Curriculum: Autumn Term 2018


What would You Do? In this unit, the children read two stories that deal with themes of overcoming worries and facing fears. They look in depth at two different characters and explore how they overcome their fears. They develop their knowledge of sentence constructions, joining two or more sentences with ‘and’ and correct punctuation, and explore using expanded noun phrases to add more detail. The writing tasks include writing a letter in role, writing a continuation of one of the stories, and writing their own story based on their own experiences.


Pattern, Rhythm and Rhyme: The children discuss their favourite lines from the four poems, recognising simple rhythm and rhyme and discussing vocabulary choices. They identify patterns in the poetry and work towards class performances of the poems, trying to learn them by heart along the way. They create new whole class poems – based on those already read – and then they evaluate a class performance of one of their compositions.

Non Fiction

All about Orang Utans: In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: Could you keep an orang-utan as a pet? They read the interactive eBook All About Orang-utans, asking questions and collecting facts. They research other animals in ‘expert groups’ and present their findings. They learn about imperatives and how they are used in commands and instructions, writing their own instructions to tell someone how to care for a pet. In the long writing task, they design and write their own mini non-fiction book or report and make this into an eBook.


The children are introduced to the idea of the unit: that they write their own new reports, becoming newshounds! As a class, they read and discuss a variety of news stories, looking at the big news questions and the structure of a news report to develop their skills. They practise recounting events in the past tense and using noun phrases to write captions, as well as writing questions using correct punctuation. After some teacher modelling, the children write news reports about something that has happened at school. Time is given at the end of the unit for the children to edit and proof-read their work before it is published. They then discuss whether their news stories are a success.

In this term, we will learn about

  • Number and Place Value

Estimate and count a number of objects up to 100; locate numbers on 0−100 beaded lines and 1−100 squares; compare pairs of numbers and find a number in between; order three numbers, order 2-digit numbers. Know and use ordinal numbers; understand that 2-digit numbers are made from some 10s and some 1s; Understand place value using 10p and 1p coins; find and record all possible amounts using 10p and 1p coins; find 10p more and 10p less; Find 10 more and 10 less. 

  • Mental Addition and Subtraction 

Revise number bonds to 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; know number bonds to 10 and begin to learn related subtraction facts; know multiple of 10 number bonds to 100, learn bonds to 20, rehearse number bonds to 10 and 20 using stories. Add and subtract 10, 20 and 30 to any 2-digit number; Add and subtract 11, 21, 12 and 22 to any 2-digit number; Solve addition and subtractions by counting on and back in 10s then in 1s; solve addition and subtraction problems using concrete and pictorial representations. Add and subtract 2-digit numbers; Solve addition and subtraction problems using concrete and pictorial representations; Add near doubles to double 15; Add several small numbers spotting near doubles or pairs to 10 

  • Mental Multiplication and Division

Double numbers to double 15, use patterns in number bonds, use number bonds to solve more difficult additions, to subtract and to solve additions bridging 10. Count in 2s, 5s and 10s from zero; Count in multiples of 2p, 5p and 10p; Number sequences of 2s, 5s and 10s; Find the totals of coins and ways to make an amount; Use coins to make given amounts of money 

  • Geometry; Properties of Shapes

Sort 2D shapes according to symmetry properties using Venn diagrams, identify right angles and sort shapes using Venn diagrams, recognise squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, ovals and hexagons, investigate which tessellate, sort shapes and objects using a two-way Carroll diagram. Understand and use terms and vocabulary associated with position, direction and movement; Measure lengths using uniform units; Begin to measure in centimetres and metres. Understand and use terms and vocabulary associated with position, direction and movement; Measure lengths using uniform units; Begin to measure in centimetres and metres. 

  • Number and Place Value (Problem Solving Reasoning and Algebra)

Begin to mark numbers on a landmarked line, compare and order numbers, using < and > signs, work systematically to find all possible inequalities, find 1 and 10 more or less using the 100-square, find 10 more and 10 less than any 2-digit number.


In this unit children have the opportunity to closely study plants and trees in the natural environment, taking measurements and making observational drawings. Children plant a seed and compare them as they grow. They record changes in their plants in words and pictures, take measurements throughout the unit and finally draw bar charts to show the growth of the two plants. Children set up a comparative experiment to observe what plants need to grow well, and watch the germination process first hand by growing cress. Children begin to learn about plants we eat, and understand that farming involves creating the right conditions for food crops to grow. 

Uses of Everyday Materials

This unit is about the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. Children then go on to compare the suitability of different everyday materials for different purposes. They explore how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how the recycling process is able to reuse some everyday materials numerous times. It finishes with children learning about new discoveries which have made over time with a specific focus on John McAdam. A range of learning activities are used in this unit including, discussions, debates, sequencing and a local walk where children work scientifically to identify the uses of everyday materials in the local area. 

Sensational Safari

The children will be locating Kenya on a world map and a globe, children will become familiar with mapping skills, finding capital cities, continents and oceans. They will learn some aspects of the Kenyan lifestyle and understand what animals you can find in this climate. Children will be introduced to the concept of ‘endangered’ species, and what risks some animals face in the wild.

In this term, children will learn how to pronounce and write Arabic Alphabets properly.

Throwing and catching

This ‘Throwing and Catching’ unit for year 1 will teach your class basic ball handling skills. They will learn to control a ball when they are rolling and bouncing, throwing and catching, on their own, with a partner and in a group. The unit progresses the children from simple underarm catching to simple overarm throwing and onto an underarm sling for throwing quoits. They will also develop tracking and receiving skills and learn to move in different ways, changing direction, speed and locomotors quickly.

This term the year 2 children will be looking at how they should be using the internet safely, and begin learning the skills needed to research online.

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Class Teachers

Apa Jamila Aziz
Apa Aaliyah
Teaching Assistant