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Tomorrow’s success starts today


Term 1

Welcome everyone, to Robin and Owl Classes! We have an exciting term ahead.

Here is some information to get you started:


Moving on up:

Moving from mainly play-based learning in Year 1 to more formal lessons in Year 2 is a big step for the children and we try to make it as painless as possible.


Until Christmas, Year 2 will have two breaks each day - morning and afternoon. They will stay in the relative quiet of the Year 2 garden area and classrooms, rather than the main playground. Fruit will be provided, just as in Year 1, so they don’t need snacks from home.  Please send them with a labelled water bottle each day.


When children arrive in the morning, please help them to become as independent as possible about hanging up their coat and bag and coming in to class. The children should come into the classroom by themselves and start their morning activity. Either the class teacher or teaching assistant will be available to take messages from you if needed. They should be in class by 8.40am, ready for the register.


With so much to learn this year, it’s important not to fall behind, so please try to make sure the children are in school each day, on time and with the correct equipment. Regular attendance makes a massive difference to progress and attainment.


Our first topic

This term our topics is called ‘One World’. It is a whole school topic and will be studied from Foundation Stage, all the way up to Year 6! Year 1 and 2 will keep the focus on our local world; looking mostly at Didcot and the surrounding areas.


Reading for success

All children will read to an adult in school at least once a week. They will also be reading with a partner each day in phonics for decoding, while Guided Reading activities will boost comprehension. However, nothing boosts a child's progress in reading more than reading to a grown up at home.




Book bands: We use Oxford Reading Tree scheme books are colour coded into reading bands. Children progress through the colours as they show that they can both read and understand the texts. Each time they move up a band we’ll write it in their Reading Record. You can choose the books together from our reading trolley in the cloakroom area. Please stick to the correct reading band.



In Maths this term we will be concentrating on ‘Place Value’ and begin looking at ‘Addition and Subtraction’.

When learning about Place Value we will learn to:

  • Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0 and in tens from any number, forward and backward.
  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a two digit number (tens, ones)
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers to 100 using different representations including the number line.
  • Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.
  • Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words.
  • Use place value and number facts to solve problems.

In ‘Addition and Subtraction’ we will learn to:

  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.
  • Show that the addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.
  • Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two digit number and ones; a two digit number and tens; two two digit numbers; adding three one digit numbers.
  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
  • Solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.




In English, our writing focus will be super sentences. We will learn how to:

  • Recognise different types of sentence (statement, question, command, exclamation)
  • Use correct sentence punctuation.
  • Think, say, then write a series of sentences.
  •  Re-read sentences to check that they make sense.


We’ll apply our knowledge in different writing genres:

  • To start, we will write acrostic poems. Look out for these on display on our walls. 
  • Next, we will practise being ordered and bossy to write instruction (command) sentences!
  • Then, we’ll use storytelling to learn and retell a traditional tale, looking at the style of language and structure.
  • We will compare it with an alternative version that has a ‘Health and Happiness’ twist.
  • Finally, we’ll use what we’ve learned to write our own topical ‘twisted’ tale to make a class book.



  • Sentence type, construction and punctuation.
  • Recap nouns, verbs, adjectives (adverbs)
  • Past and present tense verbs.



English spelling is sometimes tricky.  But, good spelling makes a good first impression so many times in adult life, whether you're applying for a job, writing a report or even just emailing.


In primary school, good spelling is still an important part of Key Stage 2 SATs. Feeling confident about spelling can also boost children’s writing to a higher level, encouraging them to use more adventurous, exciting vocabulary.


To help Willowcroft children get to grips with spelling rules, we have introduced a new spelling programme from Year 2-6, with at least three 15-minute sessions a week and regular assessments.


From Christmas onwards, the children will receive spelling words to learn as homework. 


How you can help your child fast-track to fantastic spelling:

  • Ensure they learn and practise any spelling homework.
  • Check out the Year 1 and 2 words that children should know by the end of KS1; it’s in the front of the Reading Record booklets. As they show in their daily reading and writing that they can read and spell these words, they will be able to colour in part of their personal spelling hive. For every 10 words they colour in they will get a reward.



Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times as not having the correct clothes can cause distress. We recommend leaving PE kit on their peg until half-term, especially as our topic will include lots of physical activities.

Full kit for autumn and winter includes white or house-colour t-shirt, PE shorts, jogging bottoms, plimsolls and/or trainers. A sweatshirt will be useful for colder days. Please label everything! PE will be on Monday afternoons.



Year 2 children have the opportunity to learn swimming at The Wave for a number of sessions. This will take place in the summer terms. To reassure you, the children are assessed in the first session and ability grouped to make sure they can progress in their own time and the class teacher will be in the pool with them.


Picture 1 Mrs Dixon