Years 1 & 2

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Meet the Staff

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L-R: Mrs L Smith, Mrs S Storey, Mrs W Cortis, Miss V Blackburn

About Us


At Adderlane we have one Year 1 class and one Year 2 class. 

Year 1
Moving on from Early Years, we have a smooth transition into Year 1. At the beginning of the year we still access some child-initiated play in our continuous and enhanced provision - this play helps us to build on our new knowledge independently. We also access lots of adult-led learning to improve our maths and literacy skills, as well as exciting topics such as 'Nurturing Nurses' and 'Toys from the Past' where we incorporate Geography and History.

Year 2
In Year 2, we still access some child-initiated play (continuous and enhanced provision) to deepen our knowledge, but our day is predominantly adult-led. Some of our topics include 'The Great Fire of London' and 'Poles Apart'.

Our day begins at 8:50am and ends at 3:10pm.


How We Learn


Year 1 presents a whole new curriculum in which children’s learning is developed and built upon from the experiences that they had last year. The transition from Reception to Year 1 has been smooth. Children are all working really hard and have learnt lots of new things!

We continue to do daily Read Write Inc lessons throughout the year and the children are assessed nationally in the Summer in a phonics screening test. In every Read Write Inc session we learn a new sound, review previously learnt sounds, practise spellings, read a book and write a sentence. Lots of practice for our budding readers! 

Please continue to support your child at home with their reading and phonics practice as this really does make a difference! 

In writing we cover a variety of Talk for Writing and Literacy Shed units throughout the year. Within these lessons we use both stories and videos as a hook for writing. We then spend time in English lessons looking at key features of the text being studied before building up to our own piece of extended writing at the end of each unit. 

Presentation and letter formation are key areas which children in Year 1 need to work on. We are  beginning to ensure that our writing sits properly on the line and letters are formed correctly. We have daily handwriting sessions to ensure children are aware of the different handwriting families. 

We follow Twinkl mathematics programmes which really helps children develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. There is a huge focus on using concrete resources alongside abstract methods to deepen mathematical understanding. We are also beginning to strengthen our arithmetic skills by completing daily mental maths morning starters.

 

In Year 2 we strive for children to become more independent with their learning and really begin to put all of that phonetic knowledge into practice!

We continue to do daily Read Write Inc lessons throughout the Autumn term. At the beginning of Spring 1, for those children who are ready, they will begin daily guided reading lessons instead. These lessons help to build on a range of reading skills needed as the children progress through into Year Three. We read a class novel each half term together and complete a range of related activities in our basic skills books. 

In school we read to our reading pets everyday for at least 15 minutes. Please continue to support your child at home with their reading and spelling practice as this really does make a difference!

In writing we cover a variety of Talk for Writing and Literacy Shed units throughout the year. Within these lessons we use both stories and videos as a hook for writing. We then spend time in English lessons looking at key features of the text being studied before building up to our own piece of extended writing at the end of each unit. 

We continue to have three handwriting sessions per week in order to help children form all letters correctly and consistently. We hope to begin learning the cursive script as we move forward into the summer term.  

Within maths lessons in Year 2 we begin to encourage all children to become independent thinkers when solving problems in this subject and applying knowledge in a range of different ways. Retrieval practice is something we do daily in maths to ensure children can remember what we have learnt in the past. The children complete weekly maths mats which allow them to reflect back upon past learning.

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Our Curriculum