Dear Year 1,

I hope you have all had a good week at home and have managed to do lots of fun and creative activities. Mrs Price also sends her best wishes to you all. We both miss seeing your smiling faces each morning but we know you’ll be doing us proud at home!

Below, I have provided some more suggestions for activities you could try. Don’t feel like you need to complete them all – just choose one or two to have a go at each day. Take a look at the photographs to see how I have completed some of the activities at home. The teddy bear experiment was a personal highlight! Can you find any different materials to test at home? Alternatively, you could complete a character profile like the one I have completed for the Evil Pea. Which character will you choose?

Remember, you can now access a wide range of reading books online through Rising Stars. There is a selection of different books to choose from Lift Off, Rocket Phonics, Comet Street Kids and Galaxy. The books are closely linked to the coloured book bands in school. There are quizzes and questions throughout the books, look for the thought bubble at the bottom of the page and a quiz at the end. Click here to register with your email address. Please enter your child's name when registering. Once you have registered, we need to accept new accounts on an individual basis so you may not see books straight away but should if you log back in later in the day. Also, remember to check your ‘junk’ folder on your emails as the verification emails are sometimes found there.

I can’t wait to hear what you get up this week.

Remember to tweet pictures to @eastbierleyPS . You can also send any pictures and/or descriptions of what you have been doing to our new class email address,

Keep smiling and I look forward to hearing from you all,

Miss Sowray

Learning Project - to be completed through the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about the area in which they live. Learning may focus on your local area, famous people, key landmarks and links to your city.

To develop knowledge of the location of significant places:

Ask your child to look at where they live. What can they see outside the window in the front of their house? At the back of their house? What could they find near them? Find a map and see if they can find Bradford. Do they know the name of their street? Can they create a street sign with their street name?

My address:  Support your child to find out your address. Can they find the number on your door? Can they write the number in digits and words?. Ask them to try writing the number using crayons and paint.

Can they write a postcard or letter to a teacher at school? They could tell their teacher about where they live and things about their local area.

My house:  Discuss with your child what their house looks like inside and outside? How many bedrooms does it have? Who has the biggest bedroom? Who has the smallest? Ask them to look outside their window and see if they can spot a house different to their own.

Can they draw their house? How many windows at the front? How many windows at the back? Do you have one door or two? In a special bag - could you (with adult support) place things that make it your home? Why would you pick those items?

Draw a picture of your street. Support your child to take a look at the street and buildings around where they live. Encourage them to think about the shape of the buildings.

Shape hunt: Take your child on a shape hunt around their house and garden. Look at the different shapes of the windows, doors, and houses. Can they name them? Are they 2D or 3D shapes?

Ask them to create a picture of their house or street.

Name the shape: Place some 2D or 3D shapes into a bag and play the game ‘Can you name the shape?’ You will need a partner to play this game. One partner has a shape from the shape bag and they stand back to back. The partner with the shape describes it to their partner who has to try and draw it. How many do you know?

Find you house on ‘Google maps’.

Search for your house on the street? Can you find Bradford, East Bierley, Birkenshaw?

Compass: Make a compass. Do you know what the different compass points mean? Can you label the points?

Create a passport: Create an individual passport to show your own information about where you live. Discuss the use of a Passport. What is a passport? What information does it contain? What does a passport allow you to do?  Can you find a real life passport? Do you have one?

Flag: Can you design your own flag or crest for your local area? What could you add? What would they mean to you?

Create a song about ‘Where you live’ - Can you add your address in your song?

Can you find the UK on the map? Can you name the countries? Why do you think the Countries begin with a capital letter? This song may help.

Weekly Maths Tasks

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

Complete learning tasks on MyMaths and revisit previous learning.

Play on The Mental Maths Train Game -  practise finding one more and number bonds to 10 and 20.

You could create a card game that is based around making number pairs to ten and twenty that can then be played as a family

Recognise the place value for numbers up to 99 in this place value basketball game.

You could also represent the tens and ones in 2 digit numbers using objects at home. How many different ways can you represent your chosen number?

Kahoot PINs

Understanding Number - 0364073

Weekly Reading Tasks

Read a variety of books at home or listen to a story on Bedtime Stories.

Your child could share a book every day. This can be reading a book aloud every day or sharing a book with an adult.

Can you make a character profile like we have in class? Write adjectives to describe their personality on the inside and their physical appearance on the outside

  • Work together to read The UK. Can you complete the quiz? Can you work through the ‘Exercise and Reading Task’?

Kahoot PINs

The UK – 044320

Weekly Phonics Tasks

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

You could stick some of the trickier sounds around the house and go on a sound hunt.

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.

Weekly Writing Tasks

Choose an image on Pobble365. Can you write a description or a short story?

Can you write a description of your home? Remember capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Try to use lots of interesting adjectives.

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

Weekly Topic Ideas - Materials

A Tent for Teddy - Discuss meaning of ‘waterproof’. Experiment with different materials placed over a teddy. Which ones are waterproof? Which would be suitable to use as part of a tent?

See TeddyGoesCamping for more ideas

Try the Kahoot Materials quiz - 0808462

Additional Resources

J2Code – A range of activities to explore computing and coding. There are short lesson activities but also the opportunity to be more creative within the ‘JIT’ Platform.

Additional Year 1 phonics support can be found here: