Year 1 week beginning 4th May

This week in phonics I would like you to learn about contractions.

It’s been great seeing all your activities that you have put on here. Please only do the activities for approximately 20 minutes a day. If your child is not engaged adapt the activities or come back to it another time. Thank you parents/carers for all your hard work at home. You’re doing a fantastic job.

Activity 1

Watch YouTube video explaining what a contraction is. 

Can you remember the rule?
You start with one or two words and take a few letters away. You then use an apostrophes to take the letters place.

Play contraction practice on 

Activity 2

Watch YouTube video 

Play contraction memory match on 

Activity 3

Watch YouTube video 

Play pick the correct contraction on 

Activity 4

Go onto Bitesize website. 

Watch the video called ‘How to use apostrophes in contractions’.
Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on games, Small Town Superheroes
Click on the map using the arrows till you find the character Steve. Click on the game contractions

Activity 5

Watch YouTube video 

Can you make up your own contraction rap?

Contractions, contractions
Help you read and write.

Contractions, contractions
Now do it again you try.

I am

Write your words and contraction on pieces of paper.

High frequency words

Read tricky words; out, what, oh, called, asked.

Can you read these and place them on pieces of paper. Can you stick them around your house and whenever you see the words can you read them out loud?

Can you find these words in your reading books at home?

Can you spell these words?

Using the last week’s words and this week’s words;
out, what, oh, called, asked, help, children, their, people, looked,
get the flash cards (see attached resources or make your own) and place upside down. Can your child turn them over and read the words?

Play bingo together with the words. Get yourself and your child to write 6 words down. Shuffle up the flash cards and show your child a word at a time. What does it say? Have you got that word? Cross them off. First to get all words shouts ‘BINGO’.

Go onto the newer version of Phonics Play
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Password: home

Resources, Phase 5, Tricky Trucks
Pick individual tricky words: out, what, oh, called, asked, help, children, their, people, looked

Maths Activities for Year 1 This week:-
Hi everyone, I was amazed by some of the creative maths you did last week. Not only from the 4 activities I suggested but also from your varied tapestry posts. Some of you are using maths worksheets and maths activity books, like the ones they have in Aldi and Lidl, and enjoying those and some of you are drawing numberlines on pathways, creating your own games and adapting challenges they’ve remembered we did at school. ALL of these things are great and it really is a question of finding what fits best for you at home. I am avoiding uploading worksheets as I know not everyone has access to a printer or can spend a fortune on ink, so I’ll keep suggesting activities that you can do together, practical and only involve paper, dice, objects etc. If you are using worksheets there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either! I have attached two powerpoints that I have used in class, they are good for encouraging your child to talk about what they know about multiplication the slides say things like “what do you notice?” etc, you might find them useful. If you can, please look at 3 or 4 of these slides a day encourage your child to explain what they notice, what they know and how they know it. Some children are visual learners and some are not, so I would encourage you to get some socks or coins etc and model the questions very practically as well.
Here are some activities perfect for Year 1 maths home learning this week.

Activity 1 is called “Noah”. You could get out their toy animal figures for this, go on a minibeast hunt or do some research about animals and how many legs they have. All you need to record it is a piece of paper. It’s very open ended and I’d love to see all the different variations you come up with uploaded on tapestry.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the ark.
How many creatures could he have seen?

How many different answers can you find?
Can you explain how you found out these answers?

You can really extend this eg:-
What creatures could there be?
How many legs do they each have?
What’s the greatest number of creatures he could have seen?
What’s the smallest number of creatures he could have seen?

Activity 2 Eightness of Eight
Now you need to watch the attached video for this and watch it all the way through.

What do you see?

Play it again. You could pause it while you’re watching, if you like. And you might like to watch it again more than once.

Describe what you notice.
Each time the counters are moved, what is the same? What is different?

Imagine you are making a similar video but with twelve counters.
What would it look like?

I would love to see your ideas – you could make a video, or you could take photos, or you could draw pictures, or…. who knows!

Activity 3 – Nim 7 for 2.
Here’s a game to play with your child and you’ll get quite competitive! This is a basic form of the ancient game of Nim.

You will need seven objects, such as counters or blocks.

Place the 7 counters in a pile and starting with the adult, take turns to take away either one or two counters.
The person who takes the last counter wins.
Swap who goes first, and keep playing until you work out a winning strategy.

Does it matter who has the first turn?
What happens when there are three counters left?
How can you win at this game?
What happens when you start the game with more counters?

Activity 4 – Magic Numbers!
This is a great one to do with your child and you’ll all be amazed! You could use objects for the additions or encourage them to count on mentally from the bigger number.
Here’s a maths trick to try:

1. Think of one of the numbers from 1 to 9.
2. Add 9 to your number.
3. Add the digits of your answer together. What is your new number?
What do you notice?

Try the trick again with a new starting number. What do you notice now?

So, there’s 4 activities. If you are unsure about the best way to approach these, or think they need to either be simplified or extended let me know, everyone works at a different pace with maths and I’m sure I can help you.ENGLISH

So as you now know from Mr Palmer’s post, Friday 8th May is VE Day. This celebrates 75 years since the end of World War Two in Europe. We want you to have lots of fun celebrating in a safe way. You could decorate your house in red, white and blue and enjoy a picnic in your garden or on a picnic rug in your house. At 11a.m on Friday you could do your own 2 minutes silence to mark the occasion. For your writing challenges this week you might like to have a go at making invitations or writing a menu for a VE Day tea party. Think about who you would like to invite and what sort of food you would serve. If you feel like really challenging yourself you could try and design the front page of a newspaper, pretending that the war had just finished. Think how excited and relieved everyone would have been! These are some suggestions for you but I know you usually have amazing ideas yourselves of things you would like to do. Please share all your achievements on tapestry so we can celebrate together. Can’t wait to see what you produce this week. Stay safe and have a lovely week.

Mrs Bygrave, Mrs Rounce and Mr Palmer

Y1 Week beginning 27th April – Year One

This weeks book hook “Message in a Bottle” is all about a Lion that loves music , I wonder if you can make an instrument to play on an island. It could be a shaker , drums or have strings . Maybe you have instruments at home . What music would you play on the island . Imagine you’re on the island with the animals. You could make treasure maps , send your own message in a bottle out to sea, what would you include in the letter ? Would you wish for something . How could you persuade others to join you? If you were alone on the island like lion , what would you do? Keep posting your incredibly creative and imaginative photos and videos on tapestry . You’re all being amazing!!!
There are lots of fun learning opportunities to enjoy with this book. We had planned this to be our ‘book hook’ this week and we wanted the children to imagine they were on a desert island just like Lion. Here are some things you could do at home together:-
You’re all alone on a dersert island, just like lion, you’re going to send a message in a bottle. You’re going to advertise (explain what this word means!) for friends. What will you write and why? Will your writing persuade them to join you? Think about the things you enjoy (oh, and you haven’t got electricity so no ‘playing on my tablet’!). Have fun aging the letter with a teabag and putting it a bottle.
Where is your island? Can you include directions for them to get to it. You could use ‘first’, ‘next’ after that’, ‘finally’ to begin your sentences.
Write a diary, imagine you’re on the island, what do you do each day?
There’s treasure on the island, have fun making a treasure map. There might be other amazing things on the island, include these!
Make instruments to play on the island, can you make up a song or learn a song to play ready for when friends reach you!
As before, these are just ideas. I am also sure that the children will come up with ideas none of us grown up would’ve thought of but are imaginative and fun to do. Keep posting on Tapestry we all love to see what you’ve done.
Year 1

Prefix un

Activity 1 Watch video on YouTube to explain what a prefix is. Watch the video from the beginning, then skip from 0.51 – 1.32. Watch un and then stop the video at 2.05. 

Write these words on a piece of paper to make flash cards;
tie, zip, well, pack, kind, happy.
Child to write the words with the prefix un in front of it. For example untie. How has the meaning of the word changed?

Activity 2 Watch video on YouTube  Read through the prefix un PowerPoint. Complete the activities on slides four and five.

Activity 3
Read through the PowerPoint. Ask your child for the answers for slides two and three. For slide four can you place the words on pieces of paper before your child starts the activity. Can they add un in front of the word. Is the word real or fake? Sort the words into real or fake piles.

Activity 4 Play the word search online to find the un words.  Click on word search small and play as a single player

Activity 5 Play quiz by finding the missing word 

Can you write the sentences;
I am untidy.
On Friday I was unwell.
I need you to untie my skipping rope.
Stop being unkind.


An important part of Year 1 maths is having a secure understanding of number order, knowing 1 more and 1 less than numbers to 100 and beyond, place value and addition and subtracting. Here are some ideas for you to do at home around this. Again, I am not saying you have to do this, I’m giving you activities that are open ended you can do together, don’t involve printing off work sheets (I’m spending a fortune on ink cartridges home schooling my Year 2 btw!). These activities will, hopefully get them thinking about numbers, place value, the relationship between numbers and adding and subtracting. Stay safe and keep in touch via tapestry!
Activity 1.
I love this game and we play it a lot at school, all you need to play it is a piece of paper (see the pic attached) and numbers 1-9 written on some pieces of paper or cards. Shuffle the numbers and place them in a pile face down. Decide who’s going first you or your child. The aim is to make the biggest 2 digit number you can. Take it in turns until you’ve placed the 4 cards down to make your numbers. It’s open ended and you can talk a lot about the numbers. Who won? Why did they win? How many tens and ones are in each number? What is the difference between the 2 numbers? Is it an even number? Is it odd? How do you know? If you put the 9 in the tens first can you be beaten? How do you know? Extend and play with 3 digits numbers, add more cards.

Activity 2 “Two Dice” etc Maths with dice. We use dice a lot in class for maths and there is a BRILLIANT website I often go to for maths activities. It’s free, there is no annoying log in details bit, but there are lots of superb open ended games to stretch the children. Here’s the link  Any questions about this website, any difficulties finding the dice games, just send me a message on tapestry.

Activity 3
One more and one less numbers around the house. Start with your front door. I live at number 9. Can the children say what is one more and one less than 9? There are numbers all over the house, can they go on a number hunt? Are they big numbers? Help them with the 100s especially on foods eg 250g. But focus on numbers to 99. If they know what 1 more and 1 less is for say, 45 can they extend this and find 10 more and 10 less, this is something we have done at school.

Activity 4
Another great game from the Nrich website is “Tug of War” . Google “Tug of war nrich” and you’re there. It’s easy to adapt. Now, you probably haven’t got a numberline at home, just draw one on paper 0 to 20. Put a counter on 10. One of you is subtracting and the other adding. If you’re adding you need to get to 20 and if they are subtracting their goal is to get to 0. Take it turns and jump that many either forwards or backwards. Again, this can be adapted, can they write sums which match their rolls eg 10+3 = 13. Can you change the rules? Ask them how they would like to change the rules, use bigger numbers eg 0-50 and starting on…well, ask them where they think they should start.

Year 1 Home Learning w/b 20th April

Phonic activities for the week, we would like the children to look at adding suffixes ed, s and es to words, so it changes the meaning of the root word.

Please only spend up to 20 minutes a day completing a task. Try to do a task a day. We would love you to share what your child has done, if possible.

Activity 1 Show your child the video from YouTube;

Look at PowerPoint suffix ed. Read through slide 7 with your child.
Get your child to write these sentences;
I walked to the shops today.
The frog jumped into the pond.
I cooked my lunch.

Activity 2 Show your child the video from YouTube

On a piece of paper make some flashcards with the words; walk, talk, jump, cook, play.
Can your child change the root word using the suffix ed. For example walk to walked. Can they write a sentence for one of the words?

Go onto phonics play.
Username – march20
Password – home
Click on resources, phase 5. Scroll all the way down to phase 5D interactive resources. Click on verbs adding ing, er and ed. Click on sorting game adding ed

Activity 3 Show your child the video from YouTube

Read through the PowerPoint plurals s and es.

Go onto phonics play
Username – march20
Password – home
Click on resources, phase 5. Scroll all the way down to phase 5D interactive resources. Click on verbs adding ing, er and ed. Click on adding s and es. Click on what are plurals and read the description to your child. Play sorting game.

Activity 4 Show your child the video from YouTube

Read through the PowerPoint s and es.

Go onto  and play the egg hunt game. Play as a single player. Spell the words correctly by adding the correct suffix s or es.

Activity 5 Show your child the video from YouTube

On a piece of paper make some flashcards with the words; dog, cat, book, bus, cross, glass, fox, box, match, lunch, wish, brush, splash.
Can your child change the root word using the suffix s or es. Which suffix is correct? What is the rule for adding s or es? Look at the poster for the rules. Can they write a couple of sentences.


Here are some activities that you could do to do at home. They are linked to the National Curriculum statements and they are, as far as possible, exactly the same and in the same order as I had already planned for the Summer Term. I’ve quoted the statement from the Year 1 National Curriculum for maths then included some activities that you and your child can access. I’ve aimed to make these as practical and accessible as possible and with the use of objects such as a dice, counters, number cards or everyday household objects they can be fun to do. In these challenging times the main thing is that you are all staying healthy and safe so I’m not saying you have to do these, don’t worry, nobody is getting a detention or a bad report if you are unable to do these. They are just ideas and what we would have done first week back after Easter, so first, here’s what it says in the national curriculum:-
National Curriculum Statement for Year 1:-
Fractions ● To recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
Shapes ● To recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes

POSSIBLE RESOURCES – Lego, playdough, paper plates, junk modelling.
Here is a range of activities which cover the above NC statement:-


Find a half of an equal amount of objects – Using feltips, or cutlery etc, ask your child to find half of the total number of objects, so have 12 spoons laid out together on the table. Ask them to find halve of 12 spoons. When they have put the spoons in two equal piles ask them to write this as a division number sentence in their book, 12 ÷ 2 = 6. Now do the same for other equal amounts up to 20, eg 8 felt tips, 14 straws, 16 books etc. Encourage them to write record these as division number sentences.
EXTEND – Can they find a quarter ¼ of these amounts. We have talked in class about finding quarters by halving then halving again. So, 12 ÷ 4 = 3 etc.


Find half of objects – If you have playdough then have some fun making playdough food such as playdough sausages, sweets, apples etc. Lay out 2 plates and ask your child to share them foods with you. To do this they will have to halve the foods. Not as easy as it sounds as cutting them exactly is tricky. After they have done this, look at the 2 plates and chat about whether or not they are both equal. How do you know it’s equal?
This could be done by slicing grapes, apples a banana, a slice of bread etc.
It could also be done with lego, so get a 6 brick and write ‘whole’ above it, then they need to find a brick that is halve the size the can lay this next to it and write ½ above it. What other lego shapes do they have which they can layout with one that is half the size of the other next to it?

If you have any paper plates then design pizzas. Toppings could be added using playdough or lego, or cutting out shapes to look like pepperoni, mushrooms etc. Ask your child to make you a pizza with half the topping pepperoni and half mushroom, extend by asking for a ¼ mushroom and a ¼ pepperoni etc.


Find halves of shapes – Use a sheet a paper, or an envelope etc, ask your child to colour in half of the shape, draw circles and ask them to find half of a circle. What if the shape is triangle? Some triangles are really hard to shade in exactly equally. Draw different shapes and challenge them to shade in half of them, what do they notice? EXTEND – halve a sheet of paper then halve again, this leaves 4 equal shapes, each one is a 1/4 . Can they shade in a quarter of shapes.


Shapes –Learning Objective – Recognise and name 2D and 3D shapes.
This is a nice practical activity for them to do:- search for different 3D shapes. Focus on cubes, cuboids, spheres, cylinders. How many faces do they have? Sort the shapes into those which have curved faces and those that don’t.
For 2D shapes use the ‘Spot the Shapes’ sheet. How many triangles can you count and how many rectangles can you count? EXTEND – Can they draw their own diagram to count triangles or rectangles?

Challenge Learning

Our Year 1 “book hook” for the first week back from the Easter holidays was to be “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”. Attached is a video of me in my luxurious ‘man cave’ reading the story. There’s a lot of learning you can do around the book. Here are some ideas:-
Make a lighthouse with junk modelling, can you make it light up? How can you make it strong? What shapes are there (are they 2D or 3D)?
Write your own version of the story, add great adjectives to make it interesting. Think about the setting. You could describe the characters.
Get really creative and adventurous on a sunny day and make a pulley system (with a grown up) and imagine you’re Mrs Grinling sending down the basket to Mr Grinling. I’d love to see videos or pics on tapestry of that if you can do it! You could design a seagull proof basket and test it.
Make your own meal for Mr Grinling, think about a tasty sandwich, what will you include in it, could you write the recipe and instructions on how to make it?

Find out more about lighthouses. Why are they used, where are they found?

These are just some ideas. The main thing is you all stay safe and healthy so I’m not saying you MUST do it, they’re just ideas. In Year 1 we often find that amazing, creative ideas come from the children themselves, ideas I would never of thought of, so, if you are at least able to listen to the story together, ask you child what they would like to do related to the story. So, enjoy the story, keep in touch via tapestry!

We look forward to seeing your activities.

Mrs Rounce and Mr Palmer

Plurals S And Es

S And Es Poster

Ed Powerpoint

S And Es