Welcome to Year 1/2J!

Spring 1 2018

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half- term break with your families. 

The children have settled in wonderfully in their first term in year 1 and enjoyed ending the term with their brilliant nativity performance. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the children in their Christmas celebration. Please see below to find out all of our topics this term, any special dates and what we are learning in each subject.

Class Teacher: Miss Jaworska



This half term we will be again working on fairy tales which will create a base and provide inspiration for practicing our writing. We will be reinforcing the use of capital letters, full stops, finger spaces as well as using our phonics knowledge in our writing. Our focus will be on developing our use of a wide range of openers and conjunctions like ‘and’, ‘because’,’ but’, ‘if’ or ‘so’. We will be busy reading different stories such as 'Jack and the beanstalk' and ‘Giraffes can't dance’. We will also be writing some instructions to grow a a magical beanstalk which will be our first non-fiction writing task. At the end of Spring 1 we will be looking at poetry and work on recognising a poem and using rhyming in our own poem.


In our guided reading sessions we will be continuing using our carousel set up 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 further exploring numbers up to 100. We will also be practising our 2s, 5s and 10s timetables. In the first few weeks, we will practice adding and subtracting numbers up to 20 using different methods for instance, using a timeline, base 10, part whole models or column method. Our focus will be on a place value to develop our understanding of number. The terminology such as ones (place digit), tens, hundreds, exchange numbers helps us with our reasoning. Afterwards, we will move on to the topic of length and mass. You can help your child in your local area by estimating size or when cooking at home using weighing scales and counting amounts.



TOPIC - Our world

This half term our topic is ‘Our world’! We will spend the half term developing our computing and music skills. We will look at different music from around the world and have a go at creating chants using our voice and making traditional music using our body and musical instruments. We will record our own music using the iPads and use an app to create an album cover for our own music. Using the laptops we will research a composer and create an eye catching poster. 



In our Religion lessons this half term, we will be learning more about our local church and we will have our first whole school mass. We will learn more about the importance of community and how everybody works together around us everyday. This half term we will also start learning about another religion, this term it will be Islam. 


In Science we will be learning about plants. We will identify, name and label the basic parts of a plant. We will be able to describe why a plant needs, water, light and a suitable temperature to grow, we will carry out an investigation growing cress to help us understand this.



Dates for your diaries.....

School reopens- 7th January at 8.45

Spelling bee- 25th January

School closes- 15th February


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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