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Year 1


Miss Curtis & Miss Wignall


Mrs Copley, Mrs Moore, Mrs Fahd & Mrs Mackintosh

Home Learning - January 2021


As you are aware Benyon Primary School will be closed to all but critical worker children, and so the majority of children will not return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021, but instead participate in online learning as directed by the Government.


Staff have been busy in school preparing for live lessons that will begin on Tuesday 5th January, alongside other home learning, using the platforms that the children are familiar with (Logins for these can be found in your children’s reading record book). The children will have access to three live lessons a day which have been timetabled for different year groups, so that siblings will not need to access lessons at the same time. Registers will be completed at each of these live lessons, so it is important that your child logs on to Teams at the specified time.


There will be tasks set on Teams via Assignments that your child will be able to complete electronically or print and photograph to upload. Additional tasks will be set on Purple Mash, Reading Pro, Spelling Shed and other platforms appropriate to your child’s age. The completion of all activities set will be monitored, and we are hoping for high levels of engagement, so that your child can pick up their learning quickly on returning to school.


Please use the online chat facility to make the class teacher aware of any difficulties you have with accessing any of the live lessons, or online learning tasks, so they can be resolved as quickly as possible.


Don’t forget that we also communicate through Twitter @BenyonPS and @BenyonPE. We will also be using this App to set additional challenges for the children, so don’t forget to sign up and follow us.


Also download the MyHappymind App which has some useful activities to support your child’s wellbeing. Your child’s class teacher will be directing you to some of these.



January Home Learning Timetable

Welcome to Year 1

Leaving Reception behind and moving into Year 1 can feel like a big step for both children and parents. The Year 1 teachers are here to make this transition easier for everyone, by supporting the children (and parents!) in their next learning step.


As a school, we want to make the transition to Year 1 a smooth one. In addition to the Year 1 curriculum, the children will still be learning through play, exploring, discovering and making plenty of use out of our new outside area. 


The children’s school day will be a little more structured than it was in Reception and they will be learning in a variety of ways; exploring outdoors, in groups, on the carpet, as a whole class or around the school!

Meet the Teacher

Please follow this link for a short video, giving more information about what to expect in Year 1. This is in place of the 'Meet the Teacher' sessions that parents are usually invited in for during the autumn term.


Weekly Timetables


Curriculum Information

At the end of Year 1, all pupils will sit a phonics screening check. The check contains 40 words divided into two sections of 20 words. Both sections contain a mixture of real words and pseudo-words. This check is to assess their phonics knowledge. More details will follow in due course.


An example of the phonics screening check can be found here:




Weekly homework - Reading, Maths, GPS and Topic work.  This is set on a Friday and due on a Wednesday.


Reading books

Your child will also get two reading books on a Friday and these are returned on a Tuesday. 



Your children will receive a set of spellings with their reading books every Friday and they will be tested on these at the end of the week. 

Useful Links

TT Rockstars

Learn your times tables whilst having fun.


Reading Pro (Scholastic)

Log into ReadingPro to access a range of reading and comprehension books and activities, which are set at your child's reading ability



This is an exciting spelling and maths resource for the children to explore and practice weekly spellings.

For more ideas on what to do at home, the following website has lots of fun activities based on different themes such as…


Phonics and Reading

Phonics Play is used in school and the children really enjoy playing the games. This is a phone and tablet friendly website.

Oxford Owls have a wide selection of reading books that you can access at home. Many of those books are the same as the ones we have at school. You can filter the selection of books to include 'phonics' books to support the learning of phonics. The website also provides a guide to phonics which includes a video demonstrating how to pronounce single letter phonemes (sounds) and interactive maths games too. 

Other educational websites


Oak Academy

Visit Oak Academy's on-line classroom for a range of free virtual lessons.


BBC BiteSize



For brilliant science based discussions, activities and experiments.

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