Year 1

Week Starting 10 June 2020

Hello Year One!

We can’t wait to see some of you in school this week, either on Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. 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 that we couldn’t choose only five so we put them all into a video for you to enjoy!

This week the whole trust challenge involves creating some artwork, using egg boxes!

  • In literacy, we will are focusing on a traditional story from the Ashanti people of Ghana.  We will be using the story ‘Anansi the Spider’ but there are lots of different tales you can enjoy on YouTube;
  • 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 how to understand place value to 100 .
  • In science, we are learning about mammals;
  • In history we are learning about the life of Nelson Mandela;
  • In art, we are learning to make a picture of  African ladies, using colour, pattern and line.

Please check our extra activities for details regarding our first live session!

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy -Anansi writing a narrative Maths  – one more than a value to 100 Science- All about mammals
Tuesday Literacy -Anansi writing a certificate using because Maths – one less than a value from 100 Art – African lady art
Wednesday Physical Activities Whole Trust Challenge Music – understand the difference between rhythm and pulse


Literacy -Anansi writing a book review


Maths – to compare values up to 100 History-Nelson Mandela
Friday Literacy – reading quiz Maths- Place value reasoning problems PSHE – Celebrating differences

We are missing you! Enjoy your learning this week!

The Year One Team


1.Literacy warm up – sentence doctor

Anansi the spider-Lesson 4: Writing a short narrative, using time words

Anansi ran into trouble in the story.  Can you remember the things that happened to him?  Watch the story again if you need to.

Can you think of a different problem that could happen to Anansi and how his sons might help him with it?  Draw a picture of Anansi and the problem he might have next.  Write about how he solved the problem with the help of his sons and their talents. (see attached document with the name of Anansi’s sons). Try to use a range of time words (see attached document) to sequence your ideas.

Challenge: Can you write your own version of the Anansi story, using some exciting sentence openers and story language?

2. Maths  – one more than a value to 100

To download, click the link below

3. Science – All about mammals

Over this half term we are going to be identifying and classifying different types of animals. We are starting with mammals. Use the power point below to help you develop your knowledge of mammals and then there are some fun suggestions for activities you can do relating to mammals.

All About Mammals


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 ‘ai’ sound. The three most common ways of representing this sound are ai, ay and split digraph a_e. However, eigh (as in eight), a (as in baby) and ey (as in grey) can also be used.

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

Printables Altspellings Ai 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 ai 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. You can choose to do as many as you like but make sure you have at least 3 words in each column!

Printables Altspellings Ai Sorting Grid

Printables Altspellings Ai Sorting Words

Anansi the spider-Lesson 5: Writing a reward certificate using the conjunction ‘because’

At the end of the story Anansi found a prize to give to one of his sons as a reward.  Who do you think deserved the prize?  With your family, pretend to be the sons and convince Anansi to give you the prize.  Remember to use the conjunction ‘because’ when explaining your reasons.  After make a certificate to give to the son you feel deserved it the most.  You need to write his name on the certificate and write the reason he gets the reward, remembering to use the conjunction ‘because’.

2. Maths – one less than a value from 100

To download, click the link below

3. Art-African lady art

African Line Art

Children in Year 1 learned the techniques of observational drawing at the beginning of Spring term.  They can now use these techniques to practice drawing pictures of African ladies below.   First look at the paintings of the African Ladies and the costumes they are wearing.  Pay attention to the colours.

Steps to success:

  1. On a piece of A4 plain paper, gently draw the outline of the ladies with the basket on their head with a sharp pencil ensuring space is used well (almost filling the page).
  2. Go over your drawing with a black pen.
  3. Decorate the dresses using either paint, crayons or colouring pencils.
  4. Put a border around the outside of the picture. Use African patterns if possible. There are some examples in the downloads that can be printed and cut and stuck to make your border.

You can choose  either one to draw


Examples of how to draw.

Step 1: Draw the outline of the body

Step 2: draw the baskets, hands and feet

Step 3: add details on the basket and dress

African Patterns

Look at some of the African patterns.  What do you notice? What patterns can you see? What colours do they use?

Can you create a pattern for the dresses the African ladies are wearing to your picture?


1. Physical activities

Practise some workout exercises with the Body Coach for Kids.

Join in with some dance inspired by the germination and growth of spring plants… Click on the following link and select the 1st session about roots and shoots in the spring plants unit:

bbc time to move

2. Whole Trust Challenge

Children’s Art Week: egg box art!

This week, it is Children’s Art Week and we would like you to get creative with egg boxes.  Cardboard egg boxes are easier to work with and we hope you have one or two empty ones in your house or recycling box.  These ‘eggscellent’ websites have over 50 different ideas for egg box craft projects.  Perhaps you could make a selection of egg box bugs.  Or how about the wonderful masquerade masks?

If you haven’t got an egg box, you could try creating something with a cardboard tube (kitchen roll and toilet roll tubes work well or you could make your own tube with a piece of card).  Find some inspiration here:


Look at this fabulous website and find out how to make a shadow theatre from toilet rolls:

Make sure you email us with all of your brilliant creations.

3.Music – understand the difference between rhythm and pulse

Learn about rhythm and pulse with Miss Freeman:

Then play the game ‘which rhythm is it’


Next, 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 2’. Complete the following tasks.
1. Listen to Reflect – The Firebird by Stravinsky and discuss the music using the questions on screen.
2. Click on ‘warm up games’ and complete the challenge.
3. Sing the song ‘Hey You’ the whole way through.
4. Use your Imagination to change the lyrics (song words). For example ‘Hey you, what you gonna do? I’m gonna spin around!’


1.Literacy warm up – key word reading and spelling

Anansi the spider-Lesson 6: Writing a book Review

Today we are going to think about your opinions on the story and write a book review.  A review is a sneak peek into a book and helps people decide whether they would want to read it.  Book reviews give brief details about the book, the characters and then allows you to give your opinion on whether you enjoyed it or not.


Discuss the book with your family.  What is the story about?  Who are the characters in the book?  Does it have a happy ending?  Did you enjoy it and why?  Would you recommend this book to other people?  Did you have a favourite part?

Book reviews come in different forms.   There are a variety of book reviews below for you to choose from.  We look forward to reading about your opinions on the Anansi story.

2. Maths – to compare values up to 100


To download, click the link below

3. History-Learning about Nelson Mandela

History lesson plan – Nelson Mandela 2


This lesson plan supports the KS1 requirement: Pupils should be taught about: the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Sequence significant events


Watch this BBC clip about Nelson Mandela again.  As you are watching, listen out for the 5 dates given. What happens on these dates? You are going to make a timeline on the important dates in Mandela’s life. Can you put the dates in the correct order on the line, starting from Mandela’s birth through to his death? If you can find any other important facts, you can add them to your timeline. Can you draw some pictures to add to your timeline?

As before, why not listen to this famous song about Mandela and have a good dance!







1. Literacy warm up – compound words

Join in with this power point (you have to click on the right words and images) as it explains and gives examples of compound words.

There is an extra sheet in the downloads if you would like to do a little more about compound words!

1.Literacy – reading quiz

Read the poem below and then answer the questions about it. Remember to use your phonics to help you read the words but if you need a little bit of extra help, you can ask an older sibling or parent to help you.

All About Me Poem

2. Maths Problems – Place Value

Can you solve the maths problems? Explain how you worked out your answer.

Place Value Maths Problems

3. PSHE – Celebrating difference

So far in PSHE, you have learned about your personal responsibilities and ways some people can help the wider world and how some people have responsibilities in the community.

Today you will begin to understand how everybody is unique and brilliant in different ways.

Watch BBC Bitesize watch videos

‘Communicating with sign language’ or ‘Bilingual storytelling’

These video clips show two different children and their amazing skills of communicating with others.

Read the book below ‘We are all different’.

Think about how you are the same and how you are different from your friend. Complete the sheet in the downloads all about things that are the same and different about your friend.

Challenge: Around the picture of you, write all the things that make you special – what languages you speak, if you have family living in a different country, what special skills you have.

Extra challenge:There are many ways we are all the same but a little different too. Some people can speak different amazing languages!

Today with your adults help, use ‘Google Translate’ to discover how to say a friendly phrase in a new language.


Extra Activities

1.Unicorn Theatre production of an Anasi story ‘Brother Anansi and Brother Snake’.

2. Outdoor craft- weaving natural materials


This week why don’t you collect some natural materials such as grasses, flowers, feathers, long leaves or ferns to make a beautiful yet transient work of art? Don’t forget to take a photograph of your artwork and send it to us!

Please watch this link for a tutorial on creating a nature weaving.

3. French taster

We will be learning simple French greetings:

  • how to say hello and goodbye;
  • how to introduce ourselves and say our names;
  • how to ask someone what their name is and how they are.

Watch the narrated PowerPoint presentation below to find out more.

We  also have a simple song to help you practise these greetings.

4. Wellbeing and mindfulness activities

We are aware that some families have asked us for some ideas of activities to support their child’s emotional wellbeing. It can be  difficult to for a child to acknowledge how they feel in these times of uncertainty and change. Please feel free to use the following pdf activities from the Partnership for children organisation to explore feelings in greater depth.

We also have some mindfulness colouring sheets from Twinkl.

5. Live story time session

We would like to welcome you and your child to our first live session on Wednesday10th June at 2.00 pm. It will be a short story time hosted by Mrs Ellis and Miss Balhadère. We have included instructions on how to log onto GSuite. The nickname for the Meet will be Yr1story. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces!

6. Singing assembly

Say no! Say stop!

Published on 10th June, 2020

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