Key Stage 1

Welcome to Key Stage 1

Year 1 English

English in Year 1 will be taught using a new format, alternating between focused grammar lessons and a session of independent writing, in which they use the taught grammar skills. We will focus on using full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks accurately when writing sentences. Also, we develop the use of conjunctions such as and to extend sentences and add detail to their writingEnglish lessons, where possible, will be linked to our current Topic, but we aim to follow the children’s interests to make writing as engaging as possible.

Teachers in Year 1 will follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to deliver phonics to the children.

Year 2 English

Year 2 will be focussing on consolidating Year 1 grammar and punctuation as well as introducing new grammar, punctuations and spelling that is taught in year 2. In grammar we will be looking at common and proper nouns, expanded noun phrases, subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions, verbs and contractions, using suffixes and the 4 different types of sentences (statement, question, command and exclamations) to add interest to our work.

Within spellings we will be looking at spelling the Year 2 common exception words as well as following several spelling rules that involve silent letters and homophones.

Teachers in Year 2 will follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to deliver phonics to the children.

Year 1 Maths

During the Spring term we will look at reading, writing and interpreting mathematical statements involving addition and subtraction within 20. We will then look at place value within 50. We will measure length by comparison and by using standard and non-standard units of measure. Weight and volume will also be measured by comparison.

Year 2 Maths

During the Spring Term we will focus on multiplication and division using arrays, grouping and sharing with 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 3’s. We will also look at properties of shape: naming and identifying 2D and 3D shapes. Fractions will also be taught to find a fraction of a shape and an amount: a half, a quarter, a third and three quarters. 

Year 1 Topic

During the Spring Term our topic will continue to be ‘Could the Great Fire of London happen again?’

Within this we will be covering a range of topics and skills. The enthusiasm and engagement has been phenomenal so far and the children have loved exploring how The Great Fire of London began, who was involved and why it occurred. We also thoroughly enjoyed a visit from Sir William Petty. Next, we will continue developing our Geographical skills, investigating London landmarks and comparing maps of London from past to present. We will also look at The Royal Family, with a large focus on the Queen’s Jubilee. 

Year 2 Topic

This term our topic is called ‘Do all Superheroes wear capes?’

Within this we will look at historical heroes and heroines that have changed the world we live in, such as Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. We are looking forward to a visit from Florence Nightingale where we can handle artefacts Florence used and roleplay being nurses and doctors helping soldiers recover. We will also look at modern day superheroes, such as the NHS and the emergency services.

PE

Year 1 PE is on Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed.

Year 2 PE is on Monday afternoon. Please ensure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed.

Homework

Year 1

Spellings: Monday

From time to time, they may be given homework that reinforces what we have done in class.

Year 2

Spellings: Monday

They will also need to access TTRS to develop their understanding of the times tables. From time to time, they may be given homework that reinforces the work we have completed in class.