Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Bush Babies Nursery

Welcome to the Year 1 and Year 2



Welcome to Year 1 and Year 2. There are 3 classes in our phase.

Zebra class are all eager Year 1s, Panther are enthusiastic Year 1 and 2s and Leopard class are full of hard-working year 2s. 



Zebra Class - Mrs Adams

Panther Class - Mrs Thoburn

Leopard Class - Miss Cassanova 

Please contact keystage1@holyfamily.swindon.sch.uk if you have any queries regarding your child in Year 1/2 and Mrs Thoburn will get back to you.

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Learning at Home



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 Curriculum Overview

Here you will find an overarching view of what the children will be taught over their time in Year 1 and Year 2. As we have mixed age year groups we work on a two year rolling cycle to ensure that all of the National Curriculum Objectives are covered across the 2 years. 

Year 1 and Year 2 Cycle A (2023, 2025, 2027)   

Year 1 and Year 2 Cycle B (2022, 2024, 2026)  



It is very important to read as often as possible with your children at home; every day is best, even if it is just 5 minutes sharing a book at bedtime.

Talk about the text as you go and ask questions - this will help the children develop their comprehension skills. Each time you read with your child please make a note in their reading record recording the date, alongside a comment if you wish. Please ensure to read each text a number of times with your child, as the re-reading of these texts will allow the children to develop their fluency skills.

Below you will find the user guide to support you in accessing online reading books. Your child's class teacher will assign a e book for you to read at home, this will be in addition to your child brining home a physical book. If you have any questions about this then please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher. 

Big Cats  Parent Guide  




Dates for Term 3 and 4 

3rd, 4th January- Inset Day

6th February- Children’s Mental Health Week

7th February- Safer Internet Day

7th & 9th February- Parents’ evening

13th February- Half Term

20th February- First day back.

2rd March  - World Book Day

3rd March – Panther Class assembly

10th March – Prayer Service

30th March – Class photos 





In English this term Year 1 and 2 children will be exploring the story of ‘Rapunzel’ by Bethan Woolvin.  Children will be making predictions expressing their own views and reasoning for them.  They will be participating in classroom discussions and drama, such as role-play to demonstrate some retelling. Within writing, the children will focus on the correct use of punctuation, grammar, tense, conjunctions, and year 2 will be exploring expanded noun phrases to describe the characters.


For the first part of this term in Year 1 we will be focusing on Addition Subtraction and Measure – length.

In Year 2 we will be focusing on Multiplication, division, and Measure – Length and Mass.


Christmas/Epiphany  - The children will be thinking about the Christmas story, focusing on the events of the Three Wise Men and their journey to visit Jesus.  The children will be discussing what difficulties the Wise men may have had and the reasons for their journey. We will also be exploring the gifts the Wise Men gave to Jesus, including the gift of time and love, thinking about how not all gifts need to be expensive. 


Revelation - This term in RE the children will be focusing on the Miracles of Jesus. We will be exploring miracles including, ‘The healing of the leper’ ‘The healing of the centurion servant’ ‘The healing of the blind man’ and ‘The calming of the storm. We will be thinking about the affect these miracles had on the people around Jesus and how people might have felt. The children will be completing a range of activities in this learning including Role-play, Hot-seating, Sequencing and Retelling.   



In History this term we are focusing on Toys from the past. We will be exploring different types of toys and looking at the ways they have stayed the same/changed over time. We will be looking at the different materials used to make toys and how the types of toys children play with change as they get older. We will be thinking about how we can tell if a toy is old or new. Finally, we will be discussing what our grandparents’ toys might have been like and comparing them to the toys we have today.


Plants - Our topic for this term is Plants.  The children will be learning to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. They will identifying and describing the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. As well as, completing an investigation in observing and describing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. The children will be exploring what a plant needs to grow and stay healthy and will be encouraged to use their scientific enquiry skills asking and answering questions relating to the scientific investigations/exploration they will be taking part in.




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