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Pathfinders (Years 1 & 2)

Welcome to the Pathfinders' Class Page

This is our Year 1 and Year 2 class.

Miss Rachel Gough is the class teacher, supported by Mrs Gill Green and Miss Laura Dooley. 

This year we are on cycle 2 of our curriculum. You can find all our curriculum newsletters at the bottom of the page. Further information about how subjects are taught at Spaldwick can be found under the curriculum tab.

Autumn 1

"Inter-Nation Media Station" is a thematic unit, based on media and broadcasting, with a key focus on history, through which pupils will learn about early methods of communication, leading to the invention of both television and radio. Pupils will develop confidence in oracy, through opportunities to work on their own broadcasts.

Autumn 2

In Autumn 2 we have 2 short thematic units that have a specific focus on Geography and History.

"Paddington's Passport" has a geography focus. We will be learning about contrasting locations and finding out about Peru and London.

"The Visionary" has a history focus on Ada Lovelace.

Spring 1

Zero to Hero" is a history-based thematic unit about heros and heroines, both past and present. They have all overcome major challenges in life and become inspirational figures: Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, Mother Teresa, Thomas Edison and Malala Yousafzai.

Spring 2

"Land Ahoy" has a subject focus of science and geography. The science element is based around sound, speed and motion and begins by exploring how things move, linking with a pirate’s journey around the continents and ocean. The unit concludes with an introduction to sound, focusing on sources of sound and the relationship between distance and volume. Threaded through is the theme of acting responsibly, with consideration for others.

Summer 1

"Royal Patrons" is a competency-based thematic unit with a history focus, comparing the lives of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Elizabeth was a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, and both are recognised sources of inspiration whose legacies will live on.

Summer 2

"Going Wild" is a fabulous theme to end the year with. It has a science focus and based around humans and animals. Pupils will look at humans and animals, beginning with characteristics of living and non-living things, through to classifying birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. There will be a particular focus on looking after animals and pupils will learn about extinction, wildlife conservation, habitat destruction and endangered species.


Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. On both of our PE days, the children can come to school in their PE kits (trainers, house colour t-shirt, black shorts and a black jumper).


Reading: Please spend 5 minutes a day reading with your child - it makes such a big difference. We will change our library books on a Wednesday.

Spelling log books: Year 2 will bring home a spelling log book at the beginning of the week. For each unit of work, the children will be given 6 new words to learn to spell (these are called red words). Any words that the children were unsuccessful with in the lesson will be written in the 'Speed Spell' section of their log books. These words can be practised at home so that when we do the 'end of unit quiz' (known as the jumping red words section) the children will hopefully be able to spell them correctly, and they can be stuck on the wall in our classroom!

Times Tables Rock Stars ( (Year 2 only)

Mathletics United Kingdom | Empowering Maths Learning Online (Updated after each unit has been taught in class)

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