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Beckermet C of E Primary School

Let your light shine

See what is going on in Year 1 and 2


Summer 2023


We read the story of Pentecost and discussed:

:What would it have been like to be there?
How do we think the disciples felt?

How is it possible to suddenly be able to speak another language?

So many questions??

We then listened to some music and created a mindful painting of the gift of the Holy Spirit using the symbol of the dove because we felt that a dove was peace and that's what the Holy Spirit brought to the disciples.


 We read 'The Night Gardener' by The Fan Brothers and made some beautiful fairy gardens. This inspired us to rewrite the story as a diary in William's point of view. This meant we had to write in the first person and use our senses to add lots of adjectives to our writing.

We have had a great time reading 'The Enormous Crocodile' by Roald Dahl!

When the Crocodile was spotted in school we came up with secret plans and clever tricks he might try out at Beckermet  CE Primary School!

We have been using lots of different techniques to improve our writing. We were teachers for a day and tried to spot and correct any mistakes that had been made.

Design and Technology

 In Design and technology we have been looking at wheels and axels.  Year 1 have designed and created their own cars and Year 2 have created their own ferris wheels.  We evaluated our work and discussed the problems that we had and if we did things again what we change.  We had great fun!


This half term we are exploring plants.  We began by looking at what is a plant and where and how do plants grow.  We explored a range of fruit and vegetables and found out which countries they are from and where they actually grow.  Do they grow underground or above?  Do they grow on trees or vines?  We had great fun also tasting them!


 In history this half term we are exploring Seaside holidays from the past.  We explored the similarities and differences of holidays from today and the mid 1950's.  We looked at what kinds of clothes were worn and what things they did for fun at the seaside.  We had great fun creating our own Punch and Judy Show!

Ex Olympic cyclist, Phil Bateman visited our school and shared a Cycling Fun Day with Key Stage 1.  We had great fun!

Spring 2023



 We have been exploring primary and secondary colours.  We have enjoyed creating new colours mixing the primary colours.  We looked at some artwork by Jasper John and created our own version of his painting, Number in Colours.


 This half term we are exploring materials.

Year 1 have been exploring opaque and transparent materials.  We had great fun using the correct scientific vocabulary in the correct way to describe the materials.

Year 2 were exploring the purpose of different materials.  We made the three little pigs houses out of wood, lego, pasta and paper straws.  We tested if they were wind proof, waterproof and strength.

We all had great fun!


We came into school and our classroom was a mess and the dragon eggs had been stolen.  There were clues of who may have stolen them.  We think the Guardian Dragon who protects eggs has stolen them.  we created WANTED posters to alert people to this dragon and to be on the watch out!

We started our new year like Kings.  We celebrated the feast of the Epiphany!

Our year has begun with an exciting English twist.  When we returned to school we were greeted with a curious looking box that said CAUTION    DO NOT OPEN.

We then received a mysterious email informing us that we could open it at our own peril.  Of course we opened it to find a nest of eggs.  But what kind of eggs?

We were sent on a mystery hunt around school looking for clues........but what kind of clues?

We believe our mysterious eggs could be dragon eggs!  How exciting!!!!!

Autumn 2022

In design technology we have been exploring mechanisms.  We created our own moving books and shared them with Reception class.

In Geography we are exploring our local environment.  We have begun by exploring position and direction in our own school.  We took our geography skills outside and made plans of our school and using our compass skills positioned objects in the grounds.

In PE this week we created our own fire dance, starting small and growing into a large blazing fire. We had great fun!

We have created our own houses like those in 1666.  We created London like it was in the past.  The houses were close together and the flames travelled quickly through London.

Reading for Pleasure

We enjoy sharing a good book with each other.  We visit our library weekly and choose a new book. We like to share our views about the books we have read and recommend books to our friends.

In PE we explored the different jobs at the time of the Great Fire of London.  We created a dance to represent the Bakers and Builders in 1666.  We worked hard as a team listening closely to the beat of the music.

In our spelling and grammar lessons we have been exploring verbs.  We played a game guess the verb.  Can you guess what verb we are acting out?

In RE we are exploring the Holy Bible.  We have discovered that the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd who was looking for his goat.  We made our own scrolls and acted out the story of the shepherd.


In Science we have ben looking at different groups of animals.  We sorted amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish, birds and insects.

End of Summer Year 2 2022

Summer Term

The text we will be covering in English in Summer 1 is Harry the Poisonous Centipede by Lynne Reid Banks.  We will be exploring character description and setting and non fiction writing.  Watch out for some amazing centipede facts.

Design and Technology

We have been exploring sewing this half term.  we have learned how to join two pieces of material together using the running stitch.  Our purses are amazing!

Trip to The Beacon

To conclude our history topic "Local Heroes" we visited the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven to explore first hand how Carlisle Spedding and the mining had an impact on our local community.  We had an amazing day.  John said we were "Ambassadors for our school".


In art we are exploring the artist Roy Liechtenstein looking closely at Pop Art.


In science this term we are exploring plants.  We have been exploring seeds and the different parts.  We looked closely at the seed coat, the food store and the different functions each part plays in the growth of a plant.

Religious Education

In RE this half term we are exploring Special places.  We have visited our Church - St John's and explored every corner.  Looking closely at what is in there and what the parts of the church are called.

Spring Term

In Spring 2 our focus book is The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord.  We will be creating our own versions of the story set in Beckermet Village.

Science Investigation

We designed our own investigation to find our which material is the most absorbent.


The Easter Story

In RE we have been exploring the Easter story.  We have created a 3D book to represent the some of the stories of Holy Week.

Red Nose Day March 2022

Traction Man is Here!

We have used Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey to improve our vocabulary and grammar skills. 

We have used our imaginations to bring everyday objects to life and write about adventures where Traction Man saves the day!

Here we are writing exclamation sentences!

In Geography, building on our knowledge of mountains, we explored how a river flows.  We built our own meandering rivers.  The source began in the mountains as a spring and flowed down the mountains to the river mouth and ended in a lake or the sea.  We had great fun some of rivers flowed slowly and some of them were really fast.

In design technology we have been exploring wheels and axels.  We have explored different mechanisms and designed and evaluated our own cars.

We have loved reading Beegu and here we are re-writing the story from her point of view.

We are independently using resources to help us improve our writing!

We have had a fun day taking part in the NSPCC Number day.  We started our day solving number puzzles and going on a number hunt.  We then had to help Mr Birkett sort her bag of toys.  What a mess.  We arranged the toys and created a pictograms.  After that we created pictograms on the iPads and compared and interpreted the data.

Finally we ended our day reading the story of Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs.

We measured our hands and feet using a ruler and compared and sequenced the size of our hands and feet.

What a great day

Autumn Term

Our Topic this half term is Kings and Queens and we have focused our English on descriptive story writing. 

We used 'The Egg' And 'The Dragon Snatcher' by M.P. Robertson to inspire us when writing our own castle adventure stories.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ⭐️

Exploring micro habitats

Children In Need

Kings and Queens Day