KS1 Curriculum

Spring 1 2024 

Key Stage One children have really enjoyed their learning on the topic of Australia. We began the term by reading the fantastic books Possum Magic and Wombat Stew. The children in Year Two sampled and designed their own magical Pavlovas, like the ones used in Possum Magic - they all agreed Pavlova was delicious! The children have learnt all about Australian animals this half term and have categorised different animals in Science too. They have looked closely at Kangaroos and learnt all about how infant Kangaroos move into their Mother’s pouches to grow and spend the first part of their life.
We had fun on Australia Day (26th January) when we zoomed Miss Vercoe (who used to teach in our School) because she now lives in Australia. She told us all about the celebrations in Australia for Australia Day and told us all about the dangerous animals she has seen in her garden. The children all made traditional Australian Fairy Bread; rainbow sprinkles and sugar on white bread and enjoyed eating it too.
On Friday 2nd February, the children enjoyed NSPCC Number day - they dressed up with digits to raise money. The children enjoyed lots of number based challenges, read mathematical stories, learnt about the Maths skills used in different careers: gardeners, builders, delivery drivers, Centre Parcs activity hosts and shopkeepers and undertook problem solving and reasoning challenges connected to money.
In our Forest sessions we have painted beautiful aboriginal patterns onto our trees to decorate them and in Art have learnt how to create beautiful dot-paintings too. The children all made a rain-stick and decorated it with careful, traditional designs.
Our Thrive Cafes were a huge success, we thank the parents who came to share learning with their children. The Year One children made some snazzy 'breathing/calming Jellyfish' whist the Year 2 children's activity focused on building relationships; they had to look at their parents (or friends) using eye-contact to recreate their parents' faces using coloured crafts.
We look forward to our Topic next half term - "Once Upon a Time" and our Visit to Mountfitchet Castle!
What are we learning about this half term?
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