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Week 2 30.3.20

Year 1 - Week 2 30.3.20


Hello and welcome to Week 2. It was lovely to catch up with you all last week and  it sounded like everyone had great fun with their home learning. Everyone's weeks sounded very busy and it was great to hear everyone was making the most of the sunny weather and getting outside.


Please don't feel pressured to get everything done or complete activities exactly how they say, we are sure the children are learning many different, equally important life skills being at home.


Any work you are proud of, please email copies or photos to the school office and I can upload it to the website or twitter to share your hard work. 



Thursday marks the start of the Easter holidays so we'll post some fun stuff for you to do in the Easter folder.  School work will resume on Monday 20th April.  


Mrs Thompson and Mrs Allsop



Start each phonics session by reviewing all the graphemes (letter spellings), making all the possible phonemes (sounds). Log into phonics play and play 'Flashcard- Speed Trial' or 'Flashcard - Time Challenge'. Practice Phase 5a  or ALL

Username : march20

Password : home 

This week practice words with the 'ea' grapheme and the 'er' grapheme. 


These spellings can make different phonemes (sounds). 


The ea grapeme can make an 'ee' and an 'e' sound. Words might include 'meat and feast' or 'head and bread'. 


The er grapheme can make slightly different sounds in words, such as letter, hammer, herb and germ.


Look at the words below and watch the videos to see how these graphemes  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. 


Please use the username : holbrooky1

Password: booksy1


This week we would like you to enjoy poetry and have a go at writing your own poem. As spring is here and nature is beginning to flourish all around us, we would like your poem to be about nature found here in the United Kingdom.


Firstly, find the Minibeast Poems book on the Oxford Reading Tree website, read and enjoy the different poems. 


Then have a read of this ladybird poem: 


We would like you to write a poem in the style of the ladybird poem above. Changing the animals and what they see. You don't have to just stick to insects, but can choose other animals too! You could also change the senses, so it is not just what they see, but what they smell, taste, hear or feel. Also please remember poems do not have to rhyme to be great :)


An example could be:

Rabbit, rabbit, what do you smell?

I smell a sweet, ripe carrot popping through the ground.


Fox, fox, what do you hear?

I hear deers running as fast as they can.  


Please send any finished poems to the school email address and we can add these to our page! 


The below attachments might help with some ideas.


This week in maths, we would like the children to start again by practicing counting on and back in 2s, 5s and 10s. If confident, they could then move onto times table practice - recalling their 2 and 10 times table in order and then in a random order (1 x 2, 2 x 2 , 3 x 2 and then 5 x 2, 8 x 2, 2 x 2)


They can practice both verbally and also use the following games to practice. 

Daily Maths Focus Ideas 

This week we would like the children to practice a range of their maths skills, using the plans from White Rose. Each day there is a different focus, these include comparing mass, counting in tens, making equal groups,adding equal groups and making arrays.


Click on the following link to see daily learning ideas and tasks and work through what you can.



This week we would like you to focus on animals. 

Start by reviewing how animals are classified, looking at  - mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, reptile and minibeasts. Use the following BBC website to review the different categories. 

Practice sorting animals into these different categories. You could do this by:


- drawing your own zoo map, with different areas for mammals, reptiles, minibeasts etc and draw the animals you would like to go in each part.


- make salt dough or play dough and create your own animals to sort into groups. 


- use animal toys to sort into groups


- find animal pictures to cut out of magazines or newspapers and sort these


- print the following sorting sheets to complete

There are some websites with some great animal games to extend your learning...

Scavenger Hunt 

As the hunt seemed popular last week, we thought we would find another one for you to take part in this week. 

Map Work

At school we practiced mapping out the school. Whilst the sun is out, can you get outside and make a map of your garden, a local park or even the houses around you? 

Minibeast Art 

There are some great ideas on the following website to create different minibeast art, from symmetrical butterflies, to a creepy crawly collage, to rock bugs. 

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