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Year One Weekly Tasks: Week 8, by Mrs Carney

Date: 26th May 2020 @ 7:41pm

Hi Children,

This week we would like you to focus your work around a short animation found on

You will need to watch the short clip in order to complete the different tasks. When it all seems blue, happiness may be close by… if you just look closely at your surroundings perhaps you will find it! Gabby is walking on the beach and finds a bottle of bubbles - when she blows it she gets transported into fantasy. She has fun riding on bubbles and meets people and things on her way.


Writing opportunities: Choose from one or more of the following ideas:

· Write a description of the beach.

· Write the story told in the film.

· Choose a creature that lives in the sea and write a fact file about it.

· Write a poem about Gabby’s adventure in the sea.

Don't forget to use your senses to add detail!


In the animation, Gabby is on the beach.  Draw a picture of a beach and label all the features e.g. beach, cliff, coast, ocean, port, harbour etc.

Look at aerial photographs of the UK and find some seaside towns. Would you rather live at the coast or in the city? Why? 

12 Best Seaside Towns to Visit Near London

Art Opportunities:

· Paint an underwater scene.

· Make an underwater world on a paper plate

· Draw the outline of a fish and use something (such as a piece of celery) to print the scales

· Put some water, washing up liquid and paint into a cup. Use a straw to blow bubbles and then put a piece of paper over the top to take a print. Try using different colours and fill the paper.

DIY: Soap Bubble Art | Personalize your Notebooks! - Makoccino

Science Investigation:

Follow the link below to find out about the Science Museum’s special bubble mixture recipe, make some amazing bubble blowers… and create some really big bubbles!

Can you make a really big bubble?

• Can you invent a new type of bubble blower?

• Which bubble blower makes the best bubble? What makes it so good?

Hope you have lots of fun with this week's activities! 



Challenges Week 7, by Mrs Carroll

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 4:41pm

Year One Challenge Tasks   Week 7

Hi, Year One! This week we are going to be learning a new word: SIMILIES. You already use similies without even realising it! Have a look at this video which explains what they are:

Now you know what a simile is we would like you to think of as many as you can. Lots of similies mention animals: can you use each of these animals in a simile?

mouse        lion       snail        kitten      monkey

            giraffe           elephant        fox          owl

Remember to use the word   like    or   as   in your similes. Can you write some of them down in your neatest handwriting?

Now read the book Quick As A Cricket by Audrey Wood (you can find it online) and see how many similies you can spot….there are LOTS!!

In MATHS this week we are learning about CAPACITY and VOLUME.  Begin by reading the story: Mr Archimedes’ Bath (available online) and use the language: empty, nearly empty, half full, nearly full and full to describe how much water is in his bath. Then you can have fun filling containers, using water outside if the weather is nice, or maybe pasta or rice and write labels to say how much is in each container (full, empty, half full etc).Can you put them in order from empty to full? Use an egg cup or an empty yoghurt pot to count how many cups of water or pasta it takes to fill different containers; put them in order too. Compare two containers and explain to a grown up which one holds more/less and tell them how you know. You could also find out the names of the units we use to measure capacity and volume ( Clue:look at the labels on bottles!)


In Science we have started to think about Materials. This week we would like you to find lots of different objects and test them to see if they float or sink. You could do this in a paddling pool or maybe in the bath, or just ask for a bowl of water: but make sure there is a grown-up around to keep an eye on you while you do this!                                                             

Create a table (see below) to show your results. Draw each object you tested in the correct part of the table and write a label to say what it is. Think about what each object is made from. What have you found out by doing this investigation? Do all wooden objects float? Do all metal objects sink? Do all big objects sink? Do all small objects float?

Float Sink






Watch CBeebies:Why Do Things Sink And Float?

Then have a go at making your own boat and test it to see if it floats!

Have fun and stay safe!

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Year One Challenges Week 6, by Mrs Carroll

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:09pm

Year One Challenge Tasks Week 6

This week we are looking at how to write a postcard to our friends or family. I know we haven’t been able to visit anywhere lately but have a think of somewhere you have been or would like to go. When we write a postcard, we need to include some writing about what you have been doing on your holiday and write the name and address of who you are sending it to.

Ask a grown-up to help you look for examples and show you where to put the stamp. Have you learnt your address yet? Maybe this week you could learn your phone number too!


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For Maths we are looking at money. Using different coins e.g. 1p, 2p, 5p, can you find ways of making 10p, 20p, 50p and £1. How many variations can you create?

If you have time you could create a little holiday shop. Draw some pictures of items you might buy on holiday, ice-creams, drinks, toys and souvenirs. You could then put prices on them and play shop with another member of your family.


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In History, we are looking at holidays in the past. Can you find some old pictures of holiday destinations? Have a look at the similarities and differences. What is your favourite thing to do on holiday? the source image

We hope you are all keeping well and enjoying time with your families.

From all your Year One Teachers.

Year 1 Home Learning Week 6, by Mr Chamberlain

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 5:41pm

Year One Challenges Week 5, by Mrs Carroll

Date: 4th May 2020 @ 11:32am

Year One Challenge Tasks Week 5

Write  a letter to Rapunzel telling her about all the things she is missing while she is trapped in her tower. Tell her about the places you like to visit (when we are allowed out!) and the things you like to do with your family and friends.

Ask a grown-up to show you how to set out a letter, with your address and date at the top and starting with ‘Dear Rapunzel’

When we send a letter to someone we have to  write their address on the envelope. Do you know your address? If not, try to learn it. Find out the addresses of other members of your family too!

When you go out for your daily exercise , have a look at the number on your front door and then look at the number on the house next door. What do you notice? House numbers don’t go up in 1’s, they go in 2’s. Practise counting in 2’s. Start from 2 and see how far you can count. Try this game…it is against the clock so you need to be quick!

You can also practice counting  in 2’s from 1 (1,3,5) and in 10’s (forwards from 10 and then back from 100 to 0). If you want to try something harder, try counting in 5’s too! Remember that a Hundred Square will help you if you get stuck.

sorting materials experimentScience: Materials:

Gather together some of your toys and see if you can name the material each one is made from.

Look around the house and garden and see how many things you can find that are made from metal, wood, plastic, fabric, paper, glass. Draw some of them and think about why they are made from these materials. Why is your table not made from paper? Why is the window made from glass?

Ask a grown up to put some objects into a bag or a box and without peeping put your hand in and see if you can guess what each object is. How does it feel? What is it made from?

Watch this video clip and have a go at making your very own Rapunzel bookmark. You only need some card, wool or string, pens or crayons and glue. Don’t forget to send us a photo!


Year One Weekly Tasks: Week 4, by Mrs Carney

Date: 22nd Apr 2020 @ 2:09pm

Hello Children,

We hope you are all well and having lots of fun!


Watch our Rapunzel story again or perhaps find a different version to remind yourselves of the story.  

Activity 1:  In the story Rapunzel's father takes lettuce from the witch's house.  Lettuce grows in the ground so look at other plants or vegetables that grow in the ground,  Watch the videos below and find out what seeds need to grow into plants.

See if you can grow something at home.  Look at how it changes over time.  Use a diary to keep track of the changes it goes through.  


Activity 2:  Role play

Think about the different characters in the story of Rapunzel and have a go at practicing then performing the story to your family members.  You could select some of your toys to play the characters and have a go at changing your voice for the different characters.  Or perhaps you could ask some of the other people in your house to be different characters.  Experiment with different costumes or props to really get into your performance!  

Make sure you video your story to enjoy watching later!


Activity 3:  Maths - Measureing

Rapunzel's hair was very long - Human's hair grows 15cm in a year, this is about the size of a small ruler. Find things around the house that are longer/shorter than 15cm. Use a ruler or a tape measure to precisely measure.  Remember to start from 0. Find out the name of the unit bigger than cm and how many cms it is equal to. Draw some things you would measure using this bigger unit.

has an amusing video. (Mr Pumpernickel) 

Activity 4:

'There was a princess long ago' video clip.  

Try to learn the words and actions and maybe get your family to join in!


You could also create a tower for Rapunzel, using construction or a tube (see picture)







Year One Weekly Tasks: Week 3, by Mrs Carney

Date: 8th Apr 2020 @ 3:05pm

Hi Children,

We hope you enjoyed our story!  We would like you to think of a different ending to the story and write it down with a picture.  We can't wait to read some of your ideas. 


Use your knowledge of shapes and counting to 10 to complete this outdoor Maths Trail.  Or maybe have a go at a shape hunt in your house.  Try to record how many of each shape you can find.

Outdoor Maths Trail Cards

EGGciting Challenge!

Before you throw away all the empty Easter egg boxes we want to challenge you to think of another use for those empty boxes and shiny paper.  Lets see who is able to think of the most creative or unusual ideas!  Ask your grown-up to share photos of your ideas/creations.  We are already excited because we know Year 1 always have amazing ideas and are fantastic at making stuff.

Have lots of fun with this weeks challenges!

Year One Weekly Tasks Week 2, by Mrs Carroll

Date: 3rd Apr 2020 @ 2:55pm

Year One Weekly Tasks: Week  2

  • People often celebrate Easter by eating chocolate, buns or cakes. Try making a sweet treat to share with your family! Can you follow the instructions in the recipe?
  • Egg starts with the letter e. Write a list of things that start with the letter e. Now can you make a list of words that have these e sounds in them? ee, ea, e-e, ey, y.
  • At Easter time lots of flowers start growing. When you go out for a walk see how many different plants you can see growing. Do you know the names of any?
  • Try making a model basket to hold some Easter treats!
  • Use this Easter Egg template to design your own egg. Decorate it with flowers, chicks or bunnies


  • Over the Easter weekend why not create your own Easter Garden with your family, while you think about what happened to Jesus at this time. Look online for ideas to get you started.

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