Year 1/2 Curriculum Overview


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Once Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time Wonderful WeatherWho am I?Prehistoric LifeOn the Farm

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time takes us on a magical journey through the land of fairy tales where we will meet lots of different fairy-tale characters!

In English, before half term, we will learn the stories: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, and Little Red Riding Hood. Through these stories, we will learn to: describe characters and setting, sequence events in a story and make up our own fairy-tale stories. After half term, we will travel to various settings and meet characters from different types of stories. We will be reading: Room on the Broom, Pumpkin Soup, The Smartest Giant in Town and many more!

In Maths, we will be focusing on: counting to 10 and 50, partitioning numbers into 10s and 1s and counting forwards and backwards in 1s and 10s. We will be using lots of practical resources, such as: numicon, tens frames, base 10 equipment, part-whole models, and counters.

We will be doing a lot of science in this topic! We will be investigate how plants grow and what conditions they need to survive. We will be learning the lifecycle of a bean and will even be growing our own beanstalks! We will be investigating the properties of different materials, and will be working out how objects float and sink. In Geography, we will be learning to make and follow maps, and in Art we will be creating nature sculptures. In History, we will be learning about how people lived in the past and comparing old and new houses. In DT, we will be investigating how to make pictures move, and we will be creating our own moving pictures using levers and pulleys.

We are looking forward to going on our magical fairy-tale adventure this term, and we hope you are, too!

Wonderful Weather

Throughout this topic, the children will learn about the weather and climate in the UK and compare this to other climates around the world.

In English sessions, the children will read a variety of books, which link to the weather in different places, including: Dear Greenpeace, All afloat Noah’s Boat, Little Raindrop and The Storm Whale. They will use these as a stimulus to write for different purposes; for example, using the text The Storm Whale the children will write a post card from their adventure, send a letter back home and also write a poem in the shape of a thunder cloud.

​In Geography, the children will look at how the weather changes each day, and seasonal changes in the UK.  They will explore this and become weather reporters through role play, incorporating the use of iPads to record their learning. The children will begin to use maps to name and locate the 7 different continents of the world and learn the names of the world’s oceans and discuss how the climate varies in different climate zones.

In Science, the children will be making class weather stations, and will be using these to investigate weather and measure rainfall and temperature. They will use prediction and measuring skills to find and evaluate their results.

In Art, the children will explore a variety of techniques based on different places and artists. They will also create rainbows using oil pastels, as well as rain clouds and puddles using watercolours.

In Music, the children will be making a rain stick and will be using this to compose their own weather-themed music.

Who Am I?

This topic mainly explores different emotions and how we can process and deal with them. The children will be doing this through Art and PSHE lessons.

In English lessons, the children will be writing and performing a variety of different poems exploring their senses. They will also be writing riddles about their friends and themselves. The children will be writing information pages about the different emotions we experience and how we can process these effectively. They will also be writing a persuasive poster explaining why New Chapter is the best school in Milton Keynes!

In Science, the children will be learning more about the human body, and the life cycle of a human. They will also be learning about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and why this is important.

In PSHE, the children will be learning about how to be a good friend, what makes us special and unique, and which family members are in their family trees. In History, they will be learning about people of historical significance.

In Art, the children will be exploring different ways to draw a self-portrait. They will be using mirrors to accurately draw their features, learning how to use pastels to add colour and different shades and tones, and how to express emotions through Art. In D.T. the children will learn how to make a split pin puppet of themselves.

Pre-historic Life

The topic starts in the land of dinosaurs. Children will start with a WOW day filled with exploring the different types of dinosaurs, and art activities to engage and excite them about the topic. The topic continues with art activities throughout the term looking at sketching skills, as well as other creative opportunities.

In English we focus on non-fiction books to begin with. Children will be finding and discussing the different features a non-fiction text needs before making their own comprehensive information book all about dinosaurs. The classes will need to know the terms glossary, index, and contents before making their own. They will be filling it with information about their favourite dinosaurs, which they will be learning about through History lessons.

Our Geography lessons take us all over the world, learning about where dinosaurs lived and where their fossils and remains have been found. Children will learn the 7 continents of the world through songs, and using atlases to find them, while also naming some of the countries in each continent.

This topic is very Science focused. Children will learn: to classify animals from the past and present, about different habitats, and about food chains. We will then use this information to create our own dinosaurs in Design Technology. Other DT lessons will include making our own fossils and making hinge cards to explore mechanisms.

History lessons first focus on time scales, looking at when dinosaurs roamed the land, when they became extinct and then when humans evolved during the Stone Age. We look at houses during this period and compare them to our own today. Our English during these weeks look at Julia Donaldson’s Cave Baby and we will be writing our own diary entry as if we were a person from the Stone Age.

Our Computing lessons this half term focuses on programming and we learn how to program a Beebot. The children are given weekly tasks using the Beebots including: using and following instructions, creating algorithms, and debugging when a problem occurs.

On the Farm

Throughout this topic the children will learn about farming, and what life is like living and working on a farm. The children will start off the topic with a virtual farm visit and will be able to ask a farmer anything they would like to know about working on a farm.

In English, we will be exploring stories with a farm setting including: Farmer Duck, and What the ladybird heard. Children will be using Talk 4 Writing skills to write their own stories based on a farm, and will be writing descriptions of farm animals to create riddles for the rest of the class to solve.

In Science, the children will be learning about the life cycles of farm animals and looking at how animals change from birth to adulthood. They will then compare this to the life cycle of humans. Children will also look at classifying animals in different ways; i.e. habitats and type of animals.

In Geography, children will explore where farms are located in the UK and will conduct a local area study. In History, the children will look at modern farming equipment, such as tractors, ploughs, milking equipment and machines for gathering crops, and compare them to the machinery used in the past.

In Art, the children will be developing their sketching skills. They will learn to use lines, shapes and shading to create animal pictures.