Silver Birch Class

Recommended Books for Year 1 2018-2019

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Recommended Books for Year 2 2018-2019

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Silver Birch Year Overview 2018-2019

Year overview 2018 – 2019 Silver Birch

Curriculum overview for Summer Term 2019 Year 1 and Year 2

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Curriculum overview for Spring 2019 Year 1 and Year 2

Year 1 and Year 2 Spring term

Curriculum overview for Autumn 2018 Year 1 and Year 2

Autumn 2018 Year 1 and Year 2

Curriculum overview for Summer 2018 Year 1 and 2

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Curriculum overview for Spring 2018 Year 1 and 2
Year 1 and Year 2

Silver Birch Class Year Overview for 2017-2018

Silver Birch 2017-18

Curriculum Information Autumn 2017

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Summer term 2017 Curriculum Letter for parents Year 1 and Year 2

Y1and 2 Parent Curric letter 2017

Year Overview 2016-2017


Spring Term Curriculum Letter for parents Year 1 and Year 2

Year 1 and Year 2 Spring 17

Autumn Term Curriculum Letter Year 1 and Year 2


Curriculum News – Summer 2016

Year 2 Summer 16


Curriculum News – Spring 2016

Class Neptune

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Neptune Spring 16


Curriculum News — Autumn 2015

Class: Neptune

Teaching team: Miss L. Croker, Mrs J. Matcham,

LSAs: Mrs K. Stirling Gibson, Mrs C. Yeomans and Mrs C. Moretti

Topic: Food and Farming and People who help us


We will use the story of The Little Red Hen as the basis for our work on story telling and writing. Also the children will learn how to write letters, instructions and poems about food.

Each week the children will have a grammar lesson which will focus on basic punctuation and sentence structure. In addition there will be daily phonic lessons to promote decoding and spelling.

Reading will be taught through guided reading sessions where the children practise a specific aspect of reading and comprehension.


The children will be taught skills in:

  • Counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Place value
  • Calculation methods involving all 4 operations
  • Shape, position and pattern work
  • Measurement using standard measures, money and time
  • Fractions
  • Data handling
  • Mental skills and recall of doubles, halves, bonds to 10 and 20 and some multiplication tables for Year 2

Science: The children will identify sort and name the different animals and plants on farms. They will consider plant and animal structures and animal offspring. They will identify and name different sources of food and investigate the role of yeast in bread making. They will also be learning about seasonal changes in Autumn.

Topic and Foundation subjects

Food and farming: We will be learning abut the food produced on different types of farms and looking at aerial views of farms. We will also look at world maps to discover the source of different every day foods. The children will find out about different types of bread and make their own bread roll. They will make observational drawings of fruit and vegetables and use them for printing patterns.

People who help us: This topic will look at the role of modern day nurses before finding out about why Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole are significant figures.

Music: We will be learning about rhythm and pulse using a range of classroom instruments and songs.

PE: For games the children will be working on their throwing and catching skills and developing simple games. In gymnastics they will be exploring different wide, narrow and curled shapes during movements, jumps and still poses. In dance the children will respond through movement to a variety of scenarios, poems, stories or music.

RE: This term the children will be learning about Judaism and will particularly focus on the festivals of Sukkot and Hanukkah.

PSHE: During circle time the children will focus on good listening skills and how to ensure we have a safe and happy environment for all.

Suggestions to support learning at home: Please read to and with your child on a regular basis. Do remember to keep practising spellings as most children will take a while before words are committed to their long-term memory. A little and often is the approach that works best!

Events: We look forward to seeing you at the Curriculum Open evening on Wednesday 23rdSeptember. A mobile farm will be visiting the school in October. In December the Infants will perform a play based on the Nativity.

Messages: Please, please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with hood and a named water bottle in school every day.

Please provide your child with a named, healthy and easy to eat snack for morning play.


Class: Neptune Teaching team: Miss Croker and Mrs Matcham

LSA’s: Mrs Stirling Gibson, Mrs Yeomans, Mrs Moretti and Mrs Wallace

Curriculum News — Summer 2015 Topics: Exploring


EnglishPhonics: The children will extend and consolidate their phonic knowledge. This will include continuing to learn new ways of spelling phonemes, spelling common exception words and adding some prefixes and suffixes.

Writing: The children will be writing stories, information and poetry. They will continue to be taught to think, say, write and check their sentences. Also, there will be a focus on making additions, revising and correcting writing.

Reading: Each week the children will have a guided reading session to learn about and practise a specific aspect of reading and comprehension. In addition the children may read individually with an adult at some point during the week.



The children will be learning:

  • To count forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s (Y2 to recite x2, x5 and x10 tables)
  • To read, write and understand the value of 2 and 3 digit numbers
  • Calculations skills (in practical, mental and written contexts)
  • To estimate, measure and compare length, mass and volumes
  • To name and describe shapes
  • To recognise and find simple fractions of shapes and quantities


ScienceIn science the children will be learning about the life-cycles of plants and mini-beasts and how they are adapted to their habitat.


Topics and Foundation subjects

This term our topic is called Exploring. We will be focusing on Jack’s explorations when he climbed a magical beanstalk. Also we will explore the plants in our locality with reference to Charles Darwin and the studies he made at home and abroad. Later in the term the children will be finding out about mini-beasts. As part of our study of plants and mini-beasts, we will be visiting Hillier’s Arboretum.

Art: The children will be making a beanstalk for Jack, exploring colour mixing to make different shades of green, painting flowers and creating 3D insects from junk.

PSHE : The children will be learning about the importance of drinking water throughout the school day and sun safety.

RE: The children will consider places which are special to them and others with a focus on synagogues.

ICT: This term the children continue to develop their skills using laptops and to work on simple coding using espresso.

Music: The focus of our music lessons this term will be to discriminate between higher and lower sounds (pitch) and to create simple melodic patterns.

PE: The children will be developing their ball skills, particularly dribbling and using a bat and ball. In gymnastics the children will be developing spinning, turning and twisting movements with an emphasis on speed, direction and levels.

DT:The children will be preparing some simple healthy recipes.


Suggestions to support learning at home

  • Daily reading which you or your child notes in their diary (including if it is a book from home,
  • Keep practising mental maths skills- adding and subtracting small numbers, recalling doubles and halves and counting 2s, 5s and 10s (as x tables for Year2!)
  • Keep revisiting spellings as most young children need frequent repetition to retain the words they learn.


Messages:we usually see all extremes of weather during the Summer term so please ensure your child is suitably prepared with a named waterproof, sunhat and water-bottle.

Despite the lighter evenings, please do ensure your child gets plenty of sleep and rest each night and during the weekend.

Events:Please let us know if you would be available to help on these trips!

  • Friday 1st May – visit to the Theatre Royal
  • Monday 22nd June – Infant visit to Hilliers Arboretum
  • Friday 3rd July – Fun Sports at Owslebury School (TBC)