Welcome to Year 1/2S!

Teacher: Miss Sweeney


Autumn 1 2021

Welcome to Year 1/2! I hope you have all had a lovely break and had a well deserved rest and time spent 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. 


Key Dates 
PEMonday and Friday
Class Assembly22nd March 2022



To begin our English topic this half-term, we are going to be reading 'The Pirates Next Door'. During this unit we will begin writing simple captions to practice using our phonics, finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We will explore the vocabulary used and what the author uses to join longer sentences together. During this unit we will discuss what it would be like if pirates moved next door to St Cuthbert's and how we would feel. We will look at different adjectives to describe our feelings and explain our reasons why we don't want them here. To finish the unit, we will apply the key skills we have learnt during this unit and write a letter of complaint to Mrs McGuire and Mr Lawrence about these horrid pirates and see what can be done about them!


In phonics this week we have been learning these sounds: 


Miss Sweeney's group / Mrs Mulryan / Mrs Dunn - 'p'  'i' 


Mrs Kilmartin's group - ai  ng  sh


Miss Morans group - sp  sn  cr


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



In Autumn, our first unit is Place Value. During this unit we will be doing lots of counting, forwards and backwards from 0-100. We will look at tens and ones within 50 and start to compare numbers using signs and symbols. We will learn how to read and write numbers in numerals and words to 100 and look at different ways to represent these using tens and ones, part whole models and Numicon. We will be ordering numbers, adding tens and ones and learn how to use a place value chart. 


This half term we will start our unit 'Buried Treasure'. During this unit we will learn how to devise our own map and simple key, helping our partners locate the buried treasure hidden around our school grounds. We will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. We will compare this with a seaside town (St Ives) and discuss where we would rather live and why. When devising a map of our school and local area we will learn how to use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map.


In Science this half term we will be continuing our learning all about Living things in their Habitats. We will use our knowledge from last year to help us explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive by exploring in our forest area. We will be reading the Bog Baby to help us identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. Using our local area to support our learning, we will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats and even make our own hedgehog huts to help the animals in our environment. During this unit we will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. 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 topics we will be studying this year:



Additional resources

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