Key Stage 1
At Woodhill Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way, enabling them to make links throughout their learning. We ensure all 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 for both pupils and staff, and always endeavour to achieve outstanding outcomes.
For the first half term, Year 1 will draw inspiration from the core text ‘Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary’ by Simon Bartram. To start the term off, the children will focus on their story-telling skills as they describe Dougal’s adventures exploring the coral reef, the deep-sea, Atlantis and beyond! The pupils will focus on developing their vocabulary and sentence structures, whilst getting into the topic of oceans and marine wildlife. As they move into the rest of the half term, the children will explore the themes of sustainability, pollution and recycling as they begin to answer the question ‘How can we make a positive impact on our local environment?’. They will learn about how plastic affects ocean wildlife, and how we can create a more sustainable future by developing better recycling and waste practises. Following a trip to the River Thames, and a visit from the local Recycling and Waste Advisor, the children will create their own Woodhill Recycling Program. The children will work together to research ways of recycling, they will write instructions for the rest of the school, and they will present their information in exciting videos for the other classes to watch! All of the pupils learning will be tied together through their art as they use recyclable materials to create sea animal paintings using mark making, shapes, and patterns.
As we move into the second half term, Year One will continue to draw from the themes of sustainability and pollution as they read ’10 Things I Can Do to Help my World’ by Melanie Walsh. After learning about how pollution affects creatures in the water, the children will learn about what they can do to help protect plants and animals on land. Using the text to support them, the children will focus on writing their own persuasive letters to encourage others to help save the planet. The pupils will look at how to improve their drafting and editing skills so that they can create imaginative and descriptive pieces of writing. Their learning in English will be linked closely to their art as the children use Nicola Davies’ text ‘A First Book of Animals’ to create drawings of endangered animals to appeal to their readers.
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 with all four operations. We will continue to take on daily ‘challenges’ in each Maths lesson and we will use our topics of citizenship, jungles, and adventure to inspire our Maths tasks and investigations.
For the Summer Term, Year 2 will explore what it means to be part of a community and what they can do to make their community a better place for all. They will start the first half term off with a trip to the local Clockhouse Community Gardens. There, they will take on volunteer work to help clean up, plant, and create a space for their community to enjoy. All of their volunteer work will be based on their core text, The Promise by Nicola Davies. In the book, the children will learn about how nature can help spread happiness and how one small act of kindness can change an entire community. Drawing from both the book, and their experiences volunteering in the community garden, the children will focus on developing their writer’s voice as they create their own blogs. They will look at how to add cohesion to their writing by sequencing and linking events in their writing. The children are really looking forward to adding in their own experiences in their writing. They will finish off the half term by publishing their blogs on the school website, as well as in their classrooms. To add to their published writing, the pupils will be using the gardens as inspiration to create drawings, paintings and sculptures of local flora.
As the pupils enter the second half term, they will continue the theme of belonging as they read Robert Munsch’s book The Paper Bag Princess. The children will explore traditional gender roles and discuss how the lives of girls have changed from the past to the present. Using the text as their inspiration, the children will discuss peoples’ perceptions on women and whether they believe girls can do anything boys can do. They will look at what makes a traditional fairy tale and create their own fractured fairy tales, exploring gender roles through their own character descriptions and events. All of their writing will be supported in History as they look at women’s suffrage and celebrate 100 years of women having the right to vote. Their artwork will be centred around famous women in history, as they draw inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s paintings to create their own self-portraits to show what makes them incredible people.
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 topics of light and dark, forests, and fears to inspire our Maths tasks and investigations.
In Key Stage One, reading books are once a week. Pupils will get books levelled according to their ability and picture books to share at home. 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 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.