Y1/2 Having a bright idea


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

Seasonal changes:

  • 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 materials and in particular:


  • 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 people who have had bright ideas:

  • To know about people who have been determined to do something new: for example Florence Nightingale and Mary Secole;
  • To know about people who have invented something new: for example William Caxton and Tim Berners – Lee;
  • To know about people who have stood up for human rights: for example Rosa Parks and Emily Davison.

NB some of these people will be looked at in depth and some will be covered briefly according to what is best for the class.


:We are learning about locating where people lived and worked and in particular:

  • To name and locate countries and cities using world maps, atlases and globes.


We are learning about printing and portraits and in particular:

  • To make printing patterns linked to the topic by looking at William Caxton’s ideas;
  • To understand how printing makes copies possible;
  • To use computing to make repeated printing patterns;
  • To investigate ways to make prints;
  • To recognise portraits of the people studied and use these portraits to make their own;
  • To make a self-portrait to communicate ideas about themselves;
  • To talk about images of children in drawings, paintings and photographs and artists’ self-portraits in order to develop ideas about how they will portray themselves;
  • To investigate a range of drawing materials and techniques and learn how to mix and use colour in a painting.

Design Technology

We are learning designing a room and the features it needs and in particular:

  • To develop their understanding of structures;
  • To make observations of different types of building ;
  • To use this experience and information when developing their own ideas;
  • To develop and model their ideas by creating static models from sheet and reclaimed materials and using construction kits;
  • To gain a basic understanding about structures and how these can be made stronger and more stable.


We are learning about the changes to materials in cooking (linked to science):

  • To prepare something that uses the principle of a reversible or irreversible change.
  • To prepare and cook a dish that has different textures of ingredients of final product (jelly and ice cream for example).

Religious Education

We are learning about the importance of water and in particular:

  • To understand that water is essential to life;
  • To know that different religions use water to symbolise new life and washing away of bad actions;
  • To know how water is used in baptism;
  • To know how water is used for cleansing;
  • To name the different artefacts used in Christian baptism, the Muslim ablutions and the Jewish mikvah.

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 discuss their work and think about whether it could be improved.

Year 2 Computing

We are learning about communication, collaboration and productivity 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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