Y1/2 Exploring


In year 1 we are learning about seasonal changes and everyday materials and in particular:

Seasonal changesr;

  • To observe changes across the four seasons (spring/summer);
  • To observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

Everyday materials;

  • To distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made);
  • To identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock;
  • To describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials;
  • To compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

In year 2 we are learning about everyday materials and in particular:

Everyday Materials:

  • To identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses;
  • To find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching;
  • To find out about people who have developed useful new materials.


We are learning about the History of flight and in particular:

  • To know about The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who were credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained flight, on December 17, 1903;
  • To know about Amelia Mary Earhart who was an American aviation pioneer, author and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean;
  • To know about Amy Johnson CBE, was a pioneering English aviator. She flew solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, and set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s;
  • To know about the timeline of the history of flight from the first airplane flight to today.


We are learning about travelling and exploring and in particular::

  • To locate the seven continents and five oceans on maps and globes;
  • To know and understand seasonal weather patterns;
  • To know and locate hot and cold places, the Equator and the North and South poles;
  • To know what it is like to travel the globe today;
  • To know about how people explore today and the achievements they make.


We are learning about landscapes and in particular:

  • To explore a variety of landscapes through photos, paintings and first hand experiences;
  • To look at, and record, the use of shape, space and colour in landscapes;
  • To study a range of artists describing the differences and similarities between different styles;
  • To make links form these artists to their own work.

Design Technology

We are learning about moving vehicles and in particular:

  • To make a paper aeroplane that can fly;
  • To join and combine sheet and reclaimed materials;
  • To use moving joints;
  • To learn about wheels and axles and how to use these when making wheeled vehicles for a specific purpose. ;
  • To develop their design ideas based on investigating vehicles in the world around them;
  • To make a moon buggy for exploring the moon landscape;
  • To use construction kits, and computer-generated graphics or text to enhance their finished products;
  • To apply basic measuring skills and to draw on knowledge of forces from science.


We are learning about food that can be taken somewhere else to eat and in particular:

  • To making biscuits for travellers (eg linked to explorers ships);
  • To investigate the food we have in packed lunches;
  • To make our own picnic food.

Religious Education

We are learning about special days and in particular:

  • To understand that people set aside certain days to celebrate their religion, to give thanks and to remember the dead;
  • To understand that some festivals come from the rules in religious books;
  • To be able to talk about how certain special days make them feel.

Year 1 Computing

We are learning about communication, collaboration and productivity and in particular:

1.5 We are story tellers – producing a talking book by learning:

  • To use sound recording equipment to record sounds;
  • To develop skills in saving and storing sounds on the computer;
  • To develop collaboration skills as they work together in a group;
  • To understand how a talking book differs from a paper-based book;
  • To talk about and reflect on their use of ICT;
  • To share recordings with an audience.

1.6 We are celebrating – creating a card electronically by learning:

  • To develop basic keyboard skills, through typing and formatting text;
  • To develop basic mouse skills;
  • To use the web to find and select images;
  • To develop skills in storing and retrieving files;
  • To develop skills in combining text and images
  • To develop skills in combining text and images;
  • To discuss their work and think about whether it could be improved.

Year 2 Computing

We are learning about communication / collaboration and pngrogrammi and in particular:

2.5 We are detectives – communicating clues by learning:

  • To understand that email can be used to communicate;
  • To develop skills in opening, composing and sending emails;
  • To gain skills in opening and listening to audio files on the computer;
  • To use appropriate language in emails;
  • To develop skills in editing and formatting text in emails;
  • To be aware of e-safety issues when using email.

2.6 We are zoologists – programming on screen by learning:

  • To sort and classify a group of items by answering questions;
  • To collect data using tick charts or tally charts;
  • To use simple charting software to produce pictograms and other basic charts;
  • To take, edit and enhance photographs;
  • To record information on a digital map.

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