Miss Farmer, Mr Dalley & Mrs Howlett


New messages 17/05/19


This week we have planted our very own Pumpkin seeds – we will hopefully watch them grow alongside our Power of Reading text in Literacy. In Maths Year 1s have been finding a half and quarter of shapes/ amounts and numbers. Year 2s have been learning to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes – please keep practicing this at home! In Art we have looked at block prints. It was great to see that many children had remembered their shorts and were able to take part in Gymnastics this week!


Questions to ask your child about their learning this week?


  • Can you write a sentence using adjectives (Y1s)?
  • Can you write a sentence using suffixes (Y2s)?
  • Can you find a ½ of these numbers    18, 24, 30
  • What’s the time? (Y2s)p




Upcoming events

Friday 24th May – break up for May half term.

Older Messages

Our topic this term is ‘And we’re off!’.  We have planned this topic alongside the local Asset schools and it will focus on Geography.  All of the pupils across the schools will cover the same content of lessons. Click here to see our topic web.

It would be very beneficial to the children if you could take the time to look at maps and globes.  Lots of the work we did last term will feed nicely into this topic.  The children will focus on an island, Kampong Ayer in Asia, and will compare it to life here in the UK.  If you can find out more about the island and the region of Asia that would be brilliant.  We will also study Asian fabrics so if you have any examples that we could use in school that would be appreciated.  We would also like some inflatable globes/aeroplanes if anyone has some that we could have.

If you have some free time and you are interested in helping with hearing children read in KS1 please let the office know. Once again, we cannot stress enough the importance of listening to your child read each night, regular practice makes it much easier!

PE days are timetabled currently as Wednesdays/Thursdays, however it is preferred that PE kits are on pegs all week as timetables can change etc. We will be doing some gymnastics this term so it is essential children have their PE kit in school as they will need to wear shorts to take part.

Questions to ask your child about their learning this week?


  • What information can you find out about India?
  • Can you explain what an array is/ show an adult how to do it?
  • Can you make these arrays…   4 x 2 =     3 x 5 =    2 x 10 =

Upcoming events

Monday 6th May – May day (bank holiday)

Friday 24th May – break up for May half term.


KS1 Team



Children are split into groups depending on which Phase they are in, please ask your child who they have for Phonics. Here are the sounds/ rules we have been learning this week:

Year 1s will be tested in June, here are some examples of the expectation http://www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspx?TId=21

Mrs Wright/ Mrs Ducksbury: ur, igh, ow.

Miss Farmer: ew, a-e, e-e, I-e.

Mr Kiddy/ Mrs Taylor: alternate pronunciation se, st, al, ai.

Mrs Howlett: Alternate pronunciations of ‘or’ and ‘oo’ sounds. Split a-e, u-e, e-e, I-e sound.

Mr Dalley: Homophones.

These are the sounds that all the children should know;

Phase 2 sound mat

Phase 3 sound mat

phase 5 mat

By the end of Year 1 all pupils should know all of these sounds.  They should be able to decode and blend sounds to read and write words that use all of the sounds included on the mats above.

Example of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test (Pupils in Year 1 are tested in June); Phonics Screening Example


By the end of Year 2 it is expected that children are on a gold level book. Here is an example of the types of texts children are expected to read and the different styles of questions they will be asked when tested. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials#key-stage-1-past-papers

Helpful information

There are many expectations to fulfil in Year 1 and Year 2, below are the standards that the pupils should meet by the end of the year.

Maths Year 1 Standards

Maths Year 2 standards

Reading Year 1 Standards

Reading Year 2 Standards

Writing Year 1 Standards

Writing Year 2 Standards

Example of our cursive handwriting can be found on this link: Cursive Handwriting


Children will no longer have a weekly test as they are doing Spellings in their Phonics lessons daily where they are assessed. To help your child at home please go through the common exception words with them, there are many tricky words on the list that often do not follow rules so it will be worthwhile practising these regularly.

Year 1 Common Exception words; Year 1 common exception word list

Year 2 Common Exception words;Year 2 common exception word list

Support for spelling https://www.spellzone.com/pages/contents.cfm


Project Homework What a Wonderful World project homework

MyMaths – https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

Times Tables Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/home

  Hit the Button

Spellings – Common Exception Words.

Reading daily – Reading questions

Things I need at school

Authorised Adults Sheet  ES parent sign up sheet

The KS1 Team