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As children begin their second term of learning at Arksey School (and most switch to remote learning), the first class children will certainly need to show how well they understand what 'Arksey Proud' members of the school and wider community do!  Thank you for you patience and perseverance in terms of home learning.  Tapestry (for reception children) and Google classroom (for year one) are working well.  The learning platforms initially struggled to match demand as everyone logged on at once,  but seem to be working well again now.  School staff will help ensure you feel supported, encouraged and guided in the online learning and we will all grow in confidence and competence as we use the technology more and more.


Reading books

Please return your child's reading books on Friday 8th January between the hours of 9am and 2pm.  We'd like all three Read Write Inc books, and both library books back.  These should be put in an envelope, plastic pocket or disposable carrier bag with your child's name on and put in the box outside in the bike shed.  New book packs will be created comprising three Read, Write, Inc books, a fiction and a non-fiction library book.  Please collect them on Monday 11th January between 9am and 2pm.  Each Monday, please return five finished books and collect the next five. 








What children need

Shoes for running and independence: Good grips are the highest priority to reduce the likelihood of trips and slips during play times.  Children feel more confident and grown up when they can fasten their own shoes, therefore, velcro is usually the most 'child friendly' option.  If boots or wellies are chosen for cold, wet days please also send shoes or trainers which are often more comfortable for children sitting or working on the floor.

Waterproof coat: Please send a coat daily, sometimes it seems that children face all four seasons in one day!  If shopping for new, please select a waterproof one with a hanging loop to enable your child to put it safely on their peg. 

Water bottle: A standard sized bottle will fit in our carrier crates and is less likely to get lost when carried to and from the play ground.  Please choose a non spill 'sports top' which should contain water - we do not allow juice or flavoured water.

PE kit: Children will be required to come to school in PE kit on Tuesdays and Fridays, therefore we politely request that they do not bring a bag to school so that we can limit the number of items that are transported back and forth, therefore reducing the risk of sharing germs at this time.  Kit comprises either black or navy shorts, joggers or leggings, a white tee-shirt and a navy sweatshirt or tracksuit top.  Hoodie's are not appropriate.

Reading folder: Each child will need their own reading folder to transport their books and letters to and from school each day.  Our expectation is that children share a book with an adult at home five times a week and that this is recorded in their reading record book. 

Cool Milk If you would like your child to have milk at snack time, please ensure you sign up as soon as possible on the cool milk website.






Children will have reading practise as homework every day and in order to achieve their true potential we recommend reading aloud to an adult at least five times a week. Enjoying a variety of different texts will enable your sons and daughters to learn the features of different text types.  They will have the opportunity to read both fiction and non fiction books from our library as well as their reading scheme book. 


Children in year one will have a weekly spelling piece of homework and they are to complete My Maths activities, details of their username and password will be sent home.  


In the First class we hope to help your children to develop their independence and organise more of their belongings than they used to.  To support them with this, please encourage them to remember their own coat, water bottle and reading books each day.  PE kit should be worn on a Tuesday and a Friday.



Read, Write, Ink - SET 2 sound videos

ay sound - may I play? -

ee sound - What can you see? -

igh sound - fly high -

ow sound - blow the snow -

oo sound - poo and the zoo -

oo sound - look at a book -

ar sound - start the car -

or sound - shut the door -

air sound - that's not fair -

ir sound - whirl and twirl -

ou sound - shout it out -

oy sound - toy to enjoy -


Read, Write, Ink sounds - SET 3 videos


ea sound - cup of tea -

oi sound - spoil the boy -

a-e sound - make a cake -

i-e sound - nice smile -

o-e sound  - phone home -

u-e sound - huge brute -

aw sound - yawn at dawn -

are sound - care and share -

ur sound - nurse with a purse -

er sound - better letter -

ow sound - brown cow -

ai sound - snail in the rain -

oa sound - goat in a boat -

ew sound - chew the stew -

ire sound - fire fire -

ear sound - hear with your ear -

ure sound - sure it's pure -

ph sound - take a photo -

au sound - Paul the astronaut -

wh sound - whisk, whisk -

tion sound - pay attention, it's a celebration -

cious/tious sound - scrumptious, delicious -




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