Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

01977 794 179

St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


Welcome back - We are really looking forward to welcoming you into Class 1/2! 

It is our class aim that 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. 



Daily Routines

To promote independence we expect children to enter the classroom independently.  If you need to speak to the Class Teacher, please leave a note in your child's planner or message via Class Dojo. 

School starts  - 8:40 - 9

School Finishes - 3:10 - 3:20

Key Information

PE days - Our class PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Due to current COVID related guidance, we ask that all children come to school in their PE kit on the days that we have PE lessons. They will stay in their PE kits all day and do not need their uniform. They will go home in their PE kits for washing. Please take note of the weather on PE days and ensure that your child is dressed appropriately


Lunch Times & Packed Lunches

All KS1 children are entitled to a free school meal. If your child requires a school dinner, this can be ordered in school, the same day by the class teacher. At the moment, there is not an option for dinners to be pre-ordered at home. If your child does not wish to have a school dinner then they can have a packed lunch from home.


Planners and Reading Books

We will change reading books on Monday and Thursdays.

In school we have a 'PLANNERS' tray which children must put their planner in every morning when they arrive at school. 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 will link to our learning in school that particular half term.  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.





Phonics Screening Test B 

Year 2 children missed their Phonics screening as this was meant to take place June 2021 however, this obviously did not happen due to the virus. The Government have advised us that Year 2 children will take their phonics screening test during Autumn B. Year 2 pupils who meet the expected standard in the Autumn check will not be required to complete any further statutory assessments in phonics. Year 2 pupils who do not meet the expected standard in the Autumn check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2022.

KS1 SAT's 

In May Year 2 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!

About KS1... Promoting Independence

Promoting independence and active learners is a huge part of the curriculum and as your child moves through school it is essential. We encourage them to be as independent as possible in their attitude towards learning as well as in their own self independence.

Please help promote your child’s independence this year by:

  • teaching them to be responsible for their belongings (make it their responsibility to prepare their book bag with its contents and water bottle ready for school).
  • knowing how to write their full name, months of the year, numbers and letters correctly.
  • reminding them about homework and spelling deadlines (every Friday).
  • helping them to understand why learning is important.
  • teaching them how to tie shoelaces.
  • being able to cut up their food with a knife and fork.
  • learn how to tell the time and know the times of key events in the day.


Promoting a love for Reading

Weekly Reading - Reading Race

Reading plays such a huge part in children's development and in Class 1/2 we find it vital that children read daily. In Class 1/2 we have a 'Reading Race' where children will be moved along the race every time they read at home. This can be reading their school reading book or a story book from home. When they have completed the reading race run they will receive a prize!




Our Amazon Wish List - THANK YOU!

WOW! We would just like to thank you so much for your generosity for your support in helping us to buy some amazing books for our classroom library through the Amazon Wishlist. You, a business, friend, family or organisations can still gift our class with a book from our wishlist through using this link: 

If you or someone you know does buy a book for our classroom, please make a note on the purchase that the book is for 'Class 1/2' and leave a message or name too. This gesture of good will, will stay in our classroom forever!





Using ClassDojo

 At St.Giles we use ClassDojo as our main form of contact with parents and carers. All information in relation to school will be posted on ClassDojo. I will also post pictures/videos of our fabulous learning on ClassDojo to share our fun with you! If you have any questions or need any help with using ClassDojo, please just ask.




Times Tables Rockstar's

 Each child in Class 1/2 will be given a username and password for TTRS if they don't already have one. This is a really fun website and app that can be used at home, as well as in school to practice speedy recall for times tables facts! It is fun and allows children to compete with each other, other classes and even us as teachers! In Class 1/2 the expectation is that children should be fluent with their twos, fives and tens. Once they have mastered those, we move on to our three times tables. 



Our topic in Autumn B is Toys!

Autumn B overview coming soon...

Please find below the weekly spelling lists for Group 1, 2 and 3.

Children will be given spellings on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

Not all children will have the same spellings, so if you are unsure which your child is doing please just ask.

Group 1 Autumn B Weekly Spellings

Group 2 Autumn B Weekly Spellings

Group 3 Autumn B

Latest Newsletters

We have invested in such fantastic Maths and Reading reources to support children's learning at home!

At home we really would like you to use TimesTables Rockstars and Reading Eggs as a fun and interactive way for children to enhance and expand their learning. These can be used on all devices such as laptops, tablets and phones for children to complete the games and different learning activities.

 Childrens log in's for these are stuck in the front of their school planners. Please get in touch with us via Class Dojo if you can not find these. 


Reading Eggs Explanation for Parents/Carers: 


Optional Homework

Please find below a weekly overview of the optional homework for this half term. If the homework requires a sheet, it will be posted accordingly to your child's portfolio on ClassDojo. If children do choose to complete tasks from the optional homework, alongside Reading Eggs and Times Tables Rockstars, they will be rewarded with 2 dojos!


Homework for Autumn B coming soon... 


Common Exception Words - Orange Home Word Books 

We regularly work on learning to phonetically decode in KS1  and then move on to sight read the Year 1 and Year 2 High Frequency Words. The idea is that by the end of the academic year, hopefully children can pass the phonics screening check by sight read the majority of these words. To support your child, every child has their own 'Word Book'. Every child's list is different and once a child has successfully learnt to sight read all the Year 1 and 2 words we challenge them and move them on to the next groups of words. This way, all children are challenged and their learning journey is tailored specifically to them. Use the list below as a guide for the word lists. 

It is also extremely useful to discuss the meaning of the word in addition to practicing saying it. We instill the importance of recognising the meaning of words so that the children then have the confidence to use the new words they have learnt in their own writing. 

Your child's word book will be sent home with them every day. We suggest practicing sight reading these words daily.. If your child can read the word give it a tick. If they are not confident with a word leave it for the next day and try again. When a child receives 3 ticks we will give them a new list of words. 

Home Learning - Isolation Packs (for children off school isolating whilst the rest of the class are at school)

This pack includes:

  • Two weeks of work in line with the National Curriculum, linked to our learning in class.
  • A suggested daily timetable to help support with home learning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please know that during your isolation period I am here to help and support as much as possible. I would please ask you to upload your child’s work to Class Dojo (if possible) so that I can keep track of learning and help maintain the excellent start Class 1/2 have made since returning to school full time.

If you have any issues at all, please message me on Class Dojo and I will get back you as soon as I can.

Thanks for your continued support. 

 Isolation Timetable Year 1.pdfDownload
 Isolation Timetable Year 2.pdfDownload
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