Home Learning Resources
Welcome to Year 1!
It has been a wonderful beginning to Year 1. All of the children have wowed us with their hard working attitudes and their kindness towards each other so far! They are all enjoying the learning and are looking happy to be back with their friends!
If your child is self-isolating, here are some useful websites with different learning activities that you may want to explore.
Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize have a huge variety of activities and videos for all areas of the curriculum.
Please continue to read daily with your child. This could be their school book, books at home, Oxford Reading Buddy or other online reading activities. Remember to check their understanding of the text by regularly asking them questions about what has happened, what they think will happen, how they think the character is feeling etc.
They could even try to retell their favourite stories!
Phonics learning continues into Year 1 and your child will have a phonics booklet that they use in their daily phonics lesson. They may use this at home to revise their sounds. These websites are very good for practising phonics sounds and focus on both reading and spelling phonic words and tricky words.
In our literacy lesson we have been checking our writing for finger spaces, full stops and capital letters. We have been practising how to sound out a word we do not know. If they need help doing this, their phonics booklet may help them to segment the word into sounds. If they do some writing at home these are useful things to focus on. The children have also been learning to tell stories aloud in front of our class to improve our speech and language. They have been doing so well and may enjoy telling you their favourite story aloud at home too! Maybe with some fantastic actions too!
I have included the spelling words for Year 1, please continue to revise these at home. You could do this in many different ways, such as writing in sand, writing with a torch-light or writing with chalk on the pavement.
In Maths we have been learning about place value up to 10. It would be really helpful if you could ask your child to find you one more and one less of their numbers up to 10. Another useful activity is revising their number bonds to 10. BBC iplayer has some great videos to help the children remember these.
Espresso has some excellent resources for Maths and you can access all of the KS1 maths resources.
White Rose is used in school and is a really good website for parents too. This is the link:
Top Marks is a good website for maths based games and can be used for most maths topics. Please go ahead and choose with your child.
The children are starting to practise counting up in 2s, 5s and 10s. There are some engaging songs on you tube for counting up within these times tables if you would like to try these.
Our mission statement
A project relating to our School Mission Statement. Please think of a way you could show our school mission statement:
We are all God’s children and will try to live, love, work and serve as Jesus taught us.
This could take the form of a poster, leaflet, PowerPoint, Lego sculpture or any other way you can think to present your learning. Please try to think about how this might look in different situations school, home, church and in the wider community.
Our house teams
We have four house teams in school – St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John. Which house are you in? Can you find out all about your house saint and create an information page on them. Think about why they are a saint, what they did and maybe draw a picture of your saint.
What is your favourite Bible story from either the Old or New Testament? Use the template provided and draw a picture of your favourite story on one side and write a retell of it on the other side, as well as why it’s your favourite story.
Praying is so important and children’s prayers are the most powerful. We often pray for people, but often don’t tell them that we’re praying for them. Using the template provided at the bottom of the page, can your child write the name of the person who they have prayed for that day, they may even like to give it to that person when appropriate!
Our current topic is the human body, so please practise labelling the parts of the body, you could eve take a picture of yourself and label the picture of yourself! We will also be going on a senses walk, so you could do this either in your garden or in your home, and see which senses the children can recognise themselves using!
Useful science sites include:
Our current topic is ‘All about me’, learning about old toys and what is different about our toys now, then we will move onto ‘Explorers’, and we will be learning about Christopher Columbus! Just like Christopher Columbus did, can you draw a map of your home or school? Can you label your map, telling me where everything is?
Useful sites include:
In art we are learning lots of different skills so that we can become better artists! We have been using different shapes to create different images. We have been learning about different artists and creating our own art, inspired by theirs.
There are some fantastic websites below that offer virtual tours of their art galleries. Famous art galleries such as the Louvre. Please let your child explore these art galleries and discuss with them what art they like and dislike and why. Can they create their own art to go in the gallery? Can they design their own art gallery? What would it be called? And so on.
The Tate Modern has created a website, full of games, activities and ideas for children based on art. Please do explore!
In Music we have been learning to use our bodies to move to a beat. We have listened to different types of music and discussed whether we like it or not and why. We love listening to music and trying to spot the different instruments! At home, you could do this too. Play some different genres of music with your child and dance, sing and tap along! See if they like it! What instruments can they spot? Can they create their own beat with their bodies?
I hope this has given you plenty of ideas and some inspiration to help your child with if they have to self-isolate. If you have any concerns or you require anything sending home in paper format, please contact the office and we will get things to you as soon as possible.