Back To School

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Academic

Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum

Academic

Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum

We recognise that learning from home will not always be straightforward, with multiple family members sharing devices and workspace with parents needing to work and supervise children simultaneously. We therefore trust that the programme outlined below will help to overcome some of these challenges and allow for patterns to be established within each home, fitting in with work and family schedules.

We will continue to send you a weekly timetable in advance which will outline the activities planned for the week ahead. In response to feedback from parents, work will be set each day on Seesaw first thing in the morning (08:00), but our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is flexible and we understand that there may be times that pupils cannot be online or may not access activities and assignments until later in the day. Assignments and activities set on Seesaw are not time-limited and will be accessible to your child at any time throughout this period of online learning.

Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is planned and designed around the school’s existing curriculum. This is the curriculum that your child would be working to when in school. Of course, we need to make adaptations to take account of delivering via the online platform. Our programme blends a mix of online and offline content and experiences, including:

Synchronous online sessions with a group or the whole class: This is when a teacher connects online with a small group of children or the whole class group. This could be for well-being check-ins, social interaction between the children or a specific lesson.

Asynchronous teaching: This is when a teacher pre-prepares teaching input, often by a short video and uploads on to Seesaw for pupils to access. This is an effective way of delivering short pieces of teaching content to support learning and allows flexibility around the other demands placed on working parents.

Asynchronous learning tasks: This is when a teacher sets tasks and activities for pupils to complete. These usually follow some teaching input. These tasks may reinforce previous learning or apply new learning.

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Overview of Curriculum Focus Per Year Group for the Summer Term

Physical Development

Children will take part in a range of physical activities to develop their gross motor skills. They will be engaging with a range of exciting, active videos to get them moving in different ways. These will include
· Cosmic Yoga
· Debbie Doo
· Dance

To develop their fine motor skills there will be opportunities for cutting and drawing with a range of mark making materials.

Mathematics

In Mathematics the focus will be on Number, Shapes and Measures. The areas they will be focusing on are: · Counting using one to one correspondence
· Number recognition to 10
· Using language of big and small to compare objects
· Understanding that amounts change when something is added or taken away
· Using language of immediate past and future for example ‘before’, ‘later’, and ‘soon’.
· Using language such as ‘big’ and ‘small’ to compare objects
· Recognising 2D shapes and talking about shape properties such as sides and corners.

Literacy/Phonics

In Literacy, the children will be listening to different stories and songs based around the topic ‘Make Believe’. They will also begin learning phonics and develop skills in:
· Rhyming
· Recognising initial sounds in spoken words
· Sound and letter correspondence

Music

In Music this half-term, we will be singing songs about make-believe and imagination. The aims for this term are to provide a mixture of action songs, number songs, call and response, music to listen to and musical activities to take part in at home. We will also be learning a Makaton sign of the week. On top of the scheduled music activities posted on Seesaw, Miss Chatwyn-Ros will be regularly updating her website with fun new games and songs to explore.

Physical Development

Children will take part in a range of physical activities to develop their gross motor skills. They will be engaging with a range of exciting active videos to get them moving in different ways. These will include: Cosmic Yoga, Debbie Doo Dance, Hokey Pokey, Step by Step Turtle.

To develop their fine motor skills their will be opportunities for cutting, drawing, art and writing with a range of mark making materials to develop their pencil grip.

Mathematics

In Mathematics the focus will be on Number, Shapes and Measures. The areas they will be focusing on are:
· Counting- Counting objects in a line and counting an irregular arrangement of objects
· Matching amounts to Numerals 0-20 and recognising numerals to 0-20
· Forming numbers 0-20 using a range of mark making materials
· Length and height- ordering items by length or height
· Capacity- Knowing that capacity changes when something is added or taken away and using language of capacity such as full, empty and half full
· Weight- Comparing objects and making predictions about which one is heavier or lighter.

Literacy/Phonics

In Literacy, the children will be listening to different stories and songs based around the topic ‘A Bugs Life’. They will also be continuing with phonics focusing on a range of different phonic skills:
· Recognising initial sounds in spoken words
· Sound and letter correspondence
· Letter formation
· Reading and writing CVC words

Music

In Music this half term we will be singing songs about minibeasts and bugs inline with A Bugs Life topic. The aims for this term are to provide a mixture of action songs, number songs, call and response, music to listen to and rhythm activities to take part in at home. We will also be learning a Makaton sign of the week. In addition to the scheduled music activities posted on Seesaw, Mrs Chatwyn-Ros will be regularly updating her website with fun new games and songs to explore.

Literacy

The topic in Reception is Adventures. The work assigned on Seesaw will focus on retelling stories, creating and using story maps, labelling pictures, and creative writing. For example, this might involve writing about pirate adventures or inventing and designing a dinosaur, treasure maps, and puppets. The children will be assigned a range of Art and Science activities based around this topic.

We will also, through these topics, be encouraging children to develop their language skills by explaining and using vocabulary from the activities assigned. We will be focusing on each section for two weeks and will have one chosen text that the learning will be focused around.
· Pirates – ‘Pirates love underpants’ and ‘Captain Flinn and Pirate Dinosaurs’
· Dinosaurs – ‘Gigantosaurus’ and ‘The Dinosaur that pooped a planet’
· Space – ‘Aliens love underpants’ and ‘Whatever Next’

Mathematics

This half term the work assigned in Mathematics will be based around the following concepts:
· Number Bonds: Finding different ways to make a given number. For example, number bonds of 5 are 5+0, 4+1, 3+2.
· Addition and Subtraction: With 10 and 20 frames, number lines and objects.
· Doubling and Halving: Finding the double and halves of different numbers and remembering the doubling and halving facts.
· Time: Reading o’clock and half past times.
· Money: Recognising coins and making amounts by adding different coins together
· 3D shapes: Recognising 3D shapes and talking about shape properties such as faces, sides and corners.

Phonics

In phonics sessions, we will continue to review the sounds already learnt as well as introducing 2 new sounds a week. Phonics sessions will include:
· Handwriting: The children will be working on letter formation by writing the new sounds in their books each week.
· Blending: The children will continue to practice their blending skills by reading the words with their new sound.
· Segmenting: The children will be practising their segmenting skills by writing words with the new sound taught.
· Sentence Writing: The children will continue to work on their sentence structure by writing a sentence with words with their new sound.

We are aiming for the children to start their writing in the correct place, remember finger spaces between their words and include a full stop at the end of each sentence. This can be further extended by including connectives in sentences by including ‘and’ and ‘because’.

French

This half term in French we will be covering a range of topics and the children will be learning lots of new French vocabulary around the following topics.
· Clothes- Naming different items of clothes
· Parts of the body- Naming different parts of the body
· Pizza toppings- Learning how to say different topping names and making their own Pizza
· Days of the Week- Learning the names of the week in French
· Numbers and colours- Learning and consolidating naming the colours and numbers in French

Music

In Music this half-term, we will be basing our songs around the class topics, so we will be looking into adventure songs about pirates, dinosaurs and space. The aims for this term are to provide songs that can be sung at home with the family as well as rhythm games that can be played with things found around the house; a mixture of action songs, number songs, call and response, music to listen to and rhythm activities to take part in. We will also be learning a Makaton sign of the week. In addition to the scheduled music activities posted on Seesaw, Miss Chatwyn-Ros will be regularly updating her music site with fun new games and songs to explore – including a topic looking at the instruments of the orchestra, which you may wish to explore!

English

Key texts this term are: The Bear and the Piano-David Litchfield; The Worrysaurus-Rachel Bright; Stuck-Oliver Jeffers; Gorilla-Anthony Browne and Lights in Cotton Rock-David Litchfield. Key skills which we will be focusing on are:
· Cursive handwriting: 2 o’clock letters, tunnel letters, straight-up letters, odd letters, ascending letters, descending letters
· Punctuating sentences with capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks and commas in a list
· Using suffixes correctly (-ed, -ing, -er, est)
· Story composition: introduction, build up, problem, resolution, ending
· Phonics: knowing all sounds and applying them correctly when reading and writing
· Spellings: here, there, where, were, are, our, love, house, school, friend, you, your, one, once, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, door, poor, because, people)

Mathematics

· Addition and Subtraction – up to and beyond 100.
· Using number bonds and known facts. Finding more and less. Drawing dienes. Recognising the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. Solving word problems.
· Multiplication and Division – up to and beyond 100.
· Choose appropriate methods (drawing dienes, making groups, making arrays) to solve 1, 2 and 3-digit number sentences. Recognise and use the inverse operation to check answers. Solve word problems.
· Learn times table facts for 2, 5 and 10 fluently.
· Time – Reading and recording times on analogue and digital clocks. Reading o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to times. Drawing hands-on clocks. Finding the time half an hour and one hour later. Solving problems relating to time.
· Money – Recognising coins and notes. Adding amounts to make a total. Solving money problems.
· Shape – Recognise, name, draw and describe 2D and 3D shapes. Use household items to make/model 2D and 3D shapes. Make connections to everyday objects.
· Fractions – Make, find and recognise halves and quarters fluently. Understand the connection between equivalent fractions eg 2/4 is ½. Understand and use thirds and other fractions.
· Position and direction – Using language to do with position and direction eg. half turn, quarter turn, clockwise, anti-clockwise. Use and create maps/grids to give and follow directions.
· Measure – Measuring length/height. Measuring and comparing capacity. Measuring mass/volume.

History

The topic for this term is Ancient Greece, where we will be exploring the following:
· Who were the Ancient Greeks?
· Where is Greece? What is the landscape and weather like in Greece?
· Knowing about the life of an Ancient Greek family.
· Knowing about the Greek Gods
· Knowing the history of the Olympics

Science

This term in Science, we will be learning about plants:
· Knowing what plants need to grow
· Be able to identify common wild plants
· Describe the lifecycle of a sunflower

Computing

The children will begin to learn how to research and explore information from different sources including child-friendly websites and search engines. During the second half term, the children will capture information and sort, organise and present information in different forms, including graphs. Both units offer great opportunities to learn new skills in a cross-curricular way, as well as, show off their individual creativity.

RE

In our RE lessons, we will be learning about Ramadan. We aim for the children to know and understand what Ramadan is, why it is important and how it is celebrated.

Art

Art this term will focus on the following three elements:
· The words of Alberto Giacometti
· The works of Claude Monet
· Collage

French

This term, in French, we will learn the names of 11 fruits ( une pomme, une banane, une fraise, une orange, un ananas, une poire, du raisin, un citron, des cerises, des framboises, une pêche) say what we like, dislike and describe a fruit by its colour. We will also learn 10 breakfast items ( un croissant, un pain au chocolat, une tartine, de la confiture, une brioche, du beurre, un café, un chocolat chaud, une crêpe,un jus d’orange ).

We will learn how to say what we like, prefer and how to order something in French, we will make a breakfast mat too, and should school reopen, we will have a French breakfast at school. Towards the end of the term, we will revise the different weathers in French, numbers, and French phonemes. These are the two songs we will practice ” j’aime les fruits”, “Au petit déjeuner” from Alain le Lait on YouTube.

Music

This term in Music, children will be building on the repertoire of songs and music literacy activities already established this year. In addition, there will be a greater focus on ‘Pitch’ notation. Children will be undertaking ‘Minute of Listening’ activities to develop focused listening as well as being introduced to ‘soundbites’ of well-known instrumental and vocal pieces. There will be opportunities for children to develop their composing skills as we use ‘found sounds’ to create original pieces.

Here are some supporting websites:
· BBC Ten Pieces – contains some engaging videos which introduce some well-known orchestral works
· Chrome Music Lab – a free digital application for composing using different musical effects
· Out of the Ark – an organisation that is providing access to its original songs during this Lockdown period.

Links to high-quality interactive ‘Words on Screen’ YouTube videos. Children are already familiar with ‘The Seed Song’ from this resource.

Italian

In Italian this term, the children will learn the vocabulary for toys and schools objects. They will learn the numbers from1 to 20 before moving on to learn about the weather and seasons and also the months of the year and days of the week.

English

This term in English, the children will be learning about the features of non-chronological reports with a special task to interview a family member before writing their own report. They will look at tales from other cultures, ‘Where the night came from’ and will use this as a stimulus for persuasive writing, instructional writing and planning and writing their own stories. Towards the end of the term, the focus will shift to poetry where the children will compose a poem based on the recipe for a perfect teacher. Linking with the topic of Ancient Greece, the children will be able to apply their skills to write a non-chronological report on the Olympics.

Mathematics

Every week there will be an investigation lesson and most weeks will have a Mangahigh lesson. We will also be covering the following over the course of the summer term:
· Multiplication – partitioning method
· Division – working out remainders and using place value to solve problems
· Addition – partitioning and expanded column methods Subtraction – partitioning and expanded column method

Computing

This half term the children will continue with our 6 part Computer Art unit. The children will learn various techniques on both Seesaw and Purple Mash to better understand and replicate the art styles of famous artists including Picasso, Monet and even Andy Warhol. During the second half term, the children will focus on using Purple Mash to create various representations of data. The children will be presented with a task to challenge or prove a statement. Both units offer great opportunities to learn new skills in a cross-curricular way, as well as, show off their individual creativity.

French

This term, we will revise the names of the family members in French. We will learn names of 10 pets, say which pet we like/ prefer, and if we have one. We will then revise the names of 10 fruits in French, saying what we like/dislike and we will learn the names of 7 vegetables, saying what we like/dislike and why ( adding some of the reason for liking food…it’s good, it’s colourful…) We will then move on to our topic of pancakes and learn the different fillings in French. We will organise role-plays restaurant. Towards the end of the term, we will revise numbers and phonemes in French. We will sing along with “J’aime les fruits” “En voici, En voila” de Alain le lait on YouTube.

Science

In the first part of the term, year 2 will continue with our ‘Habitats’ unit. We will start by looking at different world habitats and discover the plants and animals found in them. Next, we will explore how plants and animals depend on each other within habitats. Finally, this dependency will help to understand how food chains work within habitats.

The second unit is ‘Animals including humans’. Children will identify the basic needs of animals including humans. They then will learn to describe animals and their offspring. Included in this unit is the classification of different food types. Children will learn to sort different foods into groups and understand what eating healthily means.

Music

This term in Music, children will be building on the repertoire of songs and music literacy activities already established this year. Children will be undertaking ‘Minute of Listening’ activities to develop focused listening as well as being introduced to ‘soundbites’ of well-known instrumental and vocal pieces. There will be opportunities for children to develop their composing skills as we use ‘found sounds’ and simple music technology to create original pieces.

Here are some supporting websites:
· BBC Ten Pieces – contains some engaging videos which introduce some well-known orchestral works
· Chrome Music Lab – a free digital application for composing using different musical effects
· Out of the Ark – an organisation that is providing access to its original songs during this Lockdown period. Links to high-quality interactive ‘Words on Screen’ YouTube videos. Children are already familiar with ‘The Seed Song’ from this resource.

Italian

In Italian this term, the children will learn the vocabulary for toys and schools objects. They will learn the numbers from1 to 20 before moving on to learn about the weather and seasons and also the months of the year and days of the week.

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