Cadair Idris

‘Somewhere inside all of us there’s the power to change the world’

Welcome to Year 1 & 2, Dosbarth Cadair Idris. Miss Jarrett is the Year 1 & 2 class teacher and Mrs Hughes, one of our teaching assistants, also supports pupils with their learning. On a Monday afternoon Miss Edwards teaches the class RE and Digital Competency.

Our INSPIRE Topics

Our first topic this year is called ‘Super Duper You!’. The main areas of learning for this topic are Health & Wellbeing and Literacy, language and communication. The children will learn about eating healthily, the effect of exercise on the body and how each of these play a part in making sure we are the best versions of ourselves – super duper you! The child in the book explores different versions of herself such as sporty, creative and courageous. Opening the conversation of celebrating differences with the children and exploring all our strengths. We will also be looking at superheroes, including real life heroes. We are lucky enough to have the chance to ask questions to a real firefighter! The book we will be reading is ‘Super duper you’ by Sophie Henn.

Our second topic this year is called ‘Celebrations’. The main areas of learning for this topic are Maths and Numeracy and Humanities. The children will learn about celebrations in different cultures as well as celebrating ourselves and our locality. We will also use this topic to improve our understanding of time including seasons, days of the week and months of the year. An important part of this topic is taking part in the Christmas Nativity, developing ourselves as confident, reflective, and collaborative learners. One of the books will be reading is ‘The best Diwali ever’ by Sonali Shah.

Our third topic this year is called ‘Lost and Found’. The main areas of learning for this topic are Science and Technology and Humanities. We wanted to use this topic as an opportunity for the children to explore and experiment with different types of materials. We will be investigating capacity and measurements and discovering what materials are best for floating and sinking. The book that will be leading this topic is ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers, a story about a boy and a penguin. Using this as a starting point, we will be researching about the life of a penguin the environment in the North and South Pole.


At Ysgol Sant Dunawd, we believe in a little and often and that practice makes progress! The children have weekly spellings to practise, and weekly times tables practice on Times Tables Rock Stars (at least 10 minutes). We also encourage the children to read a few pages of their reading book each night, aloud to an adult (they can also read on Oxford Owl). There will be a task set on My Maths on a Friday to be completed by the following Thursday. This will sometimes be linked to the work completed in class that week or an introduction to new concepts to be taught the following week.

Did you know…? Cadair Idris is the highest mountain in southern Snowdonia. It is 893m (2,930 ft) It’s a popular peak to conquer – here’s our guide to walking up Cader. The distinctive shape of the mountain’s peaks can be seen for miles around, from the coastlines at Tywyn and Barmouth and high over the market town of Dolgellau.  Legend has it that Cadair is named after a giant called Idris. ‘Cadair Idris’ in English means ‘Chair of Idris’, while ‘Cader’ could also refer to an ancient fortress.

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