Welcome to the Year 1/2 website. Here you will find updates about Aydon, Alnwick and Auckland.
Meet the Teachers
Year 1 & 2 PE Days
- Please always send your child with a coat suitable for the weather.
- Please send a named water bottle each day, clean and filled with water.
- Please, please name all of your child’s clothes, especially their jumpers and shoes!
Practise reading skills on Bug Club. Remember to tap the bugs and complete the quizzes!
Use Times Table Rockstars to practise recalling multiplication and division facts.
Use Numbots to practise recalling your number bond facts.
Our current project:
Kings and Queens – Could you cut it as a king or queen?
Click below to find out what we will be learning this half term:
Our year so far…
Autumn 2 Project:
Explorers – How can we discover new places?
We found out about famous explorers in the past – who they were, when they lived and how that compared to the present day. We focused on Christopher Columbus, Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong.
We read a selection of Simon Bartram stories about Bob and then planned our own stories. We created a storyboard, then followed our checklist to write. In Auckland class Bob went to London. In Alnwick class Bob climbed Mount Everest. In Aydon class Bob went to the beach and was chased by sharks.
We have been using concrete objects and pictorial representations to understand and compare the size of numbers. This has supported us with knowledge of addition and subtraction number bonds.
We have studied explorers from the past and made comparisons between where they explored, what equipment they had and how that would be different now.
We have been exploring moving mechanisms. We tested sliders and levers to make our own moving pictures.
We have been investigating properties of materials. We identified objects, the material they were made from and why that was the case.
We kept a steady beat and identified pulse using body percussion and a selection of percussion instruments. We learned sign language for a selection of Makaton carols.
We have been improving our running skills in PE. We know that changing our body shape can make us faster and used a stopwatch to record our personal bests.
We looked at the theme of light in Christianity and the parts of the Christingle. We made our own Christingles and identified what each part represents.
We have been celebrating difference. Each of us made a gingerbread person and explored changing the clothes to make them look different to each other.
Autumn 1 Project:
Our School – Where is Neville’s Cross?
We found out all about our local area, villages, towns and cities and did a whistle-stop tour of some of the North East’s amazing landmarks!
In English, we have been reading “There is no Dragon in this Story” by Lou Carter. We learned how to sequence the events of a story, how to identify nouns and verbs, and even created our own story map.
We have been reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. We created our own Wild Thing to add to the book and described them using adjectives to make noun phrases. We even redrafted some pages which had no words.
In Auckland, we looked at Peace At Last book about the Bear family. We sequenced the story, planned our own versions and then wrote them. We also enjoyed writing about some famous local places such as the Tommy Statue and Auckland castle.
In Maths we have been exploring number and place value, as well as addition to 20 using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of numbers. In Maths we have been measuring length and height using cm and making comparisons.
We learned to identify odd and even numbers and decided what happens when you add odd and even numbers. A great session experimenting with different calculations – using multilink to help identify odd or even quickly.
In Geography we have been investigating the villages, towns and cities in the North East. We used Google maps to explore rural and urban landmarks and created our own floor maps to show the important features of the area around Neville’s Cross school. We have learned how to map an area using symbols. We sketched a map of physical and human features around Neville’s Cross with our own key. Further afield than our county we have examined famous landmarks and their features too.
In Art we have explored the work of local artist Anthony Gormley, the sculptor of the Angel of the North! First, we experimented with reproducing his terracotta figures in Playdough before creating sketches of the Angel, fleshing out from a skeleton, and finally sculpting our own Angels out of real clay.
In Science we have been thinking about seasonal transitions: first, the move from Summer to Autumn and now, the move from Autumn to Winter. We explored the school grounds to find evidence of the features of Autumn, like orange leaves and conkers, and conducted an experiment with a DIY rain collector to monitor changes in the weather across the week.
We have been finding the pulse and copying rhythms in Music. Our listening work has centred around South African music.
In Computing, we have developing our basic skills using iPad technology, logging into websites ourselves, uploading our own photographs to Seesaw and practising typing using a keyboard.
In PE we have been developing our athletic skills and playing invasion games. In the hall we have been learning how to run, jump and dodge, and on the MUGA we have played Ten Point Hoop – a fast-paced throwing game with beanbags which tests our skill at underarm throwing, evading our opponent and aiming accurately.
In RE we have been finding out about what happens in a Christian church. We explored the features of the church building, we made stained glass windows which reflected our own family story, we learnt about the importance of the Harvest festival for Christians and we discussed the Creation story from the Bible.
PSHE / Jigsaw
In Jigsaw we have been thinking about our classroom community and how we can make our classrooms a happy place for everyone to learn. We created a class charter which features our rights as students and our responsibilities to one another.