Year 1/2

Autumn Term overview – Year 1 & 2

A brief overview of the curriculum areas

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.




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.


Across the key stage this term, the children will be studying: Information Texts, Stories in Familiar Settings, Writing Labels, Lists, Signs and Posters, Songs and Repetitive Poetry and Stories involving Fantasy Settings. Each topic will be based around a specific text, beginning with Jill Murphy’s The Tiger who came to Tea in September.

Year 1

During Year 1, the children will build on work from the Early Years Foundation Stage, learning how to read and spell unfamiliar words using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt, which they will develop further in Read, Write Inc lessons. The children will practise sitting correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly, beginning to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place.  The children will say out loud what they are going to write about, composing a sentence orally before writing it and sequencing sentences to form short narratives. They will learn to spell the days of the week and name the letters of the alphabet in order. 


Pupils entering Year 1 who have not yet met the early learning goals for Literacy will continue to follow the school’s curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage to develop their word reading, spelling and language skills. However, these pupils will follow the KS1 programme of study in terms of the books they listen to and discuss, so that they develop their vocabulary and understanding of grammar, as well as their knowledge more generally across the curriculum.



Year 2


Pupils will be taught to continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.  Year 2 pupils will practise reading accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes.  The pupils will be asked to make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done, answering and asking questions, predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far.


The pupils will be encouraged to develop a positive attitude and stamina towards writing.  Pupils will be taught how to consider what they are going to write before beginning by planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about, writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary, encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence.  They will be expected to make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing by evaluating their writing with the teacher and other pupil.  In Year 2, the pupils wil also learn how to recognise sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation and command.  They will build upon their work from Year 1 to develop expanded noun phrases, drawing from a developing bank of interesting adjectives.



Year 1

The children at the start of the term will be focussing on number work. Children will be counting forwards and backwards in steps of 1 from any given number. They will be concentrating on writing words in numbers as well as the formation of each number. Place value will embedded in number lessons so children become more familiar with numerical value and number patterns/sequences. They will be encouraged to use vocabulary relating to addition and subtraction as well as the terms more and less. They will use pictoral representations to show calculations as well as using different physical equipment such as multilink cubes and deins.



Year 2

At the start of this Autumn term the children will be focussing on reading and writing numbers to 100. They will also recapping on counting forwards to 100 in jumps of 1, 2, 5 and 10 as well as counting backwards. This will lead to developing their understanding of the 2 times table multiplication facts.  The children will begin to compare 2 digit numbers using the correct symbols ‘<  > =’. Through this the children will develop their understanding of partitioning and show their knowledge of tens and units by using pictoral representations and apparatus. This will also support them when they begin to use numberlines to help their calcualtions of addition and subtraction. The children will be introduced to the term ‘communitive’ amd understand the purpose of this in their math learning. Children will begin to understand about the term ‘reasoning’ and learn skills to support reasoning of numbers and problem solving.






This term the children will learn about why we mark the memory of the soldiers from the ‘World Wars’ with Remembrance Day.  The children will learn about key figures from these periods and how their actions and decisions impacted upon them and how this has had an impact on the current day.


The children will be learning all about the area that they live in. They will understand where Cramlington is within the United Kingdom and the world’s continents. The children will also look into the human and physical features of their local area and the amenities that are available to the area.



Throughout the year the children will become more familiar with the seasons of the year and look at similarities and difference between them and how the day length varies. The children in this term will be looking at the a variety of common animals and show an understanding if they are carnivoires, herbevoires or omnivores. They will be comparing and describing these animals as well. The children will also be looking at the human body  and be able to label the basic parts. The children will also learn about the different senses of the body.


The children in this term will be looking at animals and plants and will be looking and understanding if something is ‘living, dead or never alive’. They will look at habitats that are suited to them including the plants that may be found there and how they depend on each other to survive. The children will also look at how animals obtain their food and use the simple idea of a food chain.


All children will gain opportunities to ask simple questions and find out different ways to answer questions using observations that they have made and then recored their information down in different formats.



The children will look in depth at Christianity focussing on the relationship between God and Jesus. The children will become familiar with Christian stories including the Nativty.

Later on in the year the chidren will also be focussing on stories from other religions where the children will be able to look for similarities and differences between them.


Design & Technology

In Design and Technology the children will be designing and sculpting a clay poppy based upon their observations of the shape, textures and colours of the red Flander’s Poppy. The children will evaluate their final product and say what they would have done differently next time.



In Art the children will be studying the american artist ‘James Rizzi’. They will be focussing on the shape and colours of buildings and using Rizzi’s art work as a stimulus to produce works of art using different mediums and techniques.



The children will continue to become familiar with the computers in the suite and developing their mouse control as well as the process of logging on and off the computers and being able to load the appropriate programmes. They will look at how to use ‘School 360’ programme with focussing on how to save and retrieve work.

E-safety will be taught throughout the year using different activities with a focus on using ‘Hector’s World’ and ‘Lee and Kim’s Adventure’. This will be looking at what personal information is and why it is important we keep it safe, sharing and chatting with people online and what to do when you are unsure about something.



 In P.E. the children will be recapping over basic skills of throwing and catching in Games and how these skills can develop into a game situation. They will also look at how they can us their bodies to gain control of balancing, rolling, jumping and general body movements in Gymnastics. During dance session the children will use music as a stimulus  to creae movements that follow the style of music and follow a beat and rhythm.

Outdoor PE kit: trainers, jumper, joggers, spare socks.

Indoor PE kit: sandshoes, black shorts, T-shirt.