Autumn Term Curriculum
The story of the People of God - In this unit children will be given opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Bible and the forms of literature that are found in the different books. The children will be introduced to stories of significant people in the Old Testament and their relationship with God.
Followers of Christ- In this unit of work we consider the call of the disciples by Jesus. The children will learn about the demands that the call of Christ placed on these first disciples and they will think about ways in which people answer the call of Christ today through the life of the Church.
Prayers in the lives of Followers of Christ- Children gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the traditional prayers of the Church and some of the signs and actions associated with prayer. They will also study some prayers that are found in the scriptures and engage in the study of the Mass as the central prayer for Catholic Christians and other religions.
Advent - Children will be given opportunities to develop their knowledge and understand of the two parts of the Season of Advent. A time to prepare for Christ to come again and a time to prepare to celebrate his birth at Christmas.
In English, children will be creating their own Mr Men / Little Miss adventure stories. Children will immerse themselves in Roger Hargreave's stories. They will cover a range of skills including punctuating speech, using embedded clauses, considering formality, using sophisticated conjunctions, using : to introduce and list and using powerful adjectives before creating their final stories. Once finished, children will share these with their prayer buddies in Y1.
Children will be learning all about the Heart and Lungs and how our circulatory system works. Children will be taught to:
- Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
- Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
- Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.
We will have a go at dissecting a pig's heart and lungs to look at the components of our heart and lungs in much closer detail.
Children will be learning the Haka dance.
The haka is a traditional war dance, in Māori culture. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.
War hakas were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed to welcome distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals. Children will learn the history of the Haka and have a go at learning and performing their own hakas.
Outdoor PE will include Jumpball, all change and Changing shapes. This unit is focusing on balance skills as well as ball handling skills.
Our Golden Thread this term is a Geography-based one. Children will be focusing on how our actions (the things we do) can change our planet and cause harm. They will look at what climate is, the greenhouse effect and the result this is having on our planet. They will look at both natural and man-made contributions to climate change and read scientific evidence to predict what may happen in the future. They will perform case studies on both national and international locations where communities are being impacted (Fairborne and the Marshall Islands). Children will finally then consider what is happening now and how they can change behaviour to reduce the harm we are causing to our planet.