Holmgate Primary School And Nursery

Welcome to Year 1 / 2

Miss Griffiths and Mrs Skinner are really looking forward to working with you all during this school year to make sure that all the Year 1/2 children enjoy their learning and reach their full potential. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know about some of the things we will be doing in our class and how you can support your child.

P.E. – P.E. will be on Tuesdays so please ensure children come to school in their PE kit, ready to go, every Tuesday. This will be led by Ash from Qualitas.

Mrs Thornton – Mrs Thornton will be teaching Year 1/2 every Wednesday. She will be teaching PE and music every other week, so she will let you know when to come in PE kits.

Reading –  Year 1/2 children read daily in our Read Write Inc sessions. We will also try to listen to your child read individually in class as often as possible. We are aiming for at least once a week with one of the adults in class or an older child.

Uniform – Could you please make sure all uniform and coats are named clearly to help the children look after their own things. If it has a name in and gets misplaced it will eventually make it’s way back to you, if not it may not.

Snack – Fresh fruit is available for the children each day, however, children can bring their own healthy snacks to school for break time. They are allowed to bring a ‘treat’ on Fridays.

Literacy / Phonics

The children in KS1 will be following the whole Read Write Inc programme. Previously they have just completed the phonics, but as of this year we will be teaching the full programme. This will cover phonics, reading comprehension, punctuation, grammar and writing. Each child will be assessed every half term and placed into the appropriate group that will build their confidence, whilst moving them on in their learning. This targeted learning will mean they will work in smaller, more focused groups.


We will begin by focusing on place value, which underpins everything else we do throughout Year 1/2. To begin with, the children will be revising many of the topics taught last year (with numbers up to 10) to help consolidate their learning. This will include counting forwards and backwards, ordering and finding one more / one less. We will then move on to addition and subtraction, number bonds (to 10), geometry (2D and 3D shapes) and place value with numbers up to 20 – which will take us up to the Christmas break.


Information to follow shortly........

How you can help your child


Reading books and diaries are now able to come home (once assessments have been completed and groups have been decided). Please ensure that your child’s reading book and diary are in school every day. Please try to read with your child every night and record this in their school reading diary (5 minutes is enough).  They should read their school reading books but also enjoy other books that you have at home (these can be recorded too).  It is important for children to understand what they are reading so please ask them questions about the book after reading it.  Encourage your child to use the Holmgate Reading Detective skills.  It is also valuable for children to be read to, so try to read to them when possible, so you can enjoy stories together.  The aim is to read at least 4 times a week (this practise is vital).


Homework in Year 1/2 consists mainly of reading and spellings, however they may also bring home another task that will either be linked to the literacy, maths or project work that we have been doing in class.

Working together

We want to work with you in making sure that your child has the best experience they can have in our class and for them to do the best that they can. If you have any concerns, or anything that you would like to celebrate about your child, then please let us know. Teachers to Parents will only be accessed by Senior Leaders in school so the main port of call for communication will now be done through Seesaw. Please make sure you can access this as soon as possible. If you download the app onto your phone it will notify you if anything has been added to your child’s profile. 




 PSHE Knowledge Organiser.pdfDownload
 RE Knowledge Organiser.pdfDownload
 Y1&2 Florence Nightingale Knowledge Organiser.pdfDownload
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 Year 1 & 2 Knowledge Organiser History Can one person really make a difference Neil Armstrong.pdfDownload
 Year 1 & 2 Knowledge Organiser Science Can one person really make a difference Living things and their habitat_.pdfDownload
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