Year1/2 SR 2018 - 2019

Welcome to Y1/2SR

Autumn 1

First of all, Mrs Roach and I would like to welcome you all back after the summer holidays to your new class! We hope you are looking forward to settling into your new classroom and making lots of new friends.  

This half term our topic is called India!  We will learn all about India and its weather.  We will be finding out about what it is like to live in India and how it compares to living in Sheffield.  In Science, we will be carrying out investigations about the weather - we will see how much rain falls in Hillsborough and how the seasons change over the year. We will be doing interesting scientific experiments using our best science skills such as measuring, comparing, looking for patterns and so on.  

On our class web page, you can continue to find out lots of information about our class. We'll be putting on weekly spellings and Maths on the 'Home Learning' section and will showing off your lovely work on our 'Blog' page.  Just click on the links to see them.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, but as you can appreciate we are often busy welcoming children into school in the morning. However, we are happy to make arrangements to speak with you at another time.

Thank you,

Mrs Smith and Mrs Roach

Please keep an eye out for Parentmail communication from us. Hard copies of spellings and Maths letters are sent home on a Monday; please check your child's drawer if they don't make it back! Feel free to change your child's reading book in the drawers upstairs, near to the Reception base.


 Home Learning 

Maths Home Learning week beginning 15.10.18

This week we are working on addition, supported by Numicon and also using other informal methods such as ten frames and ‘part, part, whole’ bars.

This is a representation of the calculation that they do in their heads, so it helps if they get used to writing the number sentence (14 + 5) and drawing a bar as well. Remind them to start with the biggest number as addition is commutative (can be done in any order). Try 13 + 6, 12 + 7 and 11 + 9 for starters. Y2s – trying adding onto numbers bigger than 20 for an extra challenge.

Maths Home Learning week beginning 22.10.18

This week in Maths, we are working on recognising and describing the properties of 2D shapes.

If you would like to support your child in these activities, give them practical things to do like finding shapes in objects around the house e.g. how many rectangles can they see? (Window, table top, picture frame, mat etc.)

Y2s – say how many sides and vertices on each shape. Are the sides straight or curved?

Maths Home Learning week beginning 5.11.18

This week in Maths we are concentrating on the basics of place value. Try this:

Give your child two dice. Ask them to roll them to generate two digits. Which is the smallest number you can make? Which is the largest? If they are able to do this easily, use three dice and ask them to write down all the numbers they can make. Again, identify the smallest and the largest.

Maths Home Learning week beginning 12.11.18

This week in Maths, we are continuing with place value, and understanding the value of each digit in a two digit number. We call this ‘partitioning’. For example, the 3 in 34 is worth 30 (or 3 tens) and the 4 is worth 4 ones, or units. The Y1s are orally describing the number e.g. “there are 3 tens and 4 ones in 34”. The Y2s are recording it like this: 34 = 30 + 4.

Work on numbers under 50 to start with, and extend if your child is confident.

Maths Home Learning week beginning 19.11.18

This week in Maths, we are using our place value skills to find solutions to puzzles and problems. If you would like to help your child, you could ask them questions such as “Think of an even number that is more than 30 and less than 50. Can you find one? Can you find them all? How many are there?” Repeat with other numbers under 50 (under 100 for Y2s, extending to over 100 when they are confident). Make sure that they explain their reasoning to you!

This STA video gives parents useful information regarding the end of key stage tests in Year 2:

Nonsense words 1 practise reading the 'alien' words with your child (all spelt phonetically)

Nonsense words 2

Nonsense words 3

Nonsense words 4


You can access games linked to learning in maths through this website

Topmarks website for maths learning  


Here are some links to games we have been using in phonics.




You can access our blog here.



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