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Phonics

Phonics are taught across the school using elements of the "Letters and Sounds" programme.  In order to ensure that children receive the most suitable teaching, teachers carry out careful assessments of the children's understanding and use of phonic skills. These assessments take place on a regular basis. Following these assessments children are placed into sets for phonics lessons.

Reading

Reading is a very important part of life at Hilltop Infant School and we aim for all children to develop a love of books and reading. Where school and families work together children make the best possible progress so we ask that all children read at home at least four times a week.

At Hilltop Infant School, children learn to read using a range of different books; a wide range of Oxford Reading Tree books are available alongside books from other schemes and individual titles. All books are grouped into colour bandings; this helps the staff and older children themselves to choose books that are at a level they can read independently with just a little support. We teach children to use a range of different strategies, including phonics, to read unfamiliar texts.

As well as their leveled reading books, children have the free choice of books from classroom book boxes to enjoy in class and they also make regular visits to the school library (once they have been in school for a couple of terms).

All children are encouraged to read daily at school; they will read captions, worksheets, group reading books and a range of other materials. Teachers will also hear them read books on an individual basis; the frequency of this will depend upon the age and ability of the children.

Children learn to read best when supported effectively at school and at home.  We actively encourage all families to read with their child at home at least five times a week.

 

 

 

2016 - 2017 Key Stage 1

 

 

 

At Hilltop Infant School we follow the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum for Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design and Computing. We use the Essex agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and plan for Personal, Social and Health education using a range of resources including Cambridgeshire PSHE service. Outdoor learning is an integral part of work in school and is used to support all curriculum areas. The use of this thematic curriculum alongside our involvement with The Artsmark and International Schools work enables us to develop fully the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural experiences of our children and to prepare them for life in modern Britain and the wider world.

In order to engage children and inspire their learning, we plan the curriculum using themes that are reviewed on an annual basis to meet the needs and interests of the children currently in school. These themes are flexible and learning will be modified in response to current events or the particular interests of a group of children.

We work with a two year rolling programme so that children being taught in mixed year group classes do not repeat themes, although it is important that they do re-visit aspects of learning throughout Key Stage 1.
 

Term

Theme

Autumn 1

All about me (2 weeks) Hilltop Detectives (5 weeks)

Autumn 2

Time tunnel- Victorians (5 weeks) and Christmas (2˝ weeks)

Spring 1

Space Invaders (5 weeks)

Spring 2

Take one picture (6 weeks) and Science Week

Summer 1

A bug’s life (6 weeks)

Summer 2

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside (7 weeks)
This theme includes a visit to Southend

Outdoor Learning

Each Class will have 5/6 outdoor learning days

Autumn 1 – All about me (2 weeks) Hilltop Detectives (5 weeks)

 

Year 1

Year 2

Maths

Mathematics programmes of study

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement and geometry as set out in the Year 1 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement, geometry and statistics as set out in the Year 2 programme of study in the National Curriculum. .

English

English programmes of study

  • All about me
  • Description
  • Sentences
  • Captions
  • Story
  • Character description of themselves
  • Diary
  • Newspaper Article
  • Mystery stories
  • Poetry

Science
 

Animals, including humans

  • Name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.

Animals, including humans

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


(Seasonal change, observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies will be covered throughout both years)
 

RE

The Essex agreed syllabus
for religious education

Harvest Festival, Sukkot  16-23 October (also special places)
                   Special people(See agreed syllabus for further details)
•Special: me, friends and family (photos, special symbols)
•Belief that every person is special to God
•Naming ceremonies and Celebration of birthdays
•Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish celebrations; weddings, christenings, funerals etc.

Geography

Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

(Maps of Britain and The World displayed throughout the year so children can name and locate the world’s 7 continents, 5 oceans and name, locate and identify characteristics of 4 countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas)
 

History

  • Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life- Looking at family photos
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally/globally
     

Music

  • Building Suspense
  • Listening to morse code
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
     

Art & Design

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination – self portraits
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • study the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
     

PSHE

  • Developing and understanding of class rules. What’s right and wrong?

Computing

  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
  • E-safety (Training for parents and carers will also take place in this term)
  • General skills
     

Autumn 2 – Time tunnel- Victorians (5 weeks) and Christmas (2˝ weeks) Also include Hannukah
History off The Page- Florence Nightingale session

 

Year 1

Year 2

Maths

Mathematics programmes of study

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement and geometry as set out in the Year 1 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement, geometry and statistics as set out in the Year 2 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

English

English programmes of study

Poetry
Letter
Story from familiar setting
Postcard
Fact file
 

Poetry
Letter
Story from another setting
Postcard
Information booklet
 

Science

Particular focus this half term - Seasonal change, observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies 

RE

The Essex agreed syllabus
for religious education

Remembrance Day, Hannukah, Christmas
Special words and stories (See agreed syllabus for further details)

  • Special books and poems etc
  • Hymns and songs sung in church and at school, National Anthem
  • Bible-How we celebrate Christmas
  • Jataka Tales (Buddhism)
  • Namaste (Hindu Greeting)
  • Hindu Stories, stories from The QuranStories from the Quran
     

Geography

No specific Geography focus this half term

(Maps of Britain and The World displayed throughout the year so children can name and locate the world’s 7 continents, 5 oceans and name, locate and identify characteristics of 4 countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas)
 

History

  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods eg, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]

Music

 

Art & Design

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products – Christmas Cards (using creativity)
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space – opportunities to experiment with media
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. – Victorian artist (William Morris) and Victorian Christmas cards
     

Design & Technology

  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products – Christmas cards with levers

Computing

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content – digital art
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
     

Spring 1 – Space Invaders (5 weeks)

 

Year 1

Year 2

Maths

Mathematics programmes of study

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement and geometry as set out in the Year 1 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement, geometry and statistics as set out in the Year 2 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

English

English programmes of study

  • Poetry
  • Instructions
  • Space stories
  • Non-Fiction text on astronauts
  • Poetry
  • Instructions
  • Space stories
  • News Report
  • Biography
     

Science

Everyday materials

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

Uses of everyday materials

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

(Seasonal change, observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies will be covered throughout both years)

RE

The Essex agreed syllabus
for religious education

Special Places(See agreed syllabus for further details)

  • Homes, bedrooms, gardens, Wickford, our school, journeys and travel
  • The church, places that are special to Christians in their homes and in other countries
  • The home shrine for Buddhists and Hindus
  • Mosque, synagogue, Gurdwara
     

Geography

  • Looking at the world through space.
  • Name and locate continents and oceans.

(Maps of Britain and The World displayed throughout the year so children can name and locate the world’s 7 continents, 5 oceans and name, locate and identify characteristics of 4 countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas)
 

Music

  • Music from moonlanding,
  • Star wars.
  • Write a song to accompany the music.
     

History

  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods e.g. Columbus and Neil Armstrong
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example the first aeroplane flight]
     

Art & Design

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products – space ship
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination- Alien designs and planning for models
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space – Alien Designs
     

Design & Technology

Design and make a Space Ship (Including Workshops with parents and carers)

Design

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

Make

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

Evaluate

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
     

Computing

Bee bots and online research

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

Film making

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
     

Spring 2 – A bug’s life (6 weeks)

 

Year 1

Year 2

Maths

Mathematics programmes of study

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement and geometry as set out in the Year 1 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement, geometry and statistics as set out in the Year 2 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

English

English programmes of study

  • Film study
  • Character description
  • Retelling of a familiar story
  • Story
  • Poetry
     
  • Poetry
  • Film study
  • Character description
  • Fictional instructions
  • Myths/Creation stories
     

Science

Plants

  • Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.

Living things and their habitats

  • explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • 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
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
  • 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.

Plants

  • observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
  • find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
     


(Seasonal change, observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies will be covered throughout both years)

Year 2 growing experiment
 

RE

The Essex agreed syllabus
for religious education

Special Things in Nature(See agreed syllabus for further details)

  • St Francis of Assisi
  • Buddha’s compassion for animals, reverence shown to Bodhi Tree
  • Hinduism, family puja, images of animals at the mandir, respect for cows
  • Creation stories,Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikh belief in God as creator

Geography

  • Use simple compass directions (north, south, east and west) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far, left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map

(Maps of Britain and The World displayed throughout the year so children can name and locate the world’s 7 continents, 5 oceans and name, locate and identify characteristics of 4 countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas)
 

History

No specific history focus this half term

Music

  • Imitating natural sounds
  • Making natural musical instruments
     

Art & Design

  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination – observational sketches and drawing
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space – models of mini-beasts and/or other animals
     

Design & Technology

  • Designing and making a clay bug

 

Computing

Bee bots

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

Digital Art

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
     

 Summer 1 – Take one picture (6 weeks) and Science Week

 

Year 1

Year 2

Maths

Mathematics programmes of study
 

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement and geometry as set out in the Year 1 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement, geometry and statistics as set out in the Year 2 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

English

English programmes of study
 

  • Information texts on Artists
  • Stories about characters in painting
  • Poetry
  • Information texts on Artists
  • Stories about characters in painting
  • Poetry

Science

Materials

  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials

compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

Materials

  • identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
  • find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
  • Science Week

Will include an experiment relating to materials for assessment.

(Seasonal change, observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies will be covered throughout both years)

RE

The Essex agreed syllabus
for religious education

Holi

Special symbols and objects (See agreed syllabus for further details)

  • School symbol, football teams, Essex symbol
    Special objects/symbols on cakes
  • Easter symbols including palms (also special things in nature), the cross, rosaries
  • Special objects in home
  • Buddha image
  • Judaism, Shabbat items
  • Sikhism-5 K’s and gurus
  • Religious images linking with Take One Picture

Judaism - Torah 

Design & Technology

Cooking for Chinese New Year

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes

understand where food comes from.

Geography

Once the “Take One Picture” painting has been chosen teachers and children will work together to explore the curriculum in different ways in relation to the chosen painting.

History

Music

Art & Design

Design & Technology

PSHE

Computing

Summer 2 –Oh I do like to be beside the seaside (7 weeks)
This theme includes a visit to Southend
 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Maths

Mathematics programmes of study

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement and geometry as set out in the Year 1 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

Children will be developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving through their learning of number, measurement, geometry and statistics as set out in the Year 2 programme of study in the National Curriculum.

English

English programmes of study

  • Poetry
  • Postcards
  • Diary
  • Story
  • Tourist brochure
     
  • Poetry
  • Tourist brochure
  • Stories from a familiar setting
  • Persuade/Argument letter
     

Science

Animals, including humans

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

Animals, including humans

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


(Seasonal change, observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies will be covered throughout both years)

RE

The Essex agreed syllabus
for religious education

Special ways of living (See agreed syllabus for further details)

  • Daily rituals, hobbies/ interests, what we do at weekends and holidays, community activities
  • Healthy living, carbon footprint, preserving energy
  • Christians following the example of Jesus
  • Buddhists following example of Buddha
  • The 5 pillars of Islam
     

Geography

Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:

  • key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather
  • key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop
    use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
  • use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key

(Maps of Britain and The World displayed throughout the year so children can name and locate the world’s 7 continents, 5 oceans and name, locate and identify characteristics of 4 countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas)

History

  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality–The arrival of trains linking Wickford with London and Southend
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, Queen Victoria (Link with Time Tunnel)
     

Music

  • Beach soundscape
  • 4 Seasons- Vivaldi
  • Summer songs
     

Art & Design

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination – seascapes, colour mixing
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space seascapes, colour mixing
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
     

Design & Technology

  • Explore bucket/spade-Make a better design.
  • Look at the pier in Southend. Create some in class- how can we make it better/stronger?
     

Computing

Online research, including maps, geography and history

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
     

Outdoor Learning

Each class in Years 1 and 2 will take part in 5/6 Outdoor Learning sessions in a block. The following areas will be included but should also be covered at other times in the 2 year cycle.
 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Science

Plants

  • identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.

Animals including Humans

  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)
     

Living things and their habitats

  • explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • 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
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
  • 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.
     

RE

The Essex agreed syllabus
for religious education

Special Things in Nature(See agreed syllabus for further details)

Personal Experience

  • The seasons, recycling, light and water (all life depends on these)
  • Trees, parks, woods, countryside, rivers, sea etc.
  • The need to look after our school/local environment
  • The seasons
     

Geography

  • use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map
  • use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
  • use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.
  • understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom (and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country)

(Maps of Britain and The World displayed throughout the year so children can name and locate the world’s 7 continents, 5 oceans and name, locate and identify characteristics of 4 countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas)

Art & Design

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products – outdoor art, including clay
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination – observational drawing
     

Computing

  • Use of I pads

 

 

 

PE

PE takes place across the whole year.

Pupils will develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They will engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns
     

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