Curriculum: Autumn Term 2017

In Maths, we are learning about

  • Number and Place Value
  • Mental Addition and Subtraction
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Algebra
  • Mental Multiplication and Division
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Measurement

Fiction: The children predict how the different stories will end, and then retell them in their own words. They focus on characters and ask questions about them, and they link the characters’ experiences to their own using drama and role-play. They then decide which story they liked most and give reasons for their choice. The children compose sentences orally, with the teacher modelling correct punctuation, and go on to write their own compositions about a visit to a farm and the diary of a dragon. In the main writing task, they plan, storyboard, orally re-tell and write ‘My Hedgehog Story’, and then review and evaluate it with their peers.
Book list: Class Two at the Zoo by Julia Jarman, Who’s Our New Teacher? By Jeanne Willis, Aaaaarrgghh, Spider! by Lydia Monks

Non-Fiction: The children read the interactive eBook Who Lives Here?, linking the text to their own experiences. They use maps to recall the sequence and ask questions about events in the eBook. They learn about different uses for capital letters and use these in their writing. The writing tasks involve composing factual sentences about animals and writing a nature diary following a model.

Poetry: The children use their senses to explore the weather, mud and the playground as they enjoy listening to a range of poetry. They come up with new vocabulary and sound effects and use real and invented words to describe what they feel – linking it all to their own experiences. They construct sentences to describe how things feel and sound. Oral rehearsal is encouraged at each step of the planning and writing process as they create short narratives and poems. They experiment with sound and rhythm to recite a poem as a group.

Poetry Star! The children are introduced to the idea of the unit: that they will present poems to an audience and become poetry stars. As a class, they read and recite a variety of poems, practising reading them in different ways (adding actions, expression, etc.) to develop their skills. They practice ways to learn poems off by heart. They practise joining words to make sentences and using the punctuation to help read for meaning. After some teacher modelling, they write letters o invite people to their poetry star performance, rehearsing sentences orally before writing them. Time is given at the end of the unit for the children to practise performing poems, both as a whole class and in smaller groups. The children then present to an audience, and feedback on each other’s performances.

Level 1 Duas in Safar Dua Keetab

Suraahs: Surah Naas, Surah Falaq, Surah Ikhlas
Surah Lahab

Qaida & Year 1 Safar Book

Geography

In Geography, we are learning about Our School
This ‘Our School’ unit is about the world, starting with their immediate environment and building on the firm foundations from the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children will explore their school environment using first hand observation and experience to enhance their awareness along with essential map skills and fieldwork.

History 

In History, we are learning Kings and Queens:

This Kings and Queens unit is about the significant British monarchs in history, and gives a more in-depth study of Richard III as well as asking the children to draw comparisons between Eiizabeth I and Queen Victoria. The unit consolidates the children’s awareness of the past and significant individuals through using timelines and making comparisons between various periods in history.

Everyday Materials:

This ‘Everyday Materials’ unit is about everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, water and rock. Children will learn to identify and name everyday materials and will have the opportunity to explore the properties of these materials. Children also will carry out a simple investigation to help them decide which material would be most suitable to use for an umbrella. At the end of the unit children apply their knowledge of everyday materials to sort objects by their properties. A range of learning activities are used in this unit including, discussions, labelling and matching activities, games, and an investigation to encourage where children have the opportunity to ask and find the answers to questions.

Seasonal Changes (Autumn and Winter):
This ‘Seasonal Changes (Autumn and Winter)’ unit is about the four seasons, with a particular focus on autumn and winter. Children will learn what the word ‘weather’ means and find out how different types of weather can be measured. Children will use a class weather station to observe, measure and record the weather across the seasons. They will also observe changes across the seasons by exploring the signs of autumn and winter through nature and wildlife. A range of learning activities is used in this unit including observation, discussion and learning outside. Children also work scientifically by collecting, recording and interpreting simple data.

In ICT, we are learning

Computer Skills: This unit is about basic computer skills that children will need in order to be able to use a desktop or laptop computer. Children will learn how to use a computer mouse or a trackpad and how to switch on and shut down a computer. They will apply their mouse or trackpad skills by launching applications, manipulating windows and opening and saving files and folders. The children will then practice their clicking skills and learn how to drag objects, either using a mouse or trackpad.

Word Processing Skills: This Word Processing Skills unit is about basic typing and word processing skills. Children will learn how to type with two hands, use the shift, space and enter key properly, and edit work by using the backspace, delete and arrow keys. Children will then go on to learn how to use undo and redo and to select and format text.

Iin Art and Design, we are learning:

Colour Chaos: This ‘Colour Chaos’ unit is about choosing, using and mixing their own colours to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. The children will have the opportunity to explore the life and work of six key abstract artists and, working primarily in paint, to create pieces in a range of abstract styles.

Fabricate:In this unit children will learn about two textiles techniques, weaving and wax-resist dyeing, making their own products using the techniques. Children will weave paper and other materials to create under the sea place mats, inspired by craft makers around the world and the textiles artist Gunta Stolzl. Children will learn about the decorative art of Gustav Klimt before adding decoration to their place mats. They will then use their paper weaving skills to create beautiful handmade heart bags to give as a gift. Children will then learn about the use of traditional batik in Indonesia and around the world before designing and making their own batik coasters using wax resist sticks and dye.

In PE, we are learning:

Tennis: This tennis unit provides the basic skills of tennis. Competition is not the main focus of the course, rather skill acquisition. Children will learn the name of the lines on a tennis court. They will also learn fundamental movement combinations such as run/catch; catch/throw and dribble pass. Children will follows rules and safety procedures while participating in a variety of physical activities.

Ice-skating: This ice-skating unit is about basic skills of ice-skating. Children will also learn the rules and safety procedures while doing so.

In this unit, the children will learn to greet others, respond to classroom instructions, memorise a poem and recognise some animals and colours.

Curriculum: Spring Term 2017

In Maths, we are learning about:

  1. Number and Place Value
  2. Mental Addition and Subtraction
  3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Algebra
  4. Mental Multiplication and Division
  5. Geometry: Properties of Shapes
  6. Statistics
  7. Measurement

In Literacy, we are learning about:

Fiction

In this unit, the children explore a range of fiction. They read the interactive eBook, listening and responding to the stories then re-telling them in their own words. They learn how to identify and understand character and events, linking these to their own lives and experiences. They compose and write simple sentences and questions.

Texts in this unit:

  1. Mary and the Twelve Months
  2. The Four Singers 

Non-Fiction

In this unit, the children explore the big question: Why do elephants have big ears? They read the interactive eBook, finding information and learning how to write labels and captions. They answer the big question, planning and writing their own reports based on a model.

Poetry

In this unit, the children explore poems with pattern and rhyme. They enjoy performing a range of poetry. They come up with new rhyming words and focus on spelling patterns. They experiment with sound and rhythm as they recite their poems.

Texts in this unit:

  1. Countdown by Eric Finney
  2. Mrs Sprockett’s Strange Machine by Michaela Morgan
  3. Down by the School Gate by Wes Magee

Word Detectives

It’s Word Detectives week! Children take on the role of word detectives to investigate spelling patterns and generate their own spelling rules.

Geography

In Geography, we are learning about: 

Our Country

This “Our Country” unit will teach about the countries of the UK developing learning beyond children’s immediate environment and own locality to the UK in general. Children will explore the UK by looking at individual countries, capital cities, human and physical features along with comparing and contrasting the capital cities of London and Brasilia in detail. This unit  provides everything you need to give your class a greater insight into the UK and beyond.

History

In History, we are learning about:

Toys

This topic “Toys” is about about popular toys through the 20th century and the early 21st century. Firstly, it asks the children to think about their favourite toy from today before moving on to look at toys which were popular when their parents and grandparents were children. Throughout the unit, the children will develop a range of historical skills such as: asking and answering questions, identifying and interpreting different sources and recognising change and exploring how this influences them today. A range of learning activities are used in this unit which include: drawing discussions, role play and games as well as writing tasks to encourage the children to fully engage in lessons.

In Science, we are learning about:

Animals Including Humans

In this term, children will learn about human and animal bodies and consider similarities and differences between them. Children engage in a variety of activities including drawing and labelling the body, using their senses to conduct an investigation, describing animal bodies and sorting animals into groups.

Seasonal Changes (Spring and Summer)

This “Seasonal Changes (Spring and Summer)” topic will teach your child about spring and summer. Children will continue to use a class weather station to observe, measure and record the weather in different seasons and will start to make comparisons between two seasons, as well as across all four seasons. They will also observe changes across the seasons by exploring the signs of spring and summer through nature and wildlife. A range of learning activities are used in this unit, including observation, discussion and learning outside. Children also work scientifically by collecting, recording and interpreting simple data.

In ICT, we are learning about:

Painting

This Painting unit will teach your class basic painting skills in a painting application on a computer or tablet device. Children will use a simple painting program to paint with different colours and brushes, create shapes, fill areas, undo and redo and add text.

Using and Applying

This unit reinforces skills taught so far. Children are given the opportunity to use their skills in a new context and apply them with the software they are familiar with, in order to reinforce their learning. The lessons focus primarily on the three units of Computer Skills, Word Processing and Painting.

In Art and Design, we are learning about:

Miró

This “Mirό” unit is about the Spanish Catalan artist, Joan Mirό, inspiring them with colour, fun, dreams, and nonsense as they create their own pieces of art. They will learn all about his Magical Realist paintings, drawing on their own experiences to create dream-like pictures about their own lives. Children will have great fun exploring printmaking with lots of different objects and materials to illustrate a nonsense alphabet. Children will love using their imaginations as they delve into Mirό’s Surrealist paintings and sculptures, learning new techniques and making their own unique, colourful, and exciting artworks.

Let’s Sculpt!

In this unit, children will be introduced to six sculptors: Marc Quinn, Michelle Reader, Barbara Hepworth, Jill Townsley, Brendan Jamison and Eva Rothschild. Children will make their own sculptures using a range of unusual materials: bread, recycled materials, boxes, plastic spoons, sugar cubes and marshmallows. Children will learn about figurative and abstract sculptures and think about shapes and materials.

The children will reinforce their previous learning and in addition learn to count to 20, recognize some 2D shapes and nouns for body parts.

In this term, children will be learning about

  1. Paradise and Hell
  2. The 5 pillars of Islam
  3. Story of Nabi Adam(A.S) 1
  4. Shahadah
  5. Story of Nabi Adam(A.S)  2
  6. 5 daily Salahs
  7. Story of Nabi Nuh(A.S)
  8. Times of the 5 daily Salah
  9. Story of Nabi Ibrahim(A.S)  1
  10. How to do Wudu
  11. The story of Nabi Ibrahim(A.S)  2
  12. Basic Salah positions

In PE, we are learning about: 

ArcheryThis half term children will learn the basic skills and techniques required to progress in archery. There will be instructors helping the children and providing supervision at all times. Let them feel the strength of the bow and the speed of the arrow as they fire at a variety of targets developing accuracy each time! 

Curriculum: Summer Term 2017

Non-fiction – Unit 1.3: Top Jobs

In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: What’s the best job? They read the interactive eBook, finding information and using drama to explore different roles. They explore new vocabulary and create a fact file. They learn how to write a job application, focusing on what they think they are good at, and then read aloud their writing to apply for the job. They answer the Big Question, planning and writing their own instruction text based on a model.

Unit 1.2: Storytellers

The children are introduced to a traditional tale from ancient India, The Best of Friends. Activities involve selecting words to describe the characters vividly, identifying good storytelling techniques and exploring strategies for remembering a sequence of events. The children then compose and rehearse their own retellings of the story. They perform their retellings in small groups, both to the rest of the class and to a wider audience. Finally, the children evaluate their performances and reflect on their learning.

Poetry – Unit 1.3: Growing Up

In this unit, the children explore poems with themes that are engaging and relevant to their own lives and experiences. They enjoy reading a range of poetry and listening to a poem being read by the poet. They respond to the situations described in the poems and consider what they would do and how they might feel. They compare poems, identifying similarities and differences in points of view and feelings. They learn poems by heart, experimenting with sound and movement as they recite and perform their poems. They create a class poem based on a model.

  • The End by A. A. Milne
  • Don’t Tell! by Irene Yates
  • Peasy! by Brian Moses
  • If I Were a Hawk by Clare Bevan

 

  1. Number and Place Value
  2. Mental Addition and Subtraction
  3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Algebra
  4. Mental Multiplication and Division
  5. Geometry: Properties of Shapes
  6. Geometry: Positions and Directions
  7. Statistics
  8. Measurement
  9. Fractions, Ratio and Proportion

In Science, we are learning:

This ‘Plants’ unit is about the structure of plants and trees and what they need to grow well. Children engage in a variety of activities including identifying common plants and trees in the garden and in the wild, sorting deciduous and evergreen leaves, and crafting labelled plant collage pictures. Children will plant their own bean in lesson 1 and observe it closely over the coming weeks by measuring and recording its growth.

Scientists and Inventors

This ‘Scientist and Inventors’ unit is about famous scientists and inventors linked to the Y1 science curriculum. Children will learn about the inventions of Lego and ear muffs, and will explore the materials used to make them. They will investigate other materials that keep us warm, carrying out simple tests. Children will find out about the work of animal scientists, such as vets and zookeepers. They will group and sort animals to make their own paper zoo, and will act in role as vet, identifying the body parts of different animals. Children will have the opportunity to collect data when finding out about horticulturists and meteorologists. They will create bar charts of their favourite sensory plants, and make rain gauges to gather data on rainfall. Throughout the unit, children will work in a fun and hands on way to learn about scientist and inventors.

Nature Sculptures

This ‘Nature Sculptures’ unit is about the concept of nature sculpture. The children will have the opportunity to learn about different kinds of nature sculptures and to explore the work of Andy Goldsworthy and other environmental artists. Each lesson in the unit focuses on a different technique using natural materials; model making, observational drawing, collecting material, ephemeral land art and group sculpture building. At the end of the unit children will create a multimedia collage to bring together and celebrate their work.

In PE, we are learning,

Swimming and Water Safety

Children will learn how to:

  1. swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  2. use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  3. perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Our Local Area

This ‘Our Local Area’ unit is about children’s locality beyond the school gate, building on children’s knowledge and understanding of their school environment from Unit 1 and ensuring clear progression in learning. Children will explore their local area using first hand observation to enhance their locational awareness along with develop essential map and fieldwork skills. This unit provides everything to give children a greater insight into where they live!

In this unit children reinforce their previous learning through familiar and new activities, learn to name immediate family members, to understand adverbs and verbs describing movement and to understand and follow basic directions.

Class Teachers

Apa Wafini Pardi
Class Teacher
Apa Hira Butt
Teaching Assistant