Year 1/2 Miss Oughton 2020 - 2021

Mrs Edwards


Welcome to year 1/2

This year it will be strange for the children coming back as many of them have been away from school since March 20th. The main focus will be the 'Well Being' of all the children, making sure September feels as normal as it can for them. 

Our topic this term is:

There's No Place Like Home

‘Our Hook’

We will watch Disney's 'Inside Out' to help us learn and name a range of emotions. The children will explore each one by generating synonyms to develop their vocabulary, thinking of scenarios and acting them out by pulling faces into hand-held mirrors to create their very own emotions flipbook. The children will also make their own core memory marble jar.



During Term 1 we will read ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas.


Along with the monster in our text, we will explore a range of emotions and find what each emotion means through colour.


Throughout the term, the children will write:

A character description, A message of advice, A diary entry (recalling a real event from lockdown, children choose an emotion from their own colour monster creation [links to D&T] and A narrative.


During Autumn term 2, we will read 'Troll Swap' By Leigh Hodgkinson 


A Troll and a Girl are different to others so when they meet they decide to swap places. At first, everything is going well but after a while, they both begin to think about home and they learn to love their differences.

Throughout the term, the children will write:

 A character description, A setting descripltion, Instructions 'How to be a Good Troll', A letter and A narrative.

Thoughout the Autumn term the children will continue to practise and apply their basic skills of; capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and phonics as well as new vocabulary, grammar and punctuation taught.


Key Vocabulary

emotions    feelings    advice    friend    troll    cave    foghorn    dull    belonging  




Throughout this term, we will continue to read ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas and ‘Troll Swap’ by Leigh Hodgkinson but we will explore them in more detail.


The children will:

Explore words and phrases, developing their vocabulary

Think of times when they have felt different emotions and share these using words and pictures

Make predictions

Compare trolls in 'Troll Swap' and in other texts. Discussing similarities and differences

Sequence events

Explore and discuss a range of stories and make simple comments about whether they enjoyed them, their favourite characters etc

Key Vocabulary

predict    compare     sequence     discuss  



Our focus for Autumn will be Number and Place Value and Addition and Subtraction



Key Vocabulary

place value   tens   ones   add    subtract    equal     more than     less than   total    altogether   estimate    commutative


Class Maths


In Class Maths, we will be investigating Shape and Position and Direction, children will look at and recognise some 2D and 3D shapes. They will also describe postion, direction and movement, including half, quarter and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise).


Key Vocabulary

rectangle   square   circle   triangle   cubiod   cube   pyramid   sphere   symmetrical   edges   vertices   faces   vertical

half turn   quarter turn   three-quarter turn   whole turn   clockwise    anti-clockwise


Children will sequence members of their family in age order, developing an understanding of a chronological framework. They will also create a timeline to show key milestones in their own life (born, 1st birthday, 1st day at school, now) some will also use dates to label them.



The children will also draw and label a picture of their home and discuss the different types of places people live (house, bungalow, flat, caravan etc). They will think about the types of homes their great grandparents lived in and compare them to ours today by commenting on differences and similarities. Finally, they will become history detectives by studying items from homes in the past and answering questions.



Key Vocabulary

A long time ago...    In the past....     chronological order     timeline     semi-detached house      detached house terrace house      bungalow      flat      caravan     artefact



The children will learn that we are all part of the school community. During the Autumn term, we will be exploring the Geography of our school looking closely at maps and features of where we live.

Children will be introduced to the term ‘aerial view’ and draw a simple aerial plan of their classroom. Thinking carefully about the shapes and position of features.

 They will discuss and explore their local environment, in and around school. Commenting on features they like/dislike and similarities between their locality and other nearby cities/towns. They will take photos and drawings to record their observations and map their route. Children will think carefully about which symbols are best suited to represent different features e.g. for a park children may choose to draw a slide.


Children will use Google maps to locate key landmarks in their locality and begin to use key vocabulary to describe them.

They will discuss different housing types and create 3D house models.

Finally, children will write a letter to the council expressing their likes and dislikes about the local area and suggesting improvements.

Key Vocabulary

Aerial photo   map   landmark   school    human geography   physical geography   local area   environment   key   library   park   shop   post office   supermarket   green space   museum   church    town  


The children will take part in discussions about family pets at home and will begin to consider why certain animals cannot be kept as pets. They will collect and record information to show the range of pets within their class and pupil’s favourite choice.

They will consider what their ‘pets’ basic needs are and then draw and label the perfect home (habitat).

In Autumn 2, children will label basic parts of the human body, such as; nose, fingers, elbow etc and make links between these parts and our senses. Children will also explore a range of objects and materials and investigate how they smell, feel and look. Finally, children will take part in a senses walk around our school grounds and record their findings.

They will learn that animals including humans have offspring and be able to recall some of their names, such as; calf, cub, kitten ect. They will learn that we all have to meet basic needs in order to survive.

Children will learn how important it is to keep fit and healthy. They will explore which foods are healthy and unhealthy choices and consider which food types they should eat more or less of. Using what they know, children will make a healthy packed lunch.

Finally the children will work in small teams to design and complete an exercise circuit.



Key Vocabulary

habitat   nose   eyes   ears    hands    mouth   smell    touch     taste    hear     offspring     survival     healthy      exercise     pulse      heart     oxygen



Through weekly music lessons and assemblies with our specialist teacher and class sessions we will:

-learn a variety of songs to sing

-follow rhythms

-create their own rhythms using instruments


Every Tuesday or Thursday children will take part in dance or gymnastics lessons with our specialist teacher as well as class games. As follows:

Miss Stokes

Wednesday – Games

Thursday – Dance



Miss Roberts

Tuesday – Games

Thursday – Dance



Miss Oughton

Monday – Games

Tuesday – Gymnastics


In games sessions, children will work cooperatively in teams to practise different skills associated with simple games (e.g. co-ordinating throwing and catching)







In RE this half term we will be focusing on Christianity



The children will focus on the idea of caring for others and explore this further through bible stories such as: The Good Samaritan and The Story of David and Johnathan. They will then consider what they have to done to be kind.

The children will explore churches, locating and naming key features of a Christian church. Children will consider the communities they are a part of (school, football club, family etc) and where their special place is.

During Autumn 2 the children will explore the Christmas story through role-play, stories and writing tasks. They will develop an understanding of why and how Christians celebrate this.


The children will explore different forms of technology at home e.g. ipad, television, xbox, washing machine etc and discuss how each object makes use of information technology. They will then consider what forms of technology are needed for some jobs e.g. Police = radio

Children will learn how to be safe online with the use of E-aware. They will learn that the Internet is a great place and recognise websites that are good for them to visit: but they will recognise the need to be cautious and to check with a trusted adult before sharing private information.

Children will be taught how to search the internet using one word and how to make sense of returned results using search engines such as Google and Kidrex.

Finally, they will use apps such as beet-bot and Scratch Jr to learn about coding and algorithms.


Design and Technology

Children will explore images of familiar monsters from films such as: Monsters inc, Monsters Vs Aliens and Hotel Transylvania and discuss what they look like.

They will then design their own colour monster to represent their time away from school based on our class text. Children will choose colours specifically to reflect different emotions they feel.

Finally the children will use a variety of materials to cut, shape and combine to create the different body parts of their monsters.




Art and Design

Children will begin their Art unit, by exploring different media to make marks in their very own sketchbooks!

They will also learn about primary and secondary colours, deciding which colour resemble different moods and emotions e.g. red = anger.


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