Year 1 and 2 Curriculum Information Booklet

Miss Sarah Cook

I came to teach at Greyfriars for six months in 2005 and have never left!
The children say “We are very active learners and happy in the classroom. We like to work as a team and we like to help each other. We do lots of different kinds of work, and sometimes it is hard and sometimes it is easy! Miss Cook does a lot of explaining and teaching and we do a lot of learning. Miss Cook loves Jaffa Cakes.”
Outside of school, I like to go camping in my VW camper, I like to read a lot, knit and bake!

KS2 Language morning

Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

KS2 children had a great morning learning some Spanish, French and Mandarin with K.E.S sixth formers.

The dress rehearsal of the Christmas Recipe

Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Amazing Christmas Displays

Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Each class was set the challenge of creating a display for Christmas.

Our younger classes looked at Christmas today

Year 3/4 classes explored Christmas around the world

Year 5/6 classes looked at Christmas in the past and future

The week ahead 26th November 2018

Posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2018

This week is a bit complicated, but it will all be fine!

In Literacy we will come to the end of our work on Gordon and his Great Escape, by writing our own story with escapes in.  The children can use Gordon, or they can invent a character of their own.  Towards the end of the week we will focus on comprehension of a story, and how we can really think about the events that happened in it.

In Numeracy we will be taking a break from numbers and looking at shapes.  We will be making and drawing pictures with them, classifying them, sorting and organising them, and guessing which shape is in the bag!


Monday – It’s me all day!

Tuesday – Miss Shaw in the afternoon whilst I am on a Maths course

Wednesday – Miss Shaw in the morning whilst I am planning.

Thursday – Ms Nixon whilst I am on Day 3 of a course (Days 1 and 2 were the INSET days in October)

Friday – Miss Shaw whilst I am on Day 4 (and the last day!) of a course.


As usual, you can contact me on my email address, even when I am on courses, and I will answer as soon as I can. (


The week ahead 12th November

Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

This week we will start with our Armistice Commemorations on Monday morning, at which we will have members of the local RAF station, the local Royal British Legion Standard Bearer, and the children will be able to take part in singing, watch a short piece of drama, and then participate in a two minute silence.  I will put photographs up here of our display and events as appropriate.  Having attended the nearest Act of Remembrance on Sunday, it was a pleasure to see so many of our pupils and ex-pupils there as members of local uniformed groups, from Beavers and Rainbows to cadets.

The rest of the week will be as normal!

Our Literacy work will focus on writing our own event for Gordon to take part in, looking at what we know about each event in the story.  They all start with a location, then a problem, then way that he escapes.  In Talk4Writing, this is known as “Boxing Up” so we will do this first, and then look at what we can write as a class to go into the story, and then work on individual events.

Our Numeracy work will look at how to use a 100 square to help us with our tables, and so we’ll spend some time building and working on the 100 square so that we are familiar with it, before we go onto that on Wednesday, and we’ll finish the week with some missing number work based on the 100 square.

Our topic work will have a past and future feel, as we look at jobs that used to exist that no longer do, jobs that exist now that we won’t see in the future, and jobs that don’t exist yet, but that may do in the future – who wants to be a space delivery flyer?

On Friday we will be looking at Railway Safety, following an email from Network Rail who have created videos for each age group looking at safety and why not to trespass on the railway.  The tracks are an integral part of King’s Lynn, and so we’re choosing to remind the children why they need to stay away.  If you could reinforce this message at home, or when out and about, everyone will be safer!

Next week we have Blue Watch coming in on Tuesday to talk about fire safety, so be prepared to have to test your smoke alarms that evening!

Miss Cook




Last week we…

Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018


Last week we focused our mathematical minds on learning about and understanding multiplication.  By the end of the year the children need to be able to

*recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10
multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
*calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within
the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×),
division (÷) and equals (=) signs
*show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order
(commutative) and division of one number by another cannot
*solve problems involving multiplication and division, using
materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and
multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts

We went through it on the carpet first, and made a poster for the washing line.














We started with adding over and over again, grouping cubes and counting – and then drawing our results on the table!






Last week we focused our English on reading like a reader, not like a robot!

We talked about what good readers do, and how we can improve what we do.  We watched videos of people reading the same book as we are reading, and then we videoed ourselves reading, and talked about that and how we could improve.  It’s interesting to see yourself doing something!  We discovered that we have to keep our mouth above the book, we have to think about what we are reading and listen to ourselves read, and that reading to someone else and listening to them read is not only fun, but it’s a good way to improve if our friend reminds us of what we need to do.

We made a poster!


The week ahead 29th October

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2018

Welcome back to the second half term of the school year.

Firstly, apologies for not sending home the Common Exception Words tests, but I was taken ill on the last day of the half term and for the first time in 20 years of teaching, I was sent home from school.  I’m all better now, and raring to go!

The week ahead looks like this :

Monday – assessments, Mrs Copsey in the afternoon, parent’s evening 3:30-7pm.

Tuesday – assessments, Mrs Shaw in the afternoon, swimming, parent’s evening 3:30-5pm (fully booked).

Wednesday –

Thursday – Library in the afternoon



In Literacy we are starting a new book called Gordon’s Great Escape, and this week we will be internalising the text, looking at the book as a reader, and as a writer.

In Mathematics, we are going to apply our place value work to multiplication, looking at doing it via repeated addition to start with, before progressing onto arrays.  It’s really important that the children know their tables, but also that they know what they mean.

In Science we are starting work on healthy eating and food groups.

It’s going to be a very exciting half term in lots of ways.  Keep watching out on here for announcements of events!

Miss Cook

The week ahead – 15th October

Posted on Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Next week is the last week of the half term.  We are in school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and the children will be bringing home their half term homework on one of those days.

They will have a pack of work to do, as well as copies of their Y1 Common Exception Words test, with the answers, as it is important that these words are known and practiced before we can solidly move on to year 2 words.  (I will send those home at Christmas break so that parents have them for the following two terms.  If you would like them before that, please email me.)

Also, please read with your child as often as you can.  Already we are starting to see a difference in progress between those children who read at home and those children who don’t.  It doesn’t have to be a lot – the adverts in Corrie are long enough!

In school we will be finishing our work with Emma Woods on gymnastics.  It’s been a lovely half term, and I’ve also learned a lot about how to teach such a specialised subject.

We will be planning and doing our hot task on Tuesday, and looking at how we could improve it. We will be thinking about all of the different jobs that we have heard about and deciding on our top three, using adjectives to say why we want to do the job and what we think it will be like.  We have been using “When I Grow Up” by Andrew Daddo.

Our next English topic is based on Gordon’s Great Escape, and in half term I will do a look at the half term ahead, with more details about this. In Mathematics, we will be making the link from 3+7=10 to 30+70=100 and 13+7=20  We are looking for a real understanding of what the children are doing, rather than just knowing what to do, as this will enable them to make better progress later on in their education and in their out of school lives.

I am out on Monday afternoon and Mrs Copsey has the class, and on Tuesday afternoon as usual, when Mrs Shaw has the class.

As usual, if there are any problems, please do email me, either now or over the half term break, and I will reply as soon as I can.

Miss Cook


ActivKids,KWEST Launch, visitors, it’s been a busy week!

Posted on Saturday, October 13th, 2018

This is going to have to be two posts – one for the week we’ve just had and later, one for the week ahead.

On Monday, we had a visitor in to talk about teaching baby signing and having different jobs at different times of your life, which has led to one child deciding to be an astronaut and then a nurse and then a fireman, and then finish his jobs with being a Grandad.

On Tuesday I took a group to ActiveKids, but sadly had to leave 2 children behind as we did not have the forms filled in for them and could not get hold of parents to get a verbal permission.  Please make sure we have your current number at school in case of emergency.  All that aside, we had a really good morning, trying six different sports, including hockey and rugby, and the children were beautifully behaved.

These kinds of events are run by the College students as a way for them to practice coaching, and our team of leaders were certainly really good.  They encouraged the children, taught them new skills and helped them to learn how to be part of a team.  Well done COWA students!













The next event on our agenda for the week was the KWEST Launch morning.  We had another rehearsal on Wednesday morning, where the ActII people were really pleased with how much practice the children had been doing – I know lots of parents have heard “Keep the Home Fires Burning” through the last few weeks!  We will be using it in our “100 Years of Remembrance” assembly as well.

On Friday we were bused to LynnSport, wearing our bright orange t-shirts, and into the big barn.  We were one of the biggest of the seven schools there, which is why we got the orange – this became clear later on!

We watched the other schools do a brilliant job of telling the story of the first 1000 years of King’s Lynn, accompanied by a fabulous soundtrack that included Starship, Spandau Ballet, and the Kaiser Chiefs, and of course ended with the massed schools singing a version of Queen’s “Could it be magic?” which was amazing.  The children really enjoyed being part of over 1000 voices singing at the same time.  A little known fact for some of the adults, was that this song was chosen because Roger Taylor was born in King’s Lynn – in the hospital that used to be next to Greyfriars School! (Miss Cook was born there as well.  She is not as famous…)

The children behaved beautifully and as their teacher, I was really proud of them. Some of them took the pictures, and others have children from other schools in, but here’s a few that I can use!  I also have some wobbly video, that I need to work out how to put up!

The week ahead – 8th October 2018

Posted on Sunday, October 7th, 2018

This week is going to be amazing.

Monday – in the afternoon, we have another job visitor, who is going to talk about running her own business and baby signing.  We have PE in the morning as usual.  I’ll also be sending home the homework from last Friday, which didn’t go home because of Cross Country.

Tuesday – 14 of the year 2 children are going with me and Mrs Wiggs to Lynnsport to take part in ActiveKids.  There will be other opportunities in the year to take anyone who doesn’t go this time, and we prioritised those who didn’t get a chance to go in year 1. Mrs Copsey will lead the class in the morning. Please send your forms back on Monday if you haven’t already. Swimming and Art as usual in the afternoon with Mrs Shaw.

Wednesday – Our final rehearsal for the KWEST launch.  We’ll be singing “Keep the Home Fires Burning” and “Could it be Magic” by Queen, although the words have been slightly altered.

Thursday is just Thursday!

Friday is the KWEST launch at LynnSport.  The buses will leave at 0915, and we will have an amazing morning with 6 other schools, celebrating becoming part of the MAT and all of the opportunities that this provides us with!

Looking ahead to the week after, I can’t believe that it’s going to be half term break on Thursday! This half term has gone really quickly! We will be having parent’s evening on the Monday and Tuesday as well, so watch out for the letters coming home.

If I can answer any questions, please email me

I’ll leave you with some pictures from Friday, from the Cross Country.  I was so proud of everyone who tried so hard to run all the way!



Miss Cook


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