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Year 1/2 – Ahlberg, Inkpen and Waddell

Welcome to Year 1/2 


Meet our Team  

Waddell Class: Mrs. Harris  Mrs. Allaway 

Inkpen Class: Mrs. Barnes  Mrs. Bingham 

Ahlberg Class: Mrs. White  Mrs Muzzio



Visit from Dr. Sedgewick:  Many thanks to Dr. Sedgewick for sharing his top tips on how to stay safe in the home with the children on Wednesday. 


Royal Wedding Lunch:  The children thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Wedding festivities on Friday.  A lovely lunch was enjoyed in the afternoon sun followed by some music and dancing.  We hope you all enjoyed a glorious weekend.


SATS :  Year 2 will be sitting SATs papers next week.  They will begin on Monday morning and finish on Thursday morning.  The children will enjoy lots of Art and Topic activities in the afternoon.  Please ensure they have a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast.


Rockpool comes to Holyport:  On Wednesday, 20th June,  Nicola Everitt will visit Key Stage 1.  Ms. Everitt is a marine biologist from Rock Pool Schools in Newcastle.  We are very fortunate that she is able to travel down from Newcastle to share her extensive knowledge of rock pools with the children. She will be bringing real rock pool creature for the children to meet and observe. She will be working in another local school in the afternoon and we are sharing her travel expenses with them.  We are asking for a voluntary contribution of £3.00 to help towards the cost of her travel.


Inkpen class are collecting blue, green, and white plastic bottle tops.  Please send any in to Mrs. Barnes.  They would be greatly appreciated.



Spellings and Homework:

Please note that the spellings for each week of the term are now available for you to access.  Spellings this term will focus on KS 1 high frequency words.  Please encourage your child to write the words in a sentence.  A termly spelling grid will be added to your child's Homework Diary along with the new homework grid.  There will be no need for weekly spelling stickers.   



                                                                 Key Information



Waddell: Tuesday and Thursday 


Inkpen: Monday and Tuesday


Ahlberg: Monday and Tuesday


Homework Books:

Homework books need to come in every Wednesday and will be handed out again on Friday.  Please complete at least one task per week.  It may be recorded or stuck in the homework book.  Please tick off the tasks your child has completed on the grid so the teacher can tally up the house points.  Thank you.


Reading: Reading books will be changed regularly. Please bring your reading book and reading record into school every day and place it in the box provided.


Spelling: A spelling grid will be put in your child's homework diary for the entire term.  The website will be updated with weekly spelling grid regularly so you can access the spellings if your homework diary is not to hand.


Homework Grid:  A homework grid will be set half- termly.  Children will be able to select from a       variety of tasks to support their learning. Please encourage your child to select at least one task per week. Children who choose to do more tasks will gain house points for their efforts.




Curriculum News


Literacy: Recounts, Re-tellings, Non-Fiction Writing, Scientific Explanations


Maths: Number/Place Value and Statistics


Science: Local Flowers, Trees, and Plants, and Insects


P.E. Gymnastics, Dance, and Balance


PSHE:  Healthy Eating and Emotional Well being


Music: Songs of Friendship


Topic:  Wriggle and Crawl


Geography and History: Local environment:  Plants and Insects 


Art and DT: Drawing, Collage, Model Making, and Painting


R.E:  Bible Stories







Year 1 & 2 Environmental Centre Visit

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Trip to Amersham

Waddell Class Superhero City

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Art and Design lessons based on topic work used to make a short film.

Home Learning


Homework Grid:

Bronze 1 points Silver  2 points Gold 3 points
Draw and label your favourite mini beast including its name, wings, legs, antennae, shell, and eyes.  You could include thorax and abdomen. Find out a fact about the following mini-beasts and write a sentence for each one:  Butterfly, Ladybird, Honey Bee, Wood Lice, and Earth Worm Make a mini beast book.  You can focus on your favourite mini beast or choose a few.  Include facts about their diet, habitat, and life cycle.  Include any other special features they might have.
Learn how to spell the following topic words for a week: antennae, habitat, larvae, carapace, thorax, abdomen, compound eyes, proboscis. Find out what each word means and write the definition. Write the months of the year every day in order for a week.  Make sure to capitalise the first letter. Go to the library and check out a book about insects.  Prepare a report about what you have learned.  Share three to five facts with the class.
Create your own mini beast. Make a list of its special features.  Be as creative as you want. Write your own poem about your favourite mini beast.  Recite it to the class. Make a mini beast survey of your garden or local green space.  Be sure to look under rocks, fallen branches, under plant pots, and around trees.  Draw and label what you find.
Make a list of all the trees and flowers you can identify in your garden or local green space.  Be on the look out for bluebells and daffodils.  Discuss which trees are coniferous and deciduous and why.

Practise counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s (Year 1) identify the even and odd numbers.

Practise 4, 6, and 7 times tables (Year 2)

Watch CBeebies Mini Beast Adventures with Jess.  Watch the Earwig Adventure, The Snail Adventure, and The Mini Beasts that Live in the Water Adventure.  Write down something you learned from each adventure.

Count to 50 in even and odd numbers.  Can you count backwards from 50 in even then odd numbers?  If you can show it off to the class. Write a short story about a mini beast. Make a junk model of  a mini beast. You could make a shoe box habitat for it.  
Make a bug alphabet.  A is for Aphid, B is for Bee, C is for Centipede...   You may use bug related vocabulary such as A is for antenna as well as bug names.  Good Luck! Write a detailed description of a mini beast.  Include markings, colours, number of legs, shape, and how it moves. What kind of mouth does it have and why?

Watch a documentary about mini beasts with a parent or carer.  Note down any interesting facts you learned and report them to the class.  BBC Bitesize KS1 Mini Beasts is a short film packed with interesting facts.






Maths homework


We try to set a Maths homework task fortnightly this will be sent home in their orange homework books. We are currently working on counting on and back in 1's, 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's from a given number. We are also learning the multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and the division facts that link with these. Please continue to practise adding 2 numbers (1 digit and 2 digits or 2 two digit numbers together and learning the number bonds up to and including 20). Thank you!


Number bonds to 20 game (Year 2)




Games and activities to do at home. 

Spellings, are sent home weekly. 




Spellings to be tested Wednesday 16.5.18

Tigers Lions Leopards Panthers Pumas
some ice who gnaw write
when rice what gnat written
ask nice why know writing


city when knock wrote
our fancy how knocking wrap
come racing where knee wrong


Spellings to be tested on Wednesday 23.5.18

Tigers Lions Leopards Panthers Pumas
bedroom where racing magic gnaw
football when icy gem gnat
sunset how mice giant gnawing


why city giraffe knowing
churchyard what fancy energy knocked
playground who nicely jacket knocking


Spellings to be tested on Wednesday 9.5.18

Tigers Lions Leopards Panthers Pumas
cats was pocket watch largest
dogs saw locket fetch quick
goats crawl rocket notch quickest


shawl thunder watched fresher
rabbits claws rabbits fetched freshest
horses jaws carrots watching quicker

As part of PHSE this term the children should learn their address and the phone number of a parent or carer.  Please practise this with your child if they don't already know it.  When your child has learnt this information, you should note it in their homework book.  Many Thanks 

KS1 Team

Pencil cases and rucksacks in Key Stage 1: Children do not need pencil cases in Key Stage 1.  We would encourage children to bring in a school book bag rather than a large rucksack due to the lack of space in some of the classrooms.