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Welcome to Year One!

Mrs Chiasson    Miss Dery     Miss Harding


Home learning- Monday, 12th July, 2021


Please see the texts I sent this morning for links to today's phonics lesson.



Please write a recount about our visit to Newark castle.

Remember to include captial letters, finger spaces and full stops. I would also love to see some adjectives, connectives and some interesting sentence starters eg first, next, finally.


Watch the video and answer the questions, then play the game on topmarks.


We have been learning Jack and the Beanstalk- Talk for writing

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We had an awesome morning learning some cricket skills with Chance to Shine cricket!

We've been enjoying making and playing in our new 'castle' role play area, for our topic about castles. We have added props so we can practice retelling our Talk 4 Writing story, Jack and the Beanstalk.

We are so proud of our Super SWAN Lilly, the author. She has had her fabulous writing published. Well done Lilly!

After learning about the houses in London during The Great Fire, we designed and made our own Tudor houses.

We had a special book delivery today; after reading it, we went on an egg hunt and you’ll never guess what, we found an egg! We learned about animals that lay eggs and predicted what might be inside; could it be a crocodile, a chick, a tree frog or maybe a dinosaur? EDIT... We carefully monitored the egg for the week. First it cracked, then the crack grew bigger, until out popped a little chick. We were very excited and some of our class did some fabulous independent writing about chicks during exploring time.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, we were unable to go on our class walk around Newark, but look, our super duper families have been out exploring, finding the buildings that would have been around at the time of the Great Fire of London! !

As part of our celebrations for National Poetry Day, we have learned a poem called “Queue for the zoo” by Clare Bevan

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Today, we looked at the quill and ink pot from our box of artefacts from London, 1666 and compared the quill to a modern pen, discussing how it worked.  We then practiced using a soft and hard pencil to draw it in our sketch books. It was also lovely to hear all the facts the children had remembered from yesterday’s lesson about life in 1666.
Before exploring spring poems this week, we went out hunting for signs of spring. We wrote lists and used the iPads to take photos of the things we found. On our return to the classroom, the children chose their favourite photo and told us about it, using the voice recording tool on seesaw.
After learning about healthy eating, Year 1 designed and made our own healthy sandwiches. They were delicious!

Today, we had a TEAMS video call with Dee, Lilly’s Nan, who owns a Pancake Parlour. We asked her lots of questions about what it is like to run a cafe. The children listened beautifully and quite a few of them confidently asked her questions. We found out about the roles in a cafe, keeping everywhere clean, how to make pancakes and waffles, menus and many other exciting things. The children played beautifully in our cafe role play area afterwards.

Please use the translate button (top left) if you would like to read anything on this website in a different language.
I would like to encourage you to access the learning on TEAMS, if you can. I have sent you a link to get on to our class team, and your user name and password. Please let me know if you have any problems. 
Home learning

Please send me your child's work each day so I can see how they are getting on. We will be sticking to the planned curriculum so we don't miss out on any learning. I will try to provide videos to support learning wherever possible. We understand everyone is under lots of pressure but would appreciate it if you could encourage your child to do as much as they can. Contact me at least once a week to let me know how you are.


Please do not feel the need to print out any sheets. We are now using Microsoft TEAMS, as our online platform, and all work can be completed on there or in your child's home learning books.


Please message me at if I can support you in any way.

Please continue to read regularly using the RWI books on this website. Please read the books available for your child's reading band. I have sent you a text with our class login. 

Free phonics games

Useful website- has been made free during lockdown. It is a very useful way of practising phonics and the children love it.

Username: Jan21

Password: home

Lover's Lane Story Time
Which activity will you do to celebrate world book day?
Monday, 1st March- Friday, 5th March
Welcome back after half term, we hope you had a lovely week off relaxing!
Week beginning 22nd February, 2021

Possible half term activities:


What a fabulous poem!

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Super reading!

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Look who was keen to join in with our phonics this morning!

Super Swans!

Well done to Lilly and Teddy for completing lots of their learning on TEAMS today!

Friday, 21st January, 2021


You have been sent texts with a link to your child's phonics lesson today. This lesson is also available on TEAMS.



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Unfortunately, I can't put our usual RWI mat on here due to copywrite, I hope this helps. Thanks Twinkl!


Practice adding numbers by completing the 10, for example 8+5 is equal to 10+3 when the 10 frame is filled.

Afternoon Reading


If you are able to access TEAMS, I would recommend completing this lesson on there.

PE/ Mindfulness

Trolls | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

A Cosmic Kids yoga adventure with the Trolls all about bringing happiness to the world!⭐ Sign up for FREE access to our Yoga Quest challenge where you print ...

Thursday, 21st January, 2021


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Choose your challenge!

Practise reading!


Look at a recipe, do you think it would matter if the pictures got all muddled up. Would the recipe still work? In computing,  it is important that the algorithm is in the correct order. If it isn't, we need to debug it! 

Can you put the sentences in the correct order so they make sense?

Thankful-Thursday (1) vid.mp4

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Wednesday, 20th January, 2021

Join me at 2.30pm today for our first live storytime on teams!


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Grounding breathing

Answer the questions in your book or print out the sheets.

igh - How many of these words can you read? (Click on the pictures to enlarge them) Twinkl

or practise reading ea words



Watch the video then label the parts of the body.

Draw a picture of a human body and label the parts or print out the sheet below- choose which sheet you want to print!

wishes wednesday ambitions.mp4

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Well done Walter and Teddy for completing your home learning on TEAMS today!

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021

So far, Cat has travelled on a boat, a bus, a bike and a taxi.


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How to travel in the London Underground (Tube) - Tourist Guide

How to travel in the London Underground (Tube) - Tourist Guide... London offers multiple sightseeing options but the thing is.. you have to travel somehow to...


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Read the words, then practice a book on Oxford Owl!


PSHE- Thoughtful Tuesday (click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Monday, 18th January, 2021


Please follow the link on the link I sent you or log in to TEAMS.



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Practise reading these red words.

Now read one of the books on using the password I sent you.

Art:   Pablo Picasso- Abstract Portraits

Watch the video then have a go at creating your own abstract portrait.

Can you draw pictures of facial features, cut them out and stick them in unusual places? Or you could cut up a picture of a face and move the parts in to unusual places.


Remember an abstract picture doesn't have to look like anything real, it could be very unusual!

Here are some example of other childrens abstract portraits, I can't wait to see yours!

Super Swans!

Look what we have been up to this week:

Friday, 15th January, 2021


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Maths - Num Tang Junior

As we finished our maths topic yesterday, I thought we'd practice a bit subitizing (quickly recognising how many objects are in a group) in this game.


Start on level 3, unless you want to practice on smaller numbers first. Look at the 4 cards find two pictures or numbers that match. Click on both pictures so they have a black outline. If they are right, they will dissappear and you will earn a point, see if you can collect ten points before the timer runs out to move on to the next level.

Afternoon Reading!

Teach you grown ups this song! 


Afterwards, can you remember how to write the words?

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

You can of just play and see if you can transport the socks like a crab or scorpion!

Sonic The Hedgehog | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Active yoga


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Thursday, 14th January, 2021


Please follow the links I sent to you this morning.



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Can you draw a picture of Cat and make a puppet?
Now retell the story!
Afternoon reading
PSHE- Well being week


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Wednesday, 13th January, 2021


Please follow the links to the Read, write, inc videos you were sent this morning.


Inside Buckingham Palace Grand Tour

Watch the video


Last week in computing, hopefully you tried the lego building activity and found out that we need to give clear instuctions for something to work exactly as we'd like. In computing, we call this an algorithm.

Today, I'd like you to log on to purple mash and choose the 'To do'  Bird. Please message me if you can't remember your log in. (It should be in your reading diary) Please follow the precise instructions, or algorithm, below.
PSHE- Well being week - Wishes Wednesday!

wishes-wednesday with sound.mp4

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Tuesday, 12th January, 2021

Happy Birthday Walter!

Please complete this morning's phonics which you should have received by text this morning.
Watch this video for a few minutes.

The Last Night of The Proms - Royal Albert Hall


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Watch the video.
Afternoon phonics:
Science - Growing
Who do you think these pictures are of?
Ask a grown up if they have any photos of you when you were little? Have you changed? How?
Wellness week- Thoughtful Tuesday

PowerPoint Slide Show - [Thoughtful-Tuesday-1] 2021-01-11 21-37-36.mp4

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Monday, 11th January, 2021

London | London Eye Sorry about the adverts- it's the best I could find!

The tallest structure along the banks of the River Thames, and one of the newest, is the London Eye. Constructed using parts from all over Europe, this 443 f...

Can you see these places on the video?


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Watch the video:


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Well-being week

PowerPoint Slide Show - [Mighty-Monday].mp4

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Read in 10 - try to relax and read for pleasure for at least 10 minutes.

You could read to yourself, to an adult, to a sibling or even to your pet or a teddy! 

You could read your school book, a book from home or a book on Oxford Owl.

Remember to record your read in your Reading Record. 


My star of the week this week was Amelia. She has worked really hard to complete all of the learning and has sent it to me. I have been super-impressed by it all, well done Amelia!

Friday, 8th January, 2021
(Please excuse any shakiness and mess- these videos have been recorded by my children!)

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Can you join in with this song by working out the answers?

Doubles Addition Facts Song

A song that helps kids learn and memorize doubles facts up to 12 plus 12.Subscribe! ➜ the Ho...

Watch today's lesson:
Choose which challenge you would like to complete. Most children should complete the first activity. For the second activity, you will need construction bricks, such as lego.

Computing....... without a computer!


  • Get a set of construction toys or toys you can join together.
  • Sit back to back with someone.
  • Without looking, tell the other person how to build a model. eg ‘Take a red rectangular (cuboid) block and place a green square block on top, in the middle of the red block. Place a yellow square block on the top.’
  • When you have finished, does the other persons model look like you wanted it to?
  • Why do you think it might be different?
  • If you made a model too, can you take a photo of both and send the pictures to me please.

No cheating!

Thursday, 7th January, 2021
Write the answers to the questions, on the sheet you think will challenge you, in your book.
Afternoon phonics
Practice reading your groups phonic sounds:
 Look at the pictures and practice drawing a portrait.
Wednesday, 6th January, 2021


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Look at the pictures of the numicon below:

Can you solve these problems and write them in your book?

Double 2 is

Double 4 is

Double 5 is

Double 6 is

Double 8 is

Tens and ones
Use the 10 frames you made yesterday to add the tens and ones together to answer the addition sums. Now look, how many tens have you got? How many ones have you got? Can you write your answers like in the example on the right?
Afternoon phonics:
Watch the video
Draw a simple table in your book, as below. What can you find around your house that is living or non-living?
Homelearning- Tuesday, 5th January, 2021
Please complete the phonics lessons which I texted to you this morning.

Practice singing the alphabet song then practice writing the alphabet in lower case letters. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz


Can you challenge yourself and find out how to write the alphabet in capital letters?

Watch the video - Numbers from 11 to 20
If you practised making teen numbers with the ten frames and multilink yesterday, write the answers to the sheet below in your home learning books.
Or if you worked with Miss Dery or I yesterday, ask a grown up to help you draw two ten frames in your book. Can you put pennies in the squares and practise counting out numbers between 11 and 20?
Afternoon phonics
Afternoon maths
Teach your grown ups the continents song. Can you remember which continent we live on?
Can you find the UK on google earth?
Watch the videos and complete the activities. Can you name the parts of the UK and their capital cities?


Please read your Read Write Inc book to someone at home.

Year One Christmas Homelearning ideas:

- Spend time with your family.

- Share books with your family.

- Go for a walk in your favourite place.

- Make someone laugh or smile.

- Play a board game.

- Write a message to someone to tell them why they are special.

- Count Christmas decorations on a walk. Have you seen more stars or more Santas?

- Write a diary about what your elf is doing.




During the week, we found out the ‘elf on the shelf’ was from the North Pole so we have been finding out what the area around the Arctic is like. As if by magic, it began to snow! We decided we’d use our senses to explore the snow and imagined how cold it must be in the North Pole! (Sorry some of the photos are blurred..... it was cold!)
Home learning

When your child has completed their home learning, if you are able, it would be fantastic if you could email pictures of it to me so I can see what they have been up to. Please let me know if you are happy for me to share your child's work on the website so we can celebrate how amazing they are!


Please date your child's work in their book. I will be collecting all of the home learning in on our return to school. I can't wait to see what they have done!

Read, Write Inc phonics

During our isolation period, Mrs Chiasson will text you daily phonics videos to watch with your child. After watching them, please ask your child to use ‘Fred fingers’ to support them to write words using today’s sound, these could be the words they have read on the green word cards or you may think of other words, which are similar in difficulty.
The children should practice reading the phonemes (sounds the letters make in reading) every day. Below you will find some cards you can print if you can and a video which you can use to support your pronunciation or you can watch it with your child to practice the sounds.

Pronunciation guide

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Please read the free e-books for your child's reading level.

Super Duper Learning!
Monday, 30th November, 2020

Can you write some rhyming strings?

Can you write a rhyming sentence using the words you have thought of?


eg The frog sat on the log.


Remember to use 'Fred fingers'; write a capital letter at the start, leave spaces between words and put a full stop at the end. 

Subtraction- Practise taking away by completing the activities
Ask your family and friends which is their favourite fruit? Colour in a square next to the fruit.
I can't wait to see you tomorrow!
Friday, 26th November, 2020
Now draw some pictures to show the main events in the story. e.g The meerkats found a passion fruit. The vulture wanted it. It splatted on the ground. You could draw boxes like one of the story maps below.
Maths - Counting back

How can you make an ice cube? Put water in a waterproof container. How can you turn it into ice?

Send me a photo of what you did? 
Thursday, 26th November, 2020
Practice writing 'she' and 'we'.
Catch it

Passion fruit

Can you use some of the tricky words from the song and your 'fred fingers to write a sentence about the animals trying to get the passion fruit? For example: 'We can get the passion fruit' or 'he can jump to catch the passion fruit' or 'she did run and get the passion fruit'   
Draw a small table with three coloumn, like in the picture below. Choose a number, write it in the middle column, in the left column write the number which is one less than your number and in the right column write the number which is one more than your number. Repeat with two more numbers.

PSHE - What's your emergency?

Wednesday, 25th November, 2020




Write 'I', 'the', 'to' and 'go' once, then practice writing 'no' and 'he' three times.
Catch it
The meerkats and the vulture want to catch the fruit. The fruit is called a passion fruit. It is full of seeds. What other fruits have seeds inside? Can you draw them, then use 'fred fingers' to help you label them? eg It is a .... or you could say 'This is a ...'
Play the warm up game to practise more and less.
Watch the video then answer the questions.
Draw the part part whole models in your book and use them to write the number sentences or print out the worksheets.
Computing- Pictograms
Look at the email i sent you at the weekend or in your reading diary for your login. Click on the '2do's', then scroll down until you find '2count'. Scroll down on the window, choose the fruit. Now ask your family, phone someone or even ask your teddy bears- everytime someone chooses their favourite fruit, click on the fruit. After, look at the pictogram and see which is the most popular fruit?
Tuesday, 24th November, 2020
English- Catch it
Tricky word song
Write 'I' and 'the' once, then practice writing 'to' and 'go'.
Catch it

Warm up- 

Can you be the teacher? Ask your grown up or someone in your family to 'show me' one more than a number up to 10 or one less than a number up to 10. How can you check if they are right?

PSHE - Local Heroes
Who have you seen helping people around Newark? How do they help people?
Monday, 23rd November, 2020
English - Catch it
Watch the tricky word song then practise writing 'I' and 'the' in your book.
Now watch the video 'Catch it'
Talk about what happens in the video.

Warm up- 

Can you be the teacher? Ask your grown up or someone in your family to 'show me' one more than a number up to 10 or one less than a number up to 10. How can you check if they are right?

In class, we had started learning about Diwali and had begun making special Diwa candles. Please watch the video below:

Traditionally, at Diwali, everyone in the family helps to tidy the house.


Can you do a helpful job like tidying your bedroom, sorting out your clothes/toys or perhaps dusting the house?

Don't forget to send me a picture of you tidying or cleaning!
Super Swan's Home Learning!
Friday, 20th November, 2020
English- Meerkat facts
Read the information about Meerkats with your grown ups or watch Andy's Wild adventures (Link below).

Can you write a fact about Meerkats?

Use your 'Fred fingers' to sound out the words. Remember to use a capital letter, leave finger spaces and put a full stop at the end of your idea.

Maths- Finding a part
Draw the part part whole models in your book and work out the answers to the sums or print out the sheet.


Today, if you have the ingredients, we are going to observe what happens to an egg when it is heated. Please follow the instructions below:


If you don't have any eggs, can you heat something else, such as chocolate or cheese, and investigate how it changes.

Can you draw a picture to show what the egg is like before you heat it? When it is heating? and when it has cooled down? Is it a liquid or a solid?
Have a great weekend! 
Thursday, 19th November, 2020
English - Meerkat Mail

Pretend you are Sonny and you are telling someone where you went.


Draw a picture of a place that you think Sonny would like to visit.


Think of your idea then use your 'Fred fingers and the word bank to write your sentence.


eg 'On Monday, I went to .....',


You could write what it was like eg 'It was hot.' 


Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Maths - Addition using bonds
Talk about the sheet with your grown up and write your answers in your book or print out the sheet. You could use small toys to help you count, or draw your own ten frames in your book!
Look at the map symbols below. What do you think they mean? Have you seen any of these symbols anywhere before?
Games you could play to practice our learning:
Roll the dice, read the next word on that line and colour it in. Which line will you finish colouring first?
Wednesday, 18th November, 2020

English - Meerkat Mail


Can you use this storymap to help you retell the story of Meerkat Mail? What do story tellers do? Perhaps you could try changing your voice to make it sound even more interesting. You could video your story time or tell your family the story! 

Unfortunately we haven't used a story map in class yet but hopefully you can see the drawings help remind us of key events in the story, on each day of the week. If you find it tricky to remember the story, you could always watch the video from Monday again.
Maths- Addition - Adding more
Watch the video:
Answer the questions below in your book or print out the sheet if you can:



Log in to using the log in details in your reading diary. Please message me if you can't find it. Click on 2do's then have a go at 2explore. Click on the red circle to record your tune, then the green triangle to play it back. Don't forget to press save so I can listen to your masterpiece!


Feel free to have a go at some of the other 2dos.

Phonics sheets which could support todays phonics if you'd like to do a little more practice:
Tuesday, 17th November, 2020
English - Meerkat Mail

Use these pictures to tell the story to your grown up or watch the video from yesterday.

In the story, Sonny does something different each day. Can you teach your grown up our days of the week song?
Print this out or practice writing the days of week in your book. What do you notice about all of the words?
Adding together
Talk about the problems on the sheets with your grown up. Can you draw your own ten frames in your book? or perhaps use the app below to help solve the problems and write the addition sentences in your book?
or print out the worksheet
Over the term, we have been learing about materials. Today, we are thinking about why we should recycle or reuse materials when we have finished with them.
Complete the sheet below or help your grown up to sort out your recycling.
Games your child could play today:
Monday, 16th November, 2020
Before watching the video, see if your child can tell you what has happened so far in the story ‘Meerkat Mail’. Then watch the video up the point where he has sent a postcard from the marsh, where do you think he might go next? Discuss your ideas then watch the video until the end.
Can you use some paper to make a postcard? (Or just write in your book). Use your ‘Fred fingers’ and the word bank below to help you write “It is hot. It is my home”.

Word bank

After watching the video, look at this document and talk about the answers together.

Floating and sinking
Can you carry out your own experiment at home to see which materials float and sink?

This term our topic is:

We are going to Africa.

As part of our topic, ‘We are going to Africa‘, we have been learning about the Masai tribes in Tanzania. We learned that they live very traditionally in houses made from sticks, mud and straw. Today, we had a go at building miniature mud houses for some small world people. We used a simple tepee design and used our knotting skills, from our earlier bag making in DT, to join them together. We had lots of fun. We gave it a good go but decided it is very hard to build mud houses!😀

We went looking for signs of autumn in the playground and forest school area. We saw red, yellow, orange, green and brown leaves. We found pine cones and catkins. We even found some slug or snail eggs.

A beauty on the beast!

Eek, what a frightening place to read! Well done!

Aaah, what a relaxing read! Well done!

Ooh, a secret reading den! Well done!

Diving into reading! Well done!

Branching out in reading! Well done!

Mrs Chiasson has found it hard to put her books down!

Sssshhh, don't tell anyone but I think Year One could be the best class at doing this challenge!!! (There might be a few ideas under the poster!)

What could you do?

After reading 'One plastic bag', we decided to design an environmentally friendly bag for Isatou, the character in the story, to carry her money home from the market. We looked at the useful features of various bags, then designed our own. We made a 'mock' bag with paper and practised tying knots. We then made our own bags with fabric. Great work Year One!

We have been exploring range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Here we practised mixing our own colours when copying beautiful African scenes.

Thank you for all your Harvest Festival donations. Everyone looks amazing in their rainbow clothes, well done Year One!

Tuesday, 6th October, 2020
Activities to support learning at home today:
Phonics activity:
Today's maths:
Other lessons:

Seesaw Information for parents




Here at Lovers’ Lane we are continually looking at ways to make learning more accessible and engaging for the children and one of the ways in which we would like to do this is through our use of technology in the classroom. When using technology it can be difficult to capture the work the children do so we would like to set up accounts for the children using an app called Seesaw. 

Seesaw (, is a secure online journal where students can document and reflect on what they are learning in class. Your child will be able to add the things we work on (including photos, videos, worksheets, drawings and voice recordings) to their Seesaw journal.  

In order for your child to use Seesaw, the app needs your child’s name. This is so that teachers are able to assign work and so that your child is able to associate work like their photos, videos or voice recordings with their account. Seesaw only uses this information to provide the service and doesn’t advertise in Seesaw, create profiles of students, or share or sell your child’s personal information or journal content. It only adds their name to the teachers’ class list. You can read more about their strong privacy promises here:

Under an EU law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in order for your child to use Seesaw, we must get your consent. As a school, we are incredibly excited by the opportunities Seesaw will provide. Its use here at Lovers’ Lane will help us to continue to make the curriculum more exciting and engaging for all children. 

You will receive a message by text with a link to a permission form. Please complete this as soon as possible. If you do not have internet access please contact your child’s teacher for a paper permission slip. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to email me:


Kind regards, 


Mrs L Williams (Computing Lead) 

Following lock down, we will be covering objectives from both the Year One curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to ensure we meet the needs of all the children in our class.

We are learning to read using the Read Write Inc phonics strategy. 

Year One Letter, September, 2020