Year 1 & 2

Hello and welcome to the Year 1 & 2 page!

We are very proud of the learning opportunities we offer the children in key stage one and think we have created a range of topics which appeal to lots of different children’s interests. We aim to incorporate play based learning to continue the great start that children have in EYFS at Thorndown.

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Our Newsletters

Please have a look at our most recent newsletters to find out more about what’s been going on in Key Stage One:

Key Stage One Newsletter_Autumn A 2021

Key Stage One Newsletter_AutumnB 2021

Key Stage One Newsletter_Spring A 2022

Key Stage One Newsletter_Summer A 2022


Our Team

Year One

Mrs Emberton teaches in Puffin class. 

Mrs Emberton loves walking her dog, Harley, with her family. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles and dancing in her kitchen!

Mrs Jones teaches in Jellyfish class.

Mrs Jones loves listening to music, singing, playing board games and baking.

Miss Strachan teaches in Elephant class.

Miss Strachan loves PE particularly outdoor adventurous activities like rock climbing. Her favourite colour is green.

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Year Two

Mrs Lally and Mrs Howell teach in Bat class.

Mrs Lally loves books and her favourite story is ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. She also loves being creative with words in English lessons.

Mrs Howell loves walking her dog who is called Millie. She also loves baking and reading. Mrs Howell’s favourite poem is Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen.

Mrs Murphy and Mrs Browne teach in Owl class.

Mrs Murphy adores animals, singing and art.

Mrs Browne loves picture books and brings lots of exciting titles into school.

Mr Brook teaches in Penguin class. 
Mr Brook love his cats, learning together as a team, singing and playing on his Playstation!


Useful resources

Year 1 Writing Non Negotiables

Year 2 Writing Non Negotiables

Common Exception Words Years 1 and 2 Word Mat

Number Sense games

Year 1 Parents Information Evening – Presentation Slides

Year 1 Parents Information Evening – Recording of Presentation

KS1 SATs Information for Parents

Number Sense and Fluency Open Classroom March 2022

Writing Open Classroom June 2022


Useful links

Phonics and Reading

Please take a look on the reading tab to see how phonics and reading is taught at Thorndown.

Mrs Dunsdon has made a series of reading videos to offer some top tips about reading at home. They can be found here:




Our Curriculum

Please click on the links below to see a breakdown of our exciting topics:

Year One 

Year 1- Autumn A and B- Let’s Play

Year 1- Spring A- Wings, fins, feathers and tails

Year 1_Spring B_Off We Go Travelling

Year 1- Summer A- Grow, Grow, Grow

Year 1- Summer B- Little Lords and ladies

Year Two

Year 2- Autumn A- What a Wonderful World

Year 2- Autumn B- Kings and Queens 

Year 2-Spring Term-London’s Burning

Year 2_Summer A_Explorers

Year 2_Summer B_Inside Out