Nutcracker
  • Guided reading and phonics

Spring 1

  • Traditional and fairy tales: The Enormous Turnip; Three Billy Goats; Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Information texts: Castles and Fantasy Homes
  • Traditional tales: The Nutcracker
  • Guided reading, phonics, and spellings

Spring 2

  • Information texts: Space
  • Fantasy stories: Space
  • Guided reading, phonics, and spellings

Summer 1

  • Stories from a range of cultures: The Mimis (Australia); Magic Paintbrush (China)
  • Recounts: Farm trip
  • Guided reading, phonics, and spellings

Summer 2

  • Narrative: Tom and the Cave
  • Stories from fantasy worlds: Pirate Adventures
  • Poetry: Under the Sea
  • Guided reading, phonics, and spellings

Science — Year 1

Topics to be covered in the year:

  • Plants
  • Animal Antics – animals around school, caring for pets, how a snail grows and changes
  • Sensing Seasons including Winter
  • Everyday Materials and Sensing Seasons – Spring & Plants
  • Sensing Seasons – Summer & Plants
  • Looking at Animals – the animal kingdom, animal movement, types and differences

Computing — Year 1

Emphasis will be on coding/programming. Topics will be:

  • We are treasure hunters – programmable toys
  • We are tv chefs – tell a robot chef what to do, use a video/digital camera
  • We are painters – illustrating an eBook
  • We are collectors – gathering information
  • We are story tellers – creating an ‘audio book’
  • We are celebrating – desktop publishing

Online Safety learning runs throughout all topics