Welcome to Year 1/2J!

Autumn 1 2018

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer break with your families. 

The children have settled in well and are enjoying learning lots of new things. Please see below to find out all of our topics this year, any special dates and what we are learning in each subject. 

Class Teacher: Miss Jaworska




This half term we will be focusing on fairy tales and stories from familiar settings. We will be reinforcing the use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in our writing. We will also look at ways to improve our writing by going back and editing the next day using our success criteria. We have been busy reading lots of different stories, such as the ‘Minpins’ by Roald Dahl and spotting nouns and verbs when we see them.

In Ks1 we will be practicing using different conjunctions to join our ideas together, for example ‘and’ and ‘because’.

In our guided reading sessions we will be introducing a weekly carousel whereby the children will read with the teacher once a week and answer questions and draw inferences based on what they have read. The children will also practice their spelling, punctuation and grammar in this time and get the opportunity to explore different text types.



This half term we will be looking at numbers up to 100. Firstly, we will be doing lots of counting forwards and backwards from any given number and patterns that we see. We will introduce new terminology such as less, more, total, greater than etc. You can help your child at home by looking and recognising numbers in the local environment e.g house numbers and bus numbers. Can they find one more or one less? How many tens and how many ones?

Towards the end of the half term we will move on to practicing our number bonds to 20 and 100.




This half term our topic is ‘All about me’! We will be learning how to map places and use the compass points to help us to navigate. We will start by learning how to read a map and how to understand a key. We will then progress to mapping a route inside the school grounds.  We will use Ordinance Survey maps as well as ariel photographs.
We will then use the mapping skills we have learnt to follow a route around our local area and even create our own map of Withington.

We will also learn all about Christopher Columbus; his experiences and travels and how he was one of the world’s greatest explorers.


In our religion lessons this half term, we will be learning all about the importance of Family. We will discuss how we love and care for our families and how every family is different. We will explore the roles people have within families and things that we do together as a family.


In Science we will be learning about the different seasons. We will be taking a walk through all the seasons and look closely at how the weather changes, celebrations during each season and things we associate with each season.


Dates for your diaries.....


School reopens - 5th September 2018 at 8:45am



Please see below some of the things your children will be learning this year.



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Growth Mindset

Show co-operation

Stay curious

Make it better

Be resilient

challenge yourself

Always be creative


All about me


Our World

Toys past and present

Let’s go to the arctic

Great explorers

PSHE Focus

Eat Healthy

Stay Safe

Keep Fit

Real life experience

Local area walk

Visitor / parents to visit to explain how area has changed - pictures

Autumn walk in park/school grounds

Den building in the forest for the three little pigs

Winter walk in park/grounds

Trip to a castle (entry point)

Parents – celebration of work on castle. Information displays.

Church visit

Members of the community to visit- Fr Curly

Delamere Forest Park

GM – celebration of work

Growing plants

Spring walk

Poetry day


Exit point – linked to great explorers book – camp fire in forest school


Events and Celebrations

Angel day

Event: Anti Bullying Week: (


Event: Safer Internet day:


Event: World book day

Whole school: Everybody Writes 5th  March

Event: KS1 Poetry Workshop

Event: St George’s Day

Event: Celebrating


Everybody Writes: week beginning 11th June

Religious Education





Local  church, Community and Other religions






Universal church -world


Goldilocks and the three bears

Instructions -  How to stay healthy

Shark in the park

The lighthouse keeper’s lunch

George and the dragon


Information text – castles

Castle book (Bernadette)

Giraffes can’t dance

Jack and the beanstalk

Instructions – How to grow a magical beanstalk



Information text  - fact file

Where’s my teddy?

Performance Poetry

EBW – Three little pigs

Information text on polar animals

Ice and snow based poetry

The gruffalo

Instructions – how to be a great explorer

Man on the moon

The great explorer



Numbers to 10

Number bonds

Addition within 10

Subtraction within 10


Shapes and patterns (2)

Ordinal numbers (1)

Numbers to 20 (2)


Addition and subtraction to 20 (2)

Length (1)

Mass (1)


Picture graphs (1)

Numbers to 40 (4)

Mental calculations (2)


Multiplication (2)

Division (1)

Time (1)


Numbers to  100 (3)

Money (2)




Animals including humans






Geo: All about me

Dt: Dips and dippers

History: Castles


Art: portraits

Geography: Our World


History: toys past and present

DT: masks

GEO: let’s go the arctic


Art: collage:  arctic scene

History: Significant people

Art: water colours linked to Northern lights (Great explorer)

Physical Education

Outdoor games


Outdoor games


Outdoor games


Outdoor games


Outdoor games








Your childs learning and development in Key Stage 1 relies on your support at home. 


  • Your child was given a pack with all of this half term's homework in the first week. The children are able to choose which activity they wish to complete each week from their homework board and we ask that this homework is handed in on a Friday morning. If you need any copies of this pack please see below.
  • In the summer term, we have purchased CGP Reading books for all of our year twos. We will set one activity a week, which we will ask to be handed in on a Friday. The children will mark their homework on a Friday afternoon and the books will be returned on Monday to complete the next homework task.
  • Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday. By the end of KS1 all children must be able to read and spell over 200 high frequency words, so practice at home is vital. 
  • We kindly ask that you spend 5 minutes a day reading at home with your child. Frequent, short reading practice will hugely benefit your child's ability to decode words at speed. We encourage you to discuss settings, characters, character's feelings and their predictions. This will prepare your child for the reading SATs at the end of Year 2. If you read with your child every night, please sign their reading record, this means your child will be enetered into the prize draw in golden assembly on Fridays!


A few helpful reminders...


  • We ask that your child has their P.E. kit in school all week. Our scheduled day for P.E. is Monday and Thursday, however, this can change at a moments notice so all children must have a P.E. kit readily available.  
  • We encourage drinking plenty of water throughout the school day so we ask that you provide your child with a named water bottle for those thirsty moments


Click on the links below for this term homework:

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