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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 6


This term our topic is all about the upcoming Olympics, but we are also going to be looking at The Paralympics as well. We will be starting the term by looking at the history of both the Olympics and Paralympics. We are going to be having an Amaze Day focusing on Paralympic sports. We are then going to be moving on to PSHE and the Year 1 and 2 children will follow a slightly different curriculum. Year 1's will be looking at life cycles, recognising how our body might be different to someone else's, how the body works and ways of staying clean and healthy. Year 2 will be looking at the names of body parts, ways they have changed since they were born & ways they will change over time and choices they can make to stay healthy. We will also be using ICT to create a PowerPoint about The Paralympics. The last part of our topic will be some Art and we will be completing a study on Warhol.


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 groups 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 continue to be split a little bit this term with regards to their Maths learning.

Year 1

In Year 1 we are looking at 3 different units this half term; shape, position & direction and then measure including lots of practical work around length, capacity and weight.

Year 2

In Year 2 we are looking at 4 different units; statistics and data, length, mass, volume and capacity, position and direction and a recap of place value & counting within 100.

Important dates:

Monday 3rd June – School starts again

Thursday 6th June - Year 1 and 2 Amaze Day

W/C Monday 10th June – Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

W/C Monday 17th June – Year 2 SATS Week

Thursday 4th July - Sports Day

Friday 12th July - Reports to parents

Saturday 13th July - FOBS Summer Fair

Monday 15th July - Class Swap Morning (Your child will spend the morning with their new class teacher)

Friday 19th July – Break up for the Summer holidays at 2pm