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Year 1 turtle team:  Kimberley Saunders, Teacher; Diane Howe, SERENA KEMP TEAChing Assistants

Hello Turtle Class!

I hope you are keeping well at home.

Please remember to read every day.  Read your school reading books and stories from home.  I have also linked some websites below which have some additional books and stories for you to read:

World Book Online: this website has just made their collection of ebooks free to access! 

Book Trust: some familiar stories that the children have enjoyed reading at school.

Sooper Books: free stories to read at home.

Oxford Owl: free eBooks (including the popular Biff, Chip and Kipper stories!)

Keep up the hard work with your phonics learning!  Practise reading and writing your common exception words.  Mrs Howe's phonics group - please keep working on remembering your phase 3 sounds and for my group your phase 5 letter sounds.

The phonics play website have also made their online games free during this time of closure and they have now added a mobile/tablet version of the site too you you will be able to play your favourite games like Dragons Den and Buried Treasure at home.  The username is march20 and the password is home.  You can access the website here: 


Continue to do your daily cursive handwriting.  You can look at your letter formation guide to help you.

For maths, practise counting to 100 and back and writing numbers to 100 as well counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.  If you cannot find your 100 square I have linked one here.

You can also log in to Abacus and Sumdog and look at your home learning activities there with your usernames and passwords.  The websites are here: 


White Rose are also providing free daily maths lessons to parents and carers.  They can be accessed here: 

Remember that you can still watch your favourite class programmes at home on the BBC iPlayer - just click on the pictures below! 


Make sure you get lots of sleep, regular exercise in the fresh air and that you help your adults at home.

I will update this page for you with more activities each week below.

Miss Saunders

If you are missing PE why not try the daily PE with Joe Wicks sessions on YouTube here:

Here is a link to two of your favourite songs from Mrs Haine's singing assembly:


             Tooty Ta                                                                                                  Alouette

Home learning activities

Below you will find the latest home learning I would like you to do - please check each Monday and Wednesday.  Don't forget about Abacus and Sumdog too!

 Week 1:

Monday 23rd March 2020:

We have been learning how to read o’clock and half past times on analogue and digital clocks.  Practise telling the time on clocks at home and showing different o’clock and half past times here: 

Play a board game with a sibling or an adult!  Board games are great for supporting learning by developing problem solving and social skills!  Don’t forget the games we learnt in class last week like hangman and noughts and crosses.

Watch Newsround  and choose one story to write about.  Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in your writing.

Wednesday 25th March 2020:

Look at the slides about mammals – some of you will have seen these if you were in class last week so it will be a reminder for you!  Draw a picture of your favourite mammal and write at least one sentence to describe it.  What are the features that make it a mammal?  Can you think of some adjectives to describe your picture?

Practise your number bonds to 6 and 7 – what pairs of numbers add together to make these numbers?  Can you write all of the number pairs as addition number sentences? 

Have some creative time – draw, paint or do some junk modelling!  Why not ask a grown up to email me a photograph of your creations!

 Week 2:

Monday 30th March 2020:

The clocks have gone forward and we are a week into Spring!  Have you noticed any changes that tell us we have now moved into a new season?  Draw a picture and write about some of the things that tell us that it is now Spring.  This Powerpoint may help you.

Go on a 3d Shape hunt around your house – how many different spheres, pyramids, cuboids, triangular prisms and cubes can you find?  Here are a few examples.

Learn the spellings of the following common exception words:

today, of, said, says, are, were, was.

Can you put any of the words into a sentence?



Wednesday 1st April

Draw a story map of one of our Year 1 core stories or one you have enjoyed reading.  Can you use your story map to retell the story to an adult at home?  Why not have a go at writing the story?  You could even change the setting or characters and create your own version!

Read the addition word problems.  Work out the answers, writing addition number sentences to help you.

Learn to tie your shoelaces if you cannot already!

Revise our learning on materials by becoming materials detectives.  Copy the table here onto a piece of paper or your green books and see how many different things you can find at home!



Easter holidays project

Please read the below for information on a whole school project!

                  Friday 3rd April

As the next two weeks would be our Easter holiday I will not be uploading specific home learning for you!  Instead we have decided to introduce a whole school project to keep you busy for the next two weeks!  The topic is London and you can present your project in whatever way you like and base it on whatever aspect of London takes your fancy!  I know we have lots of creative minds in Year 1 and I can't wait to see what you all come up with!  Don't forget you can email me at:


Take Care and have a wonderful Easter.

Miss Saunders


I know how much you love to sing!  Mrs Hibberd who takes Baring’s choir has written to everyone with some useful song links here:

**Poetry competition**  HERE IS A LINK to a poetry competition if you would like to have a go at writing some poetry during your time at home!  This year's theme is Environment!  Good Luck!


See blog for up to date news and photographs  


 Year 1 Key Performance Indicators.

Want to know more about the teaching of Mathematics? These videos are for parents to see some of the things that we do in class.  You will need your child's log in details to view the videos.