Year 1/2

Year 1/2

Year 1 is the beginning of children’s learning journey in Key Stage 1, making the move from Reception. Children’s learning builds upon the strong foundations made in the Early Years Foundation Stage, gradually transitioning into a more formal structure of learning. Year 2 is an exciting and important which year marks a time of growth in independence and responsibility for the children coming to the end of Key Stage 1. Children are supported to take ownership of their learning and are encouraged to discover their creativity across the curriculum, ready for the challenges awaiting them in Key Stage 2

Class information

  • Teacher: Mrs Kirsty Garnett
  • Learning Support Assistants:- Mrs Debbie Niven and Mrs Angela Aislabie

Phonics and Reading
Children will access phonics on a daily basis and be grouped according to their stage not their age, so classes will be mixed and taught by different teachers/teaching assistants. The children will receive a school book that will be familiar to them, as well as a home school phonics book, however both books include the phonic sounds they have learnt during the week. Children are asked to read these books as much as possible to become confident, fluent readers. These books will be given to children every Thursday and are to be returned the following Wednesday. Alongside these books, children will also be given a reading book from our reading scheme that can be changed once completed.

Once children have completed the phonics programme the children will move on to the spelling programme (year 2). Children will access the spelling programme every morning.
Children in year 2 select books of the appropriate level from our accelerated reading scheme. Once the children have completed a book, they must take a quiz before it is changed.

All children should bring their reading books and diary into class each day. Reading folders need to be placed in the reading tray, so that we can check them and change them if required. If children have read at home, could parents/carers please indicate this with a signature/comment. Children should aim to read to an adult every night for approx. 10 minutes to continue to make progress.


Homework will be given out every Friday. This includes: reading, phonics/spelling practice and a maths task. We also recommend children use Timetables Rockstars as often as possible. All homework is to be handed in no later than the following Wednesday.


This term, Year 1/2 have coaches delivering PE sessions on a Monday and Wednesday.  All children have been asked to come to school wearing their PE kits on their appointed day.  Kits should include some warm sportswear as the teachers intend to do lessons outside, weather permitting.

Curriculum information can be found here.