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Welcome to Year 1/2!


Welcome to the Year 1/2 information page.
Read about what we have been doing so far.



In geography, we will be learning to...

  • use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.
  • use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
  • use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
  • use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.


In Art, we will be learning...

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • to learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.




Week commencing 19th October

We were thrilled to welcome our Patron of Reading Sean Perkins via Zoom. This was the first of what we hope will be many visits with the whole school. Sean read one of his books, introducing us to the characters of Oscar and Ben. The children had the opportunity to ask Sean questions. They wanted to know how he became an author and an illustrator. Sean then set the children the challenge of inventing a new character that could be included in his books. We will then send Sean some of our ideas.

Purple class- As part of our 'Humans' science topic, we conducted an investigation to answer the question; At what distance can you read letters on an eye chart? We found out that our eyes are all different. We saw the letters at different distances to each other.

Yellow Class Forest School afternoon this week was spent toasting marshmallows on a campfire! They were delicious!

Week Commencing 12th October

In Art, we independently applied our knowledge of tints and shades to produce fantastic paintings of the waves in the sea.

As part of our 'Humans' science topic, we conducted an investigation to answer the question;

At what distance can you read letters on an eye chart?

We found out that our eyes are all different. We saw the letters at different distances to each other.


We enjoyed playing team building games!

We have been applying our knowledge of number bonds to 100!

In science, we have been using our sense of taste and smell to identify the flavour of crisps.

As part of our English this week, we created a series of 'stepping stones', replicating one of the images in the book On a Magical Nothing to do Day. We then tried to move across the stepping stones in a variety of ways whilst making sure 'sharks' in the water did not nibble our toes! We even managed to listen to poetry at the same time! We then wrote different adjectives onto the stones and called them out whilst jumping across. Our final activity was to choose one of the adjectives and put it into a sentence when we landed on it. 'Deluged' was our favourite adjective!

Forest School this week was all about team work and having fun!

Week commencing 5.10.20

We were inspired by David Hockney's 'A Bigger Splash' so we decided to paint our own splashes using tinting and shading.

#HelloYellow - Today, we wore yellow to help raise money for Young Minds.

Art- This week we have been studying Monet's 'Shadow of the Sea' painting. Using our knowledge of shades, we painted our own version.

Whilst winding down from our exercise, the children felt this was a perfect opportunity for a selfie!

Hockey- We have been using our new skills to dribble in and out of cones.

In English, we are reading 'On a Magical Do-Nothing Day! Like the child from the story, we explored the copse using our senses!

In geography, we have been learning about compass points.

Week commencing 28.9.20

After studying David Hockney's 'A bigger Splash' painting, we created our own version using different shades and tints of blue.

Science- We have been experimenting with our sense of touch! We used our sense of touch to identify the item in the feely box with and without a glove on. We found out it was easier to identify an object without a glove on.

Forest School

Another glorious sunny day for Forest School. The children this week enjoyed playing ‘Colour Bingo’ which involved finding different coloured natural objects to match to their bingo card. They then explored further to find leaves of different shapes and sizes.

NSPCC Pants! We have been learning about keeping ourselves safe with the help of 'Pantosaurus'.

ERIC time.The children all enjoy using the ‘super power’ of reading to participate in ERIC time – Everyone Reading In Class. This activity promotes the importance of reading for pleasure.

Week commencing 21.9.20

The rain held off for another wonderful session of Forest School for Yellow Class. The children explored the area to find items of different colours and unusual items. They then worked in pairs to create a picture to illustrate something they had done during lock down, using items they found in Forest School. Pictures included a mountain, a campsite, a barge and even marshmallows on a stick! Roll on the next session!

In Art, we made our own shades. We did this by adding black to our primary colour. We noticed that this made the colour darker.

In hockey, we have been learning to control the ball whilst dribbling.

Maths- We have been identifying tens and ones in two-digit numbers!

Week commencing 14.9.20

In geography, we have been exploring different maps. We were able to use the key to find out information and locate places. We noticed that maps can be different.

In Art, we have been making tints. We found out a tint is the mixture of a colour with white, which increases lightness.

Today, we have been writing a character description for Mr Grinling. We used appropriate adjectives and vocabulary from the text.

Forest school- Yellow class

Team building!

The sun shone brightly for Yellow Class’s first Forest School session with Mr Anderson. They learned the rules to enable them to navigate Forest School safely and to ensure they also took care of and respected the nature around them.

After that they were then free to explore for themselves and discover the many habitats in Forest School. The children were extremely enthusiastic and asked many excellent questions to find out more.

The children then worked in pairs and were given a ‘dinosaur’ that they were asked to build a home for, using many natural resources they could find lying around Forest School. Features such as shelter, warmth and comfort were considered, with one lucky dinosaur having a climbing frame in the home!

The children had great fun and look forward to Forest School sessions every Tuesday until Christmas – whatever the weather!

Science- We have been learning about the different parts of our body. We were able to identify the bones that form our skeleton and locate our heart, brain and lungs on our split pin skeleton.

Week commencing 7.9.20

In Art, we have been experimenting with the primary colours. We mixed two of them together to see what secondary colours we could make.

In English, we have been using nouns and adjectives to write a setting description from our book 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'.

What better way to recognise numbers to 100 than a class game of BINGO?

Our first Daily Mile of the year!