Years 1 and 2

Year One

At Woodhill Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way through world centred ethical learning, which includes opportunities for pupils to grapple with real life world issues within a meaningful context.  We ensure our learning design provides challenge for all pupils, opportunities for children to learn through hands on experiences and thorough feedback from both adults and peers, leading to deep learning experiences which prepare pupils for the world.

Year One will begin the school year with exciting new topics and core texts.  For the first half term, the children will draw inspiration from The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge.  They will explore the themes of diversity and friendship, whilst using Geography and Computing to drive their learning across the curriculum.  The children will have the opportunity to write their own versions of the Beast’s adventures by retelling his journey to find friendship in new and old places.  Throughout the term, the children will be able to build their independence as creative writers and will have plentiful opportunities for developing their sentence structures, spellings and stamina for writing. 

As we move into the second half term, Year One will continue to draw from the theme of identity with our core text ‘The Paper Bag Princess’. As a class we will explore the impact that stereotypes have on what boys and girls are allowed to do. We will create a video in computing, explaining that boys and girls should be treated equally, which will be shared with the younger children at Woodhill

Across the term our topic learning will support our cross-curricular ethos as the children explore the common themes and topics from their core texts.  In Science, Year One will be learning about materials.  The children will have the opportunity to explore a range of materials, their properties and their uses within the real world.  In Art, Year One will be designing landscapes based on Chris Judge’s artwork in The Lonely Beast using a variety of materials. Our RE learning will focus on belonging, as we explore the groups and religions which surround us.

Our Maths learning in Year One will be centred around collaboration and problem-solving.  We will begin to develop our mental maths skills, as well as our ability to use a range of strategies to solve problems with all four operations.  We will continue to apply our learning in a variety of ways in each Maths lesson and we will use our topics and core texts to inspire us with real life problem solving.

In Year One, children will bring home 3 reading books a week.  Pupils will receive books levelled to match to their ability and picture books to share at home.  Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  Please check your child’s book bag for our weekly homework which is due back on a Wednesday.  Our homework consists of a range of Maths and English activities, as well as assignments related to our topic learning.  If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

At Woodhill we welcome parental involvement seeing it as an important part of making learning experiences as relevant as possible to our pupils.  If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Year Two

At Woodhill Primary School, we believe that learning is most relevant and engaging for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way through world centred ethical learning which provides opportunities for pupils to grapple with real life world issues within a meaningful context.  We ensure our learning design provides challenge for all pupils, opportunities for hands on experiences and thorough feedback from both adults and peers, leading to deep learning experiences and preparing pupils for the world.

Year Two will begin the school year with exciting new topics and core texts.  For the first half term, the children will draw inspiration from ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance!’ by Giles Andreae.  They will explore the themes of diversity and self-identity, linked carefully to our curriculum learning.  The children will have the opportunity to write their own descriptions of the book’s characters using increasingly varied and complex vocabulary. Throughout the term, the children will be able to build their independence as creative writers.  To accompany our published writing, the children will create observational drawings of giraffes using print to create giraffe patterns.

As we move into the second half term, Year Two will continue to draw from the theme of identity with our core text ‘The Fox and the Star’. From this we will create innovated stories of the book whilst also reflecting on the values that the book teaches us such as love and resilience.

Across the term our topic learning will support our cross-curricular ethos as the children explore the common themes and topics from their core texts. Our curriculum learning will focus on the geographical skills of map reading and we will undertake case studies into different cultures. In Science, Year Two will be learning about healthy bodies and healthy minds.  The children will have the opportunity to learn about ways they can keep themselves healthy as well as calming techniques such as mindfulness.  In PE, the children will continue to develop their fundamental movement skills alongside the sport of football.

Our Maths learning in Year Two will be centred around collaboration and problem-solving.  We will begin to develop our mental maths skills, as well as our ability to use a range of strategies to solve problems using all four operations.  We will continue to apply our learning in a variety of ways in each Maths lesson and we will use our topics and core texts to inspire us with real life problem solving.

In Year Two, children will bring home 3 reading books each week.  Pupils will receive books matched to their ability level and picture books to share at home.  Parents can support their child's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  Please check your child’s book bag for our weekly homework which is due in every Wednesday.  Our homework consists of a range of Maths and English activities, as well as assignments related to our topic learning.  If you would like to further discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

We welcome parental involvement at Woodhill and are passionate about making our children’s learning experiences as meaningful as possible.  If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.