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Years 1 & 2

Years 1 and 2 Curriculum Overview

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Welcome back to school for another year of exciting learning and having fun!

In Maths, our learning will focus on place value and number initially. This will help us to secure our understanding of number value and number bonds to help become more fluent before looking at other mathematical processes.

Our English lessons will cover narrative, information texts and poetry. We will be focusing on securing the basics of writing and understanding the different text types we are covering as well as building on previous learning of punctuation and grammar. 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 History, we will be learning about how historians find out about the past and Remembrance Day.

In DT, we will be looking at wheels and axles in more detail – seeing if we can make a simple vehicle to carry a small object.

In Science, we will be covering animals and offspring, parts of plants and what they need to grow.

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

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

  • Make a vehicle e.g. using Lego or junk modelling. What can it carry? Do its wheels turn?
  • Create a Remembrance Day poster with pictures and labels to say what it is and why we recognise it each year.
  • Choose your favourite book and tell the story to an adult- you can use the words and/or the pictures to be a story-teller!

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


We will be setting homework the week beginning 13th September. 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 two 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 two 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

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