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Leiston Primary School

- Miss Sparks

Summer Term

This term our topic question is, 'What makes the greatest show?' Our topic will be themed around the circus! 


We will read Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Singing Mermaid’ and 'Olivia saves the circus'. We will explore the characters linked to the circus, write diary entries, create persuasive posters, write the story and change aspects of the beginning, middle and ending. We will be using a 'Talk for Writing' style approach alongside 'Power of Reading' to develop language, create story maps and develop our fluency in recalling key information and vocabulary from the texts that we read.


In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme which focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with counting forwards and backwards and in multiplies. You could help your child by practising counting to 100 forwards and backwards, as well as in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s (Year 1) and 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s (Year 2). 


In each year group we will be teaching our Leiston Recovery Curriculum, focusing on number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division to equip the children with key number skills and knowledge needed to support them to progress into their next year groups. We are recapping this curriculum due to C-19 school closures. 


We are learning all about plants! We will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.


Routes and journeys - can a circus live by the sea? Cities, towns and villages - comparisons around the country.


Exploring various printing techniques inspired by the circus. We will be creating collagraphs to print circus images. 


Food technology - exploring where food comes from.


Exploring Christianity and celebrations.


Invasion games - Hockey and football

Spring Term 

This term our topic question is: 'Where in the world can exploring take you?'


Please see below for a break down of our topic by subject.



We follow the Power of Reading scheme and learn our literacy skills through a different range of books that act as a 'hook' into our topic for the children. We will be exploring the following two texts over this Spring term; 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson (Spring 1) and 'Grace and Family' by Mary Hoffman (Spring 2). We will be using a 'Talk for Writing' style approach alongside the 'Power of Reading' to develop our oracy and language skills, as well as our story telling, spelling, punctuation and grammar. 


Spring 1: 

We will be working towards writing a non-chronological report in the form of a newspaper report, linked to our text 'The Snail and the Whale'. We will be learning to feature-spot the spelling, punctuation and grammar from a good example of a newspaper report to help us write our own. 


Spring 2:

We will read stories from different cultures and use our text 'Grace and Family' to write stories and diaries from the character's point of view. 



In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme of work with focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with counting forwards and backwards and in multiples. You could help your child by practising counting to 100 forwards and backwards, as well as in multiples of 2s/5s/10s (Also 3s for Year 2). Year 2 will also need to practice recalling their times tables really quickly, answering multiplication questions. 


This term our focus for each group will be:


Year 1:

  • 2D/3D shapes
  • Tens and ones
  • Number bonds to 20
  • Place value/ numbers within 50.
  • Continuing to count in 10s and 5s. 


Year 2:

  • Multiplication 
  • Division 
  • 2D/3D shapes
  • Introducing fractions
  • Continuing to count in 10s, 5s and introducing 2s. 



We will be exploring living things and their habitats, identifying whether something is dead, alive or has never been alive (Spring 1) and exploring animals, including humans (Spring 2). 



We will be learning about the continents and the oceans of the world and naming them (Spring 1). We will be contrasting the differences between hot and cold countries through exploring differing landscapes and climates (Spring 2) with a focus comparison to Uganda, linking to our English text 'Grace and Family'. 



We will be learning about a significant figure in history - Christopher Columbus and exploring the adventures that he embarked upon. 



Exploring various printing techniques to create a shared printed artwork wall. We will create printed patterns linked to our topic, exploring colour, texture, shape and form. 



We will start our textiles unit by weaving baskets and making musical instruments that we might find across the globe. 



We will be working towards creating a talking e-book, using audio recording equipment to create sound effects. 



Exploring Christianity, celebrations and belonging. 



Invasion games: football (Spring 1) and hockey (Spring 2) skills. 

Home Learning Support


Year 1

In Maths we will be continuing to follow the ‘White Rose’ scheme of work. This focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with some form of counting. This term our counting will focus on counting forwards and backwards within 100, starting for various starting points i.e. 37-84. We will also begin to count in 2s and 10s. 

Over the Autumn 2 term we will be working towards being able to add and subtract within 20 as well as continuing to develop our understanding of place value within 20. To support your child find manipulatives around your home and practise adding them together, i.e. find 5 cars and 3 teddies can you add them together, writing down the sum and then find the total? 


Year 2

We follow the ‘White Rose’ scheme of work for year 2 maths. This can be found online easily following this link:

The children are learning number bonds to 20, using Numicon and also drawing sticks and stones (sticks represent number of tens and stones represent ones). The children will move on to adding 2-digit numbers together. For multiplication and division, year 2 children need to be able to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. They will need to solve both multiplication and division problems using these times tables. You can practice counting using objects from around your house (pasta, stones, toy cars etc) or perhaps you can use objects from your garden or the park.



Year 1: 

This term we are using descriptive language to describe Autumn. We are writing simple sentences with adjectives (Describing words) to build sentences. We are reading the book ‘Sweep’ for inspiration. We have also been outside for inspiration wandering through the school woodland. 

We are then moving on to reading a non-fiction book called ‘A Winter’s Sleep: A hibernation story’. The children are going to learn facts about wildlife hibernating and create an illustrated information book. 


Year 2:

This term we are reading the book ‘Sweep’ and writing descriptions about Autumn. We have looked at images of weather, trees and wildlife for inspiration. The children are writing full sentences using ‘expanded noun phrases’ (adjective, adjective noun) with some really interesting adjectives. We are then moving on to reading a non-fiction book called ‘A Winter’s Sleep: A hibernation story’. The children are going to learn facts about wildlife hibernating and create an illustrated information book. The children will be writing a range of sentences, including statements, commands, questions and also exclamation sentences. The children will learn how to write contracted words and use these appropriately in sentences.



Please see the website below for daily ‘Read. Write. Inc.’ phonics videos. 


Wider curriculum

This term we have been learning about Queen Elizabeth I. In this second half of Autumn Term, we are going to be learning about the Great Fire of London. We will discuss how the fire started, why the fire spread so quickly, how the fire eventually stopped. We will discuss the lessons we have learned from the Great Fire of London. Leading up to Christmas, we will be teaching the children about how to be safe with fire and read the book ‘Mog’s Christmas Calamity’. This book was used as the Christmas Sainsbury’s advert some years ago! 

In Computing we are continuing to develop our basic skills, using a trackpad, typing skills etc. This term we will be creating a digital christmas card, experimenting with using different fonts, colours and copying and pasting images into our e-card. 

In Art we are drawing Autumn leaves and using different drawing tools, such as pencil, pen, charcoal and inks. We are working towards drawing detailed images of birds and making a 3D sculpture using wire, foam board and collaged paper.

Welcome to Jaguar Class!



Jaguar class is taught by Miss Storey with the help of our fabulous teaching assistants Mrs Edwards in the morning and Mrs Golding in the afternoons. Our year 1/2 teaching team also includes Miss Jordan and Mr Burch, who will sometimes be teaching you in different lessons and groups!


Here, our class page will be updated regularly throughout each term, so please be sure to check often for any updates, information or photographs of our learning.


Please see below for a link to Miss Storey’s page profile, so that you can get to know a little bit about your new teacher J

Meet your new teacher!

We have a very exciting year ahead of us with some fun and engaging topics in all terms! You can take a look at our topic Long Term Plan in the link below to find out all the wonderful things we will be learning.

This Autumn, we will be beginning the year learning about Elizabeth I and our classroom will be set up and themed around castles! We will be learning around the topic question: What does it mean to be royal? We will have some very exciting learning areas in our classroom. In Spring, our topic question is: Where in the world can exploring take you? We will be learning about Christopher Columbus and venturing around the world in our lessons to find out about hot and cold countries. In the summer term, our topic question is: What makes the Greatest Show? We will be learning all about the circus, practising circus skills, making lots of wonderful artwork and putting on some short performances. What a fantastic year we have in store!

Key dates this term:

**Awaiting dates**


Key information about the school week:



Please read every day at home with your child/ children. Reading every day exposes children to a wider variety of stories and texts, helps to give them ideas in their writing in school, improves their reading fluency and helps them to discover new vocabulary.


We will send a writing and maths task home weekly to be completed in homework books. This will always link to the learning the children have been doing in class and will help them to embed their new learnt skills.


The children will also have a weekly spelling list with a weekly test on a Friday morning. There are many fun ways to practise spellings… using magnets on the fridge, writing in glitter or sand, timing yourself or having a race, writing on windows with wipe able pens… you can get really creative!



Children will have two PE sessions a week. Please make sure children always have a full PE kit in school, should the timetable change for any reason. Long hair should be tied up and any earrings should be removed or covered with tape. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own PE belongings. Please support your child to do this by ensuring that all of their clothing is fully named and by practising some of the skills needed i.e. buttons/ zips/ tying shoelaces etc. at home to promote their independence.



Please ensure that all children's belongings are named so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child. 

Autumn: What does it mean to be royal?





In the Autumn term we will be learning the texts, Halibut Jackson by David Lucas and two texts written by Bethan Woollvin, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Little Red’. We will be learning the stories using ‘Talk For Writing’, where the children will learn the texts or part of the texts by heart, to enhance their oracy and thinking out loud for writing. The children will delve deep into the text, with discussions about the characters, settings and plots and learning the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation needed to produce quality pieces of writing. The children will learn to write a narrative story, a diary entry, a persuasive simple poster and also a set of instructions.


In Guided reading, the children will explore the stories and learn the vocabulary needed for their writing. The children will also learn to answer questions about the texts, develop their inference skills and have opportunities to apply their phonics knowledge.




In Maths we will be following the White Rose Scheme of work which focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with counting and will always include an element of reasoning. This term our focus for each year group will be:


Year 1:

  • Focus on place value/numbers within 20 and then 50.
  • Addition and subtraction to 20.
  • Multiplication (2, 5 and 10 times tables). 
  • Recognising coins and amounts of money. 


Year 2: 

  • Focus on place value/numbers within 100.
  • Addition and subtraction with numbers up to 100. 
  • Multiplication (2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables). 
  • Money 




Children will continue their phonics journey, practising previously taught sounds as well as learning new 'special friends' and the alternative ways of making familiar sounds. Each day the children will practise reading 'real' and 'nonsense' words as well as using their 'Fred fingers' to spell words containing the 'special friends'.


Please help your child by reading with them as often as possible and use the resources that are sent home to practise their recognition of the phonemes and special friends. Check that you are saying the sounds correctly by clicking on the pronunciation video links below: 

Set 1:

Set 2:

Set 3: 



All other subjects throughout the Autumn term:


History: We will be exploring a historical timeline of previous Kings and Queens who have ruled in our country with a particular focus on Elizabeth l as a significant figure in history. 

Geography: Observing the similarities and differences between Halibut Jackson's (POR text) environment and our local area. 

Science: Exploring the properties, similarities and differences between everyday materials and what they can be used for. 

Computing: Exploring basic programming and commands using Bee-Bots. 

PE: Invasion games

Music: 'In the groove' unit. 

RE: Christianity - What does it mean to belong? 

Art: Exploring painting! 

Design and Technology: Food technology - making a banquet. 

Below are some links to support further learning at home: 


Reading, writing and phonics:

As a school we use 'Read, Write, Inc.' as a scheme to help support our teaching of children to read (Phonics). The link below will take you to the parental page of the RWI website. This will give you access to understanding how a RWI lesson is taught, what it consists of and how you can support your child.


Spelling Shed online is a fantastic, fun resource for practising spellings! Currently, membership is free and you can even add your own spelling lists!


Find free reading books at: