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Week Commencing 4th May 2020

This week is my first attempt at recording a story! I love the Mr Men stories and hope you like this one about Mr Tickle.

This week’s Reading and Phonics challenges:


  • Captain Tom Moore has raised millions for the NHS was 100 years old on Friday. He was made an honorary colonel and his birthday was also marked with an RAF flypast and birthday greetings from the Queen and prime minister.  Read the PDF about him and answer the questions.
  • May 8th marks V.E. day. Read the PDF about it and answer the questions.
  • Phonics Hero free subscription has been extended. Please play levels 14-19 (read, spell and sentence reading). There are also PDF Phonics activities here that go with them.
  • Play the contraction pairs game or make your own game.


This week’s Maths challenges:


  • Have some fun playing Simon Says with directions and positions e.g. Simon says make a half turn.
  • Try directing someone from one part of the house to another. They can only move when you give the command. E.g. Make a half/ quarter turn; take two step to the left/right.
  • Play the above with a teddy or toy and see how things look slightly different when you turn them.
  •  Look at the PDF’s for other ideas.


Other challenges:

Make and fly your own paper plane or use the Spitfire design on the PDF. Make some scones or a Victoria sponge cake and have your own garden party to celebrate VE day on Friday. You can even make your own bunting. The attached PDFs. May give you some ideas. Visit the Twinkl website for other ideas.

Week Commencing 27th April 2020

This week I have attached the usual PDF which gives activities for you to practise at home. Keep practising the ongoing activities- phonics, reading, spelling, handwriting and the various number activities to help you to count backwards and forwards from any number in 1s,2s,5s and 10s as well as knowing the other number needed to make 10 and 20. 


Maths this week is all about finding halves and quarters. The main concept to remember is that half is ‘one of two equal groups’ so if you share something with another person you both have to have exactly the same number or quantity. Similarly, find quarters by sharing into 4 equal groups or parts.  This learning works so well with sharing toys, Lego bricks or food like grapes or pizza. It also helps to fold a piece of paper exactly in half or quarters and draw the line/s of the crease/s. Plates or bowls can be used to share out equally between 2 (halves) or 4 (quarters).

  • Get a pile of Lego bricks or toys. Share them equally with someone in your family. You have half and they have half. How many did you start with altogether? How many do you each have? You have one of the two equal groups. You have half. How many is that? Don’t forget you both should have the same to have half each.


  • Share your bricks into 4 equal piles. Each pile is a quarter. REMEMBER: There must be the same in each of the 4 piles to make quarters. 

All the PDF sheets on the website are there if you need them and give lots of ways of asking different questions but you don’t have to use them all or in printed form. In fact, the best way to learn these concepts would be to use the practical concrete things first before drawing this in pictures and then finally working on ‘sums’.


I have found a reading text about what toys used to be like which will link really nicely with your questions to your parents and grandparents.


I expect many of you would like to have a new reading book. School has signed up for free access to all children to the Rising Stars Reading Planet scheme. If you request log in details from Mrs Littlewood, you will be able to access books that match your reading band. There are also guided reading notes which will help you support your child’s comprehension.


Finally, if you are using reward systems to help encourage your child then I have made a little video of my little speech I give when children reach the top of the house point tower. You can use it if it helps or just play it to make you smile!


Week 2 of Home Learning has new challenges for Writing, Reading and Topic; 30 day free trial on Phonics Hero for thiose who do not have it and 30 day Lego challenge. Stay safe, enjoy your continued learning journey and have fun with your family!

Week commencing 20th April: I hope you are all well and have had some fun over the Easter holidays. The first document summarises the challenges for this week. Keep practising the ongoing challenges and use the phonics activities further down this page too. There are lots of Maths challenges linked the White Rose tutorials and a booklet with lots of reading and writing activities which are all about Sidney Spider. Please keep in touch and let me know if you need any help at all with these home learning activities.

Week commencing 11th May 2020


Hello Year 1!

This week I have recorded another Mr Men story. Listen carefully as there is a challenge at the end. Can you write down your answers to the challenge? I have also set a few ‘Sunny says’ instructions for you to follow to check if you understand ‘left, right, quarter turn and half turn. Finally, there is a little demonstration of how to use your fingers to count forwards or backwards from a number to be able to answer questions like 8 + 5 = and 16 - 4 =


This week’s reading and writing challenges:

  • Read the comprehension about Grace Darling. There is an easier and harder text. Answer the questions.
  • Phonics Hero free subscription has been extended. Continue to play levels 14-19 (read, spell and sentence reading). Write down any words you cannot read or spell and practise them.
  • Log into Reading Planets and read books that are in your reading colour band or the band above and below.

Practise reading and writing the high frequency words in the phonics section of the home learning page.

This week’s maths challenges: 

· Play Race to 20 and Race to Zero. See the PDF for instructions. Remember to count forwards and

backwards by putting the largest number in your head and using your fingers.

· Continue to practise  ongoing activities.


This week’s topic challenges to dip into…

· Find out more about Grace Darling.

· Find the lighthouse where she lived on a map.

· Make a lighthouse.

· Find out about the work of the RNLI.

· Talk to your family about water safety. Make a poster to show what you have learnt.

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Week Commencing 18th May 2020

Hello to you all! Here are some challenges for this week as well as some Brick challenges for those who have Lego. I will record a story on Tuesday when I am next in school. Remember these are just ideas to help you with home learning.

International Nurses' Day is celebrated around the world each year on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. This year in particular it was an extra special occasion because not only does it fall during International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it also marks the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth. 

In this week’s learning challenge, I would like you to find out about Florence Nightingale. Use the attached PDF’s to help you. Take a moment to think about the nursing staff everywhere who are making such a remarkable contribution to the lives of millions of people. Complete the reading comprehension and write any facts you remember about Florence Nightingale in sentences. Use leaders and followers and join up where you can.

Keep practising reading and spelling high frequency words and let me know if your Phonics Hero level is too low. Please let me know if you are unable to access Reading Planet and keep reading books at your level or one above or below.

Continue to practise adding and taking away numbers suing your head and fingers. Draw the addition and subtraction sentences in part part whole models or bar models (see PDF). Write a story to go with your number sentence e.g. I have 12 grapes and I eat 3. How many grapes do I have left? Try to make different situations for each number sentence e.g. 8 people were on the bus and 3 more got on at the next stop. How many are on the bus altogether.

Keep practising the ongoing challenges set in week 1.

Finally, when we return, the one thing we want to do—run and hug each other—is the one thing we really mustn’t do!  At school, we have decided that it might be fun to create some fancy  physical greetings and games which don’t rely on contact with each other. 

Hand signals, dances (with singing!) facial expressions, sign language—the list goes on.       Perhaps you could theme your game or greeting to a topic from our class?

We are challenging you all, (parents, children, staff and governors) to come up with some

fancy greetings and games to share when we are back in school.  Photograph/video them and send them to me so I will recognise them when I see you.

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