Useful links

Listed below are lots of links to websites, videos and games which we think will support your child’s learning. Please contact us if you’ve found something useful that you’d like to share with other parents!

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Phonics Presentation

Phonics at Writtle Infant School presentation - given to Year 1 parents in February 2017, in preparation for the end of year phonics screening.

Mr Thorne does Phonics - including the children's favourite, Geraldine the Giraffe!



  letters-and-sounds.com

Letters and Sounds - has simple flash cards that can be printed at home for children to practice with and draw sound buttons onto.


TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers' top 100 fiction books that all children should read before leaving primary school. Click here to see the results.


Phonic Alien Adventure app

Phonic Alien Adventure for the iPad - Phonic Alien Adventure uses fun and engaging graphics to help children develop their phonic awareness. The game is set on the spaceship of a friendly alien species called the Zeeboes. The player must help to identify the object at the end of the conveyor belt by scrolling through the missing phonemes (sounds). If they select the correct phoneme and complete the word correctly then the object will be beamed up into the hatch. The game has 5 levels that gradually increase in difficulty with longer words and more missing phonemes.


Topmarks website

The Topmarks website is absolutely full of useful maths games you can play with children of any age. Click here for maths games for 5 - 7 year olds.

Year 1 loved this Farmer Pete song which helped them with their number bonds to 10!


Mr DeMaio's great version of the 3 times table, to the tune of Uptown Funk. Also take a look at the rest of his times tables songs, all sung to chart hits.

NumberRock have some great maths videos which the Year 2 children have enjoyed in class. This one has a really helpful graphic at 2:25 to remind the children how to round numbers up or down.

One of our apps of the week, the children can practise the four mathematical operations with a game of Math Bingo. This earns them bugs which they can use to play games within the app!


Marvellous Maths club links!



We played Topmarks' place value charts game at Marvellous Maths club. Practise making a number with units, tens, hundreds and even thousands! Tablet friendly.

Topmarks' Thinking of a Number game encourages the children to guess a number by revealing the clues on the clouds one by one. Not tablet friendly.

Topmarks' Hit the Button game is full of options for the children to practice anything from number bonds to times tables. There is also an app of this game which you can download from the usual places.



Topmarks' Caterpillar Ordering and Sequencing game helps the children to order their numbers and to spot number patterns, helping them to count in 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s etc. The children really enjoyed this in Marvellous Maths club.


Toy Shop Money is a game to help children understand UK money, where children use coins to make up varying amounts to buy toys and work out change.


Calamity's Quest - Children need to solve the mathematical problems on shapes, symmetry and position to help Captain Calamity rescue Princess Amber!



BBC KS1 Bitesize game, Shape Lab, looks at properties of 2D shapes and 3D shapes, fractions of shapes and symmetry.


Click on the turning man to see him make a quarter turn, half turn, three-quarters turn and whole turn.


Topmarks Shapes games we have played in Marvellous Maths Club are Symmetry Matching, Symmetry Sorting, Geoboard and Polygon Playground.



Topmarks Measures games we have played in Marvellous Maths Club are Mostly Postie, Alien Cookbook and Hickory Dickory Dock.



The StoryBots app is full of great animated videos for Foundation Stage children - about letters, numbers, days and months, space, dinosaurs, healthy food and much more. The children love the videos which are funny, clever and educational!

Mr Thorne does Phonics - including the children's favourite, Geraldine the Giraffe!

Phonic Alien Adventure app

Phonic Alien Adventure for the iPad - Phonic Alien Adventure uses fun and engaging graphics to help children develop their phonic awareness. The game is set on the spaceship of a friendly alien species called the Zeeboes. The player must help to identify the object at the end of the conveyor belt by scrolling through the missing phonemes (sounds). If they select the correct phoneme and complete the word correctly then the object will be beamed up into the hatch. The game has 5 levels that gradually increase in difficulty with longer words and more missing phonemes.

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Year 1 Organisation and Curriculum - September 2017
This handout was given out at the parents meeting at the start of term but is relevant for the whole academic year ahead.

Year 1 Curriculum
Outline of the full curriculum for Year 1


The StoryBots songs about space are all brilliant! The children loved watching We Are The Planets in class for our new topic, 'Out of this World', but we would strongly recommend their other videos too!


We definitely recommend the other great animated videos in the StoryBots app. Among the topics covered are space, dinosaurs, the human body, great inventors and much more. The children love the videos which are funny, clever and educational!

It would be very helpful if the children could be given opportunities to become familiar with keyboard layout, to assist with our computing work. BBC Bitesize has a good tutorial called Dance Mat Typing that teaches the beginnings of touch typing which the children may enjoy working through.

Information video on 2017 Key Stage 1 tests, shown to Year 2 parents at our SATs meeting on 23rd March 2017.

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Year 2 Organisation and Curriculum - September 2017
This handout was given out at the parents meeting at the start of term but is relevant for the whole academic year ahead.

Thinkuknow logothinkuknow.co.uk
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency's guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people, as well as a link for children to report abuse online.

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kidsmart.org.uk
Childnet's website for children about the Internet and being a SMART surfer.

childnet.com
Childnet is a charity helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children.



saferinternet.org.uk
The UK Safer Internet Centre offers e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

net-aware.org.uk
Net Aware is a joint initiative between O2 and the NSPCC to create a guide with information and advice for parents on the most popular social networks, apps and games used by children and young people.

netsmartznetsmartz.org
Educational resource about Internet safety from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

NHS Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group's A Parent’s Guide to Common Childhood Illnesses and Wellbeing is an extensive and informative handbook for anyone who cares for a child aged from birth to 11 years old.

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Jump Start Jonny - aerobic work out videos for children. We use these in school and at our Wake Up and Shake Up club, the children love them!

BBC video on coping with feeling angry.


Children's Health Project Health & Wellbeing Questionnaire

Why not complete our Children's Health Project Health & Wellbeing Questionnaire with your child or children? This is designed to help you think about how active and healthy you and your family are and what improvements you could make to increase both your physical and mental wellbeing.

We used this 3 minute meditation from The Honest Guys and were astonished at its affect on the children. They were so calm and relaxed, not only throughout the video, but afterwards as well. Highly recommended.


This is very useful advice from CBBC Newsround, if your children have been affected by recent terrible events in the news. There is also a reassuring video to help your children cope with their concerns.

Appropriate bedtimes for children

Good sleep routines for children are important. Here are some ideas for you to try:

  • A nice warm bath is a soothing experience, and getting your child clean and dry is a great way to ease them into bedtime
  • Brush their teeth
  • Get them changed for bed.
  • Play a quiet game.
  • Have a chat.
  • Read a bedtime story.
  • Tuck in and say goodnight.

Guide to the nasal spray flu immunisation which will be administered to children this term if their parents have given consent.

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