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Welcome to Years 1 and 2

Years 1 and 2 are taught by Miss Pepper, Mrs. Porter, Mrs Whiteley, Miss Robinson, Mrs Longbone, Mrs Sneddon, Mrs Slater, and Miss Johnson.  They are assisted in the classroom by Mrs Kaur, Mrs Begum, Mrs Clixby, Mrs Hayes, Mrs Edmundson, Mrs Fawcett, Mrs Pearson, Mrs Walker, Mrs White, and Mrs Khan.

Topics

Our main topics throughout the year are:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Space Exploration
  • Under the sea
  • Knights and Castles
  • Africa
  • Work based on stories such as Where the Wild Things Are and Little Red Hen.

English

In Year 1 your child will be learning how to:

  • write simple sentences on their own
  • use a capital letter and a full stop to punctuate a sentence
  • choose suitable words for stories and non-fiction writing 
  • write stories, recounts and instructions for other people to read
  • make sentences that follow on 
  • reread sentences to check them 
  • read a simple book on their own
  • talk about characters and explain what happens in a story
  • know how to find and use information in a simple non-fiction book.

By the end of Year 2 most children will be able to:

  • find the exact information on a page needed to answer a question
  • compare a range of different books and poems
  • explain the importance of characters, events, setting and ideas in stories
  • write a sentence which has two ideas
  • use capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks correctly in their writing
  • make decisions about the best words to use when writing
  • write in a range of forms and know who they are witing for and why
  • use words such as first, next, later, suddenly, meanwhile when writing fiction and non-fiction
  • think through their sentences before they write and check to see if they can make them better.

Visits and Visitors

  • Where the Wild Things are - Shelter building at Normanby Park
  • Mobile Planetarium
  • Castles

Maths

In maths during Year 1 your child will be learning how to:

  • Put numbers 1-20 in order
  • Recognise 0 as zero when counting and ordering, and visually
  • Write the total number down when counting
  • Know putting two amount together is adding and to use a number line to aid with adding to 10
  • Know taking an amount from an initial amount is subraction and to use a bead string or number line to subtract numbers within 10
  • Count on or back from a given number 
  • Know doubles to 5
  • Use more, less and equal with numbers - and to know what = symbol means
  • Create simple number patterns, and recognise these and explain with support

In Year 2 we:

  • know the number bonds to 20
  • count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0, and in from any number, forward and backward
  • identify, represent and estimate number using different representation including a number line
  • read/write numbers to 100 in numerals and words
  • compares and orders numbers from 0 up to 100; uses <, > and = signs
  • recognises the place value of each digit in a 2 digit number
  • use place value and number facts to solve problems
  • Recognise and use the inverse relationships between addition/subtraction and use it to check calculations and missing number problems
  • Recalls and uses multiplication and division facts 2, 5, 3 and 10 multiplication tables including recognising odd and even numbers
  • Calculate the mathematical statements for multiplication tables/write them using x 1 =
  • Solves problem involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in context
  • Recognises, find names and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4, and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity

Reading

Your child will bring a reading book home each day. Plase try to listen to them read each night. We will aim to change their book at least twice a week. Children who read regularly at home can earn prizes!

PE

Please make sure that your child has black shorts and a white T-shirt to wear for P.E. lessons. Children should bring their kit on a Monday and take it home the next school holiday.  PE kit should be in a bag that will hang on their peg under their coat. Please ensure all items are labelled with your child’s name and class.

Uniform and Jewellery

Children should wear a white or yellow polo shirt with a green jumper and black or grey skirt or  trousers. Black shoes should be worn, not trainers or boots of any sort. Tights shold be plain grey, green or black. Please ensure that your child does not wear jewellery.  Long hair MUST be tied back throughout the day for hygiene reasons. Nail polish and make-up are not allowed. If headscarves are worn for religious reasons they should be a plain school colour and must be removed for PE.

Home Learning

The blue home learning book will be sent home every Friday. Please ensure your child returns their book by Wednesday of the following week. Home learning will include number bonds, tables, spelling, key words  and topic related activities as appropriate. Accompanying the home learning books will be a spiral bound book of key words, tables, calculation methods, and key spellings to support your child's learning.

Additional Information

Water bottles should be taken home for washing daily. Children should not bring electronic/valuable items into school for Golden Time. Please ensure your child comes to school on time every day. Attendance certificates will be given out for each half term. Classes that beat their attendance target will be rewarded with a party.

For information about the curriculum, please visit the curriculum page.

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