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Welcome to Willow Class - Year 1/2


Willow Class Timetable

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Autumn 2 - Dragons

Autumn 2 - This half term our topic is Dragons, throughout the term we will be reading a multitude of stories including: "George and the Dragon', 'Tell me a dragon' and 'Dragon post'.  In English, we will be designing and describing our very own dragon as well as writing our own versions of George and the Dragon. 

Autumn 1 - Our topic is Explorers. We will be diving into the past in History and will be learning about famous explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart. Ask your child which explorers we are focussing on? Can they tell you any facts about the explorers? As well as finding out about explorers from history, the children will be intrepid explorers within the school grounds. They will use map reading skills to identify the human and physical features of the school playgroud as well as to find their way from one point to another. Can the children give you instructions to get home from school?

Long Term Plan

Long Term Plan - draft

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All children have been allocated a reading book, which they should be able to read without adult support. These books are to support the children to develop and maintain a love of reading and to enable them to become fluent readers. It would be fantastic if children can read the books they are allocated at least three times a week so that they practise recognising words automatically, grouping words to help them gain meaning and reading aloud with expression.

Fluent readers do not have to concentrate on decoding the words so they can focus their attention on what the text means. They can make connections among the ideas in the text and their background knowledge. In other words, fluent readers recognise words and comprehend at the same time.


Class Book: We are currently reading The Enchanted Wood - Enid Blyton

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The Letters and Sounds website provides free online videos of lessons to support children at home with sounds they need extra practise with.




The Phonics Screening Check

The Phonics Screening Test normally takes place in the final term of Year 1. However, the test was not able to take place this year with schools being closed for the summer term. It will now take place in November or December for the children in Year 2 who who missed this in Year 1.

The test measures progress in phonics skills and knowledge gained throughout Reception and Year 1. The aim of the screen is to identify children who would benefit from additional support to catch up with their peers at this important early stage.

The test assesses the reading of

  • One-syllable and two-syllable phonically decodable words by sounding out and blending graphemes.
  • Nonsense ‘pseudo’ words in order to assess phonics skills in isolation without memory as a support. All pseudo-words are accompanied by a picture of an imaginary creature or ‘alien’. This provides a context (naming the alien) for children and ensures that they are not trying to match the pseudo-word to a word in their vocabulary.

Structure of the phonics screening check

The check consists of 40 words divided into two sections of 20 words. Both sections contain a mixture of real words and pseudo-words.

Section 1
  • Pages 1 – 3 Four pseudo-words
  • Pages 4 – 5 Four pseudo-words
Section 2
  • Pages 6 – 7 Four pseudo-words
  • Pages 8 – 10 Four pseudo-words


Content of the phonics screening check

Section 1

The words in section 1 have a variety of simple word structures (for example CVC, VCC, CCVC and CVCC) using:

  • single letters (a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, I, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q(u), r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z)
  • some consonant digraphs (ch, ck, ff, ll, ng, sh, ss, th, zz)
  • frequent and consistent vowel digraphs (ar, ee, oi, oo,or)
Section 2

Words in section 2 have more complex word structures (for example CCVCC, CCCVC, CCCVCC and two syllable words) with some:

  • additional consonant digraphs (ph, wh)
  • less frequent and consistent vowel digraphs, including split digraphs (a-e, ai, au, aw, ay, ea, e-e, er, ew, i-e, ie, ir, oa, o-e, ou, ow, oy, ue, u-e, ur)
  • trigraphs (air, igh)


Free Mock Phonics Screening Test - pdf attached below

The last threshold (pass mark) was 32.

Monster Phonics Mock Screening Check



Maths - White Rose Maths Videos continue to be made available on their Home Leaning page. The children can use the videos and worksheets to reinforce the learning they are doing in class - they do not always do these questions in class.


Last week the children were learning:                                                    Next week the children will be learning:                                                  

Year 1                                                                                                              Year 1

  •  Finding a part - breaking apart                                                         Subtraction - how many left?
  •  Fact families                                                                                           Subtraction 
  • Subtraction - finding a difference                                                     Comparing addition and subtraction                                                                                                                        statements a+b> c and a+b>c+d

Year 2

  • Add by making 10 - Revisit                                                                    Subtraction - crossing 10 
  • Add a 2-digit and a 1-digit number - crossing 10                            Subtract a 1-digit number from 
  • Number bonds                                                                                          2-digit number - crossing 10
  •                                                                                                                       Add 2 digit numbers - not crossing 10
  •                                                                                                                       Subtract a 2-digit number crossing 10




Willow class will focus on the year 1 and 2 common exception words and children will be encouraged to learn these in school and use them in their written work.  Practising these at home will help the children to memorise them. Here are a few ideas to help the children to learn the spellings of these words.

Home Learning - for children isolating in Willow Class

These documents are on the "St Mary's Home Learning Offers" Page for children who are self isolating in Willow Class.

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