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

Autumn Term 1 - 2023

 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

Creation - we are learning to recognise different parts of God's Creation and to be able to show appreciation for it. We are learning to know and sequence the story of creation. To be able to write prayers to use in a harvest liturgy associated with God's Creation. To know the story of St. Francis of Assisi. 

Families and Celebrations - We will be able to describe celebrations in which they have been involved at home or in school and to identify celebrations as an important part of family life. They will understand that Mass is an important celebration for God's family and will be able to describe the different words, actions and gestures that take place. They will understand that in Jesus' life, His family and friends celebrated together and know the stories that tell of this.



We are studying the texts - 

Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson - through this text we will be learning to write labels and captions, informal letters and also being able to retell a narrative. Hook - we arrived in the classroom to find out someone had been drawing all over the walls. We became detectives and discovered they were cave paintings. We used our mark making skills to develop the cave paintings further as we became 'cave-people'. Next we will be exploring the text, looking at  the various animals and joining in as we read the text. The children will know the text and will be able to retell the narrative. We will then go onto explore the features of simple sentences, noun phrases and to sequence sentences to write sorry letters.

Naughty Bus by Jan Oke - through this text we will be working towards creating their own stories. The children will have the opportunity to write two simple pieces of information writing, one based on the buses and another on toys. Initially, the children will share information about buses and try and to find out what they already know about buses to create a shared simple piece of information writing. After this, there will be a Hook where something has happened in the classroom! We will  then read part of Naughty Bus and the children will start to look for evidence to prove it is indeed Naughty Bus who has caused the chaos. After reading all of the book, the children will use Naughty Bus to innovate upon, inventing the sequel for his adventures. This will be based on the local area and will involve children captioning photos of the bus up to no good in other settings. his will be based on the local area and will involve children captioning photos of the bus up to no good in other settings. Finally, the children will look at toys and possibly bring their own in. They will have the opportunity to sort and categorise the toys and then create a piece of shared
information writing as well as their own, before writing their own naughty toy adventure.



Place value, addition & subtraction, geometry.

Year 1- sorting and comparing objects, 1 more and 1 less, greater than, fewer than, counting on and back, comparing and ordering numbers, finding parts and wholes, number bonds, fact families, number lines, recognise and name 2D shapes

Year 2- partitioning numbers into tens and ones, comparing numbers, estimate numbers on a number line, write numbers in words and numerals, count in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers, adding and subtracting within 10 and crossing 10, 10 more, 10 less, missing number problems, recognise and name 3D shapes, their properties and lines of symmetry.


Animals including humans- All about animals, life cycles

To identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. To identify and name common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. To describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals including pets. To notice that animals (including humans) have offspring which grow into adults.


Geography- Where am I? We will be looking at the UK, using aerial photographs and maps, looking at the features of a map and adding symbols to maps.

History- What is History? We will be looking at holdays from now and in the past, creating timelines and using photographs as evidence.

Art- Art & design skills. We will be introduced to sketchbooks, printing with paint, colour mixing, experimenting wih media and looking at the work of Louis Wain.

DT- Structures: constructing windmills. We will create a design, make a stable structure using moving parts and evaluate our finished product.

Computing- Improving Mouse Skillsand What is a Computer? We will learn to log in and use a mouse to create art. Recognise and explain the role of technology around us.

Music- Pulse & rhythm. We will learn the difference between pulse & rhythm, play percussive instruments and listen to & repeat patterns.

PSHE – families & relationships. We will look at families and fredinships, feelings and how to overcome problems, looking at teamwork and how actions affect others.

PE Days Wednesday and Thursday (Please send the children into school on these days in their school PE kits)

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