Year 1/Year 2

Class Teacher – Mrs Craggs
Dear Parents/Carers
This information outlines the teaching and learning to be covered over the half-term. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued help and support.

Summer 2017 Second Half-Term

This term’s topic is called ‘All Creatures Great and Small’

This term we will be practising all of the skills learnt so far in literacy including punctuation, suffixes, prefixes and the spelling of common words to write fiction pieces of writing based on the book ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell and factual pieces using the internet and non fiction books. We will also be listening to and reciting animal poems.

We will be applying our knowledge of the number bonds to twenty and adding and subtracting one digit and two digit numbers.  We will be solving problems involving division and multiplication, making arrays using objects. We will be measuring length, capacity, money and time using non standard units and solving problems. We will be naming shapes and sorting them according to their properties.

We will be comparing and classifying animals according to what they eat and what they look like and use scientific vocabulary such as carnivore and reptile. We will be discussing habitats and how animals are adapted to them. We will also be grouping according to alive, dead and non-living.

We will be comparing how we and our pets have changed since we were small and use historical vocabulary such as ‘when I was little, before and after’.

We will to use the computer to use websites, word process and make charts about animals.

For safety reasons please ensure children remember their PE kit and that any earrings are removed for PE.
We will be giving opportunities for children to practice skills involved in coordination, agility and movement. They will be creating their own team games, choosing their own resources and evaluating their performance.

We will be singing lots of songs about animals in different ways to express different musical elements. We will represent animals using different instruments and compose patterns and symbols to know when to play.

This half term we will be focussing on collage. We will study artist’s collages using torn paper and discuss what we like and their different features such as the use of colour and pattern. We will investigate tearing and cutting different types of paper and card before making our own pieces. We will also we having an Art Week which will conclude with an exhibition for parents and carers to see our wonderful work.

We will be finding out about why and how we celebrate special times.

We will be exploring our hopes and dreams and we’ll set goals for the future.

Learning at Home
This half term, we would like you to please continue to read as often as possible because better readers can become better thinkers. Make your own animal fact files. Draw/paint animals from the different groups such as a fish, bird, mammal, reptile and insects.

Links to details from previous term’s topics


Spring Term 4 – ‘Its A Bugs Life’

Spring Term 3 – ‘Once Upon A Time’

Autumn Term 2 – Popular Culture’

Autumn Term 1 – ‘Fruitastic’


Summer Term 6 – ‘Amazing Animals’

Summer Term 5 – ‘Superheroes’

Spring Term 4 – ‘Through the Door’