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!

It's so exciting to be beginning a new school year after such a tough time.  I hope you all enjoyed a healthy and restful summer break and are eager to return to a great term.  At school, the key stage 1 team have been busy preparing the classrooms and planning many varied, exciting and interesting learning for our lovely classes.  Please scroll down the page to find out about this term's learning; new information will be posted regularly.

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,

Mrs Leigh
Sea Turtles' Teacher
Key Stage 1 Leader


Term 1: Superheroes Newsletter

Term 1: Superheroes Topic Web

Hot off the Press! This week's Spelling List 08.10.2021


Homework Challenge Sheet - What will you choose to do?

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


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.

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. 

Online Safety
Safe Online Remote Education
Social Media
Among Us

Welcome back to a fun-filled term!

"There is a superhero in all of us. 
We just need the courage to put on the cape."


Calling all Superheroes!  Term begins on Thursday 2nd September!

This term's topic is all about the heroes who inspire us to try harder, reach higher and go the extra mile to be the very best we can be.  We will find heroes in the pages of books and comics, as well as looking back into history at ordinary people who achieved extraordinary feats.  In science, we'll explore superpowers in the animal kingdom, as well as finding out how brilliant are own bodies are.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your cape on and get ready to zoom into the new school year!


Home Learning

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.


With the children's return to school, we are introducing some new spelling groups.  I will be contacting you to confirm your child's group.

KS1 Timetable – Term 1, Week 1

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.


Coming soon

Further Support

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.





Pencil Control Work Pack
Pencil Control Feelings Monsters
Further handwriting sheets

Phase 2 Phonics Activity Mats
Phase 2 'I can read' Activities -
Set 1 - Set 2 - Set 3 - Set 4 - Set 5
Phase 2 Activity Booklet
Phase 2 Picture and caption matching

Letter Formation Pre-cursive
Number Formation Work Pack

Number Bonds Challenge


Daily online Letters and Sounds for Home and Schools Lessons.
Phase 2 Video Lessons - 
Phase 3 Video Lessons
Phase 4 Video Lessons
Phase 4 Video Lessons PDF
Phase 5 Video Lessons
Phase 5 Video Lessons PDF


Additional resources

Homework - Term 1 - Superheroes

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.

Homework Challenges

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.


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.

Spelling frame is another site that also has a range of activities to help practise spelling patterns and conventions.



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.


BBC Bitesize clips are quick and sometime have a quiz to match the topic.
BBC Bitesize Clips Year 1
BBC Bitesize Clips Year 2

BBC Class Clips - clips from BBC programmes explaining different concepts.

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Year 1 and 2 Learning@home.


Purple Mash

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.

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!

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 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.

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!
Throughout lockdown, I am still keen to collect the children's reading minutes so  please continue to let me know how long they have read for.  Reading Eggs can count towards their total minutes.



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.


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. 

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.


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 3 Shape
Block 2 Fractions
Block 5 Money
Block 6 Time
Year 2 parent work books
Block 1 Place Value
Block 3 Money
Block 1 Division
Block 2 Statistics
Block 4 Fractions
Block 2 Time
Block 3 Measurement















Our science topic this term is "Animals, Including Humans".  We'll be sorting and classifying animals according to their animal groups (reptiles, mammals, birds, fish, amphibians etc.)

BBC Learning at Home - Animals, Including Humans

[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

Other learning links

There are further useful links and websites for learning here.

Further ideas for home learning activities:

  • Board games
  • Memory games
  • Listening games
  • Cookery
  • Gardening
  • Phonics and spelling games.
  • Look at newspaper articles.
  • Create to-do lists (with bullet points).
  • Bingo
  • Origami
  • Get bored... children are creative geniuses when they have 'nothing' to do!

To help explain Covid -19 to your children you might find these especially helpful.

A story book that aims to help children understand  and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced.
With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, 'My Hero is You, How kids can come to terms with COVID-19' explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

Nosy Crow is an award winning, small, independent children's book publisher who have produced Coronavirus: A book for children.
Illustrated by the wonderful Axel Scheffler and crammed full with great information, this free digital book will be useful to children, parents and carers.





CBBC Operation Ouch!

In this special episode, Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx explore the science behind the current Coronavirus pandemic, answering all your questions along the way about why the outbreak occurred, what the virus does to your body, and how patients are being treated. 

While Dr Xand has been unwell at home with Coronavirus symptoms, Dr Ronx tells us how her emergency department have been caring for patients. Meanwhile, Dr Chris finds out about the latest advancements with a vaccine, and an exciting medical collaboration with Formula One to create ventilators for hospitals. And Mini Xand is joined by Mini Chris and Mini Ronx to give you some top entertainment tips for staying at home.

Useful Links and Websites


 Kid Normal

This first book, by Greg James and Chris Smith, is available as a free audiobook.

It's available here, through Amazon, or via other online audiobook outlets.

David Walliams 

Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!  There is also a catch-up available so you can listen to any stories that you might have missed or re-visit some of your favourites.

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