Welcome to the Year 1 Page


21st May 2020: Please can parents of children in 1C read a letter from Mr. Prior which they can find by clicking here. Thank you.


See Mini-Projects section below for how to support learning at home whilst the school is closed.

There are 3 classes in Year 1:

1B - Mrs Beswick, Mrs Langley and Miss Clamp.

1C - Mrs Collins and Mrs Leeson.

1L - Miss Lester and Mrs Hodges.


Our cover supervisor is Mrs Harrison.

Find our SEN page here!

Find our E-Safety page here!



Activities to mirror learning  taking place in school

Click on the date to download the document




Helping your child cope with the lock down

xxNEW  THIS WEEK is mental health awareness week  Click here to try 'have you filled a bucket today?'

   NEW from the Red Crossbuild resilience by gaining the first aid skills to help someone else. Click here to see the       activities on the Red Cross website. Then use the Kindness Calendar to reflect on your kind acts for the week.

Look at our 'General Health and Mental Health and Well- being' page.

Read these articles from CEOP

Surviving family life under lockdown

Where can your child get mental health support online during lockdown

Check out this book you might like to share it with your child “How to NOT go to School” written from a child's view point. 

Need some ideas to support your child’s emotional well-being? Try this lovely website which has resources and a free downloadable ebook called 'Stuck Inside.

Try a different well-being activity everyday with your child  click here to see the May Well-being Calendar there are lots of ideas one for each day! This website is a good place to find other resources especially if your child is finding the routine of learning at home a bit tricky.

Mini-Projects To Support

Learning at Home


Please look at the end of this page to find out what we are learning about this term. There are also some new jobs to try at home linked to our summer term learning topics!


Daily Jobs to keep your Year 1 learners busy

Look further down this section for some new ideas.


Watch the BBC bitesize home learning lessons and challenge your brain to learn new things.


Watch one of these video lessons specially created by the  National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics for children who are learning at home. Click here to visit the NCETM parents page for more information.


Keep your brain fit - you might like to check out the Hamilton Trust weekly lessons during the summer term. You can try English or Maths challenges.


Want to know a bit more about how to help your child at home? Click here to view some helpful videos from the Hamilton Trust.


Click here to read an important letter from the Government about how to access phonics lessons in your own home while schools are closed.


Would you like to try a weekly nature challenge? Click here to choose. Remember to pick a challenge that is safe to do whilst we are staying at home!


Want to try some daily online learning click on the links below if you are interested.

Music with  Myleene Klass

Science with  Maddie Moate

Dance with Oti Mabuse

Gareth Metcalfe's daily maths lesson

Cosmic Kids Yoga 

Go Noodle 

BBC Supermovers

Smiling Mind

Premier League Stars

Joe Wicks daily workout


New Ideas  for your Year 1 learners to try...

NEW From the South West Grid for Learning technology activities to do at home. Click here to have a go.


NEW From the Red Cross - A range of activities to try at home with a focus on kindness.

Explore how to use everyday items to give first aid.

How to stay active with the Isolation games & learn some sports first aid you can do at home.

Click here to visit the Red Cross website.

Try some of their colouring pages by clicking here.


NEW Download the latest 'home activity pack - 5' from CEOP and help your child explore how to be safe online. Click here to visit our e-safety page for more information and resources.


NEW Try out these activities from the Natural History Museum especially if you like dinosaurs! Click here


NEW Times Table Rock Stars are inviting children to take part in a World Record Breaking Attempt click here if you are interested.


NEW 'AnimaPhonics' has some lovely games and online learning lessons you may like to try. The subscription is FREE FOR ONLY FOR 14 DAYs you then need to CANCEL to AVOID MAKING A PAYMENT.  Click here for the animaphonics website.


NEW Barefoot computing has some new activities that help children develop their problem solving both away from a screen and also interactive games to play online. Some of the activities involve dancing, making patterns, following a recipe and building with blocks. Click here to access their home learning page. 


NEW Click here to try some Practical Maths activities from Nrich


NEW MyMaths Activities are available. Try our new activities about comparing and ordering measures plus a new task about time.

Try these practical activities linked to telling the time.

Make your own clock with a paper plate or cereal packet. Then practise making and reading o'clock and half past times

Think about what you do at different times of the day.

What is happening now? Look at the clock at different times.

General Information

At the start & end of the school day:

The children start at 8:50am when they are collected from the playground by a member of staff.

For the safety of all the children we ask all parent/s and carer/s not to enter the building, but to say goodbye to their children whilst they line up on the playground.

Should you need to pass on a message before school starts the office staff will be happy to take your call. Or alternatively you can send a written note to your child’s class teacher.

The children finish school at 3:15am. Please wait on the playground near the Year One door so that we can see you before we let your child leave the class group.



What Ever the Weather

The children spend part of each day learning and playing outside.

If the weather is hot and sunny you are welcome to send your child with a sun hat and sun cream clearly labelled with their name. Please make sure your child knows how to apply the sun cream themselves - as we are only able to supervise.

As the weather gets colder please make sure your child has a warm waterproof coat, hat, gloves and scarf to keep them warm and dry.

If you wish your child can keep a pair of wellingtons at school.

PLEASE make sure everything is labelled with your child's name - thank you!



PLEASE leave your child's PE kits in school ALL week.

  All children need a named indoor and outdoor P.E kit.

Indoor kit: black shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps.

Outdoor kit: joggers, trainers and a long sleeved top.


Each class has two P.E lessons per week.

1B - Monday and Friday.

1C - Tuesday and Wednesday.

1L - Monday and Thursday.


 Playtime Snacks

If your child would like to bring in their own snack then please make sure it is a healthy choice and free from any nuts, as some children in school have a severe nut allergy. 



Spare Clothing

Do you have any school clothing that your child has grown out of? 

We would greatly appreciate it if you could donate unwanted uniform to school for us to use.


Helping your child at home so they can keep learning key skills


Share / read a book each day with your child using either book you have a home or digital books that can be found on the Oxford Owl or Teach Your Monster to Read websites.

Encourage them to discuss what they have read. You might like to try some of these questions.

Reading Pet Challenge – children who read three times a week for three consecutive weeks will be able to adopt a reading pet if the books they have read are written in their reading diary.

To keep their pet the children must continue to read at least three times each week.

Please return your child’s reading pet and diary to school each week so we can congratulate the children who are still meeting this challenge.


Spelling and Handwriting:

Being able to spell words in a sentence is a crucial skill. By the end of Year One most children will be able to spell nearly 100 words! Click here to look at the spelling bank. 

Help your child learn a few new words each week using these fun ideas. 

Encourage them to write each letter carefully starting and finishing in the correct place. Click here to look at our letter formation page. 



Phonics is all about linking spoken sounds to the letters we use to read and write.

Click here to look at our sound mat to see which letter/s are used to write down each sound.

Help your child read real and nonsense (alien) words made up using the letters and digraphs on our sound mat.

Click here to see our phonics page for further activities, websites and apps to help develop your child's skills further. 


Maths: Number

Help your child practice recalling number bonds to 10. Can they tell you two numbers which make a total of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10? Do they know any other pairs of numbers that also make that total?

Can they write addition and subtraction equations using their number bond knowledge?

e.g. 10=3+7             10-3=7

Daily counting is a great way to help your child.

Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards between 0 and 100. Choose a number how many 10s and 1s does it have? Choose two 2-digit numbers, which number is larger? Encourage your child to use their tens and ones knowledge to explain how they know.


Science: Exploring Seasonal Changes

Being able to ask questions and work out how to find the answers is a really important skill – especially for our budding scientists. Luckily there are lots of activities you can do at home all year round to help your child develop these key skills.

Using the colours of the rainbow look at the plants in your garden. Can you find plants for each colour? What has changed since the Winter…Spring…Summer…Autumn? This is not a new idea but worth revisiting – especially as our gardens and countryside change thorough the seasons.

Collect information about the weather in your garden – you might even want to make your own weather forecast video! Click here to down load instructions to make a weather gauge.

Find out what trees, garden and wild flowering plants are growing in your local area. The field study council has some great identification charts.

You could even pick a tree and then visit it in each season to find out what changes have occurred.


Summer 2020 - This term we are learning... 


Science: To describe & compare different materials.

We will identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.

Then we will describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. eg. hard/soft; shiny/dull; stretchy/stiff; rough/smooth; bendy/not bendy; waterproof/not waterproof; absorbent/not absorbent; opaque/transparent.

At home - Explore and investigate materials from your recycling bag. What is the best material for…crossing a moat…making a shield…creating a flag/banner?

Look at the bbc bitesize materials web page to find out more.


English: Writing to share information

The children will be exploring lots of different stories both traditional tales (like Little Red Riding Hood or the Enormous Turnip) and fairy tales (like Cinderella or Aladdin).

They will think about the character’s feelings and write descriptions of the characters and places (setting) where the stories happen. The children will use different parts of the stories to help them learn how to write letters and instructions.

At home:

Listen to the stories by clicking on the titles    Cinderella     Snow White     Little Red Riding Hood

Pick a story and have-a-go at these activities


Act out your favourite part of Cinderella.

Stop and think about how each character might be feeling and how they might act. e.g When Cinderella meets the Prince - How are they both feeling? Why might they be excited?

Write invitations to ask everyone to a ‘Ball’ to meet the Prince. Think about where the ‘Ball’ is going to be? When is it going to happen? Who are you going to invite?

Write a letter from a Princess or Prince who has been to the Ball. Think about why you want to say thank you, you could tell the prince what you liked about the ball.

Snow White: 

Think about what happens to Snow White. Why does she fall asleep? How could you make somebody fall asleep? How does the queen make her potion? What does she put in it? How would you make your own sleeping potion?

You could draw or create your own idea of how to make somebody fall asleep.

Using this idea - can you write a recipe to create your very own sleeping potion?

Think about what ingredients you might need and how to make the potion.

There is a super word mat on Twinkl to help you to use some imperative verbs in your recipe. 

You could create a pretend potion using a bottle from your recycling to put your ‘potion’ in. Don’t forget to write a label for your potion bottle and explain what will happen if a character from the story drinks it.

Little Red Riding Hood:

Draw a map to show how Little Red Riding Hood gets to Grandma’s house.

Use the map to write instructions for Little Red Riding Hood so she knows how to get to Grandma’s house safely. Think about what she might see on her journey.  How can she keep safe?

You could write a letter to Mum from Little Red Riding Hood telling her all about what happened to Grandma and that she needs to be watch out for the Big Bad Wolf. Think about how you could describe the Big Bad Wolf so Mum knows what he looks like.


Maths:  The children will learn to count efficiently by counting in groups of twos, fives and tens.  The children will then begin to explore money, looking at the value of different coins.

At home:

Click here to watch the daily NCETM Maths lessons then have a go at counting in multiples of twos, fives and tens.

Explore Money:

Do you have a piggy bank at home?

Help your children to explore the different coins, how much do they represent? How much money is in your piggy bank?

Make your own toy shop at home – what price tags can you make for each toy?

Click here to open the Twinkl web site which has some price tags and piggy banks with coins in that you can use if you would like to.

The offer code to subscribe if you wish to access these shop resources from twinkl is UKTWINKLHELPS

Scroll down to read our PSHE topic information and find out how we are learning about the value of money


RE: Sacred Stories: The children will hear different stories from different religions & discuss why they are important for different people. They will learn to retell stories & identify morals.

At homeListen to some stories shared by different faith communities by clicking on these links Christian Islamic and Jewish

Why might these stories be shared? What do the stories tell Christians, Muslims and Jews about how they should live their lives?


ComputingThis term we will find out about how to stay healthy online and make sure the apps websites and games we play are for our age and not someone older. We will up load the photographs we have taken and then type in labels and sentences about them using a keyboard / keypad. We will create and debug our own programs using an on-screen robot.

At home

Explore how to stay safe online

Have a go at these new activities from from  Childnet or try these activities from CEO

Watch how Smartie the Penguin stays safe online

Try these Programming and Problem Solving tasks from Barefoot Computing

If you want to try controlling an onscreen robot you could down load these apps Daisy the Dinosaur App or The Bee-bot App or Lego Fix the Factory App.


PSHE: This term, the children will be learning a little bit about money. They will be thinking about where money comes from and where it goes when we ‘use’ it? They will be thinking about how they could earn money and what it might be like to have more or less than they need. They will also be thinking about how they feel about money. 

 At home:

Set up a budget! Children could earn “money” by doing certain jobs around the house – this could be monopoly money, tokens or children could even make their own money to earn.

They could then use that money to “buy” certain treats – this could be free time, snacks or treats. You could be as creative with this as you like!

Ask children how they feel if they haven’t earned enough money to get a certain treat they would like.

Talk through the feelings with them and try to come up with solutions together.


Music: The children learn how music can be used to help to tell a story.

They explore vocal and percussive sounds to create effects – thinking about how fast, slow, quiet or loud their music needs to be. They learn a rap, chants and songs to help tell the stories.

At home

Take a well-known fairy tale or other short story and see if you can create some musical accompaniment or sound effects to bring the story alive as it is read aloud.

You can use anything around the house to make your sounds with - e.g. tapping saucepans with a spoon, scrunching paper, shaking dried pasta or rice in a box/plastic tub, rustling foil, jingling coins, etc.

If you want to create a melody, try tapping glass bottles with different amounts of water in them!

Decide where you need the sound effects and whether the sounds need to be quiet or loud, fast or slow.

Once you have practised your story, perform it to someone in your house or get someone to record it.  

See if you can learn some new songs or rhymes. Can you accompany your singing using some of the sounds you used in your story?


History: The children will learn about castles and their different features. They will try to imagine what life might have been like for the people who lived in castles.

At home:

Make your own book about Castles. Click here to find out about the different types of castles.

Then write a few sentences about something new you have learned! Use pictures to illustrate your Castle book.

Build your own cardboard castle! Click here to see how you can use a cardboard box to make a castle.

Or use the pictures in a favourite Knights and Princess’ story book and design your own castle.  You could use building blocks like Lego if you prefer.

Click here to do your own exploring.

You can take a tour around a castle and learn about jousting! Take your time to look at the different links – they are very interesting! How can you show off what you have learnt? Be creative!


PE: Games

The children will learn a variety of ball skills that can be adapted and applied to different competitive games (e.g. football, tennis, badminton, basketball).

They will practice being able to throw and catch confidently, passing the ball to team members and controlling the ball in different ways, using different parts of their bodies.

They will begin to apply these skills to games, building on tactics and strategies.


Art: Gardens

The children will explore the work of Iris Scott, Claude Monet, Andy Goldsworthy and find out how they created paintings and 3D art after being in a garden. The children will create their own art work inspired by the schools’ gardens using paint brushes, their hands and fingers to apply paint. They will explore the outdoor environment and collect their own natural materials before creating their Goldsworthy inspired art.

Click on the artist to see some of their art work Claude Monet  Iris Scott   Andy Goldsworthy

Click here to find out how they made their pictures and sculptures  Claude Monet   Andy Goldsworthy


At home:

Explore your own garden – or look out for plants during your daily hour of exercise.

Use paint, chalk or whatever you have a home to create your own garden picture.

Collect resources from around the garden – there are lots of blossom petals flying around at the moment – and have a go at creating spirals like Andy Goldworthy.

Take a photograph and use the link on the home page of the school website to share your art work with us.


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