Year 1

Week Starting 10 May 2020

Hello Year One!

It has been so lovely to see all of your photos and updates on our year group page Please keep them coming! Don’t forget we need the name of the child, class and school!

Here are some excellent examples of home learning that has been sent to us:


Tonie from WHMI Green Class has been enjoying her art work.


Lovely lion facts and illustrations by Amanze from EPS Astronaut Class



Lankesh from BRIG Rowan Class has been using natural materials to make a candle.

Fraction work by Daniel from BINF Purple Class.

Art work by Jules from CYP Green Class.

This week the whole trust challenge involves reflecting on our Pegasus value ‘We care’ by writing to a key worker/carer, who lives in or works as a carer in a care home near you and saying thank you for their valuable work.

  • In literacy, we will be using the story ‘Grace and family’ by Mary Hoffman.
  • In addition to Miss King’s fabulous phonics videos, you can also access  the DfE Letters and Sounds YouTube videos to recap any sounds you are not sure about;
  • In maths, we are beginning to look at time and how the day is sequenced;
  • In science, we are learning about the requirements for plant growth;
  • In geography, we are learning to compare the geographical features of 2 Kenyan landscapes;
  • In art, we are learning about African patterns and Kente cloth patterns;
Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

Phonics – ‘a-e’

Literacy – Listen to the story

Maths  – positional language Science-requirements of plant growth

Phonics -‘e-e’

Literacy – Using conjunctions

Maths- sequence events in time order Geography – learning about Africa

Phonics -‘i-e’

Literacy- Using adjectives

Art- African patterns and Kente cloth patterns Music – Compose your own beat



RE – why a Mezuzah is important to Jewish people


Maths – order the days of the week and the months of the year PSHE – Living in the wider world



Maths – understand how time is measured Whole Trust Challenge-Write letters to care homes Physical

We are missing you! Enjoy your learning this week!

The Year One Team


1. Literacy – phonics with miss King – ‘a-e’

Literacy – Grace and family lesson 1

Listen to Mrs Ellis reading the story ‘Grace and family’ by Mary Hoffman here.

Talk about the story with your family – What was your favourite part of the story and why? How do you think Grace was feeling when she first got to Africa? Did her feelings change over time? Think of a time when you had a family party. What did you do there?

In the story, Grace writes letters to her family when she can’t be with them. Today we would like you to draw a picture, write a note or letter to someone in your family who can’t be with you right now. We are sure they would love to hear about what you have been up to.

Challenge: With an adults help,  put the letter in an envelope, write the name and address on the front, put a stamp on your envelope and post it.

2. Maths – positional language

This week we are looking at positional language, considering where objects are in relation to one another and then considering movement or directional language.

3. Science – requirements of plant growth

We will be learning about what a plant needs to grow e.g. soil, water, light and a suitable temperature.

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Record up to 4 ideas on the first page of the plant diary. See attached documents e.g. bean or sunflower diary.

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Start growing your own plant e.g. a bean plant or a sunflower plant either in soil or in cotton wool. Write the corresponding instructions on the week 1 page of your diary. If you do not have any seeds, please use the attached bean diary template with photographs.

Additional activity: Cress caterpillar

This is our cress caterpillar.

You can see in the photo that some of the segments are a lighter shade of green than the other three. Can you guess why this might be?

How to grow a cress caterpillar

  • cress seeds;
  • an egg box, cut into segments;
  • water.

Cress Caterpillar Instructions

  • Place some cress seeds in each segment of the egg box;
  • Place 3 segments on one plate or tray and 3 on another plate or tray;
  • Add water to all, and place one plate on a windowsill and one in the dark.

Water frequently. The cress should grow within a few days. You might need to  give the ‘in the dark seeds’ a little bit of light to help them grow.


1. Literacy – phonics with miss King – ‘e-e’

Literacy – Grace and family lesson 2 

Before Grace can go and see her dad she needs to think about what she needs to take with her in her suitcase! On the first part of the worksheet (available in the downloads), can you write a few things she might want to take with her. E.g a camera, sun cream, her favourite teddy bear, her toothbrush.

Now we are going to form our ideas into sentences.

Your special words for this piece of writing are because and so that. These are called conjunctions.

Examples: Grace will take a camera so that she can take lots of photos to remember her trip.

Grace will take sun cream because the sun is very hot in Africa.  Have a go at writing some sentences!

Challenge: Try to use some adjectives in your writing e.g. soft, fluffy teddy.

2. Maths – sequence events in time order

Today, we consider the the notion of ‘before’ and ‘after’. We are going to order and sequence events using the correct vocabulary – before, after, first, next and finally.

3. Geography-learning about Africa lesson 5

We will be learning to compare two different African landscapes.

Share an African story at and find location of the country on the attached map of Africa.

Watch 2 clips about Kenya: a day in the life of a child in urban Kenya at  and life of the Maasai at

Activity: Compare the geographical features in 2 Kenyan landscapes (see attached document).


1. Literacy – phonics with miss King – ‘i-e’

Literacy – Grace and family lesson 3

Do you remember that Grace went to the market with her Papa?

Today we would like you to use your imagination and pretend that you are in the Gambian market next to Grace. What would she see there? What could she hear? What kind of things could she smell and touch?

Use the sheet in downloads (or write on a piece of paper) to note down things she could see, hear, smell and touch.

Challenge: Can you write a paragraph to describe the market? Don’t forget adjectives and super sentence starters – The market has, There is, In the distance, Next to.

Below is a video of a Gambian market to help you.

2. Art – African patterns and Kente cloth

Look at the African patterns and the Kente cloth presentations (see attached documents).

Can you remember who wore the Kente cloth and why it is important to the people from Ghana?

Can you discuss the significance of the different colours?


Design you own Kente cloth. First you need to choose 3 colours for their meanings and 3 shapes. You can either draw your cloth or weave strips of coloured paper on a card, then decorate with shapes as shown on the photograph.

Watch this video link for a tutorial on paper weaving:

Additional activity

Create your own African pattern inspired by your surroundings. Do not forget to use bold colours!

3. MusicCompose your own beat

Learn how to read a rhythm grid, and compose your own beat with Miss Freeman

Then, go to the website and log on the student section using the following details: Username: p697849 Password: brown
Click on the unit called ‘Your Imagination’ and listen to the song ‘A Whole New World’. Use the questions to help you talk about the music, then click on ‘Warm up games’ and complete challenge 2. Finally, have a go at learning verse 3 of the ‘Your Imagination’ song and practice singing the song through so far.


1. RE – understanding the importance of the Mezuzah to Jewish people

Lots of different religions have  artefacts and symbols that are important to them. For Jewish people one of those is the Mezuzah, which is a special case that is placed on doorways. Read the power point below and watch the video to find out more about the Mezuzah. Then you can have a go at making your own!

Challenge: Can you write your own special message to put inside? It may be a promise or a thank you to someone special in your life.

2. Maths – order the days of the week and the months of the year

Today we consider the order of the days of the week and the months of the year. We move onto linking before and after with tomorrow and yesterday.

3. PSHE – Living in the wider world

Today you are going to learn about responsibilities. Responsibilities are like important jobs people need to do to help animals or other people. These jobs can be everyday or often.

 To learn a little more about responsibilities, watch the BBC Bitesize video ‘Laura and her dog Magsie’

Laura explained some of the responsibilities she has as a dog owner like: going for walks, checking his fur for sticks, feeding her dog and always being kind.

Can you think of some responsibilities you have?

Make a poster to show all the important responsibilities you have.

Maybe you go to clubs, help recycle rubbish at home, brush your own hair or complete your homework. There are lots of things you do!


1. Maths – understand how time is measured

Children will learn the difference between seconds, minutes and hours.

2. Whole Trust Challenge

Trust activity – Pegasus People – “We Care”

Write letters to care homes

Many people who live or work in care homes are feeling very isolated because they cannot have visitors at the moment.

To help lift their spirits, why not write a letter to someone you don’t know who lives in or works as a carer in a care home near you?

Begin your letter with “My Dear New Friend”, (you can use this on the envelope too) then write about whatever you want: tell them about your interests, favourite food, your school, your ambitions, what you have been learning at school and how learning has changed over the past month or so!  You may want to draw a picture that they can put up in their room to brighten the place up!

At the end, include your name – you could let them know the name and address of your school in case they want to write back to you.

Ask a parent or carer to include a note to explain that you hoped that there maybe someone wanting to receive a letter.

Here are the names and addresses of some care homes in our local area, you can choose one of the homes on the maps if you prefer!

Kimberley Road Care Home

44 Kimberley Rd, Croydon CR0 2PU


Beulah Lodge

51 Beulah Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 8JH


Thornton Lodge

105 Brigstock Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 7JL


Graceland Care Home

113 Parchmore Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 8LZ


Dunheved Lodge

9 Dunheved Rd N, Thornton Heath CR7 6AH


Clarendon Nursing Home

7A Zion Pl, Thornton Heath CR7 8RR


3. Physical Activities

Teaching kids African dance –

Yoga for Kids –

Extra Activities


Singing Assembly with Miss Freeman – Clap For Our Carers

Sing with Mrs Quick

Sing along with Mr Smith

Music – Songs from Ghana

We have chosen 5 simple call and response songs from Ghana. Check the lyrics and the video links on the attached document.

Forest School Activities-natural sculptures

If you do mot mind getting a bit messy, why not try some mud art?


The possibilities to get creative are boundless and you can involve the whole family!

If you do not like mud, you can collect natural materials such as leaves, twigs, seeds, flowers, rocks instead and have a go at arranging them into a sculpture (see Adam Goldsworthy artwork for ideas). You are allowed to cut, break or tear some of your materials.

Downloads for Extra Activities

Published on 10th May, 2020

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