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Y1 Letter re 1 June start

Dear All


This half term we would be starting our learning about Knights and castles. Its all about learning to look at aerial maps and identify physical properties (nature) and human properties (man made). Children learn that most castles were built around and on physical properties such as hills, rivers, seas and fields for farming. They also learn about the human properties of the castle such as the portcullis gates and arrow slit vents for protection.  They also learn about directions in this Topic and how to use a compass to navigate north, south, east and west.  I have put some activities below on this Topic in yellow.   


Remember you can email me on the address below with any work, other activities, or a simple hello :) If you have any pictures that you would like to share with me and your class, then please email them to me and I will add them to our class page:  working from home pictures. 


Oak academy is also a great site for online learning. If you follow the link below, you can choose from the list of subjects and then follow the online video lessons. For most units of work there is a lesson for each day of the week.


Stay safe.  

Miss Matthews 

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Write an imaginative diary. Try to write between 3 and 5 sentences each day.  You could pretend to be a princess or a dragon.  What would you do each day?  Where would you go and who would you meet? 

You could be the Gruffalo walking through the woods.  You could meet a new creature each day.

Illustrate the diary entries as you go along and remember a front cover is very important. What is the title of your imaginary dairy and what or who will you draw on the front cover?

Are you a five star writer? Have you included capital letters,  spellings,  finger spaces,  low and tall letters and punctuation?


Can you create a magic potion just like George from George's Marvelous Medicine?  What would you put in your potion and how?  Would you throw it, tip it,  pour it, shake it or drip it in?  What would your magic potion do and who would you give it to?  Would you let other people have your magic potion or would you keep it to yourself?  

Can you create a label for your potion and use bullet points to list the ingredients?  


Can you write an Easter fact file? It could be about a chick hatching, lambs being born or a booklet on how to complete a successful Easter Egg Hunt. Anything you like! Remember to include a main title, subheadings and a labelled picture.  You could use bullet points to write your facts.  If you complete a booklet about an Easter egg hunt you could include a map inside and picture of the Easter Bunny, just so all children know who to look out for on their hunt.  


Can you write a description about yourself? Include what you look like, who you live with, where you live and what you like and dislike.  When we get back to school, we can read the descriptions out to the class and see if they can guess who they are about so remember to put your name on the back. You can present it as a poster, a picture with labels,  a fact file or as a simple description.     


Following this link could you follow the lessons on fiction writing and write your own story.  Remember to use capital letters at the start of a sentence and for names.


Can you create an information booklet or poster about one of the countries or capital cities in the UK? You could include information such as food, weather,  flag,  language,  famous landmarks, religions and special days celebrated.  For example, Burns Night is celebrated mostly in Scotland which makes it special to the Scottish.  


Using the link below, can you pretend to be one of the characters in Harry Potter and describe what you can see, hear, smell and feel as you step off the train and see Hogwart's castle for the first time?



Can you find any given number between 0 and 100?  Can you count forwards and backwards from 0 to 100?  Can you count from any given number in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s?  Can you create a number pattern and ask someone in your house to complete it?  Can you write all your numbers from 0 to 100?  Can you write numbers in words from zero to twenty?


Maths is fun is a great site to use.  This link will help with counting:


Whilst working on counting, consider how many tens and ones make a number. You can make number sentences such as 8 tens add 3 ones is equal to 83.  Then ask,  how could that be written?  For example,  80 + 3 = 83. It is important for children to recognize the mathematical signs and identify what they mean. For example, I know equals to means the same, therefore I know I can also write 83 = 80 + 3 but I can't write 83 + 80 = 3. I need to use the correct signs.


Could you recap your learning about 2D and 3D shapes? Can you name the shapes,  discuss their properties such as straight sides,  curved sides, amount of sides/faces/edges and vertices? Can you create or complete a pattern with your shapes?  Can you sort your shapes into different categories?  The sites below will help you:


Can you use fractions such as 1/2 and 1/4 to think about how you would share an Easter egg equally between 2 or 4 friends.  If you had lots of small Easter eggs, could you find 1/2 or 1/4 of an amount? For example, if you had 12 Easter eggs how many would each person have if you halved them and how many would each person have if you gave them one quarter?  

You could start by playing this to help:


You could also design your own Easter Egg and to challenge yourself try to make your design symmetrical. 


Carol Vorderman is teaching Maths lessons.  Follow the link to sign up for free: 


Is time moving quickly or slowly for you at the moment?  Could you make a picture diary of your day to show what happens at 8AM, 12PM,  3PM,  5PM and 7PM? You can change the times to suit you or add more times if you're having a really busy day. Talk to an adult about morning, afternoon, evening and night. What activities happen during these times? What time in the day does AM show and what time in the day does PM show? What times is it light and what time is it dark?  It's quite confusing that 1AM is morning time but so early in the morning that it is dark, most people are asleep and we tend to think of it as the night because we are sleeping. Time is tricky and there is lots to discuss.  


You could also do some work on telling the time to o'cock and half past using this game below:




We follow a phonic's scheme called Read, Write, Inc. Ruth Miskin developed this scheme and is offering online tutorials everyday. Year One need to mainly focus on set 3 sounds.  Please follow the link below to find out how to access the phonics tutorials.


Alpha blocks is great to sing along to.


Please read, read, read

Read your favourite books and ask who, what, when, where and what questions?


Please scroll down to find a book review and a Year One comprehension paper. Book reviews are a great way for each child to share their thoughts and opinions about a book. It is also a great way of getting a child to recap a story as they give reasons why they like and dislike particular parts.


I have added an Easter comprehension in the block below for anyone who wishes to have a go.    


Can you read Captain Tom Moore's poster and choose an activity to show you have understood what you have read?  


I have added a reading paper called Seren's Seasons to the block below.  


I have attached Sidney Spider reading comprehension to the documents below.  Do you think Sidney Spider would like to live in a castle?  



Recap your work on mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish. 

You could write a fact file about your favourite animal. 


Could you design your own Easter box and egg wrapping?  Which materials do you need and why? I'd love to see pictures of your creations.  


Can you name materials and the objects they make such as,  this is a wooden chair.  You could complete an investigation:  which material is used most in my home? You could make a table with the headings wood, plastic, glass,  material,  metal.  Record your findings and create a conclusion.  

Or you could play this game below


Investigate:  are there more flexible or rigid objects in your home?  Make a prediction,  complete a table and then write a conclusion.  


What is happening outside?  At the moment it is Spring:  what signs of Spring can you see, hear, smell, taste and  touch?  Using your five senses find signs of Spring such as I can taste Easter eggs, I can smell flowers such as daffodils,  I can hear the birds chirping and I can feel the sun on my skin.  You could write about it or draw pictures to show how your senses know it's Spring.  


What kind of flowers, trees and plants can you see growing at the moment? If they were growing around Hogwarts castle, where do you think they would grow best?  On the rocks, in the garden, on the playground,  in the dinner hall,  in the moat? Why? Maybe you can do an experiment with rocks, soil, water and seeds and find out which one plants grow best in.  



Joe Wicks will be holding free PE lessons everyday starting at 9am. Please follow the link below to find out how to sign up:



Can you paint a picture of the UK and label it, naming the four countries that make the United Kingdom?  Do you know where you live in the UK? 

Can you label the seven continents? Which continent is the UK in?  

Can you name the four capital cities in the UK, find them on a map and identify which country they are in? Can you find 3 important facts about each capital city such as language,  food and famous landmarks?

From your garden or on a walk, can you make a list of human and physical features you can find such as houses and roads/  fields and rivers?  You could write them in a list or take pictures of them and then place them in the correct sections.  

After looking at the physical and human properties around where you live can you use them to find out whether you live in a village, town or city? Maybe you could make an information booklet all about where you live. 



Can you make a famous dish from one of the countries in the UK? It could be Yorkshire pudding, Haggis,  Eton mess, fish and chips or anything else you can think of.  


Using junk modelling, could you create one of the famous landmarks from one of the capital cities in the UK?

Can you follow this link to learn about castles and then create your own castle? You could draw, paint or make a model of your own castle.  



Travellers Rest pub in Tickhill are calling all young artists to create pictures so they can decorate the pub to show their support for the NHS.  They are asking for pictures on A4 paper or smaller with child's name on to be posted to the pub or arranged to be picked up.  Thank you. 

Could you draw or paint a picture of your favourite place in the UK? It could be your house, the beach,  a mountain, a playground or anywhere else.  Do you know if your favourite place is in a village, town or city?  

Paul Klee's created a picture called castle and sun using lots of basic shapes.  Can you create your own picture of a castle using lots of basic shapes?




Our Library visits

Bubble investigation

Christmas investigation: is it quicker to do activities in the dark or light?

Maths: directions and making numbers in many ways

Painting our colourful animals

Forest School: finding evergreen and deciduous trees.