Year 1

Week Starting 05 July 2020

Hello Year One!

A big thank you to all of you, who attended our Class Meets last week. We enjoyed seeing you and listening to your ideas! We hope that you will be able to join in this week. Remember to continue with the home learning on the days you are not at school.

Please see below for which day your child’s class will be holding their meet. There is also a timetable for the whole Trust on the website.

Whitehorse Manor Infants

Yellow class – Wednesday 8th July at 11:00a.m Nickname: yellow1

Green class – Thursday 9th July at 11:00a.m

Nickname: green1

Jade class – Thursday 9th July at 1:00p.m

Nickname :jade1


Rowan class – Wednesday 8th July at 11:00a.m Nickname: rowan1

Please note this is a change of time from previous weeks.


Astronaut class – Tuesday 7th July at 11:00a.m

Nickname: astronaut1

Shooting Stars class – Wednesday 8th July at 11:00a.m Nickname: shootingstars1

Cypress Lower

Blue Class – Monday 6th July at 2p.m Nickname: bluecypress

Green Class-Tuesday 7th July at 2.15 p.m Nickname: greencypress

Indigo Class-Thursday 9th July at 11 a.m Nickname: indigocypress

Beulah Infants

Green Class- Wednesday 8th July at 11 a.m Nickname: greenclassmeet

Purple Class-Wednesday 8th July at 11 a.m Nickname: purpleclassmeet


In order to sign in you will need your child’s .306 LGFL log on details.  If you would like to attend the live session and do not have these details, please email us at with your child’s full name, class and school and we will email you back with their log on details. We will be recording the sessions for safety purposes and do ask that an adult is present with all children during these sessions. We are aware that some of you had difficulty logging into the meeting so please let us know and we will email you a link to a tutorial.

When you are not at school, keep doing your fantastic home learning. We LOVE seeing your work so please keep sending photos into We had so many lovely examples this week, we put them all into a video for you to enjoy!

This week the whole trust challenge involves writing a poem or designing a poster which describes their thoughts and feelings about how Black Lives Matter.

  • In literacy, we will be writing our own version of the Awongalema story;
  • If you need to recap any sounds  you can access  the DfE Letters and Sounds YouTube videos to support you;
  • In maths, we are learning to recognise money and it’s values.
  • In science, we are learning about birds;
  • In geography, we are learning how to use simple maps and keys;
  • In art, we are learning to make a Djembe drum.

Please note that you will need a couple of paper cups to make a Djembe drum.

Next week in our literacy we are going to write poems about some African fruits. Thank you for getting a couple of the following fruits from your local supermarket: banana, mango, pomegranate, passion fruit, watermelon or pineapple. Encourage your child to explore each of the fruits with all their senses and collect some descriptive words in prevision for one of our lessons. You will also need these fruit for our art lesson (observational drawing).

Why not try the African surprise recipe afterwards (see corresponding recipe in our additional activities section)?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – Creating our own story plan Maths – Identify the characteristics of different coins. Science- All about birds
Tuesday Literacy – Writing our own version of the Awongalema story Maths – Identify the characteristics of different coins. Art – Make a Djembe drum
Wednesday Physical activities Whole Trust Challenge-Create a poem or design a poster linked to BLM Music -we are learning to use different durations of notes in our rhythms


Literacy – using adjectives


Maths – Identify the value of different coins. Geography-Mapping skills
Friday Literacy – reading comprehension Maths – Identify the value of different coins. PSHE-Discuss our goals for next year

We are missing you! Enjoy your learning this week!

The Year One Team



1.Literacy warm up – sentence doctor


Literacy –  creating an Awongalema story plan

This week, we are going to be writing our own version of the Awongalema story. But, like all good authors, before we write our story we need to plan it. We would like you to use the story plan in the downloads to help you. You need to choose ONE of the animals you wrote about last week and ONE problem that might happen to stop them remembering the name of the magical tree. Once you have decided, draw a picture of the animal in the first blank box on the plan and then draw a picture of the problem in the second blank box.

Challenge: Use your story plan to tell your story to somebody else. Don’t forget to use the language from the story!

If you would like to listen to the story again watch Miss Patel’s video here:

2. Maths – Identify the characteristics of different coins.

To download, click the link below.

3. Science – All about birds

Over this half term we are going to be identifying and classifying different types of animals. This week we are looking at birds. Use the power point below to help you develop your knowledge of birds and then there are some fun suggestions for activities you can do relating to them. (You don’t have to do them all!)

All About Birds


1.Literacy warm up – phonics revision

This half term in our phonics sessions we are going to be recapping different ways to make the same sound. Today, we are focusing on the ‘or’ sound. The three most common ways of representing this sound are or, au and aw. However, al (as in talk), our(as in fourteen), ough (as in thought)  and a (as in fall) can also be used.

Your first challenge is to read the sheet below and identify as many different words with the oa sound as you can. This is also in the downloads if you wanted a printable copy.

Printables Altspellings Or Phoneme Spotter

After that, we have a sorting activity for you to complete. There is a grid with all the different ways of making the ‘or’ sound listed at the top and then some examples of words for you to cut and stick/ write in the correct column. This can also be done just using a piece of paper and a pencil.

Printables Altspellings Or Sorting Grid

Printables Altspellings Or Sorting Words


Literacy – Awongalema story writing

Today, we would like you to write your own version of the Awongalema story. Watch Mrs Ellis as she models writing the beginning of the story and then have a go at writing your own story! There is a word bank to help you with some of the words and phrases you might use in your story.

Challenge: Remember to use -est word endings and the conjunction ‘because’ in your writing.



Awongalema Word Bank

Awongalema Tree speech bubble power point.

Challenge: Use a conjunction and a -est word ending in your speech bubble.


2. Maths – Identify the characteristics of different coins. 


To download, click the link below.

3. Art- make a Djembe drum

This week we are learning to make a Djembe drum.

Drums are the most common musical instruments used in Africa.

Watch the video below to find out more about the Djembe drum.

Now you can watch our attached presentation to find out how to make your own drum.

Finally you can learn a simple rhythm to play on it!


1.Physical Activities

First practise skipping with a rope!

Then you can learn some basic steps to dance British folk dances. Better to have a go with your grown-up(s) and/ or your sibling(s)!

2. Whole Trust Challenge-Black Lives Matter poem or poster

Children are to write a poem or design a poster which describes their thoughts and feelings about how Black Lives Matter.

They can use the following to support their ideas:

  • Why is BLM important?
  • What does diversity look like to them?
  • What is equality and What does it look like to them?
  • Why is equality important?
  • What values are important to them?
  • What is a community?

Please look at some examples of poems and posters in the attached documents.

If your child decides to write a poem, it does not have to rhyme. Acrostic poems for a key theme i.e. Equality/diversity etc are always a good idea. Posters must be eye catching and stand out! Both can be produced on A4 paper.

When you have created your poem or poster, thank you for sending it to our Year group email address. Work will then be put onto a news story gallery.

3. Music –  learning to use different durations of notes in our rhythms

Go to the website and log onto the student section using the following details: Username: p697849 Password: brown
Click on the box called ‘Assignments’ then on ‘Unit: Year 1 in Review, Reflect, Rewind Replay – Step 6’ and complete the following tasks.
1. Listen to ‘Rainbow Connection’ and try to identify the different instruments that you can hear playing.
2. Click on ‘warm up games’ and complete one of the challenges.
3. Go to ‘rhythm grid notation’ and try making up your own beat using notes of different durations (lengths).
4. Sing the song ‘Round and Round’. Try adding some actions to the song too.



Downloads for Wednesday


1.Literacy warm up – key word reading and spelling

Literacy  – using adjectives to describe the fruit on the magical tree

Today, we would like you to think about the fruit that might have been on the magical tree. There are examples on the sheet in the downloads if you are not sure. You can either draw them onto the tree or cut and stick the pictures. Then we would like you to write sentences to describe each of the delicious fruits using lots of adjectives. For example: There was some juicy, ripe, lovely mangoes on the tree.

Challenge: Can you use a simile to describe some of the fruit? For example: On the tree was a delicious banana as yellow as the sun. There are some ideas on the sheet to help you. Remember, it is a magical tree so let your imagination run wild!



2. Identify the value of different coins.


To download, click the link below.

3. Geography – Mapping skills

Lesson 2

We are learning to understand what compass directions are and how to create a simple key for a room plan. Recap what we have learned so far about maps and their use.

Watch the attached presentation up to slide 10. Look at a compass if you have one at home or play bbc online game at

Points for discussion: Can you indicate the 4 points? Which part of your home is in the North/South/East/West?

Activity:  Practise using compass directions on the attached document.

Watch the rest of the presentation.

Points for discussion: How could you represent pieces of furniture and toys in your bedroom/classroom? Which symbols could you use? Think of the 2-D shapes you could choose from.

Activity: Draw a plan for your bedroom/classroom with a simple key (see attached frame).



1. Literacy warm up – grammar  – using the prefix un

Join in with Miss Patel as she explains when to use the ‘un’ prefix.

Literacy – Reading Comprehension

In Science, we have been learning about the different groups of vertebrates. Among the mammals, there are some very peculiar animals, which look different from the rest of them. Have a go at reading a short article about bats and answering some questions.

Challenge: Can you explain the following words:

  • roost
  • nocturnal
  • insectivore

You can watch a short clip from bbc to find out more about the way bats track their prey using echolocation.

You can also look for more interesting facts about bats.


2. Maths – Identify the value of different coins.


To download, click the link below.

3. PSHE – Discuss our goals for next year

Last week we talked about our successes e.g. what we are good at and what we got better at. Do you remember what things you are good at? When we want to improve at something, it is helpful to set ourselves some goals. Watch the clip below to get some ideas of what an achievable goal might be.

What are the things you want to improve in Year 2?

Think about 3 things you can improve. Choose one of the templates below to write on: a star or a football.

If you are unable to print you can easily ask your grown up to help you draw a star or a football on a piece of paper.



Extra Activities

1. Cooking-African surprise 

We have selected a simple refreshing recipe (see attached document), using a range of tropical fruits.

2. Forest school activity-Clay creatures

Make a variety of clay creatures, such as elves and goblins, hedgehogs and bugs to clay tree spirits. Grab a ball of clay and choose your creature. Collect natural materials from the woodlands to decorate the creature. Look for leaves to make wings or ears, clothes or interesting sticks create legs, antennae, hair, spines or other patterns. If put on trees, choose somewhere shielded from the elements to keep it safe.

If you do not have clay, you can make your own clay following the attached recipe.

3. Science experiments with sweets

Visit and for some ideas of fun experiments using sweets.

You can also watch the clip below to find out what happens when you put some marshmallows in a microwave…

4. French taster-Fruit and veg

We are learning to say the names of different fruits and vegetables using the sentence starter ‘je mange…’

5. Singing Assembly – Believe

6. Listen to Miss King read the story ‘The Bumble Bear’

7. Song of the week with Mrs Quick



Downloads for Extra Activities

Published on 5th July, 2020

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