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.  Please find below information about our topics in Key Stage 1 this half term.


History: Homes in the Past (How have homes changed since the 1940s?)

  • Ask and answer questions about the past
  • Use words that describe the passing of time
  • Understand changes in living memory- how have things at home changed e.g. cooking, entertainment, telephones, washing and cleaning?


D and T: Moving Pictures

  • Investigate moving pictures in books, including pop up books
  • Investigate and make levers, sliders and wheels
  • Design, make and evaluate our own moving pictures


Science: Completing our Healthy Bodies and Minds topic then Materials Monster!

  • Name a range of materials and describe the properties of the materials e.g. waterproof, rigid, flexible
  • Sort and compare materials based on their properties
  • Compare uses of materials and say why a material is suitable to make an object with


Maths: Addition and Subtraction, Money and Multiplication and Division

English: Firework poetry (adjectives and interesting verbs) and Letters from Storybook Characters (focussing on conjunctions and punctuation)


Phonics Screening Check

In December, the Year 2 children will complete the Phonics Screening Check that is normally completed at the end of Year 1.  The Phonics Screening check assesses the children’s phonics skills and understanding that they have been taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  The children read 40 words that are a mix of real and nonsense words (alien words) and the check usually takes 5-10 minutes per child.  We will send out further details of the check and how the scores are reported over the half term.


Christmas Activities

Due to the current restrictions, our Christmas activities will be a little different this year.  We aim to keep the time of year enjoyable for the children and where we need to, do things in different ways including our Year 2 Christmas Show.  We plan to record clips of the children singing and performing and share them with families via Google Classroom (permission letter to follow).  We will really miss having all the families in school and we look forward to Spring and Summer time when we can everyone back in school to watch a class play/assembly together.


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.