Welcome to the Clever Clownfish Class page!    



We are an amazing Year 1 / 2 class of clever and caring Clownfish.

Our teacher is Miss Brewster and our teaching assistants are Mrs Bull and Mrs Pearson. 

Did you know that Clownfish get their name from the bold colour strokes on their body, like a clown's face paint.


          Term 5 Roots and Shoots 



Our topic this term is, ‘Roots and Shoots’, which has a Science focus. The children will be learning about the different parts of trees and plants and their functions. They will be growing their own bean plants and recording observations about how their plant grows in their bean diary.

This term, our key texts are Jack and the Beanstalk’, by Richard Walker and Niamh Sharkey, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, by Mara Alperin and ‘All about Plants’, by Peter Riley. Using our texts as a starting point, the children will write their own stories.

In Maths this term, we will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes, before continuing on to fractions and telling the time.





Term 5 Roots and Shoots Newsletter

Term 5 Roots and Shoots Topic Web

Term 5 Homework Challenge Sheet

Hot off the Press! This Week's Spelling List 20.05.2022



Home Learning

Please ensure your child completes their weekly Reading Eggs and Maths Seeds assignments.  These are set after school every Friday.  In addition, we expect all children to read to an adult daily.  This is for 10-15 minutes for year 1s and at least 15-20 minutes for year 2s.  Please make a note in your child's yellow reading record book.

There are also some additional challenges for the children to do.  These are really fun to do and the children love sharing their projects with the other children in Show and Tell.  Work can be stuck into the yellow homework books or posted in your child's portfolio on Class Dojo. 

Challenge Sheet - What will you choose to do?


Click on the image to find out about the homework challenges.

Make a windowsill garden

Put your kitchen scraps to good use!  Pips and stones are seeds in disguise.  Can you grow them into new plants? (Plants to try: avocado, lemons, mango, apples, tomatoes)

Sometimes you don’t even need a seed.  Try growing plant tops in a saucer of water.

Saucer Veg & Saucer Fruit

Record what happens in a windowsill garden diary.

The World on Our Plates

Travel the world through your food.  How many different continents and countries does your food come from?

Download Globe Clipart Free Clipart Image - Globe Clipart - Full Size PNG  Image - PNGkitCan you find them on a map?


Where does your food come from?

Talk a Walk on the Wild Side!

Go for a ramble in the woods.  How many different types of tree and plants can you spot?

Use the identification sheets to recognise them by looking at their leaf shapes.

Clipart - Clip Art Welly Boots , Free Transparent Clipart - ClipartKeyCan you make a tally chart to show how many of each plant you saw?



Tree blossom and flowers


Elegant Pressed Flower and Leaf Resin Bookmark | Cotswold CraftsBotanical Collage

Get outside and pick leaves and flowers to make a collage pattern or picture.

You could even make a bookmark to use in your reading passport book!

Botanical Bookmarks

Use your senses

Develop your observation skills by looking at a tree’s features.

Learn even more by exploring trees with your hands, nose and ears.  What do plants feel like? What does bark smell like? Can you hear leaves rustling in the breeze?

Write a word bank or poem to describe the experience.


Willow Stars

Willow Star Bunting | Willow weaving, Homemade christmas wreaths, Yule  craftsUse soft, bendy stems to make a star.  Willow and Dogwood are good, but you can use other stems too.

Join your stars together to make bunting!

Willow Star

NB: Adult support is required for this activity.

Potato Bag Monster!

Choose a potato, and create a character by drawing on eyes, a nose and mouth with a permanent pen.

Put the potato in a bag and leave in a dark a place for at least a week.

Potato Bag Monster

Purple Mash

Purple Mash (2simple) | Herts for LearningA range of different 2Dos have been set on Purple Mash, from writing a plant diary, to quizzes and imagining what it would be like to be a horticulturist!


Purple Mash

Eat, or drink, your Homework!

It’s incredible to think how many different plants we eat!

Can you make a salad, fruit salad, or smoothie using your favourite salad leaves or fruit?  You could even make an ice bowl to serve it in!

How to make an ice-bowl


Sheets to support

Places to Visit



If you would like to contact me, you can do so on Class Dojo or through contacting the school office.

Best wishes,

Sarah Brewster

Clownfish Class Teacher   






Online Safety

Children, remember your e-safety rules: make sure you let your parents know you are online and share what you are learning about.

During this time of remote learning, it has become more fundamental than ever to keep our children safe online.  The National Online Safety website provides, among others, guides with tips for parents to do this. We have posted a few of those guides below for your information. Please visit https://nationalonlinesafety.com/hub/guide for more. 

Online Safety
Safe Online Remote Education
Social Media
Among Us



KS1 Timetable – Term 5

If your child needs to self-isolate but is well-enough to work, please follow the links on the timetable to see and download this week's learning activities.  It is the same learning that the children will be completing in school.
To support access to learning on different platforms, most work has has been duplicated into PDF documents.

Please do not feel obliged to print off all the pages for the children to work on: we are more than happy for the children to complete the work on paper, for you to photograph and upload to their portfolio on Class Dojo.  


Phonics and Spelling - Tricky words

Phase 3 phonics activities

Phase 4 phonics activities

Phase 5 phonics activities

Common exception words



Year 1 Addition and Subtraction booklet

Year 2 Addition and Subtraction booklet






Teaching Phonics - Little Wandle Letters and Sounds

Here at Rye, we are very excited to share with you a new phonics programme that we have invested in to teach phonics and reading. Following a recent change in government guidance we have decided to invest in a brand new scheme for teaching early reading in our school. This will impact the way that both phonics and reading are taught.  Phonics will continue to be taught daily to all children but will be taught following a newly released phonics scheme called ‘Little Wandle-Letters and Sounds revised’. This is a very thorough and very rigorous programme which teaches the children the skills they need to read. All children will be working alongside peers with a similar secure phonic knowledge.

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.  As we begin the programme, you will notice a change in the types of reading books your child will bring home.
There are two types of reading book:
A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

E-Reading practice book
Soon, you will be provided with a link for your child to read an e-book at home.  This book will replace the banded book that your child has been bringing home and has has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.  We expect that your child will be able to read nine out of ten words fluently, and be able to decode the other word.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book, from the school or class library
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

You can see a full programme overview here.  Please bear in mind that, as we are beginning the programme at the beginning of term 3, the term dates won't match.  However, we can assure you that the progression the children follow will be identical.  Children will be assessed to ensure that they begin the programme at the correct stage.

Further information about Little Wandle can be found here, including videos on how we sound out each phoneme (sound), how we teach tricky words and blending.

Book Bands and the Reading Passport

Year 2 children who passed the year 1 phonics check, completed the phonics programme and moved on to 'No-Nonsense Spelling' will continue to choose from a range of banded books, as well as choosing a book from our Reading Passport challenge.


Useful Resources

Number bonds to 10

Number bonds to 20

Number bonds to 10 and 20

Number square to 100

Number line

Alphabet Mat

Phase 2 sound mat

Phase 3 sound mat

Phase 4 sound mat

Phase 5 sound mat

All sounds

Tricky words Phase 2

Tricky words Phase 3

Tricky words Phase 4

Tricky words Phase 5

High Frequency words Phase 2

High Frequency words Phase 3

High Frequency words Phase 4

High Frequency words Phase 5

Pencil Control Work Pack
Pencil Control Feelings Monsters
SATPIN Letter Formation
Letter Formation Pre-cursive
Number Formation Work Pack
First 100 High Frequency Words Handwriting
Number Bonds Challenge


Additional resources


The links below lead you straight to the additional sheets you will need.

Change the colour of a flower's petals - Flower experiment

Book list

Book list 2

Useful stuff

Home Learning


Instead of a class book, we are exploring different poems.  Please take the opportunity to share these poems and any other poems and rhymes you know, including family favourites, limericks, nursery rhymes and rhymes in other languages.

Michael Rosen - You Tube

BBC Supermovers - Alphabet song
Alphabet and alphabetical order PowerPoint
Alphabetical order activity sheets

Learning Steps

  • Say the alphabet in order, saying the names of the letters not the sounds.
  • Put the alphabet in order
  • Match lower and upper case letters.
  • Put words in alphabetical order.
  • Sentence stacking - demonstration writing, using Writing Rainbow
  • Writing sentences, using capital letters to begin the sentences and for proper nouns.
  • Writing sentences, using a full stop at the end of the sentence.
  • Read writing aloud for sense and accuracy.




Websites to help with Home Learning

ClassDojo children can post stories, pictures, and videos of their work on ClassDojo, either in their portfolio or via a message for me to put in their portfolio. If they like, I can even share it with the whole class. It is a great way to stay motivated and connected. The app and website are free to download / use. I look forward to seeing their work.

How to help your child with maths at home for parents
Maths dictionary for parents
Mathsbot for helpful manipulatives like dienes, numicon, counters and numberlines
Top Marks offers numerous learning games and activities in all subjects
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
DK Find Out! Excellent for curious minds


Reading with your child

Oxford Reading Owl for free books
Open Library books to borrow
Reading Eggs Phonics, spelling and reading activities. Children have received login details. 

  • Take turns to make plans and predictions before reading: ‘I wonder if… what do you think?’ ‘You think… Oh, I thought…’ 
  • Recap to check ideas and understanding as your child is reading: ‘So, you think that…’ ‘Did you expect…to happen?’ ‘Why do you think that happened?’
  • Use encouragement and praise to keep children engaged in reading: ‘What brilliant ideas…let’s see what happens.’ ‘You thought so carefully about... What might happen now?’
  • Share prior knowledge and past experiences that link to what is being read: ‘Have you learnt about…at school?’ ‘Do you remember when we watched…and found out about…’
  • Tune-in and listen to your child – be curious about their interests: ‘I didn’t know you knew so much about…’ ‘I love reading stories about...with you.’

Reading Eggs

Rye Primary School have purchased a subscription for all our children to access Reading Eggs. It supports each child’s learning by offering individual, one-on-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate.  The Reading Eggs programme focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success.  With interactive animations, fun games, great songs and lots of rewards, Reading Eggs is a great place to learn to read. Children are highly motivated to return again and again. At Reading Eggs, learning to read is enjoyable as well as very rewarding. Every lesson ends with a new book and a new critter to add to your growing collection.

All children have their own login and password, which can be found in their yellow reading record book.  However, if you need a reminder, please don't hesitate to contact me on ClassDojo.
Click here for further information about Reading Eggs.


At Rye Community Primary School, we teach phonics at Key Stage 1 using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.  Phonics Play provide a wide range of resources that support this.
Fast Phonics also provides further engaging activities.  They can be accessed here, using your child's Reading Eggs login.



Maths Parent Work Books.

Please choose the appropriate year group for your child.

Year 1 parent work books


Block 1 Place Value (within 10)

Block 2 Addition and Subtraction (within 10)

Block 3 Shape

Block 4 Place Value (within 20)


Block 1 Addition and Subtraction (within 20)

Block 2 Place Value (within 50)

Block 3 Length and Height

Block 4 Mass and Capacity


Block 1 Multiplication and Division

Block 2 Fractions

Block 3 Position and Direction

Block 4 Place Value to 100

Block 5 Money

Block 6 Time

Year 2 parent work books


Block 1 Place Value

Block 2 Addition and Subtraction

Block 3 Money

Block 4 Multiplication


Block 1 Division

Block 2 Statistics

Block 3 Properties of Shape

Block 4 Fractions

Block 5 Length and Height


Block 1 Position and Direction

Block 2 Time

Block 3 Measurement























Our science topic this term is "Everyday Materials".  We'll be learning about the properties of different materials and what they are used for.  We'll even learn about recycling, so get your bins out!

BBC Learning at Home - Materials

[Click here]  The BBC also has a range of interesting video clips to learn from and enjoy.

Geography and History:


Maps: Using atlases and Google Earth, can you find the UK?
Which continent do we live in?
Label a map of the UK with the different countries.
Where are the capital cities?
What are the different flags for each nation in the UK?
Can you name the seas surrounding the UK?.

National Geographic Kids



When you are self-isolating and feeling well, it is important to keep active physically as well as mentally.

Cosmic Yoga 
Unicef learn with me - crafting, baking and dancing activity videos from around the world by children for children.


Online Safety

The National Online Safety website provides, among others, guides with tips for parents to help keep children safe online. We have posted a few of those guides below for your information. Please visit https://nationalonlinesafety.com/hub/guide for more. 

Online Safety
Safe Online Remote Education
Social Media
Among Us

Year 1 and 2 Learning@home.


Year 1 and 2 will be using Purple Mash to support learning across the curriculum.  Each child's login details can be found in their contact book.


We use ClassDojos in school to reward children for brilliant conduct and fantastic learning.  Invites have been sent to the parents via e-mail so that the children can share their learning with me.  If you have not received an invitation to join, please check your junk/spam folders.  Otherwise, please contact the school by phone or email telling us the e-mail address that you would like to be contacted on; I will do my best to resend you the information you need as soon as I can.
How children sign in to Class Dojo at home.
How to change your Dojo monster!



Oxford Owl have a wide range of e-books available to read online.  Many are similar to the colour-banded books we use in school and there is a useful guide that links you to the appropriate level of books for your child.  In addition, many have an audio facility and some have activities linked to the text.

These can all be found in the Oxford Owl for Home area of their website. We have a class login that you will be able to find in your child's home-school contact book.

Remember also, that reading and re-reading favourite books is an important part of learning to read and developing  a love of reading that should not be underestimated so please take time to enjoy family picture books and stories that you already have at home.

Inspire Schools/KM Charity Team Buster's Book Club - Inspire ...

Weekly Reading Following feedback from parents, children and Buster Book Club:

We are going to continue to run Busters' Book Club; this is a great scheme which celebrates reading children do outside school. Reading daily is so important and we would like them to read for 15 minutes daily.  Even if it isn't their school reading.  The children can send in their reading minutes on a Thursday as the classes with the most minutes will win extra treats!


Here are handwriting pages that we use in class.  The letters have been grouped as they are formed in similar ways, apart from Blue family which have their own distinctive shapes.  Forming letters correctly help the children to begin joining their letters clearly.  It's a good idea to make sure that handwriting is practised sitting with a good posture at a table.  They can be done independently and, as long as they hold the pencil or pen correctly, they can use any writing equipment they like.

Go for quality over quantity. Although the sheets are A4, only spend 15-20 minutes at a time.  Have a break, or use the handwriting as quick early morning activity.

If your child finds letter formation challenging, it's a good idea to write the letters as big as possible.  You can even use shampoo or shower gel and write them as large as possible on a tiled wall, shower screen or window!  Only focus on one letter at a time.


Useful Websites for Further Learning 


The government now have a list of online education resources to help children learn at home.

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

ClassDojo - To keep our class community spirits up! Please use this website/app to keep us updated with your home learning activities via the Class Story or Portfolios. I would like to share your work on the class story . Please write if you would really love for your home learning to be shared.

PurpleMash - Please use PurpleMash to keep us updated, and there are lots of fun games and activities on there too!

Twinkl - Lots of resources for every subject.

Classroom Secrets - Lots of resources for every subject.

Top Marks - Educational games for lots of subjects, a particular favourite is 'Telling the Time'.

White Rose Maths - The scheme of work that we follow at Rye Primary, there are lots of resources for Year 1 and 2.

Oxford Owl - Lots of reading books online, as well as other resources . Free to join.

Read Theory - Lots of books.

Open Library - A website for you to borrow books.

CBBC Newsround - Keep updated with child friendly news.

Teach handwriting - Help you practice your handwriting for a pen licence.

Pobble365 - English and writing activities.

GoNoodle - Lots of videos to help keep you active. These include dancing, yoga and stretching.

Cosmic Yoga - Lots of great yoga videos.

Oak National Academy- Online Classroom and resources

BBC teach - Free primary resources.



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