Chestnut Class – Year 1/2

Chestnut Class – Year 1/2 at St Julian's Church School

Welcome to Chestnut Class! We love playing and learning together, exploring and discovering as we go.

Here is our Long Term Plan:

Cycle A Long Term Plan Yr 1 & 2 ( 2023-24)

Our learning in Term 2…

This term we will be learning about the United Kingdom in Geography, focusing on the countries within the UK, its flags, capital cities and surrounding seas. In Science, our topic is ‘Everyday Materials’ where we will be identifying, classifying and exploring the different properties of each material through several exciting investigations. In Music we will be developing our understanding of rhythm and beat during our signing practice for the Nativity. We will also develop this through some songs we are learning in French!

In Maths we will be continuing Addition and Subtraction; Year 1 staying within 10 and Year 2 progressing to 200. We will then move on to Shape. The children will have daily opportunities to consolidate learning through reasoning and problem solving. Our phonics continues in Year 1 and Year 2 will do ‘No nonsense spelling’ and whole class reading using a range of texts.

We already have lots of exciting experiences planned, watch this space!

Please note:

  • PE lessons will be on Wednesdays and Fridays! Please send your child to school wearing their PE kit.
  • Children need to have in school every day a spare pair of shoes or wellies for our Adventure Play and Paddock area.
  • It is important that children always have a coat in school as we will be outside as much as possible in all weathers.
  • Contact books/reading records are required in school every day.

Weekly Home Learning Tasks

It is really important that children spend some time at home each week consolidating their learning at school and it is helpful if they have a quiet space to do so. You can find a copy of our Home Learning Expectations on the policies section of our website. In our class the expectation is:

  • Daily reading practice
  • A weekly Maths activity on Doodle Maths

Reading, Spellings, Phonics and Times tables

Year 1:

Children will bring home two reading books. One book will be fully decodable and chosen by an adult to increase fluency. This book will be sent home on Wednesdays and will need to be returned to school on Mondays. This book will be familiar as we will have read the book three times in school before going home. They should be reading the book fluently, with 90% of the words being read without the need to segment. As a result of this increase in fluency, speed and accuracy, comprehension improves as cognitive overload is reduced. The second book the children will bring home will be a ‘sharing book’. This will have an ‘s’ sticker on the front. This is a book chosen by your child to encourage a love of reading and can be changed at any time. This book will not be fully decodable, therefore this is a book you can read together. Please ensure you sign the purple home-school contact book/reading record each time you read with your child. 

At the beginning of the term we will send home a list of the phonemes covered each week in our phonics sessions. We will also send home a list of words containing these phonemes. Children can then practise reading these words at home.  

Year 2:

Your child will have two reading books that they use at school. One will be a levelled scheme reading book that will go home and be brought into school every day. The other will be a book that they keep at school to read for pleasure. Your child will be assessed on their book level by the class teacher and teaching assistants at regular intervals throughout the term. We will listen to your child read individually or within a small group every week.

Spellings lists will be shared on this page (on the right hand side) at beginning of the term. We no longer complete Spelling tests on a Friday, instead we complete ongoing assessments. Sometimes this will take the form of a traditional spelling test, but this could also be in the form of a dictation exercise. These assessments can happen on any day, they are low stakes and often informal in nature. They will be based on previously learned spelling patterns and rules from that term, that year or even an earlier year group.

Year 2 children will be taught and assessed on their times tables alongside their Maths lessons so will not have a regularly scheduled times table test. By the end of this year, children in Year 2 are expected to know and recall at speed the multiplication facts in the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.


Login information for any online resources has been stuck into the inside cover of your child’s reading record.

Play Numbots

Play Doodle Maths


Class Teachers:

Miss Webb

Teaching Assistants

Mrs Tiley, Miss McDermott and Miss Newlove

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Webb on Class Dojo.


Helpful links:

BBC Bitesize

Oxford Owl 

Top marks 

Phonics play

Oak academy

What we have read so far…

Mr Gumpy's Motor Car Book and CD by John Burningham (9781849412858/Paperback) | LoveReading4KidsTreasured Tales from Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit): Potter, Beatrix: 9780723258605: BooksWilfred To The Rescue: Alan MacDonald: 9780007809622: BooksWhat Do You See When You Look At a Tree? (Paperback)Two Little Penguins Called Flapjack And Waddle - Adams, Georgie: 9781858811109 - AbeBooksStuck: Oliver Jeffers by Jeffers, OliverOrion and the Dark: New DreamWorks film coming to Netflix in 2024! : Emma Yarlett: BooksHanda's Surprise – Simba and Sloane LtdGenie and Teeny: Make a Wish: Book 1: Lenton, Steven: 9780008408206: Books

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