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Crigglestone St James
CE Primary Academy

Our Year 1 & 2 Team

Class Teachers: Mrs Hambleton (1AH), Mr Wildey (1/2TW) and Mrs Butterworth (2JB)

Educational Support Assistant: Mrs Shaw, Mrs Critchlow, Mrs Walsh and Mrs Parsons

Regular Weekly Timetable

INDOOR PE: Monday (1AH), Monday (1/2TW) and Thursday (2JB)

OUTDOOR PE: Tuesday (1AH), Thursday (1/2TW) and Wednesday (2JB)

HOMEWORK: Maths and English given on Thursdays and due in on Mondays.

TT ROCKSTARS: Your child can use these safely at home at any point under your supervision and monitoring. You can also check on their progress at any stage.

READING BOOKS: Reading books are handed out on Monday and are to be returned on Thursday. Please read as regularly as possible with your children.

Download our new Curriculum Information Posters to tell you the important headlines and key information for each term.


Now let's show you some of our highlights from our 'Circle of Life' curriculum in action.

Who is responsible for the animals of the World?

We raised this big question with the children and immediately started to think about how many animals there are, what they all need to survive and where they all life.

We started, as ever, with big discussions. Lots of ideas flowing, a chance to gather vocabulary and ask more questions that we want and need answers to. We then decided together on the steps we wanted to take in our different subjects.

This led to our children spending time meeting some of the creatures of the World at our WOW event with Zoolab UK. Snakes and spiders were just two of the many creatures brought into school to research their way of life in a truly 'hands on' experience.

We then spent time studying people who we believe look after animals of the World. We spent time looking at Sir David Attenborough and how he is a good role model for our big question. We studied his work and the charities he has supported. It was great to look at the history of one person and follow his journey through life.

We then thought it was important to look at the different places and climates that different animals called home. We discovered what a 'habitat' is and then discovered how these are under threat. We were shocked to find that the choices that we make can endanger the future of animals living in cold climates. We also looked at why habitats are different depending upon how hot or cold a place is in our science work. We began to name more and more countries and link animals to them. We then looked at communities who live in different parts of the World and talk about how they value and even worship animals in different ways. We used our computing sessions to classify different animals and build simple profiles about them.

We then started to think about ways in which we could show our learning and answers to our questions. We decided to make habitats using natural resources in our design and technology work and took some of these ideas into our Tanzania Day 'Great Inventions' D.T. day. We were inspired to create animal migration rhythms in music to show when animals have to move in herds or large groups to new climates. We chose instruments and a beat to demonstrate the creatures. Whilst we created rocking and rolling movements in our animal dance work. We even took the idea of animals working together to find answers and move forward into our throwing and catching team games during P.E. - realising we can learn about ourselves from the way that animals often behave. We wanted to show our answers in our artwork, so we planned to create pastel images that showed hot and cold climates and then created seasonal calendars to share with our families based upon our work.

We have been looking at the creation story during religious education time. It was interesting to make links between the way in which God created everything on Earth and how we now take care of the creatures on the planet. We spent a lot of time understanding how the Earth was created by God and the importance of God's actions on each day. We tried our best to think about he we now have to look after His creation and our responsibilities.

During our maths work we have spending time working with place value and addition and subtraction, we have been trying to understand this in different ways and show value in different ways. We used this understanding to help us complete some of our animal research work as we had gather information about the numbers of animals in certain places.

In our reading and writing, we have created diaries of some of the animals we have studied. We created animal descriptions which would inform and interest the readers. We used 'Detective Dog' to help us create statements and questions to assist our work and as we approached Christmas we create instructions to fit with our animal themed Christmas decorations.

Who are the royal family? Why does our country have one?

Our latest WOW event saw us launch our new 'Big Questions'. With the help of Paddington, we introduced the Queen and her royal family before launching into discussions about plans for our work and the things we need to do next. We have already begun studying London and the other capital cities in the United Kingdom to understand why these are important places and why the royal family might life in a capital city. We have also begun asking questions about city - Wakefield - and wondering whether this is a perfect city and place that a Queen could live.

We have decided to create a royal march using our balance skills when thinking about those who protect them and in religious education we have begun asking 'Who Am I?' and linking this to royal questions. But we have also been making connections between the ceremonies that help Christians to understand more about themselves and how these compare to ceremonies and festivals in Islam.

There is much more to come and we are just underway......