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St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


Welcome to Class 1/2

In Summer 2 our topics are 'The Seaside' and 'Animals and their habitats'...

Here is a special message from the children in Class 1/2...

Class 1/2 Weekly Challenges

Each week I am setting the children a challenge to complete at home. The children that want to take part send a video of themselves completing the challenge and I make them all into a big video. This way we get to see our class family together and it puts a smile on our faces! 

Challenge 1: Floss Challenge

Challenge 2: What's new?

Challenge 3: The Floor Is Lava Challenge

Home Learning Information 

You are all doing a fantastic job!

We are aware that everyone's circumstances are different; number one all of you (now educating) will choose to educate differently as all of your children learn differently. Some of you will have access to multiple online devices and possibly even printers and others will not. Some/many of you may still be working/attempting to work from home as well as home schooling. We just want to let you know you're all doing an amazing job and to choose the way that's right for you and your child.


The Government have released a recommended list of resources for learning at home:


They have also put together an online classroom with the Oak National Academy. To access this you just need to follow this link, press on the year group and it has daily plans of activities:


Another great online resource that you could use to help support home learning is 'Classroom Secrets'. They have also planned daily lessons for each year group. To access this you just need to follow this link, press on the year group and the day and it will provide you with a variety of lessons for all subjects that can be completed online!

Use this list on the document and these different websites to support learning at home or use alongside the weekly timetable.

Summer 1 Suggested Weekly Timetables 

 Time Table Summer Week 1 - Class 1 2 - Y1.docxDownload
 Time Table Summer Week 1 - Class 1 2 - Y2.docxDownload
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 Time Table Summer Week 2 - Class 1 2 - Y2.docxDownload
 Timetable Summer Week 2 - Class 1 2 - Y1.docxDownload
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 Timetable Summer Week 3 - Class 1 2 - Y1.docxDownload
 Timetable Summer Week 3 - Class 1 2 - Y2.docxDownload
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 Timetable Summer Week 4 - Class 1 2 - Y1.docxDownload
 Timetable Summer Week 4 - Class 1 2 - Y2.docxDownload
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 Timetable Summer Week 5 - Class 1 2 - Y1.docxDownload
 Timetable Summer Week 5 - Class 1 2 - Y2.docxDownload
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Summer 2 Suggested Weekly Timetables - W.C 1st June 



 Timetable Summer 2 Week 1 - Class 1 2 - Y1 - Finding Nemo.docxDownload
 Timetable Summer 2 Week 1 - Class 1 2 - Y2 - Finding Nemo.docxDownload
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White Rose Hub Maths Worksheets

Below you will find the weekly worksheets to go wth your White Rose Hub Maths link on your suggested timetable. If you follow the link on the timetable, watch the video of the lesson and then underneath here I have attached the document list of all the worksheet activities to go with each lesson for the week.

If you are not caught up to the current week that is not a problem! If you press on the link, you are still able to access all the homes learning videos and tasks from Week 1.


Year 1 video lesson link for the daily lessons:


Year 2 video lesson link for the daily lessons:


Week 6 = W.C 1st June 

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 Year 1 -Week-5-Worksheets.zipDownload
 Year 2 -Week-5-Worksheets.zipDownload
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 WEEK 4 Year 1 worksheets for the week.zipDownload
 WEEK 4 Year 2 worksheets for the week.zipDownload
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Number Bond Challenges

These number bond challenges are a great way to do the 5 minute marathons practicing basic arithmetic skills. Using the same concept, start off with Challenge 1 and put the 5 minute timer on. During that 5 minutes children should complete as many questions as possible independently. When the timer goes off, the children stop and put their pencils down. If they have got a few of the questions wrong, the next time you do the challenge, do the same one (the idea is that every time they will improve their score). If they have got all the questions correct then move them onto the next challenge. Here are a few challenges to get you started. You can always create your own set of questions putting the = sign at the front  e.g 10=8+2 or missing number sentences  e.g  10 + __ = 25 

 Number bonds challenge 5 min.pdfDownload
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Year 1 Maths Mat Summer 2

 Year 1 Summer 2 Maths Mats.zipDownload
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Year 2 Maths Mats Summer 2

 Year 2 Summer 2 Maths Mats.zipDownload
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Year 2 KS1 SATS past papers

Although Year 2 children this year will not be sitting their SATs, if you would like to access the past papers then check the link below.


Below are some Year 2 arithmetic practice papers from Twinkl that are also useful.

 KS1 arithmatic papers tests year 2.zipDownload
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Geography PowerPoints - The Seaside

 Geography Lesson 1 - KWL grid.pdfDownload
 Geography Week 1 PowerPoint.pptxDownload
 Lesson 1 Challenge Research.pdfDownload
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Science Summer 2 PowerPoints - Animals and their habitats

If the science lesson link on your weekly timetable doesn't work then you will be able to find the lessons underneath as a document. Each document provides you with the weekly Science activities. There are 6 documents, 1 for each week. The PowerPoints will give you the information to teach the lessons to your child. 

 Summer 2 Science PowerPoints for lessons.zipDownload
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Although children will not be completing their phonics screening tests this year, it is still essential that they are reading everyday and experiencing some phonics practice. 

Below are some phonics resources. Children should practice reading words and identify which words are real and which words are alien words (not real words).


If you want to find more phonics resources like this, please go to this link:

In phonics we work at Phase 3,4 and 5. Explore each phase's activities and work to the ability of your child.


 Phonics pack 1.pdfDownload
 Phonics pack 2.pdfDownload
 Phonics pack 3.pdfDownload
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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar mats

Please use these links to download the SPaG mats if the documents below do not open:


Year 1:


Year 2:


 Year 1 Summer 2 SPaG mats.zipDownload
 Year 2 Summer 2 SPaG mats.zipDownload
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Common Exception Words

As most of you are aware from our parents evenings and termly spellings tests, that I usually test the children on the Year 1/Year 2 common exception words. We look for children being able to spell the words and to also use them in their writing (also being spelt correctly). The idea is that by the end of the academic year, hopefully children can spell the majority of these words and spell them correctly in their writing.

I have added some common exception words activity mats below, with the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words assessments. You could use this first to assess the children's reading of these words and then do the spelling test.


If you want to find more resources like this go to this link:

 Year 1 common word assessment .pdfDownload
 Year 1 common word pack ..zipDownload
 year 1 common words wordsearch.zipDownload
 Year 2 common word assessment .pdfDownload
 Year 2 common words pack.zipDownload
 Year 2 common words wordsearch.zipDownload
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 Class 12 Year 1 Home Learning Pack.pdfDownload
 Class 12 Year 2 Home Learning Pack.pdfDownload
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If you lose homework/spellings sheets, please do not hesitate to ask for another copy. I always have spares in my classroom available  (we all lose things - it is not a problem!) 

Welcome to Class 1/2

Teacher: Miss Gibson 

TA: Miss Blackburn

In our class we work together as a class family to support and encourage each other to succeed to the best of our abilities. Through our engaging curriculum and our staff's passion for teaching and learning, we aim to provide an exciting and creative education for our class to grow and develop high aspirations. We strongly reflect on our Christian Values and embed these daily to create a safe and caring Christian environment.

If you have any questions or queries, any of the staff in our class will be more than happy to try their best to answer these - please do not hesitate to ask.


Daily Routines

 School starts  - 8:50am

Register closes - 9am (If you arrive to school after 9am you must come through the school reception).


Key Information

PE days - PE days are on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please can you ensure your child has the correct PE kit for both indoor and outdoor lessons in their PE bags and that all PE kit is clearly labelled with their name. PE bags must be brought on a Monday and then taken home on a Friday for washing every week.


Planners and Reading Books

Planners and reading books must be brought into school every day. This allows us to check any messages you have left in planners for us and so that we can leave messages/notes about reading to send home for you too. Additionally, reading books must be in school so that we are able to read with the children on a 1:1 basis. If you do read with your child at home, please make sure that you sign in the planner so that we are aware of this and can change their reading book. Please do not just read the reading book once. Do ensure that you read the book more than once to increase your child's fluency in reading, as well as asking them questions to deepen their understanding of the book/characters as comprehension is a key skill in Year 1/2 that we are constantly trying to develop. 



Homework and spellings are sent out every Friday and usually due in the following Friday. Homework alternates between Literacy and Maths and is linked to our learning in school. Please do support your child in completing homework and spellings as this will help them develop in all areas of their learning.


Water Bottles

Please do ensure that your child brings a filled water bottle to school. Children should take home their water bottle each night and return them to school the next day with fresh water.





 In May children will be required to sit KS1 SATs.

This includes;

  • Spelling Test
  • Punctuation and Grammar Test
  • Paper 1 Reading Test
  • Paper 2 Reading Test
  • Mathematics Arithmetic Test
  • Mathematics Reasoning Test
  • To support your child in passing these tests it is vital that you work with your child at home in completing homework/spellings/tasks that are set, as these will reflect on the content we are teaching in school. 
  • Reading is a key part of primary education so keep encouraging daily reading whether your child reads on their own or if you read together. Discuss the books, the characters, story lines and encourage your child to express their own opinions on the book. This is important to their long term development as well as SATs test. Play mental games when you are on the way home whether you are walking or driving. Playing card games, Uno, Monopoly and dominoes all help with Maths. Whereas games like hangman, Boggle or Scrabble will support with literacy!



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