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 Robinson.
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.
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,
Important new information!
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.
Welcome to Term 3! Toy Story
Get your hoop and sticks, Rubik's cubes and train-sets at-the-ready! We are going on a journey back in time to explore the different toys our grandparents and parents played with when they were at school, and see how they've changed over the years.
Think like a historian and look for clues in descriptions and pictures that will help you answer questions about the past. At any point in history, whether we're looking at the Iron Age Celts or the World War II era, children have played with toys. The toys may have looked different depending on what materials were available to make things from. So, this term, we'll be learning about toys past and present. We'll even design and make our own!!
Our main texts for this term are 'Old Bear' by Jane Hissey and 'Ways into History Toys and Games' by Sally Hewitt. We will be writing a character description and a rescue story.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Pencil Control Work Pack
Pencil Control Feelings Monsters
SATPIN Letter Formation
Letter Formation Pre-cursive Phase 2 Phonics Activity Mats
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
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.
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.
Year 1 and 2 Learning@home.
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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 "Animals Including Humans." We'll be learning about different types of animals and the animal group that they belong to.
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?.
It is important to keep active physically as well as mentally.
- Phonics Play Comics lots of fun comics to read based on the letter sounds that you know.
- Vipers Ideas on questions to ask when listening to reading.They can also be used after watching films etc so the reading skills can be developed with even the most reluctant reader!
- BBC Bitesize lots of information for learning in a variety of subjects.
- 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'.
- Snappy Maths Year 1 - Activities, worksheets and games for you to use to help with your Maths.
- Snappy Maths Year 2 - Activities, worksheets and games for you to use to help with your Maths.
- White Rose Maths Home learning videos and maths resources. The scheme of work that we follow at Rye Primary. WRM have now published free to download parent and pupil workbooks
- Third Space Learning offers a range of home learning resources with a maths focus.
- CBBC Newsround - Keep updated with child friendly news.
- Teach handwriting - Help you practice your handwriting for a pen licence.
- Oak National Academy- Online Classroom and resources
- BBC teach - Free primary resources.
- BBC Bitesize - A variety of lessons to try
- BBC Bitesize - TV schedule
- American Coaching Academy - Social distanced game ideas
- Yorkshire Sport - A range of physical activity ideas
- Active Fusion - More P.E. ideas
- Oak Academy Virtual School Library - Come and explore some great reading and writing activities
- 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!
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.
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.
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.