Posted by: TominThai | 16/01/2013

Year 1 Curriculum Outline Term 2


Dear Parents, 

I sincerely hope you had a wonderful holiday break and I’d like to welcome you back as we prepare to get Term 2 underway! Before I get into the exciting stuff we have ahead for the little ones, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all the support our Year 1 families have provided thus far this year, as it always makes such a difference when parents are actively involved in working together with teachers as a team to enhance and enrich the learning experience. So, I would sincerely like to thank you for all the help and encouragement!

Now, as we look ahead you can see that we’ve got another busy couple of months ahead with Term 2, so here are a few reminders to get the ball rolling for a successful and productive Spring Term for our Year 1 pupils.


Friendly Reminders:

  • The new school uniforms look great on the pupils, but please make sure to put your child’s name on it to avoid mix-ups on swimming days. Also, children should wear sensible black shoes to and from school except on P.E. Days when trainers are allowed.
  • Speaking of P.E. days…PE kits must be brought in on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as our Physical Education classes are a necessary and important part of the curriculum.
  • Again, also please remember to send Swimming kits in on Wednesdays, and keep in mind that swimming is also not an optional subject. Children are expected to participate to develop their bodies as well as their minds.
  • The Parent/Teacher Communication diary, green Reading Records need to be signed and returned to school daily.
  • Finally, I know this may make some of our pupils sad, but Please do not send in toys to school from home, as unfortunately, Mr. Tom cannot be responsible if they get lost or go missing!

Questions, updates and concerns may be written in your child’s Parent/Teacher Communication Diary or for a more speedy response please email me at and I will try to answer as promptly as possible. Additionally, I am determined to do a better job updating our website here, so please take a moment and sign up for regular email updates. Again, welcome back and let’s have a great Term 2 here in Year 1.

Yours sincerely

Thomas Grogan



2nd Term Curriculum Outline



Literacy Key Themes


Some of the key objectives we will focus on in our Literacy in Term 2 will be as follows:
  • Revision of initial and final consonant blends using Jolly Phonics
  • Begin to explore vowel phonemes (oo ee ea ai ay oa)
  • Read & write key words weekly through independent writing exercises
  • Further reinforce using capital letters and full stops when writing sentences
  • We will learn to add question marks to questions
  • Re-ordering sentences to find words that ‘fit’
  • To retell traditional fairy tales in sequence picking out and ordering important incidents and using some story language to rewrite our own versions.
  • Compare and contrast stories from a range of different settings and cultures

Work together in groups to write stories using different settings

  • Write imaginative stories with some describing or “wow” words
  • Collect and read a variety of poems on a range of themes
  • Write own poetic sentences – Rhyming and non-rhyming
  • Use non-fiction books to find out information
  • Produce own non-fiction cross curricular writing using headings, labels and questions

Numeracy Key Themes


Some of the various elements of mathematics will be covered in T2, including:

  • Addition and subtraction (with a focus on building mental calculation skills)
  • Use and select different methods to calculate addition and subtraction
  • Addition and subtraction missing numbers ( e.g. 5+__= 8 )
  • Enhance identification ability of odd and even numbers
  • Review counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s
  • 100 square patterns to solve problems  (e.g. adding and taking away 10 more or less)
  • Know doubles (2+2 3+3 4+4 5+5) in order to mentally calculate near doubles (6+5)
  • Review pairs of numbers that make 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
  • Explore partitioning a 2 digit number into ‘tens’ and ‘units’ and understanding the values
  • Money – making values up to 50p and learn to subtract and give change
  • Comparison of containers, holds more, holds less
  • Measuring using non-standard units
  • Time – 0’clock and half past
  • Be familiar with names and properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Identify and create repeating patterns
  • Whole and half turns


Unit Content


Growing Plants— name some common plants, identify the leaf, root, stem and flower of a plant; recognise that plants are living and need water and light to grow and recognise they can investigate the conditions plants need for growth.Pushes & Pulls–observe, describe and compare movements they make and movements of objects in terms of speed or direction; describe how to make a familiar object start moving by pushing or pulling and recognise dangers to themselves potentially caused by moving objects.



Labeling & Classifying— use key words to label and classify objects.Information Around Us— know that information exists in a variety of forms and be able to gather it from a variety of sources.


Where in the World is Barnaby Bear–recognise a reasonable number of places on a map or big atlas; understand some of the human and physical features connected to these places; realise that a variety of types of transport can be used to visit places and that some types are more suitable than others.How are our toys different from those in the past?– use words and phrases about the passing of time; recognise some characteristics of toys in the past; ask and answer questions about toys in the past; use oral sources and/or museum displays to find out about toys in the past; identify differences between old and new toys.


What is Sculpture–explore ideas about sculpture; investigate and use materials and processes to communicate ideas and meanings in three-dimensional form; comment on similarities and differences between their own and others’ work; adapt and improve their own work.

Design Technology

Moving Pictures— have used tools safely to make a moving picture that incorporates a simple lever or slider; have used given techniques to practise their making skills and as a starting point for developing their own ideas; have been able to talk about how simple moving products work.


Miss Lee

This term the pupils learn to read and write Chinese characters and to intone four tones. The pupils continue to take part in Chinese conversations and singing Chinese songs and also learn the topic as follows: numbers, dates and months, family members, you and I, fruits.


Miss Laid

1st halfExploring about the common time signatures

Singing and playing tunes using the common time signatures

2nd half

What is Canon, Round and Ostinato singing?

Singing songs in different forms.


(Expat)  Learning about Thai fruits and identify their use and know the date and the meaning of Children’s day (Wan dek). Children will also be able to say and write Thai consonants ช – ป as well as study some Thai songs and learn about the Thai New Year or Songkran Festival. (Thai) การเรียน ฟัง พูด อ่านและเขียนเกี่ยวกับสระอา, เอ, แอ, โอ, อุ, อี, อือ, การประกอบขนมไทย, วันสำคัญต่างๆและวันสงกรานต์

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