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Year 1/2

Welcome to the year 1 and 2 class page!



You will find lots of important information about our class on this page. Below is a snap-shot of what we have been getting up to! 

We are a class of 25 children, our teacher is Miss Savage and our teaching assistant is Mrs Kellett.

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Science Week

We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during Science Week!

Our favourite part was making gooey slime! We explored how the texture and viscosity changed.

Check out our Earwig timelines for photos!

Forest School

We look forward to our weekly session with Kev and the team. So far we have taken part in den building, fire making and habitat building. We've had lots of fun in our forest and using our natural resources.

Forest School

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Our Learning Challenge Curriculum


Autumn 1 - How did castles protect people?

During Autumn 1, we studied the question ' How did castles protect people?' We explored the features of a castle, who lived in a castle and discovered why some were built on hills and some had a moat. We had an amazing time visiting Muncaster Castle. We particularly enjoyed our Dungeons and Dragons Tour of the castle.


Autumn 2 - How have Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole helped to make the world a better place?

During Autumn 2, we explored how Florence and Mary contributed to the nursing industry e.g. by training nurses with appropriate nursing skills, cleaning hospitals, preparing healthy food... 

We wrote diary entries in the role of a nurse and thought bubbles in the role of soldiers fighting during the Crimea War.


Spring 1- Why was Neil Armstrong very brave?

Throughout this term, we explored fictional books such as 'Bob Man on the Moon' and 'Aliens Love Underpants'. We have particularly enjoyed writing newspaper reports to highlight the key events for when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins landed on the moon for the first time.

Check out our Earwig Timelines for our photos for our fabulous SPACE DAY! We took part in constructing rockets, made moon cakes and created our very own 'out of this world' planet. 


Spring 2- Why was the fire of London so great?

During this term, we have explored the reasons why the fire of London spread so quickly and continued for four days e.g. wooden buildings, houses built close together, windy weather, inappropriate fire equipment...

We have looked at ways the fire brigade have made significant changes.

We had a fantastic time constructing our very own Tudor houses using recycled materials.


Summer 1- What would life be like as a pirate?

We have been using the internet and books to research famous pirates such as Blackbeard. We have been learning about the role of a pirate, pirate food, the Pirate Code and the different jobs on board a ship. 


Summer 2- Why do we love to be beside the seaside?


Beatrix Potter Week- Monday 4th June 2018


Parents can also keep up to date with all our fantastic activities by visiting our academic timelines via Earwig.


PE Days

Our PE days are every Monday and Thursday.

All PE kits must be brought into school on a Monday and return home on a Friday. Please ensure all of your child's PE kit is clearly labelled with their name.

Year 2 children have swimming sessions every Monday afternoon throughout the Summer Term.



Your child will receive homework every week. This includes weekly spelling and maths homework. Please ensure all homework is returned to school on a Friday.


It is expected that your child reads at home at least five times a week. All reading books and records must be returned to school each day.

Aim for Strive for Five! 


Year 1 Phonics Screening Check


What is the Phonics Screening Check?


Children in Year 1 throughout the country will all be taking part in a phonics screening check during the same week in June. Children in Year 2 will also take the check if they did not achieve the required result when in Year 1 or they have not taken the test before.


Head teachers should decide whether it is appropriate for each of their pupils to take the phonics screening check. The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether individual children have learnt sufficient phonic decoding and blending skills to an appropriate standard.


What Happens During the Test?


The test contains 40 words. Each child will sit one to one and read each word aloud to a teacher. The test will take approximately 10 minutes per child, although all children are different and will complete the check at their own pace. The list of words the children read is a combination of 20 real words and 20 pseudo words (nonsense words).


How Can I Help My Child At Home?


  • Play lots of sound and listening games with your child.
  • Read as much as possible to and with your child.
  • Encourage and praise – get them to have a ‘good guess’.
  • If your child is struggling to decode a word, help them by encouraging them to say each sound in the word from left to right.
  • Blend the sounds by pointing to each letter, e.g. /c/ in cat, or the letter group, e.g. /ng in sing. Next move your finger under the whole word as you say it.
  • Discuss the meaning of words if your child does not know what they have read.



Year 2 National Curriculum Tests (SATs)


Year 2 children will be taking the national curriculum tests (commonly called SATs) in May 2018. These tests can be done on any date in May.
The tests are not qualifications and don’t affect your child’s future options in school. The results are an opportunity to compare pupils nationally to ensure schools are helping pupils to master the basics in English and mathematics,
and make progress. They are also an important tool to help teachers identify pupils who may need additional support, and make sure this is put in place as early as possible. ...


Your child will sit the following tests:


  • English Reading: 2 papers: short text and questions; longer text with separate questions
  • Mathematics: 2 papers: arithmetic; mathematical reasoning
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling (optional):2 papers: spelling; punctuation and grammar (including vocabulary)