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Year 1 and 2 Curriculum Information Booklet

Please click on the links below to see what we will be learning this half term and our Homework Grid

Year 1 and 2 Curriculum Newsletter Spring 2

Homework grid Reception Year 1 and 2


Mr D Hartley

Hello, my name is Doug Hartley and I’ve been teaching so long I’ve forgotten the year I started, it was some time in the last century.  After retiring, I became a supply teacher because I missed being in a classroom working with children.  I came to Greyfriars in 2018 and enjoyed working here so much I applied for a permanent post.  I am pleased to be part of this hard working team.  
My classroom mantra is ” ‘I can and I will,’ said the little red train as it puffed up the hill.”  Ask your children to tell you the story.  
Outside of school I enjoy model making and spending time with  my family, especially my grandchildren.


Medicspot Handwashing Competition

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2020

Medicspot is calling all primary school children to share their creative ideas to help encourage frequent hand washing – the best way to keep yourself and others safe from coronavirus. Find out how you can enter and win £500 for Greyfriars Academy here:

Field Trip Friday is here!

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Where shall we go today?

Have you got your lunch? Have you got a coat? Have you been to the loo?

Today we’re going to visit a farm.  Let’s get on the bus!

The farm is in Scotland, where the children can’t go to school either, so these children, Katie, Finn, and Rory (who is behind the camera mostly!) have made some videos about life on a farm. They are going to be our guides today.

Let’s go and look at the cows.  What do we need cows for?

Now, we all know that what we eat goes through our digestive system and comes out the other end, and it’s the same for cows.  But did you know that cow poo can be recycled?  How useful!

Did you know that there was a difference between hay and straw?  Katie and Finn tell us all about it.

What do cows eat?  Well, it turns out that it’s not just grass!

What do you do when a cow needs her toenails trimming?  You get the Hoof Doctor!

And just in case you thought all that Katie, Finn and Rory had was cows, they also have these beautiful creatures!

Now we’re heading back to home to find our grownups.  Did you enjoy your day at the farm?  Katie and Finn will be telling us about more animals another day, so I think we might go back!


After all that sitting on the bus, we’ve got just enough time for some Cosmic Kids Yoga with Jamie.  She’s been to a farm today as well!


I hope you’ve had a  lovely Field Trip Friday!  What did you learn today?  Would you like a cow for a pet?

Take care,


Miss Cook






Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

So today, I was going to put up a video of me reading a story.  But I can’t do it yet!  I’ve had lots of tries, but

  1. the puppy barked
  2. the cat walked in front of my camera
  3. Sam wanted a drink
  4. the cat walked back in front of the camera
  5. I dropped the book
  6. the light was shining on the pictures too much and you couldn’t see them
  7. the cat jumped on the book

As you can see, it’s not gone well so far!  However, as we say in Heacham class, we improve because we never give up.

I’m not giving up.

I’m just going to wait for everyone to go to sleep or find something quiet to do, and then I’ll try again.  Until then, this is Dermot O’Leary reading one that I know you’ll enjoy – Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book.

What’s your favorite book? Can you read it to someone else?


I’ll keep trying to get this sorted out, and I’ll get back to you!


Recipe time!

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Yesterday I was really missing Erica the cook’s chocolate biscuits, so I made some with a recipe from a long time ago.  She’s also going to send me the recipe for the oaty chocolate ones she makes as well.

I thought I’d put the recipe up for you all, as I know you like her biscuits.



This bit is hot.  You’ll need a grownup for this.




This bit needs a grown up – remember the oven is hot, hot, hot! (Big Cook Ben says that!)

This is how mine came out.  I wanted to take a picture before Sam got to it, but I was too late!  He likes it a lot.


We had it whilst it was still warm with some icecream, and today I’ll have a piece cold with a cup of tea.

If you make it, send me a picture!

(I’m sorry this is later than usual – I had to fiddle about with the pictures a lot, so I hope you can still see them properly!)

You’re a busy bunch!

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Yesterday I had to give Hattie and Alex more books on BugClub, and Alex has been doing lots of phonics work as well.  Then I had emails from Corrine and Wyatt to show me what they’ve been doing, which reminded me I had some photos from Frankie’s mum to put up as well!

So without further delay…

Wyatt is growing a leek – from a leek!  Wyatt, we’re looking forward to more photos to show us how this develops.

I’ll put today’s exciting activity in another post.  You might not be able to do this today, but it’s easy and delicious when you do get chance to do it!

KS1 Power Maths

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Good evening,

I know some people have been finding the Power Maths hard to do on their own, and I understand that, so the nice people at Pearson have said “Would you like the textbooks online?” and so we said “Yes we would please!” and so now Y1 and Y2 can have the text books.  Reception, you can’t yet, they are working on a way to do yours.

Year 1 –

Year 2 –

and for parents there is a video to watch to show them how the books work, which is here

If I can do anything more to help with the maths, just let me know.  I know it’s hard, and I am so proud of you all for the way that you are trying with the EducationCity work, the BugClub work, the learning grid work, and the bits that I put on every day, just because I think they are interesting.  Remember, at school you’d do a lot of playing as well, so don’t miss that out!

Take care, and wash your hands,

Miss Cook


Happy last day of March!

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Good morning,

Today is the last day of March.  What will the month be tomorrow?  Click the picture to sing the song and find out!

Do you know your months of the year?  What about your days of the week?  Can you tell a grownup?

Today in our house is the day we take the puppy for his second set of injections, which means that he will be able to go outside in just 7 more days!

Also, when I said to Sam about reading books to you, he said “I’ve got books here.” and he found a big pile of books that I can use to read to you.  Sharing is really important and so he’s sharing his books with me so I can share them with you.  What could you share with someone else today?

Yesterday we looked at sounds in the house.  What did you hear? Today we’re looking at sounds outside and around us.  This clip has a lot of sounds on it.  Can you listen with your eyes shut and see how many you can identify?  Tell your grown up what you can hear. (Click the picture to start it.)

I’m going to do some more planning today, and find a quiet space to read the books.

Don’t forget to keep washing your hands!

Miss Cook

EYFS/KS1Beginning week two!

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2020

Good morning!

It’s another week of staying at home.  (Even for me, I’m not in school until next week.)

This is the learning grid for KS1, and I’ll add the EYFS one later.  They will also be on the home page as well.

Week beg 30th March Years 1 and 2 Home Learning Grid

As you can see, there’s plenty to do to keep you learning and stop the “I’m bored!” words!

There’s also Joe Wicks at 0930 – and I’m really pleased that I did 3 days out of 5 last week.  This week I’m aiming for 4 days out of 5, and some yoga.  Yesterday I did  We’re going on a bear hunt.

This one might be my new favourite!

In our science this week we are looking at sound and there is a great BBC Bitesize clip with Seymour Science which explains how sound works.

One of your tasks today is an indoor listening time.  Right now I can hear…

  1. the tv (BBC Breakfast news)
  2. the puppy chewing on his toy.
  3.  cars going past outside our window.
  4. the washing machine
  5. my own breathing

I’ll have another listen later and let you know what I can hear then.

I’ll also be looking for some children’s books to read.  Sam is too big for picture books (he says!) and so I don’t think I have any at home, but I will look a bit harder.  If not, I’ll get some when I go into school next week and record some stories for you.  I love reading stories with you all, and I’m missing that a lot.

Later on, I’ll be putting up some photos from Frankie in Snettisham and Hattie in Heacham who’ve been doing lots of different activities.  Let me know if you’ve got a message for anyone or a photo to go up.

I’ll check in later,

Take care (and wash your hands!)

Miss Cook


The end of Week One ~ Reception and KS1

Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Well done, all of us.

We made it to the end of week one, our first week with me teaching from here and you learning from there.

Let me know how you got on.  What do you need?  What would you like me to find for you?  What are you interested in that you think the other children might like?

I’ll put some more EdCity up  for Monday and check everyone’s BugClub books to make sure you all have some.

I’ll see you on here on Monday.  Until then, stay at home and wash your hands!

Miss Cook

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