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 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 Pixar film Up.  The children will explore the themes of citizenship and caring for others whilst learning about the Scouts, the wilderness, and how to volunteer in their own neighbourhood.  The children will have the opportunity to write their own versions of Russell’s adventures to South America and how he helped others to overcome obstacles.  They will look at using descriptive language and begin to extend their ideas using conjunctions and sentence stems.  The pupils’ learning will be extended with several local trips and visitors, including a visit from a Scouts Leader, a trip to the local gardening centre, and weekly volunteering excursions to the local retirement home. After volunteering with the elderly, the children will use their experiences to design and sew their own volunteer badges as part of their DT learning.  This will tie in with their learning in History as they explore the history of the Scouts.  To finish off the half term, Year 1 will plan their own ‘Jamboree’ event.  The children will enjoy building their own tents, creating campfires, and going animal tracking. 

As we move into the second half term, Year One will continue to draw from the themes of citizenship and adventure as they read Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies.  With the subject drivers of PSHE and Music, the pupils will have the opportunity to explore how others affect our lives and how we can deal with change.  Throughout the term, the children will build up to writing an exciting setting description of their favourite place.  This book will provide children with the opportunity to improve their spelling, vocabulary and grammar knowledge as their construct their own ideas and use descriptive language.  As they write about their favourite places, the children will use their scientific knowledge of plants to help create jungle sounds and rhythms in Music.  At the end of the half term, the children will tie all their learning together by publishing their artwork and writing to go on display around the school.  

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.

In Year One, reading books are changed 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.


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 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 2 will draw inspiration from the book The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  The children will use the book’s settings to explore the themes of light and dark and how they affect our emotions. Inspired by the book’s main character, the children will write diary entries about how they can overcome their fears in the face of darkness. Through their driver subjects of Science and ICT, the children will also be researching nocturnal animals to develop their own fact files about local animals and how we can help them. At the end of the half term, children will have the opportunity to create their own documentary in our Digital Media Suite! The pupil’s learning will be extended through a visit from a local owl sanctuary, where we will be discovering nocturnal animals and their habits, and taking a trip to Maryon park to look at the local habitats of living things, including humans. To tie all of their learning together, children will be using the illustrations from their core text to learn about printing and publish their own forest scenes to go on display around the school.

As we move into the second half term, Year Two will continue to draw from the themes of light and dark linked to emotions as they explore spooky stories. Using The Dark by Lemony Snicket, children will look at how to face their fears of the dark and write their own spooky stories based on the darkness. This outcome will allow the children to build up their use of suspenseful vocabulary and descriptive language to engage their audience. With History driving our learning this half term, the children will be looking at the invention of the light bulb, and how Thomas Edison changed lives for the better. Linking to this, in Design and Technology, Year Two will be planning, designing and building their own shadow puppets to perform at the end of the term.

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 Year Two, pupils change their reading book once a week, bringing home levelled books according to their stage of development 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 class teacher.