Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School

Birch Class

Year 1 and Year 2

Mrs Howes and Mrs Brewis



Summer Term

Welcome to Year 1/ Year 2 and our class page! Hopefully you will find our class page useful. On our class page we have details of our topics for this half term as well as other useful information about Year 1 and Year 2 and websites that we use to help our learning. We love to share what we learn in school every day via Facebook, so please head over to our school Facebook to see what we have been up to. Here's to a great half term!

Mrs Howes and Mrs Brewis 


What will we be learning about this term?


Tadpoles Promise, Tad, The Dark, The Green Ship and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Maths Y1 

Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Position and Direction, Place Value (to100)

Maths Y2

Fractions, Time, Statistics, Position and Direction.   


Who am I and what does it mean to belong?  


Science Y1


Identifying Plants 

Scientists and Inventors 

Science Y2

Growing Plants 

Scientists and Inventors 



What you might see on an expedition 


Fantastic Firsts! 


William Morris


Structures - Freestanding Structures



Games - Gymnastics - Athletics 


Jigsaw: Relationships 

              Changing me

Computing: Debugging 



Charanga: Your imagination 

                  Reflect, Rewind and Replay 


Key information 

Arrival and collection

Our arrival time each morning is between 8.45am and 9:00am and we leave at 3.10pm.


What to bring to school

Children should bring a bag to school each day. The children should bring in a water bottle which they will take home each day as well as their packed lunch (if they do not receive a school lunch). They can also bring in their own hand gel if they wish. They do not need any other equipment such as pencil cases, stationary etc as they will have everything they need at their own desk.


PE days

Our PE days are Thursday and Friday.

On these days, the children should come into school wearing their PE kit. They do not need to bring in their normal school uniform to get changed into, they will just stay in their PE kit all day. As the vast majority of our PE needs to take place outdoors, they should wear their normal PE t-shirt and a tracksuit/appropriate sports clothing that is suitable for all weather.



We have Core Homework to be completed weekly. Please see a further explanation of our Homework approach this year in the letter below.

Birch Class Homework



 Supporting your child with reading:

  • Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
  • There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
  • A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently and will have already read this with an adult at school. This will be available via the online system and changed weekly.
  • A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.



Your child will learn and practise their spellings within their phonics sessions. Any additional work will be sent home to help your child to practice their phonetical skills. 

Spelling practice 2x per week. Please see the attached list of words in our Birch Class Homework letter. These are the common exception words that children are expected to spell by the end of Key Stage 1. We teach spelling patterns in school across the year as well as these common exception words, however it would be beneficial for the children to practise spelling the words on the attached list at home across the year. The websites below are a great way to practise these words at home in a fun way.



Number Bonds and Times tables (2x,5x,10x) practice 3x per week. Suggested websites and apps to help to practise times tables include:


Useful Websites

Visit these websites for some games to practice your English skills.

Mr Mc Phonics-


Visit these websites for some games to practice your Maths skills.

Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (


This is a useful website to practice a range of different subject areas.

Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building (fourth floor), Coble Dene, Royal Quays, North Shields, NE29 6DE.