Year 1 & 2 Class News


Posted on Wednesday 02 February 2022 by Mrs Palmer

History is the focus of our topic learning this half term. We have been learning new historical vocabulary. Can your child match the definitions below?
Last week, we looked at the history of phones and how they have changed over time. The children were particularly interested in a time before mobile phones and how people used telephone boxes. We then talked about how mobile phones have improved over time. You could show a picture of your first phone to your child and talk about how it is different to your current phone. 
This week, we talked about the similarities and differences between shops in the past and present. Can your child share what they learnt? We wrote a list comparing the similarities and differences below. 

English – The Naughty Bus

Posted on Monday 31 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

We have been enjoying listening to the story ‘The Naughty Bus’. The children drew a story map to retell the story – so we can share it with others!
We then practiced re-telling the story in full sentences and even acted it out! After that, we wrote a word bank to help us when we wrote the story. We looked up new, adventurous words to make our writing more engaging.
Using the story map and word bank we wrote the story ourselves. Here is a fantastic example of a year 1 child’s writing.
Well done, Year 1 and 2!

This week’s bible story

Posted on Monday 31 January 2022 by Mrs Rowley

The Lost Coin: Luke 15.1-9

Read the story in Luke 15.1-9.

Or suppose a woman who has ten silver coins loses one of them – what does she do? She lights a lamp, sweeps her house, and looks carefully everywhere until she finds it. When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together, and says to them, ‘I am so happy I found the coin I lost. Let us celebrate!’

It doesn’t seem much of a story, does it? A woman loses a coin, she searches high and low, then she finds it and is so pleased that she throws a party for her friends – it’s hardly Harry Potter, is it?

The coin must have been valuable for the woman to search for it so hard and long and to be so pleased when she found it.

This is a parable – a simple tale that is meant to give listeners something to think about. Even this very simple story can have a big meaning.



If I lose something that doesn’t matter to me –
an old leaflet, a broken pencil, a toy I don’t play with any more,
if I lose something that doesn’t matter to me,
it doesn’t bother me much at all.
If I lose something that does matter to me –
some money, my lunch, my favourite toy,
if I lose something that does matter to me,
I search and search and don’t stop until I find it,
or until I know it’s really lost.

Jesus said that God looks for me like that:
searching high and low
never letting go
making sure I know
that I’m so
very, very special.


Dear God,

Thank you that you love us so much you would search for us just like the woman searched for the lost coin. Help us to show our friends how much they mean to us.


Living and Learning – identity

Posted on Friday 28 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

This week, in Living and Learning, we have continued to look at identity. Our statement is ‘I respect my communities and other communities’.

After we had listened to each story we came up with ideas on how to finish the follow sentence.

We can live well together with others by…

“Paying each other compliments,” said Shae.

“Sharing and take turns with each other,” said Elara.

“Being kind and loving to each other,” said Isla.

“Caring for our friends, family and pets,” said Emily.

Partitioning number 0-5

Posted on Friday 28 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

Year 1 have been partitioning into two and three parts. We have looked at the number bonds 1 – 5 and became confident at splitting it into 2 parts.

We have also looked at finding a missing part when one part and the whole is known.

Year 2 Maths

Posted on Friday 28 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

In Maths, Year 2 have been learning two different subtraction methods.

How to subtract two numbers that bridge through ten.

How to subtract two number that bridge from ten.


We then used ten frames and counters to model the story and compare the two methods.

When they were confident with verbally telling the story the children had a go at writing some subtraction sentences, using the two different methods.


English – squashed sentences

Posted on Tuesday 25 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

This half term, we have been focussing on ‘squashed sentences’. The children have been using their purple pens to correct ‘squashed sentences’ in writing. A ‘squashed sentence’ (also called a ‘run-on’ sentence) is where two or more sentences are squashed together.
For example,

In half-term, I went to the cinema I saw Early Man it was great!

In this example, there are actually three ‘chunks’ (clauses) that all make sense and need to be split up (using a full stop or a dash or a semi-colon):

In half-term, I went to the cinema. I saw Early Man – it was great!

The sentences could also be joined with a conjunction:

In the half-term, I went to the cinema and I saw Early Man – it was great!

This week’s bible story

Posted on Monday 24 January 2022 by Mrs Rowley

Moses: Exodus 20.1-17

Moses is one of the great biblical heroes and is revered by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. There are many stories about this great and inspirational leader, but one of the things that we most associate with Moses is the Ten Commandments. The ten commandments are ten instructions about the way people should live if they are to be happy and live together in peace.

Read the story of Moses and the ten commandments.

Moses tried to keep the people’s spirits high and led them on through the desert until they came to the Oasis of Sinai. Here, there was water and food and they could set up their tents for a while. It was on Mount Sinai that God gave Moses a list of rules about the best way to live.



The first three commandments are about loving God, but the others are about loving other people. The world would not be a good place if everyone just did whatever they felt like doing all the time. If there were no rules, people could do bad or unkind things and get away with it. Rules are important so that we learn about what is right and wrong, good and bad, helpful and unhelpful. Rules are there for a reason: to help us stay safe.

In the New Testament part of the Bible, Jesus spoke about a new commandment that has two parts. He stated that people should love God and love others. How could we do that today?


Dear God,
Help us to see that rules are there to keep us safe and happy.
Help us to love other people and to act in a way that shows care for them.
Help us to follow the best ways.
Be near to us when we find it difficult.
Guide us to live together in peace and harmony.

Ordinal numbers

Posted on Thursday 20 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

In Maths, over the last few weeks Year 1 have been busy learning all about ordinal numbers and matching the written word to the number.

To help them learn their ordinal numbers we have done lots of practical activities. They have organised themselves into first, second, third, fourth and fifth depending on the number they were holding. They’ve matched the numeral to the word e.g. 1st – first and they’ve ordered objects too.


We looked at images and discussed which position people were coming in the race. Can your child tell you what position Amy is finishing in the race?

Living and Learning: identity

Posted on Thursday 20 January 2022 by Mrs Palmer

In this weeks Living and Learning session we thought about things that make each person special and different. To do this we played a game of ‘Creature Creations’.

“We all drew different parts and passed them around.”

“…because we’re all different people and have different ideas.”

We talked about the word unique, what it means and what makes us all unique.

Can your child tell you something about themselves that makes them unique?