Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School

Plaistow Hill Infant and Primary School

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  • "They have an amazing approach to teaching"
  • "My child adores school. The sense of fun and excitement you put into learning and teaching is great!"
  • "It's a welcoming environment where the teachers always make time for me."
  • "The school culture and environment is friendly, approachable and caring."
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  • "I like the way each child is treated individually."
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Year 1 and 2

Badger, Squirrel and Owl class


Badger, Squirrel and Owl class are all mixed age year 1 and 2 classes.

Badger Class is taught by Mr Boulton, Squirrel class is taught by Mrs Bechley and Mrs Steer and Owl Class is taught by Mr Rollinson. We are helped by our teaching assistants Mrs Chorley, Miss Fitch, Mrs Williams and Mrs Jordan.

Term 1 and 2

In Term 1 our topic will be the Lion King. We will be learning the names of the seas and continents of the world. We will be comparing the landscape and features of African countries to Plymouth and the surrounding areas. In Science we will be learning more about food chains and we will be classifying animals. In art we will be creating some colourful paintings and we will also be learning about what foods come from Africa.

Please click here to read the planning for term 1.

In term 2 our topic is Winter Wonderland. We will be learning all about the different seasons, including the weather associated and how the length of the day changes.  We will be doing lots of Christmas and winter art and we will be learning about what special and sacred mean to different people and religions.  In computing we will be learning all about keeping ourselves safe online using Hector's World to help.

Term 3 and 4

In term 3 our topic is the Circus. We will be learning about the different continents of the world by finding out where different circuses come from. We will be using aerial maps as well as grids and keys to plan a route for a clown to move around a circus. We will also be designing and making shoebox circuses with levers and sliders as well as creating music to match different circus performances. Hopefully we will also have the circus coming to Plaistow to teach us some new skills! More info to follow!

In term 4 our topic is Save the World. More info to follow soon but in the meantime you can read the overview on the parent handout.

Term 5 and 6

In term 5 our topic is Inventors. We will be learning about famous inventions that impact our daily life and we will be using the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as inspiration when we design and make our own chocolate bars. In term 6 our topic is Our Ocean City and our learning we be linked to our local geography including the coastline and the sea.

More information is available here on our welcome meeting handout for this term.

Yearly Overview

Please click here to download our overview of all of our topics for the year.

KS1 National Testing

Please click here to access a document for parents on National testing for children in Year 2.  

Our year two children will be sitting their SATs on the weeks of 14th May and 21st May. Please ensure your children arrive to school on time and have had a good breakfast.  Please don't talk to your children about the SATs to try to prepare them. The tests are very stress free here, and the less we talk about them, the less anxious the children feel. As far as they are concerned it is just a normal part of their school day!

More information about how we administer the SATs and how you can help at home can be accessed by clicking here.

Please click here for a guide on the National Phonics Screening for children in Year 1

We hope you find them useful but if you have any questions please come and talk to one of the teaching team


We all know it is very important that the children are reading at home as much as possible and the children are rewarded as 'Reading Champions' if they read at home at least 3 times each week.  The children receive their home learning every Friday and hand it in on the following Thursday. Home learning will be based on the learning taking place in the classroom and will alternate between literacy and maths. In addition to this the children will also receive a pick 'n' mix of activities linked to our topic which they can choose from over the term. 


We are continuing to develop an outside area for the children to use for their learning in Year 1 and 2. If you would like to, please send into school some old trainers or wellies which the children can wear when outside. Thank you!

If you have any questions about our learning this term (or anything else) please come and see us.


Here are some links to websites that we think you might like to use if you have a computer. e-books linked to our reading scheme/maths games/parent advice for supporting learning at home Good literacy games Good phonic games, start at phase 3 Good interactive numeracy and literacy games Phonics and spelling games A great game which teaches children about money and the importance of saving

Click here for the Year 1 Phonics Screeening Check Presentation for Parents

If there is something you think you would find useful on this page, please let Mr Rollinson know and we will do our best to add it.