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Welcome to the Key Stage 1 Page of the Armley Primary School Website

Below is an overview of what the children will be covering in Reading, Writing, Maths and other areas of the curriculum this half-term.

Year 1

Welcome back to all our pupils and their families after the Christmas break.

This half term will see us looking at various stories including ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, ‘The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me’ and several twisted fairy tales. Through these, we will increase our stamina for writing, work on spelling words phonetically and practise our punctuation. We will also be writing questions, adding suffixes (-s, -es, -ed and –ing) and using adjectives to describe.


We continue to use the ‘Read, Write Inc’ phonics scheme in school, and spend 30 minutes each day learning new phonetic sounds, practising and applying those we already know.

In addition to this, Year 1 uses a mix of guided reading – with a focussed text and related questions – and individual reading to work on segmenting and blending words.


We will continue to use the White Rose Maths scheme to develop our mathematical understanding through a Concrete/Pictorial/Abstract (CPA) approach. This involves using plenty of resources to introduce new topics, with a focus on practicality. We will also be working on reasoning about our conclusions and explaining our answers.

Year 1 will also continue to work on counting backwards and forwards to 30, 2s, 5s and 10s counting patterns and odd/even numbers. To help you remember your even numbers, here’s a song:

I’m a number cruncher and my name is Steven,

I like numbers when they’re even,

All even numbers taste just great,

When they end in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8.

Other areas
Our science topic for this half term is Materials, we will be looking at the properties of various materials such as; metal, wood, glass and water. We will also be discussing the difference between objects (things that are made of materials), and the materials themselves. Eventually we hope to be able to discuss what materials are used to make objects and why that material is the best choice for the objectArts week is in the second week of term, with the theme of ‘Growth’, and we will enjoy a drama workshop from Moving Words and will be working on several art projects. In PE we will have coaches from Leeds Rhinos coming in, and be working on our throwing and catching skills, as well as playing invasion games.


Year 2

This term in Literacy, children in year 2 will be reading The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch which is linked to their Design and Technology topic.

Our learning will consist of:

- sentences which use commands identified in the writing of instructions.

- the use of commas when writing lists within a sentence.

- using apostrophes to contract words such as (do not ) to ( don't )

- using adjectives to describe settings and characters in a story


In maths, children will be learning about fractions finding 1/2 ,1/4, 1/3 and 3/4 of given amounts and shapes.

They will also be working with coins up to the value of £2 finding the correct coins to meet the price of certain items and recognise when there should be change given and how much


They will continue to have 'quick maths' tests to build their speed when adding and subtracting numbers up to 20 by mental recall.


In Design and Technology Children are to design a lunchbox suitable for carrying the lighthouse keepers lunch.

They will consider the materials required and explain their choices.

Welcome back after our week half term break.
This term Literacy will be a history based topic learning about the Great Fire of London, which is a significant historic event of the 17th century. During this topic the children will be focusing on report writing and also recounts .
We will also continue with our reading where our focus is on using expression to emphasise meaning
year 2's focus will also be on the comprehensive side of reading where we will be demonstrating our understanding of the text read by giving relevant answers to  proposed questions.

In maths this term, alongside working on measure which includes time and weight, children will undergo some practice test sheets, in preparation for their SAT’s later this year.

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