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Galileo (Year 1/2)

Welcome to Year 1/2!

Teacher: Mrs Lawrenson 

Teaching Assistant: Miss Hewitt



Contact Number: 01642 453451

Please be aware that contact may be made outside of teaching hours. 

We have an exciting year ahead of us with some great theme topics including 'Dinosaur Planet', 'Rio de Vida' and 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'. The children in our class love to learn and we make sure that our learning is done in lots of different ways so that everyone is able to access it at an appropriate level. Your child will take part in many exciting opportunities related to their learning including educational visits, internal visitors and learning outdoors. 

Our Learning


In KS1 there is a focus on Phonics and application of this within their Reading and Writing. The children will be continuing to develop their phonic knowledge through our Phonics scheme ‘Read, Write Inc’. The children are assessed and grouped half termly to closely focus on their current Phonic understanding. Each child is then grouped accordingly and receive bespoke Phonic teaching to their level. Phonics will be taught daily and will help your child to recognise sounds, segment and blend words within reading and write unfamiliar words. Children will then read books linked to their phonic knowledge in order to build fluency and participate in discussions on what they have read.#


This term will begin by securing our knowledge and understanding of the Place Value of Punctuation and Grammar. This focuses on identifying and understanding the definition of nouns, verbs and a subject and how we can apply this knowledge to our own writing. The first genre of writing the children will complete is a non-chronological report based on dinosaurs. We will focus on applying our knowledge of punctuation and grammar within our writing and learn about regular and irregular plurals.


Year 1- Throughout the Autumn term, Year 1 children will focus on consolidating their understanding of numbers to 10. This will include identifying one more and one less, representing these numbers within a part whole model, solving addition and subtraction problems and deepening their understanding of number bonds to 10. 


Year 2- Throughout the Autumn term, Year 2 children will focus on deepening their understanding of numbers to 100. This will include counting in 2s, 3s, 5s from 0 and 10s from a given number, recognising the place value of each digit, comparing and ordering these and solving addition and subtraction problems. 


The children will use Numbots, TTRockstars and Freckle to support their Mathematical understanding and consolidate taught areas.


Year 1- This term the children will look at the Science topics 'Animals including humans'. Children will learn about the human body, including the senses. Throughout the topic, the children will be encouraged to think scientifically and will participate in a range of scientific enquiry activities, for example, answering the question of 'Is our sense of smell better when we cannot see?'.


Year 2- This term the children will look at the topic 'Materials'. Children will develop their knowledge of materials further by comparing suitability of materials for particular uses. They will use different contexts to explore how and why material use has changed over time and the impact this has had on buildings. They will explore how the shape of solid objects can be and cannot be changed by different processes. Throughout the topic, the children will be encouraged to think scientifically and will participate in a range of scientific enquiry activities, for example, answering the question of 'Which materials will float, and which will sink?'.

Creative Curriculum

Art - Children will use their drawing skills including different materials to create drawings of dinosaurs. In both their drawing and painting, children will begin to explore how colours are mixed and will use these in their artwork to create dinosaur pictures. 

DT - Children will follow simple recipes to make their own dinosaur fossils before using a range of tools to become an archaeologist and excavate.

Geography - Children will use maps and photos to locate places linked to places dinosaurs lived, they will locate Lyme Regis and locate where Mary Anning discovered her fossils. Children will use basic maps and symbols and find their way around the local area and school grounds.

History -  Children will categorise artefacts and make comparisons between toys over the years, looking at the changes between the past and now. They will use a range of evidence to look at the changes in toys both within and beyond living memory. They will look at Mary Anning as a significant individual and consider the impact she has had. They will use this as a way to compare aspects of life in different periods.

PE - Children will be learning the skills involved with jumping and running, applying these to games and showing the correct technique. 

Music - Children will learn the music curriculum through a new scheme 'Charanga'. The theme for this will be 'Hey You!' and 'Rhythm in the Way We Walk and Banana Rap'. 'Hey You!' is written in an Old-School Hip Hop style for children to learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch and to learn how to rap and enjoy it in its original form. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other Old-School Hip Hop tunes. 

PSHE - Children will focus on the topics 'Being Me in My World'. 'Being Me in My World' focusses on belonging, rights and responsibilities, rewards and consequences and our choices.

RE - The key questions the children will look at within RE lessons are 'What does it mean to belong in Christianity?'.

Computing - The children will participate in their Computing learning through the scheme 'Purple Mash'. They will focus on 'Online safety and Exploring purple mash' and 'Grouping and sorting'. 

Rights Respecting School

We are on our journey towards achieving the Gold Rights Respecting Award. This half term our focus is on Article 2: Non Discrimination. We will be focusing on the theme 'We are all the same, we are all different'. The children will work on identifying differences and similarities between themselves, their peers and their families. They will recognise that differences are positive and will use their knowledge to explain how they cam support those around them.

Important Information & Reminders

  • PE will take place on a Tuesday. School have provided each child with their own indoor and outdoor PE kit which will be kept in school. PE kits are washed in school on a regular basis. Please ensure your child wears footwear that is appropriate for PE and that socks are provided for them.
  • Reading Books will be changed on a Friday. Please ensure your child brings their book bag to school with their Phonics Reading Book and their Reading for Pleasure book inside. The RWI book will be matched to their Phonic ability and should be reread to build up fluency. Please ensure you write the date on your child's Reading Record as this is when the books will be changed. 
  • Children must wear their school uniform everyday and have a suitable coat for outdoor play. Please ensure you write your child's name inside their uniform, including coats and jumpers. 

Home Learning

Children are encourage to use the apps we use in school, at home, to support their learning and development.

  • Numbots
  • TTRockstars
  • Ruth Miskin- Virtual Classroom
  • Purple Mash

Children will also bring home a Phonics Reading Book and a Reading for Pleasure book. The Read Write Inc book will be matched to their Phonic ability and should be reread to build up fluency. Reading Books will be changed on a Friday.  Please ensure you write the date on your child's Reading Record as this is when the books will be changed. 

If you require log in details or any further information please contact the class email address and these will be forwarded on.

Key Dates


  • Sports Festival (Redcar College) - Thursday 25th April
  • Fire Station Visit - Monday 29th April
  • Bank Holiday - Monday 6th May
  • Last day of Summer 1 - Friday 24th May
  • Return to School - Monday 3rd June
  • Mental health Week - W/C June 10th
  • Adventure Week (Year 2 Only) - W/C June 24th
  • Parental engagement session - Wednesday 3rd July
  • Transition - Monday 8th July 
  • Summer family picnic - Thursday 18th July 
  • Last day of school year - Thursday 18th July



Please find below our newsletter for the Autumn Term which will give you an insight into our learning, along with some important dates for your diaries.