Dear Year 1,  

It was lovely to hear about the range of famous people you chose to research. I have enjoyed discussing them with you on the phone and reading your emails. This week’s theme is Around the World. Can you choose a country to study? You might choose to recap what we learnt about the UK at the beginning of the year.  

A bonus challenge for this week is to learn to say some words and/or phrases in a different language. You could email me some of the new words so I can learn them too!  

Don’t forget to keep accessing your online learning. I check these regularly to see who has been on. Let’s get back to the top of the leader board on Spelling Shed! Also, remember to keep accessing the books on Reading Planet. We are reading some in the Invincibubble too! We especially enjoyed ‘What happens next?’ and had a go at completing Asha’s comic strip for her. I have set this book for everyone who has registered. If you are yet to register, click here, and complete the details.  

Keep up the super learning, Year 1. We miss you lots but you are doing us proud!  

Miss Sowray  


Kahoot pins

Choose the correct spelling - 04733242
Partitioning Teen Numbers - 07311254

Weekly Maths Tasks

Get your child to have a go at the online game for subtraction facts up to 20. Keep practising until your child is really confident. It may be that you focus on some a day and over the course of the next couple of weeks if needed.
Give your child a number between 1 and 50 and ask them to list how many ways they could make the number using subtraction (e.g. to make 34 they could choose 40 – 6 = 34 / 50 – 16 = 34). It may be best to start with up to 20 if that builds your child’s confidence first.
Get your child to write a subtraction number bond to or within 10 - e.g. 9 - 4 = 5 or 7 - 2 = 5. Can they use these facts to find out the subtraction facts up to 100? E.g. 90 - 40 = 50 and 70 - 20 = 50.


Is your child beginning to spot patterns with subtraction from the above activities?

Look at flags from around the world either in books or on the internet. Ask your child to list any shapes they see and name the properties of the shapes they find. Ask your child how many lines of symmetry the flag has. Your child could design a flag for your household!
Encourage your child to practise different ways to subtract by playing these different activities.

Can you find 3 numbers to make a teen number? You could get a grown up to draw the part-part whole model with a missing number (see picture) or write an addition with a number missing such as 10 + 3 + ? = 15. Can you find the difference to work out the missing number? You could use objects to help you.

Weekly Reading Tasks

Ask your child to look through their books and identify any places from around the world by looking at the illustrations. They could also look through a magazine or newspaper and find the names of different countries.
Follow the story Here We Are with your child. What makes our world so special? Using the story, your child can make a list.
Help your child to look through cookery books or the internet for a recipe originating from another country. Ask them to use decoding skills to read some of the ingredients. Why not make it if you have the ingredients!
Follow the story When I Coloured in the World. What would your child change about the world? Task them with drawing a picture of their ideal world in response to the story.
Have you registered with Reading Planet yet? There are lots of fabulous books on there to start reading! If you are having trouble, please get in touch. 

There is also a free trial for Reading Eggs which you may find useful.


Weekly Phonics and Spellings Tasks

The word ‘around’ contains the sound ‘ou’. Ask your child to list as many words as they can containing the ‘ou’ soundYour child might identify words that contain an alternative spelling for ‘ou’ such as ow. They could make a poster 
Practise spelling days of the week using different creative medias in the house (e.g. felt tips, paint, chalk) Are some days trickier than others to spell? Which ones need practising more? 
Where’, ‘would’, ‘people’, ‘clothes’ and ‘water’ are some of the words that children in KS1 need to be able to spell. Can your child use these to write sentences about a different country? 
Can your child list places from around the world using the alphabet? Can they add an adjective before each place that starts with the same letter (alliteration) e.g. Amazing Australia, Beautiful Brazil. How will they present their work? 
Recognise vowel and consonant digraphs and blending by playing this game or add suffixes playing this game 

Weekly Writing Tasks

Ask your child to create a leaflet about a place in the world they would like to visit/have visited. Include the weather, landmarks and cuisine.
Draw a picture of 10 different pieces of fruit or vegetables from around the world and label them using adjectives e.g. fresh, juicy pineapple.
Your child could write a set of instructions for a meal they would love to share with family and friends. They can use illustrations too.
Your child could write a letter to a friend or a family member who lives in a different part of the world - describe where they live and describe school. Think of questions to ask about where they live and about their school.  If this is not possible, could they imagine one? Or choose a famous person / character instead.
Visit the Literacy Shed for this wonderful resource on The Black Hat or your child could write their own version of  When I Coloured in the World from the reading task

STEM Learning Opportunities

Engineering Around the World - World’s Largest Steel Structure 

  • The Bird’s Nest is the world’s largest steel structure and was built in China for the 2008 Olympic Games. It is made out of 26 miles of steel.   
  • Use strips of paper, card or wool to create your own bird nest style building. You might like to search for photos of the ‘Birds nest’ to help you with your design. 


Additional Learning Resources

White Rose Maths online maths lessons. Watch a lesson video and complete the worksheet (can be downloaded and completed digitally)IXL- Click here for Year 1. There are interactive games to play and guides for parents under the tab ‘Learn with an example’.

Numbots and MyMaths Your child can access these with their individual log ins.

Mastery Mathematics Learning Packs Learning packs with different activities and lessons. Includes notes on how to do these activities with your children.

Learning Project - to be completed through the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about countries and cities around the world. Learning may focus on different cultures and traditions, famous landmarks, food and clothing.  


  • Flags- Look at flags from around the world with your child. Discuss which are your child’s favourites and why? Ask your child to recreate their favourite; this could be through drawing, collaging etc. Can they place the flag on a map? There are some quizzes that your child can have a go at here. Can they create their own quiz about the UK?  


  • Dance Around the World- Watch the following dances: Diwali Stick DanceMaypole Dancing and Spanish Flamenco Dancing. Encourage your child to have a go at some of the moves used in these videos. Record the dances and ask your child to evaluate what they did well and what they could do even better when watching them back. Can your child recreate one of the costumes using items from their wardrobe? Perform the dance to a family member.  


  • Food Tasting Fun- Find some different fruits from around the world. This could include: mangoes, kiwis, pineapples, bananas. Encourage your child to try them and have a discussion about which ones they liked and which ones they did not like. Cut the fruits open and task your child with sketching the inside of each fruit. Remind them to look closely at the patterns and shapes.   


  • Where in the World? - Have a discussion with your child about your own family heritage. Discuss with them your traditions and where your family originates from. This may be where you live now or it could be somewhere completely different. Ask your child to create a poster or PowerPoint all about their own family. Can they include a map identifying the country they’re from? Share these on Twitter at #TheLearningProjectsso children can compare families.  


Speak the Language- There are lots of different ways to say hello around the world. Learn how to say hello in Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, Arabic and Italian with your child using Google TranslateThe website Duolingo is great for languages! Practise writing hello using the colours of the flag for each country.