Year 1 and 2  Phase Team page.

Teachers: Mrs Gouzien (2G) Mrs Johnson (2J) Mrs Warburton and Mrs Chillitupa (2WC)

Teaching assistants: Mrs Morea, Miss Macaulay 1:1 TA (2G) Mrs Smith and Mrs Purslow 1:1 TA (2J) Mrs Waldron(2WC)

We have had a very busy Term 3 since Christmas, as all three classes celebrated a Class Mass with the theme ‘Love’. Father Millett kindly led the children through their readings, prayers and hymns as they gave their written ‘doves’ as offertory gifts. On these, the children had shared who they love and why. We have explored some of Jesus’ miracles and a parable, which show us how much Jesus loves us all. On the penultimate day of term, the children thoroughly enjoyed the obstacle course pancake race in the hall, which many of the parents were able to watch. We have some very speedy runners! Our Science display in the junior corridor shows some of the children’s learning about ‘Materials’ including an investigation about sugar cubes. Can your child explain to you what happened to them? We loved printing using a mixture of everyday materials with lots of colourful paint.


In March, the children will share their class assembly in the hall, to which everyone is warmly invited. The dates are:

2J - Friday March 9th at 1.45 pm

2G -  Friday March 16th  at 1.45 pm

2WC –Thursday March 22nd tbc at 1.45 pm

Just a little reminder to tell you about the Phonics workshop already mentioned in the newsletter before half-term, which is on Tuesday February 27th at 8.45 am – 9.30 in 2G. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about phonics, how it is taught and how it helps the children with their reading.

 Our topic in Term 4 is ‘Creepy Crawlies’ and the children will be learning through our cross curricular approach especially in Science, Art, D.T. and Literacy. In Science we are looking forward to further developing our investigational skills and discovering more about the lifecycle of different animals and mini-beasts with some out-door learning. In Art we are exploring different mediums and textures for collage, weaving and drawing. Our writing will include fiction and non-fiction genres and we are starting with the story ‘Rumplestiltskin’ in our story telling. This is to be followed with factual writing about ladybirds. In Art, a range of materials will be used to develop the children’s printing, collage and weaving skills. In Maths, a variety of topic areas will be taught including number and place value. Many children are practising number bonds, halves, doubles and times tables to sharpen their Maths skills as they travel to and from school. Well done!


Term begins with the liturgical theme of Lent, and each class has decided how to raise money for ‘Family Fast Day’ on February 23rd. Our R.E. learning will centre on Lent and Holy week, through R.E. lessons, Collective worship, and Gospel.


Thank you to all those parents who have provided an outdoor PE kit for PE lessons and after- school sports clubs. It has been particularly cold outside! Kit includes socks - instead of tights, and plimsolls that fit well) Also, kit is easily misplaced with so many children changing at once, so please ensure that everything is named with a permanent name-tag, and then it can be easily found and returned.


As a ‘story telling’ school we aim to foster a love of reading and for the children to enjoy sharing and recommending good stories to one another. As it is World Book Day on Thursday March 1st, we warmly invite parents and carers to come into school to read to a class. Likewise, we need people to listen to children read/ say their phonics/ key words at school, following the appropriate checks. Please let us know if you can help, even if it is only for a short time. It is greatly appreciated.


This will continue the same as last term with Mental Maths and GPS ( Grammar, punctuation and spelling) being given out on alternate Thursday’s and returned by the following Tuesday. Thank you for supporting your child with the weekly spellings too, which also go home on a Thursday and are returned the following Thursday for a test. Reading with and to your child as often as possible (we suggest at least three times a week) will reap dividends in his/ her oracy, vocabulary development, spelling, writing and reading comprehension. These are all areas which Year 2 children have statutory tests, later in the year.

Non Negotiables

Please see below for the minimum expectations in reading, writing, maths and oracy in both year groups.

 Year 1 Oracy

  • I can listen attentively and show I am listening.
  • I can take turns in small group situations or with talk partner.
  • I can listen to what others in my group suggest and then say what I agree with.
  • I can express feelings and ideas when speaking about things that interest me.
  • I can talk in ways that my friends can understand and hear.
  • I can show I am listening to others.

Year 2 Oracy 

  • I can help to organise groups and take on different roles.
  • I can take equal turns in a group situation.
  • I can listen to and build on what other people have said.
  • I can make helpful contributions when speaking in turn.
  • I can try to hear and think about the different likes and interests in the group.
  • I can talk about experiences.
  • I can think of a range of questions to ask a visitor or when on a visit.
  • I can keep talk varied to hold listeners’ attention.
  • I can carefully choose my words and body language.

 Year 1 Reading

  • I know all my letters and sounds up to phase 5.
  • I can identify which words appear again and again.
  • I can relate my reading to my own experiences.
  • I re-read if my reading does not make sense.
  • I can re-tell with considerable accuracy.
  • I can talk about the title and main events.
  • I make predictions about what I have read.
  • I can make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
  • I read with pace & expression, i.e. I pause at a full stop, or raise my voice for a question.
  • I know the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.

 Year 2 Reading

  • I know all my letters and sounds up to phase 6.
  • I can read ahead to help with fluency and expression.
  • I can comment on plot, setting and characters in familiar and unfamiliar stories.
  • I can recount the main themes and events.
  • I can comment on the structure of the text.
  • I pay attention to commas, question marks and exclamation marks to vary my expression.
  • I read aloud with expression and intonation.
  • I recognise speech marks and contractions.
  • I can identify past/present tense.
  • I can use a contents page and index to locate information.

 Year 1 Writing

  • I can use conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because).
  • I can use adverbs (e.g. then, next, soon).
  • I can use prepositions (e.g. before, after, during, in, because of).
  • I experiment with adjectives to create impact.
  • I correctly use verbs in 1st, 2nd & 3rd person.
  • I use the perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time & cause e.g. I have finished my homework.
  • I use speech marks for direct speech.
  • I group ideas into paragraphs around a theme.
  • I can write under headings & sub-headings.
  • I use legible, joined handwriting.

Year 2 Writing

  • I can write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.
  • I can use expanded noun phrases to add description & be specific.
  • I can write using subordination (when, if, that, because).
  • I use the present and past tense correctly and consistently.
  • I can use verb tenses correctly.
  • I am correct and consistent when I use: Capital letters, Full stops, Question marks, Exclamation marks, Commas in a list, Apostrophe (omission), Speech marks.
  • I can use headings in my writing.
  • I show evidence of diagonal & horizontal strokes to join my handwriting.

 Year 1 Maths

  • Correct formation of digits.
  • Count to & across 100, forwards & backwards from any number.
  • Read & write numbers to 20 in digits & words.
  • Read & write numbers to 100 in digits.
  • Say 1 more/1 less to 100.
  • Count in multiples of 1, 2, 5 & 10.
  • Know bonds to 10 by heart.
  • Use bonds & subtraction facts to 20.
  • Add & subtract: 1 digit & 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero.
  • Add any three 1-digit numbers with a total up to 20.
  • Solve simple multiplication & division with apparatus & arrays.
  • Recognise half and quarter of object, shape or quantity.
  • Sequence events in order.
  • Use language of day, week, month and year.
  • Tell time to hour & half past.

 Year 2 Maths

  • Compare & order numbers up to 100.
  • Read & write all numbers to 100 in digits & words.
  • Say 10 more/less than any number to 100.
  • Count in multiples of 2, 3 & 5 & 10 from any number up to 100.
  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 2, 5 & 10 tables.
  • Recall & use +/- facts to 20.
  • Derive & use related facts to 100.
  • Recognise PV of any 2-digit number.
  • Add & subtract:- 2-digit numbers & ones
  • Add & subtract:- 2-digit numbers & tens
  • Add & subtract:- Two 2-digit numbers
  • Add & subtract:- Three 1-digit numbers
  • Recognise & use inverse (+/-).
  • Calculate & write multiplication & division calculations using multiplication tables.

Most recent key stage data:

Reading: 100% achieved L2 or above, 43% achieved L3.

Writing: 100% achieved L2 or above, 33% achieved L3.

Maths: 100% achieved L2 or above, 23% achieved L3.