Phase 2 - Years 1, 2 and 3
Curriculum Overview Y1
Curriculum Overview Y2
Curriculum Overview Y3
EVENTS IN TERM 1
Year 1 : Term 1 has got off to a flying start this year with some fantastic learning. We have all enjoyed our Toys topic, with the big highlight being a lovely trip to Blaise Castle. The children explored toys from the past and present, looking at how they worked, what they were made from and thinking about how toys have changed. Their Pinocchio stories in Literacy were super and they went on to write some great reports about toys from the past and the present. In Maths, the children have developed expert knowledge at working within 10 and have a good grasp of a range of visual and practical models. We have been impressed by how well they have begun coding work on the Purple Mash program using the Ipads and they have shown thoughtful work in our RE topic about creation stories.
They should all feel very proud of their first term!
Year 2 : This term Year 2 have been looking at the underwater world! In literacy we have been writing about Dougal’s Deep Sea Diving Adventure. We have made up our own underwater adventure stories. We have written reports about clown fish and blue tang fish. We also had a chance to present our reports in the style of news reporters. In Geography, we have looked at the 5 different oceans and the countries surrounding them and landmarks in Britain. We went on our school trip to Weston aquarium. We had a fantastic tour around the aquarium and learnt about all the fish and underwater animals. We had the chance to feel shark and ray eggs. Then we had chance to make sandcastles on the beach.
Year 3 : This term, Year 3 have been exploring the topic Ancient Egypt! In literacy, we began by reading Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx, we then used the text to help us to write our own stories. We also wrote instructions on How to Care for Your Camel, before we invented our own animal instructions! In History, we were amazed by discovering an ancient tomb, right here in school! We also explored how to write like an Egyptian, using hieroglyphics and we created our own gods and goddesses. As part of our topic, we had the opportunity to visit Bristol Museum to take part in an Egyptian workshop, where we looked at artefacts and saw a real-life mummy!
EVENTS IN TERM 2
Year 1 : Year 1 have had another super term, jam packed with learning and fun. It all started with some explosive learning about Volcanoes during our Natural Disaster days and we loved making our own clay volcanoes and using baking soda and vinegar to create our own eruptions. The Great Fire of London topic took us on a great journey back in time, learning about this fascinating historical event. We really enjoyed bringing it to life on our drama day and our art day resulted in some fabulous collage work, which we now proudly have on display in the KS1 corridor. In Literacy, we had lots of fun exploring the book, Small Knight and George and the Chocolate cake and used this to write our own quest stories, which were brilliant. Inspired by the chocolate theme, we learnt to write recipe instructions and had two fun baking sessions making rice crispy cakes. We moved on to exploring numbers to 20 in maths and we also spent time learning about 2D and 3D shapes and how to find halves of shapes, objects and amounts. How we had time to produce an incredible Christmas performance, we don’t know! But we did and the children did us proud as always. What a great way to end the year!
Year 2 : Year 2 have had a great term! We started the term off learning all about volcanoes. We made our own volcanoes out of clay and erupted them using baking soda and vinegar. We made our own volcano art by splattering paint to make the lava. We then had three days focusing on anti-bullying. We know the 3 things that make it bullying and how to tell an adult. We had a great workshop from unique voice to show us that everyone is different and that’s what makes us unique. Year 2 have had a term focusing on space exploration. We have learnt all about the great space race and how Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon. We then worked our space topic into our writing. We wrote diaries and newspaper reports on man stepping on the moon. We had a wow event where we had a star projector and spent the afternoon exploring them and learning their names and stories.
Year 3 : Year 3 have had another great term, full of lots of exciting learning! The term started with anti-bullying days with year 3 exploring racism specifically. The year 3’s produced some thought provoking poems, a compliment rap and odd socks to reflect people’s differences. We also enjoyed science days with year 4, where we learned all about tsunamis and then we were tasked with engineering a parachute which could protect an egg! Mr Parcell took year 3 for an exclusive trip to the Fair Furlong boiler room as part of innovating our class story for this term, which focused on familiar settings. Year 3 have also had a very active term, with the introduction of sports at Breakfast Club with the sports coaches; skip-2-b-fit coming in to do a workshop; and finally Scott Chappel from Somerset County Cricket Club visited us to give an assembly and run a cricket workshop! Brunel were also fantastic at performing in their class assembly and taught the rest of the school lots of interesting facts about Brunel!
Year 1 : Year 1 have worked their socks off in Term 3 and it has been a lovely way to start 2019. In Literacy, we have written some weird and wonderful stories inspired by Where the Wild Things Are and became experts in adding ‘ed’ at the end of words in the past tense. Our maths lessons have focused on learning all the different ways to make numbers to 10 so that we can become the subitising kings and queens and we have also learnt how to make 2 digit numbers using tens and ones. Through our geography topic, we have explored our school in more detail and have learnt how to draw aerial plans. We have also written reports on different places in school and how they have changed.
Year 2 : We started the term off with an exciting maths week with the theme of Harry Potter! We pretended to be witches and wizards and used maths to help us solve difficult problems! Year 2 have been looking at materials this term! We looked at why things are made out of different materials and the different properties materials have. We used a range of materials to create collages of our own fairy tale scenes. In Literacy we have been looking at traditional tales. We have been writing our own Little Red Riding Hood stories and have read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We then planted our very own bean seed and wrote instructions for others to follow. We had great fun learning all about being safe on the internet. We know that it is important to ask permission and to ask for help if we are not sure about something. We finished the term off by making houses for the Three Little Pigs, using lots of different materials.
Year 3 : Term 3 started off with a Harry Potter maths week. Year 3 worked hard solving problems and cracking codes! Our topic this term has been Revolutionary Romans. Year 3 have been thinking about how characters might have felt when Vesuvius erupted in literacy and the differences between how the Romans lived, compared to now. We enjoyed a fascinating trip to Carleon where we dressed up as Romans and we had a great time pretending to be gladiators in the amphitheatre. In literacy, we have also been exploring explanation texts and have had some interesting debates about lots of different topics! We finished the term off by having lots of fun with volcanoes, exploring where they are in the world and much more!
Year 1 :
Year 1 have worked their socks off in Term 4 and it has been a brilliant way to carry on in Year 1. In Literacy, we have explored the cultural story The Rain On Kapiti Plain and wrote a fantastic invented version. Our maths lessons have focused on learning how to measure using both non-standard measurements and through using rulers. We have explored length, height, weight, volume and capacity. Through our geography topic, we have explored our local area in detail and have put on an amazing exhibition inviting all the parents to explore our map work and literacy work based on Meerkat Mail and the travels of Sunny the Meerkat.
Year 2 :
Year 2 have had an exciting term learning about animals and the habitats they live in. We went on school trip to Noah’s ark and we observed animals in their different habitats and talked about how they were adapted to them. We also had book week where we learnt the story of sleeping beauty and performed it to year 6. We also enjoyed our Easter performance – The Chocolate Shop!
Year 3 :
This term the children have enjoyed preparing for their school performance. They all did really well – thank you for your support! In English we looked at The Great Kapok Tree and all the animals that persuaded the wood cutter not to chop the tree down. We then innovated on the story to create our own stories. This linked nicely with our topic – The Rainforest. In the unit we looked at the different layers and the animals that inhabit it. In science we built on our understanding of how plants grow and learnt about photosynthesis. During book week we had a very entertaining authors visit, and we heard the TRUE story of the Three Little Pigs. In this we created some wolf art and built the different the houses. Finally we had a lovely trip to Folly Farm where we learnt all about mini-beasts (even though it was really wet and cold!!).
Year 1 :
Term 5 may have been short but it has still be packed full of great learning in Year 1 and we are very hard of how well the children have worked. In Literacy we have written our own fables inspired by the Hare and the Tortoise and then we wrote information reports about animals we have created. Maths has seen us focus on addition and subtraction within 20 and we are now experts at this. Our Science topic on animals and humans has been lots of fun and we have enjoyed learning about different animal groups, what they eat and the different parts of their bodies. The term ended on a high with a super art day focusing on printing. Great work Year 1!
Year 2 :
Year 2 have been learning about plants and how they grow. We set up an experiment to grow some tomato, cauliflower and basil seeds in bags with water and cotton wool. This was so we could all see what happens to a seed when it first starts to grow. We also set up four different plants to compare them and investigate what they needed to survive. We found that plants grow best when they have water and sunlight. We have been working hard in literacy to be really persuasive. We planned an exciting Mr Men party and had to write invites that would persuade people to come. We had a fantastic party and it was a great reward for all our hard work this term!
Year 3 :
This term year 3 have enjoyed the topic of blood, bones and grizzly bits – learning all about the human body. We were lucky enough to have the explorer dome in school. We learned about the digestive system and lots of new and scientific vocabulary for our organs! This has been our main foundation subject for this term, we began our studies looking at the different types of nutrition and nutritional needs of a variety of animals, including humans! We progressed to learn all about the different parts and functions of skeletons, and have most recently been learning about our mighty muscles, how they work and their different uses! We have had PE coaches this term, the children have been learning the rules of cricket and playing it. In maths we have been learning all about mass and capacity – the children have enjoyed looking at the weights and capacities of different objects/containers. They have also been studying geometry – in which they have learnt about different angles, properties of shape and fractions.
Year 1 : Year 1 have ended the year on a real high in Term 6! We have become material detectives and have investigated a range of materials, what they are used for and we even found out which material would make the best roof for the three little pigs’ house. In literacy, we invented and wrote some fantastic traditional tales and then learnt how to find and write dictionary definitions. Our maths work has been super and we explored some new types of maths including collecting data and making pictograms using iPads. To finish our three little pigs work, we sawed wood, glued it together and built our own house for them using different materials. They were fabulous! Well done Year 1, you’ve done a great job!
Year 2 : We started this term learning all about how to be healthy and safe. We had lots of exciting activities and learned lots about germs, hygiene, healthy eating, road and sun safety. This term year have loved learning all about World War 2. We launched our topic with a trip to Tyntesfield where we learned lots of facts and then had a go at making some of the food they made during rationing. We have had lots of wow events where we recreated the blitz and an evacuation. We tried to really understand how it felt for people back then. We then used the events to write some super recounts. We finished this term with citizenship week where we talked about what makes a good citizen.
Year 3 : This term Year 3 have focused their learning around The Body. In science we looked at the function of the skeleton and the major organs. In English we used The Demon Dentist by David Walliams to inspire our own stories. We then made changes by including animals in our story. We used photos and our experiences from our fantastic trip to Burrington Coombe. At Burrington, we had great fun learning facts and playing on the Mendips. Towards the end of the year we had great fun in our World Day and were really pleased with the money that we raised for school in a bag– thank you very much!