Curriculum News

Year 2 News Autumn 2017

Australia Week

All of the children at Suffield Park Infant School have been finding out about Australia. The children have been finding about the continent of Australia with its diverse range of animal, plants and birds.

In our reception classes the children discovered that the great white shark has thousands of teeth and that there are also unusual animals called marsupials. Many of the children were surprised to find out that the Koala is not a bear. The children enjoyed learning about the Great Barrier Reef and saw videos of this on the ipad.

In Year 1 the children also discovered that Australia has many native animals, some of which are famous such as Koalas and Kangaroos. It is also the home of 800 species of birds which includes the emu. One year child said ‘I know it can’t fly but it can run quickly’.

In all years the children have seen how diverse Australia is and the meaning of the word ‘outback’. One child said ‘I don’t like snakes as Australia have 21 out of 25 deadliest snakes and we only have one’.

As part of Australia week we had a visit from a dance teacher who helped children explore rhythms and dances. Our story teller told tales to all year groups about folk tales and made the stories come alive with authentic musical instrument, which the children loved to explore.

As part of Australia week we prepared a box of artefacts which reflected life in England and we sent it to a Brooke Primary school Sydney, Australia. We were very excited to receive a box back, which had lots of different things in it which included a didgeridoo, a flag, pictures of the animals we had studied, a timetable of the school and a boomerang.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable week and we will continue our conversations with Brooke Primary school. The children have learnt a lot about the Australian continent. It has been a valuable learning experience which has supported many of the areas of the National Curriculum.

Year 1 Curriculum Map Autumn Term 2016

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EYFS Curriculum Map Autumn 2016

Africa Week

All of the children at Suffield Park Infant School have been finding out about Africa. In the three Reception Classes they have been learning about the animals they might encounter there. They created animal masks, made African flags and discussed the climate and geography of the African continent.

They had a visit from a local dance teacher who helped them make African rhythms and dances, as well as listening to African folk tales from a story teller.

“I know that Africa has the biggest desert in the world and the largest animal, the elephant” said one Reception child.

Year One children have enjoyed a sensory week of learning while finding out about the continent of Africa. They have enjoyed tasting African fruits: mango was a firm favourite; avocado got a less favoured response! African drumming was an exciting opportunity to explore rhythm. Messy play opportunities included fun with the muddy hippos, digging for diamonds in sand and soil and creating African animals from clay. The children delighted in a varied and creative week.

The Year Two children narrowed down their area of focus to look at the country of South Africa. They have been comparing South Africa to England and thinking about the similarities and differences between the two. The children have created a number of lovely pieces of artwork including clay masks, drawings of Protea flowers, paintings of South African landscapes and making animals using Model Magic.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable week and the children have learnt a lot about the continent of Africa and many of the countries within Africa. It has definitely been a valuable learning experience which supports many areas of the National Curriculum.