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Welcome to Year 1


During school closure due to Covid-19, we would like to provide you with some home learning links to support our children's learning.  Learning does not have to be laborious - we encourage as much fun as possible while they learn, during this time.  Learning will be available to access on online portals. Some are free and open to access; others require Usernames and Passwords which will be in our children's Pupil Planners.



Reading regularly at home is of paramount importance to support your child's development.  We recommend 10 minutes each day where practically possible.  The more familiar the books are, the more pleasurable reading will be for your child. If they are reading the text with ease (reading like talking), this is absolutely fine as this will develop their fluency and reading speed.  Questioning your child about what they have read, will help to develop their understanding of the text. (access to Phonics Bug reading books) (free phonics while schools are closed) (phonics) (phonics) (phonics games) (free access to thousands of e-books)


Writing and Spelling

Children are encouraged to write for a purpose at home.  Children are encouraged to use capital letters and  full stops, and begin to use question marks and exclamation marks.  Any  home activities our children engage in, encourage them to write about it.  For example: 

  • write a simple recipe after baking. Listing the instructions in order, 
  • retell a story in their own words after listen to a book,
  • write some simple facts about something that is of interest to them. 

Encourage them to use their phonics to spell words.  Some will be tricky as they cannot be sounded out (e.g. of, the, they). Spellings are in the Pupil Planner.

Have fun practicing handwriting too -  in the bath, tracing letters through the bubbles, or in your garden with a stick in the mud.



Children are encouraged to practise number bonds, multiplication tables, division facts, doubles and halves, knowledge of the 4 operations.



Other Home Learning Links

RMUnify is an online platform that provides access to the apps and websites we use in school.  Your child uses the same username and password as they would, logging on to the computers at school.  The first time they do this at home, their username needs to be followed by 

See the video below 'How to Add Apps RMUnify Launchpad' - add Purple Mash and j2e


All Subjects

CBeebies Radio - Listening activities for young children

ICT games - Free edicational games for maths and English

Pobble - Write a story using the picture stimulus

BBC Bitesize - For all subjects in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6)

Scholastic Learn at Home - Cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a story or video. Children can do them on their own or with their families.

Oxford Owl for Home - Lots of free resources for Primary age

Twinkl - This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents during school closures.

j2e - A child friendly version for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and much more (Add this to your RMUnify LaunchPad)



Mystery Science - Free science lessons

Nature Detectives - A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!



Scratch - Creative computer programming 



National Geographic Kids - Activities and quizzes for younger children

Geography Games - Geography gaming!

How to Add Apps to RMUnify Launchpad

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Watch this short video, showing you how to add the apps we use in school, to your RMUnify Launchpad. This will enable you to access these apps at home using your school Username and Password.