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Curriculum

At Millbrook we are committed to teaching a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges all of our pupils and enriches their life experience. As of September 2014 in line with Government initiative Millbrook is delivering the New Curriculum.

In Key Stage one we plan our topics around the interests of the children. The children help us by thinking of visits they’d like to go on, questions they’d like answered and challenges they want to complete. The teachers build on the children’s ideas to plan a creative, motivating and child-centred curriculum that provides challenge for all.
Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree from Oxford University Press, supplemented with the “Floppy’s Phonics” scheme. We use the ” Letters and Sounds” programme to teach phonics.

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 Maths

        • Multiplication and division word problems
        • Mental maths on Fridays
        • Fractions of shapes
        • Using inverse to check answers 20

 Literacy

Reading and Writing Opportunities

      • Fact file about deserts
      • Reading about children living in South Africa
      • Descriptive writing – The Lion King
      • Meercat Mail
      • Postcard writing

Grammar

  • Conjunctions
  • Noun, adjective and verbs( including irregular)
  • Practice Paper for SATS

 Humanities

History

Geography

  • Identifying habitats and matching animals to habitat
  • Continents and the animals that live there
  • Research deserts

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Discovery Scheme

  • How should we care for others in the world and why does it matter – (focus on Christianity)

 Science

      • Food chain – linked to Meercat
      • Comparing Freshbrook to somewhere in the Kalahari Desert
      • Microhabitats
      • Adaptation

 PE

              • Athletics
              • Country dancing

 ICT

Scheme: Purple Mash

      • Algorithms- creating and debugging programmable toys

 Creative Arts

      • Drawing and painting what the Meercat saw
      • Music genre – sing grammar songs and continents song

 PSHE

        • Jigsaw scheme – Relationships


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Recent updates from Starfish class

  • Year 2 – The Fire of London and Bread making!

    Year 2 launched their fire of London topic with a visit from Warburton’s. They learnt about the production of bread products, the importance of a balanced diet and then they went on to make their own bread. They were given special hats to wear and learnt about using baker’s hands to ensure everything stayed clean. They had to shape their bread into designs from their topic too – these ranged from houses to flames. Luckily our bakers were very careful…
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  • KS1 – The Fire of London

    KS1 enjoyed making Tudor houses to start their topic on the Great Fire of London. They learned how the houses were packed closely together and what materials they were made of. At the end of term they re-enacted the Great Fire of  London . On Tuesday 6th February Mr Wilson set fire to the bakery and everyone watched as the Tudor model houses went up in smoke! It was fascinating to see how quickly the flames spread through the narrow…
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  • Born in a Barn

    KS1 and Foundation stage worked incredibly hard to put on three fantastic performances of Out of the Ark’s production, ‘Born in a Barn’. A special well done to all the Year 2s for learning their parts and projecting their voices so well. All the children across the 4 year groups performed so well and the singing was beautiful. A big thank you to all the parents and carers who came to watch.  

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  • Christmas in KS1

    KS1 are preparing for their Christmas nativity, ‘Born in a Barn’. The Year 2 children have learned their lines brilliantly and everyone has been practising the songs! They are counting down the days until Christmas with this Christmas stories advent calendar. Each day during December there is a new book to open and read. We’ve read poems, Christmas stories and stories about winter. We can’t wait to find out what will be next! 

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  • Year 2 – Inspirational Inventors

    This term we have been learning about Inspirational Inventors. We hot-seated Alexander Graham Bell, made timelines to show how phones have changed since they were first invented and learned about different inventors. We also learned about toys from the past and present. We made our own catapult toys, played Victorian games and wrote an information page about Toys and Games from the Past using all the information that we’d learned.

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  • KS1 Library Visit

    KS1 had a wonderful trip to the West Swindon Library before half term. They enjoyed listening to fables and choosing books to take back to their classrooms.

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