Key Stage 1 (Years 1&2)
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Click the links below to read the National Curriculum coverage in each subject.
Year 1 (1st half Term) - How Does the Story End?
Our topic this term focuses on traditional tales, allowing plenty of opportunity for role play, story retelling, exploring familiar characters and using repeated phrases. The children will be looking at a range of traditional tales, thinking about similarities and differences and links between them.
Our Science work looks at animals, including humans, and the children will be looking at animal diets and identifying carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Part of this unit focuses on naming human body parts and links to our PSHE work on Changing Me.
We will be using tools safely to make story boxes in DT after exploring simple sliding and lever mechanisms. In Art we will be looking at the work of Benjamin Butler and using his work as inspiration to create our own background for our story boxes. These story boxes will then be used to support story retelling in Literacy.
During this half term, Year 1 will have Forest School sessions on the school grounds followed by a Beach School trip to the local seafront.
(2nd Half Term) - How Were Toys Different In the Past?
After half term, the Year 1 topic changes and will be looking at the History of toys and how they have changed over the years. This will link to our Science work on materials, identifying the materials that objects are made from and how this has also changed in relation to toys. In Art we will be looking at the work of Jane Hissey as well as Wendy Tsao, a textile artist. Tsao will be our inspiration for designing and creating our own sock puppets in DT.
Year 2 (3 week topic) - Can You Remember This?
Year 2 started the term with a mini topic to remember expectations and routines that they will need in Year 2. During this block, the children walked to the gallery of the Two-Faced Twins on Worthing seafront to gain inspiration for their upcoming work in Art and to complete sketches of local key buildings. These sketches will be used later in the term to create their own pieces of art after they have learned colour mixing skills.
How Did they Do That?
Following the mini topic, Year 2 begin a topic for the rest of the Autumn term that focuses on DT and History. The children will be finding out how Victorians lived and differences between life in the past and now. During this we will be taking them to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum where they will be engaging in workshops related to Victorian school days and home life. In DT we will be looking at the moving mechanisms of a windmill and making our own moving structures as well as exploring textiles to create Christmas decorations.
Our work in Science this term looks at the suitability of materials for their purpose and includes a range of experiments and identification of materials as natural or man-made.
Spelling is a major part of the expectations of the English curriculum, and there are national lists of words that your child is expected top be able to read and spell at different stages of their education..
Click here to see the words that your child should be able to read and spell by the end of Year 1.
Click here to see the words that your child should be able to read and spell by the end of Year 2.
Year 1 Phonic screener
In June, all Year 1 children have to take the National Phonic Screener check. This is an assessment that checks their phonic knowledge by reading a range of real and alien words. Any children that do not reach the pass mark threshold have to re-sit the test in Year 2. All results will be reported to parents. If you require any further information about this check, please see Mrs Halley.
Due to the disruption to schools, the Phonic screener Check was cancelled in summer 2021, therefore the current Year 2 children have not taken the Check. This will be administered to Year 2 children during the 2nd half of the Autumn term 2021. Again, any child that does not meet the pass mark threshold will be expected to retake the check in June 2022.
Year 2 SAT’s
In addition to all the exciting learning we have planned for the children this year, Year 2 children will be doing their SAT tests in the first half of the summer term as they near the end of KS1. These are national tests, and we are required to administer them to all Year 2 pupils. They will take the form of reading comprehension, maths and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) papers. We will give you more information about these tests nearer the time, however if you wish to view past papers then please use the blue tab on the top left-hand side of this page entitled Year 2 (KS1) End of Year Expectations to find the links.