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Learning at Loughton Manor First School


Everything we do at Loughton Manor First School is based on our aim "building a life-long love of learning in a safe and happy school." We try our hardest to live out this belief in all our work and play.


Please click on your child's year group on the right to get termly curriculum information. Remember to check your weekly ParentMail to find out what your child is learning each week.

Weekly Curriculum Information for Parents

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Monkeys Planning for week beginning 15 January

The children had a fantastic time during our Bugtopia visit, and so many children wanted to hold and touch the animals!

This week we will continue our topic, 'Going Wild!' Our focus text for the week is Handa's Surprise, written by Eileen Browne.

In key worker groups the children will continue to use their senses to explore different fruits by tasting fruits from the story and using words to describe the fruits. They will also be making and eating fruit kebabs. In Maths the children will also be listening to the story of Handa's Hen and matching the number of animals to a numeral. In phonics we will be developing the children's listening skills by matching sounds to the instrument which has made the sound.

We will be introducing our new role play area, a café. We will be modelling the different roles, chef, waiter and waitress and customer.



Tigers, Zebras and Pandas Planning for week beginning 15 January

The children really enjoyed the visit from Bugtopia on Thursday. We couldn't believe how brave they were, with so many children wanting to stroke or hold the little creatures! Braver than many of us adults, I think it's safe to say! Thank you to everybody who contributed £3 towards the cost of this truly fantastic experience.

As we move into week 3 we will be continuing with our literacy focus text 'Handa's Surprise'. The children will be describing the animals from the story in more detail and have the opportunity to enjoy exploring Handa's village and the African jungle in our role play area. The children will also be writing a list of important things they would take with them if they went on an adventure into the jungle.

As part of our 'Understanding the World' learning, we will be looking at different habitats. We will be discussing why animals live in certain places and the differences and similarities between their habitats.

In maths we will be learning about position and direction and we will be programming the bee bots to travel through a map of Handa's village, created by the children in the classroom. We will be using positional language such as 'above, below, in front of, next to and behind.'

In our PE lesson we will continue learning our 'Jungle Boogie' dance which the children will be performing to one another in their star of the week assembly on Friday.

The indoor and outdoor areas are full of fun and exciting animal related activities this week which we are sure the children will enjoy! Everything from making their own animal tracks, to practising animal yoga, to creating their own binoculars to search for animals, we are sure to have a fantastic week ahead!

Year 1 Planning for week beginning 15 January

It is an exciting week in Year One. On Wednesday Lions are visiting Milton Keynes Museum. On Thursday it will be Leopards and Giraffes turn to visit. Thank you to everyone who has returned the permission slip. If you are yet to do so, please return it asap. The children will be leaving shortly after 9am and will return in plenty of time to be picked up at 3pm as usual. Please ensure your child wraps up warm as it can be a bit chilly at the museum. Children need to wear their school uniform and must wear sensible footwear. Children will be provided with their usual free school lunch.


To prepare for the trip to the museum we will be continuing our learning about Victorians by finding out about Queen Victoria and significant inventions from that time in history.


In English we will be using the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk to describe the characters from the story and take on the role of the different characters and answer questions. We will also be solving the mystery of some missing fairytale characters in maths by exploring length.


Year 2 Planning for week beginning 15 January

In English next week we will be exploring alternative versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The children will be planning and writing their own alternative ending for the traditional tale.


Our maths work next week will focus on 2D and 3D shape. The children will be developing their knowledge about the properties of these shapes. Just a reminder that children should be learning to recall number facts by heart. These include number bonds, doubles and halves, and twos, fives and tens timetables.


In science next week, we will be continuing to explore materials and their properties. The children will explore and compare a range of materials and consider their best uses.


In history, we will continue to learn about the Great Fire of London. The children will learn more about the events of the fire and produce their own booklet to retell this event.


There are no spellings to learn next week as we are reviewing children’s phonics progress at present. The first set of spellings for this half term will go out on Thursday.


Curriculum - this term

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