Class Two – Years 1 & 2


Welcome to the Class Two! This class is taught by Miss Robinson, supported by Mrs Mason, Mrs Harwood and Mrs Court. They are homed in Skiddaw classroom just off the hall, with access to an enclosed outside space just outside their cloakroom door.

Summer Term Curriculum 2022

Maths: Last term it was great to see the benefit of the Mastering Number sessions feeding into the learning in the main maths lessons as the children become more fluent with their number facts. This term Year 1 will move on to working with and understanding larger numbers (beyond 20 and up to 100) as well as beginning to develop an understanding of multiplication and division, which will also include fractions. Year 2 will work on becoming more confident with all four types of calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and especially developing their understanding of the latter. This will also include a unit of work on fractions.  

As the weather improves, we look forward to getting outside to do some practical Maths work on measurements.  

English: It was lovely to have the opportunity to share the children’s writing books with many of you at Parents Evening last half term and I feel very proud of the children and the progress they have made since September. This term a big focus will be on the presentation of our written work including handwriting, making sure that our letters are formed correctly and are the correct size and orientation in relation to each other. Year 1 will be focusing on using capital letters and full stops correctly when writing more than one sentence and will also learn more about when other punctuation might be more appropriate e.g. a question mark or exclamation mark. Year 2 will be learning about different types of sentences and furthering their understanding about the use of apostrophes. We will all be practising to read our own work aloud and with confidence as well as learning spelling rules appropriate to our year group. Year 2 will look at adding their own personality to their writing by thinking about the audience (who is the reader) and how they can entertain them or provide them with more information.  

We will begin the term by looking at the text ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett and the outcome of this will be that the children write their own postcards.  

During the second half of the term our English work will link closely to this term’s Science topic. We will be reading the story ‘Welcome’ by Barroux as well as a selection of non-fiction texts about animals.  

Reading 

Reading underpins all other areas of learning so thank you for your continued support with reading at home. Phonics lessons will continue to be daily and the skills learnt in these lessons applied in all areas of the curriculum. Alternative pronunciations and spellings will be explored as well as spelling rules when adding suffixes to words. The focus with the Common Exception Words will be spelling these correctly when writing sentences.  We will be exploring new vocabulary in the texts we read, during whole class reading, guided reading and when reading 1:1. As well as continuing to improve our fluency and expression, answering questions about what we have read will be a skill we will be developing in our Guided reading sessions too. For Year 1 this will mostly be through verbal responses but for Year 2 this will be recording answers in writing.  

RSHE:  

This area of learning will continue to underpin how we work together as a class and how we develop positive relationships both in and beyond the classroom. This term our RSHE unit will be about valuing difference. This will include what it means to be a good friend, how we are similar and different to each other and how to resolve problems that can occur with our friends including showing kindness and dealing with social situations appropriately.  

Science: Our science topic this term is living things. We will be identifying whether things are living, dead or have never been alive and exploring a variety of plants and animals. We will be learning about what a habitat is and identifying and exploring different habitats including micro-habitats.  

 

Topic: (History and Geography) We start this term with a geography topic. In this topic we will continue to develop our geographical knowledge of places, specifically Cumbria and the Sahara Desert. (The setting for one of our English texts). We will explore how these places are similar and different by learning about their location, the weather and the physical and human features. 

During the second half term we will have a History focus. We will continue to develop our awareness of the past as we learn about changes within living memory through the topic of transport.  We will ask and answer questions and use a range of sources to find out information.  

PE In PE we will continue to engage in a range of physical activities and we are looking forward to getting outdoors even more to do this. Last half term we thoroughly enjoyed our cricket enrichment day and this half term we will continue to develop our throwing, catching, hitting and striking skills. In athletics, we will also be developing our running, jumping and throwing techniques.  

 

Computing: This term we will continue to recognise and discuss common uses of information technology at school and beyond as well as in everyday life. We will also link our Computing learning to Music by using technology to create media. We will then compare the processes of creating music digitally and non-digitally.  

 

RE:  Our whole school Christian Value is ‘Peace’. In our RE topic ‘What is the good news that Jesus brings?’ we will look at some stories from the Bible that bring good news and explore how this good news is for all, not just Christians. We will also explore how Christians show their belief in God.  Our world religion focus will be Islam. We will explore the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity including special buildings, books and practices.  

Art Miss Kilifin (our fantastic final year teaching student) inspired the children before the holiday as she kicked off a unit of work around portraits using different media. The children will continue this work this half term so watch out for upcoming blog showing the amazing ways in which the children have represented facial features in a variety of ways.  

Linked to our geography work on contrasting localities, we will also be using what we know about the locations to create pieces of work using drawing and painting using appropriate colour, shape and line. 

DT Linked to our history topic transport, we will be developing our skills of designing. We aim to develop our knowledge and skills so we are able to use mechanisms in our work and select and use appropriate tools and materials correctly in order to make our own vehicle. 

Music: In assemblies we will continue to experience and learn about different pieces of music and explore our voices when singing together led by our expert musician Mrs Wadey. This term in class we will also be listening to and evaluating music and experimenting with, creating, selecting and combining sounds using the different dimensions of music both digitally and non-digitally. This will be with a particular focus on rhythm and using our Science topic of animals as our inspiration.