Below are resources to use when learning at home. If you are unable to access these, please ring the school office during opening times. 01237 477262
There are two classes in Year 1. Seahorse Class and Starfish Class. We work closely as a year group throughout the year. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.
Class Teacher - Mrs Buckeridge
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Waters
Class Teachers - Mrs Ferris (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Rashley (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Teaching Assistant - Miss Lawrence
Keeping in touch and changes to the home learning
Changes to the home learning
We have made some changes to the home learning. These changes have been made, due to more children returning to school. Some staff are now in school and others remain at home, overseeing the home learning. To ensure that the provision is similar for all children and to allow more flexibility as parents return to work, we have made adjustments to the home learning provision. The learning has been split into 3 areas: Project based learning, Maths and English. The idea is that the learning can be chosen in any order from the lists and if your child is inspired to be led to take their learning in a different direction and want to find out more, they can. We have attached a timetable that you can follow if you wish or please do not feel tied to following this and select what works within your own situation.
Please feel free to continue to contact your class teacher via email if you want to say ‘Hello’ or have a question you feel it is best they answered.
If you have a home learning related question or want to email any photos of home learning, please email:
Mrs Clarke is overseeing the home learning in Year 1. Mrs Clarke teachers in Sandpipers class. (Year 2)
We feel that it is important to keep in touch with each other. The class blog is a perfect way to send messages to your friends, classmates and teachers.
To access the blog: Click on the green 'Sharing' tab at the top of the page. Click on the 'Shared Blogs' tab. Click on your class and that will take you to the blog.
Mrs Clarke will be live on the blog, on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 9-10am.
However, if you have any questions you would like to ask directly to your class teacher please contact your teacher. You will find their email address below.
13.07.20 Home learning
Wow...here we are! We have arrived at our last week of the school year! What a strange, yet very memorable year it has been! Thank you all for all your continued hard work and support through these very strange times. Although this is most certainly a different way to end the academic year, we hope you all have a well deserved rest over the summer break and we will make sure we come and see you in your new year groups when we can, on our return. For now, enjoy this last week of home learning, it's a fun week all about 'Transition.' This week we would love you to host a virtual tea party at home and post us a photo, we plan to put all the photos together for everyone to see. Remember we are live Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Purple Mash at 9am. Have a great week and a lovely summer. Most importantly, stay safe.
It has been lovely to hear so many positive comments about the home learning. We are pleased lots of you are enjoying the more relaxed approach and selecting the project ideas that you want to complete. We have loved seeing lots of photos of your home learning and are so proud of everything you are achieving. Well done to you all. Below you will find the links to this weeks projects and also a document named 'Important please read - friendships.' This document is really important, please have a read and ensure that you email your class teacher by Thursday 25th June.
We hope you are all well and have had a lovely weekend. Below is the home learning for this week. We hope you have all enjoyed the new project and we have enjoyed hearing from you. Remember we are live on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am-10am
if you want to say hi or ask any questions. Please also remember you can email us if you need any help or want to say hi.
Home learning timetable commencing - Monday 8th June
We hope that you have had a lovely weekend. Have a read of the few changes that we have made to this weeks home learning above.
We do really appreciate the effort you are putting into your home learning. Below is the timetable for this week's home learning. Please contact Mrs Clarke if you have any questions or concerns regarding the work.
Thank you for your continued support throughout all of this. We do really appreciate everything you are doing.
Achievements - In school, we always love to celebrate the children’s achievements both in and out of school. We have heard lots of children have been continuing to win lots of competitions and even achieve World Records. If your child has any achievements they have recently been awarded that you would like to share, please do email us and let us know and if you are happy for this to be shared on the school website, please write us a note within the email giving your permission.
Just to remind you all - Don't forget to look on the purple mash PE blog to see the virtual games challenges. These can also be found on the school Facebook page. Results need to be entered following the link on the information given. Have a go and have fun!
Northam Library have put together an excellent range of resources and activities to keep your little ones accessing books at a time when they are unable to go to the library. I would be great to find out what resources you access. Please find below a message from Jennie Smithson at the library with details of the activities and resources.
Our online resources
We have a range of free resources that all library members can access online:
Download and stream free eBooks, eAudioBooks and eMagazines, with more than 3,500 titles on Overdrive (eBooks and eAudiobooks), including a range of ‘beginner reads’ for children in the early stages of learning to read, and 1,000 unlimited use eAudiobooks through RB Digital Devon.
Online reference resources at Devon Libraries including AncestryUK
fun online content and live streaming events via social media. Check out individual library Facebook pages for more information
Summer Reading Challenge
At this time of year we would normally be arranging to come into schools to tell children all about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Reading Agency are currently working on plans for how the Challenge will run this year bearing in mind that we do not yet know if libraries will be open in time for the summer. What we do know is that the Challenge will definitely be going ahead but probably mainly online, and that the theme will be ‘Silly Squad’ – an opportunity to get children reading lots of fantastic funny books! We will let you know more details when we have them.
Local events from Northam Library
We would like to invite all teachers, parents and carers to visit and ‘like’ our facebook page - just search Northam Library on Facebook to visit.
Here you will find useful links and ideas for keeping everyone physically and mentally stimulated during lockdown. On our Northam page we are having a Lego Challenge every Saturday morning. This has already been very popular with some of our regular library users, and we've seen some brilliant creations. We are also having an Illustration Challenge with a weekly theme, this starts on Mondays. We'd love to start more groups and challenges and we have other ideas in development, but would also welcome suggestions from parents, students & teachers.
BookTrack– Is continuing online via parent emails. We have already awarded a 100 Books Certificate and Gold Badge during lockdown, and we have a few other children getting ever nearer the 100 target who are joining in. We would welcome new Book Trackers who were keen to start their Book Track journey. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also started Northam Library Book Chat via our Facebook page - a place for adults to share their love of books. This may be of interest to parents and teachers.
Many thanks for your continued support during this difficult time. We are very keen to help ensure that children are able to continue enjoying and developing their reading, and have access to as many helpful resources as possible. Please do get in touch if you think we can help further in any way.
The Year 1 teachers and TAs are so impressed with all of the fabulous home learning so far. It is lovely to see so much being posted onto Seahorses' and Starfish's blogs. Please keep them coming. Details for how to get onto the blog is above.
Please find below the timetable and any relevant documents for home learning for the week commencing 27th April.
Any video lessons and story times will be posted onto the class blog on Purple Mash. Some additional tasks, including a PE activity will be posted onto the blog his week so keep checking!
In science this week, we're going to be looking at plants. Please follow the link below for a video and activities about the parts of a plant.
Please find below the timetable and any relevant documents for home learning for the week commencing 20th April.
Any video lessons and story times will be posted onto the class blog on Purple Mash. The teachers love seeing the children's work that they do after these lessons so if you are able to please upload photos onto the blog.
Two video lessons this week have follow up activities on BBC Bitesize. The links for these are below.
We would love to see anything that you have been making whilst you are at home.
It might be a lovely picture or something you have made out of lego (check out the challenge cards below). You might have been baking some delicious cakes or biscuits or something made from junk modelling.
Take a photo and upload it to our blog on Purple Mash - it is a great way to keep in contact with your class mates !!
We hope you are all okay and keeping your hands nice and clean!! We are missing you all very much.
We have been busy making sure you have some lovely activities to complete at home on Purple Mash. We are aware that you might have had some trouble logging in, but keep trying. We love seeing the great work that some of you have already done. :)
We have also started a blog on Purple Mash so we can all keep in contact. If you click on "Sharing" icon on Purple Mash - then click on "Shared Blogs" and choose your class you can leave a message for everyone.
The Joe Wicks workout (The Body Coach) on You Tube offers a new fitness activity every morning at 9am which will help you keep active, get your heart rate up and is a great start to your morning.
Sending you all lots of love,
Mrs Buckeridge, Mrs Rashley, Mrs Ferris, Mrs Waters and Miss Lawrence
Year 1 had great fun on World Book Day dressing up as a character from one of their favourite books and completing book activities. We welcomed our grown ups in at the beginning of the day to share stories.
We are very happy to welcome back Mrs Rashley this term. She will be teaching Starfish class every Wednesday through to Friday. Mrs Ferris will continue to teach on Monday and Tuesday.
Our topic this term is 'Dinosaurs'! The children were very excited as Mrs Rashley and Mrs Buckeridge saw a tyrannosaurus-rex outside of school! We've started learning about dinosaurs in class now and we are going to have a dinosaur exhibition at the end of term for parents.
In our English lessons we have been reading The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr. The tiger even came in to visit!! We have been learning lots of new words for 'ate' and 'drank' and have been using them in our writing.
To celebrate our learning from this term, Year 1 set up a dinosaur exhibition in the hall. We were very lucky to have Mary Anning to welcome our grown ups.
The exhibition looked fantastic with work from English, science, art and D&T lessons as well as some of the children's home learning. We were overwhelmed by how many people visited - thank you. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
At the beginning of this term year 1 found a dragon egg outside their classrooms!! We had a visit from a dragonologist and found out that it belonged to a fire dragon! We learnt lots of facts about fire dragons and then studied the text Tell me a Dragon by Jackie Morris. The children wrote their pages for a class book describing their own dragon which they used printing to create beautiful art work for.
How to Trap a Dragon
We found out that the fire dragon had been back looking for her egg so the children made a trap to capture her.
Have a look at the pictures to see how we made it.
We had an exciting parcel delivered to school from the zoo! They had sent us a pet! We tried to guess what animal they could have sent us.
We will be focusing on the text 'Dear Zoo' this term. We have become amazing story tellers and we have begun creating our own version of the story. The children have already produced some fantastic writing and they have only just joined year one! We are working hard to remember capital letters, finger spaces and end marks.
Please see below, our curriculum letter telling you about all the exciting things we will be doing this term.
We hope you are all enjoying the home learning projects, we know how close we are to the end of term and how lots of you are struggling to find the motivation to complete the home learning tasks. But we hope that you will be able to find a few of the project ideas that motivate you and make you feel that you want to have a go at and complete. We hope that the projects this week engage you and also help you ask and find out more about you. Have a great week. Remember, as always we are here for you if you have any questions. Please email us or alternatively we will be live on Purple Mash on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am.
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Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
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