Current learning

Literacy

In KS1 children have an hour literacy lesson every day. Within these lessons, the children are taught a range of genres and grammar skills in accordance with the National Curriculum. We try to link our literacy lessons with the topic that is being taught. We also provide the children with daily phonic sessions so that they learn several new sounds a week. Children read to an adult as often as possible to develop their reading and comprehension skills.

 

In LKS2 children have an hour literacy lesson. Within these lessons, children are taught a range of genres in accordance with the National Curriculum. Grammar is taught through out the week. Children read with an adult two to three times a week in LKS2, 1:1, in small groups or with the teacher in guided reading.

 

The children in UKS2 have an hour literacy lesson every day. Within these lessons, the children are taught a range of genres and grammar skills in accordance with the National Curriculum. The Children take part in guided reading sessions.

 

Maths

The children in KS1 have a daily 1 hour maths lesson then a 10-15 minutes maths meeting on an afternoon. In maths meetings, the children go over and embed basic mathematical concepts. Some of the areas we cover in the meetings are days of the week, months of the year, shape, odd and even numbers, data handling, sequences and time. The children love our maths meetings.

 

The children in LKS2 have a daily 1 hour maths session, followed by a 10-15 minute maths meeting in the afternoon. Our maths meetings are focused on mathematical concepts that need to be revisited throughout the curriculum. We engage all learners with songs, chants, problems and questions.

 

The children in UKS2 take part in an hour maths lesson every day following Maths Mastery. In order to enhance children’s understanding further, we have introduced maths meetings. These meetings are held for 10-15 minutes every afternoon and consist of chants, singing and the coverage of basic maths skills.

 

 

Topic

At the beginning of each year, every class spends the first week focusing on Art. Each year group looks at a different artist and produces a variety of art work. 

Covid caused some gaps in topic learning, so at the beginning of this year, the whole school spent a week focusing on Geography so that these gaps could be addressed. 

During October, the school celebrated Black history month. Each year group learnt about a different significant individual and the impact they had on the world.  

 

Autumn 1

In KS1 the topic was Moon Zoom. This topic was all about Space. The children learned about the planets and had the opportunity to make their own moon buggy.  In History, the children enjoyed learning about Neil Armstrong and other space history. The children carried out an investigation to find out if more or less air moves a rocket the furthest.

 

 In LKS2 for topic we learnt about Forces in Science, covering pushing, pulling, twisting etc. We learnt that forces speed things up, slow things down, start/stop things moving.  We investigated forces that can be used around the classroom, eg opening trays, moving chairs, which the children enjoyed.  We looked at the invisible forces of Gravity and Magnetism.  The children loved investigating using magnets.

 

In UKS2 the topic was Pharaohs. It was the Study of Ancient Egypt including beliefs and Gods, the journey to the afterlife and mummification. In Art, we looked at pattern and in Design Technology we studied pulleys, levers and gears to make something move. In Science we studied properties of materials. The theme of Egyptians was also extended to our English lessons through a chosen class novel.

 

Autumn 2

In KS1 the topic was Splendid Skies. This topic is all about the weather. The children enjoyed learning about seasonal changes and different types of weather. The children made their own kite and wind streamer. In science, the children monitored the weather and the rainfall over the course of a week drawing conclusions on what they find out.

 

In LKS2 the topic was Tribal Tales, we learnt about the stone age and bronze age.  The children designed, made and painted clay jewellery, which they loved doing.  They have been very interested to learn about historical periods from long ago.

 

In UKS2 the topic was Bloodheart. It was the study of the key aspects of the circulatory system including the heart, blood and how nutrients travel. At the end of the term we will also look at what makes a balanced diet and how to create a meal around seasonal foods. We will be making our own seasonal vegetable soups and scones.  In Art, we are studying tints, tones and shade.