Year 1 and 2

Welcome to Key Stage 1

Pear - Mrs Hill 

Apple – Mrs Humphreys

Cherry – Mrs Oakley and Mrs Stephens

We are also very lucky to have Mrs Norris, Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Shuttleworth as out Teaching Assistants in Year 1 & 2


Welcome to Apple, Cherry and Pear Class. We have three mixed year 1 and year 2 classes at St Mary’s.  We love to ‘Enjoy, Excel and Explore’ and we strive to be brave change-makers to make a difference to the world we live in. We enjoy making connections with one another, within our partnership with St Helen’s (Alveston), with our past as we learn from those that have gone before us, with our local community and across different subjects to fully immerse ourselves in our learning.

Our values are at the core of what we do every day and we enjoy talking and learning about these during collective worship. During Term 1, our school value is Respect and during Term 2 our school value is Friendship

Autumn Term:

During the Autumn Term, the children will be exploring the Big Question of ‘How can we help a person or animal who doesn’t have a home?’ whilst our Global Theme is Identity and Diversity. The children will compare similarities and differences between peoples in local setting and also in wider contexts and focus on what contributes to self-identity and belonging. Throughout this topic, our brave-change maker skills are empathy and managing change. This means the children will focus on talking about identity and diversity using an awareness of and concern for people’s feelings. The children will aim to demonstrate an interest in and concern for others outside their immediate circle and in a context different to their own. In addition, the children will describe feelings about changes in their own lives and locality.

During Term 1, the children will focus on self-identity and how to live a healthy lifestyle, including eating a balanced diet and investigating how to remove germs to have good hygiene. The children will learn about the human life cycle and how we change as we grow, describing differences between life stages. Following this, the children will create a timeline to order significant events in their own life and use historical terms such as ‘then’, ‘now’ and ‘past’ to make comparisons. Using maps, the children will go for a walk in the local area to find out what homes are like in our community, whilst learning about how homes have changed through history. The children will take pictures to observe later on in Art. During Art, the children will create watercolour paintings inspired by the artist David Tovey who was homeless in the past. 

As our mini product outcome at the end of Term 1, the children will lean to make bread, make harvest soup and contribute to whole school Harvest Festival. They will also create videos all about themselves using clips.

During Term 2, the children will identify what is a ‘need’ or a ‘want’ when it comes to a house. In addition, the children will explore how different homes are needed for different people’s needs, as well as the affordability of different homes. Following this, the children will learn about what it means to be homeless and investigate whether homelessness is the same or different across different cities in the UK, thinking about challenges they may face. The children will learn about how charity work can make a difference to help people to survive homelessness and find out about the interesting work of UWE Bristol architect students who have recently engaged with a competition to provide solutions. As a result, the children shall consider how we can make a difference as brave change-makers.

Throughout Term 1 and Term 2, our Science learning closely links to Topic as the children will be learning about animals and habitats, also considering how we can make a difference to help an animal without a home, such as creating a bug hotel or hedgehog house. Children will have the opportunity to take part in forest skills every three weeks.

As our maxi product outcome at the end of Term 2, the children will share their nativity performance with a wider audience in the community, in addition to playing a key role in promoting the shoebox appeal to provide Christmas gifts to vulnerable children and families.

Please see our Year 1/2 curriculum map for a more detailed overview.

Terms 1 & 2 Connected Curriculum Map

Spring Term:

During term 3, the children will be exploring the Big Question of "Is it fair for animals?" whilst our Global Theme is social injustice. The children will be learning about Africa and the 7 continents across the world. They will explore African animals and their habitats and discuss whether animals would be happier in zoos or in a nature reserve. Throughout this topic, our brave changemaker skills are communication and making decisions. Within the first few weeks, we will be taking a trip to Noah's Ark Zoo to visit some of the Big 5 animals and explore their habitats.

During term 4, we will switch to the question, "Is it fair for people?" and in this part of our topic we will compare life in Africa to life in our local area both past and present.

We will learn about Mary Carpenter and the impact she had on reforming schools and helping children.

In Music and Art, we are hoping to take part in some African drumming workshops and to create our own African, traditional masks ready for our African showcase.

Our product outcome will be to create an African showcase to present to the parents, raising funds for our partner school in Africa, "Our School".   

Terms 3 & 4 Connected Curriculum Map

Summer Term:

During term 5, the children will be exploring the Big Question of ‘How can I help the environment?’ with a particular focus on the ocean. We will start by looking at plastic, how it is used in the everyday environment and explore how it has developed across history and its positive and negative impacts. We will finish the term thinking about what we can do to help reduce the use of plastic. 

During Term 6, we will keep the same question but focus more on our local area: Yate. We will look at how the local area has changed in the last 30 years by focusing on the development of human and physical features. We will then explore maps, symbols, physical and human features and begin to design our own maps using sustainable features. We will then build our town and evaluate how sustainable it is. This will help us to form our letters to the council recommending sustainable changes to our local area.

Terms 5 & 6 Connected Curriculum Map

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