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Sparrows - Year 1

Welcome to Sparrows


Class teacher - Miss Sprague

Teaching assistants - Mrs Smith, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Hayward

Mrs Cook teaches Wednesday afternoons


Mrs King's brother kindly donated some Toot Toot toys to the school. Sparrows has so much fun playing with them in reward time today! They also made some red and green paperchains to get the classroom looking a little more Christmassy :)


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Last week, as part of our Autumn topic, Sparrows practised learned the poem 'Leaves'. Here they are performing the poem with some actions! :)
Please see the links below to practise some of this week's sounds. The links remain active for 1 week. The word time videos are great for practising blending and word reading.

We went of a leaf hunt this afternoon! We have collected lots and will practise sorting them into groups tomorrow!

We have been reading the story Leaf Man. Today Sparrows made their own leaf people. We think they look great!

This afternoon Sparrows made models of natural objects using clay.

This afternoon Sparrows went on an Autumn walk around the school grounds. We spotted leaves of lots of different colours as well as berries, fungi and a tree with no leaves!






































































Home learning week beginning 13th July

Sparrows' forest school gnomes that they have made this week with Mr Adlam

Home Learning Week Beginning 6th July 2020

This week's home learning (29.6.20)

Home learning week beginning 22nd June 2020

Home learning week beginning 15th June (sorry it's a day late!)

This week's home learning ideas (8th June)

Here is this week's home learning suggestions for those children that will be staying at home. As usual, you will find the PDF and any other files above :)

Week beginning 25/05/20

It is now technically half term and a chance for you to take a break from your home learning. It looks like we're in for some warm weather this week so I hope lots of you will enjoy some time outdoors whilst staying safe from the sun. If you do want to squeeze some learning into your half term break our science topic for next term is going to be based on plants so why don't you see what different plants you can find and identify in your garden or when you're out and about. Or perhaps you could learn the names of some common trees and see how many different species you can spot when out on a walk. However you spend your time I hope you are all keeping safe, happy and healthy and enjoying some quality time with your families. 

I am thinking of and missing you all,

Miss Sprague 


Well done to Desmond, Maria, Tafadzwa and Tianxin who have completed this week's Reading Eggs assignment! yes I'm also aware that a few of you have been earning lots of certificates on Reading Eggs which is fantastic! When we are back in school I'm hoping to get them all printed off for you laugh Keep up the good work Sparrows!

Good Morning Sparrows, I hope everyone is keeping well. Here is this week's (18.5.20) home learning grid. PDF available in files above.

This week's home learning (11.05.20) Find the PDF and any resources needed above.

John Lewis Superbear competition! Have a look on the John Lewis website for more details about the competition below. Entries close this Friday.

Sparrows -

It was lovely to speak to some of you and your parents on the phone this week. I enjoyed hearing about some of the things you've been getting up to and was happy to hear you are all safe and well. Don't forget you can send pictures of some of the things you've been doing to if you want them to appear on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Next week's home learning has been posted below (week beginning 4th May).

Keep safe, happy and healthy.

Miss Sprague

This week's (27.4.20) home learning. See above for PDF and worksheets.

Parent Letter - Letters and sounds phonics

As of next week (27.4.20) the Department for Education will be hosting daily online phonics sessions in line with the Letters and Sounds phonics program. As a school we follow the Read Write Inc phonics program, which may teach the sounds in a slightly different order, but we think this will still be a super resource and even if your child already knows many (or all) of their sounds, it could provide a great daily revision for them.

Why not try it out and see what your child thinks?


This is the link to the youtube channel: 

They have also provided a letter to parents which will give further details. I will post this above. 

Look at all these Reading Eggs certificates earned by Aysha, Chloe, Desmond, Maria and Tafadzwa! Well done, keep it up Sparrows :)

A well done to Aysha, Desmond, Maria and Tafadzwa who have completed this week's Reading Eggs assignment. It would be great to see some more of you complete it by Friday. Keep up the good work!

If you want to show off any home learning you've been doing you can email pictures to and your work might be featured on the school Facebook and Instagram pages. We'd love to see what you've been up to laugh

Home Learning activities for week beginning 20th April. I will post the PDF file as well as any worksheets mentioned above. As well as these suggestions, don't forget about the wealth of online resources such as Reading Eggs, Abacus Maths and Teach Your Monster to Read. BBC Bitesize is also a great website to explore.

It's good to see some of you making use of Teach Your Monster to Read. Well done to Alejandro, Christine, Filip and Maria for earning these certificates!

Happy Easter Sparrows :)

Easter activity ideas, film review template and word search

I saw the below competition on Facebook and thought some of the Sparrows might be interested...the deadline for entries is this Friday.

Good morning all,


I have been made aware that though you have your child's individual log in for Abacus this did not contain the school code needed to log on so here it is:




Hope this helps!

Thanks for getting in touch regarding this issue.

Miss Sprague

Home Learning PDF including I Spy Picture

Suggested Home Learning Week Beginning 30th March


I hope you are all staying safe and healthy and making the most of some down-time with your families. It is good to see that some of you are already making good use of the online resources such as Reading Eggs and Teach Your Monster To Read. 

I will be aiming to update this page weekly with some ideas of activities and projects to do at home. Of course, these will not be compulsory - they are simply suggestions. Although teachers will not be viewing children's work over this period, children are more than welcome to bring in any completed work, projects or photos when we return to school for a 'show & tell'.

Stay safe,

Miss Sprague

Please find below some useful links for home-learning. laugh

Our topic this term is Superheroes! Have a look at our topic web to see some of the things we will be learning.

Pancake day! To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, Sparrows used different fruits to make some funny-faced pancakes. They had a good time making them and an even better time eating them :)

A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our space-themed open afternoon. It was fantastic to see so many of you here and the children had such a wonderful time. Here are some photos of them with their rockets - they were very proud of what they had created with your help.

Balloon rockets! In science this afternoon, we had balloon rocket races and made predictions about which balloons we thought would go the furthest and the fastest and why.

Tasting astronaut food!

As we have been learning about the story Whatever Next! in which Baby Bear has a picnic on the moon, we decided to have our own picnic in the classroom today! We had juice, grapes, cucumber, breadsticks and chocolate biscuits :)

Blast off!

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Sparrows had lots of fun making straw rockets this afternoon and seeing how far they could get them to fly!

Term 3 Topic Web - Space

Sparrows have worked hard over the past couple of weeks to design and make a model of a house for the Three Little Pigs. We think they have done a brilliant job!

On Friday (13.12.19) Sparrows and Doves enjoyed a short walk into town to spot signs of Christmas. We saw lots of beautiful wreaths, some big Christmas trees and lots of other things as well.

Thank you so much to those who attended our Phonics Workshop either Wednesday or today (29.11.19) All the names of those who attended and those who returned the reply slips will be entered into the raffle for a book token. It was great to see so many of you there. I have attached the presentation below and will post some links to useful websites.

We have been learning to tell the story of The Three Little Pigs off by heart.

Sparrows had a go at making some houses for The Three Little Pigs out of straw, sticks and lego bricks.

Topic Web Autumn Term 2.

Topic Web Autumn Term 1. Have a look at our topic web to see what Sparrows will be learning about this term.


Yesterday (9.5.19) in class worship Sparrows were thinking about teamwork and in threes came up with a freeze frame that they thought illustrated good teamwork.

On Wednesday 1st May Sparrows took part in a cricket taster session where they all had a go at lots of different activities such as batting, bowling, throwing and catching.

At the start of this term, Sparrows followed a trail of treasure and shiny scales left by Daisy the Dragon which led them to her 3 dragon eggs. We took them back to the classroom where we could look after them.

Summer Term 1 Topic Web

World Book Day 2019 (7/3/19) We had a fantastic selection of costumes on show in Sparrows for World Book Day - well done. It was lovely to learn about all the different books Sparrows enjoy reading in school and at home. We had lots of fun taking part in 'drop everything and read' and enjoyed sharing stories with one another. In the afternoon, Sparrows painted portraits of themselves dressed as their character.

On 6/3/19 Sparrows were lucky enough to take part in a dance workshop led by West End in Schools, based around The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. They all took part brilliantly and enjoyed being dragons and iron men!

Sparrows had a lovely afternoon taking part in some different sports activities at St. Edmund's School this afternoon. There were 3 other primary schools taking part and Sparrows were a real credit to St. Martin's - they even won a certificate for showing great teamwork!

Yesterday (10.01.19), Sparrows used a wax resist technique to create rainy day pictures as part of our weather topic.

As part of our weather topic, Sparrows went on a weather walk around the school (9.01.19) to see what signs of the weather they could spot. As it was a nice sunny day, they had a lot of fun drawing around each other's shadows on the playground.

Have a look at what Sparrows will be learning this term...

Sparrows enjoyed using their sense of taste to try 3 different hot chocolates on Wednesday (28.11.18). Lots of Sparrows weren't too sure about the white hot chocolate but the caramel hot chocolate was very popular!

A snapshot of what Sparrows have been, and will be learning this term.

On Thursday last week (8.11.18) Sparrows and Doves walked down to the guildhall in Salisbury to see the beautiful poppy installation. We enjoyed looking up close to see how the poppies had been made. We also spotted lots of Remembrance displays in shop windows on our walk down.

Today (22.10.18) Sparrows have been working in pairs to play some different Maths games. They really enjoyed this and all worked well with their partners to play fairly.

Yesterday (22.10.23) Sparrows went on an Autumn adventure around the school and collected lots of things to make 'journey sticks'. We had lots of fun swishing through the leaves.

Last week, Sparrows enjoyed using clay to create models of coral. Yesterday we used acrylic paints to paint them. We think they look fantastic!

Sparrows have been busy baking and decorating biscuits ready for the bake sale for Hello Yellow tomorrow.

Have a look at what we will be learning this term in Sparrows: