Year 1/2 - Mrs R Wilkinson

Year 1/2 Curriculum

Welcome to RW Y1/2. We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer break. The class teachers are Mrs Power and Mrs Wilkinson and Miss Mitchell and Mrs Greenwood also support the children’s learning in class.

Spellings and Homework

Spellings and homework will be given out on Fridays. These have to be returned by Thursday of the next week, when we also have our spelling test.



Your child’s reading book will be changed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Please make sure that you write a comment in their reading record to show how they are getting on with the book they have been given. This way, we can make sure that your child is reading the books they can understand and enjoy. Please make sure that reading books and records are in school every day, as your child will read it to an adult at some time throughout the week.



PE is on a Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure that your child has their kit in school on those days. They should wear a white or blue t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or pumps for outdoor sessions.

Autumn 1 Topic – ‘Ahoy There!’

In our first half term we will be learning about the journeys and lives of explorers and pirates. Through our topic, we will be looking at the continents and oceans of the world and learning about the people who travelled the seas many years ago. We will learn about life aboard a ship and discover more about the lives of some famous pirates and their crew. We will learn about humans and health in our Science work, exploring what good diets look like and finding out why we need to exercise.


In English the children will be reading the pirate themed story books ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ and ‘The Pirates Next Door’ by the author Jonny Duddle. We will be using these books to learn how to use interesting adjectives, exclamation marks, question marks and speech marks to create our own stories. We will explore some non-fiction texts too, to help us research pirate life and create our own letters and messages that could have been sent ashore.

In Reading we are working in groups to share different types of books. We discuss the things we have read and give our thoughts and feelings about each book. We also try hard to answer questions about stories, thinking about how characters are feeling and why things have happened. The children will continue practising their phonics and the high frequency words. Some of us will be moving on to learn about the spelling rules, which is the next step after we have mastered all of our sounds.



In Maths we will begin the year by revisiting our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will use numbers up to 100 and begin to understand place value using hundreds, tens and units. We will practise adding and subtracting numbers by jumping in chunks along a number line and we will investigate how the two operations are the inverse of each other. We will begin to learn about the methods that can be used to multiply and divide, as well as working very hard to develop our mental maths skills. As part of our topic themed activities, we will look at position and direction, giving co-ordinates and following instructions to move around a map.


We will end our half term with a fun Pirate Day where we will be showing off all of our new knowledge to a mystery pirate visitor!