Y1 & Y2 Curriculum


Pupils in Y1 & Y2 experience a stimulating and engaging curriculum. They build on the skills they have learnt in EYFS and continue to develop their independence. Teachers plan future topics based on pupil interests and knowledge of the topics that promote the highest engagement. Teachers promote resilience, curiosity and independence within the curriculum as they secure the basic skills and develop pupil’s love of learning. All of the subjects are based around a particular theme to deepen the children’s understanding and make learning relevant to them and their experiences. Skills are developed and consolidated across a broad and balanced curriculum. 

English in Y1 & Y2

In Y1 & Y2 we continue to introduce the children to a range of significant authors and we study a range of genres. We inspire a love of reading by carefully selecting texts that will engage the pupils and stimulate quality writing. When looking at a various short and longer texts, we explore the themes in depth, developing a better understanding of the characters, settings and features of the genres. The children read, listen to and discuss texts ranging from traditional tales to classic poetry, ensuring that they have experience of a variety of texts. The texts used are chosen based on the theme that the children are learning about within other areas of the curriculum and these compliment the topic work that the children are studying, deepening their knowledge as a result.

The texts that we study support cross-curricular learning across the subjects. This year we will be studying texts linked to…

 ‘Growing up’ such as ‘Peepo!’ (Janet and Allan Ahlberg) and ‘Once There Were Giants’ (Martin Waddell).

 ‘Explorers’ we will look at non-fiction texts about Christopher Columbus.

 ‘A Different World’, during this topic we will read about fantasy creatures by authors such as Julia Donaldson and Chae Strathie.

 ‘Caring for the world’ we will study several texts written by the author Claire Freedman.

‘United Kingdom’ we will be reading a variety of folk tales.

 ‘India’ we will be reading Indian tales such as ‘The Elephant’s Friend’ and studying non fiction texts such as ‘A Day In India’ (Jonathan and Angela Scott).

In addition to our English lessons, the children take part in reading sessions in which we adopt the reciprocal reading approach. Each class also reads a class novel together so that the children are able to enjoy reading extended texts.

The discreet teaching of phonics is paramount to our teaching and feeds directly into the children’s writing process. The children in Year 1 take part in Letters & Sounds phonics lessons and the pupils in Year 2 take part in the Read, Write Inc. spelling programme, participating in four half-hour sessions each week.

Maths in Y1 & Y2

Our maths curriculum is underpinned by practical resources to support the depth of the children’s understanding. Each area of maths is taught through practical tasks and each concept is revisited throughout the year in order to ensure that the children have a deep and thorough understanding of the key skills in maths. Number, place value and calculation are the primary focus throughout the year and they are encouraged to apply the skills they have learnt in a range of contexts. We ensure that mathematical connections are highlighted and discretly planned for.

Science in Y1 & Y2

We inspire awe and wonder throughout our science curriculum by providing opportunities for the children to learn through investigation. We encourage critical thinking and independent learning in all the tasks that the pupils carry out. We have taken all of the skills required to become a competent scientist and designed a curriculum around this. Each topic studied throughout the year is linked to a famous scientist or inventor to inspire the children.

This year we are learning about:

Animals including Humans

Working Scientifically    

Seasonal changes

Everyday materials


Knowledge & Understanding in Y1 & Y2

We have carefully designed our curriculum to have meaningful links made across all subject areas to maximise learning opportunities. We have taken the key skills from the curriculum and planned progressive and engaging lessons. British Values, Rights Respecting Schools, eSafety and Eco work are woven into the curriculum to ensure that we are developing young citizens for tomorrow’s challenges.

These are our topics for this year:

Who am I? Explorers A Different World Caring For The World          United Kingdom          India

Creativity in Y1 & Y2

Creativity is celebrated across KS1. Individual response and unique design is encouraged as the children learn new skills. All learning is centred around the main theme for the term so that the children are able to fully engage with each topic. Pupil surveys and feedback have been used to create learning opportunities for children to enjoy and succeed in.  

This year we will be learning about:




Online – websites and e-safety



Multimedia (sound and video)




Multimedia (graphics and text)





Portraits and collages




Paint techniques

Multicultural art and exploration of mediums of art



Moving pictures and designing products

Designing and making -technical knowledge and construction

Animal puppets







Games – sending & receiving


Gymnastics – balance & pathways




Games – throwing & catching, striking a ball.

Games – revisit & refine


Athletics /

Sports day




Music Making


Performing – Christmas Play

Music through the ages


Composition & Grouping and Sorting instruments


Creating music from a visual stimulus using tuned instruments

Music from another culture  (pulse and rhythm/composition)







RE & PSHE in Y1 & Y2

Citizenship is at the heart of all our teaching at Northway. From the very start of our school we promote the importance of self esteem, positive mental attitudes, resilience, perseverance and the ability to celebrate our success and learn from our failures. Our PSHE and RE curriculum has the British Values embedded into lessons that we teach and pupil well being is carefully discussed.

This year, in our RE lessons, we will be learning about:

Believing/story Introduction to Judaism   Christianity – Celebrations/myself

This year, in our PSHE lessons, we will be learning about:

Health & Safety Friendships Living a Responsible Life



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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303