• Meridian
  • Primary School
  • Comberton, Cambridge
  • Learning for life, striving for excellence

Pear Tree - Year 1 and 2

Welcome to Pear Tree Class!

Our class teacher is Miss Gemma Lilly.


Class overview

We are a mixed Year 1 and 2 class full of enthusiastic learners and big smiles. Besides our class teacher, we are supported in our learning by our class TA, Mrs Tarring. On a Thursday, when Miss Lilly has her PPA time and prepares our learning for the next week, we are taught by Mrs Tarring for the afternoon.



We follow the National Curriculum, with our learning themed around topics that make links between different subject areas. You can learn about our topic themes for each half term by clicking on the curriculum overview under the curriculum section of this website, and if you would like to know more about the specific subject content this half term you can download the topic web from the downloads section on this page.


We learn about all the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum: English, Maths, Science, PE, History, Geography, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Music and Languages. Many of the Year 2 children join Mrs Shepperson in Cherry Tree Class in the mornings for Year 2 focussed English and Maths lessons, while the rest of the class stays with Miss Lilly to focus on key skills for Year 1. In the afternoons, everyone is back together again for our foundation subjects, and we know that whichever group we're in, we're always Pear Tree Class!


We all have weekly spellings, which we take home on Wednesday to learn for our spelling test the following week (spare spellings sheets can be downloaded below).Spelling books go home on Wednesday afternoons so parents/carers can see the results, but need to be back in school again by the end of the week.


Reading books are changed as soon as the children have finished reading them. Your child can change their reading book as often as daily by putting it in the big Reading Books box. If your child has trouble remembering to change their book, please let us know and we'll double check it's been changed each day.


On Friday we take home our homework books, and you can also download a copy from this page. The homework aims to review and extend the learning that we have been doing in class as well as to prepare the children for next week's learning. If your child is unable to complete a week's homework for any reason, please don't worry, but please do bring the book back anyway! 


Life in Pear Tree Class

In Pear Tree Class we are friendly, inquisitive and enthusiastic. We're still getting to know each other after merging Year 1 with some of Year 2, but everyone is kind, polite and helpful to each other. We take pride in our achievements and we are always engaged and busy in the classroom. We value everyone for who they are and we have lots of fun together! It's important to us that everyone feels safe, happy and excited about learning, so if you have anything you're worried or unsure about, please let Miss Lilly or Mrs Tarring know (even if it's just a little thing!) and we'll do what we can to help. 


We do PE every Monday (indoors) and Tuesday (outdoors). We wear PE shorts and our house top when we do PE indoors. We wear long track bottoms, a hoodie or a fleece, socks and trainers when we do PE outdoors, and no jewellery during PE at all. It is very important that we have all of this clothing in our PE kit at school as we want to make the most of our PE sessions. Please also make sure it has the right name in it!


We like to hear about what everyone has been doing outside of school, which is why we have 'Show and Tell' every Friday afternoon. Everyone in the class a chance to show and/or tell us about something every week, and we're always happy to to hear the 'tell' part even if children forget to bring something to show!


Supporting your child



  • Maths No Problem is the current approach to teaching maths. This approach emphasizes mastery of mathematical concepts from a developmental perspective. Children learn mathematical concepts first by manipulating real objects, then by working on pictorial representations of objects and, finally, by working with abstract concepts such as numbers. In the below link are some videos for parents which explain how children learn maths:
  • In this link you can find interactive maths games for year 1 children: or follow this link from the same website for interactive games in other curriculum areas:
  • The Family Maths Toolkit of the National Numeracy initiative provides parents with advice on including maths in family activities. There are also lots of activities for children:

More useful websites

School starts back for children on Wednesday 4th September 2019. Have a good summer break.

MeridianPrimary School

  • Harbour Avenue
  • Comberton
  • Cambridge
  • CB23 7DD