Key Stage 1

Welcome to Key Stage 1

As a school we follow White Rose Maths to support our maths lessons.

Within the autumn term of Year 1, children look at place value of numbers within 10, addition and subtraction within 10 and shape.

Within the spring term of Year 1, children look at place value of numbers within 20, addition and subtraction within 20, place value within 50, length and height, and mass and volume.

Within the summer term of Year 1, children look at multiplication of division (2’s, 5’s and 10’s), fractions, position and direction, place value within 100, money and time.

In the Autumn Term children investigate the question ‘Does everything change?’

Within this, history is a key focus, as children learn about toys in the past and present, including design and material changes. We design, make and evaluate a hand puppet. They also explore how transport has changed over time, including the evolution of trains. As well as significant individuals from history including Richard Trevithick, one inventor of locomotives.

In science, we look at deciduous and evergreen trees and identify them within our local environment, the life cycle of an oak tree and, seasons and weather changes.

In the Spring Term, children investigate the question ‘Could the Great Fire of London happen again?’

Within this, history again takes a key focus. We explore when the significant event occurred, the cause of the fire, examine Samuel Pepys diary and engage within an interactive and immersive experience day where we meet Sir William Petty.

In Science, we look at Tudor houses and the materials used to build them and compare with modern day houses. Which then enables us to answer our curriculum question.

In Geography, we explore London including key landmarks. We also look at the United Kingdom and its capital cities, surrounding seas and oceans. At the end of our topic we create our own personalised version of a ‘new’ London map after the fire.

In the Summer term, children investigate the question ‘Are dinosaurs really extinct?’

Within this, children describe, compare and classify dinosaurs and animals. We discuss key vocabulary including carnivore, herbivore and omnivore and link this with the roles of teeth. We take an in-depth look into Mary Anning’s life, the first palaeontologist to discover the ichthyosaur. In Geography, we look at human and physical geography within our local environment. We also enjoy a trip to the Doncaster Museum looking at various artefacts and taking on the role of a palaeontologist for the day.

All other curriculum subjects are taught discreetly.

Year 2

Year 2 Maths

In the autumn term we will be looking at place value where we will be learning the values of tens and ones within a 2-digit number, partitioning numbers in various ways and counting in 10s, 2s, 5s and 3s.  Within addition and subtraction, we will look at number bonds to 10 and 20 as well as, learning the column method to add and subtract 2-digit numbers. We will also learn about shape this term where we will focus on naming different 2D and 3D shapes as well as describing their properties.

Year 2 Topic

This term our topic is called: Who Lives in a Place Like This?

Within this topic we will be looking at classifying different types of mini-beasts, the habitats of these mini-beasts, the life-cycle of a butterfly and food chains. We will also be looking at history of the local area and castles where we will look at the different types of castles and the jobs people had in medieval times.


Year 2 will receive new spellings on a Tuesday ready to be tested the following Tuesday. The children can access these through spelling shed online as well as receiving the list in their green spelling books.

The children will also need to practice their times tables using TTRS, their log in details can be found in their reading record.

Children should read every day at home where possible, this only needs to be for 5 – 10 minutes and does not need to be their school reading book. This reading book will be changed once a week to help develop the children’s fluency. Please record any reading you do at home and sign the children’s reading record.

Reading books will be changed on the following days:

1W – Monday

1H – Tuesday

2L – Wednesday

2M – Thursday

The children can also read their library book at home and this can be recorded in the children’s reading record too. The library books chosen by the children are to read for pleasure, these may be beyond the child’s reading ability but are there for you to share as a family. These books can be changed as regularly as the children would like.

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.


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.


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.