Welcome to the Super Seahorses Class page!

We are a Year 1 and 2 class. Our Teacher is Miss Birkby and our Teaching Assistant is Miss Robinson.

We are a wonderful class and just like our namesake we help each other to swim and are very hardworking! Did you know that Seahorses prefer to swim in pairs with their tails linked together. Also, they swim upright and propel themselves by using a small fin on their back that flutters up to 35 times per second.

Below, you will find information about our school routine and our learning for the term. I will be continuing to update this page regularly, so please keep visiting. 

If you would like to contact me, you can do so by Class Dojo or through contacting the school office.

    Best wishes, stay safe and well,

    Miss Birkby



Hot off the Press! This week's Spelling list 01.07.2022

         Welcome to Term 6! On Safari!


Are you ready for a Safari adventure? This term we will be learning all about Africa. The children will be  learning all about the animals, landscape and people that make up this inspirational and exciting country.

Our main texts for this term support this learning.  We will use non-fiction texts to explore the big cats of the area and explore patterns and traditional customs, clothes and food through our stories.

In our science work we will be exploring living things and their habitats including minibeasts and microhabitats. We will revise our knowledge of different animal groups and how they adapt and are suited to particular types of habitat.

Through our geography work we will explore how countries are hotter and colder in relation to the Earth's equator and the different types of animals that are native to them. We will also re-cap our understanding of continents, seas and oceans. 


Term 6: On Safari Newsletter

Term 6: On Safari Topic Web


Home Learning

Please ensure your child completes their weekly Reading Eggs and Maths Seeds assignments.  These are set after school every Friday.  Those children who do not complete their assignments will have the opportunity to do so at Friday lunchtime.  In addition, we expect all children to read to an adult daily.  This is for 10-15 minutes for year 1s and at least 15-20 minutes for year 2s.  Please make a note in your child's yellow reading record book.

There are also some additional challenges for the children to do.  These are really fun to do and the children love sharing their projects with the other children in Show and Tell.  Work can be stuck into the yellow homework books or posted in your child's portfolio on Class Dojo. 

Term 6 - Challenge Sheet - What will you choose to do?

Click on the image to find out about the homework challenges.


Teaching Phonics - Little Wandle Letters and Sounds

Here at Rye, we are very excited to share with you a new phonics programme that we have invested in to teach phonics and reading. Following a recent change in government guidance we have decided to invest in a brand new scheme for teaching early reading in our school. This will impact the way that both phonics and reading are taught.  Phonics will continue to be taught daily to all children but will be taught following a newly released phonics scheme called ‘Little Wandle-Letters and Sounds revised’. This is a very thorough and very rigorous programme which teaches the children the skills they need to read. All children will be working alongside peers with a similar secure phonic knowledge.

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.  As we begin the programme, you will notice a change in the types of reading books your child will bring home.

E-Reading practice book
Soon, you will be provided with a link for your child to read an e-book at home.  This book will replace the banded book that your child has been bringing home and has has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.  We expect that your child will be able to read nine out of ten words fluently, and be able to decode the other word.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

You can see a full programme overview here.  Please bear in mind that, as we are beginning the programme at the beginning of term 3, the term dates won't match.  However, we can assure you that the progression the children follow will be identical.  Children will be assessed to ensure that they begin the programme at the correct stage.

Further information about Little Wandle can be found here, including videos on how we sound out each phoneme (sound), how we teach tricky words and blending.

Online Safety

Children, remember your e-safety rules: make sure you let your parents know you are online and share what you are learning about.

The National Online Safety website provides, among others, guides with tips for parents to do this. We have posted a few of those guides below for your information. Please visit https://nationalonlinesafety.com/hub/guide for more. 

Online Safety
Safe Online Remote Education
Social Media
Among Us

Further Support

SEND learning
Pencil Control Work Pack
Pencil Control Feelings Monsters
SATPIN Letter Formation
Letter Formation Pre-cursive                                                                                                                                                  Phase 2 Phonics Activity Mats
Set 1 - Set 2 - Set 3 - Set 4 - Set 5
Phase 2 Activity Booklet
Phase 2 Picture and caption matching                                                                                                                                                                    Number Formation Work Pack
First 100 High Frequency Words Handwriting
Number Bonds Challenge

Useful Resources

Number bonds to 10

Number bonds to 20

Number bonds to 10 and 20

Number square to 100

Number line

Alphabet Mat

Phase 2 soundmat

Phase 3 soundmat

Phase 4 soundmat

Phase 5 soundmat

All sounds

Tricky words Phase 2

Tricky words Phase 3

Tricky words Phase 4

Tricky words Phase 5

High Frequency words Phase 2

High Frequency words Phase 3

High Frequency words Phase 4

High Frequency words Phase 5

100 Books to Read in KS1



Spellings are set each Friday, and tested the following Friday. In addition, all children should know how to spell the days of the week by the end of Year 1 (including the capital letter!).  Please help your child learn these key words.

Spelling frame is another site that also has a range of activities to help practise spelling patterns and conventions.




Here are handwriting pages that we use in class.  The letters have been grouped as they are formed in similar ways, apart from Blue family which have their own distinctive shapes.  Forming letters correctly help the children to begin joining their letters clearly.  It's a good idea to make sure that handwriting is practised sitting with a good posture at a table.  They can be done independently and, as long as they hold the pencil or pen correctly, they can use any writing equipment they like.

Go for quality over quantity. Although the sheets are A4, only spend 15-20 minutes at a time.  Have a break, or use the handwriting as quick early morning activity.

If your child finds letter formation challenging, it's a good idea to write the letters as big as possible.  You can even use shampoo or shower gel and write them as large as possible on a tiled wall, shower screen or window!  Only focus on one letter at a time.

Learning Archive

Click here to see the archive of previous weeks' learning.

Year 1 and 2 Learning@home.

Purple Mash

Year 1 and 2 use Purple Mash to support learning across the curriculum.  Each child should have their login details however, if you need a remind please do not hesitate to contact me on Class Dojo.


Class Dojo

We use ClassDojos in school to reward children for brilliant conduct and fantastic learning.  Invites have been sent to the parents via e-mail so that the children can share their learning with me.  If you have not received an invitation to join, please check your junk/spam folders.  Otherwise, please contact the school by phone or email telling us the e-mail address that you would like to be contacted on; I will do my best to resend you the information you need as soon as I can.
How children sign in to Class Dojo at home.
How to change your Dojo monster!

Reading Eggs

Rye Primary School have purchased a subscription for all our children to access Reading Eggs. It supports each child’s learning by offering individual, one-on-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate.  The Reading Eggs programme focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success.  With interactive animations, fun games, great songs and lots of rewards, Reading Eggs is a great place to learn to read. Children are highly motivated to return again and again. At Reading Eggs, learning to read is enjoyable as well as very rewarding. Every                                                                     lesson ends with a new book and a new critter to add to your growing collection.

All children have their own login and password, which can be found in their yellow reading record book.  However, if you need a reminder, please don't hesitate to contact me on ClassDojo.
Click here for further information about Reading Eggs.


Oxford Owl have a wide range of e-books available to read online.  Many are similar to the colour-banded books we use in school and there is a useful guide that links you to the appropriate level of books for your child.  In addition, many have an audio facility and some have activities linked to the text.

These can all be found in the Oxford Owl for Home area of their website.

Remember also, that reading and re-reading favourite books is an important part of learning to read and developing  a love of reading that should not be underestimated so please take time to enjoy family picture books and stories that you already have at home


At Rye Community Primary School, we teach phonics at Key Stage 1 using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.  Phonics Play provide a wide range of resources that support this.
Fast Phonics also provides further engaging activities.  They can be accessed here, using your child's Reading Eggs login.


Instead of a class book, we are exploring different poems.  Please take the opportunity to share these poems and any other poems and rhymes you know, including family favourites, limericks, nursery rhymes and rhymes in other languages.

Michael Rosen - You Tube

Knowing the alphabet is an important  skill that children should know by the end of Year 1.  As they learn the many sounds that make up the English language, it is important that they recognise the letters by their letter names, as well as their sounds so that they can distinguish between different graphemes (letters and letter clusters) that make the same sound.  For example, the 'ay' sound can also be writtern 'ai', 'a-e', and 'ey'.
Here are some fun ways for them to get to know the letter names that make up the alphabet. 

BBC Supermovers - Alphabet song
Alphabet and alphabetical order PowerPoint
Alphabetical order activity sheets

Learning Steps

  • Say the alphabet in order, saying the names of the letters not the sounds.
  • Put the alphabet in order
  • Match lower and upper case letters.
  • Put words in alphabetical order.
  • Sentence stacking - demonstration writing, using Writing Rainbow
  • Writing sentences, using capital letters to begin the sentences and for proper nouns.
  • Writing sentences, using a full stop at the end of the sentence.
  • Read writing aloud for sense and accuracy.


Here are some additional maths books that will give further practise in all the maths areas they cover during key stage 1.

Maths Parent Work Books.
Please choose the appropriate year group for your child.

Year 1 parent work books
Block 3 Shape
Block 2 Fractions
Block 5 Money
Block 6 Time
Year 2 parent work books
Block 1 Place Value
Block 3 Money
Block 1 Division
Block 2 Statistics
Block 4 Fractions
Block 2 Time
Block 3 Measurement















Our science topic this term is "Animals Including Humans."  We'll be learning about different types of animals and the animal group that they belong to.

BBC Bitesize link


Geography and History:

Maps: Using atlases and Google Earth, can you find the UK?
Which continent do we live in?
Label a map of the UK with the different countries.
Where are the capital cities?
What are the different flags for each nation in the UK?
Can you name the seas surrounding the UK?.

National Geographic Kids


It is important to keep active physically as well as mentally.

Cosmic Yoga 
Unicef learn with me - crafting, baking and dancing activity videos from around the world by children for children.


Useful Links and Websites

Further ideas for home learning activities:

  • Board games
  • Memory games
  • Listening games
  • Cookery
  • Gardening
  • Phonics and spelling games.
  • Look at newspaper articles.
  • Create to-do lists (with bullet points).
  • Bingo
  • Origami
  • Get bored... children are creative geniuses when they have 'nothing' to do!

To help explain Covid -19 to your children you might find these especially helpful.

A story book that aims to help children understand  and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced.
With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, 'My Hero is You, How kids can come to terms with COVID-19' explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

Nosy Crow is an award winning, small, independent children's book publisher who have produced Coronavirus: A book for children.
Illustrated by the wonderful Axel Scheffler and crammed full with great information, this free digital book will be useful to children, parents and carers.





CBBC Operation Ouch!

In this special episode, Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx explore the science behind the current Coronavirus pandemic, answering all your questions along the way about why the outbreak occurred, what the virus does to your body, and how patients are being treated. 

While Dr Xand has been unwell at home with Coronavirus symptoms, Dr Ronx tells us how her emergency department have been caring for patients. Meanwhile, Dr Chris finds out about the latest advancements with a vaccine, and an exciting medical collaboration with Formula One to create ventilators for hospitals. And Mini Xand is joined by Mini Chris and Mini Ronx to give you some top entertainment tips for staying at home.


 Kid Normal

This first book, by Greg James and Chris Smith, is available as a free audiobook.

It's available here, through Amazon, or via other online audiobook outlets.

David Walliams 

Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!  There is also a catch-up available so you can listen to any stories that you might have missed or re-visit some of your favourites.

Learning Archive

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