Peake Class

Year 1 & 2 - Mrs Burton & Mrs Latham


Our mixed Year 1 and 2 class is named after Tim Peake. In 2016, while on a mission to the International Space Station, he became the first official British astronaut to walk in space and has inspired millions with his passion. Taking this as our inspiration we want the children to become passionate in their first steps in their learning in Key Stage 1. 

Autumn Term 2


Peake Class started the term learning about primary, secondary and tertiary colours, tones and hot and cold colours in Art and Design. We used this knowledge to help us to create rangoli patterns in paint and in the forest, using natural materials. In Geography we have learnt the four points of a compass and how to draw and follow maps. We consolidated this knowledge by using it to direct others around the school grounds and honed these skills in our orienteering PE lessons. We have also continued our gymnastics work and put together a sequence involving a movement, roll and a balance, working on our own and with a partner.

We have learnt about the importance of keeping ourselves and our personal information safe on computers, as well as knowing what to do if we feel we are cyberbullied. Through our PSHE work we have thought carefully about ‘what makes us special’. 

In Music we have enjoyed composing and looking at how composers communicate stories through music. We enjoyed learning our song “The Magical Travel Machine” and talked about the different parts of a song, including the intro, verse, chorus and outro.

In RE we have learnt about the bible story of Christmas which has helped us in our drama lessons, alongside Austen class, to put on a Christmas production for our parents called ‘Woolley’. We have also enjoyed a Christmas party and disco, provided for us by the PTFA.


Autumn Term 1

The children have embraced our busy first term in Peake class. 

Alongside our daily English, Phonics and Maths lessons, our topic ‘Ticket to Ride’ has allowed the children to learn about what happened to the Titanic and about the people who were onboard. 

In science we’ve learnt to describe the physical properties of different materials, performing simple scientific experiments to test which material is most suitable for a raincoat. 

Our visit to Crich Tramway Museum meant we could discover the history of trams and we even got to ride them! Following this, we learnt how wheels, axles and chassis are used in different types of transports and we designed and made our own vehicles. 

Our RE work has considered how Christians show their belief in God and in PE we have looked at developing our golf skills and different ways of moving, putting together a movement, pathway and balance. 

In our Music lessons we have learnt a variety of songs, clapped the pulse to different pieces of music, learnt about the difference between pulse and rhythm. We have used some of these skills composing music digitally in our computer lessons. 

We have also managed a few sessions at Forest School where we have thought about the seasons and used the natural materials to have fun.