Key Stage 1

Year 1

At Woodhill Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way, enabling children to make links throughout their learning.  We always ensure our lessons include challenge for all pupils, opportunities for children to learn through hands on experiences, and through feedback from both adults and peers.  We have high expectations of both staff and pupils, and always endeavour to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Year One will begin this term with exciting new topics and core texts.  For the first half term, the children will draw inspiration from Simon Bartram’s Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary.  The children will have the opportunity to explore what it means to be a deep sea diver, and the creatures, treasures, and mysteries that lie at the depths of the ocean.  As they get to know the story, the children will begin to write their own imaginative narratives of an adventure to the lost world of Atlantis.  They will use their own research of deep-sea animals, as well as descriptive writing about the setting of a mysterious underwater city.  Throughout the term the children will be able to build their independence as creative writers and will have plenty of opportunities to develop their sentence structure, spellings, and stamina for writing.  They will improve their writing by including descriptive language such as adjectives and adverbs to help paint a picture in the readers’ mind.

As we move into the second half term, Year One will use their knowledge of the deep sea to explore the theme of pirates and life at sea.  They will draw inspiration from Jonny Duddle’s exciting text, The Pirate Cruncher, to write their own tales of being at sea in search of terrifying sea-monsters and exciting treasures.  The children will look at how to improve their drafting and re-drafting skills so that they can create imaginative and descriptive pirate stories.  Their writing will be enhanced by an exciting journey to the Seaside at the end of the year. 

Our topic learning will support our cross-curricular approach as the children explore the themes and topics from their core texts in other areas of learning.  In Science, Year One will be learning about Animals.  The children will have the hands-on opportunity to explore a range of local animals through their trip to Maryon Park and with a visit from our school dog, Benji.  In Art, Year One will be designing fish patterns and shapes using mark-making and cool colour pallets.   The children will have the opportunity to explore different ways of painting using a variety of tools.  The children’s history and geography learning will centre around the local history of Maritime Greenwich.  They will explore the Cutty Sark, and the sailors who made an impact on Greenwich and World history.  They will then look at the features of a seaside and compare it to others around the world. 

Our Maths learning in Year One will be centred around collaboration and problem-solving.  We will begin to develop our mental maths skills, as well as our ability to use a range of strategies to solve problems using all four operations.  We will continue to take on daily ‘challenges’ in each Maths lesson and we will use our topics of the river and the jungle to inspire our Maths tasks and investigations.

In Year One, pupils change their reading book once a week, bringing home a book to support their reading development and a book of their choice.  Parents can support their child's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  Please check your child’s book bag for our weekly homework which is due in every Wednesday.  Our homework consists of a range of Maths and English tasks, as well as assignments related to our topic learning.  If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school.  If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Year 2

At Woodhill Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way, enabling children to make links throughout their learning.  We always ensure our lessons include challenge for all pupils, opportunities for children to learn through hands on experiences, and through lots of feedback from both adults and peers.  We have high expectations of both staff and pupils, and always endeavour to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Year Two will begin the term with an exciting new topic and core texts.  For the first half term, the children will immerse themselves in David Wiesner’s Freefall by exploring different dreams and fantasy worlds.  They will use his book as inspiration for learning more about castles, knights and royalty.  Following a trip to the Tower of London early on in the term, the children will then use their research and hands-on experiences to inspire their own stories about dreams and adventures into a royal kingdom.  The children will focus on developing their drafting and editing skills as they evaluate their own writing and make independent steps towards improving their spellings, grammar, and sentence structure. 

As we move into the second half term, Year Two will draw inspiration from the classic tale of Robin Hood.  They will continue their research into royal history of England and create their own stories of bravery and justice.  The children will look at their descriptive writing and how they can use a range of vocabulary to excite and engage their readers. 

Our topic learning will support our cross-curricular approach as the children explore the themes and topics from their core texts in other areas of learning.  In Science, Year Two will be learning about plants.  The children will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of local plants and even create a garden in our school playground.  In history, the children will look at the local history of the Tower of London, as well as the royal families who lived and ruled there.  In Art, Year Two will be using David Wiesner’s artwork as inspiration to create patchwork drawings and textures.  They will develop their drawing and shading skills, as well as how to use different materials to create weaving patterns.  

Our Maths learning in Year Two will be centred around collaboration and problem-solving.  We will begin to develop our mental maths skills, as well as our ability to use a range of strategies to solve problems using all four operations.  We will continue to take on daily ‘challenges’ in each Maths lesson and we will use our topic learning to inspire our Maths tasks and investigations.

In Year Two, pupils are change their reading book each week, bringing home a book to support their reading development and a book of their choice.  Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  Please check your child’s book bag for our weekly homework which is due in every Wednesday.  Our homework consists of a range of Maths and English tasks, as well as assignments related to our topic learning.  If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school.  If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Please click on the year group for the helping your child at home leaflet Year 1 / Year 2