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Home Learning

We find ourselves in the very unusual situation of having to ask the children to work at home for the coming weeks.

As a team, year 1 will be contactable via our year group email:

This will be checked daily during term time and between the hours of 9am and 3pm. If you have any questions regarding the workbook or the home learning pack, drop us a line and we will do our best to support you with an answer.

To help support your child at home please view our

Web Links Page or our Online Learning Resources Page

Here is a non-exhaustive list of FREE online education resources. Some require registration.

Education City

– See individual login details on pack.

A flexible range of teaching resources for your education needs wherever you are.


see sheet regarding free month subscription

This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Oxford Owl for Home

– free eBooks upon registration

Lots of free resources for Primary age


Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.


Creative computer programming

National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

The Kids Should See This

Wide range of cool educational videos


All kinds of making.

Cbeebies Radio

Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives

A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

Toy Theater

Educational online games

DK Find Out

Activities and quizzes



This term the children have become scientist as we have explored animals and humans as well as plants. We started off by looking at ourselves and naming the different body parts. We had a couple of “volunteers” who we drew around and then had a competition to see who could name and correctly label the most different body parts. We then went on to explore how we use our senses and undertook some experiments to test different senses. The children used their sense of sight, smell and sound as they became artists using “fizzy colours” when painting with bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and food colouring. The children then tested to see if our senses are heightened when we lose a sense; the children had to guess the flavour of some different crisps whilst being blindfolded and only using their sense of smell and taste.

We then looked at what makes humans mammals, and the different classifications of animals – reptile, bird, amphibian and fish. The children then sorted the animals by what eat.

The children then turned their attention to plants and went on a couple of scavenger hunts to recognise and identify the different flowers and trees that grow in our school and at Staunton Country Park. Although the weather was against us, the children enjoyed the opportunity of feeding the different animals at Staunton and having the opportunity to name different parts of flowers and trees that grow in warmer climates.


The children have been doing really well learning and using their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. This term they have grown in confidence in using different methods to solve mathematical problems.

Why not ask your child to show you how they can use a “whole and part model” to help them with additions, subtractions, multiplications, divisions and fractions.


In English this term the children have learnt a new warning tale called “Kassim and the greedy dragon” and using a story map created their own warning tales by changing the main character and the monster.

This week we have just received a letter from the Witch from “Room on the broom” asking us to help her create reports about dragons to help other people.


This term the children have really enjoyed their history topic and learning about Queen Victoria and what life was like as a Victorian child compared to their own lives.
The children investigated the reign of Queen Victoria and learnt how life and society changed in her 63 years as Queen. They got to compare the life of rich and poor families and explored what life was like in the workhouses.
To enhance their learning and understanding we took the children to the Milestones Museum where children got to experience a Victorian school, walk Victorian streets and go into Victorian shops to help prepare for the Queen’s Jubilee. We also held our own Victorian school days where the children enjoyed dressing up and got to practise writing using chalk and slate in English and Math as well as completing the Drill. Through using Ipads and green screen we were able to transport children back in time and take photos of them as Victorian children.

We also looked at the toys Victorian children used to play with and got to try them out before planning and designing our own Victorian toys. The children made their own cup and ball toys and invited Mrs Cooper, Miss Lofting, Miss Clunie and Mr Wood to have a competition to see who could use our toys and catch the ball in the cup the most number of times.

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

In English this term we have been learning at rhyme and alliteration through nursery rhymes. The children received a letter from Humpty Dumpty asking them to help match some of his friends to the correct nursery rhymes.

The children then helped us create a story map for the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and came up with their own actions to help them remember the rhyme without saying anything!!!

The children were then set the challenge of using their knowledge of rhyming to create their own version of Humpty Dumpty.

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

We are so impressed with how the children have settled into Year 1. They have been really eager to show us they can do.

In the first week the children got to familiarize themselves with their new classrooms and came up with classrooms rules that they felt would allow everyone to enjoy Year 1.

Over the last couple of weeks the children have been showing their amazing handwriting skills by learning and practicing letters belonging to the “Curly Club letters” – c,o,a,d,g,q,s,e and f. The children chose how they practiced their letters from using glittered sand to using coloured pencils and highlighters.

As well as this they have been using their phonic skills to spell words, label pictures and have ago at writing captions and sentences

They have also been looking at place value and choosing how to make and show different numbers and correctly ordering them.

Parent drop in

We would like to thank all those parents that were able to attend our drop in sessions. It was lovely to meet you and share with you some of the children’s work and talk about the year ahead. Hopefully you all received our Year 1 information letter that went home last week; if however you haven’t seen it please use the link below.

Key Information

Key Information