Years 1/2 (KS1)

Welcome to Years 1 and 2!
Class Rabbit Otter Beaver
Teacher Miss Jennifer Livanos Mrs Mary Shaw Miss Georgina Davis
Learning Support Assistant Mrs Hazel Evans Mrs Tara Stone Mrs Hayley Brooker
In Year 1, our children make the exciting transition from Early Years to Key Stage One in a gradual progression towards a more formal and structured day and style of learning.  It is an opportunity to experience a breadth of education that encompasses a creative curriculum.
We encourage our children to become increasingly independent and they enjoy learning through focused tasks and structured play.  Our topics are chosen to encourage them to explore and develop their understanding of the world, grow in confidence and self-belief through creativity, while acquiring the early building blocks of learning for life.

Our children begin to develop collaborative discussion skills by engaging with high quality texts and they are provided with a variety of opportunities to practise and apply their reading and writing skills.  These well-established skills are displayed when completing the phonics screening check at the end of the year. 


Year 2 is a stimulating year with lots of positive challenges for the children.

In Year 2 our children start to become more independent learners; continuing to develop their skills in reading, writing and maths through collaboration, discussion and structured activities.  As Year 2 progresses, our children work towards preparing themselves to showcase their very best in the end-of-year statutory assessments (SATs).  We use a topic-based approach to learning which, allows all to become immersed in learning.

 In maths we follow the White Rose scheme.   This has been carefully planned to develop and deepen maths fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills.


This week in Science we were construction workers, building bridges out of paper. We spoke about how the strength of a material can be changed by the way it is used. When building bridges, triangles are a key part to strengthen the bridge. The aim of the experiment was for a car to be able to drive across the bridge successfully. 

This week in Maths Beaver and Rabbits have been learning about shape. On Wednesday we came together to make 3D shapes, using connective straws. We identified how many faces, edges and vertices each shape had, then had a competition to see who could build the shapes the quickest. 

KS1class looked absolutely fabulous in their homemade Easter Bonnet's today!
Heritage Workshop!
KS1 have enjoyed taking part in the Heritage Workshop this week learning about different countries. We found out about customs, food, stories, toys and music.

Author Visit - Simon Murray

This week Reception and KS1 enjoyed a  visit from the author Simon Murray.  He presented his book Icky Doo Dah, which the children really enjoyed and engaged with.  

Red Nose Day 2024!
The children enjoyed dressing in red for Red Nose Day, as a school we raised over £200.

On Friday, the school had a visit from Nerys Pearce, a common wealth games athlete. She ran an exercise class for us and gave an inspiring assembly about her life and how hard she has pushed through all her challenges to get to success! Thank you for all your donations so far, we still have until Friday 15th March to get them all in. Keep pushing!

Rabbit Class had an amazing World Book Day! We dressed up as our favourite characters and did lots of fun activities. We read lots of books and some of the Year 6 children even came down to read us some stories. Mrs Haden and Miss Parry held a parade for us in assembly so we could show off our costumes, well done to the winners! 

We had great fun dressing up as our favourite characters from our favourite books for World Book Day.

Otters really enjoyed making their woven placemats.  They practised their weaving skills which were kindly donated.

Rabbit Class have been loving their gymnastic sessions on a Friday with Premier Education. We have been practising different balances and ways of moving and putting these into a sequence. We can't wait for our next session!

KS1 enjoyed a gymnastic session from a visiting gymnastic coach.  We practised balancing of different parts of the body.

Otter class have been learning about primary and secondary colours and making lighter and darker tones.

This week, we drew an animal in the style of Joan Miro then painted it using one primary colour to start with then mixing in another to make a secondary colour and finally adding white or black to make a lighter or darker tone.

Shravan was Scientist of the Week for his work on materials.

This week, as part of our castles topic, KS1 visited Windsor Castle. We spent the morning exploring the castle and the state apartments and in the afternoon we had a workshop learning about knights. A few of us got to dress up as different roles from the Norman times.

This week in Science we were testing if materials can change shape, we tested a variety of materials and then discussed why it is important for materials to have certain properties.

Otter class enjoyed investigating the properties of different materials in Science.

This half term in Year 1 our topic is Castles. In History this week we learnt about Motte and Bailey castles that were built by the Normans. Then we drew and labelled them. We can't wait to learn more about castles! 

In Art we started learning about Joan Miro, who was a famous artist and sculptor. Miro’s artwork is characterised by brilliant colours and simple shapes. This week we created our own Miro inspired artwork and used primary colours to paint them.

This week Year 2 went to South Hill Park to watch ‘Sleeping Beauty’. We had an amazing time with lots of singing and dancing! Thank you to all the parent helpers who came with us on this trip.

We also had the pleasure of performing our Christmas play ‘Sugar Plum’ to you all this week, I am so proud of all the children and all their hard work. They have put so much time and effort into learning their lines, song words and dances. I’m sure you will agree that they were absolutely phenomenal!  They have definitely earned this Christmas break!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from Miss Davis and Mrs Brooker

Year 1 had a brilliant time at the Hexagon yesterday watching Sleeping Beauty. We were so excited to see Justin and we loved joining in with the dancing and booing! Miss Livanos had so much fun she forgot to take photos but here is one of the fantastic cast!


As part of our Science topic this half term KS1 learnt all about the importance of hygiene. During our Science lesson we did 2 experiments, the first one was to understand how easily germs can spread in our everyday lives. To understand how this works each class had a volunteer who put glitter on their hands and then touched different objects around the classroom and we saw how easily the glitter spread.

The second experiment we did, we took three slices of bread and put them into labelled bags. The first slice we used tweezers to put into the bag so no one touched it, the second slice we used clean hands and put it into the bag and then third slice we touched it with dirty hands. We then predicted what slice of bread we thought would have the most and least mould on. As you can see, our experiment was successful and the slice no one touched has the least amount of mould and the one we all touched with dirty hands has the most mould.

This morning KS1 came in to find two cheeky visitors all the way from the North Pole, who will be with us until the end of term. What other cheeky things might they get up to?

Otters class learnt about 3D shapes in Maths this week, they enjoyed completing practical activities.
Children in Need 2023!

This week in D&T we started to learn about mechanisms, we created . This lesson was an introduction to our topic, teaching us skills that we can use to help create our final project. The children  enjoyed making Rabbit and Hat puppets using a slider mechanism in DT.

Tuesday 14th November was World Diabetes Day. Evie was a superstar and shared her knowledge of Type 1 diabetes with KS1. Well done, Evie!

The children then had a go at creating their own diabetes awareness ribbons.  

Otter Class had great fun following instructions to make bouncy spiders this week.

The KS1 children had a great time at Brooklands Museum! 

This week in English we have been writing instructions. We have written instructions for ‘How to Clean Your Teeth’ and ‘How to Make a Bouncy Spider’. On Wednesday we created our spiders, thinking about the different steps we used to make them. As well as thinking about the language we would use to make our instructions clear and precise.

Otters Class celebrated National Poetry Day. We read My Treasures by Kate Wakeling then we thought about our own treasures.

Cooking Club!

In Cooking Club this week we made pitta bread pizzas! We got to choose our toppings and put on as much cheese as we liked! They smelt so delicious coming out of the oven!

In Rabbit Class we have been learning about ordering in Maths. First, we ordered our Numicon from smallest to greatest and then from greatest to smallest. After that, we chose three random Numicon and asked our partners to order them. Then we looked at ordinal numbers, we did some races outside to see who would come 1st , 2nd , 3rd and so on. Afterwards, everyone was given a number card and we had to get ourselves in order, we did a fantastic job!

This week in the KS1 cooking club we made chocolate cornflake cakes. First, we melted the chocolate and butter and then we mixed it into the cornflakes with golden syrup. Then we made our own cases and wrapped them up to take them home. They looked delicious!

Here are some pictures of Otter class trying different balances in PE.
Otter class enjoyed the Perform Drama Workshop. We travelled to different parts of the world just like Phileas Fogg.