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Years 1 + 2 (Lower KS1)

Welcome to Year 1/2
1D Class Teacher: Miss O'Neill
Class E Teacher : Miss Tissier
2F Class Teacher : Mrs Ker
Teaching Assistants: Ms Stillwell , Miss Luggah, Miss Manara

Dont forget to check our "All Year Groups" page for additional whole school resources and homework.


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Our current topic is “Our Wonderful World”. We are exploring this topic in all of our subjects this term. Our topic for the summer term will be “The Seaside”.


As part of our “Our Wonderful World” topic, we have been exploring many texts that are based on animals this term. We started with Fox, The Tin Forest, The Whales’ Song and various non-fiction books about owls. We have been writing descriptive sentences using expanded noun phrases, while always remembering our capital letters, full stops and correctly formed handwriting (joined up for year 2 children). We also made information booklets all about owls, where we wrote facts and organised them under headings.

Continuing with animal-based texts, we are currently reading “Diary of a Wombat”, where we are learning to write in the first person (saying “I”) and in the past tense. Over the next few weeks we will produce a recount (or a piece of writing where we describe something that has happened to us in the past). For other year 1 and 2 English based activities, please see website below for ideas.

Parents/caregivers have recently been given free access due to many teachers and children working from home.


Along with our daily English lessons, we also do daily handwriting practise. Parents are encouraged to practise at home as much as possible. If you are unsure on correct letter formation, you can look at the guidance below. We use the handwriting programme ‘Penpals’.


Thank you to all the parent/caregivers who are consistently reading at home with their children. We cannot stress enough how incredibly important this is for the children to develop in ALL areas of the curriculum. The current expectation is that children are reading DAILY and that their reading diary is signed and dated by an adult. If your child’s diary is not signed, we will assume they have not read. If it is not noted that your child had finished a book, it will not be changed.

Class teachers read with your child once a week. To move up to the next reading level, children complete a set reading assessment with the class teacher. Children must have read the set text at least 95% accurately and have answered all comprehension questions correctly. Comprehension is very important here, as just reading words correctly/fluently is not enough for a child to move on to the next book band colour.

In order to aid with the children’s comprehension, we do weekly comprehension activities through guided reading or English lessons. Many practise comprehension activities are available though twinkl.com or simply though a google search “KS1 comprehension practise” if you would like to try some at home. The children are taught to read the questions, read the text, then answer the questions. They are encouraged to re-red as many times as they like and to underline or highlight anything they deem important.

In addition, year 2 children who are completing SATS papers can view past reading papers on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials#key-stage-1-past-papers

Or some examples here on the TES website:



In KS1 we teach maths in weekly blocks where one week is spent on each topic. The areas are (not necessarily in this order):

  • Place value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Measures
  • Geometry

When all topics have been covered, we start back at the first topic and move through once again but with different/more advanced outcomes. We are currently working on geometry (shape) and fractions.

Our current calculations policy in on the school website, but some guidance on arithmetic calculations is below:


During Lent our topic for R.E has been ‘Opportunities’. Our big question is “How does each day offer opportunities for doing good?” We started the topic by discussing the choices we have to make in our lives each day and how they affect ourselves and our families. We then reflected as a class how we can make good choices in our daily lives and touched upon times when we have not made sensible choices and how those choices made us feel. We looked at the significance of Ash Wednesday and learned how it is an opportunity for us to repent for the bad choices we have made in our lives. We wrote sorry prayers in which we asked God to forgive us. We have also learnt about the actions we must carry out during Lent: pray, fast and give alms (help others). After that we explored the CAFOD Lent calendar and designed our own Easter eggs with significant words used during Lent. We are currently learning about Palm Sunday and will be looking at the events of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.



In science, the children have been learning all about “animals including humans”. The topics we have already covered, or will be covering are:

  • What is means to be living vs non-living
  • What animals need to survive
  • The six main types of animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and insects)
  •  Vertebrates or invertebrates
  • Habitats around the world
  • Animals and their young
  • Animal diets
  • Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • Food chains

Our next topic will be ‘humans and a healthy lifestyle’.


In spring term our topic has been ‘Our Wonderful World’. We began by investigating our local area using aerial maps, we were able to identify important landmarks near to us and locate our school on a map. We then looked at the continents, identifying the seven different continents and the world’s oceans. Using our map skills, we searched for the location of several different countries across the world and discovered which continent we live in; Europe, as well as our neighbouring countries. Then we focused our attention on the countries which make up the United Kingdom and Great Britain. We learnt the names of the UK’s capital cities as well as the national emblems of each country and their most famous landmarks. After that, we looked at the world’s climate, identifying the different climate zones across the world, the location of hot and cold countries and the habitats of a range of animals. This enabled us to make links to science and understand how hot and cold climates affect the animals which live there. We found out why an animal’s appearance changes to adapt the habitat that they live in. Continuing through the rest of the term, we will be looking at the weather and seasons in the UK, with a focus on Spring.


This term in art we have been learning about the French post-impressionist painter Henri Rousseau, who is best known for his depictions of jungle scenes. Our artwork related to our topic ‘Our Wonderful World’ and science, where we have been learning about animals. Throughout this term we have drawn and designed animal patterns and created our own masterpieces in the style of Rosseau using a mixed media method.

Home Learning Resources

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week 11 - 15-6-2020

week 10 - 8-6-2020

week 9 - 1-6-2020

week 8 - Half Term (25-5-2020)

week 7 - 18-5-2020

week 6 - 11-5-2020

week 5 - 4-5-2020

On-going resources

week 4 - 27-4-2020

week 3 - 20-4-2020

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