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

Summer Term

Welcome back! Thank you for all your help and support last term.


Our topic this term is ‘Superheroes’. In history, the children will begin be finding out about significant people such as Florence Nightingale. In geography, we will be learning more about oceans and seas using globes and maps.


The children will be exploring and observing seasonal change in the local environment.

This term, Year One will study our wonderful world of animals, beginning with humans. This will lead on to an investigation of animals in the local environment and in contrasting environments around the world. We will also explore the five senses (touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing).

In Year Two the children will study our wonderful world of plants. They will investigate the conditions needed for plants to grow. We will be growing cress and feeding them different liquids. This is always an exciting experiment that children love to do but they’ll need to ensure it is a fair test!

Religious Education

In RE, Year One will be focusing on what it means to belong to a faith community?

The children will look at special places and how people can belong to different groups and communities. They will have opportunities to express their views and feelings about the groups they are involved in. Year Two will develop and explore the topic ‘How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?’ They will explore big questions about different issues and begin to consider some of the answers faith members may offer. Pupils will ask what matters to them – questions of meaning, purpose and truth – and consider significant times of life.

Curriculum Overview Summer 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


Our aim is to encourage a love of books and reading for enjoyment and information. Please hear your child read a minimum of three times a week; even fluent readers benefit from reading aloud to an adult and talking about what they have read.  Please make a note in your child’s planner each time they read with you at home and write ‘Please change’ if you think they are ready for a new book.

Year 1 and 2 will continue to visit the library on Thursday.Children should bring their library books to school each week so they can be renewed or changed.

Top Tips for Reading Year 1

Top Tips for Reading Year 2


Spelling homework for Year 1 and 2 will be sent home in spelling folders on Monday and collected in on Friday.  Please encourage your child to work on their spellings for a short time each evening and not to complete them all in one go.  Homework menus have been sent out and will be collected in on Friday 26th May.  We hope you enjoy choosing a different activity each week to complete with your child.

Physical Education

P.E. may be indoors or outdoors so please make sure your child has their full kit in school including jogging bottoms, sweatshirt and trainers. All items of P.E kit must be clearly named.

Year 1 will have P.E. on Monday and Friday. 

Year 2 will have P.E. on Monday and Wednesday.

Forest Schools

Forest School dates will be sent on the weekly newsletters. All clothes and boots must be named.

Art & Design

Art will be a selection of painting, designing and making with food, and creating sculptures.

Clothing & Belongings

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

Please make sure that all of your child’s clothing and property is clearly labelled and regularly checked.

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!)

Getting ready for summer!

In warmer weather we encourage children to wear hats outdoors.  Please ensure your child has a hat that is clearly named.  In hot weather we ask that you put sun cream on your child before they come to school in the morning.

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.


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