Year 1/2 Curriculum Overview

Autumn – Paws, Claws & Whiskers

In Year 1 & 2 our topic this term is Paws, Claws & Whiskers.

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers...What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers?

Paws, Claws and Whiskers is an imaginative learning project, filled with learning experiences and activities to support all children’s learning. The theme focuses on animals, how to care for them and what they need to survive.

This is a super topic to start the school year as the children are supported in building friendships and respectful caring relationships in their new class. The responsibility of caring for a class pet, and thinking about the needs of others, helps the children to build their self-esteem. As the children build their class bond, group learning activities encourage them to work together, co-operate and build respectful relationships.

The theme begins with an engaging learning experience. (caption) Lions, Pandas & Tigers really enjoyed when Mrs Mackie bought Murphy into school. Murphy is our school dog who will gradually be in school more and more. A school dog is a great way to engage the children and ensure all children have high wellbeing and high engagement during their time at Kents Hill School. The children enjoyed learning all about what Murphy needs to survive and they all enjoyed stroking him. During English lessons the children are using this memorable experience to write a recount of his visit.

The children will enjoy stories such as ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and base their English and PE dance lessons around these stories. They write lists and make booklets about the stories and learn to link moves and turns as they explore animal movement.

Children’s scientific knowledge is developed through the classification of animals and their observable features, learning about food chains, habitats and animal groups. Scientific enquiry skills are used to learn about variation and compare basic body parts of animals and humans.
With this new knowledge and understanding of animals and what they need to survive, the children work together to design and their own wildlife park, drawing a map with a key, making sure all animals have exactly what they need to survive.

After all of that learning, curl up and take a nap...a cat nap!

Please see attached a cornerstones leaflet full of home learning ideas to support your child’s progress throughout this topic.