KEY STAGE 1 · YEAR 1
In Year 1 we consolidate the sounds that we learn throughout Reception and we begin to formally write letters and link sounds spontaneously to them, allowing us to write our own texts using ‘phonetic’ spelling. We practice writing and reading daily in a range of different ways through interactive whiteboard activities and word games to push our abilities. We begin taking home reading books to share, and are very proud of our growing vocabulary and increasing fluency in English.
In Mathematics we begin to develop the concepts of addition and subtraction through practical activities and begin to transfer these concepts to paper. We use a wide range of resources to help us understand concepts like weight, time, division and number. By using practical activities we are able to consolidate our learning and are able to apply our new skills in a range of contexts.
KEY STAGE 1 · YEAR 2
In Year 2 we are well on our way to consolidating our Literacy skills. We are excited about writing as we are learning to write simple instructions, information texts, recounts, imaginative stories and poems. We know that writing exists for different purposes and for different types of audience. We write every day and improve our spelling by applying the sounds we have learned in our writing and using the high frequency words correctly. As we gain confidence, we begin to use simple editing techniques and check for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors by ourselves. We are reading with increasing independence, we have regular guided reading sessions in class and love to take books home to share. Our topics provide a springboard for our Literacy activities as we learn to generate questions about what interests us.
In Mathematics we continue to extend our knowledge of numbers, shape and space through investigations. We work comfortably with numbers to 100 and are developing a solid understanding of place value, multiplication and division and addition and subtraction. We count every day in 10´s, 5´s and 2´s from any number. We continue developing our understanding of the concept of time by using analogue and digital clocks to tell time for a quarter to and past the hour. We also become more confident with adding and subtracting money and recognising coins. We learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and we concentrate on addition and subtraction using number lines and hundred squares. Our ability to explain and articulate strategies is growing and we learn to solve problems in a practical context by making links with the methods already learned.