A very warm welcome to Sea Turtles' Class page
We are very proud to be named after one of the most amazing creatures on the whole planet. Not only did sea turtles exist around 110 million years ago, which means they shared the planet with dinosaurs (yes, that's right, even Tyrannosaurus Rex!), but they can also live to about 100 years old. We think they must be incredibly wise creatures indeed... just like us!
Spring has finally spring, and we've nearly made a full year in school! I can't believe how the year is racing by, but it's so good to have so much lovely, mild weather.
I look forward to meeting you soon (in-line with government guidelines of course!). In the meantime, if you would like to contact me, you can do so by contacting the school office.
Best wishes, stay safe and well,
Sea Turtles' Teacher
Time to get the wellies on! Our topic this term is, ‘Roots and Shoots’, which has a Science focus. The children will be learning about native trees and plants, as well as having the opportunity to grow their own.
Our main texts for this term support this learning. We have two versions of Jack and the Beanstalk, allowing the children to really enjoy traditional tales, followed by information texts about plants. Finally, at the end of term, we'll be able to begin our celebrations of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
In Maths we are continuing to develop our Maths Mastery approach to learning. Our topics include 2D and 3D shapes, fractions and telling the time. Year 1 will be extending their fluency in counting in steps of 2, 5s and 10s, whilst year 2 are learning their 2x, 5x and 10x tables.
Please ensure your child completes their weekly Reading Eggs and Maths Seeds assignments. These are set after school every Friday. Those children who do not complete their assignments will have the opportunity to do so at Friday lunchtime. In addition, we expect all children to read to an adult daily. This is for 15-20 minutes for year 1s and at least 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 red homework books or posted in your child's portfolio on Class Dojo.
As we all know too well, the pandemic has made learning incredibly difficult at times. If your child needs to self-isolate, we want to support you as much as we can to ensure that they keep up with their learning as much as possible. Click here to find daily and weekly learning that they can do at home when they are well enough to do so.
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.
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?
Can you find them on a map?
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.
Can you make a tally chart to show how many of each plant you saw?
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!
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.
Use 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!
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.
A 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!
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!
Sheets to support
Places to Visit
Children, remember your e-safety rules: make sure you let your parents know you are online and share what you are learning about.
Parents and carers,
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.
KS1 Timetable – Term 4, Week 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. All work will be posted by 8:30am in the morning but, as you see, most is posted well before.
Monday - Band 1- Band 2 - Band 2 Posters
Tuesday - Band 2
Band 1 Challenge: Build a range of materials. Use mathematical language from Monday to compare the length and height.
Wednesday - Multiplication and Division Assessment
Thursday - RE Day
Friday - Band 1 - Band 2
*Our daily maths mastery session cannot be posted due to copyright and training restrictions.
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.
The Magic Box by Kit Wright
Old Bear by Jane Hissey - Watch and listen to the story
Our Core Value this term is Partnership. In the story, how many different ways do the toys work together?
Draw a story map showing they key events in the story.
Toy and Games (Ways into History) by Sally Hewitt
What is your favourite toy?
Interview your older brother and sisters, parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents about their favourite toys when they were at primary school.
Can you find pictures of the toys and put them on a timeline?
How have the toys changed over time? From our science topic, use your understanding about materials to compare the toys.
The links below alternative tasks for children if they have trouble accessing the work above.
These links will be added to regularly so please look out for updates or ask if you are looking for something specific.
Spellings are set each Friday, and tested the following Friday. The first spellings for this term will be posted ready for Friday 8th January. In the meantime, there are spelling and phonics activities for children to complete in Purple Mash. Please find them set in the 2Dos.
In addition, all children should know how to spell the days of the week by the end of Year 1 (including the capital letter!). Please help your child learn these key words.
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.
- Letter formation overview
- Letter families
- Red family
- Orange family
- Yellow family
- Green and Blue families
- Letter family mnemonics (prompts)
Letter formation animations: Click here to see how letters are formed. Be warned they don't have the lead strokes we use, but it is a good place to start.
Handwriting warm-up exercises: Handy videos demonstrating how you can spend 5 minutes warming-up to write. Choose 1 exercise from each colour group.
BBC Class Clips - clips from BBC programmes explaining different concepts.
Year 1 and 2 Learning@home.
Year 1 and 2 use Purple Mash to support learning across the curriculum. Each child's login details can be found in their contact book however, if you need a remind please do not hesitate to contact me on Class Dojo.
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!
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 home-school contact book. However, if you need a reminder, please don't hesitate to contact me on ClassDojo.
Click here for further information about Reading Eggs.
Knowing the alphabet is an important skill that children should know by the end of Year 1. As they learn the many sounds that make up the English language, it is important that they recognise the letters by their letter names, as well as their sounds so that they can distinguish between different graphemes (letters and letter clusters) that make the same sound. For example, the 'ay' sound can also be writtern 'ai', 'a-e', and 'ey'.
Here are some fun ways for them to get to know the letter names that make up the alphabet.
- 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.
Here are some additional maths books that will give further practise in all the maths areas they cover during key stage 1.
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 3 Shape
Block 4 Place Value (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". This term we will be investigating materials, applying everything we have learnt so far!
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?.
Other learning links
- Board games
- Memory games
- Listening games
- Phonics and spelling games.
- Look at newspaper articles.
- Create to-do lists (with bullet points).
- Get bored... children are creative geniuses when they have 'nothing' to do!