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Week Commencing 04/05/2020

Dear lovely Year 1 children and families,


We hope you are all doing well at home. It has been so lovely to see the work you have been doing; please keep sending this to our class email addresses!





  • Keep looking at your phonics flashcards each day; if you would like a spicy challenge then your grown up could say each sound and you could write it down and then check if you did it correctly; for some sounds there are more than one way of writing them, can you get more than one?
  • Play “Spot the digraph” with one of your books at home. Remember a Digraph is where two letters make one sound e.g. “ch”. How many words can you find in your book that have digraphs down? Can you write a list of all the words you discover?
  • Play boggle! Using the grid below, how many words can you make using the sounds you can see e.g. m-ee-t. You will notice that there are two different ways of writing “ee” “ea” for each word you spot, see if you can remember which way the sound it written (you might have seen the words before), your grown up can help you with this bit.












  • We love story time at school; can you host a story time for your grown up each day this week and read them a bit of a book? They can always help you sound out any difficult words.
  • Remember when you are reading to read nice and clearly. If you see an exclamation mark how does your voice need to change? You could even try using different voices for the different characters.



  • This week in English we were going to be learning about writing instructions.
  • Instructions help tell someone what to do and always tell them what they will need and what to do in order using numbers at the start of each instruction.
  • When you are writing instructions you have to be a bit bossy and you use words which an instruction e.g. “Jump” these words are called verbs, they are “doing words.”
  • Can you make a list of all the doing words you can think of e.g. “Hop” “Stand” etc. You could turn these into a Simon says game with your grown up.
  • Recipes are really good instructions; you could help your grown up cook something and follow the recipe together noticing the list of things you need, numbers to show you the order and the verbs to tell you what to do. (You might like to link the with the VE day baking in the extras section).
  • We would like you to write some instructions of your own; a few weeks ago we suggested that you might like to plant your own seed, you could write instructions for planting a seed. Remember to include a list of everything the person following the instructions would need, use numbers to show the order and use lots of bossy verbs!
  • You might have been playing board games with your families at home; if you have then next time you play read the instructions together first and notice all these features.



  • Each time we do maths we like to warm our brains up first; sometimes we count all the way to 100, sometimes we count in 2s, 5s or 10s and sometimes we remember all the numbers which add together to make a number up to 10 or all of the doubles to 10. You might like to try this at home each day to warm up your brain!
  • This week we are going to be learning to add three small numbers together using number facts we know.
  • For example, with 5+5+3, we already know that 5+5 makes 10 so we can hold 10 in our head and just add on the 3.
  • This makes the number sentence 5+5+3=13.
  • You can use a number line to help you but you won’t need to start from 5 and jump the next five jumps as we already knew that 5 and 5 make 10, you would have started from 10 and counted the 3 jumps.
  • Here are some number sentences to try using number facts we know, the use number bonds to 10 and doubles to 10:










  • Write down all the numbers to 10 on cards/ pieces of paper, choose 2 numbers which add up to 10, e.g. 7+3 and then one other number. Write down and solve the number sentence, remembering to hold the “10” in your head rather than counting on from each number.
  • Add in a second set of each number so that you can use doubles e.g. 4+4, which we already know makes 8, and then one other number which you can write and solve remembering to count on from the 8 rather than start from the 4.
  • With our 2 digit numbers, sometimes we get the digits the wrong way round. Ask your grown up to say a 2 digit number, like 63 for you to write. Did you get the digits the right way round so that there is a 6 in the tens column and a 3 in the ones column? Repeat with a few different numbers each day.
  • Continue with Abacus maths. We will add new games but we are limited to how many we can add at a time and these may now cover maths we have not yet taught.



  • This week in science we were going to learning all about the different parts of a plant; plants have roots, a stem, leaves and many plants have a flower.
  •  Your grown up might let you dig up a plant from the garden or outside your house (it could just be a weed!) so that you can look at the roots which grow into the ground to suck up water and take in nutrients from the soil.
  • Can you draw and label the parts of a plant? You might even like to do this by sticking the real plant onto some paper and adding the labels.
  • Remember, when we label we still need to write from left to right (not in the direction of the line!)
  • You might like to try a simple experiment to show how water is transported around a plant; put a flower or some celery in some water and add some food colouring to the water; see what happens to the plant as it sucks up the water! A bright colour like blue works best.


Topic: (Humanities: Geography)

  • So next up on our journey around the United Kingdom is Wales; we are heading to Cardiff, the capital city! Have a look at a map with your grown up and see if you can find Wales and spot where Cardiff is.
  • Can you research with the help of a grown up everything you can about Cardiff? Are there any landmarks you could look at pictures of? Cardiff is near the coast, have a look at a map and see if you can see where the nearest beach is.
  • Can you pretend to send a postcard to a friend all about Cardiff; Draw a picture on one side of your paper of one of the landmarks you have found, on the other side write down what it is like in Cardiff. You could even tell them what is the similar and what is different to where you live.



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  • We would like you to do some more sketching this week; remember sketching is using only a pencil. You can change how dark or light your pencil strokes are with how hard you press.
  • As we are learning about plants perhaps you could sketch a tree.
  • The bark on the tree trunk will have lots of different shades on it so try and change how hard you are pressing to make the darker and lighter shades.


  • Mr Roberts will email the new link for Zoom lessons each week. Hazel is at 10.30 and Maple at 11.00 on a Friday morning and there has been an open to all session on a Friday afternoon.


RE: Mrs Naylor would like the children to revise Jewish artefacts using the following twinkl link 


French: Madame Naylor would like the children to make a thank you poster for a key worker; they can draw their key worker and write "Merci" to say thank you. 



On Sunday the 10th of May it is the 75th Anniversary of VE day, celebrating the end of World War 2. We were planning lots of fun activities at school and were even going to have a little Tea Party which you might like to do at home. Perhaps you could help your grown up make tea for the people in your house and even bake something together to make it really special.

We were going to be making bunting to decorate the school; perhaps you would like to do this at home.


Again, these are only suggestions for you to do while we are not at school together.


Most importantly, stay at home and stay safe J


Year 1 Team. xxx