Y1/2 Forests and Jungles


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

Seasonal Changes:

  • To observe changes across autumn and winter by noticing signs of change in deciduous trees, investigating temperature changes;
  • To observe and describe weather associated with the seasons by measuring rainfall and looking at signs of wind;
  • To observe how day length varies and know about sunrise and sunset;
  • To consider how animals cope with cold weather.


  • To identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part is associated with each sense;
  • To identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals;
  • To describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals;
  • To identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores;
  • To describe and compare the structure of a variety of common birds and animals.

In year 2 we are learning about animals and habitats and  in particular:


  • To notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults;
  • To find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).;
  • To describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.


  • To identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other;
  • To identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats;
  • To describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.


We are learning about forests and jungles and in particular:

  • How some forests and woodland were planted and why.


We are learning about forests and jungles and in particular:

  • The physical features;
  • Aerial photos;
  • A small area of the UK contrasting with a non-European country rain forest;
  • Name and locate these forest, rain forests and jungles on maps and globes.;
  • Know and understand about the weather of these places.


We are learning about forests and jungles and in particular:

  • To develop understanding of shape, form, texture and the sensory qualities of materials;
  • To learn about the work of sculptors and about different kinds of sculpture, including those made of natural materials;
  • To make a sculpture;
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of the sculptures;
  • To develop technical knowledge about sculpting;
  • To learn skills for arranging materials they have collected to make a relief collage and a sculpture;
  • To make sculptures of animals from these environments.

Design Technology

We are learning about instruments that make sounds from forests and jungles and in particular:

  • To design a instrument of a forest animal for a purpose;
  • Children learn about the construction of a range of musical instruments, including those from different times and cultures, and how different sounds can be created and altered to make different notes. They learn to use this knowledge and understanding to design and make a working musical instrument using a combination of materials;
  • The appearance of the finished product is an additional aspect and the use of techniques to illustrate visual elements could provide a strong link with art. When completed, the instruments could be used by the children eg to perform a musical composition.


We are learning about food grown in jungles and rainforests and in particular:

  • To make dish using these foods, banana cake for example.

Religious Education

We are learning about caring for our world and in particular:

  • To know that there is a need to protect and care for the world;
  • To know that religions have beliefs about the creation of the world;
  • To reflect on the beauty and complexity of the world.

Year 1 Computing

We are learning about programming and computational thinking and in particular:

1.1 We are treasure hunters – using programmable toys by learning:

  • To understand that a programmable toy can be controlled by inputting a sequence of instructions;
  • To develop and record sequences of instructions as an algorithm;
  • To program the toy to follow their algorithm;
  • To debug their programs;
  • To predict how their programs will work.

1.2 We are TV chefs – Filming the steps of a recipe by learning:

  • To break down a process into simple, clear steps, as in an algorithm;
  • To use different features of a video camera;
  • To use a video camera to capture moving images;
  • To develop collaboration skills;
  • To discuss their work and think about how it could be improved.

Year 2 Computing

We are learning about programming and computational thinking and in particular:

2.1 We are astronauts – We are programming on screen and learning:

  • To have a clear understanding of algorithms as sequences of instructions;
  • To convert simple algorithms to programs;
  • To predict what a simple program will do;
  • To spot and fix (debug) errors in their programs.

2.2 We are games testers – We are exploring how computer games work and learning:

  • To describe carefully what happens in computer games;
  • To use logical reasoning to make predictions of what a program will do;
  • To test these predictions;
  • To think critically about computer games and their use ;
  • To be aware of how to use games safely and in balance with other activities.

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