Robins Class 2 2019 - 2020

Mrs Sarginson

Welcome to Class 2 Robins

Mrs Sarginson teaches Years 1 and 2 four mornings and one afternoon a week, supported by Mrs Newman. Mrs Martin teaches Year 2 in the afternoons while Mrs Bramwell, supported by Mrs Gerrard, teaches the Year 1 children.

When we arrive in the morning, we settle down to our SODA - a maths, phonics or SPaG related task.  Year 1 continue with a phonics session while Year 2 do SPaG/reading and then we have a maths lesson before play time.  Afterwards we do handwriting and English, followed by a guided reading session.

Our topic this half term is 'Do you know a good pirate story?'. We will be looking at the history of pirates, learning about famous pirates and enjoying a range of texts to inspire our imaginations!

In maths this half term we are focusing on money, shape and multiplication and division. We are also working on our number fluency in all operations; asking your child quickfire addition/subtraction/ number bond questions on the way to or from school will be hugely beneficial.

Homework is handed out on a Thursday and expected back the following Wednesday. There are spellings to learn, linked to the week's phonics and short Maths and English tasks. It is very important to hear your child read as often as possible - aim for every day! Even 5 or 10 minutes will be hugely beneficial. In school we listen to children read individually and as part of a Guided reading group regularly.

PE is on Fridays and children come to school wearing their PE kit. Margy is our dedicated P.E. coach.


Phonics- Below are apps that you could download on a tablet or ipad at home to help with your child's reading and spelling.

Letters and Sounds

Zat phonics test

Phonics UK

Phonics test UK

Teach your monster to read

Twinkl spell and pop

Zat Phonics screening check



Remember reading isn’t just about reading individual words/sentences. Excellent readers understand and discuss what they have read and are able to respond to the book. Completing at least one of these activities at home will help make you a better reader.


  • Pick out 5 words that you feel are powerful words and that you could use in your own writing

  • Draw and label a character or a setting from a description in the book.

  • Think of 5 questions you would like to ask one of the characters.

  • List the words and phrases used to create an atmosphere, such as ‘scary’ or ‘spookiness’ ‘tension’ ‘relaxed’

  • Write about what a character might be thinking or feeling at different stages of the story. You could write it in the first person, or in a speech bubble.

  • Predict what might happen either before you start or when you are about halfway through a book. Write your prediction in your reading record. Was your prediction correct?

  • Write about a memory or experience of your own that is similar to something you’ve read in your book. (I was surprised when…..)

  • Which character in this book are you most like? Explain your answer.

  • Which character in this book would you most like to be? Explain your answer.

  • Finish this idea: “I love the way the author. . .”

  • How did the book make you feel? Explain.

  • Who else should read this book? Why? Who shouldn’t read this book? Why?

  • Write a letter to someone telling them about the book and your opinion of the book.

  • Write a telephone answering machine message for a character in your book

  • Construct a time line of the story. Include all the events in the beginning, middle and end.

  • Compare this book to another/others by the same author.

  • Explanations of settings

  • Story maps/ setting illustrations

  • Write a Book review.

  • Design a book cover.

  • Cartoon strip of main events.

  • A diary extract written by a character.

  • Advice to a character: Problem page letter & response

  • Draw a picture of your favourite part of the book and write a sentence about what is happening. Say why you chose this bit.

  • Make a list of as many adjectives as you can from the book.

  • Make a list of as many verbs as you can from the book.

  • Make a list of as many nouns as you can from the book.

  • Make a list of as many adverbs as you can from the book. (Then, Next, Soon, Finally)

  • Find new vocabulary (words) that you do not really know the meaning of and write them up with the meaning in your book.


  • What kind of person is the main character?

  • What do other characters think or say about this character? Why do they feel this way?

  • How does your character treat other people in the book? Explain and give support for your answers.

  • How does the character change throughout the book? Explain and give support for your answers.

  • Write a description of the main character: their looks, the way they dress, the way they talk and their personality.

  • Imagine you are one of the characters in the story. Write a diary entry that reflects thoughts and feelings about an event in his/her life.


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Crowton Christ Church C.E. Primary

Kingsley Road, Crowton,

Cheshire, CW8 2RW

Main Contact: Heather Harris (Head Teacher)

Tel: 01928 788230