Dear Parents/Carers,

What a strange week it has been! We hope that you have survived the week at home and are getting used to our new way of life.

To support you in your new role of ‘home schooling’ your child, we will now be creating a weekly sheet of activity ideas to do with your child. These will focus on the areas of Literacy and Maths and will be designed so that the children will still cover areas we would have covered had we still been open. 

We are aiming to make the activities easy to do at home and hopefully appealing for the children! There will be five activities for Maths and five for Literacy. If you could do one a day from each area, that would be great.

We shall also set spellings each week and these words can be practised throughout the week with a focus on neat, joined handwriting. It would also be great if you could do some sort of daily reading activity. There are some links below for reading resources and you can use the reading sheets sent home in the work packs and the reading books sent home. Together, you could also have a go at reading picture books you already have at home, recipe books, packaging labels etc.

Having said all of this, we are fully aware that everyone’s home situation is different. These are very unusual times and if you are struggling with getting your child to do these activities then stop. Play some board games, do a jigsaw, bake a cake, listen to music, share a book or cuddle up and watch TV with a blanket and popcorn. Just do what you can and ignore the rest.

We have a new email address and will be checking our emails regularly. If you have any questions or worries at all then please do get in touch as we have not forgotten you, you are very much in our minds and we would really love to be able to support you in any way we can through these strange times.

We will also check the Purple Mash blog at least twice a week to approve any new comments and posts and shall set a couple of new ‘2Dos’ for the class on a Monday.

Take care everyone and stay safe.

Mrs Vicki McCann and Miss Jenny Crossthwaite


Weekly Activity Sheet for the 30th March can be found here

There will be no activity sheets over the 'Easter holiday's.

A 'lock down' spring time poem can be found here (I think 'mum' should be interchangeable with 'dad'!) Enjoy the sunshine and spending time together at home!


Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:


Useful Websites Login details for this maths website have been sent home. Please get in touch if you are unsure of your child's login. There are so many activities on here to support learning in all subjects. Login details have been sent home, please get in touch if you are unsure of your child's login.  This is a good website to use for practising reading words using the sounds learnt in Phonics lessons. Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.  Free eBooks from Oxford Owl  Free comics from Phonics Play each day an author will read one of their books and provide activities realated to the text. An activity book for home learning. 


 Useful Documents

 Some key expectations for the end of year one can be found in this document.

A list of common exception words to learn to spell can be found here