Well done Nectaria 1M
The children have once again had another super busy week! We started the week off in style, literally, by wearing odd socks on Monday to raise awareness for 'Anti-Bullying Week'. Both classes also spent time discussing this and exploring ways that we can be kind, caring and the best of friends to each other.
In Maths this week, both classes have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes and have blown both Mr. Law and Mrs. Mears away with their knowledge of shapes; don't be too shocked this weekend if your child refers to the tins in the kitchen as "cylinders", or starts to refer to their football as a "sphere" instead. We have also looked at making repeating patterns with our shapes.
In English we have continued to read the text, the 'Darkest Dark' by Chris Hadfield, which centers around a small boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From using this text as a reference point, we have been able to describe space, the moon, his rocket and even looked at the Moon Landing of 1969. The children have written some fantastic independent sentences using all of their brilliant ideas.
This week for D&T, we have planned, made and evaluated our own Fruit Salad. The children designed their own fruit salads and then plated them up after using child friendly kitchen utensils to chop up their fruit pieces . Lots of children were really adventurous and tried different fruits they haven't tasted before. Lots of children seemed to enjoy mango and kiwi fruit, though the avocado didn't prove to be too popular. They finished their project by writing up an evaluation.
Thank you once again for all your support from home. It is great to see so many children using the Reading Eggs software and ultimately developing their phonics skills. It is always nice to read comments in the children's reading journals about the super reading they are doing at home each night too; we really do appreciate it! Finally, the homework for Autumn 2 has now been sent out, please try your best to complete some of the tasks posted.
Have a lovely weekend and thank you once again from all the Year 1 team.
End of Week 1
The children have been really busy during our first week back; from telling us about their wonderful Halloween outfits from last weekend to the firework displays some saw this week. Some sounded very scary indeed (their outfits, not the fireworks)!
We have spent time this week during our English lessons writing some instructions on how to stay safe using sparklers or fireworks and during our Maths lessons, we have been revisiting subtraction and using different strategies; ask your child to share one of these with you.
During our Topic lessons, we have been looking at our local area, Lostock Hall, and discussed our school address. Now that the children understand a postal address a little better, they should have no problems when it comes to writing their letters to Santa Claus in the coming weeks.
It has been fantastic to see so many children using the Reading Eggs program so far (log in details are still in the front of your child's Reading Diary). Class champions have been announced for over the half-term holidays and the new competition is underway for the person who completes the most Reading Eggs lessons this half-term. We have all had a go on Reading Eggs this week and it's fair to say that all the children absolutely love it. Let's see who can get the most eggs ......... Good Luck!
End of Term
On behalf of all the Year 1 staff, and the wider staff in school, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and guardians for their unwavering support during this first term back. Following on from such a disrupted academic year previously; the way the children have settled into their new Year 1 classes is remarkable – they certainly deserve a ‘pat on the back’ (social distance permitting!).
We would like to wish you all a wonderful week off and enjoy the hard-earned break.
Don’t get too spooooooooooked by the Halloween activities!
Mr Law & Mrs Mears and the Year 1 Team.
Your child has now been provided with their own personal log in details for ‘Reading Eggs’; these have been stuck into the front of their Reading Diaries.
Reading Eggs is an online reading program that fundamentally helps children learn to read; it also helps to support the phonics we are teaching in school and is suitably differentiated.
With hundreds of online interactive reading lessons, phonics games and books for all abilities, the children seem to love ‘reading’ on the iPad / computer. As a school, we can monitor each child’s progress and see how they are getting on (and how many eggs they have collected).
If you could take the time to do the initial ‘assessment’ on the game with your child, which takes about 5 minutes, the program will then be set to use at the right level. We have found that children who have used this software regularly have really improved their phonics, spelling and writing results. Furthermore, the children love playing the game too: WIN - WIN!
Home learning Thursday 22nd October
Reading: as yesterday
Phonics: Today we are learning the er sound. Use the phoneme spotter activity in the resources section to highlight any 'er' sounds.
English: See yesterday
Today we are going to be applying our new subtraction knowledge to the 'Part/Whole' model. Have a go at the worksheet in the resources section to practice this.
Topic: History- 'Curriculum Catch Up'
We would like you to research old forms of transport. Have a look at this clip on YouTube about the history of transportation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25IaUQ_oUyM
Can you draw a picture of an old form of transport and a newer comparison. Can you write some features of each and compare?
Home learning Wednesday 21st October
Reading: Either read one of your home reading books or find an appropriate text on the Oxford Reading Owl website.
Phonics: Today we are recapping on our new sounds air and ear. Complete the worksheet in the resources section to practice these.
Today we are writing up the next part of our own stories. You should be up to the part of the story where we introduce the story setting and what your monster loves.
Your sentences may look like this:
The scary monster lives in the enchanted forest. The forest is magical and has lots of beautiful flowers.
The monster loves flowers and likes to steal them from peoples back gardens!
Please bear in mind that your story will sound different based on your story ideas but make sure that you include lots of good description and try and use 'and' to extend your sentences.
Tomorrow will be writing the next part of your story. How does your creature steal the things he loves?
Can you recap on addition and create some addition number sentences using a dice to generate numbers? Use counters or draw illustrations to help you.
Today we are introduced to the subtraction symbol. Using counters or anything from around the house complete the worksheet in the resources section.
Topic: Geography- 'Curriculum Catch Up'
We are thinking about our journey to school. Can you use Google Maps to map your journey. Try using directional language such as, forwards, turn, straight ahead, right and left. Once you have mapped your journey as an extension task can you draw a rough map of your journey including roads you drive/walk down and adding any buildings you walk past, E.g. a church, shops, houses?
Home learning Tuesday 20th October
Reading- See Monday
Today we are learning the 'ear' sound. Can you use the phoneme spotter in the resources section to highlight any ear words? You might also see other sounds previously learned.
English: See Monday
Using a number line, can you count forwards and backwards from 0-20? Can you choose a number and say one more or one less?
Today we are introducing the idea of subtraction through stories. Complete the worksheet provided to practice this.
Topic: Science 'Curriculum Catch Up'
Today we are going to be investigating shadows. If it is a sunny day you could head into the garden and try and create some shadows of your own. You could place paper onto the floor and draw around shadows you create. If the weather is not permitting then have a look at the experiment in the resources section where you can use a torch to create shadows. How do you think shadows are made? What do we need to create shadows?
Home Learning Monday 19th October
Choose one of your home reading books to read for at least 10 minutes. Can you spot any of our new phonics sounds in your reading book?
You have been set a learning task on PurpleMash all about the 'air' sound. Before you do this task think of some words with the 'air' sound in them and write them down.
This week we will be writing our own story using our story alternatives from the Aliens love Underpants story.
Today you will practice writing super sentences about the first part of your story. This should include an introduction to your character. You should look back at your adjectives created last week about your character.
Your sentences might look like this:
Once upon a time there lived a scary Monster. He had a sharp pointy teeth and green slime coming out of his mouth.
Use today's English time to practice your sentence writing and editing any mistakes. Ensure to have a capital letter, full stop and finger spaces. In addition, practice your neatest handwriting and making sure you have included lots of good vocabulary.
Tomorrow you will write your introduction up in your neatest writing.
As a Maths starter activity, can you write down all your number bonds to 10?
We are now going to use our addition knowledge to apply to number stories. Have a look at the worksheet attached and complete.
This week we are having a 'Curriculum Catch Up' week where we are learning about some areas of topics which were missed in the last academic year.
Today have a look at the Ramadan PowerPoint attached to learn about Ramadan as part of the Islam faith.
Ramadan is a time of patience and giving.
Can you think of some ideas of how we give to others? You might like to think about the upcoming Harvest and how we give during this time. It could be examples of what we do in our daily lives to give. Draw and write some examples.
Home learning Friday 16th October
Choose an appropriate text from the Oxford Reading Owl site. Read and explore the text and ask questions about what it happening.
Today we are going to practice writing our words from our spelling test list.
Go through your Phase 3 sound mat and make sure you are confident with these.
Hopefully you will have created some story alternatives for your version of the story. Today our lesson will focus on building vocabulary about your choices. Split an A4 sheet into 4 sections and number them 1-4. Use the ideas from your story alternatives and draw in the boxes. Leave some space around the pictures to write in exciting vocabulary you will use when you write your own story.
Practice counting on a number line or hundred square. Can you count backwards from a given number? Can you count in 2's, 5's and 10's?
Today we are using our new knowledge of 'addition' to apply it to number problems. See the worksheet attached.
Today we are thinking about 'rules' and why we have them. Make a list with an adult of what rules you have at home. Why do you have these rules? Then talk to an adult about rules we have in school. Can you make a list of our classroom rules? Use the worksheet provided or create your own rules poster.
Home Learning- Thursday 15th October
Today we are learning the 'ear' sound. Write down some words which have the 'ear' sound in them and place sound buttons on them
Complete the worksheet where you will have the opportunity to decide if the 'ear' words are nonsense or real.
Now we have re-written our 'Aliens Love Underpants' story we are going to have a go at writing one of our very own. Have a look at the sheet attached and create some story alternative in pictures and words. Today is all about talking our ideas through to get a good idea what will happen in our version of the story.
We are learning our number bonds to 10. As a starter sing along to 'Farmer Pete' as the children will be familiar with this song from class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poJmS5iWfEs&safe=active
Then as teaching tool, watch the video to help you understand today's task: https://vimeo.com/463894279
Complete worksheet attached in resources section.
Refer back to our aerial view maps we created of the classroom during last weeks lesson. Can you say why an aerial map is different to a street view map? Some of you might have created your map in school so you might like to try and make one of your bedroom instead. This week we are going to transform our paper aerial map into a 'Messy Map'. Here are some ideas you might like to use:
Home learning- Wednesday 14th October
As with previous days- for at least 10 minutes per day.
Yellow group: Continue with activity booklet.
Blue group: Today we are learning the 'oi' sound. Can you spot words with the 'oi' sound in the phoneme spotter activity attached in the resources section?
Today we are writing up the final part of our story. Remember the words generated for this picture and orally construct some sentences about it.
Remember to include capital letters, full stops and fingers spaces when you are ready to write your sentence.
Try and include to say a sentence about what Mum is feeling like.
Today we are learning about number bonds within 10 again but writing them down in a systematic way so we know we have got all the possibilities. Look at this clip to help clarify: https://vimeo.com/463893092
Have a go at the worksheet provided and see if you can also illustrate the questions using objects from around the house to bring numbers to life!
Try a bit of 'Cosmic Yoga' and go on a journey with Squish the Fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhYtcadR9nw&safe=active
Home Learning- Tuesday 13th October
Choose a story from the 'Oxford Owl' website appropriate for your child's ability. Ensure to read for at least 10 minutes each day. Are there any tricky words you notice? Can you copy them onto paper as an extension to your reading?
Yellow group: In the resources section you will find an activity booklet to be completing throughout this week.
Blue group: Today we are learning the 'ow' sound. (Clown) Find all the words with this phoneme in the activity sheet attached.
Today we are continuing to write the build up to our 'Aliens Love Underpants' story.
Look at the pictures and write some sentences to describe what is happening using words generated in our story board.
Ensure you say your sentence 3 times before you write and include capital letters and full stops.
Use these pictures to construct some sentences about.
Today we are going to be finding number bonds for numbers within 10. Watch this video to help with understanding the main concepts and helpful ways to learn. https://vimeo.com/463891935
See worksheet attached to complete and practice your new skills.
Today we are going to be reading the Parable of 'The Lost Sheep'. This helps us to understand why Christians believe God cares for everyone. Watch the PowerPoint in the resources section. Can you draw a picture of the sheep and the farmer with thinking bubbles and write how they both might have felt in the story? What moral do you think we can take from this story?
Home learning Monday 12th October
Please ensure to read for at least 10 minutes either choosing a home reading text or an appropriate story for your ability from the Oxford Owl Website.
Watch this episode of ‘Alphablocks’. Can you read and write down some of the words from the episode?
Today we are continuing to re-tell the story of Aliens Love Underpants.
Looking back at our word bank from last week see if you can use some words you generated to re-tell the next part of the story.
Write 2 sentences using your neatest handwriting not forgetting to use capital letters and full stops.
Today we are revisiting ‘Fact families’ as we continue to explore the part/whole model.
You might see the number sentences are arranged in a different way. Can you can explain why?
Watch this link to see how this may be taught: https://vimeo.com/465032733
Access the worksheet in the resources section for today’s activity.
We have been learning about different types of maps in our geography work. Today we are going to be exploring ‘Aerial’ maps (views). Go through the PowerPoint attached in the resources section as a learning tool.
We are going to be thinking about what our classroom might look like as an aerial view. As you are not in class, you might like to create an aerial/ birds eye view of a room in your house. Imagine you are flying above it like a bird and imagine what you might see from that angle.
Home learning Friday 9th October
Read another one of your home reading books today and see if you can spot any tricky words that we have been learning in school.
Complete the attached worksheet the build the CVC words. Can you write any of them in a simple sentence. As an extra challenge you could cut up the letters on card and try to organise the phonemes to create a word.
Today we are going to be looking at the storyboard we created yesterday and writing one or sentences about the first part of the story. Use the words you have generated to say a sentence about what is happening. Once you have held the sentence in your head and repeated it three times, try and use your phonics to write your sentence.
Remember, this is just for the first box of your story board.
Today we are going to use what we learned in addition yesterday to look at some number fact families.
Use this video to help you understand the concept: https://vimeo.com/465032733
Complete the worksheet 'Fact Families' in the resources section below.
We are going to thinking about friendship and consider what it means to be a good friend.
Look at this clip from an old John Lewis Christmas advert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRRTUEQ7qmM How did bear feel and why? Why was the hare a good friend?
What would you have done to cheer bear up if he was your friend?
Complete the recipe for friendship worksheet in the resources section and write some key words to show what a good friend should show. You can also draw some pictures to illustrate your points.
Home learning Thursday 8th October
Practice reading one of your home reading books today. Can you answer questions about the story and characters?
Complete the 'Phase 2' phonics worksheet attached. Match the words to the pictures. Can you write some simple sentences using the words you have read?
Today we are going to use the pictures we looked at yesterday to create a story board of the story. Divide an A4 piece of paper into 4 sections. Can you draw a picture in each box to re-tell the story.
Once you have completed this talk through the story using some of the exciting vocabulary and key words you generated yesterday.
Today we are learning addition through the part/whole model. See this video tutorial on Vimeo for further clarification https://vimeo.com/462716121
Now complete the work sheet attached to practice your skills. We encourage you to use objects from around the house to model each question.
Today try an 8 minute Spiderman workout with Joe Wicks to get your body moving! Find it here
Home learning Wednesday 7th October
Visit the Oxford Owl website and choose a story for your child's ability.
Go to purple mash and search 'Phase 2 phonics'. Read the words that are listed. Can you write some words by segmenting them.
Today we are looking at some pictures from our 'Aliens Love Underpants' story. See the pictures below in the resource section. Write some key words/vocabulary around each picture to show what is happening in the story.
E.g. Shiny spaceship, zoom, spotty underpants, excited, silly games.
Today we are going to be completing some part/whole models of numbers. See the worksheet attached. Try and create some part/whole models using items from around your house.
We are learning about Christianity and the Church. Look at the attached PowerPoint and see some key features that are found in a church. Complete the worksheet attached to plan and position artefacts inside a church.
Home learning Tuesday 6th October
Choose a story from the Oxford Owl website that is appropriate for your child's ability. Spend some time reading and discussing the story.
There is a 2DO task set on the PurpleMash webiste for your child to access. The login details are in the front of your child's homework book.
Re-visit the story of 'Aliens Love Underpants'. The link is on yesterdays home learning section.
Today we are going to be using the question hand to think about questions we could ask the aliens.
Write down some questions using the prompts on the question hand.
E.g. Why do you steal underpants? Where do you take them when you go back to your planet? How do you get to earth?
Today we are going to continue to understand the Part/Whole model of numbers. It is important to understand that we can take a whole number and then divide it into 2 groups. Have a go at the activity attached, you can also use concrete objects around the house to explain it more practically.
We are learning about the seasons. Today we are going to be exploring Autumn. As you may not be able to leave the house at the moment, try and look outside of your window to see if you can see any signs of autumn. Make a word bank of all the different things you see/notice.
Use the cutting and sticking activity to make your very own Autumn tree!
Home Learning- Monday 5th October
Choose a story from the Oxford Reading Owl website that is appropriate for your child’s ability.
Today we learning the 'ar' sound. Complete the worksheet attached which has real and nonsense words. Can you write 2 or 3 sentences using some of the real words you have coloured?
Today we are going to be reading the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’. You can find it here Aliens Love Underpants
Today our objective is to sequence a story. See attached sheet and put the pictures from the story in order. Can you re-tell the story using the pictures you have sorted? As an extension, write a few sentences to explain some of the pictures. Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
We are going to be creating a self- portrait. Using a mirror, look at your face in detail.
Once you have created the correct shape for your face, sketch in your eyes, eyelashes, eyebrows, nose, mouth and ears. Once you have completed the facial details, complete your portrait by adding your hair. Use your pencil in a variety of ways to create different lines and shading.
This week in Year 1!
What a fantastic week we have had in school!
In English we have been looking at a variety of poems and rhymes, planning our very own poetry and sharing it with our class friends.
In Maths we have been learning how to order numbers. We have been trying hard to use the key vocabulary 'greatest' and 'smallest'.
In topic we have been navigating our way around Google Maps and finding local places of interest. We were trying to find our houses, which was lots of fun!
We have also been learning about our senses in our Science topic work and drawing a story map of the Creation Story in RE.
Home Learning Friday 2nd October.
Phonics: Practice reading and writing some of the words using our new sounds this week, 'igh, oa, oo'.
Once you have practiced have a go at the spelling test which has been set for you.
English: A PurpleMash 2DO task has been set for you. You will be able to type up your poem that you created yesterday and add a picture using the paint programme.
Here you can practice the number ordering we have been learning this week. If you would like, write down the sequences on paper to record your learning.
Topic: Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRkojdFPjjI
Have a go at some cosmic yoga and have a nice relaxing afternoon of mindfulness and stretching out your body.
Home Learning- Thursday 1st October
Reading: Read for at least 10 minutes. You could also look on the Oxford Owl website for stories that are suited to your child's ability.
Phonics: Today we are comparing the long and short 'oo' sound. Have a go at the worksheet. You will need a dice.
English: It's national Poetry day! Read back through our 'Aliens from Planet Trouble' poem.
Today we are going to analyse a poem about an alien. Have a look at the Poem attached.
What changes about each sentence?
Talk about how the poem develops and an extra bit of information is added on each time.
Create a work bank of all the different things an Alien might do (Verbs). E.g skipping, jumping, bouncing.
Using the words generated can you fill in the plan of your new alien poem(attached). This can be in rough as we will be writing it up in our neatest handwriting tomorrow.
Maths: Count to 20 and backwards. Practice counting in 2,s, 10's and even 5's if you can!
We are learning about number lines today. Complete the worksheet attached. Provide an extra challenge with a number line that goes beyond 10 if needed.
Topic: Today we are going to be learning how to login to our new PurpleMash accounts. If you don't yet have a login, I will e-mail you so your child can access this. Once you have successfully logged in, explore the learning platform and choose an activity.
Home Learning- Wednesday 30th September
Reading: For at least 10 minutes each day.
Phonics: Today we consolidate our sounds 'igh' and 'oa'. Write down as many words as you can with these sounds and see if you can put them in sentences. Write at least 2 sentences for each.
English: We have been learning about Planet Trouble and imagining what it would be like to live on it.
We have been sent some pictures of Aliens from Planet Trouble (See attached sheet) and they don't have names yet.
Use the sounds to give the Aliens a name. Choose your favorite and write a couple of short sentences about him/her.
You might say their name and their age, or something they like to do.
Maths: Today we are learning about ordinal numbers. See attached worksheet. You can also practice this skill by putting toys in a line and ordering them. See if you can write labels:-First, Second and Third.
This term we are learning about relationships with our friends. We are going to be acting out in class kind things that we can do for our friends. We are also going to be discussing what behaviour might not be kind and how this might affect others.
See the attached sheet: Draw and write about a situation where you could be a good friend. In the next box you could draw and discuss might happen if you didn't show kindness to others.
Home Learning for Tuesday 29th September
Reading: Please read your reading book for at least 10 minutes.
Phonics: Today we are learning the 'oa' sound. See attached worksheet to read the real and nonsense words.
English: Today we are going to use our amazing adjectives to describe Planet Trouble.
Use the image below to create some amazing words and sentences.
Can you think of an idea to describe what the Planet is made of?
What is the temperature like on the planet?
Your sentences may look like this, as an example:
Planet Trouble is made of sloppy custard.
It is freezing cold because there is no sunlight.
Maths: Today we are looking at comparing numbers using our Maths vocabulary of 'greater' and 'fewer'.
See worksheet attached to have a go at some activities to practice.
Topic- Science: In class we have learning about our senses. Can you use the worksheet to give some examples of senses on your journey to school.
Home Learning- Monday 28th September
Our learning objective for today is to listen to and respond to a familiar poem.
Read the poem 'Aliens from Planet Trouble'.
Listen to the poem and talk about the happenings. Are there any rhyming words? Is there a rhythm to the poem?
Once you have practiced reading and reciting can you think of any actions to add to the poem?
See the link for ideas if you are struggling.
Once you have practiced, perform your poem along with the actions to a family member!
Today we will be learning and reviewing the ‘igh’ sound. See attached worksheet to practice making some ‘igh’ words.
Today in Maths we are learning about comparing groups; recognising and understanding the concepts of ‘greater’ and ‘fewer’.
Have a go at the attached worksheet.
RE- Today we are going to be learning the Creation story.
See the link for the full story: The Creation Story
Complete the ‘creation story’ storyboard attached in the resources section underneath.
Draw a picture and write a sentence in each box.
As some children may be accessing online learning from home, any completed tasks or work can be submitted to their teachers using the year group email address firstname.lastname@example.org or through your child’s own Purple Mash account. For any other enquiries or communication, parents should follow the normal procedure and email the school business manager.
Mrs Mears and Mr Law
Welcome to Year 1!
A warm welcome to the Year 1 blog. On here, you will see updates of the week and any communications that we need to make with you.
We are so proud of all the Year 1 children so far this term. They are settling into the new school year with great confidence and resilience!
You will have noticed that we are underway with our weekly spellings. Spelling books are to be back in school each Friday ready for new spellings to go in for the following week.
The purpose of our weekly spellings is to consolidate the phonics learning being taught in school that week (and in addition some key words); please don't worry too much about your child's weekly score but rather encourage them to keep practicing their phonics learning through regular reading.
Please ensure your child has their reading pack in school every day so they are ready for guided reading group work.
Tomorrow you will receive information regarding homework tasks for this term and you will provided with log-in details for our online learning platform - PurpleMash.
Monday 13th July
You have been assigned 2 library books to read on the Reading Eggs App so log on using your unique login details and have a go! You can find these books in the ‘Reading Eggspress’ section.
Please also work through your lessons on the Reading Eggs learning platform.
There have been phonics challenges set on Purple Mash. Use your individual log-ins to see your personalised challenge.
Please also make use of the ‘Phonics Play’ website and play some games which match your child’s ability.
This week we will be continuing our Traction Man adventures in ‘Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey’ by Mini Grey.
We left the story last week with the little boy wondering where his Traction Man was.
After he has searched for hours he doesn’t think he will ever see his Traction Man again. He sits on the beach with his pen and paper and writes a letter to him.
Imagine you were the boy and writing to Traction Man. What would you include in the letter?
Write a letter to Traction Man. Include:
How much you miss him. Why do you miss him? What will life be like without Traction Man? What adventures will you miss the most?
For this last week, we will be looking at ‘money’. To support your child’s home-learning this week, let your child look at real coins and explain to your child that money does not grow on trees in the back garden.
Please see the maths work attached in the resources section labelled, ‘Maths 1’ and check out the presentation ‘Recognising coins’.
As this is your child’s last week in their current class, they may have some worries and be a little apprehensive about changing classes during this time. Whist they may have some caution, which is only normal, it is also very nice to see the children thinking about all the exciting things that will happen next year.
Attached within the resources section is the story of ‘The Cautious Caterpillar’, which highlights beautifully how the caterpillar felt when he had apprehensions of change.
Read this story to your children and talk about the caterpillar’s feelings and emotions during a major time of change. This may reflect your child’s feelings about changes that can, and will, happen in their lives!
Tuesday 14th July
Watch the next part of the story here: Traction Man part 5
Today you are going to imagine you are the Author of Traction Man!
The picture below shows what happens in the next scene of the story where the characters are escaping from the sandcastle.
Can you create a Narrator paragraph to describe what is happening and also create speech bubbles to show what the characters are saying?
The second challenge in maths today can also be found in the resources section, ‘Maths 2’ and the PowerPoint presentation ‘Recognising Notes’ will support your learning.
Follow the link below and revisit your favourite week from the last 10 weeks of home-learning challenges brought to us by Lancashire Sport. Pick something that you either enjoyed doing the most or pick a skill that you think you need to practice a bit more.
Try and stay as active and healthy during the summer holidays too, as you will need all your fitness and energy to tackle all of the new sporting opportunities presented in Year 2.
In addition to this task, we will also be spending some time this week taking part in some Yoga brought to us by Cosmic Kids on YouTube. Follow the link below and try your best to follow along with the teacher:
Wednesday 15th July
You can find the next part of the story here: Traction Man part 6
Today you are going to plan your very own version of the ‘Mysterious Cave’ adventure!
Create your plan in 4 boxes.
The first box will show the picture of Traction Man, Scrubbing Brush and the Beach Time Brenda dolls on the inflatable raft. This will include; what is happening, where they are going and how they are feeling.
The second box will show what the mysterious caves are like using good describing words.
In the third, they will encounter a problem! What disaster will strike next?
The fourth box will explain how Traction Man will save the day. Maybe in your version Beach Time Brenda might be the hero or even scrubbing brush. Enjoy getting creative with your stories!
Please have a go at the worksheet, ‘Maths 3’ in the resources section. Today we will be counting using coins. There is also a PowerPoint to support this lesson.
As this is our last week learning about Baptism, we are going to consolidate our learning by completing a fun word search. Over the last few weeks we have been learning lots of new vocabulary which will appear in the word search. Can you discuss the words and explain what they are?
I have also attached a final PowerPoint about a Christening which should hopefully help you to remember some of the key vocabulary and concepts.
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th July
Over the next couple of days you will be writing up and completing the full version of the ‘Mysterious Cave Adventure’.
Use your plan to help with your sentences and you might even like to include some pictures to show what is happening in each scene.
If you’re feeling super creative and ‘author like’ you could include some speech on your illustrations just like Mini Grey does.
If you complete your story and you would like an extra activity; here is another fun idea…
Create an advert for the Beach Time Brenda doll. Look at the example underneath for some good ideas.
Attached within the resources sections are two challenges for your child to have a go at; labelled, ‘Maths 4’ and ‘Maths 5’, which will recap many different topics that we have covered this year. Upon completion, you can all finally celebrate, as this is officially the last piece of Year 1 maths work.
Do try and keep your maths skills sharp and refined over the summer holidays (where you can), as it will be full throttle in September 2020 as you embark on even more exciting maths work in Year 2!
P.S. Thank you, once again, to all parents and guardians who have supported their children with their maths home-learning during this period of ‘lockdown’, we know teaching maths can be tricky at times.
Punch and Judy shows have been a seaside tradition dating back to the Victorian times. This week we will having a look at a short clip from the series, ‘Grandpa in my pocket’ and watching how the puppet show is put together.
You can find it here: Punch and Judy
I have also attached a PowerPoint which shows a typical story from a Punch and Judy show.
Can you use some toys from around your house to re-create the story? You could add some new characters and create some new story lines. If you’re feeling extra creative you could make some puppets of your own and tell a story. Sock puppets are a simple idea and work really well.
We are fast approaching the end of a school year and soon we will be starting a new one. In class we have been talking about the transitions we are going to be making to our next class and have been getting very excited about September!
This week we are going to be learning a ‘New School Year’ song and learning some Makaton signs to go along with it.
Listen to the song first here: Starting a new school year song
Then learn the Makaton signs here: Makaton signs
Meet the Y2 Teacher Videos
Miss Franklin and Mrs Kendrick will be teaching 2F
Click on the picture to access the video
Mrs Cookson and Mrs Knight will be teaching 2C
Click on the picture to access the video
Monday 6th July
You have been assigned 2 library books to read on the Reading Eggs App so log on using your unique login details and have a go! You can find these books in the ‘Reading Eggspress’ section.
Please also work through your lessons on the Reading Eggs learning platform.
There have been phonics challenges set on Purple Mash. Use your individual log-ins to see your personalised challenge.
This week we see the return of the incredible Traction Man in ‘Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey’ by Mini Grey.
Watch the first part of the story here: Traction Man Part 1
Traction Man is going on Holiday and he is completing an equipment check. Can you make a list of all the items Traction Man has for his equipment check and explain to him how he will use them and what he will need them for?
For the next few days we will be continuing with telling the time. Today please complete the worksheet: Time 1.
Please find the Year 1 & 2 Stay at Home Programme in the resources section and join in with the fun activities that have been put together by the Lancashire Sport team. Click on the document and then follow the links; there are activities available to access for the full week.
Tuesday 7th July
Watch the next part of the story here: Traction Man Part 2
Traction Man has never seen a rock pool before! He must be very excited to explore the underwater world! Can you find some information about rock pools write to Traction Man to tell him what to expect?
Include some bright colourful pictures and good quality adjectives.
Watch this clip on BBC Bitesize which will help you to explain the conditions of a rock pool and what sorts of creatures he might encounter.
Continuing again with time, please attempt the worksheet: Time 2.
The year has gone by so quickly and soon you’ll be moving into Year 2!
In the next coming weeks you can look forward to a ‘Meeting your new Teacher’ PowerPoint presentation which will be available on the school website.
Your new teacher is very excited to meet you and would love to know more about you!
We would like you to complete a booklet which will help your new Teacher know more about you! Don’t worry about completing this all at once- you can do a little each day.
If you do not have access to a printer then you can present it in your very own leaflet form.
The booklet is attached in resources section, entitled ‘Spreading my wings from Yr1 to Yr2’.
Wednesday 8th July
You can find the next part of the story here: Traction Man Part 3
Granny’s puppy Truffles finds it very hard to follow rules! Can we help Granny to train Truffles so he listens and behaves himself?
Watch this clip on BBC Bitesize to help you to create a leaflet on How to Train Truffles.
You might include:
What are the most important things to teach a puppy?
What should you do if your dog is being naughty?
How should you toilet train a puppy?
How should you reward your puppy?
Please complete the final worksheet on time in the resources section: Time 3.
The Lancashire Sports Development Team have posted an ‘Under the Sea dance we can all learn. This is fantastic as it links really well with our ‘Seaside’ topic.
You can find it here: Under the Sea
Thursday 9th July & Friday 10th July
You can find the next part of the story here: Traction Man Part 4
Traction man has been through quite an ordeal! He needs to contact his owner to explain to him what has happened.
Use the pictures to write some descriptive sentences about what has happened.
Take your time with this activity, it might help to make a word bank with super adjectives first which will help with your sentence writing. Don’t forget to say the sentences in your head first to help before you write.
Attached in the resources section are two worksheet booklets to go through over the next two days, labelled as: ‘Mat 1’ and ‘Mat 2’.
We are going to be having another look at Baptism this week to consolidate our learning.
Look at the PowerPoint attached in the resources section and see how much you can remember from last week.
Complete the worksheet attached to identify key features and people in a Baptism. If you would like an extra challenge try and explain why each labelled feature is important in a Baptism.
The Godparents role is…
The font is used for…
The Candle represents…
The oil is used to…
As we have been learning about the seaside past and present, this week I would like you to think about the nearest seaside resort to you and what it is like. It might be Blackpool, Southport, Lytham or Fleetwood.
On Purple Mash there is a 2do task set whereby you will create a bright colourful and interesting leaflet on a seaside town of your choice. Your task is to encourage local tourists to visit using excellent description and persuasive language.
Friday 3rd July
Yesterday you created an image of Norman flying with his new bird friends. You should have selected a background image of the setting they were in.
Today, I would like you to write a postcode to your snail friends who are missing you at home. Describe your setting in detail and tell them how you are getting on.
Dear Snail friends,
I have been having some super flying adventures. I wanted to write to you and tell you about one of my favourite places we have visited…
Make sure to include lots of good description using adjectives and use at least 2 conjunctions in your sentences. These could be; and, so, because or but.
Our final day on ‘time’ will see us start to write down times.
If you child is still finding certain aspects of telling the time tricky, please revisit any of the days’ learning and go over it again.
The last worksheet of the week is attached in the resources section alongside another PowerPoint.
Later on this term we will be making a ‘collage’ of a seaside scene.
Today, have a go at drawing and colouring a seaside scene. To help you out with some ideas you may do an internet image search first.
When you have an idea of some of the things you may want to include (umbrellas, sandcastles, the sea, beach, people swimming, seagulls etc.) you can start to draw them LANDSCAPE onto either an A4 sheet of paper or into your home learning books.
Thursday 2nd July
Find part 4 of the story here:
Access the PurpleMash App and go to your ‘2do’ tasks.
Barry is now enjoying his time flying in the sky with the birds using his amazing underpants wings. Can you choose a background and draw a picture of Norman and his bird friends on their next adventure? Write a couple of sentences to explain where Norman is with a little description of the scene.
Again we will be carrying on with our topic of ‘time’ and today we will be looking more closely at ‘half past the hour’.
Top help support your child’s learning, it may be helpful to show them a clock or an analogue watch to make the learning more real.
Please again use the PowerPoint attached and then have a go at the worksheet in today’s resources section.
Whilst we have been staying at home, your relationships with people around you have hopefully grown stronger! It is a great time to reflect on who really loves you.
Have a think about all the people around you have stayed in touch and make an effort to speak to you or care for you.
Either use the attached sheet in the resources section or draw your own love heart. Inside the heart draw and write about all the people that love you.
Wednesday 1st July
You can find the next part of the story here:
Norman is in Danger! The evil bird has him in sharp claws and he is very high up in the sky. How do you think Norman is feeling?
Can you predict what might happen next in the story? What will Norman do to release himself?
Draw a picture and write 3 sentences to predict what will happen next. Don’t forget to include a sentence about how Norman is feeling using your super adjectives.
Continuing with the topic of ‘time’, today we will actually look specifically at the clock.
Please work your way through the attached PowerPoint and then have a go at the worksheet attached.
As our story this week has been about finding a special shell, have a go at learning the song ‘She sells sea shells’. This is a bit of a tongue twister so you will have really concentrate.
If you are able to visit the seaside, try finding some sea shells and listen to the sound that comes from them. You might be able to hear the sound of the waves!
Tuesday 30th June
Watch the next part of the story here:
Norman has an idea of how he could be more like the snail. He realised this when he looked at the reflection of the moon over his back. What ideas do you think Norman has? Think about the shape of the moon and what he thinks might show the same shape.
Draw and label 4 ideas Norman might be thinking of.
Please see a PowerPoint and worksheet attached in today’s resources section.
Today we will be looking at ‘dates’ and this includes days of the week and months of the year, which is something the children should all be familiar with.
As an additional challenge, check if your son/daughter can recall when their birthday is and when other key events take place in the calendar (Christmas, start of a new school year, friends and family member’s birthdays etc.).
In school we are going to hold our ‘Sports Day’ albeit a virtual one.
Of course we want those of you who are still enjoying your learning experience from home to join in (mums and dads too!).
Please see the details attached in the resources section; here you will also find a link with all the information you will need and videos to explain each event.
It should be a fun day and a great chance to stay fit, active and healthy.
Monday 29th June
You have been assigned 2 library books to read on the Reading Eggs App so log on using your unique login details and have a go! You can find these books in the ‘Reading Eggspress’ section.
Please also work through your lessons on the Reading Eggs learning platform.
There have been phonics challenges set on Purple Mash. Use your individual log-ins to see your personalised challenge.
This week we are going to be reading ‘Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell’ by Sue Hendra.
Find Mrs Mears reading parts of the story each day!
Watch Mrs Mears read part 1 of the story here:
Norman is feeling sad because he can’t join in with the snails and their balancing acts. Do you think that we could cheer Norman up by convincing him that he has lots of things in common with snails?
Watch this clip to discover some of the similarities snails and slugs have.
Write to Norman and explain to him how he has lots in common with snails. Give Norman at least 3 examples of how he and snails are similar!
This week we will be looking at telling the time; this can be a complicated topic to grasp initially but much like riding a bike, once the children ‘get it’ they are off and away. We will start the week by working through ‘before and after’ before moving onto 'days of the week'/'months of the year', then onto 'ordering' and then moving specifically onto time, 'to the hour' and then to' half past the hour' before concluding with 'writing the time'
Today we will be starting with ‘before and after’; please have a look at the PowerPoint attached and then have a go at the worksheet attached.
This week we are going to be learning about the Baptism ceremony. In this video link we will see little Jamie being Baptised. Watch the clip and choose 3 parts of the Baptism to draw and write about.
You might choose: The special prayers that are said, the use of the Font for putting water on Jamie’s head, the lighting of the candle, the role of the Godparents or the final declaration of the Baptism.
You can find part 2 here:
Friday 26th June
Find information about your final task of the week here:
Today we would like you to re-tell the story. As explained in the video, split your page up into 6 boxes. One line down the middle and two across will achieve this. Label each box from 1-6.
Choose your favourite parts of the story. Draw a picture and write a super sentence in each box. Make sure your sentences sound interesting and include your amazing adjectives when you can.
Today we will be continuing with addition and there are challenge cards in the resources section for you to look at.
Please continue to use resources such as number lines, 100 grids and counters if these help with your accuracy.
Feel free to practice your mental maths equations too; we have been doing lots of these in school this week.
In science this term we have been looking at animals and how we can sort these into different groups; last week we categorised them by the foods that they eat (carnivores, herbivores and omnivores) but this week we will be sorting them differently.
Rather than looking at what they eat, this week we will be looking at their characteristics and what certain animals share in common. The different categories we will be looking at are: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds. Some of these can be a little tricky so it is worth watching the video link below to help you out:
Once you have watched the video on mammals, try and work your way through the other ones and spot ‘similarities’ and ‘differences’ between the groups. When you are feeling comfortable, have a go at the sorting activity in today’s resources section.
Thursday 25th June
Find part 4 of the story here: Barry the fish with fingers Part 4
Draw a picture of the incredible party the fish had to celebrate. Make your pictures as colourful as you can and include labels to describe what is happening.
Today we will be moving onto addition; some addition worksheets using number lines have been added to the resources section but feel free to make up any of your own equations as extra. Ask your child to give you an explanation of their working out and ask them specifically where their start point should be for each equation.
Furthermore, in class today, we will be focussing on our mental math calculations. Choosing any number within 100, we will be asking the children to initially add 1 /2 more before moving on to higher units (within 10) such as: 82 + 7 = ? . Children can use their fingers to help them with their calculations or use a number line / hundred square to support them if they are finding it difficult initially (see if they can finish off without using these resources by the end of the session). Also, try to incorporate equations that cross between different tens e.g. 26 + 6 = 32
As we have been making seaside comparisons of past and present, this week I would like you to have a go at categorising some pictures.
Find the sheet template in the resources section, ‘Seaside comparison’. If you do not have an option to print it out you can simply just draw the pictures in the appropriate boxes.
Today in class, we will be incorporating some mindfulness into our day and we would like you to do the same.
For about 10 minutes, put some relaxing music on and choose an activity (colouring, drawing, modelling etc.) that will help you feel calm and relaxed.
This can also be a great time to speak with an adult or a brother or sister about how you are feeling at the moment.
Wednesday 24th June
You can find the next part of the story here:
Can you write an escape plan to help Puffy get out from under the crate?
The crate is falling quickly so Barry needs to think quickly.
Draw a picture of what you think Barry will do next and write about what his plan will be.
You can either write in sentences or use bullet points to list your ideas.
For a trickier challenge you could write instructions using some of our instructional language, including words like: first, then, next, after, finally.
Today will be our last day on subtraction before moving onto addition tomorrow; please have a look at the subtraction worksheets attached in the resources section. There is lots to go at, work through as many as you can or give yourself different, more challenging equations if you want to stretch yourself!
There is also a reminder PowerPoint covering some of the subtraction methods we used earlier on this year (part-whole model).
Watch this song and video, Slippery Fish.
Can you learn the song and create some actions to go along with it.
This song also teaches us about lifecycles. As an extra challenge can you draw and write about the lifecycle from the song?
As mentioned earlier in the week on the blog, we are continuing to focus on PSHE as we attempt to transition back into school life or continue to navigate through the difficult times we find ourselves in. Attached in the resources section is a ‘wellbeing’ sheet that provides us with a nice way of looking at ‘connecting with others’ and has some questions for the children to consider and then answer.
Tuesday 23rd June
Watch the next part of the story here:
Write a letter your fish friends to explain to them how you feel.
What do you miss about not having your fish friends around anymore?
What could they do to make you feel better?
Remember to use some amazing adjectives to describe Puffy’s feelings. Use your most beautiful handwriting and conjunctions in your sentences.
Conjunctions to include are: and, so, because and but.
Today two different maths subtraction sheets have been added to the resources section.
Whilst both sheets focus on subtraction, the wording of the different questions will lend itself to the children ‘working it out’ in different ways; discuss with your child what strategies they have used to work out the answer. If they are able to easily calculate the equations presented, challenge them to see if they can do this another way or show you another method that can be used for working it out or how they can prove that their answer is correct.
Examples or discussions may look/sound something like this:
Using 14 – 3 = 11
“If I had 14 counters and gave 3 away I would only have 11 remaining (this may be shown as a crossing out method)”
OR “If I started at 14 on my number line and counted back 3 times, I would be on 11, so 14 take away 3 is 11”.
“I can check my answer by adding my 3 back on; so 11 add 3 equals 14. The three numbers are therefore part of a number family”
14 – 3 = 11 or 14 – 11 = 3 can be shown as 3 + 11 = 14 or 11 + 3 = 14
This week in school we will be speaking openly with the pupils about Covid19 and how we can try our best to stay safe and well in our transition back to school life.
Today we would like you to look at the cut and stick activity in the resources section and discuss with your child what measures you can safely implement to ensure you are keeping yourself and others as safe as possible during this challenging time.
Whilst some of the pictures on this activity sheet relate to actions in class, feel free to draw/ add any others that you have been doing at home or in your daily lives.
Monday 22nd June
Whilst today we are welcoming some of our wonderful children back in to the school building, we understand that some of our children will be continuing their learning experience from home. With that in mind, we will continue to post home-learning activities to the blog on a daily basis that will run simultaneously with the activities going on in class. As a Year 1/ Key Stage 1 staff, we hope you are all continuing to stay safe and healthy and we very much look forward to seeing you all soon.
This week I would like you to read ‘Tiger’s fish’.
If this book is not challenging for you then choose a more appropriate level from the Oxford reading tree scheme. Make sure to complete the end of story activities.
We have also assigned you all TWO library books to read on the Reading Eggs App, so log on using your unique login details and give them a go!
Again this week, challenges have been set on Purple Mash. Use your individual log-ins to see your personalised phonics challenge this week.
This week we are going to be reading ‘Barry the Fish with Fingers’ by Sue Hendra.
Find Mrs Mears reading parts of the story each day!
Go ahead and watch Mrs Mears read part 1 of the story here:
Today you are going to be thinking about what Barry can do with his fingers.
Draw and write about at least 4 talents Barry might have.
Following on from all the measuring we have done over the last couple of weeks, we will now return to some ‘number work’.
Over the week, we will be checking over our addition and subtraction skills and making sure we are using the correct calculation strategies.
Today we have added two worksheets to the resources section with a mix of both addition and subtraction problems. Ensure you are using the correct strategies (check with an adult if you are unsure).
You can also use a number line / 100 square as a resource to support you as some of the equations are quite challenging. Do the ones you can do and ask an adult to support you with the trickier ones.
Last week we looked at the importance of water in preparation for our lesson this week.
Watch part 1 of the video about infant baptism:
Can you draw a picture of the 3 things the Vicar made?
Next to your pictures write what each creation represented.
Friday 19th June
The life of a Lighthouse Keeper is very interesting! Can you research what they do as part of their jobs? There is a '2 Do' set on Purple Mash with a format for your writing. There are key words to help you with any vocabulary you may need and you can also import a picture of your choice.
Please complete the last set of review worksheets in the resources section on capacity and volume.
Today we will be looking to sort animals (and humans) into specific groups, much like last week, but rather by each animal’s characteristics instead of categorising them by what they eat.
Please complete the ‘cut and stick’ worksheet attached and look to sort the animals into the correct category. There is a PowerPoint attached in the resources section to look through first and this should help you sorting the animals into the correct group.
Once you have completed the ‘cut and stick’ sorting worksheet, you write a sentence giving information about the different groups: Mammal, fish, reptile, bird and amphibian.
E.g. Fish live under water and a shark is a type of fish.
Thursday 18th June
Today you have been set a '2do' on Purple Mash. You will be looking at a picture of an Angry Sea. Your task is to describe the picture using great sentences. You will be able to watch a video to watch and listen to the angry sea. You can import pictures and make your work look as interesting as you can. In addition to thinking about your super sentences, you will also have to think about typing using a keyboard. Good luck!
Please see the PowerPoint presentation on capacity in today’s resources section and then complete the three worksheets attached. Please also continue to let your child help you with measuring and 'pouring out' in the kitchen using that key measuring vocabulary.
We are going to have another look at seaside holidays of the past and present.
See Purple Mash for your ‘2Do’ task.
Wednesday 17th June
Re-read the story. Look at the part of the story where it was a foggy night. Each night the Lighhouse Keeper always writes in his log book. Can you write an entry in the logbook as the Lighthouse keeper? Describe what you could see and how it made you feel. Remember to use those amazing adjectives!
Please see the two worksheets attached in today’s resources section, labelled 'Measuring Capacity' and 'Comparing Capacity'.
As a further practical activity, in addition to today’s worksheets, using a measuring jug, get your child to fill various (about 5 or 6) different containers (cups, mugs, bowls, pans, Tupperware etc.) full with water and put them in order from which has the smallest capacity to the largest.
Using the link below, here is this week’s PE home-learning.
Year 1 Timetable:
Tuesday 16th June
The lighthouse keeper can become very lonely and often shouts, ‘Hello, hello, hello...’
Can you write him a letter to cheer him up? You could tell him about what your typical day looks like and explain what is happening in our country at the moment.
Don’t forget when you are writing a letter you must include who it is to and who it is from:
Dear Lighthouse Keeper,
From Mrs Mears.
Today we will be continuing with measure and looking once again at capacity; please complete the worksheets attached in today’s resources section.
This week we are going to be learning about the importance of water in our lives. Can you create an information leaflet about water to show why we need it and explain some of its uses?
See the PowerPoint in the resources section- ‘Water uses’ for some ideas of how we use water.
Monday 15th June
This week we will be continuing with our seaside theme and we would like you to read the story, ‘The Seagull’.
As an extra challenge, you could write a diary entry as one of the characters and explain how it felt to be chased by the seagull and explain how you escaped.
There have been phonics challenges set on Purple Mash (both 1L & 1M classes are now live online); use your individual log-ins to see your personalised challenge.
This week we are going to be reading the story, ‘Hello Lighthouse’ by Sophie Blackall.
Read the story ‘Hello Lighthouse’. You can find it here:
This is a lovely story about the life of a lighthouse Keeper.
Can you draw a picture of the lighthouse and make a list of all the things the man does to make sure it is operating properly? Label your picture to using interesting adjectives and then make your list using bullet points.
This week in maths we will be continue with the theme of ‘measure’ but we will be looking closely at capacity and volume. For today’s maths lesson, please take a look at the PowerPoint in the resources section before attempting the two worksheets.
As an additional challenge this week, let your child help you in the kitchen (filling up pans, making drinks, weighing out ingredients etc.) and give them clear instructional language that contains some of our key measuring vocabulary. E.g. “Please pour HALF of that water into the bowl with the SMALLEST CAPACITY and check whether there is MORE or LESS water remaining in the cup”.
This week we are going to be learning one of my favourite songs from Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’- Under the Sea. Please click on the link below:
Sing along with the words and make a little dance. Hopefully it will make you feel positive and energised!
Friday 12th June
When snail left home for the first time, he must have been very excited!
Imagine that you were leaving home for the first time. What emotions do you think snail must have felt?
Imagine you are snail and you are writing a letter to your parents about how you are feeling about leaving home and going on an adventure.
Today we will look at recapping the measure of mass / weight, before moving onto capacity next week. Attached within the resources section is an overview PowerPoint to look at first and then today there are three separate worksheets attached; the comparing mass worksheet will likely need some support, as the children will have to firstly work out what weights are making the scales balance and then compare this weight/mass with the balance scales of another weight or item.
This term we will be focussing on animals and today we will look more specifically on what types of foods different animals eat. When we start to learn what animals eat (as a means of survival) we can then begin to label them into specific groups: carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. Please watch the following clip, which will show us more:
Once you have watched this clip, using the internet, books or maybe your own personal knowledge, and try to make a list of 10 animals explaining what they eat and what group they belong to, like so:
Thursday 11th June
Today we are going to be thinking about our senses. ‘See, hear, smell, touch and feel.’
Select one of your favourite places snail visited and imagine what you might see, hear, smell, touch and most importantly how it would make you feel to be there!
It might look like this:
The Cave beneath the waves
Stripy colourful fish
A Shark with sharp teeth with a terrifying look in his eyes
A green octopus with 8 wiggly arms
[Hear] (I might have to imagine or you could listen to some underwater sounds)
Bubbles rising to the surface
Squeaking of dolphins in the distance
Speedboats roaring above
[Smell] (This is tricky for an underwater scene, but use your imagination)
The smell of a burning shipwreck
Smokey barbeques on the beach
The beautiful coral
The spiky coral
The Smooth shark skin
The bumpy octopus arms
The freezing cold water
[Feel] (This one is about personal preference)
If I were in the caves beneath the waves I would feel petrified of the terrifying shark!
I would feel amazed by all the beautiful sea creatures!
Today we will be continuing with the weekly theme of ‘measure’ but rather than focussing on length and height, we will be looking at weight/mass. We will compare various items and try to put them in order from lightest to heaviest; there are two worksheets to attempt with one using informal units of measure to compare heights in today’s resources section. Please focus on the correct mathematical terminology once again when comparing mass between two objects. As an additional activity, members of the household can weigh themselves on the scales and compare who is the heaviest, lightest and put yourselves in order.
Our topic for this term is ‘Changes within Living Memory- The Seaside.’
We are going to be looking at seaside holidays of the past and present.
Look at the PowerPoint, ‘Seaside Holidays’ in the Resources section so you can see how modern seaside holidays compare to those in the Victorian times.
Can you write some similarities and differences between the two?
From the Victorian Times, choose an interesting fact, draw a picture and write a sentence about why you find it interesting.
Wednesday 10th June
Re- read the story to remind yourself of all the amazing places the snail visited. Snail went on such an exciting adventure! Can you draw and describe 3 places that he went to?
You could choose from: black rocks, icebergs, fiery mountains and golden sands, the caves beneath the waves, tropical islands and the tourist beach.
Please have a go at the two extended worksheets provided in today’s resources section. One of the worksheets will require you to measure different leaves and also cut and stick them into order relative to their size; the second worksheet will require you to compare measurements, using some of the skills you learnt last term. As an additional practical activity, give your child a ruler and get them to measure as many household items as they can find under 30cm; for items that are longer than 30cm, have your child ‘estimate’ how long they think the item may be.
This week we would like to you learn the song, ‘Hole in the bottom of the sea.’
You can find it here: Hole in the bottom of the sea
Learn the words to the song and create some actions to go along with it!
Tuesday 9th June
Re-read the story of ‘The Snail and the Whale.’
What is the snail like? Make an observational drawing of a snail and write adjectives around it to describe what it looks like.
There are also some fantastic pictures on google for you to take a closer look at a snail!
Today we will be continuing with length and height but will focus more specifically on the ‘measuring’ of items. Please look through the PowerPoint in today’s resources section and then have a go at completing the two worksheets also attached; endeavour to use the correct mathematical terminology throughout (longer, shorter, taller, equal to etc.) when completing the tasks. One of the worksheets will introduce ‘estimation’ and both will explore measure, though one will be measuring ‘formally’ using metric (cm) and the other using ‘informal’ units.
For the remaining weeks of term we will be using the fantastic resource provided by Lancashire PE. Please use the link below that will again direct you to a full scheme of work, ensuring your child is still able to access the fundamental components of Year 1 PE (albeit at home).
Year 1 Activity Timetable:
This week's skill will focus on ‘overarm throwing’ and the challenge is a game called Turkey Shoot; good luck and enjoy it.
Monday 8th June 2020
Welcome back to the Year 1 blog, where home-learning will continue to be published until circumstances change. We hope that you are all well-rested and raring to go after your two week mini-break (of sorts). Also, thank you to all of those people who sent in such lovely emails, photographs and updates to the class email address [email@example.com]; it has been lovely to see what so many of you have been up to keeping busy during this time of lockdown.
I’m sure that whilst we have been ‘staying at home’ we have all been up to some very exciting things! This week we would like you to read the story of ‘Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home’. This book may have some tricky words but try your best to read what you can.
Have you been doing similar things to Winnie and Wilbur?
As an extra challenge, write a letter to Winnie and Wilbur telling them what you have been doing whilst at home. You could maybe give them some ideas about things they might enjoy doing.
This week we are going to be reading the story, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler.
Firstly, read the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’, which you can find here:
This is another rhyming story! Can you spot some of the rhyming couplets the author uses?
What messages does the Snail write? Can you re-write some of the snail’s messages in your neatest handwriting?
Draw a picture of the rock and the blackboard and write the messages. Then see if you can have a go at writing your own message.
This week in maths, we will be looking closely at length and height. Earlier on in the year, we used our rulers to measure certain items in class but let your child firstly explain everything they can remember about how to measure things and also see if they can remember some of the key vocabulary we use to compare the lengths and heights of objects; please look at the two ‘Organiser’ sheets in the resources section that include reminders of the key vocabulary we should be using. In addition to looking at the two ‘Organiser’ sheets as a vocabulary prompt, please complete the work sheet labelled, ‘Comparing Length and Height’.
Our new topic for this term is, ‘Christianity- the Church.’
For the first part of this topic we need to understand the idea of ‘Community.’
What do you do to show that you belong to a community? Draw some pictures and write some sentences to show this.
Think about your personal life- this could be, eating a meal together at home, celebrating VE Day or clapping for Key workers on a Thursday evening.
Think also about your social life- do you belong to any teams or clubs? Do you wear a special outfit or uniform? Remember you also belong to our school family community!
Friday 22nd May
Now you have practised your Makaton signing, it is time to re-tell the story using your new skills!
Look at this video of Julia Donaldson re-telling her story using sign language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4br3vquG1Yc
Try doing it with her and then have a go on your own. You might like to record it and send it to a relative to show them how clever you are!
Please see the Fractions Activity Booklet attached in today’s resources section, for our final recap of the term. Whilst no home learning will be posted during the half term holiday, if you would like to carry on with some form of maths practice, mental maths challenges tend to keep our children’s maths skills the sharpest; addition, subtraction, ordering numbers and two-part number problems within 100 will always pose to be good challenges.
Topic (Design Technology)
Today’s home learning in Design Technology can carry on for a few days (or longer) as you will attempt to build Blackpool Tower out of recyclable waste found in your homes (empty bottles, cardboard boxes, empty rolls, finished tins, used cans etc.). The children had a chance to look at building a prototype back on Friday 1st May and they can draw on this experience of trial and error to design and build a more robust replica. If possible, attempt to build the Tower to scale (within reason and not 1:1 for obvious reasons) and try and finish your tower in matching colours to that of Blackpool Tower. Please use any online search engine to find more pictures and Blackpool Tower, which will help you build your replica tower. Once you have completed your masterpieces please feel free to send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy your project!
Thursday 21st May
Today we are going to be learning ‘Makaton’ to help re-tell the story ‘Monkey Puzzle’
Familiarise yourself with the story by reading it again.
Look at this video of Julia Donaldson teaching us how to use Makaton sign language to tell the story:
Learn how to sign the words from the story.
For maths today, we will be recapping on some of our number work from earlier on this term. Please work your way through the worksheet provided on the home-learning resources section, labelled ‘Comparing Number Sentences’. If you don’t wish to print the sheet off, please copy the questions and fill the answers out into your home-learning work books.
Today we shall look once again at the parts that make up a flower.
Start by asking your child to tell you everything they know about plants and if possible, go into the garden and get them to point out the specific parts on any flower they might find. Attached within the resources section is a worksheet to complete and also a word search to attempt (there is an answer sheet for this too).
Please have a look at the PowerPoint provided as it will remind you of all the parts.
Wednesday 20th May
Find the document ‘Taking Shelter’ in the resources section.
Read through the story starter with your child. Some of the sentences are quite detailed so if you want to simplify it for your child then please do so.
Choose one of the activities to complete:
Today we will be finishing up ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’. Please feel free to give your child additional mental-maths challenges (similar to those posted yesterday) using random numbers working within 100; please find the worksheet 'Greater Than Less Than 3' for today’s home-learning attached within the resources section.
Today we are going to be exploring the Physical and Human features of Preston.
To remind you of what they are look back at the ‘Physical and Human features’ document from last week.
Find ‘Preston PowerPoint’ in the resources section.
Look through the activities.
Tuesday 19th May
Re-read the story of ‘Monkey Puzzle’.
Can you create a non-fiction report about monkeys? There are lots of different types of monkeys so you can choose which monkey you are going to do your fact file about.
Make sure your fact file has:
4 Subheadings (Habitat, Diet, Appearance, An interesting fact)
A picture and a caption.
Today we will be carrying on with ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’ means. Please refer back to yesterday’s PowerPoint explaining how we use ‘<’ , ‘>’ and ‘=’ to represent ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’. Again, do not worry too much if your child is still finding this hard to comprehend as they will cover this unit specifically in year 2 but focus more on the language being used and the recognition of place value; example:
36 > 23
36 is more than 23 (you can ask you child to work out how many more)
23 is less than 26. If you added 13 to 23 (13+23) it would equal the same as 36.
36 = (13+23)
There is a new worksheet provided in the resources section. Also, as an extra mental maths challenge today, read the following numbers out to your child and see if they can explain which is more and which is less, for a bonus can they work out the ‘difference’ mentally between the two amounts?
Linking in with our ‘Monkey Puzzle’ story we are going to learn the ‘Monkey Puzzle song’
You can find it here:
See if you can use your newly learned Makaton skill when singing it!
Monday 18th May
Read the story ‘Colour Codes’ on Oxford Owl. This book has some very interesting facts about animals. Can you write down 3 of your favourite facts?
Use the phonics play website. You can access ALL the resources for free using:
Username: march 20
Choose a game each day to play for 10-15 minutes. Try and encourage your child to access the phase they are working within.
*apologies that this post originally stated 'Phonics Play App' rather than signposting you to the website*
This week we are going to be reading the story, ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Julia Donaldson.
Read the story ‘Monkey Puzzle’. You can find it here:
Can you create a poster to find Monkeys Mum? You could look at pictures of monkeys to collect adjectives in order to describe what she looks like. Make sure you use the title, ‘Missing!’ Draw a picture of her and write some adjectives around her body so everyone knows exactly how to recognise her. Write some sentences to show how much you miss her and want her to come home.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4br3vquG1Yc Makaton song
Again this week we will be splitting the week in two (3:2); during the first few days we will be focussing on ‘comparing numbers’. Today, get your child to remind you what ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’ means. Included in today’s resources section is a PowerPoint explaining how we use ‘<’ , ‘>’ and ‘=’ to represent ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’. Do not worry too much if your child finds this concept tricky, as they will cover this unit specifically in Year 2 but focus primarily on the language being used and the recognition of place value; example:
36 > 23
36 is more than 23 (you can ask you child to work out how many more)
23 is less than 26. If you added 13 to 23 (13+23) it would equal the same as 36.
36 = (13+23)
One of the key questions in our Hinduism Topic is ‘What different roles to people have and why might people seem different in different situations?’ This links in with the different representations of God.
Can you draw and write some sentences about different roles people have? You might think about uniforms they wear or logos they have on their uniform.
Friday 15th May
Create a Fact File all about Crocodiles. This educational video will give you lots of interesting facts:
Make your Fact File as interesting and as colourful as possible. Include;
Please continue with the work we have started on ‘patterns’. Today there is another worksheet uploaded into the resources section to work through but rather than patterns containing colours, shapes or objects, today the patterns concern number. Let the children see if they can work the link between the corresponding numbers and explain that it is a repeating pattern because the same equation pertains (example: + 2 to every next number etc.). The last couple are a bit tricky and you will probably need to explain these to your child.
For today’s ICT please use either Purple Mash or Education City and use the search bar tool to explore the extensive resources available on plants. Can you add to your knowledge and find at least 2 new things that you didn’t already know or what something that we haven’t already covered about plants. By doing this, you will be undertaking your own ‘research’.
As an extra topic activity to complete today, we would love to see you complete one of Joe Wick’s home-workouts (ideally the ‘Live’ one he will do today or catch up on this later from his channel). We are aware that lots of our pupils started ‘lockdown’ by doing these home-workouts everyday but maybe these have been done less frequently of late. Get yourselves fit, active, hot and sweaty for at least 30 minutes today – it will make you feel great!
Thursday 14th May
Imagine that you are the Selfish Crocodile and write a letter to the animals to explain how sorry you are for how you treated them.
Start your letter with, ‘Dear Animals of the Jungle,’
Don’t forget to say a special ‘thank you’ to Mouse who helped with your bad tooth.
What could you do to make the animals happy again? Is there something you could share with them?
Remember to use your beautiful handwriting and use Capital Letters, finger spaces and full stops. You might even use exclamation marks to help make your sentences more exciting or question marks to vary your sentence types.
Today we shall start to look at patterns and the patterns we look specifically at in Year 1 are ‘repeating’. Explain to your child that ‘repeating’ means that something will recur over and over again without changing. Today there are three worksheets that express repeating patterns in different ways, please see these attached in the resources section.
As we are still covering our extended topic of ‘Plants’ in science, start by asking your child all that they can remember about plants that we have learnt about so far. Can they tell you what plants need to grow? Can they tell you how to plant a seed? Can they remember what they planted to make daffodils (this seems like a long time ago now)? Attached in the resources section is a sheet with different types of flowers you may have in the garden or see in the park. Have a read through it and then when you are next outside for your daily exercise, or lucky enough to be in your garden, which of the plants can you find and recognise?
Wednesday 13th May
When the mouse helped the Selfish Crocodile he was very brave! Can you think of a time when you have been super brave? Draw a picture and write some sentences to explain what happened and how you showed courage, just like mouse did. You might like to write about yourself or someone you know who has shown bravery.
Continuing again with ‘turns and direction’, please complete the worksheet ‘Describe Position 2’ attached in the resources section and see an additional new PowerPoint to supplement their learning.
Today we are going to be exploring the Physical and Human features of Blackpool.
Find in the resources section, ‘Physical and Human Geography Word Mats’; there is also an excellent PowerPoint available on Twinkl, if you use their search bar (unfortunately the file is too large to upload into today’s resources section).
These resources afford an insight into Physical and Human features and will give children a good understanding of what they are.
Split your page into 2 sections with titles of ‘Physical Features’ and ‘Human Features’. Look back at the ‘Blackpool’ PowerPoint from last week and categorise the attractions into Human or Physical features. You might think of some of your own you might like to add. For the rest of the week, randomly ask your child to tell you if something you point out is either ‘Physical’ or ‘Human’, see how many they get right.
Tuesday 11th May
Re-read the story of ‘The Selfish Crocodile’.
Can you draw a picture of the Selfish Crocodile in the river and use a speech bubble to write down something the selfish crocodile is saying and then use a thought bubble to write what you think he is thinking.
You can do this from any part of the story, it might be at the beginning when he wouldn’t share his water hole or it might be when he has tooth ache and needs help.
Continuing again with ‘turns and direction’, please complete the worksheet attached in the resources section and see the attached PowerPoint. As an additional practice activity, which we try and practice in school, give lots of instructions to your child using the correct terminology; place 6 random objects on a table and get your child to select different ones without using the item’s name, e.g. “choose the item that is furthest right” or “choose the item second in from the left”etc.
This week we are going to be learning a new song. Look at:
We use this resource in school so the children will be familiar with the format.On this site there are free home singing resources to access. Learn the song ‘Together’ which you can find on ‘Week 1’.
There is also an activity sheet with the song which gives you extra ideas!
Monday 11th May
Read the non-fiction book, ‘Animal Magic’ from Oxford Owl. Activities from this book include: labeling and questioning for understanding.
Using the free ‘Phonics Play’ App, play the sentence substitution game. See if you can make some silly sentences. When you have created your silly sentence, write it down using your neatest handwriting.
You can also find other games on this website that will help you reading graphemes. Try and practise using sounds your child needs to learn in order to make it more challenging.
Also, please use the ‘Phonics Screening Practice’ PowerPoint in the resources section to practice reading the graphemes you know in different words.
This week we are going to be reading the story, ‘The Selfish Crocodile’ by Faustin Charles.
Read the story ‘The Selfish Crocodile’. You can find it here:
Draw a rough outline of the selfish crocodile.
On the outside of the picture write adjectives that describe what the crocodile looks like. E.g. enormous cracked tooth. On the inside write adjectives to describe what his personality is like. E.g. Selfish, rude, nasty.
This week in maths we are splitting the week in half (well, into three days and two days); for the first three days we will be looking at ‘turns and direction’ and from Thursday we will begin to look at ‘repeating patterns’. The worksheet for today’s home learning can be found in the resources section and is labelled, ‘describing turns’. There is also a PowerPoint document within the resources section that will help explain the turns to you child, so show this to them first before attempting the worksheet.
Look at an image of the three deities of the Trimurti (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma). Can you identify the similarities and differences between the three? Discuss the symbolism of the objects they carry/wear and how these link to their particular role within the Trimurti. Can you research why each form of God has been given their title? (Creator, Preserver, Destroyer) You can find information here:
Thursday 7th May
As tomorrow marks the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, today we have compiled a selection of resources for you to enjoy so you can learn all about VE Day ahead of the celebrations. Tomorrow, Friday 8 May 2020, marks 75 years since Nazi Germany's formal surrender at the end of the Second World War. On VE (Victory in Europe) Day in 1945, millions took to the streets to celebrate peace after years of devastating war. The children will learn even more about WW2 during History when they are in in Key Stage 2 but for now there are a handful of links below to have a look at:
No Maths or English today but please have a look at the attached VE PowerPoint and VE activities in the resources section. We understand that lots of streets/homes will be having their own celebration parties tomorrow (following the recommended social distancing guidelines), if you are also joining in with these celebrations, please send a photograph in to the email address below and we can share some of them on the blog:
Thanks once again for all of your hard work again this week and enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend.
*No home learning will be posted on Friday 8th May 2020*
Wednesday 6th May
Today will be the final day of our grammar checks; we sincerely hope they have served the purpose of identifying areas any grammar areas that we could practise more on (these rules can be mentioned during Guided Reading with your child, such as highlighting capital letters, or plural nouns etc.). Please find the work sheet, ‘English Grammar Check 3’ attached in the resources section.
On your book review worksheet, you can now start to complete the remaining sections. You can also give a verbal review of your book to your parents or guardian and ask them to review the last book they read.
Please look at the sound sheets attached for the following sounds: (wh) and (ph)
For maths today, we would like the children to recap building number bonds, which in-turn will allow the children to fill out missing parts of addition equations. Please see the worksheet attached in the resources section, ‘Find a part’. There is also a set of addition equations added in the resources section, labelled ‘mental maths addition’, which you can read aloud and see if your child can work out the answers mentally (make sure they can’t see the answers!).
This week we are going to be learning about the Hindu God ‘Krishna’; paying particular focus on how the story of ‘Janmashtami’ inspired the Hindu Festival ‘Dahi Handi’. Watch the story here:
You can either, re-tell the story or draw a picture and write some sentences to highlight the main points and how the story relates to the Dahi Handi Festival.
Tuesday 5th May
Today we will be attempting another worksheet that will check our grammar understanding. Again, as with yesterday’s challenge, there are three differentiated challenge sheets; do not push your child too much to attempt questions that they do not really understand. The purpose of the grammar challenges this week is to remind the children of our grammar rules, to consolidate on previous learning and to plug any gaps that there might be. Furthermore, where possible, try to enquire why your child has answered in a certain way and challenge them to explain to you their decision making in more detail; this can be prompted by asking questions such as: Why did you circle the word Jack? What other words can have a capital letter? Should Preston have a capital letter? Would Tuesday and May both have capital letters in today’s date? Etc.
Please find ‘English Grammar Check 2’ in today’s resources section.
In addition to the grammar check, there is also a ‘Book Review Template’ in the resources section, where your child can begin to review their book of choice for this week. Today they can start by filling out the ‘Plot’ section of this sheet. Remind your child to follow all of our writing rules, including: capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and beautiful pre-cursive handwriting. We will also be super impressed if we can sneak in some conjunctions and adjectives, which will provide the reader with more detail.
Please find attached within the resource section, two further Phase 5 challenges for: (ea) and (e_e). The children will take great pleasure in telling you exactly what type of digraph the latter is (split digraph!).
Today we will be recapping ‘Number Related Facts’ and this is also found in the resources section. The questions will be presented in a manner that the children should be familiar with. Remind your child to take their time when calculating the equations and please ask them to explain which strategies they are using as they are doing their working out.
For an additional mental-maths challenge, give your child any number within 100 and get them to call out the number that is either 1, 2 or 3 more than number you give them. The children can use a 100 square to help them if they are finding this difficult. Choose as many random numbers as you please.
This week, we would like you to look at tourist attractions in Blackpool. Have a look at the ‘Blackpool’ PowerPoint in the resources section. From this, create a poster featuring all the ‘fun’ things to do in Blackpool! Remember you are trying to entice potential tourists to come and visit.
You might also find some useful information at:
As an extra challenge, try and make your poster as bright and colourful as possible!
Monday 4th April
This week we have no specific book that we will be reading collectively as a class; it is totally up to you which book you would like to read. We will, however, be writing a book review later in the week so make sure it is a book / story that you enjoy reading.
Also, please make sure that you are still using the excellent resources that we have been subscribed to (Reading Eggs, Education City and Purple Mash) to supplement your reading this week.
The Oxford Owl website is still a fantastic resource with a whole array of texts that are easily accessible and pitched at the right age specific level. This website is currently free to access and it really is like having a library in your own home:
During this period of ‘home learning’, as a staff, we cannot place enough emphasis on the importance of continuing to read regularly; please endeavour to read for at least 20 minutes, each day; this can be broken down into smaller chunks (2 x 10 minutes, morning and night etc.) if this suits your child’s learning style / focus better.
As above, we hope you are continuing to read daily and continuing to practise sound recognition using the phased sound mats; in the resources section, please see ‘Phase 5 Home Learning Challenges’, which has been uploaded again to continue with from last week; choose activities from this to complete over the week. Also in today’s resources section, there are two phonics worksheets focussing on the following: (au) and (aw).
This week in English, we will be recapping our grammar rules and making sure that we can still remember all of the rules we use when we are writing our own independent sentences. The ‘challenge mats’ will be uploaded on to the resources section each day; these challenge mats will be differentiated, so if your child completes the first challenge mat comfortably, then let them attempt the next one (there are three in total, with accompanying answers). If your child finds a certain challenge mat a little bit tricky, do not worry about attempting the more difficult next challenge mat. The purpose of the challenge mats this week is not to see how many we can get correct but rather to identify areas where we are making the same mistakes and highlight areas where we can to improve our understanding.
Please find today’s challenge mats attached in the resources section, labelled ‘English Grammar Check 1’.
Much like with English, this week in maths we will be doing lots of recapping and consolidating of previous learning. Again, the purpose of these activities is not to rush and just get every question right but to highlight the parts of maths that we find a bit tricky, be this adding, or taking away, or shape or number bonds etc., which we can then focus on specifically and begin to improve on. Today you will find a worksheet labelled, ‘Find and make number bonds’ in the resources section.
In addition to the worksheet provided, to ensure your child is keeping their mental maths skills sharp and ‘up-to-speed’, test them with the following equations at any point randomly throughout the day to keep them on their toes:
As the weather is so lovely today, we will be taking our PE lesson outside into the garden (where possible) and begin by following a new weekly timetable of activities that have kindly been provided for us all by Lancashire Sport. Using the following link, please see attached the Week 3 (4th May) brochures for the Spar Lancashire School Games Stay at Home Programme:
The ‘learn and challenge’ for both Year 1 and 2 this week will be based around the fundamental movement skill of Hopping.
Joe Wicks is still “going live” on his YouTube channel and is keeping both himself and us active in our own living rooms (requiring no equipment either!) during this period of 'lockdown'. Please follow the following link that will take you directly to his YouTube channel, where he will be going live with today’s workout from 9 am:
Stay busy and stay active. You will all be chasing each other around the playground very soon!
Friday 1st May
Today we are going to focus on making super sentences by adding further information to a boring sentence, to make it sound more interesting for the reader. Example:
Gerald went to the dancefloor.
Gerald crept nervously to the crowded dancefloor because he was worried what the other animals would think of him.
As you can see, I have changed the verb ‘went’ and also added an adverb, ‘nervously’.
I have also added an adjective to describe the dancefloor ‘crowded’, and added some extra information by using the conjunction ‘because’.
Other examples of conjunctions are- and, but, so.
See if you can do the same for these boring sentences:
Today we will consolidate our learning that has been done throughout the week on fractions. This week you have learnt that you can use fractions to find both a half and quarter of either a shape or a number. The first part of the maths lesson today is a mental maths challenge. Call out the following numbers and get your child to tell you what half of that number is (you can use counters or similar to help you):
As an extra challenge, ask if your child can give you the half of 5. What is the problem with this number? Can we divide it equally into two parts? Is this number odd or even?
For the second part of the maths lesson today, please complete the sheets attached in today’s resources section, labelled, ‘Halves and Quarter Fractions 1’ and ‘Read and Colour Fractions’.
Topic (Design Technology)
As our topic this term is the seaside, with a focus on Blackpool, today we would like you to have a go at designing and making your own beach hut. For this activity you will need to use the internet to look at images of different beach huts and decide upon a design that you could use or replicate. In a couple of weeks, we will be making our final beach huts from recycled items found in and around the house. For today’s challenge, start to think about the materials a beach hut would use (we have spent lots of time on materials, what is strong? Waterproof? What can you see through? Etc.). Once you have had a good think, start to build a prototype out of Lego, building blocks or play dough (or similar). Think about the shapes that are being used in your construction. Have fun and do your building with your favourite music on in the background, Friday afternoon is our ‘Golden Time’ after all!
Thursday 30th April
Read the part of the story where the animals are at the Jungle dance. In this part of the story:
The warthogs starting waltzing
The rhinos rock and rolled
The chimps all did a Cha Cha
Here the author has used a style of writing called ‘alliteration’.
Can the children create their own examples using their own ideas for animals doing unusual things?
E.g. The koalas did Karate, Hedgehogs hopped around.
Today we will be continuing to work on fractions, specifically quarters again, but rather than find a quarter of a shape, we will be looking for a quarter of a specified numerical total; explain to the children that to find a quarter, we will be dividing a given total into four equal parts. Example: 20 would be divided into four equal groups of 5 (5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 20 / 4 x 5 = 20); see if your child can begin to spot that a quarter can be found by halving the given total and then halving this amount again, example: halving 20 will leave us with 10, halving this 10 will leave us with 5 (5 being the quarter of 20). Using counters (or similar) as a visual resource will really help the children to understand fractions.Please complete the worksheet, ‘Finding a Quarter (Number)’ in the resources section.
Looking back at our activity from last week and the re-write of Old Macdonald, this week we are going to compose some music to go with our lyrics.
Go to Purple Mash, using your individual log in details.
Click ‘Mini Mash’ then from this click on the door to ‘go outside’
Outside click on ‘music’
Select the ‘2Beat’ option.
At the top ensure you select the ’12 beat’ option and this will be enough beats to create your song. You can clap out the song and check that there are 12 beats!
Watch the tutorial guide on the page to find out how to create different musical sounds and tempos.
Once you have created your piece of music save it to your tray and then perform your version of the song using your very own lyrics!
Wednesday 29th April
Re-Read/listen to Giraffes Can’t Dance story. The cricket was a very good friend to Gerald! What did he do to help Gerald? Can you think of a time when a friend helped you? What had happened to make you feel sad and how did they help you to feel better? Draw a picture and write some super sentences, remembering your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Use your super adjectives to add extra information and description.
Today we will be consolidating on the learning from yesterday by again finding a quarter, again of a shape rather than a number. With one of the worksheets, make sure that your child is using a ruler, as if we are not accurate with our drawing/colouring, then our ‘quarters’ will not be equal, therefore not actually quarters at all. Please complete the following worksheets in today’s resources section: ‘Finding Quarters 1 & 2’.
Read the blind men and the elephant story – talk about why the blind men all had a different understanding of the elephant.
You can find it here:
Explain that this story helps us to understand what Hinduism teaches about God. Hinduism teaches that there is one God, but that people might understand God in many ways.Use bullet points to summarise the story and then write a sentence to say the moral of the story was and how this relates to Hinduism.
Tuesday 28th April
Gerald was really miserable at the beginning of the story because of the way the other animals treated him. Imagine you are Gerald and write a letter to the other animals to explain how they have made you feel and why. Try to persuade them to be kind. Remember to use beautiful handwriting and focus on accurate letter formations.
Today we will be finding a quarter, though not of a number/given total like we did yesterday, rather a quarter of a shape. Again the children may recall elements of this (particularly finding halves) from previous work done within shape. For those in Mr Law’s class, they may remember him breaking a pencil in half (to represent a half) and then again to represent a quarter – again, please don’t remind Mrs Brownley about this! Please complete the worksheet, ‘Maths - Find a Quarter (shape)’.
Monday 27th April
Continuing with our theme ‘Animal Kingdom’, this week we are going to be reading and responding to the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.
Also find the non- fiction text ‘A Pony for a Day’ from the Oxford Owl Site.
Can you navigate your way around the book using the index? What does the Glossary help us to understand in a non-fiction text?
Read this story over a couple of days. When you have competed the reading, see if you can create your own guide to looking after a pony. Alternatively, if you have a pet of your own, create a fact file about them.
We hope you are continuing to read daily using home reading books at bedtime and also the Oxford Owl resources.
Please continue to practise sound recognition using the phased sound mats; in the resources section see ‘Phase 5 Home Learning Challenges’. Choose activities from this to complete over the week.
Watch the beautifully animated story of Giraffes Can’t Dance using the link below:
As we have been recognising rhyming words in our stories recently, you might spot some more rhyming couplets! Draw a picture of Gerald from the beginning of the story when he isn’t very confident.
Write some adjectives around the picture to describe the way he looks, e.g. bandy legs.
Underneath your labelled picture write 2/3 sentences to describe what Gerald feels like, e.g. Gerald was worried because he didn’t want the animals to laugh at him.
This week in maths, we will be starting to look at fractions, by finding a half / quarter of a given total. This is something that we have looked at and discussed briefly before (halving as the inverse of doubling, which we have done during mental maths, dividing a given total into two equal groups); explain to the children that to find a quarter, we will be dividing a given total into four equal parts.
Example: 20 would be divided into four equal groups of 5 (5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 20 / 4 x 5 = 20); see if your child can begin to spot that a quarter can be found by halving the given total and then halving this amount again, example: halving 20 will leave us with 10, halving this 10 will leave us with 5 (5 being the quarter of 20).
Using counters (or similar) as a visual resource will really help the children to understand fractions. Please complete the worksheet, ‘Lesson 1 - Find a Half’ in today’s resources section.
Topic (Geography /ICT)
Continuing with our theme of ‘Blackpool’, this week we would like you to look at some aerial maps of the area.
You can find this resource by using ‘Google Maps’. Once you have found Blackpool you will be able to use your mouse to navigate your way around the area. You can also zoom in to find more detailed images and description of places of interest.
Can you find the following place?
Friday 24th April
English - Today you should work on your writing for your story book.
Start your story with:
I wrote to the zoo, to send me a pet…
Use repetitive phrases as in the original story. E.g. He was too________, so I sent him back.
Maths - Continuing again with 'Tens and Ones (units)', the children will see an array of different numbers within 100 and they must circle the correct number relative to the instruction given for each question. There are three worksheets to complete today, though all of the questions can easily be copied and completed straight into your home learning books. Please see the resources section and the worksheets are labelled as, ‘Tens and Ones – Place Value 1, 2 & 3’.
Topic (SMSC/PSHE) - As part of our PSHE this term, we will be looking at ‘personal hygiene’ and how/why we keep ourselves clean. There has been a whole host of videos posted online recently by musicians, footballers and celebrities of them washing their hands (and often singing along whilst doing so!), which is particularly important at this current time. So, we would like you to create your own instructional video, using that key instructional vocabulary that we learnt earlier on this year (first, second, next, after that, etc.), which your parents and guardians can record and share online with family and friends. Be creative. Have fun. Keep washing those hands. And stay safe and well!
Thursday 23rd April
English - Thinking back to our story ‘Dear Zoo’, can you create your own ‘lift the flap’ book about 4 of the animals you have looked at this week? You must write it in a repetitive style, similar to the Dear Zoo story. Today you might like to work on the illustrations.
You can find some nice examples on how to draw animals here:
Remember to create a flap over your picture. You could do this using paper or card and some glue or sellotape. You might like to draw an additional picture on top of the flap to show what the animal has arrived in. E.g. a basket, a cage, a box.
Maths - Today we will continue to look at partitioning numbers into tens and ones (units). Using the two worksheets available in the resource section, children should be able to see that when the tens and the units are added together it makes up the total value of that particular number. E.g. 64 can be partitioned into 6 tens (60) and 4 units (4); this also represents 60 + 4 = 64. See resources ‘Tens and Ones – Number Partitioning 1 & 2’.
Topic (PE) - We know that lots of you have been keeping busy and active during this period of lockdown and we would love that to continue. Over the past couple of weeks the Lancashire SGO team , Active Lancashire and the Lancashire PE team have been developing a PE, school sport and physical activity resource/timetable in line with our new School Games work programme. This resource is centred around 4 key themes:
Move - resources that help children to achieve 60 active minutes.
Learn - Skill and sports skill development. A FMS skill activity for KS1 and a KS2 sport skill activity adapted from the Lancashire SOW form a weekly PE activity for children to undertake.
Challenge - A weekly personal best challenge linked to the weekly PE learn activity along with a current /trending challenge.
Play - providing ideas and resources for children to be active through play.
Please see the links below and feel free to explore and use this alongside all the other activities you have been using:
Year 1 & 2 (Overview)https://lancashireschoolgames.co.uk/year-1-2-stay-at-home-programme/
Wednesday 22nd April
English - Using the same animal you wrote about yesterday, conduct some research about that particular animal and what their life is like in the wild. Create a non-fiction fact file about it. You must include: A title, 4 sub-headings, a picture and a caption and a ‘did you know?’ fact.
Your 4 sub-headings can be your choice but some ideas might include:
Country of Origin, Habitat, Diet, Body (a description), Life span, It can, It can’t.
Maths - Again today we will continue to look at ‘Tens and Ones’ and how whole numbers (within 100) can be partitioned as such, e.g. the number 64 can be partitioned as 6 tens and 4 ones (units). Progressing from the work we did yesterday, today will be a mental maths challenge for the children. Draw a ‘part-whole model’ on a white board/chalk board (paper will work too); the number you call out can then be put into the part whole model, tick them off if you get it right.
E.g. 64 (64 will go into the top circle, as it is the total) then it will be partitioned into two parts; 60 (6 x tens) and 4 (4 x units).
1) 23 2) 14 3) 35 4) 55 5) 39 6) 66 7) 79 8) 97 9) 41 10) 87
Topic (Music) - In this topic of music we are going to be learning about composition (the structure of process of making music).
Firstly we are going to learn/re-create a song to be able to compose music for.
Listen to and sing ‘Old Macdonald had a farm’. We are going to change the farm animals to zoo animals.
‘Old Macdonald had a zoo, ee-eye, ee-eye, oh’
Write down your ideas and next week we will learn how to compose the music for it.
Tuesday 21st April
English - Have you ever been to the zoo? Can you remember what animals you saw there?
Today we would like you to watch some of the animals from Edinburgh Zoo on the live streaming cameras. You can find them here: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/
Look at a variety of animals on the web cams and observe what they are doing.
Can you draw a picture and write a few sentences about which animal you watched? What were their behaviours? What was their habitat like? What do/did the animals eat? Write some adjectives around your chosen animal to describe what they look like or what attributes they have.
Maths – Again today we will continue to look at ‘Tens and Ones’ and how whole numbers (within 100) can be partitioned as such, e.g. the number 64 can be partitioned as 6 tens and 4 ones (units); today the children will be able to complete a worksheet where the numbers are partitioned in ‘part-whole-model diagrams’ (something they are very familiar with). Please ensure that the numbers are partitioned into tens and units; e.g. 64 should be partitioned as 60 and 4, rather than 61 and 3, which the children may try having spent time using part whole models before. Worksheet in resources section – ‘Tens and Ones – Part Whole Model’.
Topic (Geography ) - Our topic this term is ‘Blackpool’.
We will be looking at the location of Blackpool in the UK and its Physical and Human features.
Look at the map of the UK used a few weeks ago and find Lancashire. Look in detail at the map of Lancashire (in the resources section) and read all the towns and cities that are a part of our region.
Can you re-create this map area using rope, wool or skipping ropes. Write down the towns and cities on labels and place them in the correct place on the regional map area. Think about the directions of a compass and where in comparison each town or city is to each other. E.g. Blackpool lies to the West of Preston and Blackburn lies to the East of Preston. You might like to play a game and give directions of where to jump on the map.
Monday 20th April
We hope you are continuing to read daily using home reading books at bedtime and also the Oxford Owl resources.
Please continue to practise sound recognition using the phased sound mats.
Find attached ‘Phase 5 Sound PowerPoint’ in the resources section to practise your phase 5 sound recognition. You might also like to think of some more words with the same sounds and include them in a sentence using your most beautiful handwriting.
This week we are moving onto our new topic ‘Animal Kingdom’. Our story for this week is Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We are focussing on using adjectives for description and repetitive story phrases.
Read the story Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. If you don’t have a copy of this story at home you can find it here:
Can the children guess which animal the zoo has sent?
Which is your favourite animal from the zoo?
Use the sheet provided to explain which your favourite is and explain the reasons why. Draw a picture of your favourite zoo animal and label it using key adjectives.
Maths - This term we will be looking at some new areas in maths. Starting this week we will be looking at ‘Tens and Ones’ and how whole numbers (within 100) can be partitioned as such, e.g. the number 64 can be partitioned as 6 tens and 4 ones (units); there are two maths sheets attached for today’s home learning in the resources section ‘How Many Tens and Ones 1 & 2’.
Topic (RE) - This term we are going to be learning about the religion of Hinduism.
Have a look at the PowerPoint provided in the resources section (Hinduism Main Values).
Look at the differences between other religions and how Hindu’s believe in not just one God but many different Gods.
Can you draw a picture of one the Hindu gods and write about them? Label them and write a sentence or two about why that God is special. You might recognise some of the Gods from our Rama and Sita story!
Find the non- fiction text ‘When Animals Invade’
Begin by reading the story and then complete the activities attached to the story.
Friday 17th April
English - Looking back at Dora’s Eggs, can you find the part of the story where the animals are crowded around her and explaining what her chicks can do that their babies can do?
Make a list of all the things that her chicks can do now that they couldn’t do before. Use bullet points and draw some pictures to illustrate your points.
Maths - For the last maths lesson of the week, we are going to revisit some multiplication and division work from last week. Please start the lesson by getting your child to ‘group’ their counters, E.g. Make three groups of two counters, what is the total? From this practical working out (using counters or similar) your child should be able to write down the equation as follows 3 x 2 = 6. Please repeat the same for division, E.g. From a total of fifteen counters, can you put them into three equal groups? Again, write this up as an equation in your home learning books.
[2 x 3 = ] [4 x 3 = ] [3 x 5 = ] [10 x 2 = ] [5 x 2 = ]
[10 / 2 = ] [15 / 3 = ] [20 / 2 = ] [12 / 2 = ] [12 / 4 = ]
Topic PSHE - In support of all the wonderful work that our NHS staff and Carers are undertaking at this terribly difficult time, please help your child in making a poster to put in your window to show your support. If your child has already done this, which I am guessing many of you already have, feel free to create either another poster or write a ‘Thank You’ letter for all of our wonderful doctors and nurses who are working tirelessly to keep us safe at this difficult time; if anybody would like to post these to school (which you can drop into a post-box during your daily one hour outdoor walk / exercise) Mr Law will collect them all from school at some point soon and pass them on to Mrs Law, who will share them with all of her staff and colleagues at Royal Preston Hospital (and I’ll ask her to take some photos too!). If you address the letter as follows:
Mr Law (NHS Letter)
Lostock Hall Community Primary School
0 Linden Dr,
Preston, PR5 5AS
Thursday 16th April
English - Look at the picture of Dora and her newly hatched chicks, how do you think she is feeling now? Have her feelings changed towards her chicks?
Draw a picture of Dora and her baby chicks in the nest and attach a thought bubble. Write a sentence inside it to explain what she is feeling like now?
Maths - Today we shall be revisiting ‘number’; attached are several worksheets; these do not need to be completed on sheets and can easily be inputted into your home learning books. Start off by counting to 100 and then back down to zero. In the resources section there are two sheets where you will need to order numbers and two sheets that will require you to count in both 2s and 5s.
Topic Geography - As we have been learning about the UK and its capital cities, today we are going to be investigating Wales. Can you use the map we labelled in week 1 and find Wales? What was the capital city of Wales?
Have a look at the attached flag of Wales (Flag of Wales) and research why the dragon was chosen to be a part of the flag.
Can you colour/paint your very own welsh flag? Use the attached sheet (Flag of Wales Template) to print.
If you do not have an option to print this you may also like to research the significance of the daffodil to Welsh people. You could buy some daffodils, or use the internet to find an image of them, and make some observational drawings of these.
Wednesday 15th April
English - Re-read the story of Dora’s Eggs. Write a letter to Dora, which helps her to look forward to her eggs hatching. Can you convince her that her chicks will be just as beautiful as the other baby animals she has seen? Make sure to use connectives ‘and’ and ‘because’ to explain your ideas. You might like to include some exciting vocabulary to describe what her babies will look like and to describe how she is going to feel.
Maths - Today we will be revisiting 2D and 3D shapes and their properties; there are two properties worksheets to complete, for both 2D and 3D shapes. Upon completion of the worksheets, attached within the resources section is a pair of 2D and 3D guide maps; challenge your child to use these guides as a pair of ‘treasure maps’ as they seek to find all the missing treasure shapes around the house. E.g. A circular clock-face would count as one piece of treasure (circle); a football in the garden would be another (sphere) etc. Challenge your child to find as many pieces of treasure as possible and tick off the shapes they can find.
Topic RE - This week we will be looking at the religion of Christianity, in particular the Easter Story. You can find a PowerPoint of this in the resources section or you might like to watch it at:
Can you draw a picture of a scene from this story and write 2 or 3 sentences explaining why Christians celebrate Easter. Don’t forget to use your beautiful handwriting and punctuate your sentences using Capital Letters, finger spaces and full stops.
You may like to use a template to complete your work- see ‘Easter page border’ in the resources section.
Tuesday 14th April
Reading - Find the story of the Little Red Hen on ‘Oxford Reading Tree’.
Remember, you need to register for a free account if you haven't already.
Begin by reading the story and then complete the activities attached to the story.
English - Read/watch the story of Dora’s Eggs on YouTube- You can find it here:
Can you write a letter from Dora to the other animals to invite them to come and visit your eggs? It might begin like this:
Dear animals of the farmyard, I have some very exciting news…
Try and think of a reason why they should come and visit to try and persuade them. As you are giving reasons you will need to use the conjunction ‘because’ in your sentences.
Finish your letter with:
I will look forward to seeing you very soon.
Dora the Hen.
You might also like to draw a picture of your shiny new eggs!
Maths – As next week, w/c 20th April, would represent the start of a new term we will be looking at new areas of maths to focus upon; this week will therefore be a consolidation/review week of the topics that we have covered specifically during the Spring 2 term and from terms previous. Each day a worksheet(s) will be uploaded from each area we have looked at so far; should your child find a certain area of this week’s home-learning more challenging or particularly troublesome, then please spend more time going through those questions and look to revisit that area in more depth.
Today we will be looking at addition and subtraction; where these questions will be expressed as ‘word problems’ – please help your child by working through these questions systematically and focus on completing one step of the problem at a time. There is also a colouring challenge attached and a set of 'Word Problems within 100' activity cards, which will present a challenge; to complete this, your child may need a 100 square to support them.
Topic – Music - As we have recently celebrated Easter and learning about chicks, we are going to learn the ‘Spring Chicken’ song- you can find it here:
After a few practise goes and with some actions added, you might like to record it and send it to some of your relatives to cheer them up.
Monday 13th April
Easter Bank Holiday Monday
Again, on behalf of all the staff in Year 1, we sincerely hope that you had a lovely Easter weekend with loved ones (where safe and possible to do so) and managed to eat lots of chocolate eggs!
Mr. Law & Mrs. Mears
Friday 10th April – ‘GOOD FRIDAY’
Good Friday, we have no home learning today. As a Year 1 staff, however, we would like you to spend the day with your family and make the most of this quality time together (despite the obvious challenges and circumstance). Thank you all so much for your continued support at this both peculiar and difficult time.
Stay safe and well and have a lovely Easter weekend.
Thursday 9th April
English – Superworm can use his body for lots of purposes. Which is your favourite?
Can you draw a picture of this and write a sentence about it.
Example: Superworm can use his body as a rollercoaster by making it wriggly.
Now can you think of a new way Superworm could use his body? It can be as creative and unusual as you like. Make sure you are still using your amazing pre-cursive handwriting.
Maths - Multiplication and Division challenge; give your child 21 counters (or similar), which they can use to help them. Give your child the following challenges:
Topic – ART
As it is almost Easter, it’s time to use up those eggs in the fridge before they all magically turn into chocolate.
Hard boil an egg and decorate this however you like BUT it needs to have an ‘egg’ theme. Here are some examples:
King EGGward , David B‘egg’ham, ‘Yolk’y Ono (Mr Law’s favourite) etc.
Please take a photo of your fantastic creations and we can share these back in class.
PS. Don't eat them!
Wednesday 8th April
Can you recognise any rhyming words from the Superworm story?
Go through the story and chose 10 pairs of rhyming words to write in your home learning books.
For an extra challenge can you add an extra word to each pair that also rhymes?
Division continued; please attempt the worksheet attached, labelled – ‘Sharing into Equal Groups’. Before starting the worksheet, spend 10-15 minutes making equal groups practically, just like yesterday. See if you can challenge children to find different groups (15 divided by 3, 5 or 18 divided by 9, 6, 3, 2 etc.).
Topic - Music
This week we are going to link our music in with our topic work by learning the ‘Skye Boat song’ on YouTube. You can find it here:
Once you have learnt the lyrics can you use pans and kitchen utensils to tap out a beat to it?
Look at the video and see if you can see any of the Scottish traditions we have learnt about earlier in the week.
Tuesday 7th April
English - Re-read the story of Superworm. Discuss the problem in the story, where Wizard Lizard magically makes Superworm go missing!
Today we are going to create a ‘wanted poster’ to display for everyone to see to help find Superworm. We need to provide detailed information for the reader. Feel free to display your poster around the house in-case anyone might have seen him.
Maths – Division continued. Today’s maths lesson will be a practical lesson, where your child will have the opportunity to see in an abstract manner how a total can be divided equally into groups; and into different amounts of groups.
Provide you child with 20 of anything (counters, 1p pieces, cutlery, Lego pieces, basically anything but it is better if the items are the same/very similar); once your child has counted the 20, get them to separate into 2 groups – how many is now in an equal group? [20 divided by 2 equals?] Put them back together and ask them to separate them into the following equal groups: 1, 2, 4, 5, and 10. Ask your child if they can see any patterns.
Topic – RE
Watch the Passover story again on BBC Bitesize:
Explain to the children this story appears both in the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah.
In home learning books, can you draw a picture of Moses on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments? Write a sentence about it.
E.g. On Mount Sinai God gave Moses Ten Commandments for the Jews to follow.
One of them was…..
Monday 6th April
English - Read the story of Superworm by Julia Donaldson, if you have it at home. If not, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jnk3XApKBg
Can you think of some interesting adjectives to describe Superworm?
Draw a picture of Superworm in your home learning books, colour him in and then label him.
Can the children put these words into a sentence? E.g. Superworm is…. You could use the conjunction ‘and’ to add two ideas together.
Maths - Multiplication and Dividing into groups. Children have practised learning their times tables and this week they will focus more on division; by seeing how ‘groups’ can add together to form a total, [e.g. 2 sets of 4 will create a total of 8/ 2 x 4 = 8] which, inversely, can be divided into smaller groups [e.g. the total 8 can be separated into 2 equal groups and there will be 4 in each group / 8 divided by 2 equals 4] (some children will recognise how similar this looks to the part whole models they learnt about). When dividing (in Year 1) we express the importance of ensuring that the divided parts are equal; your child will be able to tell you what equal means. So 10 can be divided equally into two groups of 5 or 5 groups of 2; the difference from a part whole model is that 10 can be broken up into two parts that could be expressed as 7 and 3 for example.
Please complete the maths worksheet/s attached – ‘Sharing Equally 1 2 3’; please endeavour to at least complete page one and attempt page two; if your child shows success with these sheets then attempt the third one also. You can also draw these groups into your home learning book if you don’t have access to a printer.
Topic – Geography
As we have been learning about the UK and its capital cities, today we are going to be investigating Scotland. Can you use the map we labelled in week 1 and find Scotland? What was the capital city of Scotland?
Watch the following video:
‘Barnaby Bear goes to Edinburgh’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa5_MHHij4E&t=357s
Can you draw a picture of Barnaby Bear with a famous Scottish landmark? Can you write a sentence as if you were Barnaby Bear and describe the landmark you have drawn?
E.g. Today I went to Edinburgh and I saw…..
Friday 3rd April
Can you create a mini-beast acrostic poem? Choose your favourite mini-beast to write your acrostic poem about.
An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The most common form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase.
You might even choose to write your poem, once drafted, inside a picture! (See the attached image in resources section)
See the templates attached in the resources section if you would like to print out a template, if not create in your home learning books.
Please continue to finish the booklet from yesterday. After finishing your booklet. Give a maths test to your child; challenge them with random multiplications from any of the 1, 2, 5 and 10 timetables. See what score they can get out of 10 random equations, see if your child can do these multiplications in their head or using their fingers; if they find this difficult, support them with counters (or alike).
Can you create a musical instrument using junk modelling materials to use to perform your newly invented ‘Creepy Crawley Calypso’ rhyme?
See this website for some inspiration! https://redtri.com/homemade-instruments/slide/1
Thursday 2nd April
Today we are going to be using our work from yesterday to create a new verse for the ‘CREEPY CRAWLEY CALYPSO ’ rhyme.
Using your chosen 3 mini-beasts, draw their pictures into the boxes provided on the ‘New Verse’ sheet. Alternatively you can draw your own boxes in home learning books.
Then begin to write your own verse using the template provided.
E.g. Here comes the spider with his long and hairy legs.
Your poem does not have to rhyme although if you would like to have a go at rhyming words then you can have a go!
When you have completed this you can play the clip again and add your very own verse!
You might have some musicians in the family who would like to play along to the cool calypso beat!
Multiplication and Dividing into groups. Children have practised learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and now they will now begin to see how this fundamentally underpins their timetables; the children will see that 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc. equates to 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 2 = 6 etc. Today there is a Two-Times table multiplication booklet to work through; do some of the pages today and save some for tomorrow (if your child is comfortable with 2’s, try another set of timetables).
In our Judaism topic we have been learning about special Jewish items of clothing and artefacts as well as places of worship.
This week we would like you to watch the special story of the ‘Passover’, which originates from the Torah Holy Book. You can find an animated version of the story on the ‘BBC Bitesize’ website or alternatively use this link: - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zmq6sbk
Can you look through the PowerPoint provided in the resources section and answer the questions below in your home learning books?
Wednesday 1st April
Looking at pictures of different mini-beasts on the resource provided (mini-beast pictures), can you name all the different mini-beasts? Now choose 3 to draw and describe in your home learning books.
E.g. if you were going to draw a spider- label his legs using 2 adjectives (long and hairy legs)
Or if you draw a ladybird- label his wings using 2 adjectives (red and black wings)
Can you create 2 labels of description for each of the 3 mini-beasts you have chosen?
Multiplication and Dividing into groups. Children have practised learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and now they will now begin to see how this fundamentally underpins their timetables; the children will see that 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc. equates to 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 2 = 6 etc. Today the children will see this represented in equal groups (effectively as a division). So 2 x 2 = 4 is two equal groups of 2. Please see the ‘Making Equal Groups’ worksheet; print off and stick in your home learning booklet, if you can.
Can the children remember the map activity from last week? Can they remember the 4 countries that make up the UK and their capital cities?
Today we are going to be learning about London, the capital city of England.
Start off by accessing the YouTube link to watch a recreation of James Mayhew’s ‘Katie in London’ storybook.
Can you find out about one or two of these major London landmarks? You might use books, maps or the internet to find out information.
This is a child friendly website which might be useful:-
Draw a picture and write 3 interesting facts; you might want to think about:
You might even want to tell us if you’ve been to one of the places before!
Tuesday 31st March
Listen to the rhyme, ‘CREEPY CRAWLEY CALYPSO’ on YouTube (See the link below). You might want to sing along by following the words on the screen!
What mini-beasts did you spot? What instruments were the mini-beasts playing?
Listen to the rhyme again, this time can you hear any rhyming words? Write down 5 pairs of words which rhyme from the song.
E.g. Flute and toot.
Multiplication and Dividing into groups. Children have practised learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and now they will now begin to see how this fundamentally underpins their timetables; today the children will see how their counting in 2’s can be written as a formal multiplication equation.
Example: 2, 4, 6 equates to 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 2 = 6.
Please complete the sheet attached, labelled ‘Building Bricks Multiplication’.
Topic - Art
We would like your child to paint a landscape picture containing flowers (this can be of your garden, or taken from a stock image found online); have your child mix the paints to add different shades to the picture. Your child may benefit from lightly sketching the picture first and then painting over this. Discuss with your child how much paint to use and talk about taking careful brush strokes.
Jump and jive from one to ten with a boisterous band of bugs in this selection that introduces creepy crawlies and calypso instruments. Want to learn more ab...
We would like to say a huge thank you to all our parents and carers who are supporting their children with their home learning challenges!
A reminder of daily activities:
- endeavour to read for 20-30 minutes daily and this is entirely up to you how this is done. Any reading that is done can still be recorded in your child's Reading Journal. Anything that your child wants to read, let them!
– please find in resources section some phonics activities your child can access whilst at home. You should all have phonics sound mats so please practise the sounds on these daily. You could even think of some words with the particular sound in and write them down.
For an extra challenge add some of your words into a sentence. Make sure you use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
In the resources section we will attach phase 3,4 and 5 sound mats.
Monday 30th March
This week we are going to be learning about poetry and Rhyme.
As a starter activity today we are going to be reading lots of different rhymes about mini-beasts.
See the attached sheets of mini-beast rhymes and read through them together.
Whilst you are reading, think about:
Does the poem rhyme? How do you know it rhymes? What words can you find that sound the same?
What punctuation can you spot in the rhymes? Does the punctuation change the way we read the rhyme?
Choose your favourite rhyme and practice a few times.
Can you clap out the rhythm of the rhyme?
As an extra creative challenge, can you create some actions to go with it and perform for members of your family?
Multiplication and Dividing into groups. Children have practised learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and now they will now begin to see how this fundamentally underpins their timetables; the children will see that 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc. equates to 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 2 = 6 etc. Children in Year 1 need to be able to recall, fluently, their 2s, 5s and 10s timetables. Please complete the worksheet ‘Counting in 10s’
Using the Yoga Pose sheet that has been stuck in your home learning books spend 10-15 minutes practising some of the poses on there. When we do Yoga in class, we discuss calm breathing and stretching with balance. If you do not have the sheet, there is a whole variety of Yoga videos on YouTube. We particularly enjoy some of the ‘Cosmic Kids Yoga’ ones.
Friday 27th March
English – to carry on writing up the story of Rama and Sita on their story board or in their work books. Your child should now be starting to write the ending of their story; how will the story conclude? Again, check their handwriting and basic spelling mistakes. Ask your child to read their work to check all of their sentences make sense.
Maths - place value within 50 (100); see two worksheets added below. There is one sheet for counting forward and one for counting backwards. These worksheets are titled ‘Ark Add’ and ‘Ark Takeaway’; these can again be completed on the sheets provided or the number patterns can be written in your child’s home learning book. In addition to completing this activity, can your child count backwards in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s up to 100?
ICT – please log on to your Purple Mash account (usernames and passwords are inside your Reading Journals); go to the ‘Computing’ section and select ‘2Code’. Here you will find many different coding programmes. Please feel free to explore any of the challenges available (the Turtle game is a good example); the start of each application will show you a little clip that will outline what that specific programme does. Explore and have fun coding everybody! And as an extra challenge, ask your child to explain what the word 'algorithm' means.
Thursday 26th March
English – to carry on writing up the story of Rama and Sita on their story board or in their work books. Your child should now be starting to write the middle part of their story; what is happening and why? Check their handwriting and basic spelling mistakes. Remind your child to check their work for capital letters and full stops. Ask your child why both Rama and Sita start with capital letters.
Maths - place value within 50 (100); see the worksheet added below. This worksheet is titled ‘Numbers Everywhere’; this can be completed on the sheet or the number patterns can be written in your child’s home learning book. In addition to completing this activity, can your child count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s up to 100? What other numbers can they count up in? – counting in 3’s would be super impressive!
Science – get your child to explain to you everything that they know about plants. Can they remember what bulbs they planted earlier on this year? (These are now starting to flower in our outdoor area); can your child see any of these flowers the next time they are out in the car / garden? Today we are looking at what plants need to survive. Please complete the worksheet attached and stick into your home learning book. Again, please use your workbook to copy down the main information should you not have access to a printer.
Wednesday 25th March
English – can your child re-tell the story of Rama and Sita using the storyboard prompt and begin to write this up. You can either print off the template if you have access to a printer or you can draw a story board in your home learning book. Today you can begin to write the story and start by setting the scene and introducing the key characters. Who is our protagonist?
Write at least 2 sentences for each picture. To make your story super exciting you can add some exciting adjectives to help you describe people and places in the story.
Example: The brave prince Rama fired a magical spear at the evil demon King Ravana!
Maths - place value within 50 (100); see the worksheet added below. Please print this worksheet off and cut the challenge cards up and place face down. Follow the rules outlined for the game (the 100 square might be a good resource to support your child’s learning). For those without access to a printer, the ‘challenge cards’ can be copied and written down onto a separate piece of paper and then cut up.
RE – this term we have been learning about Judaism. Can you find out information about Synagogues using the internet? Using the internet, can you find the answers to the following questions:
What do Jewish people use a Synagogue for?
Where is the nearest Synagogue to your house?
When do Jewish people visit the Synagogue?
Using Google Images to support your research, draw a picture of a Synagogue that you can find online and write 2 sentences to support what you have drawn.
Tuesday 24th March
English - using the words created yesterday, can you write some sentences giving reasons why Rama has that character trait?
Example: Rama is brave because he saved Sita from the Evil King Ravana.
Write at least 3 sentences. Make sure you include capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Can you challenge your child to use a conjunction and two different adjectives?
Maths - place value within 50 (100); see the worksheet below. Please print this worksheet off and complete or simply record the equations in your home-learning book. Start the session by calling random numbers out within 100 and ask your child to give you one more or one less of that number.
Geography - in our topic work we have been investigating the 4 countries which make up the UK and their corresponding capital cities.
Test their spelling of each capital city; Scotland’s may be a challenge.
Look at the map see if the children can find England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Can you also locate their capitals and surrounding seas?
Either fill out the labels on the sheet (use any of the sheets uploaded) or write the countries and their capitals down in your home learning book.
Monday 23rd March
English - during multi-cultural week (last week), we learnt the story of Rama and Sita. The children had great fun re-enacting the story through drama, role play and devising a puppet show. Ask your child to look at the story board template and verbally re-tell the story.
Draw a picture of Rama and label it using adjectives to describe what he is like. E.g. Brave, heroic, strong.
You may also want to find the story on you-tube as the children really enjoyed watching this in class.
Maths - Place value within 50 (100); see the worksheet below. Please print this worksheet off and complete or simply record the equations in your home-learning book. There are lots more worksheets and resources on Twinkl under Maths – Year 1 – Place Value should you want to do more learning.
Topic - Music. We have been learning about London in geography and the song, ‘The London Rap’ can help us learn more about our capital city. Listen to the song on YouTube and try and teach it to your parent or carer; see who can perform it better – you or them? Who will be brave and video themselves (or parents) performing it?
Year 1 Home Learning
To all parents, carers and children, please can you read and complete the following learning tasks daily/weekly:
Reading - endeavour to read for 20-30 minutes daily and this is entirely up to you how this is done. Any reading that is done can still be recorded in your child's Reading Journal. Anything that your child wants to read, let them!
If your child wants more to read, please visit the Oxford Owl website: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk
You can register for free and access hundreds of e-books. These e-books include many stories from our school reading scheme, which are decodable relative to your child's phonics ability; furthermore you can specify a book band or reading age. Whatever your child chooses to read, check they understand it (ask them questions!).
Phonics - phonics resources will be added onto the blog weekly and should be practiced daily. A very easy way to further enrich your child's phonics understanding is to frequently use Reading Eggs (log in details are at the front of your child's Reading Journals); as class teachers we will be able to monitor your child's usage / working stage.
Please also ensure your child is familiar with all of the Year 1 key words; test these as a spelling challenge.
Mathematics - this home learning will be added weekly and broken down into 5 challenges/ tasks with one to be completed each day. There is also a plethora of resources available online should you want to do more with your child. Please use the home-learning book to record their work in or to stick completed worksheets into.
English - as with mathematics, this home learning will be added weekly and broken down into 5 challenges/ tasks with one to be completed each day. With extended pieces of writing, this work/task may fall across more than one day; this can be completed in one sitting or broken up daily, whichever suits your child's learning needs the best. When checking their writing, please look out for: handwriting, finger spaces, grammar rules (capital letters and full stops etc.) and promote the use of conjunctions and adjectives.
Topic - science, history/geography, R.E, computing, art & design, music and P.E tasks will be added weekly; with one task to be completed daily; again, the choice is with you as to when and how you want to complete these. Certain tasks may not be recorded -please do not worry about this (tasks such as PE).
To support children and teachers during this current period, Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources free of charge; they have also extended this to every parent and carer, so pupils can still have access to high-quality learning resources during any periods of disruption.
As we are unable to attach Powerpoints to the blog, we may link a relevant page to support learning, please can you set up a home account to access these:
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
You may have read that Joe Wicks will be presenting a live PE fitness session every weekday morning at 9:00 AM for 30 minutes. If you’d like to give it a go and stay active follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Thank you for all of your cooperation during this difficult time; please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any further information. Please stay safe and well we hope things resume to normal as soon as possible.
The Year 1 Staff.
Children at home- Please use your school homework book complete tasks
Reading Eggs - Please ensure that each day you are accessing this (20-30 minutes) to support both your phonics and readings skills; usernames and passwords should still be stuck in the front of Reading Journals (please notify your class teacher if this cannot be accessed).
Spellings - Practising your spellings (10 minutes) and try and write simple/compound sentences with a different word from this week's spellings included in it.
English - We have been reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ We are writing an alternative version of the story.
E.g. Jill and the Mudslide.
The children can make changes to the key components of story: Jack can become Jill, the cow could be a pig, the beanstalk may become a deep hole instead, the magic beans could perhaps be dynamite and the angry giant may actually be a kind affable soul who just wants to befriend Jack/Jill? etc. Write a different version of the story using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We have also been concentrating on adjectives and exciting vocabulary including exclamation marks in punctuation.
Maths - We are learning about shapes. Ask your child what they know about 2D shapes and ask them what they know about 3D shapes. See how many they know and write them down; can your child try to describe each one.
Now try and find some 3D shapes around the house and investigate their properties. A can of coke is what 3D shape? The door in the living room is what 3D shape (and why is it not a 2D shape)? etc.
Homework - please continue to complete the homework tasks set - a minimum of one activity from each section.
As this is multi-cultural week, we are going to be re-telling the story of Rama and Sita. This is a story from the religion of Hinduism. Please see the video link attached and discuss the story of Rama and Sita with your child; can your child make any links with other religious stories that they know.
Thank you for all of your support and co-operation at this time.
Mr Law and Mrs Mears.
Sport Relief 2020
All children in school had a great time on Friday 13th March by partaking in Sport Relief 2020; through the power of sport and physical activity, our children were also able to contribute to charity and we did this in many different ways:
All classes ran, jump, hopped, skipped, walked, zig-zagged and sprinted around two different tracks set up on the Key Stage 1 & 2 yards respectively; this was done twice across the day, for 15 minutes, and it is still unclear whether the children or staff found this most challenging.
Both Year 1 classes also got to try and play the following activities:
Change4Life Playground Games
If the children were anywhere near as tired and worn out as the teachers were by Friday evening, then an early night was certainly on the menu to start the weekend. Thank you once again for all of your kind and generous donations towards Sports Relief - we all had a great time!
Happy Valentine's Day
On behalf of all the Year 1 children and staff, we would just like to say a huge 'Thank you!' for all of your help and support once again this half-term; have a well earned break!
P.s. Love is in the air ........
Traction Man - English
This term we have been looking at the text Traction Man, by Mini Grey, and the children have loved it. This week our story came to life as Traction Man appeared in our Year 1 Outdoor Area; crawling through the flower beds, Traction Man was desperately trying to rescue three hapless dolls who had been buried by the 'wicked' Spade. Fear not, Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush are on-hand to save the day.
Back in the classroom our children re-enacted the scene, showing off their drama skills:
After re-enacting the action scene, the children built their own scenes using real soil and mud from which they could use their own senses to formulate an extensive list of adjectives and sentence ideas; these were then used in their independent writing later in the week.
"Traction Man bravely crawled through the squelchy, gooey mud to save the doomed dolls'.
Year 1 Poetry Performance
Firs of all, the Year 1 staff would just like to say a huge THANK YOU for all who attended our poetry performance on Monday afternoon; the performance was made extra special for the children, as they were afforded the opportunity to perform in front of such a large audience. The children have worked incredibly hard to remember their poems, songs, actions and words. Public speaking can be very daunting so it was amazing how well the children performed under that extra pressure; particularly those children with spoken parts, as they read so clearly and confidently. This poetry performance will certainly set the children in good stead for the Year Two Nativity that they will all partake in next year. Well done Year 1!
The children have been getting stuck into their new class text, ‘Traction Man’ and they have been busy writing their predictions and excellent character descriptions. Between all of our Maths, English, Topic, PE and Reading, the children have been practising for their poetry performance. The performance will give the children a chance to show off what they have learnt and to stand up and perform in front of a large audience, which is quite daunting for Year 1; we hope you can join us on Monday to see it.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team.
Welcome back HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!
The children have all been keen this week to tell their teachers what they have been up to over the Christmas holidays and share with their friends tales of what Santa had left them on Christmas morning. Both classes have taken their time to write some fantastic Christmas Day recounts in a letter format for Santa to read.
On Friday, we were treated to our annual Pantomime performance, which was again truly wonderful! The children needed no further encouragement to bellow at the wicked characters and join in with the singing parts. It is safe to say that the children thoroughly enjoyed the adaptation of Snow White; they also had the chance to laugh at both Mrs Mears and Mr Law, as they were chosen to 'volunteer' their services in helping the cast to dance in once scene - the less said about this part the better!
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
On behalf of all the Year 1 staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and guardians for their continued support this term. The build up to Christmas has been extremely busy (like every term!) and our classrooms have been full of excitement, cheer, carol singing, a mischievous elf and obviously an abundance of mathematics and English work.
The children really have been absolutely fantastic this term and our fingers are crossed that Santa will be extremely busy on Christmas Eve rewarding our amazing children for all of their endeavours across 2019.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all of the Year 1 Team..... and an army of friendly snowmen.
And one last HUGE THANK YOU must be extended to Mrs McDonald who is sadly (for us) retiring! After a 'few' years at Lostock Hall CPS, 28 years to be factually correct, Mrs McDonald is entering a new exciting chapter in her life. On behalf of all the Key Stage 1 staff, and other members of staff across school, we wish you all the very, very BEST! With big boots to follow we are excited to welcome Mrs Mears in January 2020, but until then ......
"HO, HO, HO - MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
Half Term Review
What an amazing first half term the children have had in Year 1. It is not the easiest transition from Reception into Year 1, but all of the staff have been blown away with how well the children have settled into their new classes and routines!
Here is a little review of only a handful of things we have been getting up to in an action packed first half term:
The children have produced some fantastic pieces of independent writing using their fabulous pre-cursive handwriting (which is already much better than Mr Law's); we have read many different stories and focussed on two texts in particular: 'Dan, the flying man' and 'The Meanies'. The children had a go at inventing their own fictitious Meanies and some of them were really quite ghastly.
Spellings and Phonics
Thank you to all parents who have been helping your children at home with their weekly spellings. The children have done a fantastic job this half-term in learning their spellings and it really does help to consolidate the learning of that week's phonics focus or highlighted sound. Just to reiterate, the spelling books sent home can be used to practice in and you can use the lines on that weeks page to practice upon. Keep up the excellent effort and thank you once again!
The children have been excelling with many different aspects of number and place value this half term. Using accurate number strategies, the children have been working on ordering numbers within 20 (and in some cases beyond), using terminology such as 'greater than', 'fewer than' and 'equal to' when ordering and positioning numbers and amounts. We have counted accurately, using different strategies to help with our addition and subtraction and explored using concrete resources, such as counters and number lines/grids to help us tackle these number problems. We have also enjoyed many mental maths challenges to work out plenty of tricky number problems independently in our head. We definitely have some extra talented mathematicians in Year 1!
PE and Sport
We have been really active this term and both classes have been enjoying some fantastic PE lessons. The children have been showing off their wonderful gymnastics skills, including various balances, ways of moving, displaying different rolls and holding different shapes. The children showcased a real desire to be creative when working both on their own and also holding positions and balances with partners. In the next half term we will be looking at Multi-Skills, Throwing & Catching and Dance.
A handful of our Year 1 children also had the opportunity to attend a Key Stage 1 sport inclusion event held at Brownedge St Mary's High School. The event saw several schools from the area engage in many fun and non-competitive games and events that we can take back to school. The morning concluded with a relaxing Yoga session, which left the children feeling calm and focussed. The children were exceptionally well behaved and a credit to their classes and the school.
Welcome to Year 1
Mr Law and Mrs McDonald would like to welcome you to our Year 1 blog. Here you will find information about what the children have been learning in class and keep up-to-date with all the enjoyable things they have been getting up to in school.
This term we have been looking at both fiction and non-fiction texts in English, working on our number skills in Maths and been getting super active during our PE lessons; they've explored their senses in Science, created masterpieces using different computer software in ICT and sang their hearts out during Music. It is fair to say that all of the children have settled into their new classes fantastically well and it is certainly going to be another fantastic year!
Here is a little look at some of the work that has been produced so far:
Some excellent handwriting practice (complimented with a special Mrs Brownley sticker):
Some excellent number skills being displayed in our Maths No Problem workbooks:
One of the fiction texts that we have been looking at this half-term is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. The children made predictions about what they thought the Gruffalo might be getting up to. Take a look at this informed prediction, was her prediction correct?
Half Term Break
Where have the last five weeks gone? It has been super busy and we have learnt so much in all of our subjects. Thank you for all of your wonderful homework contributions, we had great fun this week reading through these and showing of our wonderful work.
In PE this half term we have been honing our ball skills, preparing for sports day (first week back!) and also learning all of the moves for Dance From The Heart. The children are so excited about both.
We have spoken to lots of parents over the last couple of weeks who have enquired about the phonics screening check and asked what more they can be doing; use the sheets we have sent home with both real and nonsense words on them; practise spotting tricky sounds in our reading books and write them down; use some of the resources online (a Google search will find you a wealth of practise papers and worksheets); make phonics fun - get the children to teach you.
Phonics and homework aside, please have a wonderful and safe half term break. Thank you once again for all of your help and support this halfterm from all the staff in 1L and 1M.
Unbelievably we are now entering the Summer Term; it's amazing how quickly this academic year is flying by! We hope you all had a lovely relaxing half term break and that you are now fully charged for another action-packed term of learning, learning and a bit more learning. This term we will predominantly be looking at 'Animals'. In Science we will be categorising animals and looking at their habitats, which will link with our Geography work and some of our favourite stories in English (starting with - Dear Zoo ).
To get us all in the mood for an exciting term focussing on animals, we started off last week by having two visitors come into our school. We were visited by both the Dog's Trust and Animal Care, who were accompanied by Bumble, a REAL adorable border-collie puppy. With over 9 million dogs in the U.K our children were taught some fantastic strategies for caring and looking after dogs and also what they should do if they ever encounter a stray dog.
Please read this super piece of independent writing to find out more:
Last Week of the Spring Term
As we have reached the end of the Spring term, may we take this opportunity to kindly thank all parents and guardians for your support once again this term; you have kindly sent in hardboiled eggs, boxes, Wellington boots, charitable donations and a whole array of fantastic homework creations (and so many other things!). We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter this term and this culminated in our performance on Thursday morning - thank you once again for being such a wonderful audience. To echo the sentiments shared on Thursday morning, thank you once again for all your support this term and have a lovely, safe and restful Easter holidays. We will see you all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (in true Peter Rabbit fashion) on Tuesday 23rd April.
Please see some of the wonderful pictures from our Year 1 Creative Arts performance:
The Wheelbarrows (pinched/'borrowed' from grumpy Mr McGregor's garden)
The children in 1L and 1M had great fun last week designing and making their custom wheelbarrows. Most of them withstood the challenge of ferrying their hardboiled eggs and navigating through our garden creations. A lot of tin foil, blue tack, glue and patience later, here are some of our fantastic results (starting with the prototype):
Creative Arts (Design & Technology) Wheelbarrows & Mr McGregor's Garden
Continuing with our Peter Rabbit topic, Year 1 were very fortunate to have a wonderful local artist come and visit their classes and help them create a real life version of Mr McGregor's garden . With the help of the excellent Sarah Hicks, both classes painted, chopped, stuck, drew, cut, prodded and poked their way to their own individual masterpieces.
Please keep your eyes peeled for the wheelbarrow photos next week ............
Meanwhile, here's some of the 'action' from this week.
Creative Arts Week
The first exciting activity of our 'Creative Arts Week' started with both Year 1 classes engaging with a drama and dance class on Monday morning. Using games and activities, accompanied by music, our specialist coach brought our class text - Peter Rabbit - to life. The children loved escaping Mr McGregor's garden.
We have been looking for signs of Spring in our school area. When we went outside we saw lots of lovely daffodils which we had grown ourselves. Last Autumn we planted bulbs in pots of soil. The sun, light. rain and warmer weather has helped them to grow. Not all of our daffodils are the same. Some have big flowers and some have yellow buds that haven't opened yet.
Our Busy Week!
Year 1 have been busy all week learning about what worship means to Buddhists. We have carried on practicing our meditation and this has helped us to make the most of our busy week.
In our English work we have been using adjectives to describe some of the giant leaves left by Jack after he climbed the magic beanstalk. The giants friend phoned our class to see if we could describe the giant on a 'Wanted' poster.
Here are some of the adjectives we used for both:
gigantic huge big really big awesome scary giant wide long drowsy mean shiny
smooth green holey grumpy nasty hairy.
Can you guess which adjectives were used to describe the giant?
Year 1 Visit To a Buddhist Temple.
As part of our RE topic on Buddhism we went on a bus to visit a Buddhist Temple in Preston.
The monk chanted to us and helped us to meditate. We felt very calm.
There were lots of statues of the Buddha and temple offerings. We made our own offering of Lotus flowers to place on the shrine. We looked at Buddha statues.
We looked at a huge statue of Buddha dressed in Orange robes.
Afterwards we made our own observational drawings.
Hubble Bubble Double Lubble Year 1 Are Out Of Trouble!
Year 1 have had trouble learning some of the tricky lines from their class poems. However we have given it lots of practice and we now feel ready to perform to the rest of the school and parents on Monday.
Year 1 have looked at toys (some of them very old toys) and used them to make up their own versions of familiar poems. We have had lots of fun and even included some actions to go with our poems.
Ho ho ho we have been thinking of adjectives to describe our festive decorations!
Year One Writing.
In our English we have joined words and sentences with the conjunction 'and.' After that we went on to include adjectives. Here are some of our examples.
Year 1 have been learning about Buddhism and Christianity.
Year 1 Christmas Party!
year 1 had a great time at their christmas party playing games such as Musical Corners, statues and Pass The Parcel.
A special visitor arrived and gave all the children a present. He told all the teachers that they had been really good and assured Mrs Brownley that he knew where she lived even though she had changed her name. Phew!
Year 1 had a visit from one of Santa's helpers. Luckily all the children had been really good and enjoyed reading letters from both Santa and Sparkles one of our Elves. The children learnt how to write letters and wrote letters to Santa and Sparkles.
Each morning the children had to spot their Elf and letter in school. Our Elf has now gone back to help Santa and told him that all the children in Year 1 have been great at school.
We are hoping for a quick visit from Santa and we have been practising some lovely songs to sing for him.
Looking For Seasonal Changes.
Year 1 have been searching for signs of Autumn in our school grounds. We have spotted squirrels scampering across the grass storing food for winter. Some of the trees have leaves which have turned into yellow, gold and red. The fruit on the apple and pear trees has been harvested.
We will continue to look at the changes in our environment and record the changes we see.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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