Dear Year 1,  

I hope you have enjoyed the glorious sunshine we have had. I heard about lots of lovely music activities you completed last week. We thoroughly enjoyed the theme in school too – especially listening to the music from different eras. I am also looking forward to this week’s theme – space. I cannot wait to see your designs for a rocket! Please send your designs (or even better- creations) to so I can take a look. I also had lots of fun making the phonics chatterbox at home(picture in phonics section). You may need a grown up to help you fold the paper in the correct places!  

As Draw with Rob on YouTube has been a hit over the past few months, you may also enjoy listening to Look Up!and having a go at drawing Luna the Space Cat. We will be having a go in the Invincibubble too! 

I look forward to hearing from you all.  

Have a super week, 

Miss Sowray  


Kahoot Pins 

Tens and Ones - 05464439 

Spelling Quiz - 02768490 

Weekly Maths Tasks

Ask your child to find a book in your house. Can they find three items which are longer than the book and three items which are shorter? Order the items from longest to shortest. Measure the items to work out the difference in lengths. 
Can your child write down the name of each family in order from tallest to shortest. Is the tallest person the oldest person or not? Discuss why this might not be true. They could measure family members using a measuring tape. Remember we always start at zero on the ruler or tape.  
Play level 1 of this game to practise measuring things with a ruler.  
Can you design a logo for a rocket? You must include the following 2D shapes: rectangle, triangle, circle, square, hexagon and pentagon. 
Can you order numbers from smallest to largest? Remember to look at the tens first. You will need to look at the ones if there are the same amount of tens in each.

Weekly Reading Tasks

Listen to Look Up! and then take part in a drawing session with the book’s illustrator. We are going to do the same at school! 
Listen to Beegu here you use adjectives to write a character description about Beegu? You may wish to include an illustration too. 
Take a look at these facts about space and read them together. Do you have any further questions about space that you could investigate?  
Select a book and imagine they are reading it in space. Try reading it with a flashlight just before bedtime. 
Access the books on Reading Planet. If you are yet to register, click here. 



Weekly Phonics and Spellings Tasks

an you make a phonics chatterbox? Your child chooses a word and sounds it out. For each sound (not letter), they move the chatterbox. Inside the final section there could be a nice message or offer of a reward for doing some excellent phonics.  Click for Phase 5 words.
Spot the tricky words! Choose some of the high frequency words from here. Can you find the words in any of your books? You could create a tally chart to see which word you find the most of. 
The word ‘space’ contains the sound ‘a-e’. Ask your child to list as many words as they can containing the ‘a-e’ soundYour child might identify words that contain an alternative spelling for ‘a-e’ such as ai/ay/a. You could create a table to sort the words according to how the ‘ai’ sound is written. 
Write the names of the planets on separate pieces of paper and practise reading them. Can you order them alphabetically? How else could you order them? 
Play the online game yes/no yeti Can you answer the questions correctly to get the penguins safely past the yeti?  


Weekly Writing Tasks

Ask your child to design their own rocket and create a bank of adjectives to describe it and verbs to describe how it moves.  
Ask your child to plan their own trip to space – what will they take and what will they do there? 
Encourage your child to research facts about a planet and then create a fact file about their chosen planet. 
Watch the Disney short “La Luna” here. Ask your child to write a short diary entry about the star crashing into the moon.  
Listen to Beegu here. Can you write a letter to Beegu to explain how things work on Earth?  


STEM Learning Opportunities

Mission X – Astro Food 

  • Collect a variety of plant foods from home or download the cards from this resource.  
  • Group the food/cards e.g. fruits, seeds, vegetables. Which parts are edible?

Further activities at Nasa for Kids. 

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 space. Learning may focus on our Solar System, the Sun and the Moon. It could look at life in outer space from the view of an astronaut and travelling through space.   


    • Our Solar System- Encourage your child to think about what they already know about space and create a mind map. Can they name the planets in our solar system? Use the Solar System Song to create a diagram showing the order of the planets. Or make real ones using balloons and paper mache 


    • Astronaut Aerobics- Astronauts have to be fit and agile for their missions into space. Ask your child to design a home workout and put your agility to the test! You could even use Mr Garcia's video to help. Then, your child can plan a day of healthy eating for the aspiring astronauts thinking carefully about each food group.  


    • What are Day and Night?-  Share the video of day and night with your child. Watch the video and then create a poster about day and night explaining why we have day and night. Play the quiz and see how many answers you can get right! 


    • Rocket Creation- As part of their writing tasks, your child has designed a rocket. Ask your child to create their rocket using objects they can find in the home such as cardboard boxes, newspapers and tin foil. Can they write a set of instructions to share with a family member or friend?  


    • Is There Anything out There?- Tim Peake is a famous British astronaut. Ask your child to record the questions they would ask him if they could interview him. Can they answer the questions in role as him? Why not task them with designing a new space suit for him? What would make a good space suit?