Class studies ~ here are details of the topics that the children are studying this term.
Whole school targets
As a school, in English we are concentrating on improving children’s writing. This term our whole school targets are to improve children’s sentence structure and punctuation. All children will have English targets relating to this whole school target.
In mathematics, we are concentrating on improving children’s ability with mental arithmetic and their sense of number and we have timetabled in extra time for this. As part of the curriculum, all children, from Reception onwards will be learning French, and our Year 5 and Year 6 children will be learning Spanish weekly. We are also offering German and Spanish as a club to other year groups, and la Scuola Italia Broxbourne offers the opportunity for children in Years 1 to 6 to learn Italian; do see the clubs list.
Year 2 classes
In science the children’s topic Uses of Everyday Materials focuses on the properties of materials and their uses for specific purposes. In computing children’s studies will focus on email communications and simulation programs. In geography the children will be exploring the local area and taking part in a walk to reinforce their understanding. In history children will be learning about significant events in the past, including the Great Fire of London. In art children will be creating a storyboard of the Great Fire of London, using different media. In music children will further their understanding of pulse and rhythm, and develop their singing ability. In religious education they will be discussing how people care for each other, drawing examples from religious stories. In design and technology children will be making a vehicle, after looking at mechanisms. They will also be exploring the poetry of Roger McGough.
Year 2 classes
In science children will be exploring living things and their habitats. A trip to Rye Meads Nature Reserve on the 4th July will reinforce their learning. In geography children will be locating and exploring the holiday destinations of Barnaby Bear; this will include localities in France, Netherlands, Norway, Australia and Sri Lanka. In Computing they will compare digital and non-digital sources of information to help their geographical research. The children’s poetry studies will focus on the poems of Allan Ahlberg. In art they will develop their drawing, painting and sculpture work, based on their studies of patterns in buildings. In design and technology children will be using textiles to make puppets. In religious education they will be exploring fundamental questions and the way different religions answer these. In music children will explore rhythm, timbre and dynamics, in the context of music around the world. In P.E. children will be improving their games skills, and creating a dance.
Across the school in English, all children will be focusing on writing imaginative and thoughtful texts, which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose. In mathematics, we continue to focus on improving children’s mental arithmetic ability and number fluency, alongside teaching other areas.
Year 2 classes
In English children will be focusing on the poems of Pie Corbett. In computing children will develop their understanding of digital texts, creating their own digital content (still, moving and animated images and words) using a range of devices and software. In science children will study animals, learning about lifecycles and how offspring grow into adults. They will also look at what animals need to survive and how to live a healthy lifestyle. In history children will be exploring the lives of famous people, focusing on Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. On Monday 4th February a workshop focusing on Florence Nightingale, led by external experts, will support and enhance their learning. In music children will study Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev and will compose their own piece of music based on this. In religious education children will be studying beliefs and practices in Buddhism and Judaism, as well as studying Easter in Christianity. In dance children’s work will link to the Chinese New Year festivals, which will involve making up dance sequences in pairs and on their own.