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Welcome to Year 1/2!



We have a mixture of Year 1 and Year 2 children in our classroom.




Class Teacher: Miss Vicky Mapp

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Rebecca Taylor

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Anna Kadir



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At Pinders Primary School, each of our classrooms are themed around a book. The Year 1/2 classroom is called the Enchanted Forest and is themed around the book 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne. The story involves a boy taking a walk through the forest to his Grandma's house, meeting a variety of fairy tale characters along the way! We have enjoyed reading and doing activities based on this book during our first half term.



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Reading Gems

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 Read and Respond


Our current Read and Respond book is...





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  • Reading books should be read at home every day. Can your child read the book independently using their phonic knowledge and skills? Can they answer different types of questions linked to our reading gems about what they have read? Help us reach our reading at home target each week by listening to your child read each day and signing their reading record. Each week if your child has read at least 3 times at home they will also receive a reading raffle ticket which could win them a book at the end of the half term!
  • Homework will be given out weekly and will include read and respond, maths and spellings. Homework books must be put in the tray in the cloakroom by Wednesday each week. Read and respond books will have a bookmark inserted each week so that you know which chapter to read to your child. Our read and respond lessons are on Wednesdays so this must be completed by then.
  • Library sessions are on Fridays each week. Children will have the opportunity to visit our school library and borrow a book to take home!
  • PE kits must have names clearly written on each item of clothing. Please bring PE kits to school on a Monday and take them home on a Friday as our PE days can change half termly. Don't forget your trainers!
  • Milk can be paid for online and costs £1.05 per week.
  • Water bottles will be taken home every Friday to be washed. Children can bring these back to school on Mondays. Water bottles can be bought for £1 from the school office.



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Check our Twitter page (@PindersPrimary) weekly for lots of photographs of our learning!


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 This Term's Star Readers  



for the fantastic reading she has done in phonics, reading real and nonsense words.




  This Term's Star Writers  



for the brilliant progress she has made in her writing!




This term our topic is Beatrix Potter. We will be learning about her life and the books she wrote!


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 This Term's Star Readers  



for the brilliant progress he has made in reading.




for her super defining skills.



  This Term's Star Writers  




for huge improvement in the presentation of his written work.




for the fantastic progress he has made in his writing this term.



What a wonderful world!



This term our topic was what a wonderful world - where we learnt about the different continents and oceans. Our Science focus was animals so we went on an exciting trip to 'The Deep' aquarium where we learnt about different sea creatures! In our English lessons we wrote a non-chronological report about a sea creature. In Maths we focussed on money, multiplication and division, fractions and measures. We learned to move like different animals in our PE lessons, sacred books in RE, created under the sea collages in Art and learnt about multimedia in Computing. We've also had the opportunity to do some fantastic learning outdoors in our forest school sessions!

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We thoroughly enjoyed book week at Pinders Primary School! Our class read the story 'Flat Stanley' by Jeff Brown. Our parents even came in to help us with our Flat Stanley disguises!


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We kicked off this term with our whole school poetry week. In Year 1/2 we wrote our own poems about seasons. We had a special visit from the creative writer Conrad Burdekin, who created a class poem with us which we performed to our grown ups!

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Creating our class poem with Conrad Burdekin.

Reading Selfies


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This term we are asking children to bring in photographs of them reading at home!



Educational Visits


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Wednesday 27th February - The Deep!




 This Term's Star Readers  



for her fantastic comprehension skills when discussing what she has read.




for her enthusiasm towards reading.




  This Term's Star Writers  



for using capital letters and full stops in her writing.



for fantastic detail in her writing.






This half term our topic was toys. Our book focus was 'Lost in the Toy Museum' by David Lucas and we enjoyed writing our own toy stories based on this book. In our history learning this half term we have enjoyed researching toys in the past and even got to play with some of these toys! In DT we designed, made, tested and evaluated our own toy vehicles! In Maths we have done some fantastic work on 2D and 3D shapes.


At the end of the half term we got ready for Christmas by having a class book advent - where each child chose a book for someone in our class as a Christmas present, talking about why we celebrate Christmas and performing the nativity, making tree decorations, decorating the tree, baking biscuits, enjoying Christmas stories delivered by our Christmas Elf and we had lots of fun at our Christmas party!



Enchanted Forest


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During the first half term in Year 1/2 our topic has been Enchanted Forest. Lots of our learning has been focused on different traditional tales! In our English learning focussed on the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and re-wrote the story. In DT created fairy tale moving pictures. In our Humanities lessons did map work, focussing on the journeys that different fairy tale characters make!

In Maths this half term the children have been working on number and place value. In our Science learning we have been investigating different materials. In Art we have enjoyed working with paint - mixing colours, tinting and creating work based on famous artists!


Our grown ups also enjoyed coming to school this half term to work with their child during our Inspire event which was focussed on our class book! 

Educational Visits


During this half term some children went to watch the production of 'The Gruffalo's Child' in Sheffield - a story set in a forest!

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Also this half term, children in Year 1/2 visited The Rainbow Factory in Leeds, where their day was filled with exciting activities focussed on traditional tales! Take a look at our fantastic trip below!


Information for Parents

Information for Year 1 Parents: The Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children in England each June to assess their reading ability. Watch the short video to find out what happens during the check and why it's useful.

Information for Year 2 parents: National curriculum tests (SATs) at key stage 1

Information for parents of pupils in year 2, typically aged 7, about assessments which take place in May.


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