to the year 1/2 class page!



“Really good” websites

I was recently asked by a parent to recommend really good websites that would help their child engage with learning at home. Here is a list of various websites that can help children learn at home – it would be great if children could be given an opportunity to play at home to consolidate their learning.

All Subjects

http://www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk/ Go to ‘curriculum’ and choose the subject you are interested in – there are links to many other sites with plenty of interactive resources.

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/ Plenty of worksheets and PowerPoint presentations covering most of the core areas of the curriculum.

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/ Mainly Numeracy, Literacy and Science games and interactive activities.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ Age appropriate, subject specific activities, games, worksheets and experiments. Also has revision activities.

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/index-new.htm Welsh grid for learning, activities supporting all areas of the curriculum including F/S. Set up as Starter, Main Activity and Plenary for most subjects.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ Fun and useful interactive activities for most subjects as well as games for the children.

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/  A very odd combination of random Science, History, Art and Literacy activities but interactive and fun!

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ Contains links to interactive resources based on all subject areas – we use this in school.

http://www.cricksoft.com/us/products/clicker/ Useful for F/S and KS1 predominantly, click on the green ‘free resources’ button on the right of the screen then look at the curriculum areas down the left side of the page – excellent for language comprehension.



http://www.ictgames.co.uk/ A whole range of lovely interactive games for Primary aged children.

http://www.starfall.com/ For early years – American site so watch the accent but the children love it!

http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/ Sebastian swan big books to share with the class, including some questions about the text (also available in French and Welsh!!!)

http://www.blewa.co.uk/ Looks at the history of the written word, with ideas for making scrolls, writing during Victorian Times etc.

http://www.storiesfromtheweb.org/ Book reviews, free stories, writing activities and games for Primary aged children.

http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html Scroll down the page for free online animated stories.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/index.shtml BBC website based on ‘letter and sounds’. Includes some great online games and activities – particularly the blending games.

http://www.candlelightstories.com/storybooks/grimms-fairy-tales/ Audio books, stories and games. Many of the stories are ‘classics’ eg. from the brothers Grimm (read with an American accent)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/literacy.shtml The Primary Literacy zone from BBC schools.

http://www.seussville.com/ Games based on the stories

http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/ict/ For children in FS or early years with fine motor control problems

http://tutpup.com/plays/new/2-word-game A fun spelling game against an opponent (computer) and the clock. Also improves typing speed and accuracy.

http://www.usborne-quicklinks.com/uk/uk_menu_areas_pages/reading_programme/reading_programme.asp?type=subject&menu=s115 Links for books on the Usbourne reading scheme but also helpful for topic work as it has good hyperlinks.





http://www.ictgames.co.uk/ A whole range of lovely interactive games for Primary aged children.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/earlymath/ An American website with some great interactive games.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml Numeracy homepage from the BBC including interactive games, programmes and worksheets.

http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jeather/maths/dictionary.html A fantastic maths dictionary complete with visual demonstrations of many difficult concepts

http://www.funbrain.com/brain/MathBrain/MathBrain.html Fun maths games that can be set to different levels of difficulty. Each ‘level’ is a different game to the one preceding it.

http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/allgames.html Maths games for older children although they will probably be unaware that it is ‘work’!

http://tutpup.com/ Great maths games that can be set at different levels – playing against an opponent (computer) or the clock – very addictive!

http://www.mathsisfun.com/ Games and explanations of different concepts with child friendly illustrations.

http://www.mathsphere.co.uk/fun/ Maths games for older children.



http://funschool.kaboose.com/ Fun games for children

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/ Characters, stories, songs and games for young children based on Cbeebies shows.

http://tv.disney.go.com/playhouse/index.html Games, characters and other activities from Disney.

http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/ Lots of fun for older students – visit Diagon Alley and Ollivander’s wand shop.

http://www.kidswb.com/ Games and downloads from Warner Bros. for younger children

http://www.nickjr.com/index.jhtml?extcmp=SEO_SSP_Y Interactive art activities and games incl. ‘Dora the explorer’

http://www.startvg.com/games/ Another of the children’s favourites during choosing time.

http://www.pixar.com/shorts/index.html Watch any of the classic Pixar ‘Shorts’, very, very funny!

http://www.dreamworks.com/ Games, downloads and printables for kids.

http://www.roalddahl.com/ Games and activities based on the books


Enjoy and remember, always supervise your child when using the computer/iPad and talk to your child about internet safety.


Dates for the Diary:

15th February
Meeting about KS1 Statutory Assessments. All year 2 parents to attend.
9:05 – in the hall
2:30 – in the hall
27th February
Meeting about the Phonics Screening Check for year 1 pupils & pupils who need to re-sit in year 2.
2:30 in the hall.
Come and watch your child learn how to read & write (Year 1 & some Year 2 pupils):
You will meet in the hall for a short talk on our new initiative ; Read, Write, Inc. then be taken to a class of year 1 middle ability to observe a lesson. Following this, you will be taken to your child’s class and observe their lessons to find out more! You can choose from one of the following dates:
6th March
7th March
8th March
9th March
More information & letters to be sent out nearer the time.

Topic Work


Our topic is SUPERHEROES! We have had fun learning about superheroes from the past such as Florence Nightingale and reflecting on how we can be a modern day superhero. Here is our video from assembly showing when Miss Corrigan spotted some school superheroes!


Positional Language


We have been working really hard this week on our left and right and using positional language. Can you explain to an adult at home your position in the photograph? I can see that ?? is 3rd from the left! Where are you!?