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Year 1/2 Eclipse class

Welcome to Eclipse class-Year 1/2 

Class teacher- Mrs Gainford

Class teaching assistant- Miss Hancox

Welcome to Eclipse's class page. Here we will keep you updated on what is happening both in school and within our class. However, if you have any questions about anything, please feel free to catch up with us at the beginning or end of the school day. Mrs Merhten's will be teaching the class every Monday, but Mrs Gainford is available throughout the rest of the week.

Book changing and Maths Passport

Pupils will have the opportunity to change their books twice a week on a Monday and a Thursday. We encourage pupils to read each night and to read the Phonics Read Write Inc books 3 times before they change them to consolidate their knowledge of sounds and build fluency and expression. Your continued support at home with reading and Maths passport practise will help your child progress further and develop more confidence with reading and number knowledge. If you would like an update on your child’s maths passport target, please send in your home copy to be updated.


On PE days, if your child has their ears pierced can they remove them if possible or bring tape to cover them for safety reasons. If children are taking their PE kits home to wash on Fridays please can you make sure they are back in school on Mondays. Our PE sessions are on Monday and Tuesday.

Additional Information 

Children are able to access and drink water throughout the day. With the weather still warm it is important that children bring in a refillable water bottle daily. On sunny days a sun-hat is important for when playing outside and participating in sports activities.  Sun cream should be applied before the start of the school day. If you would like your child to re-apply they should do so themselves during their lunch-break and must not share their sun cream with friends.  Sun cream and hats must be named. Due to the heat, children will regularly be removing their cardigans and jumpers. Please can you make sure these are clearly labelled with your child's name so that they can be returned easily if they are misplaced.

Allergies may also increase due to the heat.  If your child has an inhaler, please could you make sure that it is clearly named and in date.  Their inhaler needs to be in school so that it can be accessed at all times.  If your child requires any other medication please could you make us AND the office staff aware. For any medication, a medical form is required to be filled in. You can get this from the school office.

Term 4


This terms topic is linked to books! We have chosen books about King Charles - The King's Hats, King Charles (little people, BIG DREAMS) and The King's Pants. This term we are going to have a small focus on History & Science and a much bigger focus on Computing & PSHCE.

- In History, we will be learning about chronology and a key person. We will look at when King Charles was born and when his Coronation took place.

- In Science, we will be looking at the seasons and how they are changing - this will link with King Charles' interest in environmental change.

- In Computing, we will be researching King Charles and then making a PowerPoint presentation to present our new knowledge.

- In PSHCE, Year 1 children will be looking at the NSPCC PANTS resources and Year 2 will be looking at resilience and the Make me a Superhero resources.


Learning to read is a life-long skill and a key thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends upon this skill, and so, at Bourton, we put as much energy into ensuring that every single child not only learns to read but learns to love reading!

Phonics is the key to unlocking reading and writing, and that is why we have chosen to use the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics and writing scheme at our school. Children have daily RWI lessons, which includes an English lesson (made up of reading and writing) and a Phonics session (made up of sounds, words and spelling). Children are assessed termly to identify their progress. Learning to read is a life-long skill and the most important thing your child will learn; we encourage you to embrace your child's journey with phonics, and have included Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds below:

   Phonics - Swanmore CE Primary School  Phonics - Swanmore CE Primary School     Phonics - Swanmore CE Primary School

Those who have completed the RWI scheme and have moved to the literacy group will be using high quality texts to support both their reading and writing. 

As always, there will be regular reading and handwriting practise throughout the term.


Our Year 1 and 2 children will be split a little bit this term with regards to their Maths learning.

Year 1

This term we will take a place value focus and look in depth at numbers 11-20. We will be focusing on recognising each number as well as how it can be represented in different ways. We have made a strong start with numbers 11-15, so this term we will be focusing more on numbers 16-20.

Year 2

This term we will focus on fractions and then looking at money. As part of Maths Passport we will look at number bonds on a regular basis. We will also be looking at worded problems and how to use our reasoning skills in Maths.

Important dates:

Monday 19th February- Return to school

Thursday 29th February - KS1 Gym Competition (school hall)

Monday 4th March - Science Day

Tuesday 5th March - Science Day

Wednesday 6th March - Poetry Day

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

Monday 11th March - Open Morning for Parents 9.00-10.20

Tuesday 12th March - Parents Evening Late

Thursday 14th March - Parents Evening Early

Wednesday 20th March - Mr Jones' Retirement Bash

Friday 22nd March - Mr Jones' last day

                                    Break up for Easter at 2.00pm