Year 1 – Blossom & Willow
To begin, we want to thank you all for your support during this time and we hope that all of you and your families remain safe, healthy and happy.
Here are a list of activities, ideas and resources for you to access at home with your child to support their learning. We hope that you find these useful and if you have any extra questions or require any further support, please email us at: email@example.com
Please continue to recap the sounds explored so far, including both the Phase 3 and Phase 5 sounds as highlighted in the homework folders. This can be done in a number of ways, for example:
- Flashing through the Phase 3 and Phase 5 sounds PowerPoint, can your child name each sound as you move through the PowerPoint - including the alternate pronunciations highlighted in blue?
Using a paper and pencil, give your child a sound – can they write down the different ways of representing this sound? e.g. for the ‘or’ sound they may write ‘or’, ‘au’ and ‘aw’. With the ‘ee’ sound they may write the graphemes ‘ee’, ‘ea’, ‘ey’, ‘e_e’, ‘e’, ‘y’.
Please only focus on one group of sounds at a time and any phonics session you complete with your child should run no longer than 20 minutes. Please also make sure to provide your child with lines to write on.
- Following on from this exercise, can your child recap any words that include their focus sounds for that day, thinking back to the words explored in their phonics sessions? E.g. for, automatic, paw or ‘see’, ‘bead’, donkey, these, he, Lily.
- To support the above activity, Twinkl have some ‘Quick Read’ PowerPoints that contain words for each of the sounds. These may support your delivery of the sessions. Attached below is an example but more are available on the Twinkl website.
Details on how to access Twinkl will be listed at the bottom of this document, along with the login details to various other websites to support you at this time.
It is also important for your child to apply their knowledge of the sounds when reading. This half term, the children in Year 1 have enjoyed playing some of the free games on PhonicsPlay including Phase 5 ‘Buried Treasure’, ‘Picnic on Pluto’ and ‘Dragon’s Den’. The children are given a word and they must decide if it is a real or alien word by chopping the sounds up and blending the word together. They must then move the word to the correct character or object to gain a point. This is something that all of the children have enjoyed and would be a great addition to your daily routine.
As of recent, PhonicsPlay are providing free access to all games and resources across the site. You can access these by using the login listed at the end of this document. Please feel free to explore the different games available through the following link: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/Phase5Menu.htm
Please also continue to work on both reading and writing the tricky words that your child has in their reading folder as this will support them greatly both when reading books and completing their own writing activities. If these are lost, please let us know and we can get another list sent over to you as soon as possible.
As you will have noticed, we have sent home two reading books with your child to support the usual reading system. You are all fantastic at engaging with your child’s reading at home already, so please continue to do the same as you usually would.
We realise that two books may not seem like much for this period of time so we would encourage you to engage with other story books that your child may have at home already. Additionally, it may be useful to sign up to the Oxford Owl website online. This provides free access to over 100 e-books online with around 9 or 10 books provided per book band to give some more variety for your child over this period of time. There are also comprehension activities available for each story that you could complete together once you reach the end of the book. You can access these books by signing up using the following link: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page
The books you explore, be that from school, online or from home, can be used as a stimulus to support the suggested writing activities below:
- Write a retell of your favourite story or a story you have read.
- Write your own story.
- Write a character description.
- Describe a story setting.
- Write a letter to one of the story characters (or a letter to one of your friends from school!)
- Write a recount of your day in the garden or with your family.
- Write some instructions on how to play your favourite game.
- Write a different ending to a story you have read.
- Write down some questions you may like to ask about the book you have read.
- Create a new character for a book
– draw a picture of them and write a description.
These activities can be completed in the exercise book that was also sent home with your child. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list that must be completed but more of a guidance on some of the writing activities your child could engage with. If your child shows interest in any other writing activities or you have any other activities you would like to complete with your child, please feel free to go ahead with them! The work completed over this time can be brought back to school to be shared and celebrated when we return.
Please continue to encourage the use of capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and the correct letter formation within their writing. Also encourage the children to make their sentences more exciting by using describing words where possible – the children have been fantastic at this in school so far! The correct letter formation is something we also encourage so please support your child with this where possible. Attached below are links to some online sheets to support this – one showing where the letter formation should begin and also the ‘ground, grass, sky’ format to demonstrate where the letters should sit.
Ground, grass, sky: https://www.sparklebox.co.uk/thumbs746- 750/sb748prev.html
We have explored various topics in maths so far this year and have used lots of different equipment to support your children. Some of the resources we have used to support their learning include Base 10, Part-part-whole diagrams, 100 squares and more.
It may be good to begin by asking your child what they understand about these resources and how they have used them in maths before. Have they used Base 10 or 100 squares to help them work out addition or subtraction number sentences? Do they remember using the Part-part-whole diagrams to support them with halving or finding missing numbers? etc.
Reminding your child of these and beginning by letting them talk through each of these resources, we feel, will be useful for your child so they can recap their knowledge gained so far. We feel it will also be useful for you to be aware of what the children understand and how they have used these resources before so you can support them where necessary. If there is any uncertainty of the methods your child can use when working on any aspect of maths at home, please do not hesitate to email us and we will provide as much support and examples as possible.
As the children have explored so much in maths over the year so far, they have also been given various opportunities to apply their knowledge using various games online. One very popular game in Year 1 this half term has been ‘Hit the button’. In this, the children can choose to focus on number bonds, halves or doubles and they must try to get as many correct answers as possible within a minute. This has been a game that all children have become familiar with and have enjoyed. We feel that this will be a great tool for you to use at home. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
The children have also enjoyed playing ‘Place value basketball’ to embed their understanding of place value, which will support them in countless other areas of maths. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/place-value-basketball
Another resource online that has been enjoyed has been ‘Telling the time in words’. The children have become very confident at telling the time to o’clock and half past this half term. In this game, the children must read the time and match it to the correct written answer. https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/117/telling-the-time-inwords
This interactive number square can also provide many opportunities including exploring the patterns within the 100 square, looking at 10 more or 10 less and much more. This interactive tool is also particularly helpful when utilising the white squares, as this provides lots of opportunity for discussion around missing numbers as seen in the picture below. https://www.teacherled.com/iresources/hundredsquareadvanced/
Other activities you could do at home:
- Shape: Can your child identify any 2D or 3D shapes in your home? Explore the properties of these shapes together and see if you can find more than one of each shape. Maybe create a competition of who can find the most within an allotted time!
- Money: Provide your child with a purse or bag filled with real coins that they can access when needed. Ask the children to talk to you about the value of each coin and explain that they will use their money to ‘buy’ activities and opportunities throughout the day in your home. Have they asked for half an hour on the Nintendo Switch? That’ll be 57p please! Can they use their coins to make that amount? Would they like a treat from the treat cupboard? Another 84p! You could potentially turn this into an activity to use throughout the day. Alternatively, there is another online game that the children could have a go at by following this link: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money
A different game for you to play with your child is one that just requires a pack of playing cards, some paper and a pen. Using the cards as usual with the ace holding a value of 1 and the face cards holding a value of 10, each player begins with 50 points. If you pick up a red card, you need to add the number on your card to your existing points e.g. +1, +5, +10 to the 50 you have started with. If you pick up a black card, you need to take away the number shown on your card from your existing points e.g. -1, -5, -10. Once you have made your way through the pack of cards, the person who is left with the highest number of points is the winner! This will allow the children to apply their addition and subtraction skills practically whilst also adding an element of fun and competition to the day! You could even have a prize for the person who wins the most games throughout the week.
- Twinkl have various other activities and resources available for further topics including missing numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions of shapes and amounts. Please explore the activities available as these will support you greatly depending on your topic focus for that day. For the Twinkl login, please refer to the login information given at the end of this document.
Over this half term the children have explored various topics in the different subjects. These include beginning our plants topic in Science and our topic around the four countries of the United Kingdom in Geography.
To support the children’s developing understanding of plants, the following activities may be useful:
- Go into garden and look at the different plants/flowers/trees. Talk to the children about the different things you see in your garden and the names of these.
- Draw some of the plants that you find in your garden and write the names (this could be completed in the exercise book that has been sent home).
- What does your child notice about the plants, are they changing? Can your child see any signs of spring?
- The children should develop an understanding that vegetables also come from plants. Could they make vegetable soup with you at home, talking about the parts of the plants the different vegetables came from?
- BBC Bitesize have some informative clips that you may want to share with your child relating to this topic and these could provide a good starting point for your discussions. Please see the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd/resources/1
To support your child’s developing knowledge of the four countries of the United Kingdom you could:
- Explore the resources available online through BBC Bitesize as a starting point for your exploration. See the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyhp34j/articles/z4v3jhv -
- Complete a project based around one of the four countries in the United Kingdom. You could find out about their flag, national flower, capital city and more. (Mrs Houghton has said that she would love to give a prize for the best project when we return!)
- Twinkl also have a variety of resources relating to the United Kingdom and the four countries
– these may be useful for you to explore and will help to support the completion of this project.
As an additional suggestion, Cosmic Yoga is something that the whole of Year 1 have enjoyed following and this could be a fun way to stay active whilst spending an increased amount of time indoors. Please use the following link to access the videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Logins/Access to resources:
PhonicsPlay: Username: march20 Password: home
OxfordOwl: Sign up using your home email address and set up a password to access the free materials.
Twinkl: Sign up using your home email address and set up a password to access the free materials for one month. See the following steps to support you:
All other sites and resources listed above are free to access online.
Discovery Education Espresso - You have all been sent a username and password for espresso. This site contains links and videos for all subjects.
Children who were in school on Thursday 19th March has received a seed to grow at home. This is designed to be a project that can be written up in their learning from home book. All seeds are early varieties so that should be ready to harvest in June or July.
For growing guides please click on the above vegetable name.
Online Safeguarding for parents
We want everyone to keep safe during this time. Please can you continue to be mindful of your child’s use of the internet, especially of any social media apps and support them safely in keeping in touch digitally with their friends. Please encourage them to think about online safety rules as they learn and lots of these links can be found on our school website.
Links to Online Safeguarding Site:
We hope that you find this information useful and informative. As said above, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you all stay safe, healthy and happy and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
From the Year One team.