Year 1/2

Spring Term overview – Year 1 & 2



Read,Write, Inc phonics

Read Write Inc provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching reading. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.  Each Read Write Inc programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child's progress and prepare them for the new National Curriculum Tests.  The children will continue with their Read Write Inc programme on a daily basis. Leading up to Phonics Screening Check (June), the children will practise reading a selection of alien words using the sounds they’ve been taught. This is to support children with segmenting and blending with accuracy and to develop confidence in their reading.


Reading books will be changed once a week where the children will receive 2 books a week. The children are also encouraged to read other books as well and to record this in their reading diaries.

At Shanklea, we read primarily from the Oxford Reading Tree home reading scheme.  All children in KS1 read books from the Oxford Reading Tree programme but we recommend that children also read a variety and breadth of different text types at home in order to continue their learning. Some children may bring home books from the Project X scheme in addition to ORT books.

Across the key stage this term, the children will be studying: Instructions, Explanation Texts, Stories from other cultures, Alphabetised texts, Poetry styles and Traditional tales (Jack and Beanstalk). Each topic will be based around a specific text fiction or non-fiction text.



Year 1

The children in Year 1 will continue to develop their accuracy with their sentence building skills. They will be encouraged to become more consistent with their use of capital letters and full stops to punctuate their work.  They will begin to use explanation marks and questions in their own writing. The children’s will continue to follow the Read Write Inc handwriting format to develop the form and size of their letters. They will begin to practise some simple cursive letters, beginning with diagonal joins. Throughout Guided Reading lessons, the children will explore both fiction and non-fiction skills, developing their fluency and expression.




Year 2

The children in Year 2 will begin to vary the type and length of sentence that they use. They will practise writing for different purposes including recounts, traditional tales and instructions and will emulate the style of given text types. Children will be expanding their vocabulary bank, including the use of adverbs, adjectives and a range of interesting sentence openers to add maturity to their writing. Children will also continue with their spelling understanding including looking at suffixes and other spelling rules. In Guided Reading, the children will be exploring a wide selection of challenging texts in order to develop their comprehension skills. Teachers will work alongside children to encourage them to explain their meaning and delve into higher level thinking. The children will also be looking at their presentation of their handwriting and will be continuing to practise their joins.



Year 1

This term, Year 1 children will begin to explore non-standard measurements for length, weight and capacity. Children will work with practical equipment to complete investigations. Those who are more confident, will be introduced to some key standard measurement methods.  Year 1 children will also continue to extend their knowledge of greater numbers up to 100. They will learn how to count in sequences of 2s, 5s and 10s. They will develop their understanding of how to use a number line or a 100 square accurately for addition and subtraction calculations. They will look at word problems in real life situations and be given problems to solve. They will begin to look at partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and units.  The pupils will learn to recognise all UK coins and to calculate totals from a group of coins.  They will learn to ‘pay’ by making amounts using a selection of coins.


Year 2

Year 2 children will count on in tens from any small number and read and write numbers up to 100 and beyond. They will use knowledge of number bonds to solve addition and subtraction problems. Children will be looking at division and learning the link between repeated subtraction and grouping. They will be all expected to learn and apply their knowledge of the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. The children will also be looking at fractions of shapes, fractions of amounts and numbers and will be continuing their understanding of time from year 1 including quarter past and quarter to. All children will use their maths knowledge and skills and use these when problem solving and reasoning about different styles of problems.


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Topic work


In our History work the children will study the famous event of ‘The Great Fire of London’. They will understand what happened before the fire began including ‘The Plague’ and will understand how the fire began and the time line of events until the fire was extinguished. They will look at photographs to collect information and gather facts. They will learn about famous people during this time including Charles II and Samuel Pepys.


In our topic about Katie Morag the children will study what it may be like living on a small island. They will use maps to locate places and create their own picture maps of an island using a key. They will look at physical and human features of the island and understand the meaning of these terms. They will look at daily life on an island using photographs to collect information. They will begin to make comparisons to living in Cramlington.




This term the pupils will explore in more depth the topic of Materials.  They will extend their investigation skills through developing a line of inquiry, making observations and becoming familiar with scientific vocabulary.  Later in the term, they will learn about ‘Growing things’.  The pupils will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.



The children will be complete a unit of work on Islam. They will learn about where Islam was founded and who founded the Muslim faith. They will name some of the prophets as well as the key prophet in Islam. They will understand the importance of the Qu’ran and why it is sacred.


Design & Technology

The children will complete a textiles project where they will design and make their own puppet using felt and other materials. The children will practise using a needle and thread to do some basic stitching. The children will evaluate and appraise their final product design. 


The children will explore the use of collage, colour and shape inspired by a variety of artists work based on The Great Fire of London. Children will work independently to use a range of materials and explore different media. They will create a piece of work over a sequence of lessons to produce a dramatic fiery scene to depict the tragic event of The Great Fire of London.


The children will continue with their programming understanding and skills. The children will learn how to input commands to make a ‘sprit’ move on the screen. Some children will challenge themselves and learn to ‘debug a programme’ to ensure that t is working correctly.

The children will also use a word processing package within our school system of J2E and Microsoft Word to create a piece of writing linked to their topic of learning.


Children will be learning about dance and movement and different ways that they can use their bodies to interpret different stimulus including music, percussion and the rhythm/ pulse of music.

There will also be taking part in gymnastic lessons where the children will learn basic skills which include- balancing, rolling, travelling on and around apparatus and weight on hands. They will look at how they can use their bodies to create different shapes as well as different styles of movement using apparatus.

In the first half term, children will be learning the basic skills needed to be able to play small sided games.

All children will do indoor and outdoor PE so it is essential that they have their full PE kit (P.E. T-shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit bottoms), including trainers, in school for the full week.




Year 1 & Year 2 Reading


Reading books will be changed once a week.

The books changing days are:

JR 1/2- Books in Tuesday and go out Wednesday

DAC 1/2- Books in Wednesday and go out Thursday

BD 1/2- Books in Thursday and go out Friday



In addition to the reading scheme, we recommend that children also read a variety and breadth of different text types at home in order to continue their learning. These books can be recorded in the children’s Reading Records.





English and Maths Homework in Key Stage 1


This term the children will bring home their purple homework journal.  Inside will be a list of activities that you and your child can select from.  The books will be collected back into school in the last week of the half term. It is expected that the children will have completed a minimum of three of the suggested tasks. The activities will be supporting their learning within school. Castle points will be awarded on this basis:

- between 3 and 4 activities = 10 castle points

- between 5 and 6 activities = 15 castle points

- between 7 and 8 activities = 20 castle points




Children will receive weekly spellings based on their Read Write Inc phonics groups. Children are expected to practise these words in preparation for a spelling test during the week.


Alien Words


Year 1 children will also receive Nonsense (Alien) Words book so the children can practise their segmenting and blending skills. There is no weekly test linked to this.

Number Facts


Year 2 will receive number facts on a weekly basis on a Friday. Children are expected to practice and learn these number facts and will be assessed on these during the week.