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Week 3 - 4.5.20

Year 1 - Summer Week 3 - 4.5.20

Hello Year 1,


We want to welcome Charlotte to our class. Charlotte and her sister have officially started at Holbrook this term and she is very excited to get to know you all!  If anyone would like to get in touch with Charlotte to say hello over the next few weeks, please ask us to pass on your details to her parents as we are sure she would love to say hello!


It was great to catch up with you again last week and is lovely to hear about the great varieties of activities you have all been up to. Well done if you have found time to log on to the blog, there are some super posts to read on there already and we are looking forward to seeing more uploads. Link to the blog is below.


Also, we have signed up to a great website called TT Rockstars, where you get to create your own rock star avatar and practice your times tables with some super games - you can even play against your friends if they are online! If you don't have your log in details yet, they will be given to you shortly.  Link to TT Rockstars is below.


We have tried to structure the English sessions a little more, a little like the maths White Rose planning, so you have a focus each day. Just do what you can and feel free to come up with your own great learning ideas linked to Tobago and the Caribbean and share your fabulous ideas with us on the blog! Even though Friday is a bank holiday, we thought we would plan 5 sessions in case you wanted Friday to add some structure your Friday too. 




Passports Please!


This week we are going to virtually visit a different country in a different continent! We are going to visit the island of Tobago, one of the Caribbean Island situated at the bottom of the North American continent. Start by using an atlas, globe or google maps to research where it is!




Start each phonics session by playing some games and reviewing all the graphemes (letter spellings), making all the possible phonemes (sounds).

Username : march20                           Password : home

Phonics Focus: y and ou


This week practice words with the 'ai' phoneme and the hard 'c' phoneme. We are going to be reviewing all the different graphemes to make these sounds...

The ai phoneme can be made using the graphemes: 

 a_e,    ay,    ai,    eigh,    ey,    a


The c phoneme can be made using the graphemes: 

 c,   k,   ck   


Sessions 1 and 2 we will focus on 'ai' graphemes', session 3 will focus on hard 'c' graphemes and then 4 and 5 will be mixed.


Session 1

Start by watching Mr Thorne's ai video explanation on you tube.


Then your first activity is to read the following piece of text (under the video) and make a list of all the words with the 'ai' sound you can find...

ai ae ay ei eigh a - Phonics Alternative Spellings

Session 2

This session's activity is to sort the different words with the 'ai' sounds by the grapheme used to spell the words. Print the following sheets or make your own table with the different 'ai' graphemes and then put the words in the correct columns. 

a_e         ay         ai       eigh      a         ey

Session 3

During session 3, we would like you to focus on words with the hard 'c' sound.


Before you watch the videos, can you write a list of as many words as you can think of with the hard 'c' phoneme? Words like 'sock, cat, like'.


Can you start to make 3 lists :             c        /       k        /        ck


Then watch the video to learn about the different hard c sounds...

Alphablocks C, K, CK - Kick

Practice choosing c or k to start words...


Have a look at your list of c/ck/k words. Is there anything you notice about the letters before or after k or ck?

ending in k                            ending in ck                     ending in split digraph _ke

      soak                                    click                                               mistake                  

      cheek                                      whack                                        stroke                        

      break                                        shack                                        brake                      

            croak                                      kick                                                broke                         

      squeak                                       black                                     pancake                        

outbreak                                   sick                                                                            

Session 4

Practice selecting the right ending to finish words with c, ck or k. 


Nessy Spelling Strategy | Using ck or k

Nessy spelling strategy - 'ck' and 'k' make the same sound. So how do you know which one to use? Norman the knight will help you know when to finish a word ...

k and ck Words

Session 5

Today make your own bingo game! 


Choose 6 to 9 of the following words for your bingo mat. 


Then select the words uing 'eeny, meeny, miny, mo' or writing them on little scraps of paper to select. 


kitchen       kicking       grey       tray       whale       training       ketchup       grape       clock       rocking       parked       eighteen       cabin       playing       milking       closed       maze       naming       aim       pain       key       socks       eighty       prey       locking       cart       


Reading is so important at this young age and opens the doors to so many other areas of learning. Continue to share a range of texts and taking it in turns to read or be read to.


1. Use Oxford Owl - username : holbrooky1          Password: booksy1


This week we would like you to enjoy the story of 'Gregory Cool'. The story is about a boy who has gone to stay with relatives in Tobago. I wonder how he gets on...


Session 1

Listen to the story of Gregory Cool and then answer the questions about the story. There paragraphs from the book are also copied below - use these to help find the answers to the questions.

Gregory Cool Story

Session 2

Listen to the story of Gregory Cool again, or read it using the copied paragraphs. 

Then match the following words to the correct definitions - 

Session 3

Read the informal letter from Gregory to his parents and think about these questions...

›Why is this a good start to an informal letter?

›Does it give you the feeling that it is something that Gregory would say?

›How have the details from the story been incorporated into the letter?

›How have the details from the story been expanded upon?

›How do the different types of sentences make the writing more interesting to read?

›Why is it a good idea to keep adding phrases like ”Honestly Mum” ?

Letter Writing

Start to plan your letter home, imagining you are Gregory. What could you write about in your letter about your visit to the beach? Think of 3 things to write about your day at the beach and make some notes using a spider diagram, like below...



Session 4 and 5

For the nest two sessions, write your letter home about your day at the beach in Tobago. 


Remember to:

* Start your letter with Dear ____

* Write in the first person, as if you are Gregory - using I and We 

* Recall the day in order, using notes to help you - what you saw when you arrived, got scared by dolphins - laughed at, met the fishermen, had a yummy lunch, played in the sea.

* Can you end your letter with some questions to your family back home? 

* Remember to say Love From____.


Continue to practice counting on and back in 2s, 5s and 10s. If confident, 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 Idea - Number Work


Use the plans and videos produced by White Rose to work on number in different ways.


Session 1 - Part whole relationship - number bonds

Session 2 - Fact families - linking addition and subtraction

Session 3 - Number work - add together and find a part

Session 4 - Add more and count on within 20

Session 5 - Friday challenge 




Watch this video and listen to the song 'Tobago' by Franz Job. 

What does Franz Job tell us about Tobago in this song?

Franz Job tells us that Tobago is ………

This is shown in the quote’……………

This suggests that   ……………..because

The word ‘ _____ ‘ tells me that ……………

Franz Job - Tobago

However, Franz Job doesn’t tell us but shows us these...


What are they images of?


Task 1

Name and locate all 7 continents and 5 oceans on a world map. See if you can practice this each day and can remember them by the weekend! 


Use the following activities and games to help you remember and locate them...

Seven 7 Continents Interesting Facts for Kids

Know all important and amazing facts about the 7 continents in this animation video for school going kids.

The Continents and Oceans (LMFAO Parody)

Mr. M along with Caesar tries to teach students about the Continents and Oceans, to the song by LMFAO.

Task 2

Now find Tobago on the world map as we going to be learning all about life in Tobago. 


Your task is to make some kind of factfile or poster telling us everything you learn about Tobago. Use pictures, photos, words, diagrams or anything else!


Here is an example layout:

Here are 2 fact file templates you may like to complete...


Can you make any delicious Caribbean delights at home?  Here are a few ideas...


Ginger Cake         Coconut Pancakes with Banana         Jerk Curry        Tropical Smoothie

Kitchen Skills to Keep us Safe

At school we teach different kitchen techniques to keep us safe. Here are some videos which show the skills we encourage...

Grating Safely

Let's look at how to teach children to grate ingredients safely and effectively.

The Bridge Cutting Technique

The bridge technique is a safe way of teaching children to cut something in half. Here's how to do it.

The Claw Grip Cutting Technique

This video shows foods being safely cut and sliced. It has been developed for encourage primary school children throughout the UK to cook.

Preparing Herbs and Garlic

Let's look at how to teach children to prepare herbs and garlic.

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