Overview of curriculum topics

Welcome to Year 1/2DM!

Teacher: Mrs Dunn and Mrs Mulryan


Key dates 

P.E days - Every Monday and Friday


Class assembly - 1st March 2022




Spring 1 2022

Welcome to Year 1/2 and may we wish you a Happy New Year! We hope you have all had a lovely break and had a well deserved rest, spending time with your loved ones.

Here's to the start of an exciting year ahead with lots to look forward too.....


On our class page you will be able to find information about this half terms learning.

At the bottom of this page I have attached this years topic overview, homework and spelling sheets along with some useful links to help you with your learning. 



To begin our English topic this half-term, we are going to be reading 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch'. During this unit we will be learning more key skills to apply in our writing to make our stories even better. We will be learning to use a range of conjunctions (and, so, but, because, if, when, however) as well as using some adjectives to describe the characters and setting to make our writing more interesting. 

We will start to become more independent when applying new key skills in our writing this half term by using our steps to success ladders and our success criteria's. During this unit we will be learning to write a set of instructions, a diary entry and a non chronological report. 



Please remember to complete your phonics home learning sheet that is sent out every Friday by your phonics teacher


Please log on to fast phonics to carry out your home learning to revise your weekly sounds by clicking here



During our Spring term, we will be learning to add and subtract up to 20. We will be using numicon, our tens frame and a number line/track to help us and well as concrete objects and pictures. We will then move onto place value within 50. We will look at representing numbers to 50 in different ways, find one more and one less and compare objects and numbers within 50. During our daily counting, we will be counting from any given number up to 50 and learning to count in 2s and 5s. 




This half term we will start our unit 'The Great Fire Of London'. Queen Elizabeth is very worried that a Great Fire could happen in London again and has asked us to investigate if this is the case! During this unit we will be using our retrieval and inference skills when looking at a range of sources from 1666 to understand what happened during the great fire, what caused it, who was to blame and we will investigate what changes have been made since the Great Fire and how they have impacted us today. Then we can inform the Queen with our findings. 

We will learn to plot key events on our class timeline and compare Stuart London to London now. We will go on a virtual tour of London in the 1600s and discuss the similarities and differences between key time periods. Using pictures and  a range of sources, we will decide who the fire affected the most and if the King made appropriate changes. When comparing the fire service, we will look at changes made and whether these helped during the terrible tragedy of the Grenfell Towers fire in 2017. 





In Science this half term we will be learning all about everyday Materials. We will be exploring the outdoors and naming different objects and what materials they are made from. Using our scientific word mats, we will be describing the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. Using our identifying and classifying skills, we will group and compare materials based on their properties and carry out simple tests to prove our theories. We will then perform tests to see which material is best to keep the Lighthouse keepers lunch safe from those scavenging seagulls!! During this unit we will be working scientifically by asking questions, gathering data, performing simple tests and using our observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions. 



This half term in religion we will be focusing on the topic 'New Beginnings'. We will learn that everyday brings us new beginnings and that God is present for them all. We will discuss how we feel during new beginnings and what they teach us. We will be visiting the school chapel once a week to carry out our collective worship where the children will take it in turns to lead. 




This half term you will need to come into school wearing your PE kit on PE days which are a Monday and a Friday. In PE you will be practicing your basic ball skills with Mr Berry outside and gymnastics skills in the hall. 



Reading – 10 minutes a night

Listening to your child read for 5/10 minutes a night makes a significant difference in their progress and attainment. It helps them practice key reading strategies and skills, develop their comprehension skills and supports their overall fluency and accuracy, which are vital skills they need for the future. A reading book and reading record will be sent home each night in your child’s bag. When they have finished the book, please sign the reading record and they can choose a new book from our library. Please note, the books sent home are for the children to practice their reading skills at home and therefore should not be too challenging. A higher level book will be given to your child during our guided reading sessions in school, where we teach the children new reading strategies.


Reading eggs – once a week

Reading eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning. Your child’s log in for this is stuck in the front of their learning log. Please contact the office if you need your child’s password details resent.


Mathseeds – once a week

Mathseeds is an online website where a weekly homework task will be set by your child’s teacher every Friday to help consolidate and practice skills taught in school. These activities develop pupils’ confidence and fluency in Maths and the interactive lessons provide step-by-step examples to break down learning into manageable chunks. The log in for this is the same one you use for reading eggs.



Phonics home learning – 5/10 minutes a night

Starting from next half term, we will no longer be sending out our half-termly spelling list. We believe it will be much more beneficial for the children to practice the sounds they have been learning in their daily phonics sessions and words related to this sound. Every Friday, we will send home a list of ten words for your child to practice over the next week in their book bag. These words will be familiar to them and ones they have practiced in phonics sessions. There will not be a weekly test anymore but we hope to see your child applying these spellings and spelling rules correctly in their writing sessions. You can then practice these sounds further on fastphonics (, which is the same log in as reading eggs.



Learning logs – Once a week

This half term, we would like to trial project based learning to replace our homework board. We will give these out on the first Monday of every half term and your child can complete over the half term. We ask that their project is brought into school on the last week of term to share and celebrate with their peers. You will be given a sheet of paper that will be stuck in your child’s learning log that will outline what the project is and ideas of activities you can do.  We feel this will give children more freedom to learn about real life world events, share personal experiences and will help motivate them to engage in home learning as it is child managed. It will also encourage them to be more independent, inquisitive and encourage outdoor learning together. This can be completed in your learning log, a scrap book of your choice or it can be uploaded onto Seesaw.





Please see below an overview of our topics this year:




Additional resources....

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