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Autumn 1: What makes Leamington?

Our Enquiry

The below enquiry overview shows the week by week learning for your child's class in English, enquiry and maths. You can use the overview to see what your child is learning in school each week.

Our weekly enquiry questions are:

1. What makes me special?

2. Who do I belong to?

3. How can I be a good friend?

4. What makes our school unique?

5. What is a community?

6. What's my role in our community?


A high-quality text drives each of our enquiries and the texts are used to give knowledge and purpose to the enquiry. High quality texts can only be accessed through knowledge of vocabulary in different tiers. Explicit teaching of new vocabulary and using the classroom environment to showcase key vocabulary helps us to infuse rich and sophisticated vocabulary from EYFS to Year 6. The texts are used as a stimulus for both English and cross curricular writing, ensuring high expectations of our children. Reading is interweaved into all aspects of the enquiry to encourage reading and language development and promote reading for pleasure.

Autumn 1 Key English Text

​​​​​Our chosen text this half term is ‘Rain Before Rainbows’ written by Smriti Halls and illustrated by David Litchfield. We have chosen this book as it was written in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the children affected by it. The rainbow has become a symbol of hope and optimism during this time and the story aims to be a source of comfort and light to children and their families. Rain Before Rainbows will be the driver for our PSHCE lessons.


At Leamington Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics in EYFS and KS1. We understand the impact of teaching good phonics enables children to become fluent readers in KS1, so they are able to continue to access learning in KS2. Please see the document below for the progression of the phonics phases in EYFS and KS1.


All phonics lessons throughout the school follow the same structure of 'revisit/review, teach, practice and apply'. Children are encouraged to use the correct vocabulary, please see the glossary below for the words that are used when teaching phonics.

In Year 2, children are taught phonics daily in a 20 minute whole class session. Throughout the teaching of phonics the children regularly revisit phonemes and tricky words learnt during all the phases. The children have the opportunity to consolidate their learning throughout the day. A variety of spelling skills are also taught in Year 2. All children in Year 2 will have completed Phase 6 by the end of the year so they are ready to start KS2. If your child did not achieve the expected standard in the phonics screening assessment in Year 1, they will be assessed at the end of Year 2. The links below provide appropriate resources for phonics.


In maths we follow the Power Maths programme to support children’s learning and to build a deep understanding of maths concepts. Power Maths is a curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths.


This term we are covering the following:

  • Representing numbers to 100
  • Understanding tens and ones
  • Comparing numbers
  • Ordering numbers
  • Counting in 2s 5s and 10s
  • Counting in 3s
  • Fact families
  • Number bonds to 100
  • Finding 10 more and 10 less
  • Adding and subtracting 10s 
  • Adding a 2 digit number to a 1 digit number 
  • Subtractive a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number