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Week 1 23.3.20

Year 1 - Week 1 23.3.20



At the start of our spelling/phonics sessions we usually review all the graphemes using flashcard. We go through each one, making all the possible phonemes/sounds the grpaheme can make. See if the children can demonstrate all the sounds they can make!


Phonics play flashcards (below) are great and the website has kindly announced their website free to use over this period. Load the flashcards and review Phase 5a  or ALL.


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This week practice words with the 'ie' grapheme and the 'ow' grapheme. 


These spellings can make different phonemes (sounds). 


The ie grapeme can make an 'igh' and an 'ee' sound. Words might include 'pie and tie' or 'chief and field'. 


The ow grapheme can make an 'ow' and an 'oa' sound. Words might include 'cow and eyebrow' or 'show and flowing'. 


Look at the words below and watch the videos to see how these spellings can be used. Then practice thinking of words yourself - clapping the syllables, sounding them out using sound buttons, finding words with the ie and ow spellings in texts around you (have a look on packaging, in books, listen out for words with the ie and ow sounds when watching TV or playing games). 


Try to read for 15 minutes every day - sharing a range of texts and taking it in turns to read or be read to.


There are some great websites, where you can access books to read with your child. 


1. Use Oxford Owl for their library of free e-books. You can select the age for differing levels of texts and there are non-fiction and fiction to choose from. 


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This week, we would like you to create a non-fiction piece comparing the past and the present. 


As we have been learning all about life in the Victorian times, it would be great to pick one area of life and compare how life was in the Victorian era to how life is now. You could write about toys, food, school, homes, transport or anything else you choose!


To start this learning off, we would like you to read the following book, found on the Oxford Reading Tree website : Sport, Then and Now.

Once you have chosen what you would like to write about, see if you can produce a poster showing you Then and Now research. It could look something like this...

Here are some websites and videos which might help your research

A Hello From Mrs Thompson

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Watch this video for a little maths help for the week - a fun way to practice counting in tens and ones!

This week in maths, we would like the children to start by practicing counting on and back in 2s, 5s and 10s. They can practice this verbally, starting at any number and also use the following games to practice. 


0  2  4  6  8  10                  22  24  26  28  30  32                 14  12  10  8  6  4               

10  20  30  40   50                 60  70  80  90  100  110                50  40  30  20  10  0

0  5  10  15  20  25                      40  35  30  25  20  15

Introduce Weight and Mass

White Rose is a scheme we use to supplement our planning at school and they have brought out some excellent plans and activities for home learning.


This week we would like the children to learn about weight and mass. Maybe bake a cake to put this into practice! 


Click on the following link to see daily learning ideas and tasks.


The final part of our Victorian learning is looking at the Great Exhibition! The Victorians loves nature and were so interested in new plants and animals which they had never seen before, as well as learning about plants and animals which were native to our country. 


Firstly, have a good look at all the Great Exhibition information below for an insight into what it was.

Could you try and make your own little great exhibition? See if you have a plant pot which you could plant some seeds or plants in.


As we are all mostly tucked away inside, see if you can get outside for a breath of fresh air, keeping a safe distance from others, and take part in a spring scavenger hunt...

Spring scavenger hunt

In spring, nature starts to wake up from its long winter sleep. Trees burst into leaf, flowers cover the ground and animals emerge from hibernation. There’s so much to see, can you find…

  • new green leaves
  • scented blossom
  • springy moss
  • sticky leaf buds
  • a lichen-covered twig
  • a piece of eggshell (stay well away from bird nests, look for fragments of shell that have fallen to the ground)

Open the PDF below and take part in a blossom hunt around your local area!

Victorian Puppet Shows

Click the link below for the V&A website to learn all about the history of Punch and Judy puppet shows. The Victorians loved seaside puppet shows and made their own puppet shows!


Could you make your own puppet show this week? You could reuse cardboard packaging in your house to make a stage and then create cardboard puppets for your very own puppet show. 

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