The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

We enter to learn, we leave to achieve!

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In the links above, you will find out all about the exciting learning that is yet to come this half term! Please have a browse.


Below you will find important information regarding your child's PE time slot and information on reading.


At the bottom of the page you will find the children's class blog - A weekly update of all the exciting things that happen within the week! Enjoy!


P.E. Days


Year 1 have P.E weekly and the day will be confirmed with a sign on the door.  Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit at school on this day. Hair should be tied up and earrings MUST be removed on these days. Your child will not be able to join in with P.E if they have earrings in.






Big Difference

NumBots is an online game and playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have.


Logging In

The children have brought home a username label in their reading record. NumBots can be accessed on a laptop or computer. Alternatively, the Numbots App is available at the Apple Store and on Google Play Store. This allows children to use Numbots on mobile devices and tablets.


Little and often

In order to get the best out of NumBots children should regularly play for short bursts so we would ask you to give them 3 minutes, five times a week.


Game Types

1. Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams and shapes.

2. Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.


Spelling Shed


Spelling Shed follows a spelling programme linked to the National Curriculum. This will be implemented in your child’s weekly English and SPAG sessions in school, with a homework task linked to the spelling pattern for the week.


The children will have login details in their reading record. Spelling Shed can be accessed on most devices through your chosen web browser, including laptops and tablets. A Spelling Shed app is also available at the Apple Store and on Google Play Store.


In order to get the best out of Spelling Shed children should regularly play for short bursts so we would ask you to give them access in short bursts, five times a week.


Spelling Shed has a Spelling option and a Phonics option in free-play mode. Stages in Spelling Shed correspond to your child’s year group. Homework challenges will be set weekly with assigned tasks.


Reading Books


Each week, you will receive one reading book matched to your child’s phonetic level. This book coincides with the Read. Write. Inc. book they will be reading during their daily phonics sessions with their RWI teacher. This book will be changed every Friday. Children will also read with staff in school, so please ensure they have this with them every day.


In the front of RWInc Book Bag Books, you will find supportive notes to help your child read the book; this follows a similar structure to how they read at school. RWInc follows a teaching sequence to encourage children to read, rather than recall the text they are presented with.


Our suggested activities for your child’s RWInc Book Bag Book -


  1. (Day 1) – Ask your child to read the title, the Story Green Words and Red Words. Child to read the text, if able, or explore the illustrations.
  2. (Day 2) – Ask your child to read the first half of the book, using questioning to deepen their understanding.
  3. (Day 3) – Recap what has been read. Ask your child to read the second half of the book, using questioning to deepen their understanding.
  4. (Day 4) – Ask your child to retell the story using the pictures in the back of the book to help them.
  5. (Day 5) – Read the questions at the back of the book aloud to your child and ask him or her to find the answers in the relevant pages.


You will also receive access to your child’s RWI book they are reading in their daily phonics sessions. Your child’s RWI teacher sets this book on Oxford Owl. Please use the login at the front of your child’s reading record.


When you read with your child, please write into their reading record so that your child works towards receiving their reading certificate and prize. For every day your child reads at home, they receive a tick on their Reading Chart.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.


Class Blog – Friday 13th January 2023


AA – We have been reading Lost and Found.

RP-M – Oliver Jeffers is the author.

SB – We have been writing lost or found poster for the penguin.

ZK – So Pip could get back home.



SE – We have been using number bonds to make 10 and 20

E-RG – We used part whole models too.

HH – We were also doubling. Double 10 is 20.

LA – Double 20 is 40.

AA – Double 40 is 80.

RP-M – Double 8 is 16



LA – We started to learn about the Arctic and Antarctic.

EA – Polar Bears live in the Arctic and Penguins live in the Antarctic.

FJ – Antarctica is the South Pole

HH – Antarctica is the largest dessert.



M-JP – This term we are painting. We painted with watercolours.

AK – We painted a landscape of Antarctica.



CO – We set goals and said how we would achieve them.



KW – We moved the space rocket.

TG – We are learning to animate this half term.


1B have really enjoyed being back at school!

AA – I really enjoyed painting.

ZK – I really enjoyed making the landscape.

SE – I liked moving the rocket.

AK – I liked playing with my friends outside again.

KW – I loved playing outside again.

FJ – I loved painting.

CO – I liked having lunch at school again.

ME – I loved painting too.

AL – Me too!

SJ – I loved seeing all my friends again.


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