Year 1 and Year 2

        Welcome to Key Stage 1

Year 1 and 2 class teachers are: Mrs Descoteaux, Mrs Brown and Mrs Blake and they are supported by teaching assistants Miss Barlow, Mrs Stevens and Mrs Ashley.

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well at this time.  


Welcome to the summer term. We look forward to continuing our current topics and teaching the new topics and planned activities across the term.  Please find below information about our subjects in Year 2:


Topics and Main Objectives

History: Toys Past and Present

  • To ask and answer questions about the past- we will talk about our own toys and find out what our family/carers used to play with;
  • To use words that describe the passing of time and sequence events/objects in chronological order;

  • To understand changes in living memory- the ways toys have changed and also stayed the same, the changes to materials toys are made from;
  • To play different games from the past and with old toys.


Art: Landscapes and Cityscapes

  • To investigate colour, pattern, texture, and line; to use painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination;
  • To know about the work of different artists and describe the differences and similarities between different styles (including Monet and Van Gogh);
  • To use pencils, pastels and paints to create our own amazing landscapes and cityscapes.


Science: Local Habitats and Micro-Habitats

  • To identify habitats and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, by researching habitats and the animals that live in them;
  • To be nature detectives and find different micro-habitats around our school and identify what is living there;
  • To ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways;
  • To describe how animals get their food from plants and other animalsand identify and name different sources of food by making a variety of food chains.



This term, we will be continuing with our work on fractions then moving on to problem solving.  We will look at different word problems and explore the different strategies we can use these problems including bar models, part-whole models and formal written methods.

Fractions- finding halves, quarters, thirds of shapes and numbers

Problem Solving and Using Efficient Methods- using place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division



This term, we will be continuing to build our story writing skills by exploring different types of adventure stories. We will write our own versions of stories we have heard and also create a completely original story.

We will be applying our knowledge of conjunctions, adjectives and adverbs and building our handwriting skills and speed.


We look forward to a happy and successful term.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us in person, via email or by calling the school office.


Thank you for your continued support.



Additional Information for Home Learning:

Maths Lessons

At Hassell Primary, we follow the Power Maths Scheme of Learning.  In addition to this we use White Rose Maths additional resources. White Rose maths have daily lessons for each year group that include a short video and questions to answer to practise the skill taught.  You could try this at home and talk through the questions with an adult.  You can do any working out in your exercise book and write the answers to the questions in there too- we understand that not everyone will have a printer so just do any questions you can.



We have just started to follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc Phonics Programme. 

Information for Parents and Carers about Read Write Inc Phonics


Phonics Play

There are different games on the PhonicsPlay website for the children to practise the sounds they have been learning.


Click on Free PhonicsPlay and select Children then Games.  Most children will be working on Phases 3, 4 or 5.



The Oxford Owl website has reading books of different levels. You need to register and log in to access all the books.


Collins Big Cat Reading Books

Click on Teacher Sign in.  User name: [email protected],uk   Password: Parents20!       Click on Collins Big Cat.

On the side or back of your school child's reading book there should be a colour band; this will help to choose the level of reading book online too.

When you have picked the book and the voice starts to read it out loud, you can pause this at the bottom right of the page so the children can read it first.  Press the magnifying glass to make the page bigger.


The National Literacy Trust has links to more online stories and activities.