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Year 1/2

Our Learning during Autumn Term in Year 1/2


In our English lessons, we have studied the book ‘The Deep Dark Wood’, a story about a little girl who ventures through the woods to meet her best friend. However, on her way, she comes across many beastly creatures that live in the woods. We learnt about setting and character descriptions, compared the books to other familiar stories such as The Gruffalo and Little Red Riding Hood and wrote our own version of the story using characters we created ourselves. We have also been learning about instructions and using different types of instructions to make a variety of winter and Christmas themed crafts. We used all we had learnt to write our own set instructions.



In maths, as well as learning about the place value of numbers, we have focussed on addition and explored different resources, which can help us when adding two or more numbers. We have also been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.



We have been learning all about our bodies and ourselves during our science lessons. We did lots of exciting lessons learning about our five senses, learnt about the basic needs of humans and thought about how we grow and change from being a baby to an adult.  We have also learnt about the importance of exercising and eating the right amounts of different foods to keep our bodies healthy.



We have been very busy in our Religious Education lessons this term as we have prepared and waited for the birth of Jesus Christ, whilst understanding the real meaning behind festive celebrations. The children have discussed how Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Gifts, given and received, are a sign and expression of love.

As well as Advent, we have been talking about the special people in our families, communities, parishes, and schools. We have talked about how the experience of community is an essential and enjoyable part of life for all ages and faiths. We identified that the cycle of a year and the span of a lifetime contains occasions for regular celebrations as well as unexpected surprises, when people want to celebrate with family, friends and communities. The children shared and discussed their own experiences. We have learnt that our Church’s celebrations are community occasions. The children know that on Sundays, the parish family gathers together; it is a time to remember how much there is to celebrate; a time to say thank you; a time to know that God’s love is offered and made visible here and now in Jesus and in people.

It was lovely to welcome families into church to watch our live Christmas Advent Service this year. The children really enjoyed performing and there wasn’t a dry eye in church by the end of the service.



We have learnt about the artwork of Kandinsky, Mondrian, Matisse and Seurat and recreated their work using ‘Paint’ on the computers. Whilst doing this we have also been practising basic skills such as logging on and off the computers and navigating familiar websites.



We have looked at different portraits, studied the work of a range of artists including Picasso and Martina Shapiro and used different media to recreate some of their work. Using a variety of objects, materials and food, we created pictures using the printing technique.

We have also drawn on our knowledge from our digital media focus during computing lessons to recreate work by Kandinsky, Mondrian, Matisse and Seurat.


Design and Technology

We have been learning all about playgrounds and parks during our DT lessons and thinking carefully about the different equipment, why it is there, how it works and aspects the designers needed to consider when planning and making their pieces of equipment. We experimented with a variety of materials making prototypes of playground equipment such as swings and roundabouts then explored different ways we can make them move successfully. In groups, we planned, designed and made our own piece of playground equipment for a toy character to play on.



We have been studying our local area in Geography and enjoyed following directions and clues to complete treasure hunts around the school grounds. We have used our computing skills to locate familiar places on Google Maps and have created some of our own.


In our history lessons we have learnt about significant people and the qualities that make them significant. We learnt about Learie Constantine, a famous cricketer from Trinidad who moved to England to play for Nelson and Lancashire. We also learnt about the history of cricket in Lancashire and then compared the significance of the two cricketers, Learie Constantine with local cricketer Freddie Flintoff.


We have been exploring relationships with our family, friends and other people in our lives, remembering that we were created out of love for love. We based our work on the Prodigal Son story and thought about how God loves us and that there is nothing we can do that will stop him from loving us. We thought about the special people in our lives who we love and trust and considered the importance of kindness, saying sorry and forgiveness within relationships.


We have been working on our fundamental movement skills in PE lessons with a focus on underarm and overarm throws. We have also thought about how our bodies can express emotion as well as physical actions in our dance lessons linked to The Three Little Pigs.


We have been spending time learning lots of Christmas songs and carols. We had a wonderful time performing them for our parents during our Advent Service in church.



Useful Websites


Reading and Phonics

  Teach your monster to read






  Times Tables Rock Stars



  Code Spark


All Subjects

  Oxford Owl



  BBC Bitesize

  ICT Games


Y1-2 Home learning – On Our Doorstep Autumn 2021