Welcome to Year 1


Oak Nation Academy has today (20.04.2020) launched an online classroom. There are videos and resources, over 180 each week, something for all learners. https://www.thenational.academy/

BBC bitesize today has (20.04.2020) launched a comprehensive online learning section with videos and resources.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Dear Year 1,

I have been thinking about you all during this unusual time and wondering what you have all been doing. I have also been reflecting on all of the fun we have had over the past few terms and can’t wait to see you all again whenever it is safe to do so. You might be missing coming to school and seeing all of your friends but I hope you are able to use this time to do some of the things you enjoy doing and completing some of the activities on the online learning page. Remember to make time for playing, keeping active and being creative. You might even learn a new skill or find a new hobby. While at home, I have been able to read more books than I usually have time for. I wonder what books you have been reading? Remember that I will make sure you have new books on Bug Club every week and there are lots of sites where you can get free e-books and audio books at this time. I can’t wait to hear all about them when we get back.

You and your families are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Keep smiling and looking forward to the time we can come together again.

Miss Pratt

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Please have a look at our suggested reading lists for children in Year 1. These books are a range of bestselling picture books and longer texts to encourage both shared reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.


Please also look out for our book exchange box which will be popping up very soon in the playground!

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities

Government List of Online Learning Resources

Online Learning Websites

Daily Phonics Lessons

From Monday 27th April, there will be a series of daily phonics lessons for home learning streamed live on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/channels?view_as=public).

Each day there will be 3 lessons, I have tried to signpost you to the most suitable lesson for your child based on the colour Bug Club book they have brought home but please ask if you are unsure.

10am – Reception (suitable for children reading pink, red and yellow books)

10:30am – Year 1 (suitable for children reading blue, green and orange books)

11am – A lesson for children who are finding it difficult to blend words

Week 10 (wk/c: 25th May)

As the next two weeks are our school holiday, learning this week is a little different. I hope you enjoy the sun and find some time to relax. You might also want to try some of the activities below.

Wednesday Word

I will continue to update Activelearn so you have plenty of Bug Club books to read. You might want to try this fun reading challenge while reading your books. Reading Challenge

You might also like to find some of the free ebooks here:  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Continue to watch the seasons change from Spring to Summer. You might want to start (or add to) a seasons scrap book by taking photographs, drawing pictures and writing what you see when you are out and about. I have enjoyed watching the baby birds start to leave their nests so you might want to make them a bird feeder (you could also research and design your own). How to make a bird feeder   Summer Wordsearch    Weather Record

Rainbow Wind Chimes

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

Emoji Addition and Subtraction to 20 Mosaic Activity Sheets

Fun science activities http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/

Week 9 (wk/c: 18th May)


Wednesday Word

Perseverance and Resilience Acts of Worship


This week BBC Bitesize and White Rose Maths are looking at measuring length and height. You can find the lessons here:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-and-p2-lessons/1         https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/

Measuring Knowledge Organiser

What can you find at home which is taller or shorter than you?

Find five toys or other objects at home order them from the shortest to the tallest? Is this the same as shortest to longest?

Find something that you can use to measure your objects (this could be paperclips, Lego bricks or pens but they must all be the same length). Challenge: can you estimate how many you will need first?

If you have a ruler or tape measure at home, you could use these to measure the height and length of your objects. You could also try this online game https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/measuring-in-cm


This week, try writing a letter to someone you haven’t seen for a while. Tell them all about what you have been doing, how you are feeling and why you miss them. You might be able to think about what you would like to do with them when you can see them again. Remember to use full stops, capital letters and finger spaces. You should also use conjunctions like and, or, because, but, so.

I am pleased to see that more of you have logged in to Bug Club this week – Well done Year 1! Keep using these books, Phonicsplay website and the Youtube lessons (see above) to practice your phonics. Learning how to read and write the tricky common exception words will also help you a lot.

1 Common Exception Words Wordsearch                     Year 1 Common Exception Words                  Year 1 Flashcards

Religious Education

Read the story of Thomas who did not believe that Jesus was alive. Why do you think he needed to see Jesus first? What would you say to Thomas?

Draw a picture of the story including speech and thought bubbles. You might want to draw several pictures to make a comic strip.

Remember that sometimes, like Thomas, we don’t understand what is happening and have questions which are hard to answer. What questions would you ask about the resurrection?


Draw a picture of some animals and label the parts of their body. You might want to use the sheets below to help you.

Parts of a rabbit       Parts of a ladybird            Parts of a frog

Use your imagination to make up your own creature. Draw and label a picture of it.

Watch this video comparing elephants and humans. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z87w2hv

Choose 2 animals and think about what is similar and what is different about them.

Challenge: select several animals and sort them into groups.


Week 8 (wk/c: 11th May)


Wednesday Word

Perseverance and Resilience Acts of Worship

Religious Education

Read about when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the Upper Room and helped them to understand that he was alive. How do you think the disciples felt? What did Jesus say to them? Why did Jesus want his friends to know he was real? Who do you think they would want to tell?

Imagine that you are one of the disciples who saw Jesus. What would you tell a friend who wasn’t there? Draw a picture with a speech bubble of what you would say.


BBC Bitesize Daily (see above link) are continuing to look at addition and subtraction this week. Can you use your addition and subtraction skills to complete these problems and puzzles? Don’t forget to think about which coins we have when looking at the money one!

Challenge: Can you write your own addition and subtraction problems from someone at home to answer?

Word problems


This week I would like you to create your own monster or alien. Write some sentences to describe what it looks like (remember to use full stops, capital letters, finger spaces and conjunctions like or/and/but to join your ideas). Challenge: use similes to describe your monster (this is when you use like or as to describe something like we did in when writing poems. For example as gold as a coin, bright like the sun or sparkly like glitter). You may find this sheet helpful.  Describe the monster

One of last week’s Bitesize lessons was on a book by one of my favourite authors. You can listen to the story and answer the questions here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zd8xt39

Please continue learning how to read and spell the Year 1 Common Exception Words as these are very important when reading and writing. Also practise your phonics by reading your Bug Club books (I update these at least 3 times a week so that you have plenty to read) and play the games on the Phonicsplay website (don’t forget that you will need to use the free code to log in). These are the games we play in school so you should be familiar with them. Most of you will be able to play the phase 5 games but you might find phase 3 and 4 better if you read red or yellow books.


At the beginning of the year, we found out about the seven continents. Can you remember them all? Label the continents on the sheet and then find out about one or more of them. Use the facts that you find to make a fact sheet or a book. Try to include some writing and pictures. You could even make up a quiz.

Continents Labeling Sheet     World Map

Last week’s BBC Bitesize lesson was all about Africa. You can find some information and activties here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4k6hbk This week’s lesson (available on Tuesday) will be about Asia. You might also be able to watch Go Jetters on the iPlayer or use this BBC website to find out about the other continents. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcdqxnb


Last week I had fun decorating these stones with the keyworker children in school. What can you can turn a stone into? We use felt tip pens but you could also use paint. However don’t put it outside unless you are able to seal your work or it might run!

Week 7 (wk/c: 4th May)

You may have noticed a new feature on our class page called ‘contact your teacher.’ This enables you to send a message directly to me. I would love to see some of the work you have been completing at home or read about what you have been doing. You can even use it just to say ‘Hi’ if you would like. Ask someone at home to help you attach any pictures. I look forward to reading your messages.

I’ve also just been updating Bug Club. Well done to the nine children who have read at least one book this week. Some of you have read so much that I have run out of books and have had to give you books from another level!

Miss Pratt


Wednesday Word  

Virtue to live by Perseverance & Resilience    Acts of Worship


Something a little bit different this week! Did you know that you are making history? This week start to create a time capsule to show people in the future what it was like to live in this strange time.

Start to write a diary of the things you have been doing. Try to include what you have been doing, how you felt and how things are different. You might also want to think about the funniest thing that happened, the best thing you saw outside, what you are missing the most and something which you had to work hard to achieve. I would lover to read some of your ideas and I will show you mine when we are back in school.

If you want to go a step further you might want to add some objects or photographs. You could even make a book or decorate a box to keep them in.

Time Capsule Activity Booklet

Remember to keep practising your phonics, common exception words and reading your Bug Club books too.


This week the Year 1 BBC Bitesize lessons are all apart parts and whole. We got really good at these earlier this year so this will be good revision.

Can you create your own part whole models using toys or stones? How many ways can you make 17? Can you create models with three parts? Here are some templates to help you. Part Whole Model       

Part Whole Model Sheet

Have a look at some of these missing part problems.  Gaps Game     Gaps Game Board         Gaps Challenge Cards

Make sure you know your numbers bonds to 10 as they help you work with larger numbers. If you know these really well you could try number bonds to 20. You could make up on a game to help you practise (for example Bingo) or try the activities below.

Number Bonds to 10 Sheet         Number Bonds to 10 Board Game

Number Bonds to 20 Sheet          Number Bonds to 20 Board Game          Four in a Row Number Bonds to 20 Game

Hit the Button (online game)  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button


Have a go at some of Miss Lee’s amazing music lessons.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6WV9wEVdssiYbi_xNAwMHcyDiPkm6ub6


Week 6 (wk/c: 27th April)

I hope you are all managing to keep safe and well in these uncertain times. Things may seem a little strange at the moment and life a bit harder. A new e-book has been released today explaining the coronavirus to children. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler (who illustrated many of Julia Donaldson’s books including The Gruffalo) it is aimed at children age 5-8. I hope you find it useful.



This week I would like you to think about 2D shapes. Have a look around your, how many triangles, squares, circles and rectangles can you see? Where are they? Draw some pictures or take some photos of what you have found. This song and video has some examples https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zhnvcdm  You might be able to print out and complete this sorting activity.  Sorting shapes activity

You might find some sticks outside (or paper straws) and use these to make some 2D shapes or cut out some shapes and put them together to make a picture. Here are some other activities which you could download and try. Build a dinosaur   Colour by shape       Creating pictures

If you want a bit of a challenge, you could try this puzzle https://nrich.maths.org/93

Here are some online shape games which you could play





Choose one the books you have read during the week and create a story map or a story ladder to show what happened. Then use this to retell the story. Don’t forget story language (once upon a time, one day), full stops and capital letters, finger spaces and conjunctions (and, because, or, but, so).

Continue to use Phonics Play (see below) and Bug Club to practise using phonics to read words. Also see the details above about a new daily phonics lesson live on Youtube each day.

Continue to practise reading and writing Common Exception Words (see below).

Religious Education

Watch this video which tells the story of Jesus’s crucifixion, his rising from the tomb three days later to the delight of his followers and his ascension to heaven.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks1-the-christian-story-of-easter/zhgv47h

How do you think the disciples felt when Jesus appeared to them? Think about a time when you have had a happy surprise.


During our African Art topic, we looked at pattern and colour. Choose some shapes and patterns and use these to create a decorate something (this could be a piece of paper to make a bookmark, a stone, a box or maybe even a piece of fabric). Remember to think carefully about your design and draw and colour carefully so your work is neat.


Week 5 (wk/c: 20th April)


Go on a shape hunt. How many cuboids, cubes, pyramids, cylinders, cones and spheres can you find?  3D Shapes

Can you make the shapes out of playdough, paper or any other material you can think of?  3D aliens to print and make

Which shapes can roll? What do you notice about these shapes?

Which shapes can you stack?  What do these shapes have in common?

Try using your shapes to build a tower? Which shapes are the best for the bottom? Which shapes can only go at the top?

Hide your shapes in a bag or box. Put your hand inside to feel a shape. Can you guess which shape it is without looking? Can you describe your shape to someone in your family so that they can guess what it is?

3D shapes activities


Look at a book you haven’t read yet. This could be online, one of your Bug Club books or a book you have at home. What do you think it will be about? Remember to look for clues about the characters, time, place and story. Can you use the conjunction because to explain your ideas? Then read the story and compare to your prediction.

How many of the Year 1 Common Exception Words can you spell and read? Practise the ones that you don’t know.

Year 1 Common Exception Words Wordsearch                     Year 1 Common Exception Words                  Year 1 Flashcards

Topic (DT)

When we were at school, we started to look at food for a Teddy Bear’s picnic and we thought about where food comes from. Is it from the sea, from a plant or from an animal? Can you identify where your food comes from? Remember that the ingredients might come from different places (for example a cake has flour from plants but also eggs from a farm and chocolate might have milk from the farm and beans from the plant).

Design your own picnic food. This could be a sandwich, cake or maybe a fruit kebab. You might be able to ask an adult to help you prepare and make your design (remember to be careful with equipment from the kitchen).


Week 4 (wk/c: 13th April)


Practise adding two numbers together. Can you explain how you found the answer? Maybe you could use a different strategy to check. You might be able to make a target or skittle game like the ones below (skittle can be made out of old bottles), print out a board game or have a go at one of the colouring activities. Can you make up your own game?


Addition to 20 colouring           Addition to 20 football board game             Mathopoly addition and subtraction game


Before Easter we started to look at writing sentences with the conjunctions and, or, but, because, so. Can you write some sentences about one of these pictures using conjunctions? You might also want to use conjunction to write a letter to someone you haven’t seen for a while about what you have been doing at home or to keep a diary.

Birthday party picture                         Under the sea picture


Keep reading your Bug Club books (I’m updating these regularly). Can you spot the focus graphemes in your book?

Remember that some graphemes can make more than one sound (for example ow in cow and snow). Try playing Cheeky Chimps on the PhonicsPlay website. Focus on ow, ea, ey and ie.  https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/cheeky-chimps


Keep looking for the signs of spring. I have spotted lots of trees with blossom and leaves as well as different types of flowers growing. How many of these can you name? You might be able to draw them (remember to look closely at their shape like we did when we drew the autumn leaves in school).

Plants and flowers hunt             Signs of spring hunt


Week 3 (wk/c: 6th April)

This week is Holy Week. Read The Easter Story in your bible or use this link to watch a video from BBC Teach.


Can you retell the events of Holy Week especially Good Friday and Easter Sunday? How did the disciples feel?

You could use the sheet to sequence the events or make your own book to retell the story. You might also like to talk to people at home about the symbols we might see and hear about over the next week (for example candles, purple cloth, Crucifix etc) or write your own prayer for Easter.

Easter Story Sequencing

A lovely Easter competition for all from Mrs Broughton – Easter Competition

Below are some other Easter activities you could try over the next week.

Make an Easter Basket    Easter Word Search    Design an Easter Egg Activity


This booklet contains a number of games to play at home in order to develop communication skills.

Let’s Get Talking Games


Please remember to read your Bug Club books (I am checking/updating these regularly and am pleased to see that a number of you have read over 6 books in two weeks – Well Done!). Also continue to use the links below to practise your phonics and maths skills. You could also continue to for signs of Spring out of your window, in your garden and if you are able to go out for a daily walk.


Week 2 (wk/c: 30th March)


Can you count in 2s and 5s up to 50? You could try exercising while counting like in this video from Maths 4 Kids (Youtube) 


You might like to try counting pairs of shoes or socks or maybe you could put your toys into groups of 5 to count.

How many pairs can you make with 20 socks? If there are 45 toys, how many groups of 5 will we have?

Can you make up some of your own problems to solve?



Read your reading books and the books on Bug Club. You could also have a look at the games on Phonics Play (https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/)

Have a go at Picnic on Pluto (the Obb and Bob game that we play at school) or Sentence Substitution (we have also played this in class). Select phase 4 and 5 when required. Please find a reminder of these graphemes on the sound mats below.

Phase 3

Phase 5



Continue sharing library books and your books at home. There are also many websites which are offering free online books (see below for details). Choose a character from one of your books and write a description of them. What do they look like? How do they act? Are they brave, kind or scary? Remember to write in sentences with full stops, capital letters and finger spaces. You could also use the conjunctions and, but, or, because to make your sentences longer.


Religious Education

Listen to the story of Palm Sunday when Jesus and his followers arrived in Jerusalem. Crowds of people came out of the city to greet him, throwing down palm branches on the road. You might read this in a bible or look at the Powerpoint below. Alternatively there is an animated version on the BBC Bitesize page (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zy2hyrd).

How do you think the people felt?

Can you retell the story? You could act it out, write it down or draw a picture. You might also want to have a go at making a palm leaf.


Palm Tree

Make a Palm Leaf

Palm Tree

Topic – Spring

When I look out of my window, I am starting to notice many signs of Spring. How many of these can you spot? Maybe you can see different flowers starting to grow, the trees getting greener, more wildlife or lighter evenings. You could draw a picture of what you notice, take a photograph or even keep a diary of the changes.


Useful Websites

A fantastic website for all sorts of home learning activities and online books – Teachwire Website

Online activities around the celebration of Easter – KS1 Easter Activities

A link to physical development and learning –  Physical activities

A wesbite with lots of online learning games for English, Maths, Science etc – Topmarks Games

Learning Projects









Most the learning packs below do not need to be printed but can be done on the screen and with a paper and pencil/pen – just click on each one to open.

English Learning Packs

Creative Writing Prompt Question Writing Frames

Reading Mat Guidance

Fiction Reading Revision Mat

Non-Fiction Reading Revision Mat

Poetry Reading Revision Mat

Common Exception Words Year 1 Activity Book

Maths Learning Packs


Year 1 Spring Maths Activity Booklet

Year 1 One More and One Less Maths Mastery Game

Snakes and Ladders Addition to 20 Board Game Board Game

Science Learning Packs

Year 1 Science Learning from Home (Animals, Including Humans) Activity Booklet

Year 1 Science Learning from Home (Everyday Materials) Activity Booklet

Home Learning

Website Age Range Content
www.classroomsecrets.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Home learning packs covering English, phonics, maths and practical activities.
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Covers the whole curriculum
www.phonicsplay.co.uk Early Years -Yr2 Phonics games and activities



Early Years – Yr6 Various activities and video links to many subjects
www.spellingframe.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 Some free spelling games
www.primaryresources.co.uk Yr1-Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.teachingideas.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 A range of activities and worksheets for all subjects
www.topmarks.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of subjects with lots of interactive online activities and games
www.crickweb.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Free online education resources and games
www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ Yr1-Yr6 Excellent website with a really wide range of subject coverage



Yr1-Yr8 Free resources and learning videos that link directly with our in school maths curriculum
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Early Years – Yr6 Body Coach – Online exercise videos to keep you active 9am live daily
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Early Years – Yr6 Free e-readers
https://corbettmathsprimary.com/ Yr1 – Yr6 Free maths resources
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/teacher-category/primary-resources/ Early Years – Yr6 Lots of geography resources
https://www.tts-group.co.uk/home+learning+activities.html Early Years – Yr6 Free downloadable home learning activities
http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/ Yr1-Yr6 Daily maths learning
https://www.mathswithmum.com Yr1-Yr6 Maths videos to help with children’s learning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw Early years – Yr2 Phonics based video and dancing
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ 0-5years A government recommended website for Early Years
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online All the family Virtual Tours of 12 museums around the world
https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-science Yr1-Yr6 Science activity ideas

Websites currently giving free subscriptions due to school closures

Website Age Range Content
www.twinkl.co.uk Early Years – Yr6 Wide range of resources covering the whole curriculum
www.purplemash.co.uk Yr1 – Yr6 Computing and digital skills – free 14 day trial


Spelling Shed & Maths Shed


Children already have log ins for this. Please use their current usernames and passwords.


Lots of non-fiction e-books to access free: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==&fbclid=IwAR2pwHf6d30wVXcDUq0zL5DOZ_lVLGkelBWEwpXTWDmwDrdajrkw8OAWBwY