Year 1

Week Starting 27 April 2020

Hello Year One!

We hope you are all keeping safe and well and that you enjoyed last week’s home learning challenges. We would love to see how you have been getting on and to celebrate your amazing work so please continue to send your photos and updates to  This week the whole trust challenge involves going on a virtual visit and writing a postcard to report on your experience.

In preparation for Friday’s activity, please watch some African animals either in their natural habitat or in the zoos from the following websites:

Try to watch at least one animal from that list: lions, hippos, zebras, giraffes, gorillas and elephants.

In literacy, we will be looking at a new ‘Tinga Tinga’ tale called ‘How Elephant got his Trunk’ and then making comparisons between the two stories. Remember, there are lots of different episodes you can enjoy on the CBeebies iplayer here:


  • In maths, we are continuing to explore fractions, moving from half on to quarters.
  • In science, we are looking at the different parts of a plant.
  • In geography, we are describing the human and physical features of some African landscapes.
  • In art, we are creating a mixed media picture using sketching, colour mixing and collage techniques.
Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

Phonics – ‘au’

Literacy – retell the story of ‘How Elephant got his Trunk’

Maths  – half of a quantity 2 Physical activities-workouts and yoga

phonics – ‘ey’

Literacy – looking at similarities and differences between the 2 stories.

Geography-human and physical features Music
Wednesday Maths – half of a quantity 3 Science – different parts of a plant Art-mixed media picture

Phonics – ‘ue’

Literacy – create a front cover for your favourite Tinga Tinga tale

Maths – quarter of a shape Physical activities – African dance and yoga
Friday Maths-calculation challenges Whole trust challenge-report on your virtual tour experience RE – finding out about a Jewish place of worship

We are missing you! Enjoy your learning this week!

The Year One Team


Literacy – phonics with Miss King – ‘au’

Literacy – Tinga Tinga tales lesson 5

This week we are going to be looking at another Tinga Tinga tale and then comparing the two different stories.

Watch the Tinga Tinga tale ‘Why Elephant has a trunk’.

Have a go at retelling the story to somebody. There is a story map in the downloads to help you remember the story!

Challenge: Use language from the story such as ‘You see there was a time . . ‘, ‘Jambo’, And that’s why Elephant has a trunk’, ‘That’s a whole other story’.

Maths  – half of a quantity 2  

Today we we explore how to draw a quantity and how to represent it pictorially and using digits.

Physical activities


Literacy – phonics with Miss King – ‘ey’

Literacy – Tinga Tinga tales lesson 6

Now we have looked at two Tinga Tinga tales, let’s think about what is similar and what is different between the two stories.

  • Are any of the characters the same and are any different?
  • Is the setting (where the story takes place) the same or different.
  • What other things can you think of?
  • Note down similarities and differences between the two stories. You can use the sheet in downloads if you want.

Challenge – Can you explain which was your favourite story and why?

Geography-Learning about Africa

We will be learning about the diversity in African physical and human features.

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

Watch clips about Egypt, Kenya and South Africa at

Activity: Look at photographs of African landscapes and describe human and physical features (see attached document).

Music –

Follow this link to practice clapping rhythms with Miss Freeman, and play the game ‘which rhythm is it?’

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 songs Your Imagination and Daydream Believer, use the questions to help you talk about the music. Then click on warm up games and complete challenge 1. Finally have a go at learning verse 1 and chorus 1 of the Your Imagination song.


Maths – Half of a quantity 3

Today we move from using a sharing strategy to trying to find half mentally.

Science – Learning about plants

We will be learning about the different parts of a plant e.g. roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds.

Watch and


Make your own paper model of a plant by drawing, cutting and sticking the different parts of a plant on a large piece of paper. Label the different parts as shown on the example.

Art – African sunset art

This is an excellent art activity for children which includes many different skills such as colour mixing and producing silhouettes whilst learning about African animals.

You will need:

  • Thick A3 paper (lining paper or wallpaper works well)
  • Yellow, red and orange paint;
  • Brushes and palettes for mixing;
  • Black card or sugar paper;
  • Scissors;
  • Glue.


  • Using yellow and red paint, demonstrate painting a thick, yellow stripe horizontally onto the bottom of the paper. Explain to the children that they only need a small amount of red paint on their brush to mix into the yellow.
  • Paint the next stripe of orange paint. Show children how to gradually add more red into the yellow and each time paint a horizontal stripe onto the paper until you have created a sunset!
  • Leave to dry.
  • You can either cut out one of the animal silhouettes provided (see attached document) or children could create their own animal silhouettes using black card or sugar paper. Animal stencils can be useful too or children could print out an animal picture from the Internet and draw around it. Model how to create a silhouette, drawing attention to the basic outline of the animal without any facial features.
  • When the sunset is dry, attach the silhouettes with glue. Children could add mountains, trees, water or even people.

This activity can also work well using pastels and introducing children to shading and blending the pastels using their fingers to get different shades. The silhouettes could be made using charcoal.


Literacy – phonics with Miss King –  ‘ue’

Literacy – Tinga Tinga tales lesson 7

Which was your favourite Tinga Tinga tale? (It can be one of the two we have worked on or any others you have watched on cbeebies).

Create a new front cover for your favourite Tinga Tinga story. Think about where the story was set and which animal characters were in it.

Challenge – Would you recommend this Tinga Tinga tale to a friend? Complete the review sheet in the downloads.

Maths – Finding a quarter of a shape.

Today we move on from the fraction half and we explore the concept of a quarter being 1 of 4 equal parts.

Physical activities



We will be learning to work like a mathematician to solve two challenges. The first challenge e.g. bitesize challenge 1 is linked to addition/subtraction and number families. The children might find useful to use part-part whole models (see attached document) to support their thought process. They might also want to start from known facts such as number bonds to 20. The second challenge e.g.  paper halving is linked to fractions and 2-D shapes.

Both challenges rely on a ‘trial and improvement’ approach. ‘Trial and improvement’ involves trying something out, which will always give more insight into the context and therefore gives the solver a better idea of what to try next. Trial and improvement is often the start of working systematically.’

For more guidance on the second task please have a look at the attached document.

Virtual visit Pegasus whole Trust activity

We hope you enjoyed watching the African animals on the live webcams. We have some ready-made postcards templates (see attached document) to record your experience with the lions, the elephants, the gorillas, the zebras, the giraffes or the hippos.

Which animals did you watch? How did it feel to watch them at such a close range? What could you see and hear? What do you think the animals smelt and felt like?

Try to use some interesting adjectives to describe your sensations (see attached documents for ideas).

RE – Judaism

This term, in RE, we will be finding out about more about Judaism. First of all we are going to look at the place Jewish people go to worship. This is called a synagogue.Watch the BBC Bitesize video below to find out more:

Now read through the attached PowerPoint to help you remember some of the special names for things.

Do you have a special place? It may or may not be a religious place. Why is it special to you? What do you do there? Could you draw and label your special place and say why it is special to you?




Extra Activities

Music – If you’ve got a recorder at home, Miss Freeman has put together some beginner recorder lessons for you, just follow this link

Singing assembly – Miss Freeman would love you to join in her singing assembly!

Play the board game ‘Snakes and Ladders’ with your family. Can you count forwards and backwards as you go? What is the number you land on? Impress your family by telling them everything  you know about that number e.g. How many tens and ones does it have? Is it an odd or even number? What is one or ten more or less? If you don’t have the board game you can play using the link below.

Published on 27th April, 2020

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