Emerald - GF 2021 - 2022

Ms Fleming

              Ms Fleming & Mrs Charmer (Year 1 & 2) 

Useful days

Communication: We will continue to use Class Dojo to keep in contact with parents/carers and update you on our learning journey. Class Dojo will also be used as a reward system.

PE: Emerald Class have PE on a Wednesday. Children should come into school in their full PE kit.


Spellings: Complete your weekly spelling pack and upload your sentences to your portfolio on Class Dojo. Spellings will be set on a Monday and will be tested on the Friday

Reading: Reading is encouraged every evening. Reading books from school are provided but, please also take advantage of both Oxford Reading Buddy and Bug Club online at home as well as enjoying your own books and reading for pleasure - your log in details for these have been stuck in at the back of your reading records. Please log all the reading that you do (outside of Bug Club or Oxford Reading Buddy) in your reading records and hand it in to Miss Fleming every day. All books that are sent home must be returned to school when you are finished with them. Reading Books are changed on a Thursday.

Maths: Complete weekly My Maths homework.  

Times tables: Learn your times tables every night via Times Tables Rock Stars is also encouraged to help with number fluency which will, in turn, help your child make connections with other Maths problems that they encounter. 

Spring Term

RE:  We will be learning about The Good News and The Mass


Spring 1 - Pathways to Write:  The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright 

Outcome Fiction: journey story based on the structure of The Lion Inside. Greater Depth Change both animals in the story.

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Spring 2 - Pathways to Write:  The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth by Ellie Hattie

Outcome Fiction: adventure story based on the structure of The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth. Greater Depth Change the setting of the story.

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Spring 1 - Pathways to Read:    My Encyclopaedia of Very Important Animals by DK Tortoise and Hare by The Literacy Company

Genre:     Fiction: fable       Information

Mastery focus:   Answer and ask questions Introduce non-fiction books that are structured in different ways.  Make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done

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Spring 2 - Pathways to Read:  Claude in the City by Alex T Smith

Genre:  Fiction: story with a familiar setting 

Discuss their favourite words and phrases.  Make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done. 



Maths:                                                                                                   Science: 

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Useful Links

WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE       Serving the Catholic Communities of St. Edward and Holy Spirit

www.classdojo.com - while Class Dojo is now being used as a reward system in class, photos of our learning will continue to be uploaded onto our class timeline and important information and changes will be posted here.

www.mymaths.co.uk - this may be useful if you would like to practice your maths skills at home or could be used to support homework. If there is an area of maths your child struggles with, I am able to set lessons and activities to help you at home should you wish. 

www.ttrockstars.com - Use your personal log in to continue practicing your times tables. Challenge your class mates or play against the clock to beat your own scores.

www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com Use your personal log in details to log into our online books bands. Explore a wide range of books tailored to our reading level and answer questions and quizzes.

www.activelearnprimary.co.uk – Use your personal login to access Reading and Science.

www.bbcbitesize.co.uk – The BBC Bitesize website is a great resource for all areas of the National Curriculum.

How to pronounce new words  This BBC website video explains what decoding is.

Oxford Owl Phonics Made Easy    This article (aimed at parents) explains how children learn to read using phonics and it also contains a useful phonics guide to show you how to make each of the sounds.

Poop Deck Pirates  Poop Deck Pirates is another great game for practising phonics.

Topmarks Phonics & Spelling  Topmarks contains lots of spelling activities. Practise your spellings here!

Maths    Nrich Maths     This website contains many challenging puzzles.

ICT- Coding      SCRATCH       Download Scratch from here.



Are you looking for a new book to read? Why not try one of these?

Suggested reading list for Year 1 pupils in KS1 age 5-6

Suggested reading list for Year 2 pupils in KS1 age 6-7


Home Learning Pack

In the event that your child is self-isolating, please work through this learning pack - Year 1 or Year 2.  Please find the learning pack at the bottom of this page under 'Files to Download'. 

Each lesson delivered by a teacher with a pre-recorded video as well as quizzes, worksheets and creative activities. It’s all easy to use, there’s no login or password, you can access our lessons on any device, and pupils only need materials they can find at home.

We have looked at Oak National Academy in class- it is a great resource for catch-up revision work and daily lessons if your are well but at home.



We did a Maths 'Time' lesson - children are forever asking the Time- Is it breaktime? Is it lunchtime? Is it assembly? I have to say - I love children wearing an analogue watch (watch with hands) to learn the time - they pick it up so naturally - o'clock, half past, quarter past/to etc.

Please continue to use the Letters and Sounds lessons


(Some children have been telling me they have been watching a lesson after school - Go Emeralds!)




Tuesday 8th September – Ms Fleming & Mrs Charmer

It’s a great time for New Beginnings!

It has been a joy to meet with you all again and to see and hear our wonderful children as we return to school.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we introduced the new drop off and pick up routines.

Hopefully your little ones have settled in well and are enjoying the routine of school once again.

Please let us know about any concerns you may have and we’ll do all we can to resolve them.





Monday 8th June

Dear Children, Parents & Guardians,

I hope you are all well and enjoyed the whit holiday. Welcome to Summer 2 – this is the final half term of the academic year. I want you to know that I am immensely proud of you during the time you have spent doing your school work at home!

I would like to thank each of you that post on Class DOJO – I love seeing your achievements – photos, videos and messages. Please keep this up – it brightens up my day and creates a beautiful portfolio for you. I will always reward you well with DOJO points!

In the meantime, I have posted an activity grid for this week and prepared another home-learning pack. Your pack is ready to pick up from school from tomorrow afternoon (9.6.20).

If you need any help – please send me a message on Class DOJO.

Sending you and your families big love – look after yourself, keep safe.

Love & prayers,

Gemma Fleming  x




Summer Term update – Friday 24th April 2020

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As I sit here at home, I have watched and listened to my own children try to make sense of this crazy situation, I wanted to offer some words of support for you and your children during this increasingly challenging time. At The Holy Spirit in year 1 & 2 we believe every child is a gift to be cherished and we are privileged that you have allowed us to share in their learning journey, to know them and love them as you do.

At this time of huge uncertainty, we recognise that some children are just as anxious or scared as we are right now. They not only hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety.  They, like us, have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school may seem awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like the summer holidays and not the reality of being confined to their homes and not seeing their friends and extended families.

I have tried hard to update Dojo and School Spider to ensure home learning, whilst curriculum based is as fun and accessible as possible.  If you have any questions or need any help in any way please contact me via Dojo. I am still here to help and support your child. I love receiving messages, photos and mini videos of the work you have completed. I will reward your child well with DOJO points!

What your child needs now though is to feel safe and loved. To feel like it is going to be ok – which it is.  So that may mean some days you have to abandon that ‘perfect’ schedule. Play outside in the garden,  go for a walk, if it is safe to do so.  Play board games and watch favourite movies from your own childhood.  Bake cakes and write letters to loved ones you are not able to visit in person. Find a virtual field trip or start a book and read it together as a family.

Every single child in our country, wider even – the world is in the exact same position. When we are back in the classroom, we will all take stock and pick up where we are. I am expert at doing this on a daily basis! Don’t get stressed if your child does not want to do their work one day – think of other exciting things they can do instead and come back to it later. Learning opportunities are all around us.  I know you will do your best and your child will thrive because of it. 

If I can leave you with just one thing, it’s this; your child’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills. How they felt during this time will stay with them for much longer than the Maths or English lessons you are struggling to get them to complete. So keep that in mind, each and every day.

I hope to see you all soon and remember to be kind to yourself and each other.

Love & prayers,

Gemma Fleming

(Class teacher)


Files to Download