Home Learning Week 2 – WC 30.3.20

I hope you are all keeping safe and well, I am very much missing Squirrels class!

A few ideas for this week:


Alternative pronunciations for ow e.g. low, slow, show, window, bowl, grow, tow, how, growl, down, gown, brown.

Practise reading ‘again’ and ‘different’ and practise spelling the words one, make, here (high frequency words).


Our topic this term is ‘Toys in the past and present’ –  there are many ideas on the internet to follow this topic and Twinkl have plenty of resources for you to use if you’d like to continue learning about this theme.


It’s great to see many of you have accessed Education City! I can see who has completed activities on here so will keep an eye on it to post more resources when needed. Please also visit White Rose Maths which is the scheme of learning we use in class




Any reading or writing that can be completed during your time at home is extremely beneficial! Please read, read, read! When writing, please ensure you are remembering your basic writing skills – capital letters and full stops, neat (precursive) handwriting, adjectives, conjunctions and, but and because and always read your work back regularly to check that it makes sense.

Missing you all very much! Take care of yourselves.

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning

Dear parents and carers,

I appreciate that this is a difficult time and will try very hard to support the children with supplying as many home-schooling resources possible. I will be posting any details and information on our class page about Phonics and any other activities that we would have carried out in class or that I think will be useful for the children to complete while at home in the upcoming weeks. I have supplied the children with a red home learning book today to record any work they wish to complete, as I am sure you can imagine printing many worksheets for each child is very difficult. Any work you wish to use that is set on Education City can be copied from the computer into the red book or printed at home if you prefer.

Reading Books

The children have all been given two reading books (linked to their phonics phase) and an additional book to read of their choice. Please encourage as much reading as possible and lots of other texts can be read to keep up their progress e.g. books at home, magazines, comics, etc.

Phonics – Letters and Sounds

Squirrels class complete Letters and Sounds lessons everyday and are currently learning the alternative pronunciation of ‘u’. Please find attached the order in which phonics is taught in our school and the letters and sounds official book as a PDF. The PDF gives all of the rules for the sounds and different ideas for games.



It will also be useful for children to stay familiar with letters and sounds phase 3, 4 and 5 as we refer to and use these sounds daily during guided reading and literacy lessons. Below are some sound mats, flash cards and key words to help you with this, as well as my previous post.

Phase 2 – 5 Tricky Words Phase 3 Sound mat Phase 5 Flash Cards Phase 5 Sound mat

The Twinkl website and phonics play is free to parents at the moment and has many activities and games to support children’s learning:



Education City

The children have all been given their Education City login details in their reading records (any children absent – I have tried to send these home and their red books with children who live nearby to pass on, please could you check your children’s bags in case you have an additional one of an absent child). I have posted plenty of Maths, Literacy, Phonics and Science activities for your children to be working through online. I have posted a lot as I know every child works at a different pace but there is no expectation for children to complete them all in a set amount of time. I can see when they have been completed so I can add more when needed. Please feel free to also explore the website freely and complete any other activities in other curriculum areas.

Other useful websites

This brilliant ebook website is currently free. It has a great range of fiction and non fiction books for children to access:


I hope this is helpful and I will try to do my best to support in any way I can.

Best Wishes

Mrs Edwards

Phonics WC 24.2.20

This week we will be focusing on sounds:

  • with a soft and hard c e.g. cat, cold, city, ice.
  • with a soft and hard g e.g. get, got, gem, gym.

Tricky words to recap are who, because, out, made and came

We have had a great first day back! The children have enjoyed drawing and describing their favourite toys to their friends.

Challenge: Before next lesson (next Monday), the children have been challenged to ask an older person at home or at school what they used to play with when they were younger. I have suggested that they make a note of this or take a picture to remind themselves to share with the class in Monday’s session. 

Kind regards

Mrs Edwards

Half Term Homework

I would just like to welcome Mrs Hayward to Squirrels class who is a student teacher. Mrs Hayward will be working in Squirrels class until 26th March and the children have made her feel very welcome this week!

The children who have put their books in the basket this morning have had their books changed ready for half term. They have also been encouraged to bring home a book of their choice from the book corner. This may be too easy, too difficult or just right for them however it is their choice which one they would like to share with an adult at home.

Homework for half term is to either write a recount about their holiday OR to write a story (this can be any story as we have been writing dragon stories in class). Please encourage your child to use pre-cursive, neat handwriting and to write neatly on the lines with finger spaces. We have been learning to use all of the following techniques to make our writing amazing:

  • Capital letters and full stops
  • Adjectives (describing words)
  • Conjunctions and, but and because (to extend sentences)
  • Full sentences (reading regularly to check they make sense)
  • Simile (comparing something to something else e.g. the tree was as tall as a mountain)
  • Punctuation ( !   ,   ?)
  • Using phonics (sounding out) to help spell words correctly)

I hope you all have a lovely, restful half term and I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Mrs Edwards

Reading Raffle and Star of the day/week

The children have had a great week in Squirrels class!

We have been very busy writing our Dragon stories and have spent some time today writing them up neatly. I am very proud of how hard they have worked and Mr Verling came into read some of our stories. He was very impressed!

Congratulations to Charlie for winning our reading raffle this week! Keep up the hard work!

Emily was our star of the week on Monday who got to choose a friend each day this week to sit with her on the main table in the dinner hall. This was for Emily’s continuous hard work and super attitude to always trying her best.

Seren was star of the day today – she got star of the day for being so brave at the beginning of the week after a nasty fall on the playground. Well done Seren for being so brave!

There is no homework this week (I will set some for over half term) but please continue to encourage lots of reading and writing at home.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Edwards

Phonics WC: 3.2.20

Common exception/high frequency words (these are tricky words that they cannot sound out to support spelling). Please take some time to review them with the children at home so they become familiar with reading and spelling these.

Year 1: school, pull, house

Year 2: year 1 + improve, should, who

The sounds we will be focusing on this week are Phase 5 alternative pronunciations for i and o.

Words that the children may want to practise spelling at home are:

i = fin, tin, lid, grit/find, mind, kind, child

o = hot, not, old/no, open, go, so

The children will not be tested on these but additional practise at home will help them with phonics work in class.

To encourage lots of reading at home, we would like the children to remember to change their book (place it in the blue basket in class for Mrs Murphy to change) when they come in in the mornings. Mrs Murphy will ensure the child has read the book at least two times, fluently and then give the child a raffle ticket. The raffle tickets will be put into a bag and drawn on a Friday. The more times they read the more chances they have of winning the raffle prize!

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs Edwards

Phonics this week

Common exception/high frequency words (these are tricky words that they cannot sound out to support spelling). Please take some time to review them with the children at home so they become familiar with reading and spelling these.

Year 1: ask, full, our

Year 2: year 1 + hour, move, sure

The sounds we will be focusing on/revisiting this week are Phase 5 au, oe, a-e, ey and e-e

Words that the children may want to practise spelling at home are:

au – Paul, haul, launch, August, author, automatic

oe – toe, Joe, woe, foe, tomatoes, goes, heroes

a-e – take, game, cake, make, date, sake, escape

ey – jockey, valley, trolley, donkey, turkey, monkey

e-e – Pete, compete, Steve, Eve, extreme, theme

The children will not be tested on these but additional practise at home will help them with phonics work in class.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs Edwards

Maths Homework

We have been learning about recognising coins and amounts of money this week and practising adding coins together to give a total. Homework is to continue practising this and has been handed out in their green homework files (please return these before or on Friday 24th January 2020).

Just a reminder that all home writing diaries are to be handed in on a Monday, please encourage your child to write a few lines in these to share on Monday as a class.

The children have been reading well and are inspired by the reading raffle to read their books at least twice through. These will not be changed every day during the week as we would like the children to build up their reading fluency and comprehension skills, however they can still place their reading diaries into the basket each morning to ensure their name is entered into the raffle.

Thank you for starting to donate junk modelling materials, any more donations next week will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs Edwards