Welcome to Starling Class! 

 Year 2 & Year 1


 Class Teachers: Mrs Gardiner (Monday-Thursday) Mrs Busby (Friday)  

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Stone & Ms Murray

As last academic year 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 learning should you be isolating or awaiting results.

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. Please read each book several times.

Less fluent readers should read the first time for decoding, second time for fluency and a third time for comprehension. This may be a sentence or a page at a time.

Our spelling tests 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. The spelling list for each current week will be listed below incase your child is absent when they are given out or they are mislaid.

PE sessions will take place each Thursday-children will need to bring in their kit to change into on this day and then take home for washing the same day!



Homework will be daily reading of between 10/15 minutes, practice of weekly spellings, fantastic facts and MyMaths as set as well as optional maths and SPaG homelearning (see below).

We add weekly 'homelearning' maths and SPaG work to support the work being completed in class each week, these are intended for use as homework if you so wish or if you feel your child needs a little extra support with their maths work. (answers are usually supplied with the sheets for you to mark at home)

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!

The children will be bringing home a Common Exception workbook to work through at their own pace this term. The same booklet is available to download on our home learning page. 



My Maths homework click here...

You could also install the new White Rose 1 minute maths app. Great for practising maths skills... check out the link here.

1 Minute Maths link

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


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.





Spellings, Maths & SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) homework for this week can be found here...

'Mucky Mondays' more recently have been more about crafting and less about outdoor learning due to Jubilee celebrations and Science Week. However we have still had so much fun! Check out some of the photographs below!


We will be doing outside learning all day on Mucky Mondays! Please remember appropriate clothing, sun hats and suncream at this time of year!



Resources to support wellbeing and mental health can be found below...

Chinese New Year Resources Below.

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White Rose Home LearningWhite Rose Maths

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

Mymaths homework link can be found below!


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 our recent English grammar if you wish...

year 2 here- adding suffixes to words

year 1 here- adding -s or -es to make plurals

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...



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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

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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!

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Music is very important for our wellbeing, try to listen to some music each day.

Somerset Music's link 'Singing for Wellbeing' is below...

Somerset Music Link


Use the oak academy below to learn about Pulse in music, linked to our classwork this term. 


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...


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If you would like some support your child deal with 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


Short videos suitable for KS1 to explain the recent invasion of Ukraine can also be found below.

Ukraine for KS1

KS1 Ukraine video



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 2 bath, path, any, many, busy.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 climb, wild, eye, could, should.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 climb, wild, eye, could, should.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 door, floor, poor, because, hold.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 fast, last, past, father, Christmas.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 find, kind, mind, behind, child.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 most, only, great, even, after.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 most, only, great, even, after.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 move, prove, every, pretty, now.pdfDownload
 Yr 2 parents, break, steak, children, everybody.pdfDownload
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Phase 4 and 5 tricky word booklets for blended learning are below. 

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Daily Phonics Lesson Videos

See Starling Class calculation policy below.

If you are stuck this is how we do maths!