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The Circle of Life

This year all of our exciting connected learning is inspired by songs from Disney films and musicals! This half term our theme is, ‘The Circle of Life’.


In Early Years, the children are heading deep into the jungle! Tiny Steps, Nursery and Reception children will be learning all about jungle life, animals and habitats! They will build their awareness of new animals such as a tree frog and sloth! They will finish off the half term by moving onto exploring animal young and lifecycles. To celebrate all our learning, we will enjoy a visit from the purple pig company to meet some animals in real life! We are really looking forward to becoming jungle explorers and building our knowledge even further!

Year 1 and 2

In Key Stage One we will revisit previous learning about animals including humans and learn new knowledge about habitats and food chains. In geography, we will explore and compare two different locations, understanding what makes places unique. Through our class books, we will explore different habitats, learn to write stories and we will write a recount of one of our exciting trips during Haxby Road 100 week. We will also be using mechanisms to design, make and evaluate a moving character. Year 2 will learn about the religion of Christianity and year 1 will explore what it means to belong to a faith community. In computing, we will learn how to use technology to change images and finally, in PSHE, we will learn about money and work, exploring the qualities and attributes needed for different jobs and careers.


In Years 3 and 4, we will be learning about the life cycle of a flowering plant and will be using our scientific enquiry skills to observe over time. In geography we will be finding out about the water cycle and will be doing local fieldwork to help us learn about the journey of the river Foss. Our computing skills will help us to research facts about rivers around the world. In DT we will be learning how to use a program to control a product. In PSHE, Year 3 will be learning about the different kinds of jobs there are and during Careers Week we will be thinking about the skills we have and how these might help us to aspire to our dream jobs. Year 4 will be learning about the importance of managing money.

Why festivals are important to religious communities will be the RE focus in Year 3 and Year 4 will be learning about why Jesus is inspiring. Our class texts this half term are The White Fox and Cloud Tea Monkeys. Our curriculum will be enriched  by our HR 100 activities including drumming, dance, Fairtrade Fortnight, World Book Day and International Women’s Day.


Year 5 and 6

In year 5 and 6, our book, The Explorer, will underpin a number of key areas of the curriculum. based in a South American rainforest, it will allow us to discuss the physical geography of South America and understand the biomes, vegetation and other key features within the Amazon rainforest. In addition to that, in our Science, we are quite literally asking – What is the circle of life? This area will look at seed dispersal, life cycles of a range of different animals and much more! In DT, we are looking at how external devices can allow us to monitor changes in the environment with a specific focus on temperatures across the UK and South America. In PSHE, we will focus on how money makes the world go around and the possibilities for future careers. And finally, in RE, Year 6 will be questioning what is important to both Christians and Humanists and Year 5 will be continuing to explore what it means to be a Muslim in society today!

Our learning will be celebrated during our showcase and INSPIRE sessions shared with parents and governors. We are looking forward to Haxby Road 100 week too! 

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