Dear Year 1,  

I hope you enjoyed learning about the world around us last week. I received some lovely emails and have learnt some new words, in various languages, whilst on the phone. 

One activity which we completed in the Invincibubble was a silhouette landscape of London (see picture). I wonder if you could create something similar. Which place will you represent? Send me an email if you have a go.  

This week’s theme is music. I know you all love listening (and singing along) to different kinds of music in class so I know you will enjoy this week.  I’m especially excited to see if you can make some of your own instruments. How will your instrument be played? Can you describe the noise it makes?  

Also, I must say a big well done. We were second on the Spelling Shed leader board for most of last week and lots of you have been on. Let’s keep it up!  

Enjoy your week, 

Miss Sowray  

Kahoot pins:
Year 1 Maths - 07941753
Spelling animal names - 08594988

Weekly Maths Tasks

Can your child complete the patterns on these sequencing games using 2D shapes? This will help your child to recognise 2D shapes and to problem solve. 
Look at the tins/cartons of food in your cupboards. Discuss with your child which ones are cylinders, which are cubes and which are cuboids. Sort them into groups. Which 3D shape do they think makes the best packaging and why?  
Ask your child to practise spelling the names of these 2D and 3D shapes- square, circle, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid.  
Go on a shape hunt around the house or on your daily walk. Label things that match the shape names they have been practising.  
Describe 2D shapes to your child based on their properties. Ask your child to draw the shape or make the outline using pasta or rice.  

Can you sort numbers into odd and even? Remember even numbers can be equally split in half and are in the 2 times tables. They have a 2,4,6,8 or 0 in the ones column. Odd numbers cannot be shared equally into half and have a 1,3,5,7 or 9 in the ones column. 

Weekly Reading Tasks

 Listen to the programme Instruments Together. Your child can design a poster for a concert – who will be performing? What instruments will be played? 
Ask your child to read a favourite story or to read Rumpelstiltskin here. When reading, play some classical music. Talk to your child about how it made them feel. Mind map their feelings after this e.g. relaxed, calm.  
Listen to the story Every Bunny DanceFollowing this, ask your child to list all of the instruments and dances that appeared in the book. Extend their learning through asking them a range of questions about the story.  
Practise a favourite rhyme or poem. Your child could learn the National Anthem for their countryCreate actions and perform this to the family.  
Listen to the story of a poor musician and a stray dogStop the film at certain points, e.g. 5:11 or 5:43. Discuss together what the characters might be thinking. Can your child draw thought bubbles showing this?  


Weekly Phonics and Spellings Tasks

Can your child list different musical words that begin with the letters M, U, S, I & C? How many can they write? Can they identify rhyming words?   
Look at the following sounds: ai, ay, igh. Read the following words out and your child can match the correct sound to the word: nail, light, play, pray, night, paint, fight, spray, day, may, tray. Look for objects in the house with these sounds. 
Ask your child to add the ‘ing’ suffix to these root words: beat, clap, dance, sing, hum e.g. beat+ing = beating. Where does the rule change? Can you write the rule out to help a child coming into Key Stage 1 next year? 
Play this plural game or this investigating ‘ai’ game.    
Write a list of musical words on paper/card. Play snap using these words. Rule: to be able to read the word to win!  

Weekly Writing Tasks

Make an A-Z list of musical vocabulary. This could include instruments, artists or musical verbs. Apply some of these into sentences.  
Create fact files about musical instruments. This could include where they originate from, what they’re made from, etc. Your child can include an illustration of the instrument and label the parts.
Can your child rewrite the events from Every Bunny Dance as a newspaper report or as a comic strip style using words such as ‘first’, then, and ‘after that’.  
Task your child with writing their own family song. When ready, they can perform it- perhaps to a family member on Facetime (with adult supervision). 
Visit the Literacy Shed for this wonderful resource on Once in a Lifetime or your child can create an invitation for their family song performance.  

STEM Learning Opportunities

Making Instruments – Animal Sounds 

  • How many different animal sounds can you make with your voice?  
  • Try making an instrument that sounds like a chicken. You will need: tin can/plastic cup, and some string. 
  •  Make a small hole in the base of a tin can or plastic cup. 
  • Thread string through with and knot on the inside. Wet your fingers and run them down the string to produce a chicken noise.   
  • For more ideas take a look at the full resources here 


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 music. Learning may focus on famous musicians, listening to and performing music and exploring a range of music genres and instruments.  


Discovering Different Eras  

1920’s  1930’s  1940’s  1950’s  1960’s  1970’s  1980’s  1990’s 
  • Click on the links above and listen to a sample. Which era did your child find most enjoyable to listen to? Can they dance in the same style? 


  • Famous Musicians- Find out about famous singers and bands from Bradford and Yorkshire. Listen to some of their music. Ask your child to list what they like/dislike about the music. What genre of music is it? Does it remind them of any singers or bands that they know? Create a fact file about the musician/s.  


  • Making Music- Task your child with making a variety of shakers. Using empty bottles from the recycling, fill them with different dry foods/things from the gardenHow can they make the shakers sound different? Ask your child to use the shakers during their family song performance (see above). They could also write a set of instructions for making your own musical shakers. 


  • Making More Music!-  Can your child use different parts of their body to make music e.g. clicking fingers, stamping feet. After this, ask your child to design a new instrument. This could be an instrument that belongs to the woodwind or brass family. They can draw and label their design and then make it using materials from the recycling. Does it work? Ask your child to record 3 ways they could improve their design. Share at #TheLearningProjects.


  • The Four Seasons- Vivaldi wrote The Four Seasons during the early Classical period. Divide a piece of paper into 4 and ask your child to draw each season in each box as they listen to the music here. Discuss how each movement sounds different e.g. Spring is energetic and has a fast tempo.  


  • What can I Hear? Ask your child to visit different places in the home and garden. Get them to list all of the different sounds that they can hear e.g. the humming of the fridge. Which room is the noisiest? Encourage them to use words such as volume, tempo, pitch and beat. After this, ask your child to record the sounds and play them to the family. Can the family guess where the sound is coming from? Alternatively, your child can replicate the sound and the family could guess this way instead.