Year 1/2

Both years 1 and 2 are busy and rewarding in their own way! This stage in your child’s primary school journey marks your child’s transition from the continuous provision environment of reception, where children learn mostly through play, to a more academic environment. Children will be expected to sustain concentration for longer periods of time and to take part in formal lessons.

Please Click HERE for more information on what will be taught throughout the year.

SATS & End of Year Assessments

Due to Covid-19 causing upheavals in assessment dates last year, children in both years 1 and 2 will be expected to complete a phonics assessment this year. These may take place at different times of the year.
Children in year 2 will also complete SATs test in May 2022. The statutory SATs take place in years 2 and 6 and these results are reported to the government. Our year 1 children will complete optional assessments – as children in years 3, 4 and 5 d0 – in reading, writing and maths. Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year, with each year group having an informal assessment week at the end of each term to check progress.


As you can see, we have a packed curriculum. In order to meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum, homework plays a vital part in our year. The children will need a quiet place to complete their work, away from distractions. As a rule, they will have between 10-20 minutes of homework to be completed daily. In KS1 this is mainly English or Hebrew reading along with a weekly spelling test. As the year goes on the children will be introduced to weekly pieces of literacy or maths homework as well as their usual daily reading and weekly spellings.
If the children need support with their homework it is important that we all support them with it. The children should ALWAYS attempt homework by themselves but should they be struggling or becoming confused please do help them with it and leave a note in their home work diary so the teacher is aware of the problems encountered. Once again, if there are any problems, please let me know.

Usual Weekly Homework

  • Monday -Reading with an adult
  • Tuesday – Reading with an adult
  • Wednesday – Reading with an adult
  • Thursday – Reading with an adult
  • Friday – Reading with an adult
  • Spellings
  • Literacy/Numeracy (Term 2)


At BWJPS, reading for pleasure is extremely important. To encourage this, we have a reading for pleasure slot every day where we encourage children to read a variety of books. If you wish to help us provide these by generously donating a book to our Y1 classroom, you will find our Amazon Wishlist here. 


It is really important that children have all the required equipment in school all the time and that all uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. It is also important that kit is checked each term to ensure that it still fits and is still suitable for PE lessons.

PE Kit

Outdoor – Navy blue tracksuit, white t-shirt and trainers
Indoor – Navy blue shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps

Other Equipment
 – Once again please label all equipment and replace it when required.
  • Clear plastic water bottle
  • Homework folder
  • Pencil Case
  • H.B. Pencils (at least 2)
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Set of coloured pencils
  • Set of felt tip pens
  • 2 small glue sticks
  • Small roll of sellotape
  • 30 cm ruler, which measures in both cm. and mm.
Please remember that if there is anything you need, do come and see me – lets work together to make your child’s year a very happy, rewarding and successful one!

Mrs Southward

Latest from Year 1/2

Paralympics Assembly

Date: 26/01/2022

Today, Mr Wilde delivered an assembly to all children from Reception to year 6 to inform them of an exciting event we have coming up. Next month, we will be visited by paralympic gold medallist, Megan Giglia, who will be talking to our pupils and delivering a sports workshop with each class. All she asks for in return is that all children try to raise some sponsorship money (minimum of £2 each). Out of this, a small percentage will go to her charity and the rest will go to upgrading our sports equipment in school: win win! Look out for your child’s sponsorship form.

Holocaust Memorial Day – Part 1

Date: 26/01/2022

Yesterday, years 5 and 6 turned into teachers to carry out a whole school project for Holocaust Memorial Day. Inspired by the British Values of tolerance and respect, we discussed the importance of this day and how we can learn from the past. From this, we came up with hopes and dreams that we wish will one day come true for the whole world. Once years 5 and 6 completed their own, they took this learning and delivered it to every class; even staying to help each child complete their own. Mrs Kobak and Miss Pereira were very proud of each member and how they really took charge with this project but, more importantly, each member of the class enjoyed helping their younger peers. We cannot wait to see the finished product.

Tu B’Shevat

Date: 18/01/2022

On Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th January, we celebrated Tu B’Shevat by carrying out a variety of arts and crafts. We also ate lots of different types of fruit, planted sunflower seeds and learnt lots of interesting facts about the holiday. Chag sameach everyone!

War Memorial Visit

Date: 01/12/2021

16th November 2021

Today we visited the War memorial at Unsworth Pole. We looked very carefully at the memorial and noticed that it had a sword, a wreath and a cross carved out of stone at the top.

Around the sides were the names of all the men from Unsworth that died in the Great War (World War I)

We looked at the wreaths that had been laid around the bottom. These are some of the people that put them there-

  • The Police
  • The Scouts
  • The Federation of Jewish service men and women
  • The local MP Christian Wakeford (He recently visited our school too!)


Then Sarina put on a Magen Dovid poppy from Y1, and Yaakov put on one from Y2.

Before we left, we all collected a leaf that had fallen from the cherry tree in the memorial garden. When we got back to class, we wrote “I will remember them” on our leaf.

Year 1 Science – Wild plant survey on the field

Date: 21/04/2021

April 2021
Year 1 have been learning all about plants. Miss Francis planted bean seeds with us and we have taken them home to grow, Some of us have even sent photos back into school of how well they are growing.
We learnt that a wild plant seed grows where it falls, through dispersion, and it doesn’t need to be cared for by humans.
We have also had lots of fun doing a wild plant survey on the field. We took a tally to see which plant was most common and we even made friends with a ladybird!

Computing – Year 1 and Year 2

Date: 21/04/2021

April 2021
In computing Year 1 and 2 have been making our own pictures using the Paint program. We inserted shapes and then coloured them in with the fill tool. Finally, we added the last details using a paint brush tool.

Year 1 and 2 have also begun to learn how to write an email to our friends. We logged into Purple Mash and selected computing and then email.
First, we had to type our friend’s email address into the address bar.
Then we wrote a title.
Next, we wrote a message and some of us even attached a picture that we had drawn on the computer.
Finally, we pressed the send button and the email went to our friend’s inbox.

Year 1 & Year 2 – PSHE – Jealousy

Date: 21/04/2021

March 2021
In PSHE, Year 1 & Year 2 discussed the feeling of jealousy. We watched a video story and talked about a powerpoint that our teachers showed us. Interestingly, we learned that William Shakespeare called jealously ‘the green-eyed monster.’
Jealousy can make you feel angry, sad, furious, upset and mean
We acted out different scenarios in which we might be jealous, for example if it was our sister’s birthday and they had got a lot of presents or if our baby brother sat on our mummy’s knee.
We said that it is important to learn to try and control our feelings and be happy for our friends, not be jealous of us them.
Then we all drew a green-eyed monsters and wrote about how it made us feel. Some of us also made green-eyed monsters from salt dough!

Chanukah Week.

Date: 04/01/2021

This week we have had lots of Chanukah fun. On Monday and Thursday we lit the menorah outside, which proved a little tricky because it was quite windy!

We did some lovely Chanukah crafts. We made fabulous dreidel cushions out of felt, we  even added arms and legs and googly eyes. Year 1 also made some brilliant candle Chanukah crowns to remind us of the miracle of the light that burned for 8 days and nights.

Later in the week, we joined the ‘Unite with light’ virtual menorah, lighting via Zoom. Lots of schools joined the conference call and lit their menorahs too, and hundreds of children from across the country joined in with the fun. We watched some magic tricks, sang lots of Chanukah songs, danced and lit our menorahs.

Year 1 really enjoyed joining in with the PTA ‘Chanukah Madness’ fancy dress extravaganza, there were some really fantastic costumes on each day. We particularly enjoyed all the elaborate hairstyles and Wacky Wednesday costumes! Every day we also had a prize raffle for lighting the menorah, to enter you had to have a signed slip from your parents, and you could win Lego kits, art sets or spinning dreidels.

British Values

Date: 04/01/2021

L.O. To begin to understand the British Value of Tolerence.

Today we have been learning all about tolerance in PSHE. Our school councillors asked that we look at the British value and discuss it. First, we watched a Ted talk by a boy called Coby XXX who liked wearing different coloured socks!! He told us that it was good to be tolerant with people who were different like his Mum’s friend Steven.


Then we watched read an ebook about tolerance. It told us that people are all different they have different likes and dislikes, they eat different food and they follow different religions. People can look different too, some have light skin and some have dark skin, some people have birthmarks or freckles, some people use wheel chairs or they can’t hear properly.

We also had lots of fun learning the Mr Stanley song about tolerence.

Whatever people are like it does not matter as long as we are friends and we are tolerent.


Date: 04/01/2021

18th December 2020

L.O. To increase wellbeing by using mindfulness

Year 1 and Year 2 have been working on mindfulness in PSHE.  We listened to a story all about mindfulness and meditation called The Lemonade Hurricane.

These are the techniques Mrs Southward taught us:

  • Palm breathing
  • Finger breathing Om Ma So Ta
  • Relaxation by tensing and relaxing different parts of your body. Then we did some animal picture mindfulness colouring using lots of different colours and colouring calmly and carefully.

Computing and PSHE

Date: 28/10/2020

This week Year 1 and Year 2 have been learning to use Microsoft word. We teamed up with a partner to write sentences about how we keep our bodies healthy! We have been reading Oliver’s Vegetables at the moment and learning all about healthy eating in PSHE so we knew what to write! Well done !

Date: 02/10/2020

October 2020

Year 1 have settled well into their new class and Mrs Southward is really proud of us! Here are some of the things we have been doing.

Autumn Walk

Year 1 went for a walk around the school grounds to look for the signs of autumn. We found that the leaves were turning red, gold and brown and falling of the trees. Some of the trees now had berries and fruit like apples or pears where the flowers had been in summer. We really enjoyed playing with the spinners from the sycamore tree and found out that these were really seeds!

Dental hygienist

Year 1 (along with Year 2) had a Zoom call with Lucy the dental hygienist. We wrote questions to ask her and she answered them. She demonstrated how to clean our teeth using a big toothbrush and an enormous set of teeth!

Lucy also told us that we get 22 baby teeth and 28 adult ones. It is really important that we brush our teeth and our gums and tongue to keep our mouths healthy.

Another tip, Lucy gave us,  is to only eat sugar at mealtimes and only drink water and milk between meals because they do not contain sugar.

Wizards and witches

We pretended to be witches and wizards and made a spell to make a fabulous new toy of our choosing. We read lots of stories to inspire us like Room on the Broom, Winnie the Witch and Meg and Mog and then we acted out how we made the spell.

We added all sorts of creepy ingredients such as slimy toads, fidget spinners, fluffy squirrels and a grizzly grasshoppers to the cauldron. Then we uttered the magic phrase, “Abracadabra, alakazam, make a great toy as fast as you can!”


Date: 04/05/2020

Thank you to everyone who sent a flag to capture all your feelings about school. They are absolutely brilliant!! 

The flags have now been put together (as you can see below) and we have also made them the banner for our Facebook page.

When we get back to school, we will print them out and display them around school. Thank you again, we LOVED seeing them!