Beech Class

Welcome to Beech Class – Years 1 & 2

Teacher: Caroline Norris
Teaching Assistants: Tara Butcher, Jo Jeffery, Isabelle Ford & Karen Hughes

Topics for the term:  Memory Box and Dinosaur Planet

Termly Booklet Beech Autumn 2020

Homework and Home Learning

You can find this week’s spellings, homework and other information and pictures in Google Classroom.

Please let me know if you need help to login.

Click here to sign in to Google Classroom

Click here to open the Teach Your Monster to Read website.

Click here to log in to Numbots.

Links to other websites:

Click here for a fun game on the computer.  It also helps you recognise capital letters.

Click here to log in to Times Table Rock stars

Click here for the Paintz website 

Click here for the Hit the Button website

Click here for the DJ cows wordsearch (you can choose your own phonemes)

Previous messages


Hello Year 1 and Year 2! It’s Mrs. Norris here. I’m at school on Monday and Thursday this week.  I know we are all looking forward to a day off on Friday.  Do you know why our bank holiday has moved from Monday to Friday this year?

All of our work for this week will be on Google Classroom.  You’re doing brilliantly with it – well done!

If you like colouring, then you might want to try this well-being wheel featuring the giraffe from the Life Ed van and follow the link to the keyworkers posters.

SCARF well-being colouring

Twinkl link to keyworkers posters to colour

Google Classroom: Parents, when you have your child’s username and password, click on this link from within the Google Chrome browser and follow the instructions to sign in.   Parents that don’t yet have their child’s individual login for Google Classroom can email me and I’ll send them the details. There is also an app which might make it easier.

Have a great week everyone.


Previous activities:


Here is a reading lesson for you to enjoy, created by the DfE’s Oak Academy. You will need some lined paper and a pencil.  Click on the link to find the video lesson.  We will use some more of these lessons next week.

Year 1 reading lesson, Sam’s Sandwich

Year 2 reading lesson, The Firework Maker’s Daughter: To retrieve information

Phonics and Spelling

Look for words you’ve used this week or those containing the sounds you’ve practised when you are reading.  You could write them in a word journal.

Challenge: can you write your words in alphabetical order?


Play some maths games you enjoy today.  They could be card games or games you can play outside.  Could you make a target game to play in the garden?

Previous activities:


Today’s lesson is about reading and writing numbers in words.  Don’t worry if you can’t print, just use the sheets as a guide, for example, there is a sheet to practise writing numbers to 20 in words (left and right handed available).  If you can’t print this, then just open it and copy the words, writing your number words on a piece of lined paper instead. Feel free to ignore the 3 digit number challenge on the bottom of the other Year 1 sheet!

Year 1 are working with numbers to 20.  Year 2 are working with numbers to 100.

The number crunchers sheet is a challenge for anyone that would like it!

Click here for the instructions.

Number words left handed

Number words  right handed

Year 1 writing numbers and representations

Year 2 writing numbers and representations

Number Crunchers challenge


Practise writing: Use a dictionary to find words that begin with wr e.g. write, wrong, wrist, wriggle, wrap

Practise writing them, at least 4 times each word.  Tick your best word.  What makes it so good?

How would you spell writing? Remember to drop the e from the root word before adding the suffix ing.

How would you spell wrapping?  Remember to double the last letter before adding the suffix, if there is a short vowel just before.

Dictation (to be read by an adult for the child to write, then check together):

I love wrapping parcels.

Do you enjoy writing letters?

Fun game:

DJ cows or phonics play


Today the Year 1s are thinking about one more and one less.  The Year 2s are comparing numbers.  Remember that you don’t have to do everything!

Click here for Year 1 starter and maths talk.

Click here for Year 1 follow-up activity.

Click here for Year 1 challenge

Click here for Year 2 starter and maths talk.

Click here for Year 2 follow-up activity

Click here for Year 2 challenge.

Other subjects

Our new topic is Japan.  Click on this link to open a new home learning menu with different activities for you to try.

Previous activities

Tricky Tuesday

Revise tricky letters b and p

Write the letters correctly.

Practise writing tricky words: be, by, bath, behind, path, put, pull push

Dictation (to be read by an adult for the child to write, then check together):

Push the gate and walk on the path.

Put the plug in the bath before you turn the taps on.

Fun game: Play tic tac toe (noughts and crosses) using b and p or each player has a tricky word instead


Click on this link for a document with the Year 1 and Year 2 maths talk and Year 1 activity links.  I’ve linked to some Twinkl activity sheets but remember that you don’t need to do all the ones contained in the file!   Year 2 children also have a follow-up sheet so after their maths talk, which is the same as the Year 1 for today, a brief revision should be all they need before they move on to their follow up, which can be found by clicking on this link.


Revise ck.  If the k sound is at the end of a word, after a short vowel sound, then it is spelt with ck.

Practise writing:

Kick, back, sock, neck, muck

Practise reading: Phonics Play comic

Dictation (to be read by an adult for the child to write, then check together):

Did you kick your sock in the muck?


Your task today is to write a recount of the holidays, or you could even include the whole of the time you have been at home.  Did you learn a new skill?  Did you play in the garden or do any gardening?  Did you create any Easter art?  I’m very excited because lots of my seeds have germinated (including my sunflowers at last!).  How are your sunflowers growing?

Try to use lines or lined paper to write your recount as it will help you with your handwriting.  Your writing targets to help you are on the reports your parents received just before the holiday.  Remember to check your work at the end.  You could add a beautiful border around the edge too.


As I gave you a big maths task yesterday, today’s job is a creative one.  Choosing your own materials, make an Easter card or picture for a friend or member of the family.  Or make an Easter picture to put in your window for everyone to see.  You could even make a 3D Easter scene.  Have fun!


Today we’re going to think about telling the time on a clock with hands (an analogue clock).  Year 1 children haven’t worked on this in class yet, though Year 2s have revised o’clock, half past and started on quarter past.  To help you, here are some links to powerpoints from Twinkl (link to free offer for parents here.  Use the code UKTWINKLHELPS.) When you’ve looked at the powerpoints (remember to ‘view slideshow’ as they may not look right if you just scroll down the page), try some of these worksheets, also from Twinkl.

Twinkl powerpoint – o’clock

Twinkl powerpoint – half past

Twinkl time to the quarters resources pack

Twinkl o’clock and half past worksheets

Twinkl o’clock, half past and quarter past worksheets

Twinkl – telling the time to 5 minute intervals

If you can’t access any of the above, could you practise telling the time with your parents or an older brother or sister?  Year 1 need to know o’clock and half past.  Year 2 need to know the same plus quarter past and quarter to (the tricky one, so best left until confident with the others).  If you can already tell the time to the quarter hour, try working on smaller amounts of minutes.

Remember to keep practising so that you don’t forget.  Could you see what time you have breakfast or lunch?  Enjoy your time work.


Did you enjoy setting up a book blanket yesterday?  If you haven’t tried it yet, look below today’s activity to find out more.  I’m keen to try using our Beech Class google classroom account to help us with home learning.  I’ll be trying a few things in the next couple of days.  If you are looking at this webpage in Google Chrome, I think you should be able to log in to our classroom using our beech email address and password (that we used in class) by clicking on this link.   

You may need to add the Google Classroom ‘extension’/program to Chrome by clicking here to download it (It’s free.)

If you manage to log in this way, please let me know.  If you can’t, I’ll use my growth mindset and keep working on it.  Have a lovely day of fun and learning everyone!


Revise The sounds /n/ spelt ‘kn’ and less often ‘gn’ at the beginning of words

Task: Use a dictionary to find words that begin with kn and gn, e.g. knew, know, gnome, gnaw.  Practise writing them, at least 4 times each word.  Tick your best word.  What makes it so good?  Are you tall letters tall and long letters long and under the line?  Are you other letters the same size and for those that are joining, are they joined properly?

Dictation (to be read by an adult for the child to write, then check together):

Do you know that dogs like to gnaw on bones?

Fun game:

DJ cows wordsearch (you can choose your own phonemes)


Book blanket

Lay out a blanket or something similar to make a cosy flat book area.  Then choose one or more of the following activities.  If it’s warm and sunny where you are, you could do some of them in the garden.

  • Choose two or three books and compare them.  Which things are the same and which are different?  For fiction books (stories), you could compare characters, settings, problems and resolutions and the overall theme of the books.This is a fun activity to do with fairy/traditional tales.  For non fiction books (information), you could compare the way they are organised to help you find facts.  Do they all have a contents page and index?  Do any of your books have a glossary to explain special words?
  • Sort your books.  Do you have more fiction  or non fiction ?  Do you have lots of non fiction books on the same subject?  Try recording your information using a tally chart or showing it in a bar chart.
  • Order your books by how many pages they have, from the shortest to the longest, using the page numbers to help you.  This will also help you practise reading and understanding numbers. Could you order them the other way, from the longest to the shortest?  What’s the most common number of pages?

I’m sure there are lots of other things you can do with your book blanket (as well as enjoy reading!), so I look forward to hearing your ideas too.



Do you remember the word wibbles we work in class? Try making your own word wibble with these Year 1 and Year 2 ‘tricky’ words:

house, full, pretty, improve, prove, wild

Remember to take a line for a walk first around your page, crossing it over to make different sections.  Then write one word in a section.  Write it neatly as many times as you can.  You can colour the other empty sections to make your word wibbles look exciting!


Try representing some two digit numbers in different ways, for example using small sticks to represent tens and leaves to represent ones.  How many different ways can you represent the same number?   Perhaps you could take a photograph?


Show and Tell Friday

Today is Show and Tell day.  Choose an object and think about how you could describe it to the rest of the class (or the other members of your family!)  What colour is it?  Where did you get the object?  What material is it made from?  Show your object and say the sentences you practised.  Then try drawing the object and writing the sentences you made up.  Don’t forget your punctuation!  Can you use some exciting adjectives (describing words?)

Here is a link to the Twinkl website which has an offer to help parents access their resources for free during this home schooling time:

Click on the link and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Click here for a great art video series that Rosie and her family have been watching.  You can learn to paint a different wildlife picture every time.

Scroll down for links to Numbots, Teach your Monster to Read and Times Table Rockstars.

Revise the alphabet

Say the letter names in order and then in response to each letter, out of order.  Try singing the alphabet songs we learnt in class or use the alphabet rap to help!

Click here for a fun game on the computer.  It also helps you recognise capital letters.

Practise writing:

Write the alphabet in order.  Write the lowercase letter and then the capital, until you have finished the whole alphabet, like this aA, bB, cC.

Check: Are your capital letters twice as big as your lower-case letters?  Are the capitals P and Y standing on the line?  Remember that the lowercase letters have tails that hang below.

Extra challenge: Can you join the letters?  Don’t join the capitals.

Click here to open the Teach Your Monster to Read website.

Maths activities

Have you managed to find any measures around the house?  Have you  tried any number bond games?

Year 2, You could practise fractions of amounts with toys or objects you have at home, for example, make a group with 20 lego bricks.  Using the bricks to help you (you could set them out as an array first), find out what half or 20 is, then a quarter, then 3 quarters.

Year 1, you could use toys or objects you have at home to practise making equal groups.  This helps you with multiplying and dividing (we have learnt this as sharing so far).  Try making equal groups of 2 using toys, then counting in 2s.  When you have worked out your total number of toys, look at how many groups of 2 you have.  Try this with groups of 5 or even 10s!

Click here to log in to Numbots.

Click here to log in to Times Table Rock stars

Don’t forget to play, get exercise and be creative too.

Art and creativity

Click here for the Paintz website (external link)


What have we been learning this week?


Making our shakers

Observing, drawing and labelling different types of seeds

We’ve had an exciting and busy week in Beech this week.  In DT, we’ve spent several sessions creating our shaker, stiffening the structure and ensuring that the instrument will match our design criteria.  We linked our science to this topic by working scientifically to closely observe different types of seeds with mini magnifiers, drawing and labelling them.  These seeds will be used inside our shakers and we will experiment to see which make the best sound.  In English, we have started to read ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and we’re really enjoying each instalment of the story.  In maths, the Year 1 have finished workbook 1 by revising everything they have learnt so far this year!  Year 2 are starting on the final chapter and completed some excellent problem solving involving mass, multiplication and division.  We are really excited about completing our reading challenge this weekend, and some fantastic and extra-special reading reward pencils have arrived, ready to be awarded next week!


We’ve had an amazing week in Beech Class story mapping, retelling and writing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  We also worked with partners to help us edit and improve our writing.

In maths, the Year 1s have been working on length and the Year 2s have moved on to mass.  Five more children also received a beautiful headteacher’s sticker for practising their maths facts on Numbots.

In science, we revised the names of common British plants and we were able to identify many more than last time though some still proved a challenge!

Today we designed our musical shakers which will be filled with different types of seeds.  We’re looking forward to making them next week and using them to accompany our singing.

Finally, we will be carrying out a reading challenge for our homework. Each child that reads every day from (and including) Sunday 19th January and Sunday 26th January will earn a special reading reward, as well as working towards their half term gold medal reading prize.

Enjoy reading everyone!


Welcome back!

We hope you had a great Christmas holiday.  Our new topic is ‘growing’.  Please click on the termly booklet link above to find out more about the exciting things we have planned for this term.

We’ve all really enjoyed listening to and reading Jack and the Beanstalk stories this week and finding differences between them.  We’ve also begun our DT topic by investigating musical shakers, looking at the materials used, colours and design.  We will use this research to help us design our own shaker next week.  Well done to everyone who enjoyed reading over the holiday and playing Numbots to help with their fluency with number facts.  Mrs Brooking will be coming in next Friday to award some headteacher’s stickers to another group of hard working children!



We had two fantastic Nativity performances this week, well done everyone!  Don’t forget to enjoy lots of reading over the holiday and practice on Numbots.  We will have our next spelling test on Friday 10th January 2020.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From Mrs Norris and Mrs Butcher


Click here to look the Postal Museum website and game (remember to scroll down for the game)

Click here to log in to the Oxford Owl reading website.  Remember to click on the class login button and then enter the username and password that we looked at in class.Enjoy reading!

Click here to take you to the Hit the Button maths website.

What have we been learning recently?


We’ve had a great week of learning in Beech Class.  We enjoyed doing lots of geography research into the capital cities of the countries of the United Kingdom and have found out some surprising facts about the population of each.  In computing, we’ve become more confident logging into the chrome books and using the internet to search for facts about our topic.  We have also thought about the ways that we communicate and how this has changed over time.  We loved rewriting a message in ‘text’ speak, putting it into ‘standard’ English!  In maths, the Year 1s are now working on addition and subtraction within 20 and the Year 2s are using their knowledge of multiplication to help them tackle division problems.  We also had our first practices of the nativity without scripts and incorporating some acting.

Keep practising your lines everyone!



We’ve done lots of work on our stamps topic this week.  On Monday, we carried out some more fieldwork in the village, walking down to the post office to post our letters to Montacute House.  We also took the opportunity to look at the war memorial and poppies in the churchyard.  Today, we investigated stamps from around the world, observing them carefully and sketching them.  We then wrote descriptions of them using our amazing English skills.  In art, we sketched ideas for our own stamps, then creating a printing block using a special type of polystyrene tile.  It was a lot harder than it looked!   In maths, the Year Twos are enjoying multiplication, learning how different equations can describe the same picture and the Year Ones have started focusing on the numbers to twenty.  Both year groups have learnt more about  Queen Victoria, who was the reigning monarch when stamps were introduced.  They also contrasted her life with that of Queen Elizabeth I.  Finally, we have started to practise our nativity!


What have we been learning recently?


After a lovely week off, we started this half term with a great school trip to Montacute House.  We had a wonderful time and loved the workshops, discovering more about the history of the house and its inhabitants.  Many thanks to the parent helpers that accompanied us.  In English this week, we wrote letters to our leaders from the trip at Montacute, editing our work and publishing it in our best handwriting.  We will be posting the letters next week.  In maths, the Year Ones have enjoyed learning about ordinal numbers and the Year Twos are now taking on the new challenge of multiplication.  We are looking forward to the new challenges of this half term, including preparing for and performing our Nativity.  Letters and scripts will be sent home next week with further details!


It’s been a very busy couple of weeks in Beech Class and we are all working really hard on teamwork and helping each other to learn.  In maths, both year groups are now working on subtraction and we are all enjoying games that help us practise our number bonds within 10.  We started a new book this week, named ‘The Queen’s Handbag’ and we enjoyed using Google Earth to visit all the places that the Queen had to visit.  We also carried out some geographical fieldwork this morning, looking for interesting man-made features in Thornford that we thought the Queen or another visitor might like to see.  Here are some pictures of our fun but wet walk!


Beech children have had an exciting week, carrying out lots of collaborative activities to learn together.  In maths, we have been working on our maths talk, explaining our ideas to a partner and ensuring that we use the word because.  In English, children of both year groups worked together, learning about adjectives, nouns and expanded noun phrases.  We then applied our scientific understanding of the senses to poetry writing, creating some fantastic harvest poems.  We are looking forward to our poetry celebration next week and to working in teams to perform the poems we are learning by heart!


It’s been a busy week in Beech as we are beginning to settle into our daily routines.  In English this week we have learnt about alphabetical order, the difference between information books and stories, and found examples of bold writing, headings, pictures and paragraphs within information books.  We enjoyed ordering animals alphabetically, which also helped us practice our cutting and sticking skills.

In maths, both year groups have started using their workbooks, with maths equipment to help  visualise and represent numbers and problems. Both groups are doing very well, though the Year 2s do have a very thick workbook this term, so they have lots of great maths to work on!  Here are some photos of the Year 1s hard at work.  We will try and capture some of the Year 2s for next week’s post.

Spellings and homework have been sent home today for the first time.  The spelling folders do not need to be brought to school until next Friday.  The homework is due next Thursday, though it can be returned earlier if complete.


Welcome back!


Welcome back to school.  We hope you had a great summer holiday and have come back to school ready to learn and enjoy lots of exciting activities.  More details about this term’s topic can be found in our new termly booklet, accessible through the link at the top of the page.


We’ve had an exciting few days in Beech Class, getting to know our new classmates and class routines.  We’ve enjoyed Quick Maths and writing about our holidays for our special writing wall.  We have also used our handwriting books for the first time!  We worked together as a team to  create a nature collage in RE and have had great fun with our first PE lesson of the term.

We’ve also loved warming up our brains and bodies with Supermovers.

We’re looking forward to a full and busy week next week!


What have we been learning this week?


It’s been another busy week in Beech this week, with some fantastic story writing based on the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear’  We were very excited to share our stories with Elm Class and to see how much they liked them.  We also heard that Oak Class had received the letters that we posted to them, thanking them for an amazing science fair, and we hope that they will write back to us!

In Maths, the Year 1 children have worked hard on coin and note recognition.  The Year 2s have been consolidating knowledge of fact families and fractions.

The whole class have also learnt about everyday materials, naming them and thinking about how we could describe their properties.  This is to prepare us for our forthcoming trip to the Fleet Air Arm museum at the beginning of July.  We’re all looking forward to it.


7th June 2019

Our first week back after the holiday has been filled with excitement as we had a maths and science week in school.  We were very excited to see four of our lovely parents who told us all about how they used maths and science in their jobs and let us ‘play’ with some of the equipment they use.  Many thanks to them.

Today we loved visiting the science fair held by Oak class.  There were lots of interactive displays and we added to our scientific understanding as well as having a lot of fun!

Click here for a link to the 3D matching shape game we enjoyed playing in class.  This is an American website so they use a couple of different words.  They call a cuboid a rectangular prism and they call a square based pyramid a rectangular pyramid.

Can you find any other good games to share with the class?



What have we been learning this week?

17th May 2019

We’ve had very busy week this week.  We’ve really enjoyed looking at the webcams of different birds to see how they have grown.  We finally saw some puffins today!  As the weather was lovely, we enjoyed going outside on plant and bird hunts in the grounds.  We’re becoming much better at recognising different birds, though we still need practice at being quiet enough to hear their song!



We’ve had a really exciting week this week. with lots of work on our topic of ‘Flight.’  We found some amazing webcams of birds’ nests and have really enjoyed watching the chicks and their parents.  We were amazed by how often the blue tit parents had to feed their young and loved writing some information to accompany the webcam.  We also enjoyed reading our book ‘Fly by Night’ and retelling the story, sequencing events.  Next week, we will write our own stories based on the theme.  In maths, Year 1 have worked brilliantly on fractions of shapes and numbers.  Year 2 have enjoyed working on money, including coin recognition and adding different values of coins and notes together.

Here are  links to some of the webcams that we have viewed in class:

Blue Tits (This one is amazing!)


Peregrine Falcons

Puffins (I have only seen 1 puffin in the distance so far!)

We also loved learning about the land art of Andy Goldsworthy.  We watched a short BBC clip about him creating one piece of art (click here to view it).  We used grey paper and chalk to create our own individual slates, inspired by what we saw in the film.  Then we arranged them together to make a piece of collaborative art.  It is harder than it looks!


What have we been learning this week?


Welcome back to school for an action-packed summer term.  Our new topic is ‘Flight’ and we have lots of exciting activities planned, including a trip after half term.  See our termly booklet for more information. This week, we loved investigating shadows by creating shadow puppets, writing our own questions and discovering the answers through our research.  In English, we enjoyed reading one of our favourite books,  Owl Babies.  We then retold the story for our special writing wall work.  In maths, the Year 2 children worked hard on telling the time and the Year 1s enjoyed some outside learning, representing numbers using natural materials.  Both year groups learnt how to complete and interpret bar charts about birds.

What have we been learning this week?


We’ve had another super busy week in Beech Class.  We loved writing our own stories based on the Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch and tried hard to include exciting words such as concocted and scrumptious.  Our favourite phrase from the book was ‘devoured with great gusto’!  In maths, the Year 1s worked very well on multiplication, learning about the importance of equal groups and representing problems with their apparatus.  The Year 2s had some tremendously tricky word problems to work on, in two parts, and we also learnt how a bar model can help us to represent the problem.

We were very excited to do some investigative work this afternoon for our DT projects this afternoon.  We experimented with rolling paper to create structures and tried various ways of creating a winding mechanism.  We will begin the design process on Monday, so please try to bring your box to school early next week if you haven’t already done so.  Thank you!



What have we been learning this week?


Working on our coordination skills!

We’ve loved sharing the book ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ this week.  We particularly enjoyed  the amazing word choices of the author.  Today we all invented a new way that the Lighthouse Keeper’s wife could send his lunch to the lighthouse.  Next week, we are going to look at other books in the series and plan and write our own version of the story.

In maths,  the Year 1s worked really hard on their word problems and are now much more confident with the language used such as ‘how many more/less’ and ‘the difference between’.  The Year 2s have been working on fractions of amounts which we found exciting and challenging.

Using objects to help visualise a maths problem.

We’ve loved out focus on St. Lucia and this week using a graphing program to plot the mm of rainfall that they get each month on average.  We also created our own Thornford flags, using the symbolism of the St. Lucia flag as a model.


Beech Class Information

Here are some links to online games that may help with maths practice:

Hit the Button

Number fact families

Please ensure that spelling test books & spelling folders are brought to school by Friday.

Don’t forget that we also have links to lots of educational games (from external websites) in our learning links section.

Reading – All children have a reading book. This is primarily a home reading book, to read to parents or other adults. Please see the section on reading rewards for further information. Within school, we carry out a range of other reading activities, such as guided (or group) reading, where the teacher hears individuals read and then the group discusses the text, and shared reading, where the class reads together.


Reading Rewards

We are very keen for children to become regular readers and we use a reward scheme to encourage home regular reading, at least 3 times per week. Mrs Thompson will be updating the chart every Monday, so please ensure that home reads are written in the home link book. Thank you!

Ideas for talking about books with your child:

As your child gets older you tend to ‘hear’ them read less and less because they become more fluent. However, it is important that the children continue to develop their comprehension and reasoning skills, through talking about the books they are reading. These brief discussions will count towards your child’s reading reward too, so please note them in their home reading log.

Here are some ideas to help:


1) Ask them to find their favourite paragraph in the chapter they have read
· Ask them what happened before this?
· Why did they like it?
· What do they think will happen next?
· How do they think the issue/problem will be resolved?

2) Ask the children about their favourite character in the book. Then ask them if they have read any other books with similar characters? Or ask them if they know of books which have characters that are completely the opposite.


Is the information presented clearly?
Do you think then layout is good? Would you lay it out differently?
What age do you think it is intended for?


Year 1 Parent Information


We currently use the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme as a basis for teaching phonics, though this is supplemented by the guidance from the National Curriculum for English 2014, Years 1 & 2.

Please find below some information taken from the Government guidance on the Year 1 phonics screening check, which is carried out nationally.

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonics knowledge. It helps your school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress. The check normally takes place in June.

How does the check work?

  • Your child will sit with a teacher he or she knows and be asked to read 40 words aloud. (20 real words and 20 ‘pseudo words’)
  • Your child may have read some of the words before, while others will be completely new.
  • The check normally takes just a few minutes to complete and there is no time limit. If your child is struggling, the teacher will stop the check. The check is carefully designed not to be stressful for your child.


 Year 2 Parent Information

Assessment Information

As well as ongoing teacher assessment, which takes place throughout Year 2, pupils will take end of Key stage 1 tasks or tests in Reading, Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation and Maths. These new tests were used nationally for the first time in 2016.  The administration times of these tasks and tests are flexible to a certain extent, though most will have to be taken during May.    The results of the tests are combined with teacher assessment of each child’s work throughout the year to show where each child is in relation to age related expectations (ARE) by late June.  These results will be reported to parents in the annual report in July.  As we move from the old curriculum to the new, it may appear that your child is no longer doing as well as before. This is nothing to worry about and is due to the way the new curriculum has been designed, with some difficult concepts moved down to Year 2 from older age groups.   Please let us know if you’d like further information or discussion about your child and how they are getting on.


Learning Links

Here are some links to external websites for more information and games to play (updated 23.2.18)

Antarctic timeline (may not work on iPads but may work on other tablets!)

Time for Kids Antarctica

Discover Antarctica

Weather websites

Switched on kids for electrical safety

Play the continents and oceans game.  Can you name them all?

Find out about how children live in different parts of the world by exploring the BBC program ‘Little Human Plant’ in iPlayer. 

Explore simulations by clicking on the link below.   Includes the paper plane game!

Explore maps with Goggs!

Explore the parts of a vehicles, axles and wheels

Rainforests and exploring

Rainforest SOS

National Geographic for kids

Kids Corner Brazil

Christopher Columbus – BBC Schools


Food – a fact of Life: lots of games, videos and activities for different ages.  Explore them all!


Get Set Olympics – lots of games and information for children

Get in the Zone – games about healthy bodies and healthy eating


Loads of reading and spelling games with Roy the Zebra

ICT games

BBC Words and pictures

Phonics Play

Click here to view a video produced by the Department Of Education showing the correct way to articulate different phonemes (sounds)


Hit the Button games (Times tables, Doubling & Halving, Number Bonds)

Other Times Table links

Counting in different multiples: select Numeracy, and then ‘Counting’ from: ICT games

Funky Mummy

Shark Game

Counting Cars

Fractions flags

Number Bond Games

Number Bond Twins

Time games – lots of them!

Money games

Lots of shape games below:

Crickweb shape games

Guess the shape

A big variety of shape games!

Shape and measure games


BBC Science clips – select the quiz that you are interested in

A really great site for habitats and having fun learning about habitats

Short film clips about Electricity from the BBC

Blobz Guide to Electric circuits! 

Other websites about electricity


First school years website: Louis Braille

Great Fire of London   New!

Christmas (Click here)

Scroll down the page until you get down the title ‘Games and Apps’.  There are lots of websites listed undermeath with online games.


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