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Welcome to the year 1 home learning page!


Below are the links to the documents enclosed within the Home Learning Packs. These were sent home on Friday 20th March. If you have not been able to collect your child's home learning pack, please use the following links. Don't forget to scroll down to see challenges, ideas and activities updated daily...  you can contact your class teachers via our year group email address: 

Wednesday 1st April 2020


Welcome to Wednesday and welcome to April! April Fools Day! We hope you have lots of things that make you smile today. Maybe you have some April Fools Day pranks planned but remember, the joke is on you past mid-day! 

Don't forget to take breaks and time for healthy snacks. We are going to be enjoying a delicious fruit just discovered on the island of Lafrolpio. A tasty pinana.... yummy! Have a great day ;-)


Have fun with today's activities:

English: On the paper provided, children can begin to write out the new version of  their story. For some children this will need to be spread over several days. Some children may be able to write this in one session, it is not a race. It is best for your child to ‘have a go’ at their spellings. Writing the whole story out for them to copy is not helpful, they need to learn to write independently. They could use the flashcards to write the days of the week properly. Ask children to remember to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.
If they are unsure you can refer back to the book to look for where the author used them. Do send us some pictures of your completed stories to the year group email address... we'd love to read them: 


Maths:  Introduce Volume; ‘The measure of how much space an object takes up’. In this case, looking at water. Find some glasses/cups and ask your child to fill one cup full, another half full and another less than half. Focus on language to compare the amounts of water (more, less, half, full, equal, greater…) Complete first part of the sheet- drawing lines to show where the water would go on each container. Why not get active whilst rehearsing the language of mass and volume using the website on the right. You could follow it up by looking at mililitres and litres on your kitchen equipment. 


Topic: How did the weather reporting go yesterday? I wonder how the weather compares to other, very different places on the planet? Why not find out by using this site: (change to celsius). Plot today's and tomorrow's weather here against your chosen country. Find the UK and your chosen country on the globe /Google maps and discuss why they might have differing weather/climates. 


Try a mindful moment today using the instilling learning channel - this activity focuses on using bubbles for relaxation.... very important in such unusual times. 

Tuesday 31st March  2020


Wow! The last day of March! Probably the most unusual March we can remember but today we are focusing on the positives. Aren't we fortunate that we do have a home to take refuge in and lots of places near our homes to take our daily walk in. Take care and stay safe and think of one positive thought before you start your day! Let's take a look at today's home learning activities: 


English: Practise your new story again, the more you do this the easier your child will find it to write.
Focus on the new foods. Ask your child to draw and label each piece of food from their new version accurately so that they learn the correct spellings. Children should draw each piece in the order their new insect will eat them.


Maths: Recap number bonds- play game from last week again (scroll down to last week's plans if you're not sure). Test your child to see if they can tell you what number goes with each card. Complete the number bonds to 20 activity sheet (sticks of cubes). Don't forget to also visit Mathletics. 

This site is a good one to help children see the bonds visually if they are finding it hard to recall them (click on the image):

And this site offers a great opportunity of extension as you can set the start number to 20 (or even a selection of different numbers) - just try to set time limits on screen this one is hard to stop playing!


Topic: How is the weather chart doing? You must have at least a full week's worth of weather now. Can you answer these questions looking at your weather chart? You can record your answers any way you like (on paper, as a video, using pictures or text).

-What was the most common weather during your week?

-How many days did it rain?

-Did we have any snow?

-Which day was the best / worst day to go out for a walk?

-Is this weather typical for the season?

Today, why not try your hand at being a weather forecaster? You could do a little video/picture and send it to us. Use a reliable site such as and make your weather forecast. We would love to see what you create! Send it to our email address. 



Today's Window Wonderland activity is 'silly faces' and 'jokes' - interpret that how you wish - we would love to see what you put up in your window! Send the photos in!  


Take care and stay safe, from Mrs Pinkerton, Mrs Bes-Jeary and Miss Smith. 



Monday 30th March 2020

One week down! You've got this! Just remember that, even during a normal half term, everyone would be starting to get tired about now. Remember to work in short bursts and also enjoy spending time together (playing games, sharing stories, talking...) and also to exercise... we love Cosmic Kids yoga... why not try it for yourselves? 

Today's activities:
Remind your child of their new version of the Hungry Caterpillar story, can you retell it together? Ask your child to draw their new character.
Add a caption so your child can practise spelling the insect’s name i.e The Very Hungry Worm. They could write ‘This is the Very Hungry Worm’. Extension: ask your child to write some facts about their character...where does it live? What does it like to do? Email us your pictures- we'd love to see them! 


Maths: Make a card game- pairs. Write numbers 0-10 or 0-20 on pieces of paper. Turn them over and play pairs to find all the bonds to 10/20 e.g. 6 and 4 / 17 and 3. Can your child recall them quickly? Send us a photo of you playing the game!


Topic: How are those cress seeds doing? Have you noticed any difference between the ones you grew in the dark place and the ones in the light? Perhaps you could draw both and write a little sentence about it to complete your cress diary. 

Remember our work on deciduous and evergreen trees? Perhaps, on your daily outside time today, you could identify some trees of each type and explain to your parents how you know... check out the slides below to remind yourself. 

Have a go at making a four seasons deciduous tree (watch this link on the left to see how). The template is provided below... 


Have a happy Monday and we'll be in touch again tomorrow! 


Friday 27th March 2020



 Hello Year 1! So, it's not quite the usual 'Friday feeling' this week but please do try to differentiate between your week days and your weekends... in our house we are planning to clear all the school things away from the kitchen table and put them in a 'school box' ready for Monday. The weekend will be for gardening, playing, toasting marshmallows on the fire and watching favourite films.... be kind to yourselves, it's been a busy, strange week. We are so proud of our school community... thank you for being an important part of it! 


Last day of home learning this week....


English: Tell your child today they will create their own versions of the story. They will need to change the insect (it doesn’t need to be an insect that transforms) and the fruits/food that they eat. Together create a story map (use the one below as a guide). Orally re-tell their new story, practise doing this over and over again throughout the day so that they are very clear on the structure and language patterns of their new story.


Hungry Caterpillar Story Map

Hungry Caterpillar Story Map  1

Maths:  Remind your child how to ‘count back’ by making jumps backwards on their number line.

Model: 6 – 2 - start on 6 and make 2 jumps back to 4. Play the addition and subtraction snakes and ladders board game (printed). Use the number line to help solve the calculations- remember to start with the biggest number!


Topic:  Keep checking on your cress - have you noticed any changes yet? Is there a difference between the one in the dark and the one in the light place? Start to draw/take photos using the sheet below...

How is your weather recording going? We've been very lucky with the sunshine so far.  If, during your daily exercise, you are lucky enough to find a pine cone... this is a fantastic weather experiment to try:

Get moving this Friday with some spring time PE: 

Think of different movements for:

• Dig the garden.

• Cut the hedge.

• Pull the weeds.

• Mow the lawn.

• Sweep the leaves.

Run/walk around the house/garden. When you call out an action, perform the agreed action.


This website is fantastic for moving whilst also reinforcing maths skills.... try this activity for practising number bonds but there are many more to explore on the site.


Have a fabulous weekend... we'll be in touch again on Monday! 

Thursday 26th March 2020


Wow! What amazing weather we've been having. We hope that you've been able to get outside at some point during your day to make the most of it!


Don't forget to keep checking on and watering your cress seeds... is anything happening yet? What have you noticed so far? Remember, super scientists record their findings so perhaps you could start a cress diary showing the changes that you observe.


If you're enjoying being scientific, why not try this science experiment (click on the light bulb) using items you'll have around the house... Mrs Pinkerton's daughter REALLY enjoyed it!  


Our other learning activities today are (resources in your packs):


English: Look at the number flash cards together, ask your child to read each number up to 10. Use the matching card game to match the number to the number word. Practise spelling each number word correctly.


Maths:  Practise writing teen numbers 10-20, ensure number formation is correct. Explain how teen numbers are 1 ten and some ones. Practise counting on from 10 to a teen number- how many more than 10 is it? e.g 10 in your head- count on fingers- 11, 12, 13. How many more than 10 is 13? 1 ten and 3 ones. Repeat. Complete the ‘adding by making 10’ sheet- use coloured pencils to colour in counters on the tens frames and solve the addition.  Remember to fill one frame and then count on from 10 to find the total.


Topic: Remember to update your weather chart and check your cress seeds. 

Our art work links to the  Glaisher and Coxwell lesson we have learnt about in class (meteorologists who used a hot air balloon to observe the weather). We have been practising techniques for 3d modelling on plasticine.  Show the image of the hot air balloon clay tile.  Which of the learnt techniques can they see used (stamping, coiling, pinching, printing)? Can your child draw a design for a clay tile considering which technique they could use to create their effects? 




Wednesday 25th March 2020


Welcome to day 3 of home learning! Today, take time to be thankful for all that we have. 

Remember, though the learning is important, so is being there for each other. Be kind to yourselves. Take lots of breaks and take a look out of the window or go into the garden and see the signs of spring...just like the seasons, this too shall pass... 


This week we would have enjoyed our author visits from Stratford Literary Festival. Though we can't actually meet Benji Davies, author of Storm Whale, we can 'virtually'. In light of the current situation, he can be found reading his stories on his youtube channel, #BenjiDaviesReads. We hope you'll enjoy his reading of Grandad's Island below...


Today's activities:

English: Go back to your first session. Using the sequenced story, ask your child to copy correctly the spellings of the days of the week above the right picture. You could model write it first for them, talking through the spelling, the use of a capital letter and demonstrating the correct handwriting.


Maths:  Practise writing teen numbers 10-20, ensure number formation is correct.

Explain how teen numbers are 1 ten and some ones. Practise counting on from 10 to a teen number- how many more than 10 is it? e.g 10 in your head- count on fingers- 11, 12, 13. How many more than 10 is 13? 1 ten and 3 ones. Repeat.  Complete the ‘adding by making 10’ sheet- use coloured pencils to colour in counters on the tens frames and solve the addition.  Remember to fill one frame and then count on from 10 to find the total.


Topic: Watch a video clip of a weather forecast (use BBC iplayer to look at the actual week ahead). 

Look at a map of the British Isles online or follow the daily national forecast and discuss the different weather symbols and what they mean. Is the weather the same everywhere in the country? Talk about why not? Complete a daily weather chart (present in any format but use the weather symbols provided). Use as an opportunity to spell the days of the week correctly with your child. Talk about the meaning of the symbols and the weather –is this typical of the season? 


How's your cress doing? Don't forget to keep watering the seeds and checking in on their progress!



Tuesday 24th March 2020

We hope that you all had a good start to home learning yesterday and that you are settling into a routine but, most importantly, you are safe and well. 


Here is a summary of the learning activities for today (see your home learning pack for the resources). 


English:  Show the ‘days of the week flashcards’, read them together. You could look for the tricky part of each word such as ‘tues’ in Tuesday or ‘Wed-nes-day’ in Wednesday. Put the cards face down on the table, take turns to turn them over and read them until children are very familiar with them. Ask your child to put them in the correct order. You could display these in your home so children see them on a regular basis.


Maths: Write down some number sentences and ask your child to read them out to you.

e.g 5 + 2 =       7 – 3 =

Check your child recognises + - = signs and uses the correct language.

 Model using the number line made to solve the above- starting on the first number and then making jumps forwards/backwards to find the answer.

Ask your child to solve some simple addition and subtraction sentences using their number line.


4 + 3 =           8 – 2 =


6 + 2 =           10 – 6 =


15 + 4 =          16 – 4 =


11 + 6 =          20 – 5 =


This game (click on the image) is a great way to reinforce using a numberline to subtract-there are lots of levels and settings... 



Use the cress seeds provided and cotton wool. Clean out two empty egg shells or yogurt pots and draw on a face! Add cotton wool provided into the empty shell, dampen and sprinkle on cress seeds. Choose one to put in a dark place and the other to sit e.g. on a window sill. Make predictions about what might happen. Start a 'cresshead' diary. Begin today with writing the day (reinforcing the correct spelling of the days of the week) and what you did and what you predict might happen. Keep watering the seeds every day and observe the changes (recording them in your diary). 


This book: 'Dave the Dog' has been written by a nurse to help children to make sense of what is happening right now. It is free to download. Click on the link below for your copy...





Monday 23rd March 2020



Welcome to the first day of your home learning activities! 



Why not start your day with a morning workout? Join Joe Wicks and thousands of children around the country via his youtube channel at 9am for today's daily PE session.


Tasks for today:


English: Read the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. If you don’t have a copy at home you can often find retellings on YouTube…
Ask your child to cut out and sequence the story using the pictures provided. They could stick these down if you have glue at home, leave space above each picture. Together re-tell the story so children can remember it.



Create a number line with your child which they can use throughout their learning.

Ensure they correctly form and order the numbers.

Practise counting forwards and backwards from different numbers on the number line. Can they find 1 more and 1 less than different numbers?



Using photo sheet provided, talk about some of the wild plants that grow near our homes. Discuss the shape, size and distinguishing features of these plants.

Ask: which wild plant is the most common? How could we find out?

Go on a wild plant hunt together – use the photo sheet provided and mark the frequency using a tally. Add up tallies and write the number – discuss which plant is the most common.



Recap the 'When it's a sunny day' song below (words in your pack) and sing it together- talk about the different weather associated with different seasons. 



Go to 

Use the phonics play login: march20, password: home and play 'giggling graphemes' - select phase 3. 

Select the correct grapheme to match your phoneme. 

When it's a sunny day...

Why not join in with the window wonderland campaign? Children are invited to make something creative each day to go in their window for other children to spot in walks (with family members only) around their towns/villages... these are the themes for each day....

In addition to the suggested activities, please also read regularly at home - access to scheme books can be found in the 'useful link' pages of our website. We suggest that you go ahead with the daily spellings, working through a week at a time (pausing during the Easter break). MANY thanks. 


We want to emphasise that whilst the home learning packs provide some ideas and resources, we do recognise that, during this unsettled time, the highest priority should be given to wellbeing and spending time together as a family. So please... play games, do puzzles, build dens, cook, paint, talk about your family history, take walks in the fresh air and simply 'be' together. 


In your pack, as part of your science work, we have included cress seeds and cotton wool. Have fun creating some cress heads together following the instructions. Take lots of photos - we will look forward to seeing them when our new year group email accounts are up and running. 


May we take this opportunity to wish you the very best during these unprecedented circumstances. Take care and stay safe. 


Kind regards, 


Mrs Pinkerton, Mrs Bes-Jeary, Miss Smith, Mrs Rosenthal, Mrs Vale, Mrs Rees, Miss Pugh and Mrs Smith.