Dear Year 1,

I hope you all are keeping well and are finding ways to keep busy. I look forward to hearing about the wonderful learning and activities you are completing. Remember that grown-ups can send Mrs Upham some updates and pictures of what you have been up to through Twitter. I am impressed to see so many of you completing your challenges on Spelling Shed, Numbots and MyMaths. We have been on top of the Spelling Shed leader board quite a few times so let’s see if everyone can go on and help to keep us there. I have also put together a grid of activity ideas, many linked to things we have done in class. Try to do a mixture of activities each day.

During my time at home, I have been watching and exercising with Joe Wicks every morning at 9am. Even Millie and Monty are watching but not necessarily exercising! Maybe this is something you would like to have a go at too. I know some of you have been already! I have also spent time in the garden to make the most of the beautiful sunshine. If you can get outside for a bit, make sure you do so!

Keep up the good work and I will be in touch again shortly.

All the best,

Miss Sowray, Millie and Monty


Click here for a printable copy of this week's learning pack

Weekly Maths Tasks

Working on Numbots - your child will have an individual login to access this.

Revisit previous learning on MyMaths

Play on Hit the Button - number bonds, halves and doubles.

Practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. This game could support this.

Practise telling the time to the hour, discussing that the hour hand will be at 12 and the minute hand on the hour.

Write the numbers 0-10 in words and digits. Can you do the same for the numbers 11-20?

Kahoot PINs

2D Shapes – 0173696

Weekly Reading Tasks

Read a variety of books at home. Your child could share a book every day. This can be reading a book aloud every day or sharing a book with an adult.

Listen to a story on Bedtime Stories

Create a bookmark, perhaps you could choose characters from your favourite stories.

Complete a book review on one of the books you have read - what did you like about it? Would you recommend it to anyone?

Kahoot PINs

Phonics - 0407656

Tricky Words - 0815691

Weekly Phonics Tasks

Daily phonics - practice sounds and blend words containing these sounds (see sounds sent home in pack).

Interactive games found on links below.

Phonics play You can play Obb and Bob on here!

Top Marks


Spell the days of the week: Keep a diary of things you do in the week.

Spell common exception words (See look, cover, write, check sheets in pack).

Spelling Shed Complete set lists on Spelling Shed.

the days of the week: Keep a diary of things you do in the week.

Practice spelling Year 1 and 2 common exception words

Spelling City

Point to an item in the house, practice sounding out the word and blending back together. (i.e. train would be tr-ai-n)

Weekly Writing Tasks

Write a letter or postcard - find out about different postcards and why people write them. Can you design the front of the postcard and then write to someone on the back?

Create a story about your family.

Remember to think about:

Characters, Setting, Problem, Solution, Ending

Continue to practise your handwriting. You can use Letter Join to help you.

Weekly Topic Ideas - Materials

What materials can you find and name in your house? Can you go on a material hunt?

Why have certain materials been chosen?

E.g. Why do we have glass windows as opposed to fabric windows?

Try Materials for some online activities.

Clips and activities at BBC Learning

Try the Kahoot Everyday Materials quiz - 0285689

Learning Project - to be completed through the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to gain a better understanding of their own family. Learning may focus on what different makeup of families, what traditions your family has, stories linked to your family etc.

Family:  This is time to find out about their family and traditions they follow. Ask them to think about: Who they live with? How many adults? How many children? Can they sort their family members into height order? Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest? Is the tallest family member the eldest family member? If they drew around all their family members' hands; could they count in 5s? What if they drew around their feet? Could they count in 2s? Ask think about one family member they would love to interview. They could be a family member that lives with them or a family member that lives somewhere else. Can they write down some questions they would like to ask them? Have they got a pet? Can they draw or paint a picture of their family? Can they talk about their picture to a family member?

Self portrait: - Ask your child to think about which materials they use to draw? Can they find different materials around the house to help?

Create a card: Ask your child to design a card for someone in their family. It can be a birthday card, thank you card or a card to tell someone how much they love them!

Family tree: Look at photographs of your family members and discuss where they would go on a family tree. Have you met everyone? Is there anyone you could interview and find out more about?

Design a personal coat of arms shield for the family: Find out what a coat of arm shield means. Ask them to begin to think about their design. What could they draw? What does it mean to them? Ask them to think about the colours and shapes. Maybe if they have some cardboard around the house they could make a shield to give to a family member.

Create a booklet all about the family: Can they name the people in their family and write sentences about them? Who are they? What do they call them? What do they like or dislike? Why are they special to them? Maybe they could get a photograph or draw a family member before they write about them.

News Reporter for half a day: Their challenge is to interview family members and find things they like and dislike? Can they write down things they like and dislike? Can they compare these to someone else in their family? In your interview they could create flashcards with words such as: colour, clothes, food, drinks, books, places, music and then ask a family member to pick a flash card and talk about their likes and dislikes.

Data detective Ask your child to look at people in the house. What colour is their hair? Eye colour? Favourite colour? Favourite food? Ask them to collect this and place in a tally chart.

You could create your own charts using J2Code.

Interview a family member:  interview a family member that doesn’t live at home with them. Allow your child to ask them about their childhood. Who did they live with? Who is in their family? Have they got any family traditions they follow and why.

Write an invitation to a family event: Ask your child to invite a family member to one of the following:  -  (talent show, music show, magic tricks, jokest) In their invitation ask them to think about the time, date and place. How will they design the invitation? Who will deliver it?

Share the  movement and mindfulness video with family. Who was the best? Could you create a video of your own? Can you think of any more repeated patterns