Welcome to Starling Class! 

Year 1 & Year 2


 Class Teachers: Mrs Gardiner  

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Stone

Miss Murray

Mucky Monday!

We had a blustery day for Mucky Monday this week, luckily we managed to stay pretty dry! We went on a phonics hunt, started a new maths topic. We showed whole, halves and quarters using sticks and labelled them. Then in the afternoon we learnt more mapping skills. This week we learnt to orientate our simple map and introduced the 4 basic compass points.   All in all...a fun day!

From Saturday 20th February you will be able to use the 'new sticky out tab' on our Class page to access our weekly timetable and the resources required for the current week's learning.

In the unfortunate event of self isolation the resources and timetable will be available each Monday morning ready for the week.

This page will be used for other activities, links and resources that are not necessarily timetabled weekly but that you may wish to try. You will find sections for Science, PSHE (to support wellbeing), Music, PE and Reading.


Reading Books will be changed every Monday and Thursday-please ensure books and reading records are sent in daily.

Our spelling test will take place each Friday-please practise spellings and the rules which the children will be learning in our phonics sessions and ensure spelling books are sent in each week.

PE sessions will take place each Wednesday-children may come into school in PE kit on this day!



Homework will be daily reading of between 10/15 minutes, practice of weekly spellings, fantastic facts and MyMaths as set.

Please feel free however to access any of the learning on this page below if you would like to supplement homework with extra activities such as science, music or PE!


Revising addition and subtraction

Due Monday 7th June

My Maths homework click here...

Please check back regularly as we will update when we can.

In all written work

Year 2's should be focussing on joining their handwriting, ensuring ALL work is correctly punctuated with full stops/capital letters and where appropriate the use of commas, question marks and exclamation marks, exciting vocabulary and connectives. The children must also try linking their spelling to rules taught during the Autumn and first half of the Spring term.

Year 1 should ensure they apply taught spellings and phonics (previous spelling lists will show this) and must also use capital letters and full stops and exciting words, try to use connectives such as 'and & because' to join sentences together.


Please ensure that you are reading regularly with your child, both sharing books and hearing them read.

I have set up an account on EPIC books and you can also use OXFORD OWL.

Both links are available below in the reading section along with activities to follow up after you have read your books.






White Rose Home LearningWhite Rose Maths

Links also available directly to the correct videos on weekly planning.

MYMaths online work to support the last block of work has also now been set as well as some extra bits for the yr1 awesome mathematicians!


Have a look at the games on Espresso or Top Marks...


Espresso Game Zone

Use the link here to access extra videos and activities to support English this week if you wish...

Espresso Nouns

Espresso Expanded Nouns Phrases

Try the link below to some Spring STEM challenges for those of you who like experiments!

Science Sparks Spring Challenges


or explore the changing seasons with Espresso and Oak Academy...



 Science with Ice.pdfDownload
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There are some great videos on YouTube (Letters and Sounds) or Espresso to support phonics. 

For an extra challenge when you finish the sheets you could write some sentences using the words in your exercise book.

Espresso link

 Phase 6 phonics help for parents.pdfDownload
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I have set up a log in for each child on EPIC a reading site where the children can log in and read, listen to or access reading activities.

The site is American but is still recommended for use by the English advisors in Somerset.

Click the link below, use our log in and look for your child's initials. Our Class Log in is: Gym8307 

Have a little explore and see what you think!


You can also access lots of free resources through Oxford Owl.


Activities to support reading can be found below.

When you've finished reading a book try and complete an activity. 

Look out for cooking up a character, making comic strips and wanted posters!

 Year 1 Read and respond activities.pdfDownload
 Year 2 Read and respond activities.pdfDownload
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Music is very important for our wellbeing, try to listen to some music each day.

Somerset Music's link for this week's work using the story of Little Red Riding Hood. 

KS1 Somerset Music Link


Use the oak academy link or the powerpoint below to learn about Pulse in music. 


Feel like a sporting challenge?

Use the link or check out the poster below to try some challenges at home. 


Girls look take a look at the cricket challenge booklet here too...


 Somerset Girls Cricket Challenge Book - 2021.pdfDownload
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If you would like some support with helping your child deal with lockdown and their current emotions there are a series of short videos & lessons from the Oak National Academy.

The unit is called, 'It's OK not to be OK!'  

Oak Academy





In addition to our weekly spelling list the children the children are expected to be able to spell the following common exception words by the end of the school year. These can also be found in the children's reading diaries.

Mats to support the learning of common exception words can be found below.

 Yr 1 a, the, I, is, was.pdfDownload
 Yr 1 are, has, one, our, put.pdfDownload
 Yr 1 be, he, me, she, we.pdfDownload
 Yr 1 here, there, where, says, push.pdfDownload
 Yr 1 no, go, so,by,my.pdfDownload
 Yr 1 of, said, do, to, you.pdfDownload
 Yr 1 pull, full, love, some, come.pdfDownload
 Yr 1 sure, who, water, again, half.pdfDownload
 Yr 1 today, once, friend, school, house.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 ask, his, were, your, they.pdfDownload
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Phase 4 and 5 tricky word booklets for blended learning are below. 

 Phase 4 tricky words booklet.pdfDownload
 Phase 5 tricky words booklet.pdfDownload
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Daily Phonics Lesson Videos

See Starling Class calculation policy below.

If you are stuck this is how we do maths!