Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn Term - Year 1 & 2


Literacy or Numeracy homework will be set on a Friday and should be handed in by the following Thursday.

Spellings will be given on a Friday with a short test the following Friday.


Cygnus - Tuesday
Lyra - Tuesday and Thursday
Indus - Tuesday

Please ensure that your child has an indoor and outdoor P.E. kit in school all week.

Please remember:

Your home reading book and reading record every day.

For children to complete the term reading challenge they must read at least three times a week at home. Please ensure reading records are signed if you read with your child.

To remove earrings for P.E.

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In Year 1 using the Historical event of the Great fire of London to inspire some newspaper report recounts and closer to Christmas we will be creating a narrative based around the John Lewis advert 'The Bear and the Hare'.

We will be learning:

  • To leave spaces between words.
  • To join words and sentence together using and.
  • Begin to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop.
  • Use a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun 'I'.
  • Sequence simple sentences and sentence like forms to form short narratives based on real or fictional experiences.
  • To use adjectives.

Year 2

In Year 2 using the Historical event of the Great fire of London to inspire some newspaper report recounts and closer to Christmas we will be creating a narrative based around the John Lewis advert 'The Bear and the Hare'.

We will be learning:

  • How to join lower case letters correctly.
  • How to write an effective headline.
  • To make improvements, revisions and corrections to our own writing.
  • To use capital letters and full stop accurately to show sentence boundaries.
  • How to use subordination and co-ordination e.g. that because.
  • To write in past tense.
  • To write in paragraphs.
  • To understand how non - fiction texts can be structured in different ways.


In Year 1 we will be learning to:

Place Value

  • Count forwards and backwards from 100, beginning with 0 or from any given number.
  • To count read and write numbers to 100 in numerals, count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10's.
  • When given a number one more or one less can be identified.
  • To read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.

Addition and subtraction

  • To represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.
  • To add and subtract one-digit and two digit numbers to 20.
  • To solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.


  • To recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
  • To recognize, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object.


To measure and begin recording the following:

  • Mass/weight
  • Capacity and volume
  • Time
  • Money

Year 2

We will be learning to:

Place Value

  • Count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number.
  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number.
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line.
  • Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100.
  • Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words.
  • Use place value and number facts to solve problems.

Addition and Subtraction

  • Solve problems with addition and subtraction using concrete objects and pictorial representations.
  • Solve problems with addition and subtraction applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written method.
  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently.


  • Recognise, find and make simple fractions such as 1/4, 1/3, 2/4, and 3/4.
  • To write simple fractions.

Statistics and data

  • To interpret and construct simple diagrams such as tally charts, bar graphs and pictograms.


This term the children will be working on their mouse navigation skills on the netbooks whilst creating art work on a range of office programmes.

Additional information

Please remember that, although your child has designated P.E. slots, they still need their kit to be in school throughout the whole week as, on occasions, this may alter.



As historians we will be learning:

  • Great fire of London
  • Remembrance Day
  • Guy Fawkes
  • Make own timeline of significant events in our lives
  • Christmas over time: what was it like when our parents/grandparents were small?


SEAL: Getting on and falling out

  • We will be concentrating on friendship.
  • What makes a good friend.
  • What we can do to help others.
  • How we cope when we get angry and who we can go to for help.


We will be learning:

  • Mouse control
  • To create Bonfire pictures on paint
  • Saving


I will be exploring:

  • How different religions celebrate
  • Birthdays
  • Christenings
  • Weddings
  • Christmas


Creating a Christmas bauble:

  • Product design challenge
  • Evaluate other baubles
  • Product planning
  • Make a Christmas ornament
  • Design an advert to sell
  • Critique


As artists we will be creating:

  • Landscape sketch/paint blowing of the Fire of London
  • Bonfire pictures
  • Remembrance day poppies


As scientists we will be learning:

  • Everyday materials
  • To identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • To describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • To¬†compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties

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