Culmstock Primary School
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Class 2

Class 2 is Year 1 and Year 2. Taught by Mrs Hayley Kingdom.

Reading and Writing

A love of reading is at the heart of our learning in Class 2. We enjoy a range of authors and texts, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Our class text at the moment is ‘The Enchanted Wood’ by Enid Blyton, which the children are really enjoying. Class 2 have a daily Phonics/Spelling lesson. We are currently working through Phase 5 phonics, linked to the Letters and Sounds programme. We have been learning about alternative digraphs for sounds already learnt. Children have Guided Reading sessions 3 times a week, where they are taught and have the opportunity to apply a range of skills, such as decoding, predicting, questioning and clarifying. We have been very impressed with the children’s writing this year. The children have learnt to construct sentences, using a range of punctuation and vocabulary. We have been looking at lots of key features within different types of texts, including: diaries, letters, stories, fact files and poems.


We have been developing our knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, shape and fractions. More recently, we have been learning about finding halves, quarters and thirds of shapes and amounts. The children are encouraged to use a range of mathematical resources to show and explain their learning. We have been really impressed with how the children have been able to apply their learning in order to problem solve and develop their reasoning.


Children have the opportunity to learn and apply a range of skills in Physical Education. Last half term, Class 2 had Premier Sports come in each week to teach them all about healthy eating and ball skills. Both Year 1 and Year 2 children also have the opportunity to attend Multi-Skills events at Uffculme Secondary School.


The children are given lots of opportunities across the week to express their creativity through art and music. We have been learning about different artists and themes this year, including Aboriginal Art. The children have enjoyed learning about the different symbols used in Aboriginal Art and their meanings. We even had a go at using these symbols to create our own exciting stories. Music is taught through the Charanga scheme. Children have the opportunity to use their voices and other instruments to create music. They are taught how to warm up their voices and we have also been learning about finding the pulse and rhythm in a range of musical styles. Last half term, Class 2 took part in Forest School each week where we learned how to sketch outdoors, identify minibeasts and plants and build minibeast hotels.


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