Year 1/2

Year 1/2 - Miss Bray & Miss Pickering


Hello, my name is Miss Bray and I am lucky enough to be the teacher of this group of wonderful children this year. My other roles in our school include Behaviour and Wellbeing Lead and also Special Needs Coordinator.

Our Teaching Assistant this year is Miss Pickering.

We are a mixed class of Year 1 and Year 2 children.

We are an extremely hard working and enthusiastic class who love to immerse ourselves in learning.

Our Perfect Autumn Afternoon

What a perfect afternoon! As a team, we chopped up vegetables such as pumpkin, parsnip, squash, onion and courgette. We boiled and blended it together to make a delicious autumn soup. In our woodland, we sat in a circle and read an autumn story while we slurped our tasty soup and dipped in the bread that we had buttered ourselves.

Spanish Day!

We had such an exciting Spanish Day today. Children in our class looked wonderful and enjoyed every single minute of our immersive activities. We began by designing and creating our very own tourist leaflets about Spain, we then practiced our Salsa moves and made Spanish flags. In the afternoon, we learned all about Spanish food and tasted valencia orange, green olives and chorizo. We had very mixed reviews!

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Autumn Material Collecting

We spent part of our afternoon collecting autumn leaves, pinecones and other autumnal materials ready to add to our class wreath. We loved exploring and looking at all the beautiful autumnal colours.

Safety Day

We explored what it means to be a `Community Hero` in our class. We discussed all of the fabulous things that people do in our community to keep us safe. We interviewed Mr Lawson, our caretaker and also Mrs Silverwood. Afterwards, we wrote thank you letters to give to our heroes.

A tour of our classroom...

Here is our Magical Reading Forest, it is the perfect place to curl up with a book. It is also where our `reading happens. (You will find out more about this on the first day back at school).

This is an exploration area based on the book we will be learning about in Literacy. There are QR codes, fact cards, puppets and even a small world area so you can take the story wherever you choose.

Here are the other areas in our classroom which include a building site, an ICT hub, a Maths garden, dinosaur spelling zone, History area and sensory area. I cannot wait to see all you explorers enjoying them!

Reading Matters!

Reading is one of the most important things your child will learn whilst at school. It opens doors and allows your child to immerse themselves in all manner of books and other text in day to day life. Encouraging and supporting your child with reading at home makes an enormous difference to progress across the whole curriculum. In our class, we have a variety of strategies and incentives to encourage and reward reading at home. Some of these include a `Reading Race` and `Reading Royalty` crowns.

Learning in Year 1/2

Expectations in my class in terms of behaviour, attitude and work are exceptionally high. Children will be challenged and stretched within a nurturing environment, there is no doubt that they will reach their full potential. We will be covering some really interesting topics, including lots of creative cross-curricular links.

Spellings will be given out on Monday and children will be tested the following Monday each week so it is vital that spelling books are brought in.

Our class will have PE twice a week. PE kits will need to be brought to school every Monday and taken home on Friday.

Reading is a vitally important subject and is taken very seriously here at Shafton Primary. Children are expected to bring their reading record and reading book every day in order for us to read with them in school and change books when required. Reading with your child at home as much as possible will have a huge impact on their learning and progress.

Remember to use Espresso at home.

Your login details can be found in the front of your reading diary.

What is Espresso?

Espresso is the UK's leading educational digital content company. It is available for parents and children to use at home. The aim is to transform learning at home by providing high-quality educational resources. Espresso Primary is an easy-to-use and constantly growing library of digital educational resources. Everything on Espresso supports the National Curriculum and the classroom work which we do here a Shafton Primary. Children can log on to this resource at home by using their log in details given to them by their teacher.

Here is just a taste of some of the topics we cover in our class. How exciting!

Seaside in the past

The Great Fire of London

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot


Florence Nightingale

A little look at what we got up to in Year 1/2 in 2017-2018...

An unusual show & tell (Episode 2)

This afternoon, Kiera from Y5 brought her two pet tortoises in to show us in year 1/2. They were surprisingly fast movers and kept trying to escape off the tray! We enjoyed asking Kiera questions about what they do and how to look after them.

Creating our very own castle...

Our Year 1 children had a marvelous time working as a team to build this tricky castle. It took determination and a lot of logical thinking. Once built, the children decided that they would paint it brown and grey and add some rectangular pieces of card to look like bricks. The children can't wait to play with it when it's dry! Just look at the concentration on those faces...

Cheep, cheep... Here are the new arrivals!

Today, Year 1/2 got to spend some time looking after Miss Tallant's chicks. (Miss Bray got a little bit over excited!) We talked about the life cycle of a chicken and why it is so important that we are kind to animals.

Our Royal Wedding Celebrations

In Year 1/2, we had a very regal day celebrating the upcoming wedding of Harry and Meghan. We began by making our own jam and cucumber sandwiches, they were fit for the Queen! It was then time to welcome our royal guests, pour the tea and let the party begin!

Science Day 2018

Our class decided to base Science Day on one of our favourite things... BUBBLES! We watched a magical bubble show, explored the science behind bubbles, made our own mixture and blew bubbles of all different shapes and sizes. We even managed to create a cube shaped bubble. WOW!

Ice Lolly Time!

After some fabulous writing about the seaside, we took advantage of the glorious weather and enjoyed an ice lolly out on our school field.

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...

Just take a look at the children relaxing with a book on our beach! They are absolutley LOVING our new reading area.

New Topics for the Summer Term

Science: Living things & their habitats

Everyday materials

History: Seaside past & present


Geography: Seaside journeys

Compass directions

An Unusual Show and Tell...

Finlay's dad brought in some very unusual visitors to our classroom. Finlay had been telling us about them for months and we felt it was time to put a face to their names. Meet Rio the bearded dragon and Jake the snake!

World Book Day 2018!

Year 1/2 had an excellent World Book Day. We did some independent writing about our lovely costumes, made bookmarks and drew pictures. What a great day!

Reading Buddies

To encourage greater independence in learning, we have `Reading Buddies`. Children are paired up together to practice reading their school books to each other, their weekly spellings and also refining their cursive handwriting. Children are extremely focused and are enjoying the trust and independence they feel.

What is the phonic screening check?

The National phonic screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all year 1 pupils and is a quick

and easy check of your child’s phonic knowledge. It takes place each year during June.

What is in the phonic screening check?

It comprises of a list of 40 words and nonsense words. It will assess phonic skills and knowledge learnt through reception and

year 1. Your child will read 1-1 with a teacher. It will be your child’s current teacher so it is a familiar face. Your child will read

up to 4 words per page and they will probably do the check in 10-15 minutes. They will be asked to ‘sound out’ a word and blend sounds together. (The check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.)

Reading Royalty

Reading is taken very seriously in our class. In addition to reading at school, reading at home has a huge impact on progress and I would ask that you read with your child at least 3 times per week. Children who read at home are then allowed to wear a `Reading Royalty` crown the following day. The children really love it!

Being on time...

I would just like to highlight the importance of being on time for school on a morning. Our learning begins straight away & by being late, children are missing vital information for the first session of the day.

All children need to be lined up by the bike shed at 8:50am.

Our New Learning

We will be studying some really interesting topics this half term. Here are just some of them:

-Florence Nightingale & Grace Darling

-Hot and cold places



-Map work

Upcoming Maths Topics


Multiplication & Division



Welcome back! I hope you have all had a wonderful break. I would just like to start by saying how impressed I am with how well the children have settled back into class after the holidays. They have been working exceptionally hard and I am so proud of every single one of them!

The Lady with the Lamp, by Paul Perro

Every child in our class has taken part in recording a line of our class poem. We think it sounds great!

We just love reading in Year 1/2!

5 Times Table Practice!

We practiced our 5 times tables by jumping, hopping and leaping from one hoop to another whilst counting in fives. It was certainly memorable!

When Resilient Reader came to visit...

This is Resilient Reader, he is a character that helps us when we're working on our reading and comprehension skills. We use the skills he promotes in 1:1 reading, guided reading groups and whole class comprehension lessons. We loved it when he came to visit us, he especially enjoyed moving our gingerbread men on our reading race board!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the KINDEST of them all...

Our Kenyan Warrior Artwork

We used a watercolour wash and let the colours bleed together. We then used acrylic paint and a stencil to create our warrior silhouettes.

Florence Nightingale Scutari Hospital Role Play

The children are loving our new Florence Nightingale hospital area before and after Florence made her changes.

Health Day 2018

In our class, we decided to focus on not only a healthy body, but a healthy mind too. We talked about mindfulness and how it can help us to manage our emotions and make us happier. We made calming down bottles, sleep masks and we also did some yoga. During the afternoon, we got active and had a dance class. What a great day!

TESCO Gingerbread Workshop

In our Literacy lessons we have been working on Traditional Tales, one of our favourite stories was The Gingerbread Man. We absolutely loved it when Lisa from TESCO came into school to share some interesting facts about ginger. After, we decorated our very own gingerbread man!

PE Kit

In Year 1/2, our PE days are

Tuesday and Wednesday. Your child will need to bring in their kit on Monday and leave it in school until Friday. Our school PE kit is a white shirt, dark shorts or jogging bottoms and trainers or pumps.


Spellings are given out on Monday and the test takes place on the following Monday.


Please ensure that your child's name is written in all their

uniform, including their PE kit. Long hair also needs to be tied up during school times.

Our Transition Afternoon

On our transition afternoon we read a story called `You be you`. The book talks about how we are all different and that we should celebrate those differences. After getting to know each other, we created our own fish, each as different as we are. They are now swimming proudly on our classroom washing line.