St Joseph's Catholic Voluntary Academy


Year 1 Home Learning

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are all well and are enjoying being able to spend more time together as a family. It’s lovely to be able to see more of my own children but I do miss my Year 1 class.

Hopefully, as well as being able to play and relax a bit, your child will have done some work during the last two weeks. I know from my own experience with my two children, who are 13 and 14, that it is not always easy to motivate young people and that it can be a challenge to get them to work, so try to maintain family harmony and strike a balance between work and play. It is really important to help your child to do some work while they are off so they are still able to concentrate when they return to school and so they don’t forget what they have learnt this year.

From the week beg 20.4.20 all teachers will be sending out a suggested timetable of activities each week which will hopefully help you to structure how your child spends their learning time.

In the meantime, I have uploaded documents with ideas for activities your child could do for English and Maths (both with and without a computer), some of which I will refer to when I send out the weekly plans at the start of the Summer term.

If you have any queries during the school closure then please don’t hesitate to get in contact via email at

The most important activity of all is READING. If you do nothing else, get your child to read every day, read to your child and let your child access DYSLEXIA GOLD each day. On the school website homepage (just below Mr Skye’s video) there is a link for Dyslexia Gold and I feel this would be really beneficial for your child to use to improve both their reading and spelling. There are 3 activities: fluency builder, engaging eyes and spelling tutor. Each activity should be played for 10 minutes each day (30 mins in total). As I am the administrator for the site I can see how many times each child has played each game and which level they are on. Some children in our class have already used the programme but your child will need to play frequently to really benefit. An important bit of advice is to make sure that your child does all the work when playing on the programme as if you help them the work will become too hard for them.

In a separate document on the Year 1 page of the website are details for how to access our class blog on Purple Mash. It would be lovely to hear how you are all getting on.

Keep safe and hope to hear from you soon

Mrs Abel

RWI Phonics lessons at home from Monday 23rd March

We’re scheduling free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. Films will only be available at the times below:

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Note: films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.

Please share with RWI schools and parents.

Physical Education

Hello everyone, I have created an activity booklet for you all to download and work through with fun activities and challenges to keep you busy during this time. 

Click here to download


Stay Safe 

Mr Brown - Joe Wicks YouTube page where you will find all the morning PE with Joe work outs. (If you didn't manage to do the PE class with Joe when it was live you can still give it a go later on in the day). 

Joe Wicks is running his 'PE with Joe Live' from 9am every morning

The weekly Missionary Discipleship challenges will now appear each week on in case anyone missed them.

There will also be a gallery each week of the photos and videos sent in from our CMAT. These can be found here: