During these unusual times our teachers are thinking of new ways to connect with their classes, this is increasingly involving new technology! Please understand that our teachers are working hard to regularly set work for children online and to virtually monitor and possibly interact with the children. This may look slightly different for each class at the moment, as each teacher is navigating their own journey with this new technology. Therefore, we ask that you continue to be supportive during these unprecedented times and not necessarily expect instant replies to queries and understand that sometimes feedback may just be a "like or a smiley face"! If we all work together we will come through this stronger and with an increased sense of community! Happy learning!

Welcome to the Super Seahorses Class page!

We are a Year 1 and 2 class. Our Teacher is Miss Birkby and our Teaching Assistant is Miss Barlow.

We are a wonderful class and just like our namesake we help each other to swim and are very hardworking! Did you know that Seahorses prefer to swim in pairs with their tails linked together. Also, they swim upright and propel themselves by using a small fin on their back that flutters up to 35 times per second.

Below, you will find information about our school routine and our learning for the term. I will be continuing to update this page regularly, so please keep visiting. 

Latest News

Welcome back to Term 6! 

We're excited to begin our new topic Wriggle and Crawl, which is all about minibeasts. We will be finding out all about the wonderful world of our insect friends, where they live, why they are important and how we can help to protect them. Later in the term we will have the chance to be creative but let's not give too much away until it's time! In the meantime get out and about and see how many different minbeasts you can find in your local area.

As always, please continue with your daily reading and spelling practise. Weekly challenges on Reading Eggs and Maths Seeds will be set for the children to complete as part of the home learning.

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

    Best wishes, stay safe and well,

    Miss Birkby


Term 6: Wriggle and Crawl Newsletter

Term 6: Wriggle and Crawl Topic Web




Term 6 - Our Topic is 'Wriggle and Crawl' 

Key Texts


Hot off the Press! This week's Spelling List 18.06.2021

KS1 Weekly Newsletter 18.06.2021

Homework Challenge Sheet - What will you choose to do?


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

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

To help with Task 2

Wormery                                  Minibeast Hotel

To help with Task 5

Fingerprint Painting                 Hungry Caterpillar                 Incy Wincy                                                              

To help with Task 6

Cakes                                      Minibeast Snacks

To help with Task 7

Minibeast Maths Challenges


Minibeast fact sheet and book list            Further book list           Useful Stuff

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

Further Support

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

Phase 3 soundmat

Phase 4 soundmat

Phase 5 soundmat

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

100 Books to Read in KS1



Spellings are set each Friday, and tested the following Friday. 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.

Learning Archive

Click here to see the archive of previous weeks' learning.

Year 1 and 2 Learning@home.

Purple Mash

Year 1 and 2 use Purple Mash to support learning across the curriculum.  Each child should have their login details 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 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.

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

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


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.


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.

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


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.


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

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 "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.


Useful Links and Websites

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.


 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.

Learning Archive

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