Year 1

Week Starting 17 May 2020

Hello Year One!

The teachers have really enjoyed speaking to so many of you on the phone over the last couple of weeks and finding out about all the things you have been up to. It has been so lovely to see the fantastic work you have been doing so keep sending your photos and updates to our year group page  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:

Kente cloth pattern by Juliane Boothe from Green Class in Whitehorse school.

Alex from Blue Class  made a fantastic lion.

Zainab from Rowan Class is enjoying her science work.


Nia Mai from Shooting Stars Class loved designing her own Kente cloth.


Zayne from Green Class in Beulah Infants has been enjoying finding out about fractions. Looks delicious!

This week the whole trust challenge involves a photography competition.

  • In literacy, we will be sequencing the story of Grace and family, and writing a postcard to Grace’s Mama;
  • 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 learning how to read and write time to o’clock and half past the hour.
  • In science, we are learning about the parts of the plants that we can eat and we are recording changes in plant growth;
  • In geography, we are learning to compare the compare the cultural and geographical similarities and differences of 2 distinct places;
  • In art, we are using a variety of materials to create an African habitat for our African animals ;
Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

Phonics – ‘o-e’

Literacy – retelling the story using time phrases

Maths  – Read time to the hour Geography-learning about Africa

Phonics – ‘u-e’

Literacy – Writing a postcard

Science-changes in plant growth & parts of the plants that we eat Physical Activities
Wednesday Maths- Read the time to half past the hour Art- African habitats PSHE – Living in the wider world



Phonics – ‘u-e’

Literacy – Finding out facts about The Gambia


Maths – to write the time to half past and o’clock Music – learn how to improvise



Maths -Bitesize challenges Whole Trust Challenge-Photography competition Literacy- key word reading and spelling

We are missing you! Enjoy your learning this week!

The Year One Team


1. Literary warm up- phonics with Miss King – ‘o-e’

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1.Literacy – Grace and family lesson 4

Today we are going to be retelling the story of Grace and family using some fantastic time phrases.

If you can’t quite remember the story well enough you can listen to it again here-

To make your story telling even more exciting, we want you to use some time phrases E.g ‘The next morning’, ‘One sunny day’, ‘Soon after that’.

There are some examples on the sheet in the downloads to help you or you can think of your own ones! Under each picture is a line for you to write your chosen time phrase on before you retell the story. The pictures will help you to remember the order of the story. Please keep the pictures safe as you will be needing them again tomorrow!

Challenge: Add lots of detail into your retelling including adjectives and think about how Grace was feeling when she got the letter from Papa, when she met Jatou and the children for the first time, when she saw the crocodiles etc.

2. Maths – Read time to the hour

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3. Geography-Learning about Africa Lesson 6

We will be learning to compare the cultural and geographical similarities and differences of 2 distinct places.

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

Watch 2 clips about life in Edinburgh and Addis Ababa at

Activities: Make a list of how Edinburgh and Addis Ababa are similar and different.

Return to the mindmap created in Lesson 1 and add any new knowledge about the topic.



1. Literary warm up- phonics with Miss King – ‘u-e’


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1. Literacy – Grace and family Lesson 5

Today, you are going to be writing a postcard from Grace to her Ma, telling her all the exciting things she has been doing on her trip.

Please watch this narrated power point by Miss Patel in Green Class who will be helping you.


Now have a go and drawing and writing the postcard yourself. If you have lots and lots to say, you could even write 2 postcards to Ma!

Challenge: Don’t forget those time words, adjectives and emotions!

2. Science-Learning about plants Lesson 5

We will be learning to observe and describe changes in plant growth. We will also be learning about the parts of the plants that we can eat.

Watch, and Time-lapse of sunflower from seed to flower We have also 2 presentations, detailing the life cycles of the bean and the sunflower plants (see attached documents).


Look at your bean/sunflower plant or the photograph for week 2 in the bean diary template. What has happened? Which plant parts can you see? Draw and label your plant or label the photograph if you have no plant to look at.

Additional activity: Cress caterpillar experiment. What has happened? What is the same/different between the plants that grew in the sun and in the dark?

Watch the attached presentation that describes different parts of plant that we eat every day.

Activity:  Use vegetables/fruit around your house and sort them out into parts of the plants that we eat:

  • roots
  • steam and leaves
  • flowers
  • fruit
  • seed

Follow-up work: Continue observing and recording the changes that happened to the bean/sunflower plant. What is the same? What is different? How has the plant changed? Think of the size, the colour and the shape of the plant parts.

3. Physical Activities

bbc Time to move –

Cosmic Kids Yoga –

Downloads for Tuesday


1. Maths- Read the time to half past the hour

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2. Art – An African animal habitat

Now that we have learnt so much about African landscapes and we have made our own 3D models of African animals, they need somewhere to live!

Can you make a habitat for some of the animals found in Africa? Use an old shoe box, food container or cardboard box as a base to create your own habitat.

Here is an idea of what you could do:

Find and old shoe box or container. Then get some material that can represent your ground for example, green paper to act as grass, orange paper to act has the Savannah floor or soil even and pebbles. If you have plastic wrapping or cling film place this on top of blue paper or paint to mimic water. You could create a pond or river this way.  Make a tree using an old tube and some coloured card. Paint the sides of the shoe box to create hills or plants in the distance. Cotton wool can represent clouds in the sky. Finally add in your African animals. These can be made in various ways for example using card, or if you’re lucky enough you may have some small African animal toys at home already.

Here are some ideas to inspire you! We would love to see your finished habitats so don’t forget to send  a photo to with your name, class and school attached!



3. PSHE – Living in the wider world

You have begun to understand some responsibilities you have at home and at school. Today you will begin to understand how people can help our environment in many ways too!

To learn more about helping our environment, watch the 2 BBC Bitesize videos below. One is about growing seeds and one is thinking about what we should do with our rubbish.

There are lots of ways we can help the plants, animals, the oceans, the trees and humans (think about ways we are fighting corona virus).

Create an information book or poster about ways to help our world. We did some work on this in the spring term (do you remember our recycling posters?) so you should all be experts now!

Challenge: help your grown up wash, squash and recycle rubbish!


1. Literary warm up- phonics with Miss King – ‘u-e’

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1. Literacy – Grace and family Lesson 6

Do you remember where Grace went to visit her Papa? That’s right! It was The Gambia. Today you are going to learn lots of facts about the Gambia and then try to find the right information to answer the questions in our fun quiz!

2. Maths – to write the time to half past and o’clock

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3. Music – learn how to improvise

Learn how to improvise –


Then go to the website  

Log onto the student section using the following details: Username:p697849  Password: brown

Click on the unit called ‘Your Imagination’ and listen to the song ‘Pure Imagination’. Use the questions to help you talk about the music, then click on ‘Improvise with the song’ to practice your improvisation further. Finally, sing the ‘Your Imagination’ song the whole way through.


1. Maths challenges from

This week we have 2 challenges involving calculations. You may want to ask your child first to think of which calculation they need to use. Which words give them clues? We have included some number lines and quarter models to help with representation.

Challenge 1

Eric bakes these two trays of muffins.

He eats 2 muffins.

His dad eats 3 muffins.

His sister eats 4 muffins.

How many muffins does he have left?

Grey line

Challenge 2

Lola buys this key ring.

Her mum givers a quarter of the money.

She pays for the rest herself.

How much does she pay herself?

2. Whole Trust Challenge

We are proud to announce this week’s challenge, which is a photography competition! All details can be found on the narrated PowerPoint presentation below. All entries will be judged by Mr Roberts.

3. Literacy – key word reading and spelling

Watch and join in with Mrs Ellis on this narrated power point. You will need a piece of paper and a pencil for this task.

Downloads for Friday

Extra Activities

1.Listen to Mr Robin’s ‘Thought of the week’  on patience:

2. Join in with the singing assembly:

3. Outdoor maths activities

To follow on last week’s outdoor art activities, we have chosen a couple of maths activities that you may want to pursue outside, using some natural materials (see attached documents):

a measuring activity

a problem solving activity


4. French taster

Listen to Miss Balhadère read ‘Handa’s surprise’ in French. That is a surprise!



5. National Smile Month Activities

Between 18th May and 18th June, is run the largest campaign in the UK to promote good oral health, National Smile Month. You can find ideas of activities and initiatives such as the Great British Brushaton or The super swap challenge on the Oral Health Foundation website. Please follow the instructions below if you want to take part in the initiative Sharing your smile around the world.

  • Download and print the attached message card.
  • Write your town, city or country in the space provided.
  • Take a photo of yourself holding the sign and share it on social media, alongside the following post:

Good oral health is so important. That’s why I’m supporting National #SmileMonth by sharing my smile. Let’s see yours…


You may also want to draw what makes you smile and annotate your picture with a caption and send it to our year group email address!






Downloads for Extra Activities

Published on 17th May, 2020

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