Welcome to St Gemma's class – Years 1 and 2

Summer Term 1 - 2024

 St. Gemma Galgani

Feast Day is April 11th.

When Gemma was on earth she could see visions of Jesus and Mary, while she was praying.

In her short life, Gemma took care of her family and was always generous and kind to others.

Gemma was known for her kindness and her compassion for the poor.

We, in St Gemma's class, try  be caring, kind and generous like her. 



The Adults Who Look After Us

 Mrs S. Hobson

Year 1 / 2 Teacher

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday am

Mrs A. Marques

Class Teaching Assistant

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Mrs S. Phipps

Year 1 / 2 Teacher

Wednesday pm, Thursday, Friday 

Mrs M.Kane

Class Teaching Assistant


Mrs C. Manning

Class Teaching Assistant

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,


What we will be learning

Religious Education

Easter – To know that Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead and will know the story of the women finding the empty tomb. They will be able to identify and explain the significance and symbolism of the Easter candle. They will also know that after the Resurrection the disciples told people about Resurrection. What they had seen and begin to understand the message of the Resurrection.


He Is Risen | Sean Pinder Ministries

Forgiveness -  To know that there are times when forgiveness needs to be given and received. They will be able to describe the parable of the Prodigal Son and the story of the sinful woman, and explain what they teach us about God’s forgiveness and the chances he gives us to change. They will understand that everyone makes choices and be able to differentiate between good or bad ones, identifying possible consequences of both. They will also understand the need to say sorry and will be able to identify ways of showing sorrow and forgiveness.

What Does Forgiveness Really Mean? - Adventist.org

Pentecost –To  understand that the Holy Spirit is God and that Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit when he went back to heaven. They will know the story of Pentecost and be able to describe how the disciples changed after receiving the Holy Spirit. They will also be able to identify and explain some of the symbols associated with the Holy Spirit and used in celebrations of Pentecost.

Pentecost Sunday





Our text is ‘The Odd Egg’ by Emily Gravett (book kindly donated by Pippa’s family for World Book Day’)

Outcomes: Thought and speech bubbles, diary entry, letter, certificate

Main outcome: Egg-spotter’s guide (non-fiction report)

Within this sequence, children begin by identifying different types of eggs and predicting who they might belong to, before exploring the text. The final outcome is for children to make a non-fiction ‘Egg Spotter’s Guide’ after researching different types of eggs from the book.


Our next text is ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Edward Lear and Charlotte Voake (Also, ‘The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Julia Donaldson and Charlotte Voake

Outcomes: Letters, interviews, lists, instructions

Main outcome: Rhyming poem

h children explore the themes of the poem, write in role as the characters, create fictitious interviews, create lists of items they can take on their honeymoon and eventually innovate upon the poem to create their own versions.


Year 1: Length and Height- Compare and measure lengths and height using standard and non standard units

Mass and Volume- Compare and measure mass and capacityincluding full and empty.

 Multiplication and Division- Count in 2s, 5s and 10s, recpgnise and make equal groups, make arrays, make doubles.


Year 2: Length and Height- Measure in cm and metres, compare heights and lengths, solve problems using length and height.

Mass, Capacity and temperature- measure in grams and kilograms, measure in litres and millilitres, measure temperatures, compare, mass, capacity and temperature, solve problems involving mass, capacity and tempertaure.

 Fractions- Introduction to parts and wholes, recognise and find halves, quarters, thirds and equivalence.


Everyday Materials: In this unit the children learn how to distinguish between objects and the materials from which it is made. They also learn how to identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock. They describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. And finally, they learn how to compare and group together a variety of everyday  materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.



Geography: What is it like to live in Shanghai? Give examples of human and physical features, use an atlas, sketch a map, use directional language, identify similarities and differences between our local area and Shanghai.



Ten:Ten Resources

Relationship and Health Education for Catholic primary schools

Module 1: Created and Loved by God

KS1 Module One: Created and Loved by God explores the individual. Rooted in the teaching that we are created by God out of love and for love, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships.

Module 2: Created to Love Others

Created to Love Others explores the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe both online and in our daily lives.

Module 3: Created to Live in Community

Created to Live in Community explores the individual’s relationship with the wider world. Here we explore how human beings are relational by nature and are called to love others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good. In Life to the Full Plus, continued exploration of careers and money are underpinned with the religious understanding that our identity, purpose and value comes from God.




Musical vocabulary: Move appropriately to pulse and tempo, choose instruments and respond to dynamic changes, create and perform using pitch and rhythm.




Computing : Log into a computer, drag, drop and click using a mouse.



Curriculum Newsletters 


We are very proud of our classroom and work hard to keep it looking bright and interesting.

100 High Frequency Word List

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Terminology

How to form cursive letters -PowerPoint

Useful Websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/  BBC Maths Bitesize KS1 


http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/ BBC English Bitesize KS1


http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/ BBC Science Bitesize KS1 


http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm Phonics Play 



Learning through games



Interactive Maths Games

Age related expectations for Year 1

Age related expectations for Year 2