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Years 1 & 2

Years 1 and 2 Curriculum Overview

Muck, Mess and Mixture

Welcome back to school for the second half of the Autumn Term and the lead up to Christmas!

In Maths our learning will be to develop our grasp of addition and subtraction, using a variety of models and images. We will continue to work on our skip-counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to build our confidence and fluency.

Our English lessons will cover traditional tales, letter writing and instructions. We will be building on the skills we have learned in Autumn 1, continuing to apply our grammar and spelling rules and learning about different text types. We will have spellings each week which will be sent home along with continuing our daily phonics lessons to support reading and writing. Your child will change their phonics book on a Monday and Thursday during their phonics lesson – they will not need to change them at any other time.

In Geography we will be learning about our local area. We will be carrying out fieldwork, looking at maps and even making our own maps of a high street.

In Art we are going to work on colour mixing and using different lines in sketching. We will have the opportunity to experiment with these skills in lots of ways!

In Science we will be covering the properties of materials, manipulating materials, the seasons, weather and deciding if things are living, dead or were never alive.

We will also be doing RE, PE, PSHE, Computing and Music!

We are also very excited to be starting rehearsals for our Christmas performance! We have lots of songs to learn and some lines too.

Here are some things you might want to do at home:

  • Walk around your local area- what buildings can you see? What are they used for? Is there more of one type of building than another – why do you think that might be?
  • Explore mixing different paints to create different colours – what happens if you add more of one colour than another?
  • Practice your lines for the Christmas performance and/or sing the songs!

We look forward to seeing some of the things you have been learning about at home.


We will be continuing to set homework. The expectations are:

Year 1

  • Reading with your child and your child practicing their green and red words
  • Fortnightly spellings related to phonics sounds and common exception words
  • Fortnightly Maths activities related to learning
  • Numbots at least 2 times a week


Year 2

  • Reading with your child and your child reading aloud at least 5 times a week
  • Weekly spellings
  • Fortnightly Maths work (up to 20 minutes)
  • Numbots at least 2 times a week


Important information

Badgers PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Owls and Hedgehogs PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on these days – they do not need their school uniform to change back into.

Please make sure you send your child to school with the following – re-fillable water bottle, book bag to hold their reading record, spelling book and reading book and their lunch box (if they are not having school dinners). Can you also ensure your child has sun protection on prior to coming to school.

The teachers in Key Stage 1 are:

Claire Spring, Key Stage 1 Leader, Badgers Class teacher

Rosy Forrest, Hedgehogs Class teacher

Claire Pollendine, Owls Class teacher

The adults supporting in Key Stage 1 are:

Jo Holman, Sue Powell and Alison Cowling

Supporting Your Child at Home