The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 1/Year 2

Welcome to Year 1 and 2

A warm welcome to our Year 1 and  Year 2 page. If your child is in Year 1 or 2 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the classes are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here. 




This Week's Timetable


Please see below timetables to show what we will be learning this week.

Classroom code of conduct


The classroom code is created together by the children and Year 1 and 2 teaching team. The children know that we need to keep to these rules so that we stay safe, happy and learning to our full potential.  As well as these codes of code there is also a class agreement on each classes presentation above.

  • We are kind, respectful and encouraging to each other
  • We listen actively when somebody else is talking
  • We always try our best
  • We work quietly when necessary
  • We are all responsible for keeping our classroom and school clean and tidy




For the curriculum information sheet and our usual weekly timetable for this term, please see below.


We teach cursive handwriting in school, forming letters in the style that can be found below. Every lower case letter starts on the line, shown by a red dot.

If you wish to practise your handwriting at home, you can log in to the Letter-join website on your ipad, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Home access instructions and a Home Guide can be found below.

White Rose Maths

We teach maths White Rose Maths. 





Please try to read with your child daily and record it in their reading record book. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events. Encourage children to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations.


It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day as we are encouraging the children to keep a simple record of their reading and to talk to us about the reading they do at home. We have reading time every day, and during the course of the week, children will read independently, with a partner or group and with an adult. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently. Children will be able to change their reading books to take home during class reading time. They are encouraged to do this independently



Spellings will be sent home once a week, usually on a Friday, and be tested the following Friday. They are based on spelling patterns that we have investigated in class during phonics lessons and children should be encouraged to look at the way the pattern fits into the word to help them remember it.


Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.


Mental arithmetic

year 2

This term, please continue to reinforce number fluency and strategies for the four opertions: addition and subtraction of  2 2-digit numbers; multiplication and division using x2, x5 and x10 tables. 

Essential skills

  • practise times tables at home, beginning with 2, 5 and 10 times tables and then, once they are confident with these, learning x3 and x4 tables and so on.
  • practise number pairs to 10, 20   ... 100,

        e.g. (1)      4+6 = 10 ... 14+6 = 20.... 24+6 = 30  ...

        e.g. (2)       4+6 = 10 ... 40+60 = 100

  •  practise doubles of numbers to 20 and halves of numbers to 30.
  • practise counting forwards and backwards in 1's and 10's.
  • practise counting forwards and backwards in 10's from any given number,                    (e.g. 7, 17, 27, 37 ....)
  • practise counting in 2's, 5's and then 3's.