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Year 1/2

Dear Parents/Carers and Children,


We hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday and are ready for the new term to begin. Our new topic for Spring 1 is 'Where in the World?'. In the first few weeks we will be learning about places all over the world, reading Handa's Surprise and exploring instructions. As the half term moves on, we will investigate poetry and have a go a writing some of our own. On Seesaw you can find an outline of the topic with key vocabulary. We will also be sending out a sheet with home learning ideas for the topic on Seesaw.


As part of our learning we would love the children to share the connections they have to places in the world with the rest of their class. It might be special places that are local to Cambourne, further afield in the UK or in other countries. Children can do projects about places, events, cultures, languages and traditions that are special to them and share them with their teacher via Seesaw. Projects can take whatever format children wish. Time to get creative!


To help with our English lessons, on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of January, we would like children to make a simple fruit salad at home. (It can be as simple as chopping up an apple and a banana and mixing them in a bowl). More details will be provided on Seesaw nearer the time. The children will then use this experience to write instructions in their English lessons. 


Home Learning

If your child is in school, the home learning expectation in year 1/2 is that the children do the following learning at home

  • Daily reading (suggested time 10-15 minutes)
  • 1 spelling activity in their spelling book per week (5 words suggested time 10 minutes)
  • 1 maths activity from the sheet for the half term per week (suggested time 10-15 minutes)
  • 2-3 topic activities from the home learning ideas sheet per half term (time and activities are up to you)
  • Read to your child daily (suggested time 10-15 minutes)


The school also has access to the Spellingframe website which your child can use in addition to practising their spelling in their books. Please contact your child's class teacher if you need a copy of your child's log in information. You can also check out the school website maths and English pages for lots of other exciting things to do at home. 


If your child is isolating because of Covid and they are not ill, you can now find the blended learning they need to do on Seesaw. Please contact your child's class teacher through the office if you need any help with this. 


Please can we remind parents to make sure children are dressed warmly for school and that they have coats and jumpers in school everyday. smiley


As before, reading books will be changed once a week, please speak to your child's teacher or email the office if you want to discuss your child's reading. Please record what your child has read in their reading records and use the book marks to ask them questions about what they are reading. Reading records and home learning books will be checked and marked by class teachers in the last week of each half term. 


On the days children have PE they should come to school dressed in their outdoor PE kit. They should wear joggers, t-shirt, jumper and trainers please. It is very important they are dressed warmly as they will be wearing their kit all day so will be outside for both their PE lessons and playtimes as well. 


PE days for Hardwick are 

Mrs Swann's and Mrs Emery's class Monday and Thursday

Mr Regan's class Tuesday and Thursday


PE days for Cambourne are 

Miss Nemes's class Wednesday and Thursday

Miss Galloway's class Tuesday and Thursday

Mrs Jodin's class Tuesday and Thursday


We are looking forward to another half term of fun and interesting learning! 


Best wishes, 

The KS1 Team


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Below is the blended learning links for Maths, English and topic.  

Christmas Reading Challenge 


If you fancy taking part in a challenge this Christmas then why not try our reading challenge? Print off the sheet below and colour in each bauble when you complete it! Happy reading! 

Reading challenge bauble sheet

Topic Home Learning Suggestions

Year 2 additional maths materials


Here are some extra activities for your child to do at home. These are aimed at pupils who may need a little extra practice and consolidation and are based on some the work done in class this half term (Autumn 1).

Next half term (Autumn 2) we are focusing on addition and subtraction. Here are some activities to help improve fluency in adding and subtracting numbers within 10 and 20:

The number bonds, doubles and halves games on 'Hit the Button' are also great for improving fluency.

Hardwick Welcome Meeting Slides