Years 1 and 2

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 connections 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.

Year One will begin the school year with exciting new topics and core texts.  Across the term our global learning will be driven by our own community and the impact we can have on it.

For the first half term, the children will draw inspiration from the Pixar film ‘UP’.  They will explore the themes of loneliness in the elderly and create an action plan for how they will support these members of our community.
Throughout the term, the children will be able to build their independence as creative writers and will have plenty of opportunities for developing their sentence structures, spellings and stamina for writing. 

As we move into the second half term, Year One will continue to draw from the theme of community with our core text ‘Grandad’s Secret Giant’. As a class we will explore the impact that the giant has on his local community and reflect on ways that we can also support others. We will be creating persuasive letters to encourage others to get on board with our ideas. We will also be volunteering at the local elderly home and supporting their residents.  

In Science, Year One will be learning about plants. The children will have opportunities to grow plants, study plants in their local area and explore their various uses. 

In Art, Year One will be studying the artist Banksy. We will use stencils to create our own art work and the second half term progress to making our very own wall mural!

Our RE learning will be focussed upon Hinduism and we will explore their beliefs and values.

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 also be studying measurements.  We will continue to apply our learning to real world contexts so that pupils can see the impact of their learning.

In Year One, children will receive 3 reading books a week.  Pupils will get 2 books levelled to their levels and 1 picture book 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 activities, 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 them to make connections 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.

Year Two will begin the school year with exciting new topics and core texts.  Across the term our global learning will be driven by our own community and the impact we can have on it.

For the first half term, the children will draw inspiration from the book ‘Window’ created by Jeanie Baker.  They will explore the themes of sustainability and think about how we can look after and improve our local environment.
Throughout the term, the children will be able to build their independence as persuasive writers and will have plenty of opportunities for differentiating between facts and opinions to create a persuasive letter at the end of the term. 

As we move into the second half term, Year Two will continue to draw from the theme of sustainability with our core text ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies. As a class we will explore the impact that the main character has on her local community and reflect on ways we can make our own communities a more beautiful place. We will be working with local communities gardens on weekly basis and we will also be creating personal recounts of our experiences.  

In Science, Year Two will be learning about plants. The children will have opportunities to grow plants, study plants in their local area and explore their various uses. 

In Art, Year Two will be studying the artist Hundertwasser. We will use mixed media to create our own collaged art work of our local area inspired by his work as the term progresses.

Our RE learning will be focussed upon Sikhism and we will explore their beliefs and values.

Our Maths learning in Year Two will be centred around working collaboratively to solve problem using a variety of methods.  We continue to build on our knowledge of multiplication and division, while exploring different methods and making connections between there operations. We will also be studying measurements and shape.  We will continue to apply our learning to real world contexts so that pupils can see the impact of their learning.

In Year Two, children will receive 2 reading books a week.  Pupils will get 1 book levelled to their levels and 1 picture book to share at home.  Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, recording in reading journals 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 activities, 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.