Dear Year 1,

I hope you are all happy and safe, whether you are in school or are continuing your learning at home. I continue to enjoy receiving all the emails and speaking to you all on the phone. There is some brilliant learning going on! Please make sure you listen out for a call around lunchtime, as I cannot guarantee which day I will be ringing. The children who are back in school are going to follow the same topics as the online learning so I will share some extra ideas of things we have completed or are planning to complete if you wish to try the same.

This week’s learning challenges are based around the theme of ‘Famous and Significant People’. I wonder who you will choose to research. The BBC links in the learning pack are a good start if you aren’t sure who to pick. We are going to be learning about George Stephenson and his invention in school. Can you find out what the invention was and why it was so celebrated? Send me an email if you find out. You may want to create some artwork based on his invention or create your own fact file. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Have a super week and I look forward to hearing from you all,

Miss Sowray

Weekly Maths Tasks

Can you count in groups of 2,5 and 10 to complete multiplications? Use groups of objects to help you.

Encourage your child to write all of the number facts up to 20 e.g. 3 + 17 = 20, 17 + 3 = 20. Can they use these to write the inverse e.g. 20 - 3 = 17 

In school, we have been partitioning a teen number into tens and ones. For example, the number 14 can be partitioned into 1 ten (or group of 10 ones) and 4 ones. Here is how we used practical equipment to help us. Can you try with another number from 11 -19 and send some photos in? You can use things such as dried pasta, lego pieces etc.

Practise totalling amounts on this game then post the letter in the correct post box to show your answer.

Complete your Daily Calculations using Daily 10. Choose from the Level One questions.

Remember to access MyMaths, Numbots and TTRockstars. 

Lego 1
Lego 2

Weekly Reading Tasks

Ask your child to find out about one significant person here. Work together to read the information. Why is this person important?   
Set up an interview where your child can be the interviewer and you can be the famous person (choose from here). Can they write a list of interview questions using question marks? We would love to see these! 
Ask your child to re-read their favourite story aloud. Remind them to use expression. Task your child with creating a new book cover for their favourite story or writing an alternative ending! 
Read the First News Newspaper with your child by using the links on our Home Learning Resources page. 
Try these Kahoots –  

Plurals (-s or –es 08643914 

Fill in the Blanks Phonics - 06708056 

Weekly Phonics and Spellings Tasks

Walk the Plank – Write some real and ‘alien’ words on small cards and shuffle them. Each player has their own plank split into 10 spaces. If they pick a real word, they move back one space. If they pick an alien word, they move forward one space towards the water. The winner is whoever stays out of the water. See photo for an example. PHOTO 
Pass the Parcel – Make a pass the parcel that includes a tricky word within each layer.  

Tricky word flashcards can be found here. 

Your child could visit this interactive game and play Sentence Substitution You could also play this game by writing each word of a sentence on separate pieces of paper and shuffling them around to make silly sentences. Can you write some extra words that could be added or swapped into the sentence? 
Practise forming your letters. Use LetterJoin to remind you of the formations. You will have received an email previously with the log in details. 

You may wish to write them in the air, using chalk or using water and paintbrushes outside, before writing them down on paper (preferably lined).  

How many games can you complete on Spelling Shed? Can you help to keep Year 1 at the top of the leader board? 

Weekly Writing Tasks

Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale  are remembered for helping the sick during the Crimean War. How many adjectives (describing words) can your child list to describe medical professionals? Can they apply these into sentences? 
Can you write a description of Buckingham Palace? You may want to look at some images first!  
Can you write a letter to the Queen? Do you have some questions to ask her? 
Ask your child to write their very own royal adventure story. They could write in role as a king, queen, prince, princess, knight or servant.   
When your child has completed their royal adventure story, they can design a cartoon strip to accompany their writing or a front cover for their story. 
Choose a famous person of your child’s choice to research, it could be an author, footballer, singer etc. Can your child create an information page on them? It may be presented in any way they like (e.g. poster, leaflet, powerpoint) and we would love to see the finished version and learn about them! 

STEM Learning Opportunities

Beulah Henry 1912 – 1970 

  • Beulah was a famous American inventor who invented over 100 new products.  She made several umbrella inventions from clip on covers to special umbrella bags.  
  • If you were going to design an umbrella what would it look like and what materials would you use? 
  • Try making a model umbrella using junk box materials you might find at home. 

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 famous or significant people. Learning may focus on past or present inventors, explorers or scientists and how they influence society today.  


  • How Important is Mary Seacole?- Mary Seacole was a Jamaican-born nurse who is remembered for helping soldiers during the Crimean War. Using this video your child can create a simple timeline of Mary Seacole’s life. You could design an award for Mary SeacoleYour child could also locate Jamaica and Scotland on a world map.  


  • Keep them Clean! - Mary Seacole visited Florence Nightingale, another important nurse, during the Crimean War. Florence Nightingale was known for highlighting the importance of hygiene when caring for the sick, particularly handwashing. Ask your child to create handwashing posters for the home. They might want to make up a jingle too! 


  • Intriguing Inventions- Challenge your child to invent something new. Perhaps a new gadget for the home to keep the family entertained, or something that would help a doctor or a nurse. They can draw and label their design, and could have a go at making it using things from the recycling box. Share this online using #TheLearningProjects 


  • A Seriously Significant Somebody- Who is important to your child? What makes them so important? Your child could draw or paint a portrait of their significant somebody using a photograph or digital image to support themThey may wish to write an information report about this person too!