Year 1: Phonics Practice

The Year 1s in Fireflies and Grasshoppers have been working hard with their phonics this half term and have learnt all the following phonemes:

/ea/ /oe/ /au/ /ew/ /ay/ /ie/ /ou/  /ey/ /wh/ /ph

We have set some practice assignments up on Spelling Shed for them and it would be really helpful if they could practice at least one game daily – as little and often practice is the best way to ensure new information gets stored in the long term memory.

All children should have their Spelling Shed log-ins to access the games.

We will also be setting spelling lists for the tricky (common exception) words – and with these words, children can earn certificates with the points that they amass!  Each point they earn goes towards their “Shed Score” – and this is the total of scores for the past rolling 7-day period.

All children start as an egg and can work their way up to a Royal Bee!

Fireflies Class Information

Welcome to Fireflies!

We hope you all had a lovely Summer break and are feeling refreshed and looking forward to starting school.

This term our topic is Sensational Structures. To find out about the learning that will be taking place this term, please visit the Fireflies information page ( just click on Classes>Fireflies>Information.) You will also find lots of useful links on the page that will help you to support your child’s learning at home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on

We are really looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your break!







Writing to the New September Intake

This week the children have been writing to the children at Little Explorers who will be starting school in September. They have told them all about school life. The children have been extremely motivated in their writing. They were very excited to think that all their friends at pre-school would read their letters.

Learning about Kenya 🇰🇪

As part of our topic work on Africa, Class 1 children have learning about the country of Kenya. They have learnt about the landscape of Kenya and compared village life in Kenya to life in Ditton Priors.

To help the children understand the physical features of Kenya, the children have worked together to create and label their own 3D maps of Kenya. Some of the children have been so enthused by their work, they have even been creating their own maps at home.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Class 1 have produced some fantastic pieces of artwork based on the book ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance.‘

We have used their artwork along with their favourite quotes from the story, to make a lovely display. The children are very proud of their work and we thought parents at home would enjoy seeing it too!

Class 1 Termly Overview

Good evening,

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break.

This term our topic is African Wilderness. Please take a look at the class 1 information page to see what we shall be learning this term.

Many thanks,

Nicky Fox

The Easter Story

Children in Class 1 have been learning about the Easter story and why Christians celebrate Easter.

The children started by learning about Palm Sunday. They retold the story through drama and used what they had learnt to write about the important events that took place on Palm Sunday.

As the children continued to learn about the Easter story, we discussed the significance of the cross as a religious symbol. They enjoyed decorating a wooden cross (which was made for us by Mrs Welch) with flowers made from tissue paper and painted egg cartons. We even took the cross with us to Forest School.

At Forest school, the children made Easter gardens and enjoyed an Easter egg hunt with a mathematical twist. Their efforts were rewarded with a treat from the Easter Bunny which went down a treat!

Palm Sunday

Wishing you all a happy Easter from Class 1.

Special Visitor in Class 1.

Class 1 have been reading the books ‘Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car’ and Mr Gumpy’s outing.’

They were really excited to have a visit from Mr Gumpy today. They had already prepared their questions for Mr Gumpy and really enjoyed the opportunity to ask him them.They were able to find out lots of information about him. They found out where he lived, if he had any pets and how fast his car could go. There were also lots of requests to go for a ride in his motor car and his boat!

The children will be using what they have found out to write what they have learnt about Mr Gumpy.

World Book Day – Activities

Here are some activities you can do to celebrate your favourites books and stories:

  • Dress up as your favourite book character
  • Have a go at our quiz (see link below)
  • Take a look at the World Book Day website:
  • Share a story with a member of your family

Send in pictures or videos to the class email addresses, we would love to see them!

WBD – Quiz


It’s World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day, a day when children (and adults) all over the world celebrate books and reading. (I’ll let you into a secret….I believe everyday is World Book Day!)

I’ve been doing some research about reading….

Did you know?

  • If you read for 20 minutes a day you will have read 1,800,000 words in one year!
  • You will learn between 4,000 and 12,000 words in one year just by reading!
  • Regular reading improves brain connectivity, reduces stress, aids sleep, helps increase self confidence and reduces feelings of loneliness.
  • Reading can take you all over the world….in your imagination!
  • Regular reading improves your concentration and helps your understanding of different cultures and customs.

You don’t just have to read books. You can read ANYTHING – Leaflets, newspapers, magazines, cereal packets, comics, labels on jars/tins, road signs, cookery books, poems, jokes, instructions, labels on the supermarket shelves, bottles of bubble bath, anything with words!!

You can also read ANYWHERE – at bedtime, in the bath, listen to stories in the car, read in the garden, read on the beach, read in the car, read in a tractor, read up a tree…..

So, today (and everyday) enjoy a story. Listen to a story or read to yourself. How does it make you feel?


Workshop for Class 1 and 2 Parents: How to Help Your Child with Remote Learning

We are looking forward to joining you on Microsoft Teams tomorrow afternoon at 2pm for our ‘virtual’ workshop “How to Help Your Child with Remote Learning”.  This workshop will provide you with information about phonics, spelling, reading and writing, as well as providing you with the opportunity to ask questions.  We will be emailing the link to the meeting tomorrow morning – we kindly ask that the link is not shared with anyone in order to protect the security of the meeting.  The meeting is open to any parent/carer of a child in Class 1 and 2.
In order to help the meeting run smoothly – as this is the first time we have done this – I have attached a document which provides guidance on how to access the Teams meeting, as well as a protocol on privacy and data protection.
If you have any questions please do ask us – we so appreciate all your support with the remote learning, particularly with the younger children as they do need your help.
Mrs Fox, Mrs Morris and myself look forwards to ‘seeing’ you tomorrow at 2pm.

Class 1 and 2 Parents: How to help your child with remote learning workshop.

Good morning,

We are holding a virtual workshop for Class 1, and now also Class 2 parents (as we have had an expression of interest) on how you can help support your children with the remote learning.   It is going to be held on Wednesday 13th January at 2pm, and Mrs Fox, Mrs Morris and myself will be providing information on supporting children with their phonics, letter formation and reading, as well as being able to answer any questions that you may have.

The workshop will be held on Microsoft Teams – a free application, that you can download on a tablet or a laptop – here is a link:

It is not essential to download this prior to the workshop, but it might make it more straightforwards.

If you have any specific questions, it would be really helpful to email them in to before the workshop to allow us to be as helpful as possible.

I will be emailling Class 1 and 2 parents on Wednesday morning with the link to the Teams workshop, and I kindly ask that this link is not shared.



Workshop for Class 1 Parents: How to help your child with remote learning.

Good morning Parents,
We hope you are all well and managing with being at home and potentially juggling work and supporting your children with remote learning.  We are very much aware of the challenges and if there is anything we can do to help please do ask!
Mrs Fox and I would like to offer a workshop using Microsoft Teams where we will be able to talk to parents about how you can help with phonics, sounding out, reading, spellings, and anything that you wish to ask!  We use Microsoft Teams for staff meetings and governor meetings and it is really easy to access.  You can download the app here and it is free:
We want to help as much as possible so can do a workshop at the following times and in order to be as flexible as possible, can you please let us know a) if you are interested and b) which day/time would suit you best.  We are only planning on doing one workshop so will go with the majority vote.
Tuesday 12th January: 10am – 11am
Tuesday 12th January 2pm – 3pm
Tuesday 12th January 6pm – 7pm
Wednesday 13th January: 10am – 11am
Wednesday 13th January 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday 13th January 6pm – 7pm
If there is anything in particular that you would like to know about at this workshop please let me know so that Mrs Fox and I can prepare.

Remote learning

Firstly, I hope everyone had a good Christmas and send everyone my best wishes for the New Year!

I had hoped to see all the children today but unfortunately that is not going to be possible. Due to the current lockdown, all learning will be taking place remotely, at least until February half-term.

I am aware that for many parents this is their first experience of remote learning during lockdown. During lockdown, it is a Government expectation that children will engage with online learning and that children are set work to support their learning.

I will be using the Tapestry platform to set work on a daily basis. Any completed work will need to be submitted using Tapestry by 3:30pm to get feedback from either myself or Mrs Rollings.

If there are any issues/barriers to assessing or completing remote work, please contact me as soon as possible. Please be assured we will try to help you in any way we can.

I have sent further information via Tapestry and would be extremely grateful if you could check your Tapestry notifications and acknowledge receipt by ticking ‘like’ on the page.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me:

Many thanks,


Reading Record Books

Please could you ensure that your child brings their blue reading record book into school with them everyday.

I would also be grateful if parents could sign their child’s reading record to show that they have read with their child. This will help us to ensure that their reading books get changed.

Many thanks,