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Dolphin Class

Dolphin Class - Year 1 and 2
 
Our Year 1 teachers are Miss Bailey and Mrs Barrett.
Our Year 2 teachers are Mr Havenhand and Miss Hartley. 

Summer Term 

Topics

Summer 1: Dinosaur Planet

Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl. They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth. Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet. Imagine you’re a palaeontologist (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts. . Which is your favourite dinosaur? The Tyrannosaurus, the Brachiosaurus or the Micropachycephalosaurus? Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes, he did. Run!!!

We are going to be looking at timelines of dinosaurs, and learning about what happened to the dinosaurs.  We will look at the work of Mary Anning and how fossils tell us so much about dinosaurs long ago.  We can't wait to learn lots of exciting facts.

 
Summer 2: Land Ahoy!
Yo ho, yo ho, it’s a sailor’s life for me. Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world, just like Captain Cook. Make a boat, sink a ship, fly a pirate flag. Speak like a pirate, write like a poet, then weigh and measure a pirate’s booty. How do rescues happen at sea? Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas. Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the deck, then search the school grounds for Captain Longbeard’s hidden treasure. There’s land ahead. Let’s get this ship to port.

 Novel Study

 

Year 1: Black Dog

Black Dog - Levi Pinfold 

 

Book Blurb:

A black dog appears outside the Hope family's home. As each member of the household sees it and hides, the dog grows bigger and bigger. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the Black Dog. When it chases her through the forest she shows no fear, so it grows smaller and smaller. Finally, back to the size of a normal hound, the Black Dog is welcomed into the Hope household as their newest addition.

The Author:

Levi Pinfold was born in the Forest of Dean.  He enjoys writing stories in his spare time. Since graduating from university in 2006, Levi has worked as a self-employed illustrator. Levi lives and works in Cornwall and plays banjo and guitar when no one else is looking.

By the end of this unit I will be able to write…

  • Character Description/Characterisation (through the use of verbs/movement).

 

  • Instructions and list writing (how to care for a dog or chosen pet).

Other writing opportunities that will help me practise my skills:

  • Describe beast – modelled example write.
  • Create own beast and describe – use this beast in independent narrative.
  • Describe beast – modelled example write.
  • Create own beast and describe – use this beast in independent narrative.
  • Similes and comparisons

Literary devices I will be practising throughout this writing journey:

Revise first person pronouns and possessive pronouns

Varying sentence length – short sentences to create tension (A Peat sentence useful here)

Verbs, the importance of verbs, selecting powerful verbs

 Adverbs to describe movement

 Similes

 Noun Phrases

 Adjectives into Adverbs – beautiful into beautifully

 Turning spoken words into inverted commas, starting with a capital letter

 Alliteration (verb + noun) dancing dandelions, hiding hyenas

 Time adverbials (explanation text)

 
 
Year 2: Meerkat Mail
 
Book Blurb:
 
Sunny the Meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close ...so close, in fact, that one day Sunny decides he's had enough and packs his bags. He's off to visit his mongoose cousins. But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of the Malagasy Mongoose, Sunny just doesn't fit in. And who's that shadowy figure who seems to be following him around?

The author:

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors.   

Emily Gravett has a rare talent indeed for creating exceptional books for children. The winner of two Kate Greenaway Awards, her skill and wit are second to none as she pushes the boundaries and wrings maximum fun and detail from every page. All of her books are unique and different from the last - and each features endearing, beautifully drawn characters that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone.

By the end of this unit I will be able to write…

-          Fact file/Non Chronological Report

-          Diary Entry

-          Informal Letter 

Other writing opportunities that will help me practise my skills:

-          Setting Description

-          Postcards

 

Literary devices I will be practising throughout this writing journey:

-          Subordinating conjunctions to write complex sentences

-          Adjectives to describe and consolidate use of expanded noun phrases

-          Use of powerful verbs

-          Adverbs to describe how a character moves

-          Adverbials of time

-          Formal/Informal language

-          Paragraphs

-          Editing and revising

 

Mathematics 
Year 1
The units the children will be learning this term are: 
Multiplication and Division 
Children count in groups of tens for the first time. Previously they have counted in 2s and 5s. They use pictures, bead strings and number lines to support their counting. Counting in 10s on a hundred square will also support children to see the similarities between the numbers when we count in tens.
 
Fractions:
Children explore finding a half for the first time using shapes and sets of objects. They will use the vocabulary ‘half’ and ‘whole’.  It is important that they know that a half means ‘one of two equal parts’ and are able to count them.
 
Geometry:
Children use the language ‘full’, ‘half’, ‘quarter’ and ‘three quarters' to describe turns made by shapes/objects. Children should practically turn objects, shapes and themselves in different directions but do not need to describe the direction of the turns. Children should investigate whether they can finish facing the same direction if they complete different turns.
 
Place Value (within 100):
Children build on their previous learning of numbers to 50 They continue grouping in 10s to make counting quicker and more efficient. Children are introduced to the hundred square and use it to count forwards and backwards within 100 Using dot-to-dot activities, both forwards and backwards, with a range of numbers is a fun way to explore counting to 100.
 
Money:
Children will recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins. Children will use their knowledge of place value to match coins with equivalent values. For example, ten 1 pence coins is equivalent to one 10 pence coin. This could be linked with the concept of exchanging.
 
Time:
Children are introduced to key vocabulary related to time. They use before and after to describe, sort and order events. Building on this, they use first and next to describe an order of events. When talking about the day, children use the language: morning, afternoon and evening.
 
 
Year 2
The units the children will be learning this term are:
Money:
Children will be learning to count money (pence), count money (pounds), count money (notes and coins), select money, make the same amount, compare money, find the total, find the difference, find change and two step money problems.
 
Multiplication and Division:
Children will be learning to recognise equal groups, make equal groups (sharing and grouping), add equal groups, the multiplication symbol, multiplication from pictures, use arrays, the 2 times table, the 5 times table and the 10 times table, divide by 2, odd and even numbers, divide by 5 and divide by 10.
 
Statistics:
Children will be learning to make tally charts, draw pictograms (where images represent 1), interpret pictograms (where images represent 1), draw pictograms (where images represent 2, 5 or 10), interpret pictograms (where images represent 2, 5 or 10) and block diagrams. 
 
Properties of shape:
Children will be learning to recognise 2D and 3D shapes, count sides on 2D shapes, count vertices on 2D shapes, draw 2D shapes, lines of symmetry, sort 2D shapes, make patterns with 2D shapes, count faces on 3D shapes, count edges on 3D shapes, count vertices on 3D shapes, sort 3D shapes, and make patterns with 3D shapes. 
 
Fractions:
Children will be learning to make equal parts, recognise a half, find a half, recognise a quarter, find a quarter, find a third, unit fractions, non-unit fractions, equivalence of one half and two quarters, find three quarters, and count in fractions.