Years 1 and 2 2018 - 2019

Miss Challenor

Miss Jackson



Spring Term 2018

Quick Reminders

  • We have a number of adults, including volunteers, who read with our children multiple times weekly. Please ensure your child has their reading book and yellow reading record in their bag every day so that we can help support your child with their reading progress!
  • PE lessons are on Monday and Thursday afternoons - please ensure that children have the correct kit in school. The kit is black shorts/leggings/jogging bottoms, a white t-shirt and trainers or pumps
  • During 'Active Maths', which is first thing in the morning, children must wear pumps or trainers.


Topic: This term our class topic is 'Space Explorers'! We will be learning all about the history of space travel, including the space race, ordering the events chronologically. We will be learning about British astronaut Tim Peake, as well as other famous missions and explorers, such as the crew of the Apollo 11 moon landings. We will also be 'astronauts in training', covering knowledge and skills that real astronauts need to learn before they make the big trip!

Science: Our Science lessons will take inspiration from our topic. We will be continuing to learn about every day materials and their properties; we will be designing, carrying out and evaluating our own experiments, answering questions and creating new ones! Some of our areas of focus will include gravity, sinking/floating, water resistance, magnetism and how different materials can change.

We will also start to look at plants as the seasons change and Spring arrives, focussing on the needs of plants, the names of plant parts, the different uses and importance of plants, and their life cycles.


English: This term, Ms Challenor will be teaching Year 1 and 2 children in 2 groups. Children at similar stages of their learning journey are grouped together, so that they can work at their individual pace of progress and development whilst also focussing on the outcomes of their year groups.

Our first book is 'Here Come the Aliens!' by Colin McNaughton. Somewhat of a favourite, this hilarious book describes a motley crew of aliens that come to invade Earth... only to see a picture of Earth children and promply change their minds! Filled with inspiring poetic verse and illustrations, we will be using this book as a stimulus to write, amongst other things, diary entries and interview questions.

We will also learn about non-fiction texts and the forms they can take, writing our own based upon the learning we have done in Topic lessons. 

Year 1 and 2 will also focus on the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) curriculum for their individual year groups. We will be embedding these into English teaching and the children will learn to apply their knowledge to the texts they create.

Phonics and Spelling: The phonics and spelling groups for Years 1 and 2 will continue to be taught in small groups, allowing for the children to focus on the outcomes of their individual phase and Year group at a pace that is achievable to them. Regular sessions will allow the children to gain new skills which they can then apply to reading and writing across the curriculum.  Tests will be on Fridays.

May I recommend the website 'PhonicsPlay' if you would like to practise your phonics at home? The website has lots of free games and printable resources, as well as a subscriber area too. Click on the image below if you would like to visit the site!









Maths: In the Spring Term, Miss Mason will be teaching Maths to Year 2, with Ms Challenor teaching Year 1. This way the children can focus on the outcomes of their individual year groups whilst working at their pace of progress and development.

We will be largely focussing on developing number skills, aiming to increase children's confidence working with the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and their mathematical symbols, as well as place value and counting skills, so that children become increasingly numerate.

In the first instance, this will largely come from children working with a wide range of concrete apparatus (a selection of these includes cubes, counters, Numicon, Base 10 equipment, buttons, shells, bundles of wooden sticks in tens, etc).

As they gain in skill and knowledge, we increasingly learn to use pictorial represatations of mathematical concepts, including number lines, hundred-squares and the part-part-whole model, and start to explore some formal methods such as column method.

As well as number skills, we will also be developing our knowledge of geometry and ways of measuring length, time, capacity, volume and mass. The children will be applying their Maths skills to problem solving on a regular basis so that they become confident using what they have learnt

We are currently learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables - some children know these and are learning 3 times tables. We need to know the whole operations off by heart. Please keep practising at home. Altogether, now...


"1 x 2 is 2............. 2 x 2 is 4.................. 3 x 2 is 6....!"


Computing: We are keen to build on our Computing learning from last term in our lessons this year. This term, you will be focussing on programming and algorithms in a range of contexts!

Reading: Our reading is coming along beautifully, and the children must keep practising every day so that they become more and more fluent at word recognition. It is also important the children develop their comprehension skills and can understand and respond to the texts that they read.

We have a reading 'Treasure Quest' in our classroom. When children read 10 books at home (and can show this by comments in their reading record), they get a Bronze certificate in class. It's a Silver for 20 books completed and when they have read 30 reading books, they get a GOLD certificate in Friday assemblyHappy reading!



All children have their tasks set on a Friday to be handed in on the following Thursday - one piece of English and one Maths.

Children are expected to read at home every night and records kept up-to-date, so children can be monitored when back in school. Please comment in your child’s Reading Record on a daily basis.

Weekly spellings are taught in lessons and then are to be practised at home, with a test on a Friday. Children need to bring their practice sheet back to school.

What do we need to remember to bring to school?

Please make sure you bring your PE kit, reading book and reading record into school. Also, if your group needs clothing for Friday Golden Time, do not forgot those.


Here's to another fantastic term from everyone in the Year 1/2 team!



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Contact the School

Castle Academy

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218

Contact the School

Castle Primary School

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent

Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218