Welcome to Years 1 and 2

P1100101We hope you find the following information useful. If you have any questions or comments, please email rachel.carr@york.gov.uk

Spring Term

Welcome back! Thank you for all your help and support last term. We are looking forward to lots of new and exciting opportunities for learning.


In the first half term we will prepare the children for the move into the new school on 1st March.


Our topic this term is Transport. The children will compare and contrast vehicles old and new. In the second half term the children will take part in a workshop on ‘Transport through Time’ at the Street Life Museum in Hull. In technology each child will create a moving toy.


Year 1 science lessons this term will focus on the properties of different materials.The children will learn to identify and name a variety of everyday materials then they will learn to describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. They will use this knowledge in simple test and investigations, for example, to find the best material to make a waterproof jacket. Year 2 will focus their learning on animals.  They will be investigating the basic needs of animals, sorting animals in different ways and finding out about offspring.

Religious Education

Year 1 will explore what makes some places sacred and Year 2 will explore celebrating special and sacred times.

Curriculum Overview Spring 2017

The Curriculum

All state primary schools have to follow the National Curriculum. At Lord Deramore’s, we have used the National Curriculum as a basis for a creative, topic-based curriculum designed to stimulate the interest of the children.

English and maths are core subjects which are tested at Year 2 and Year 6. Use the following links to find out more.

‘How Can I Help My Child in Year 1?’

‘How Can I Help My Child in Year 2?’

Progression Booklets

Y1 Maths Y2 Maths
Y1 Reading Y2 Reading
Y1 Writing & SPaG Y2 Writing & SPaG

The Primary National Curriculum

English in the National Curriculum – Spelling

English in the National Curriculum – Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation

Information on KS1 & KS2 SATs 2016


Please continue to read with your child at least three times a week and write a comment in your child’s planner each time. Please also note when they are ready to change their reading book. Don’t forget you have access to the Oxford Owl website as well as your child’s reading books. In Year 1, we will change books on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In Year 2, we will generally change books on Tuesday and Thursday. Please keep working on the comprehension questions.

Year 1 and Year 2 will visit the library on Thursday. Please can library books be returned to school weekly. 

Top Tips for Reading Year 1

Top Tips for Reading Year 2


You should have already received the homework menu in your child’s spelling folder.

Please date and complete the challenges. There are more challenges than weeks.

Physical Education

Year 1 will have PE on Monday and/or Friday There will be dance, games and gymnastic lessons taught. Year 2 will have P.E. on Monday and Wednesday. The children must have both indoor and outdoor kit at school at all times as, occasionally, P.E days can change. Please ensure that all kit is clearly named. 

Forest Schools

Year 1 forest school sessions will take place most Wednesday afternoons. The first two Year 2 sessions will be on Friday 20th January and Friday 3rd February.

The children need clothes appropriate for the winter weather:

  • wellington boots/snow boots
  • waterproof trousers
  • warm, waterproof coat
  • warm socks
  • gloves

All clothes and boots must be named.


All children need a waterproof coat, with a hood, for playtimes as the children do go outside in the rain.

Snacks and Water Bottles

For morning break children should bring either fresh fruit or veg. All water bottles must be marked with your child’s name. (Nail varnish or Tippex work well!)

Please Remember

  • Nail polish, make up and tattoos are not allowed.
  • Long hair must be tied back for safety.
  • Jewellery should not be worn in school.

Dates for Diaries:
A dates for diaries letter will be sent when all school events are confirmed.

If you wish to see us about any aspect of your child’s life in school, please pop in at the end of the school day, or make an appointment via the planner.

Remember you can also keep up to date with what is happening in school on Facebook and Twitter.

Useful Links

ICT Games

Phonics Play

Oxford Owls