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Happy Half- Term Tawny Owls!

Friday 23rd October 2020

Happy Half Term!

We hope you all have a lovely half term break and enjoy some Autumn fun! Please feel free to email photos of anything exciting to the school office. Your child can then share them in class.


We have uploaded ‘Rainy Daze’ on Abacus Active Learn if your child would like an optional maths game to play over the break. Remember to keep the reading ‘ticking over’ too!


We would like to thank you all for your support during this first term. We are so thrilled to be teaching such a lovely group of children and we are so proud of how well they have all settled and the progress they are making!


With our very best wishes,

Mrs Ray, Miss Taylor and Miss Belcher

Friday 16th October 2020

Home Learning


On the computer: Help your child to log in to Abacus Active Learn (log in details at the front of their folder) to play Excellent Estimating. This game will provide children with practice estimating totals; an area we have been focusing on this week. The bronze, silver and gold levels offer different levels of challenge.


Practical: Take some coins or dried pasta. Set out groups of varying amounts (first from 1 to 10 and the moving on to 10+). Ask your child to look at a group and record an estimate of the total. Next, ask them to count the actual total and see how near their estimate was!


Phonics/ Spelling

Play the phonics game we have sent home with your child in their folder this week (or ask an older sibling to play it with them). Encourage them to segment (sound out) each phoneme and then blend the sounds together and say the word.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Ray and Miss Taylor


Home Learning- Friday 9th October 2020

Well done for all the fantastic home learning last week! It was lovely to share the children's topic work in class and hear about the fun they had playing the maths and phonics games we set. Home learning will continue to be set on a Friday and folders should be returned on or by the following Wednesday. Below is this week's home learning.


CHRISTMAS ALERT!!! You will find your child's Christmas card design tucked inside their home learning folder this week, along with details of how to order your copies to send to family and friends. We are very proud of how carefully the children worked to create such beautiful designs.smiley



Please help your child to log in to Abacus Active Learn to play Reel it in (you can find a link to the site below). The game focuses on shape; an area we have focussed on in school this week. The bronze, silver and gold levels offer different levels of challenge. To 'reel the shape in', wait for the hook to point at the correct shape and press 'go!'


Phonics/ Spelling

Practise the /igh/ trigraph on the sheet we have sent home in the children's folders this week. (This can also be accessed by clicking on the pdf document below). 


Extension: Try writing some 'silly sentences' including the /igh/ phoneme; e.g. The cat had a fright in the night.


Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Ray smiley and Miss Taylorsmiley



'Seasides' Topic Web and Home Learning Grid- Term 1

Our Autumn Walk- Monday 5th October 2020... Look at all the 'Autumn Treasures' we found!

Home Learning for our Super Tawny Owls..!

Friday 2nd October 2020

Dear Parents and carers,

Today your child will come home with their personal home learning folder. It will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Wednesday. We will remove any work sent back into school and celebrate it with the children in class.


We will be setting the following home learning on a weekly basis:

  1. A piece of maths linked to our learning in class that week. (The maths will often take the form of a game or activity on Abacus Active Learn; please find your child’s log in details on the inside cover of their folder).


     2. A phonics or spelling activity linked to current learning in class.


Please remember your child should be reading a little each day in addition to the above.


Optional Extra…

The children can select an optional activity from the topic homework grid to complete if you wish. The activities can be a fun way to explore our topics further at home with the family. Our current topic is ‘Seasides’. You will find the grid at the front of the folder or open the pdf below. There will be a new grid for each new topic at the start of each short term.


This week’s home learning:



Please help your child to log in to Abacus Active Learn (log in details at the front of this folder) to play Pesky Pets. This game focuses on finding one less than a given number; an area we have been focussing on this week. The bronze, silver and gold levels offer different levels of challenge.


Phonics/ Spelling

Please go to to practise segmenting and blending words for reading. Help your child to ‘drag’ the word to the correct place according to whether the word is ‘real’ or ‘fake’. They can start on phase 3 and then challenge themselves to phase 4 or 5.


Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Raysmiley and Miss Taylor smiley




Welcome to Tawny Owls' Class Page!

Teachers: Mrs Ray (Mon-Wed), Miss Taylor (Thurs-Fri)

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Belcher 


Welcome to Term 1 everyone! We have already had a fantastic couple of days getting to know our lovely class of Year 1 children and we are extremely excited about spending the year learning and playing together! Please check this page regularly as this is where we will communicate anything important you need to know that is specific to our class.


Here are a few useful pieces of information to start off with...



Please spend a short while listening to your child read on a daily basis to provide them with the opportunity to practise and consolidate the skills they are taught in school. If they are particularly tired one day, then please read to them; sharing stories is equally important! Please send your child to school with their book bag every day. They will have an opportunity to change their book daily and we will be starting guided reading sessions next week as well as listening to them read individually as much as possible. You can use the yellow reading record book to communicate anything about your child's reading with us, or simply to praise their efforts- we will do the same!



Our topic this term is 'Seasides' which encompasses subjects across the curriculum. Please see our class topic web below which details the exciting learning we have planned!


Homework/ spellings

We will be setting homework and spellings later this term, but we would like to settle the children in first- particularly after such a challenging year. For your information, the spelling list for Year 1 is below.



P.E days this term are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lessons will be taught by Mr Sykes (P.E specialist coach) whilst we have our PPA time. Please ensure your child comes to school in full kit, including a warm top and joggers/ leggings as the weather turns colder. As Mrs Frost has mentioned in the whole school newsletter, it might be sensible to send a change of clothes (for after the lesson) if the day is looking particularly wet so that the children are comfortable.


Those are the main things to mention so far, but we are always available on the gate at the end of the school day if you need to talk to us or email the office and we will be happy to give you a ring or return your email.


Best wishes

Mrs Ray, Miss Taylor and Mrs Belcher


Our first couple of days in Year 1 Tawny Owls..!