Sacriston Academy main school

Year 1/2

We are very excited about the topics we will cover in Year 1/2 this year as they will provide the children with lots of engaging and hands on experiences.

English lessons take place daily and the children will learn to produce more detailed pieces of writing. They will learn to include - capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, neat handwriting and conjunctions. Children will become more confident in writing in different styles and checking their writing at the end of the lesson. Children are encouraged to use their RWI skills when spelling words in their writing and also when spelling unfamiliar words. Using exciting vocabulary is very important and we always collect a range of words that we can use in our writing each week.

Read Write Inc is our daily phonics program where the children work in small groups to practise their blending of sounds, reading of tricky words and spelling rules with the help of Fred Frog. They also use their knowledge of sounds and blending to read ‘nonsense’ words. As well as this, they are given the opportunity to use the weekly text to develop their comprehension skills. 

In maths, we use the ‘Maths No Problem’ method which enables children to become more confident in using maths as it follows the same pattern every day. The children are given the opportunity to explore maths questions using their resources, share with others and then try some questions for themselves. They are challenged daily with maths problems and being able to explain their answer using the correct vocabulary. Each lesson, a child is awarded with ‘Mathematician of the Day’ which they get very excited about!  

In both English and maths, children are given feedback and support where needed, as well as the opportunity to make improvements to their work. We believe that this is a huge part of the children’s learning and moving forward. 

What their teacher says:

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the Year 1 children this year and have been thrilled with their progress already. The children have shown me how committed they are to their learning and how mature they have become as they continue their journey through Key Stage 1.
Mrs Bells

What their teacher says:

I love working with our children as seeing them grow and develop each day provides rewards that are offered in no other career. I strive to provide an environment which encourages every child to flourish.
Mrs Taylor

What the children say:

"I like Year 1 because I like my new classroom and it has a garden centre." (Sophie) "I like my new classroom and people are kind to us." (Vinni) "I like our new maths work and I enjoyed going on an autumn walk." (Joe)

Spring and summer term

We began the spring term with our ‘Big Lights, Big City’ topic about London. It gave the children the opportunity to explore all of the wonderful sights and attractions that London has to offer. They really enjoyed finding out about Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and Big Ben, to name but a few, and they produced some excellent writing which we have displayed in our classroom. 

This spring half term we are exploring ‘Dinosaurs’ and the children will be excited to write their own dinosaur stories as well as find out some dinosaur facts about some of our famous dinosaurs. We might even discover a new species! 

In the summer term, we will be travelling into ‘Space’ and we have a fantastic trip planned at The Centre for Life where the children will explore the materials needed to make a spacesuit.

We plan on using the outdoors as much as we can to stimulate the children and use it as a basis to produce some amazing pieces of writing!