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Home learning – week 2! Monday 30th March

March 30, 2020 at 6:45 am

Good morning Year 1! We hope you are all well. Here is an overview of activities you can do at home over the next few days…

Maths – capacity and volume work

English – finish your chicken facts/book and do some of the Chicken Licken tasks

Phonics – write some silly sentences and do the phonics detective sheets

Science – learn about the life cycle of a chicken

Art – create a rainbow


This week we would be learning all about capacity and volume.

Have a go at the White Rose lessons. This is a great video and is a full capacity lesson. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/

If you can, explore capacity in a practical way using different containers and water. Fill up different sized containers whilst you have a bath or are playing in your garden. You could even create delicious ‘mocktails’ for your family. Please encourage children to compare the containers using the vocabulary, full, nearly full, empty or nearly empty. The work sheets are also attached to the end of this section too.

Can you compare the drinks? Which drink would you prefer? Why?

Can you use the language of less and more? Compare these two drinks. Which has less? Which has more?

Can you try solving this problem?

Lesson 2 – measuring capacity

The capacity of these containers is how much it can hold.

You could practically estimate using your own containers and cups too!

How many glasses will fill 2 fish bowls? How could you work it out?

Can you complete these challenges?

Download the activity sheets:

Recap measuring game…


This week we are reading the traditional story ‘Chicken Licken’. Do you have a copy of this book at home? Enjoy listening to the story on this video.

Here are some activities you could do at home…

  • You could draw a story path. What happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story? Draw the characters along the path. Can you label them? (You could use the one attached or draw a bigger path.)
  • Write a happier ending to the story!!
  • Make some paper puppets or masks and act out the story with your family.
  • Make a list of rhyming animals – Rabbit Wabbit, Kitten Mitten, Shark Flark. Can you draw these characters?


Here are some more phonic detective sheets for you to use at home.

In school the children enjoy reading and writing their own silly sentences. “Can a blue teapot dance and sing?”Do sharks read books at night and sleep in a bed?” “I saw a jumping dolphin in my garden!” Can they write one in the comment section of this blog post for their friends to read? What phonemes will you use in your sentences? Will you need a question mark or full stop?


What do you know about the life cycle of a chicken? This little video will tell you a few facts.

There is a comprehension activity attached too. (There are 3 differentiated levels – so choose which is best for your child).


We have seen lots of lovely rainbows everywhere. Can you create a rainbow to make everyone feel happy? You could maybe chalk one on your path or paint one on a pebble. Have fun being arty!

More of your amazing work and activities!

Thank you for your photographs it looks like you are all keeping busy with some very exciting activities. We will keep adding them to the blog so all your friends can see what you have been doing.

Bye for now

The Year 1 Team

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It’s Friday! Hope you’re all ok.

March 27, 2020 at 9:52 am

Hey hey Year 1. We hope that you’re all doing ok and that you’re enjoying your home learning.

Phonics Detective Spotting sheets

We thought, as we enjoyed Phonics Detectives so much in school, that we’d attach a few spotting sheets each time we add a blog post for you do to at home. We’d love to see pictures of you, using your magnifying glasses, finding some objects.


One of our objectives in Year 1 is to be able to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We thought it’d be fun to do this creatively. Poppy & Noah (Mr G’s children) are counting in 5s both forwards and backwards up to 60 (12 lots of 5) by using one of Joe Wicks’ moves, the Spiderman lunge, to practise. Watch them below…it only took about 13 takes. What is it they say…never work with children or animals! So true.

Have you all had fun learning about mass and weight? Mrs Galbraith used her weighing scales and had fun baking buns. I don’t think they are up to Mr Garlick’s standard yet!!

Scavenger Hunt

Just a bit of fun, but why not try this indoor scavenger hunt (a clever way of getting your child to tidy their bedroom in the process) to pass the time!

Photo fun!

It looks like you have all been busy! Keep sending us your great photographs.

We are going to post a blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Bye for now.

The Year 1 Team

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Year 1 Chickens 2020 (virtual tour)

March 26, 2020 at 7:35 pm

Mr Harris and Mrs Kenny took the children who are in school to visit the school chickens. They have filmed their visit to help you write your chicken facts at home. You could make a mini-book and write a page for each video. Could you draw pictures and write labels in your book? You could even make a contents and index page. Have fun being an author and illustrator. Your books will be egg-cellent!

Feeding chickens by hand

Chicken Food

The coop

Counting eggs

The Whopper Egg

Parts of a chicken

Breeds of chicken on Farfield Farm

The Sleeping Tree

What egg-citing videos. Thank you for filming them for us all. They are cracking!!

From everyone in Year 1

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Hello Year 1!

March 25, 2020 at 10:23 am

Hope you are all well. Have you done any of the activities that were on our blog on Monday? We thought we would share a few fun websites, games and songs with you to enjoy at home. The next maths lessons are here too.


I have been enjoying doing the GoNoodle dances at home. They are very funny! Popping Bubbles is my favourite so far. Find them at www.gonoodle.com

A few weeks ago, we were stuck inside due to the bad weather so we got a little in-class exercise. We watched and copied the video above to learn some awesome Jedi-like moves.

What exercise have you been doing at home or in your garden? We would love to share your photos on our blog!


Have you enjoyed playing the phonic games with your family? Here is a fun song to help you remember the phonemes.

We have updated all your books on Bug Club and added new games to Spelling Shed. Do you think you can earn a certificate on Mathletics?


Following on from the measuring activities this week, you can have a go at the next 3 lessons. The worksheets are attached to complete for each lesson too! You may also have a go at comparing the weight of different objects around your house.

Click this link to watch the lesson:


Recapping maths activities

Have a go at these fun number games…

Try both games, numbers up to 50 ideally.
Numbers up to 49 to start with but if you’re feeling confident then try to to 99!

Thank you for emailing us and commenting on the blog. Your lovely messages and photographs are great and are making us smile! Super chicken facts and brilliant measuring – well done Year 1.

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Monday 23rd March

March 23, 2020 at 1:33 pm

Home learning

Good afternoon year 1! We will be updating the blog every few days with suggestions and activities you can do at home. Please feel free to email us photographs of any activities you are busy doing at home too!


This week we would be focusing on measurement: length and height.

You could:

Use non-standard units, such as straws, paper clips, kidney beans or hands to measure length and height. It is important for children to realise that the non-standard units should be exactly in line with one end of the object with no gaps between them to get an accurate measurement.

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The pencil is 4 paper clips long.

You could find objects around the house to measure.

Use the words taller or shorter in the sentence stems to compare the height of the man and the boy.

You could introduce using a ruler. It is important that children know to measure from 0 cm. There’s also an activity sheet attached to this blog post. This can be used after practically measuring different items using a ruler.

Can you try solving this problem?


In English we would be finding out all about chickens and writing some facts. Can you research and write sentences in your home learning book?

You may start with this website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio/my-pet-and-me-chickens

Remember to include capital letters, fingers spaces and full stops. Can you add a ? or ! in some of your sentences too?

In phonics we would be revising the phonemes air/ear/ure/are/c says s/oi/oy. Can you spot any of these phonemes in your reading books? Can you write any words with these phonemes in? Don’t forget to keep practising the tricky words.


You can sign up for oxford owl free of charge to access lots of ebooks online too! Just click this link:


Don’t forget to play out in your garden in this lovely sunshine.

Bye for now.

The Year 1 Team

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A giant egg in Year 1!

March 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm


We have had a very eggciting week!! We received a letter from somebody called Doris saying she had laid her egg in our school grounds but couldn’t remember where. She left us some clues to read and we had lots of fun following them. At the end of the hunt was a beautiful blue egg. We carried it carefully back to our room and made it a comfy nest.

We then worked hard writing lots of questions about the egg and drawing pictures of what we thought was inside it. “Is it a lizard?”  “I think it is a scaly snake.”  “I think there is a unicorn in the egg.”

The next day the egg had hatched and inside we found even more clues – blood, slimy snot, a tooth, a claw and some burnt paper. How exciting – a baby dragon called Doogi had been living in our room!! We all wrote letters to Doris and she replied.  A brilliant week of English with so much fun and learning taking place.

In phonics we have revised au/aw/or/er/ir/ur/oo/ew/ue/u-e. Have fun playing the games at home! We also enjoyed reading our new ‘phonic’ books with a friend.


This week we have had fun counting in multiples of 10s. The children have used numicon and dienes to help them count, look for patterns and solve problems. Can your child tell you which numbers are odd and which are even?

We enjoyed singing this song.

We then moved onto learning about measuring and have focused on length. The children used the language taller, longer and shorter to compare different objects.


On Monday we went for a walk to Pudsey Civic Hall for a space themed music event. We heard stories and joined in with lots of new songs. We really enjoyed listening to the band. Can your children remember any of the instruments that the band played?

We have attached some of the work that we have sent home this week. Packs are ready for the children who have been absent this week. We will let you know how you can pick them up from school over the coming weeks.

Take care and keep in touch with us by commenting on the blog or sending us an email. Thank you for all your kind words and support over the last few weeks.

The Year 1 Team

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Counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and more science fun!

March 13, 2020 at 2:58 pm


We have been busy counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We used numicon and bundles of straws to help us count and solve problems. Keep counting lots at home!


We have continued writing our non-fiction books about our senses. This week we wrote about touch, smell, sight and hearing. The children wrote some very interesting facts in their books. Did you know your skin is the largest organ and is covered in sensors and our ears hear vibrations?

In phonics we have revised oa/oe/ow/o-e, igh/ie/i-e and g says j. We are busy doing a practise ‘phonic screening’ with the children. They are impressing us with their phonic skills. We will share their scores and give you more information about the screening, which will take place in June, at parents’ evening. Please keep practising at home – we have sent home a fun game to play with all the family.


This week we have been answering the enquiry question “Does the biggest hand hold the most cubes?” We had fun investigating and found out that in 1G the child with the biggest hand could hold the most cubes, but in 1P someone with a smaller hand held the most!

1P also had fun making ‘sick’ with Miss Gill!! Urgh!


We are enjoying our games unit of work. This week we have been practising our throwing and aiming skills.


Over the past few weeks, we have been using data loggers to investigate how different activities change how fast or slow our heart is. We have had great fun, coming up with different ways of getting the blood pumping around our bodies including reading a book, star jumps, walking up and down stairs, trampolining and lying down and resting. We took an initial reading before each activity and then afterwards so that we could compare any differences. There have been some really interesting results. It was particularly interesting to see what happened whilst reading a book. Some children’s heart beats slowed down where as some increased significantly, especially when they got to a funny or exciting part of the book!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Exploring our five senses!

March 6, 2020 at 12:50 pm


We have been investigating our five senses this week. We began by exploring lots of different objects and describing how they felt, smelt, looked, sounded and tasted. The children then wrote sentences using lots of super ‘right choice’ words. In our next lesson we started to write our own information books about our senses.

In phonics we have revised ee, ea, e-e, ey and ai, a-e, ay. The children are great phonic detectives and are reading real and nonsense words with more confidence – please keep practising at home.


We have been comparing numbers to 50 using < and >. We have used the language of greater than and less than. We have also started to practise counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Keep practising at home too!


We have been learning about our sense of taste. We looked carefully at our tongues and learnt about taste buds. Can your child remember how many taste buds the average person has? We then tasted different foods and decided if they were sweet, salty, bitter or sour.

We also looked at art work by the artist Esref Armagan who is blind. The children were amazed that he had created his pieces of art without sight. They were all challenged to create a piece of art wearing a blindfold and only using their sense of touch – this got quite messy!!

World Book Day

We all had lots of fun celebrating reading. We did an activity with each KS1 teacher.

All your ‘shelfies’ were brilliant – well done. We were also very impressed with your book reviews, posters and stories in a box.

We also enjoyed sharing books with our Year 5 reading buddies. What a busy day!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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