Years 1/2

Welcome To Years 1/2!

We are three parallel classes of mixed year 1 and 2 children.


Our teaching staff are:

Mrs Bacon/Mrs Kerry

Mrs Thomas

Mr Pusharski


Our teaching assistants are:

Mrs Bradshaw/Mrs Slater/Ms Winkley

Mrs O'Callaghan



Please find below:

  • Information on phonics, including videos and websites to visit 
  • A Reading Challenge (from CLPE) for BOTH Yr1 and 2 for Week 14 (week beginning 13th July)
  • A Hamilton work pack containing Maths and English work for EACH year group for Week 14 (week beginning 13th July)*
  • An extra Maths 'Discussion Problem' for EACH Year Group for Friday! 
  • Science work for BOTH year groups for the whole of this half term
  • RE work for BOTH year groups for the remaining weeks of this half term
  • Other learning ideas for History and PE, and from BBC Bitesize


*Note: For this final week of term (week 14; week beginning 13th July), Classroom Secrets are not providing their normal work packs. Therefore, we have reverted to the Hamilton packs we shared with you for the first five weeks of the school closure, as families will be familiar with those.


The Oak National Academy

The Oak National Academy website has been set up to support schools and families with home learning. If you fancy a change to the learning packs we are uploading each week, feel free to have a look at the website and do the lessons for the relevant year group there. 

Remember: any and all home learning you do is valuable. 



Class Blogs!

Class blogs are up and running on Purple Mash. Please encourage your child to post what they have been up to during lockdown. Mrs Green is setting weekly challenges which she is rewarding with gold points to the class with highest weekly participation.

Blogs can be accessed once your child has logged into Purple Mash.  From the Purple Mash home page, simply click the green sharing icon, then click shared blogs and finally click your child's class blog. We look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy blogging!



Purple Mash are also offering online daily activities specific to age. The activities cover different aspects of the curriculum and are not limited to Maths and English.  These can be accessed on the right hand side of the home screen once your child logs in.



Pssst! It's not just Maths and English - 

We are adding new links and ideas all the time, so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom regularly, and to visit the 'Support With Learning' part of the 'Parents' section of the website!



PARENTS: As always, please make sure that you are happy with your children viewing any external links in the resources below before allowing them access. 




Free Phonics lessons are live on Facebook (Read Write Inc.) for children to watch at home. These consist of three short Speed Sound lessons with a Read Write Inc. trainer every day.

These films will only be available at the times below:

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9:30am and again at 12:30pm.

Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10:00am and again at 1:00pm.

Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm.

These films will be streamed live and won’t be available at other times.


These are also available on Youtube ("Ruth Miskin Training" - including some very helpful Parent Videos!)


Read Write Inc. will also be offering a range of free resources so that children can continue their learning journey away from the classroom. This will include a ‘phonics spine’ of 72 free eBooks matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sound practice sheets, 28 Ditty practice sheets, parents information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Words slideshows.

These free resources will be added to the Read Write Inc. page on Oxford Owl for Home over the coming weeks. 

YEAR 1 and 2 READING CHALLENGE (from CLPE) - Week 14 (week beginning 13th July)

"Out and About" by Shirley Hughes


There are 5 sections listed: Explore, Illustrate, Talk, Imagine, Create).

You could either try doing the activities from one section each day, or you could do one or two from all of them each day - it's up to you! Remember that when you've finished some of the activities, you can also add to your class blog on Purple Mash, and you could ask an adult to Tweet your work to @northleighcofe

YEAR 1 MATHS and ENGLISH Home Learning Packs (from Hamilton) - Week 14 (week beginning 13th July)
YEAR 2 MATHS and ENGLISH Home Learning Packs (from Hamilton) - Week 14 (week beginning 13th July)

Friday's Maths Challenges Year 1 and 2 for 10.7.2020:

More MATHS fun here...!

Home Learning - Recommended Maths List


Our Science topic this half term is PLANTS AND GROWING THINGS. 


There are quite a lot of practical things that can be done in this topic.  We've provided all the sessions for this half of the Summer term (see the guidance and resources documents below). 

Have a look through the sessions in order, then see how much you feel you can realistically achieve with your child.  Thank you.



a) We realise that a lot of this topic's work relies on parents/carers purchasing resources such as fruit, vegetables, seeds etc, so don't worry if you feel you can't do everything.  Maybe sharing some resources with other parents would be a good idea (for example, if one parent bought a packet of cress seeds, and took out a small amount for their child, then passed them on to another child in the year group, that would save time and money!)

b) Once you download the sheets for each session, you will see 'Spring 2" at the top - please ignore that!


How should we care for others, and why does it matter?

These investigations enable pupils to learn in depth from different religious and spiritual ways of life about caring for other people.


Lesson 1 - week beginning 22.6.20:  Should we care for everyone?

a. Is each person unique and important?

Christians believe that each person is valuable and unique.

Share the story of people bringing children to Jesus:

"People brought their small children to Jesus so that he could lay his hands on them to bless them. But the followers told the people to stop bringing their children to him. Jesus saw what happened. He did not like his followers telling the children not to come. So he said to them, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people who are like these little children." Mark 10 v13‐15

Other religions and those who don’t have religious beliefs also believe that all people are valuable and unique.

Ask pupils to draw an outline of a person and inside draw some of the things that make people both valuable and unique. Ensure pupils focus on internal and external characteristics.


b. As all people are valuable and unique how should we treat them?

 Ask children to think about how it feels when people are nasty to us: perhaps they can say a time when someone was unkind.

Sometimes we feel sad, cross or angry. What are the opposites of these words?

 What could you do if you wanted to help someone feeling angry to feel the opposite: would an action to show you care make someone happier?

Ask children to role play: how would you make a sad person feel happy, an angry person feel calm, a cross person feel relaxed? Expect this to be fun!


c.  Caring and being cared for: how does it feel?

 A world without caring would be a sad place; Why? Is caring for others a gift, or a talent, something everyone can enjoy or do?

Ask children to record their thoughts.



Lesson 2 - wb 29.6.20 - What do Christians believe about caring for people?

Who cares? Who should care?

 Talk to the children about next door neighbours and about being a good neighbour.

What does it mean?

Why do people who live close need to care for each other?

Ask children: "What can we do to be good neighbours?"

 Tell Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan, in an exciting way. (Luke 10:25‐37).

Ask children: 

Why do you think Jesus made up this story?

How did the Samaritan show he cared?

Why did he care?

Who in the story only cared for themselves?

Notice with the children that the robbers were ’baddies’ but the people who passed by were almost as bad! Who do the children think is a neighbour?

Act out a version of this story, using a familiar context. For example: one pupil has spilt milk on floor, 2 pupils have excuses for not helping to clear up (on the way to play / too busy with their own work / don’t know where cloth is). The third child is different – and is not expected to help (older / from another class / opposite sex / EAL?) helps. Pupils think about who helped and how. Talk about what this story is about. What could people in the play have done differently?

 Share other stories such as Four friends take the paralysed man to Jesus (Luke 5:17‐26) and Jesus Special friends (Luke 5:7‐11)

What do these stories show that Christians believe Jesus thought about caring?


Lesson 3 - wb 6.7.20 - How have some people shown they cared?

How is "The Golden Rule" an encouragement to care?

Stories of inspiring people who cared for others: encouraging each other to care.
 Use a story of Mother Teresa, Doctor Barnardo (or a similar famous or a local person) to illustrate how some people have shown their care to people in a very specific way.


The story of Mother Teresa can be found at

The story of the life of Dr Barnardo


These are stories of people who cared in exceptional ways, and were good at helping others to care too. Make sure you bring out that it was their beliefs that inspired them to do the things they did. They were great encouragers.

Ask the children who has encouraged them today? Who have they encouraged?


 Pupils could act out the story, make a picture or collect pictures to make a montage of people needing help (e.g. homeless, hungry, refugees etc).


Lesson 4 - wb 13.7.20

Following the Golden Rule:  ‘Treat other people as you would like them to treat you.’

Share with the children this one rule that both non‐religious people and religious people share; some say it is the most important rule. 

Discuss with the children what the rule means and what life would be like if people followed the rule.

 In 2014 the NATRE Spirited Arts competition had ‘The Golden Rule’ as a category.

Share with pupils some of the entries at Set the children an artistic challenge. Can they create a picture that shows the Golden Rule being followed and either write or explain what their picture is about?

Ask the children to act out some scenes where people do not obey the Golden Rule: Someone has some sweets (healthy ones, of course!) and refuses to share. ‐ Someone pushes others out of the way to get to the front of the queue. ‐ Some children whisper about another child and laugh about her. ‐ A child leaves all his stuff on the living room floor for his mum to clear up. How do they feel when they are not treated fairly?

What would be different if everyone obeyed the Golden Rule?

What can inspire people to care more?



HISTORY activity: ..... Try this TIME CAPSULE activity - a brilliant way to record this time in history...!

Coronavirus book to share with your child

PE from home!

More daily teaching ideas from BBC Bitesize here...!