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How to support your little ones with preparing for the phonics screening at home! Help is here! :)

Please use the videos below to support your children with preparing for the phonics screening test whilst at home! They are all shining like little stars and making us all very proud in school! smiley Thank you! Mrs Vickers and the Year 1 Team!

Please note: These links will only be valid until 30th June 2022 at 5pm

We had the most amazing time at Chester Zoo!! 18/05/22

We finally got our ball!

We loved seeing all of these little faces today as we delivered all of your yummy bread! We were so upset that school had to close after the heating broke! Keep your dresses and suits safe and we will have our Fairy Tale ball on our rescheduled date of Friday 25th February! πŸ°πŸ€΄πŸ‘Έ

Baking bread for our Fairy Tale Ball! 🍞πŸ₯–πŸ₯ͺ

Happy New Year everyone!

2022! laugh

Let's hope it is a better year for us all but just incase we have anyone who needs to isolate please find below an electronic copy of the new workpack for Spring Term. 


Mrs Vickers

Remote learning - Isolation Work pack Spring Term 2022

Academic Year 2021-2022

Welcome to Year 1!


It has been a lovely few weeks back in school, getting to know all of your wonderful children and we are so excited to have a "normal" school year, hopefully without any lockdowns!! 


Hopefully, you will not require any of the resources listed below but in the unfortunate event of self isolation, either due to a positive case or the inability to take a Covid 19 test whilst displaying symptoms, this remote learning pack will keep your little ones learning whilst at home (presuming they are well enough!).


Our children have missed so much that keeping their vital learning going at all times is so important! We thank you in advance with your support with this!


Any questions please contact the school Office and I will be more than happy to give you a call back when out of class. Alternatively please contact me using the email address below:


Thank you and take care!


Mrs Vickers



Please find below an electronic copy of the Isolation Learning Pack for Year 1!


In it you will find 8 reading activities linked to the online phonics sessions, 8 simple sentence writing activities linked to the same online phonics sessions, 2 spelling activities, arithmetic activities and knowledge organisers which we will be using throughout the year. Further maths activities will be uploaded as and when necessary to ensure your child's learning is as up to date as possible! Thank you! Mrs Vickers

Isolation work pack!

Phonics Support!


To support your child in their phonics development whilst at home, I have added 10 'grab and go' Phonics lessons in the Phonics and Spellings channel on Teams! Please have a go at watching and participating in one per day, starting with /ay! Activities can be completed in your exercise books! Thank you, Mrs Vickers

To log in to Teams, you will need your child's Purple Mash login details which have all been sent home stuck inside the cover of your child's Reading Record. 



Microsoft Teams Log In support

To gain access to our new eBook library for free, please enter the following details:


Class username: year1&2@ch

Class password: Castlehill


Please read books from the Oxford level suitable for your child. This information will be delivered to you n your home isolation paper work pack. Alternatively, please contact me via the email address above for clarification. Thank you! Mrs Vickers laugh

You can enter the Curriculum Visions website for free by entering the following information:


Username: castlehill/0001

Password: jungle


National Lockdown January - March

Welcome to Year 1's Class Page!


We are missing you all very much and can't wait to be teaching you all in person again! Until then, please have a look at the links below to support you whilst you are learning at home!

An email has been set up so that you can send pictures to me of all all amazing work you are doing at home:


Please also use this address if you require support with any of the work sent home or need support in accessing learning such as eBooks at the appropriate level for your child.


Thank you all for your incredible support! 


Mrs Vickers

Phonics Support!


Alongside Live Lessons I have added 10 'grab and go' Phonics lessons in the Phonics and Spellings channel on Teams! Please have a go at watching and participating in one per day! Activities can be completed in your exercise books! Thank you, Mrs Vickers

Remote Learning! Week commencing: Monday 1st March 2021


Hello everyone!


It's that last week of remote learning!! laugh We made it! One final push and we will all be back together again in class where we belong! Keep going Year 1, we are almost there! Keep smiling, keep protecting yourself and others around you and keep working hard! Please remember that we have Teams Meetings twice a day so come and join us! See the Time table below for further details. 


You all have your new work packs for the final week at home with you but here you can find electronic copies as well as additional Power points to support you. These can also be found on Teams! 


Have fun and we will see you soon!


Mrs Vickers, Mrs Munro and Mr Thomas

Please find below our time table for this weeks Teams sessions in year 1!

Remote Learning! Weeks commencing: Monday 8th February 2021 and Monday 22nd February 2021

Hello everyone,


I hope you are all safe and well and getting a little bit more comfortable with learning remotely! I have been so excited every time I get an email through I receive a photograph showing off your incredible learning from home! From baking, to incredible phonics work, further maths challenges, PE with Joe work outs, shape hunts and even shape lunches!! You are all doing a fantastic job and I couldn't be more proud of you! I am also thoroughly enjoying seeing your happy, smiley faces on Teams! Remember, we are having Live Lessons twice a day so if you haven't joined us yet, please, please do!!


You should all have your new work packs with you now. One is for the last week of this term and the other for the first week back after half term. All work sent home has been uploaded onto Teams and you can also find electronic copies below!


Keep smiling everyone! You are all doing an absolutely fantastic job! Well done!


We hope to see you really, really soon!


Mrs Vickers, Mrs Munro and Mr Thomas



Remote Learning: Week Commencing Monday 8th February 2021


Please find below our time table for this weeks Teams sessions in year 1:

Remote Learning: Week Commencing Monday 22nd February 2021


Please find below this weeks timetable for Teams sessions in Year 1

Further support through school closure - Weeks commencing 25th January and 1st February 2021

Hi everyone!


I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the learning so far! I have loved seeing lots of your smiley faces on Teams! If you haven't been on yet, please try to join us over the next few weeks! If you have any problems loggings on, don't hesitate to call school or drop an email to and we will be delighted to help you!


The work packs that the children have been working on last week and this week will be collected in towards the end of this week and new work packs containing learning for: week commencing: Monday 25th January 2021 and week commencing: Monday 1st February 2021 will be dropped off at your home. 


In your new packs you will find 10 'mini work packs' - one for every day to make Home Learning as easy as possible. Each day we will continue to have 2 Teams sessions to support with parts of this learning as well as phonics. The outline for these sessions each week will be included in the new packs so that your child knows what to bring to each session. 


All work sent home has been uploaded on to Teams and you can also find electronic copies below!


May I take this time to once again thank all of our wonderful families for your support at home and all of our incredible children for working so hard! You are making all of your teachers really proud!


Have fun and we hope to see you all really soon!


Mrs Vickers



Please find below our time table for this weeks Teams sessions in Year 1:
Remote Learning: Week Commencing Monday 25th January 2021
Remote Learning: Week commencing Monday 1st February 2021

Support through School Closure - Online Learning


Hi everyone! 


I hope you are all well and had a lovely Christmas and New Year with your families. We are so very sad to not have you all back in school with us. You were all making such incredible progress in Autumn term and making us all so proud and we can't wait until we are all back together again to continue to watch you grow and flourish! The most important thing right now however, is ensuring that we all stay safe and keep our families safe too! Keep washing your hands and stay indoors. I know you miss your friends but all of this will be over much quicker if we follow the rules. To begin our online learning we have put together a few activities for you to have a go at over the next few days until Friday. Please find this learning here:


From Monday 11th January we will move our online learning to Microsoft Teams. There will be two Teams meetings for you to access each day. One will be a mini phonics lesson and an introduction to your English learning for the day and one will be a maths support session. Times will be confirmed over the next few days. Work packs containing work from Monday 11th January to Friday 22nd January are being organised and will be with you as soon as possible. In these packs you will find: a pencil, 2 exercise books, 2 work packs and a glue stick alongside some support materials such as number lines and phonics mats. 


Please find the Home Learning Packs from Monday 11th January to Friday 22nd January below.


In the Maths and English there are two levels that your child may access. An easier level and a more challenging level for each day. Please choose the level that is most suited for your child and if you need help in deciding I will always be there to help guide you. If your child wants to have a go at both - fantastic! The more we practise the better we become!


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me on:


Have fun year 1 and thank you in advance to all of the parents and carers for your support in this matter!


Mrs Vickers


Academic Year 2019-2020 

Good Luck in Year 2 Guys! I know Miss Buchanan can't wait to meet you all! Have a lovely Summer and Stay Safe! Mrs Vickers

Wow!! Amazing letter writing Sienna!!!

Well done Chevonne!!! Fantastic effort in our Sports Day!

Still image for this video

More incredible home learning for the wonderful Selen!

Good morning year 1!


I am a bit emotional this morning as it is the last Monday I am writing to you and setting you work! sad It has been a very strange Summer Term and I have missed you all so much! I loved being your teacher and was very sad that our time together was cut short! You are a really lovely class and Miss Buchanan can't wait to meet you all!! Thank you for making me smile every day and for working so hard this year. We have seen some incredible progress and you all made me so, so proud! Keep up the good work this week and then enjoy a lovely, relaxing summer with your grown ups before I see you all bigger, stronger and if it's been anything like in our house in yours … with far less teeth come September! laugh


Keep smiling and stay safe! That rainbow is coming!! heart


Mrs Vickers


This weeks challenges:


Maths: Time (New learning!!)

English: Letter to Mr Renwick - don't forget your steps to success!! wink



Week 7 Timetable

Amazing home learning!! πŸ‘πŸ’— Well done Selen!! You are making me so proud! πŸ₯³

More wonderful Purple Mash Learning! πŸ₯° I miss you all so much and it makes me so happy to see your fantastic work!! Thank you Chevonne, Aysenur, Adnan and Selen!! 🌞

#1 Running like Mo Farrah! Layla and I had a little go at this yesterday! How did you get on?? Please send me your pictures alongside a note as to whether or not you wish me to add your pictures to our website!! Let's go guys!!!!! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ…πŸ†

Don't forget to send me your efforts for Sports Day to:

Good morning again year 1! 


I hope you are all well and staying safe!


The weather has been a bit rubbish hasn't it but fingers crossed we are going to get some sunshine again soon!! smiley


This week in maths you are looking at shapes and measurement! We have done lots of shape work in class and did some measurement during our plants Topic so it should all be pretty straight forward! I am going to add our shape songs for you to watch at home to help you to remember! yes


In writing this week it's all about pets! There's a funny story about a puppy in there and I would love for you to have a go at writing your own 'day in the life of a puppy story!' You will also be practising your spelling, using your phonics sounds and adding the prefix 'un' to words to give them the opposite meaning.


Don't forget to push yourself with Year 2 challenges or support yourself with Reception's. We have all planned this way for this reason! heart


A huge thank you again to Selen who is sending me all of her amazing work weekly and to all of you completing your Purple Mash challenges! You have no idea how excited and happy I get each time I open my email or Purple Mash Account and see your amazing learning!! Keep it coming! I want to be inundated with emails from you all, seeing your amazing work and smiley faces! laugh


Keep it up guys! Missing you all LOADS! 


Mrs Vickers 

Week 6 Timetable

Warning to parents! These songs will ABSOLUTELY get stuck in your head ALL DAY!! πŸ˜

Shapes Song 2D (1)

Shapes song 2D (2)

Shape song 3D

Shape sing 3D (2)

Kids Yoga and Mindfulness - All About Dogs!! - Monday

Family time - Bad Dog Marley! - Tuesday

Rock Painting - Wednesday

Purple Mash 2do : Pet Captions! - Thursday

Fun with family: Room on the broom recipe: Dog Pizza! - Friday

Good morning year 1!


I hope you are all well and enjoying the work.


This week in maths you are looking at fractions where you will learn how to find halves and quarters when exploring shapes and amounts. This is something that we hadn't got round to doing yet in class so take your time with it and remember to email me if you are having any problems at all! A good way to help you to understand better is to get a pizza for tea! wink


In writing this week we are looking at Space! There's a few activities for you to do, consolidating last weeks learning, where you are looking at Space Travel and at the end of the week you will get to write your own story titled 'Ladder to the Moon!'


Remember to take a sneaky peak at Reception's pack for the week if you are finding it a bit tricky or steal Year2s if you want an extra challenge! This can also be requested when you are coming in to pick up your paper packs at school!


A big thank you to Selen whose emails each week are really brightening my days! And to all of the children who are still completing their Purple Mash challenges each week too - you are all making me really proud! I am missing you all terribly and would love to see more work from you all!


Have fun!


Mrs Vickers heart



Week 5 Timetable

Cosmic Kids Yoga - Space Heroes! Monday

Family Time - Whatever Next! - Tuesday

Wellbeing Activity - My Heart Map! Wednesday

Purple Mash 2Do - Thursday

Family time - Room on the Broom Cookbook - Moon Pancakes!

We tried a sweet version using bananas and blueberries instead of cheese! They were yummy!!

Good morning year 1!


I hope you are all well and having fun with your grown ups at home!


This week in maths we are looking at division! This might sound scary but I know you will be really good at it because it is really just sharing and we are good at sharing in year 1! wink


The theme for writing this week is carrying on with traditional tales. This time we are going to rewrite a traditional tale but with a twist! laugh


Please remember to pop into school and collect paper copies of all these resources if you need to and remember to look at the resources from Reception and Year 2 if you need further challenge or support!


I can't wait to see your fabulous work! Don't forget to send me an email, even if it just to say hi! My inbox is getting lonely! wink


Missing you lots and look forward to seeing you again soon!


Mrs Vickers

Week 4 Timetable

Cosmic kids yoga - Spider Power - Monday

Exploring the weather - Tuesday!

Why not keep a weather diary for a week! In your exercise books or on some plain paper draw a picture of the weather next to each day and maybe write a sentence or two about it!

Act of kindness - making a bird feeder! - Wednesday

Purple Mash 2do - the weather - Thursday

Family fun time - Room on the Broom recipe! - Friday

⚠️ Warning! This recipe contains peanut butter! Please check any allergies before trying at home. We tried to use jam but it was a bit slippery! Cream cheese or chocolate spread may hold your ingredients in place in the same way that peanut butter would! πŸ‘βš οΈ

Keep washing your hands guys and stay safe! Do you remember the glitter experiment that we did at school? I have found another experiment for you to try at home to show you how important soap is! Have fun! πŸ’¦

These completed 2dos really made me smile today!! Thank you Chevonne and Aysenur!! ❀️🌳

Good morning year 1! I hope you are all ok and having lots of fun in the sunshine! 


I have attached this weeks work for you, but please remember we have copies of everything that I upload ready for you to collect at school so whenever you are walking past please bob in to the office so that you can pick it up! smiley The theme for writing this week is traditional tales, looking at character descriptions and in maths it's multiplication - you should be getting really good at your 2s now!! laugh Don't forget to take a peek at Year 2s and Receptions work if you feel that you need to start with something a little easier or you are seeking further challenge. You can also request this at school too if need be! I can't wait to see what you have been up to! Don't forget to email me! I love seeing your pictures! heart


Missing you lots and lots, Mrs Vickers

Week 3 Timetable

Cosmic kids yoga - Frozen - Monday

Explore together what happens to animals each season! - Tuesday

Act of kindness - Wednesday! Today I want you to do something that will make someone smile! This can be many things! You could help mummy or daddy make tea, make your bed without being asked, read a story to your baby sister or brother, smile and wave at an older person who lives in your street that might be feeling lonely or make a Father's day card for someone special this Sunday! Not everybody has a daddy, I don't anymore so will be making one for my grandad. Who will you make yours for?

Purple Mash Task - Thursday

Gruffalo recipe - Friday

Times table champion!

Good morning everyone! smiley


I hope you are all well! I really am missing you! It was so lovely to see 6 of you in school last week!! I was so excited to see your lovely, happy little faces! laugh


Please find attached the work for this week. The theme in writing this week across school is animals! In maths we are all looking at subtraction. Don't forget to take a peek at the activities for Year 2 and Reception if you feel you need to start with something a little easier or you are seeking further challenge. Remember, if you would like paper copies, they are at school waiting for you all ready to go! Also, please don't hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have or send me photos of your amazing work via the email:


Have fun and stay safe! Mrs Vickers heart

Week 2 Timetable

Cosmic kids yoga - frogs - Monday

Learning about the seasons! We have started to look at the seasons whilst learning about trees. Today I want you to find out more! Together with your grown ups I want you to learn which months fall into which season. Can you name the months in order? There are lots of songs online to help with this! Can you think of one thing that happens in each month? Write this down in your workbook!! Examples to think about could be Easter, Christmas, starting back at school, your birthday, Halloween, mum's birthday etc etc. Have fun!! - Tuesday

Act of kindness! Make something for a friend or relative! Wednesday

Purple Mash task - Thursday

Summer Scavenger Hunt - Friday

Good morning year 1!


I hope that you are still all safe and well, I miss you guys!


As you will be aware, this week has marked big changes for some schools across the UK as a phased return to school is being mapped out. Here at Castle Hill, some of you may have opted to send your Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 children back to school. However, some of you may have opted to keep them with you at home. I want you to know that the work set on the website from now on will perfectly mirror what is being delivered in school. The only difference is at school it will be being taught and delivered by a teacher, whilst at home it will be in your hands. For the children in school Monday to Thursday the maths, reading, phonics and writing will have been completed in the morning/afternoon with their teacher in school. There is a fun morning/afternoon activity set each day under Mental health and topic work to be completed at home. On Fridays all learning will be completed at home by all children. If you need any support or advice please don't hesitate to contact me on:


This email address has been set up just for you! You may use it to seek support, advice or guidance, request lost passwords or even more excitingly, send photographs of work completed so I can see what you have all been doing at home! I can't wait to see how they have been getting on as miss them all greatly! heart


We understand that not all families have access to laptops/ Ipads/ the internet or printers and some just prefer to access paper copies anyway. As a result of this, paper copies of everything posted here online will be available to collect from school from Monday mornings each week. 


We have worked together as a staff team to create packs that run along the same theme each week. This week in writing the children are looking at how Key workers and the NHS have supported us throughout the last couple of months. In maths we are all working on addition. This has been done deliberately to ensure that all children can access work set. Every child is different and special and unique and the work set on their particular class page may not be pitched to their abilities. If you find the work too easy, please look at year 2's class page. If you find it too tricky, please look at Reception's learning for the week. Again my email is there to support you if you need any advice on which page to access or which work pack to collect.


Thank you for all of your support at home, please remember I am here if you need me!


Have fun!


Mrs Vickers smiley



Week 1 Timetable

Cosmic kids yoga - Moana - Monday

Purple Mash task - Tuesday

Act of kindness - letter to a friend or teacher! Wednesday

Bark or leaf rubbing - Thursday

Nature colour hunt - Friday!

Year 1 - task 50!! Right guys, today I want you to go on a sock hunt!! With permission from a grown up I want you to go and find as many of your daddy's, mummy's, auntie's, sister's, brother's, baby's or your socks and bring them back here! On your marks! Get set! Go!!

Ok, now I want you to pair them up and put them in a line. How far can you count by 2s? Practise counting along your line making sure you add each pair, not each sock as you go and then afterwards get some scrap paper and label your pairs counting by 2s! πŸ˜ƒπŸ§¦

Fantastic work everyone! Well done! Ok, now I want you to have a little go at this! Once you are feeling confident, get out your workbooks and work out as many answers to these questions as you can!! How many can you get right in 1 minute? 2 minutes? 3? Get a grown up to time you so you can see whether you are a wannabe, a headliner or a rock hero!! I don't expect anyone to be a rock hero today but if you practise two or three times a week, trying to beat your score each time, you soon will be! Good luck and have fun! πŸ‘

Update: I have just attempted this challenge myself and I was a Rock Star! NOT a Rock hero! πŸ™‚ This is going to take some practise!!! I wonder if anyone can beat me? I will be waiting to hear from you!!


Send your scores to our brand new email address which was made especially for you to send in all of the wonderful things your children have been up to!! 




The winners name will appear on our website next week! Closing date - Friday 5th June!


Please feel free to use this new special address to send any pictures of your learning, your nature hunts, your lovely paintings or drawings! I can't wait to hear from you all!! πŸ€—



Year 1 - task 49! I want to see some more lovely writing from you today guys so get out those work books! Today I want you to write about the cycle of a deciduous tree. Please remember to write in full sentences and tell me what happens in each of the four seasons! Have fun! ✍️🌳

Year 1 - task 48! Today I want to tell you about 2 different types of trees! Throughout the year many trees experience changes. In winter their branches are bare. They have no leaves:

In Spring, as it gets warmer, their leaves begin to slowly grow back. Some of them become covered in blossom!

As Spring turns to Summer the leaves grow back more and more each day until the branches can no longer be seen for all the lovely, healthy, green leaves!

As the weather gets cold and Summer turns into Autumn, the leaves on the trees begin to change colour and they drop off the tree. The floor becomes covered in a blanket of brightly coloured, crunchy leaves!

As the weather gets colder and the last leaf falls off it is Winter again and the cycle is complete!

These trees are called deciduous trees and they experience this same cycle every single year! However not all trees are the same! Take a close look at this picture! πŸ‘€πŸ”Ž

All of the trees around it have lost their leaves! Can you remember the name for this type of tree? That's right deciduous! But the tree in the middle has still got all of its leaves! These trees are called evergreen trees! This is easy to remember as no matter what time of year it is - these trees are forever green! πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ²

Your task today is to get out your pencils, crayons, colouring pencils, felt tips, paints - whatever you have and draw a deciduous and an evergreen tree in winter. Afterwards can you label each tree with the correct scientific name? 


Evergreen    Deciduous

Year 1 - task 47! Find this worksheet in your pack and label the tree! Can you label the trunk, the leaves, the branches and the roots?

After that write a little description about what each part does! The roots anchor the tree into the ground and absorb the vitamins and minerals, just like in a plant! The trunk helps the tree stand up tall and takes the water and minerals from the roots to the leaves very much like a stem does! The branches help to transport the water and minerals from the trunk to the leaves and the food from the leaves to the rest of the tree! As with a plant, the leaves use the sun to make food for the tree!

Year 1 - task 46!! On your daily walks this week I want you to look for trees again! As you pass by them talk about what you can see. Explore the names of the different parts together identifying the trunk, the branches and the leaves!

Word bank: trunk, leaves, branches, roots

This week for maths I want you to spend the week practising reciting your timestables! Please watch the video each day as to begin we are going to try to recall your 2s off by heart! As you sing along put one finger up for each number then try to answer questions.. what is 2x2, 6x2, 9x2 etc.

Multiplication can be described as repeated addition or counting in groups of a certain number. It is important that children can see this visually. At school I often use counters or bricks but we did not have enough of these at home so raided our pennies! 🀣 You can use blueberries or even draw dots on a large sheet of paper! Start off showing 1 group of 2, then underneath show 2 groups of 2. Under that show three groups of 2. Watch as the rows build and each time a row is added count along saying the new total each time! 2,4,6,8...

little story that found just for you! πŸ¦”πŸŒˆπŸ’


Year 1 - task 45!! I have a little reading comprehension for you today based on the text we have been looking at! Read the story on the first page and then answer the questions in your work books! Don't scroll to the third page until you are ready as you will find the answers there! πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–

Year 1 - task 44!! Today we are going to be measuring!! πŸ“ It should be something you have looked at a little in your white rose hub sessions so most of it should be nice and easy! Have a look at these and see how many you get right!

Did you get them all right?? Fantastic! They were easy peasy weren't they! Now I want you to get some blocks, LEGO or straws if you have them! Anything you can measure with. Don't worry if you don't have these things you can use your hands to measure or get a ruler or tape measure if you are really feeling clever! Now choose the things you want to measure - this can be different shoes from your family, teddies, toys or like we chose - plants! 🌷

I want you to measure at least 7 things and record your findings in your book like so...

Once you have finished, talk to your grown up about what you found! Which was the tallest item? Which was the shortest item? You could record your findings in your book like so...

Have fun measuring!! πŸ“πŸŒ·πŸ₯€πŸŒ»πŸŒ±πŸ§ΈπŸ¦πŸ°πŸ¦„πŸ»πŸ¦•πŸ¦–πŸ§¦πŸ‘žπŸ₯ΏπŸ‘Ÿ

Year 1 - task 43!! Today I would like you to do some more writing! ☺️✏️ Firstly, look at the information slides together and discuss the function of each part of the plant!

If you can, get out into your garden or find a wild flower locally and investigate it! We had a flower on our windowsill that was about to die so used this, carefully taking off and inspecting the petals and leaf, looking closely at the pollen and seeds inside and cutting the stem down the middle to see how the water was travelling through! Make sure as you investigate each part you try to remember and talk about what each part does!

If you have been able to do this, now stick a petal, a leaf and a bit of stem in your book before you start writing! Next to each part I want you to tell me what it is and why it is important - what is its job! If you can't stick the parts in, simply drawing them will be fine! ☺️🌷

Don't forget your steps to success when writing!!! πŸ˜ƒβœοΈ

Year 1 - task 42!! You have a new challenge set on purple mash! As well as being a bit of fun, we are looking at writing today! Use the camera in your phone, tablet or laptop to turn yourself into a gardener! πŸ˜„

Once you have had a giggle turning yourself into a gardener I would like you to write inside the speech bubble! Remember you are a gardener now and can become anyone you want, you can even change your name!! Here is an example to help you!!

Try your best to remember the year 1 rules you have been taught such as:


πŸ˜ƒ Capital letters at the beginning of sentences, names and for the tricky word I.


πŸ˜ƒ Finger spaces between words.


πŸ˜ƒ Full stops, exclamation marks (for exciting or scary facts) or question marks at the end of your sentences.


πŸ˜ƒ Adding 'ing' or 'ed' to words such as:


plant - planting - planted




Have fun! πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ·

Some more lovely garden pictures from my lovely class on Purple Mash and also some more great scores on the labelling challenges!! Come on guys today is the deadline for these activities! Tomorrow I will set you a new challenge! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ

Year 1 - task 41!! Did you watch the Jack and the Beanstalk video? If not scroll down and make sure you do! ☺️ If you got a bean I would like you to plant it today!

First, get your cup and fill it half full with soil...

Next, get your bean and pop it in, making sure that it is lying against the side of the cup so you can see it clearly!...!

After that, top up your cup with soil, ensuring that you can still see your bean through the cup, don't let it get lost in the soil!...

Finally, water your bean, making sure the soil is wet but you don't drown it...

Place on the window sill and watch it grow!

If you did choose to do this activity please keep a bean diary to take note of your plants growth! We planted ours on Friday and if you look really closely, you can see the root has started to sprout!! πŸ€— Here is a bean diary and word mat to help you! We don't have a printer so are just going to it use our workbooks to follow the sequence and make a bean diary! Incase you do have a printer I will attach the printable version too!

If you didn't get a bean don't panic!! You can plant one at anytime or simply use my photos to write the bean diary instead! I will post a picture of our bean every week to help you to update it. Alternatively why not have a go at writing about your favourite part of the Jack and the beanstalk story or even better rewrite the end!!! Please, if you do, make sure that you send me your new stories as I would love to read them!! πŸ˜ƒ Have fun!!

Good morning everyone! πŸŒ„ There is a slight change to our maths this week as the free subscription has ended. We are going to the same place: White Rose Hub Home Learning and watching the video but we are going to skip week 4 and head straight to week 5!

There will be a new video for each lesson. Today we are starting on Lesson 1! After you have watched the video each day, click on BBC Bitesize! This will take you to the site which I signposted you to earlier in the term. We are going to complete the maths each day and feel free to have a look at the English and Topic work too!

If you do manage to get some beans this weekend to plant one next week - don't let the others go to waste!! Here's a great way to use those beans! I would make the numbers bigger so you are counting out teen numbers like 15, 17 or 20 or even write some addition sentences on the pots to solve such as 9+3= or 17+6=! You don't need planting pots, you can use egg cups, bowls, cupcake cakes or plastic cups! Anything you can find πŸ˜ƒ get counting!

In addition to this, if you have a spare 10 space egg box in your recycling - Collect 10 daisies and 10 buttercups when out on your daily walks! With these you can explore your number bonds to 10!

Make sure you record your findings! This equation would look like this:


3 + 7 = 10

There have been some gorgeous garden pictures coming in on Purple Mash!! Keep up the great work guys! πŸ‘ Some fabulous scores on plant labelling activities too! You are making me very proud!! 🌷🌱

Year 1 - task 40!! I have set 3 new challenges on purple mash! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ I hope you enjoy them!! In addition to this, if you are able, I would like you to put a clear plastic cup and some beans on your shopping list! Next week I would like you to be like Jack and plant a beanstalk!! πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ±

Shopping list πŸ›’πŸ“ƒNext week I would love you to plant a bean!! You can use an old jam jar or coffee jar if you can't get hold of a see through cup and you can plant your bean using soil out of your garden or even cotton wool balls. All you really need is a bean! Xx

Jack and the Beanstalk

Bean Time lapse!

Year 1 - task 39! Find this sheet in your pack and label the flower! Once you have finished, colour it in neatly πŸ–οΈ Afterwards relook at the PowerPoint ensuring that you know what each part does!!

The functions of each part of a plant!

Year 1 - task 38!! Well done to all of you who have been hunting with your families, looking for all of the different types of wild plants and trees! Today we are going to start looking more closely at plants! 🧐🌻

The four words that I want you to learn today are.... 







Why not look closely at plants outside and feel each part! Remember you are not allowed to pick some plants that have been planted by grown ups so always check first but some safe wild plants are fine to pull out of the ground and investigate! Additionally you can draw a picture of a plant, ensuring that you draw each of the 4 parts or make a little plant using collage materials! Find this sheet in your pack for inspiration! 

This is the one we made! You can use any bits you find around the house! 🌷

Someone else has been busy with their mummy looking for wild plants and different types of trees! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸŒ»πŸŒΏπŸŒ³πŸŒΌ Well done Chevonne! I hope that you and mummy had lots of fun!

Year 1 - task 37! Right year 1 - today you can show me all you have learned about wild plants by looking through the slides, talking with your grown ups and going for a hunt! Get the sheet below out of your packs and see how many different wild plants you can now name off by heart! πŸŒΌπŸ’› If you are struggling I will include the names out of order below to help prompt you but if you don't want to see this don't scroll down until the end! πŸ™ƒ

Ivy               Daisy          Bramble


     Dandelion              Nettle


Buttercup               πŸŒΌπŸŒ»πŸŒΈβ˜˜οΈπŸŒΏ



Year 1 - task 36! If you haven't already been on your nature walk make sure you try to have a go this week as long as it is safe for you and your family to leave the house. We are going to have another go and try to find all of the wild plants! 😁 Make sure that you can name them all as tomorrow I will be checking your knowledge! 😁🌻🌼 I have also attached a second sheet, this time you will have to look up high into the trees! 🌲🌳 how many different leaves can you find? Have fun!! πŸ”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ

πŸ“ΈπŸ“ΈπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒΌπŸŒ» Don't forget to send me any photos of the things you find and if you want me to share them to the website for your friends to see I can do! πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ»πŸŒΌπŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸ“ΈπŸ“Έ 

Your maths for this week!! 😁 This week we are clicking on Summer Term Week 3 and then working our way through the lessons. Start today on lesson 1! 🌟

3 amazing fact files from 3 amazing girls! I am missing you so much and you are making me so very proud each day! Great job girls, keep shining! πŸ€—

Well done to Aysenur who has completed her 2paint challenge! I love your rabbit Aysenur and also love how you remembered to join two ideas by using 'and' as we were working hard on this before school closed! πŸ˜πŸ‘

Happy VE day everyone! πŸŽ‰

Year 1 - task 35!! Do you remember going to Bolton Museum this year? πŸ›οΈ It was fun wasn't it! We saw lots of really old toys, photos and artifacts!

Now, imagine being 90 years old and your grandchildren coming home from school and saying that they saw some writing that you did as a child during the Coronavirus lockdown on their trip to the museum!! The Bolton Museum is giving you the opportunity for this to really happen!! πŸ€“

The museum wants to give YOU the chance to become part of Bolton's history! All you need to do is draw a picture and for mummy or daddy to scribe your thoughts and feelings underneath or do a little bit of writing yourself, telling everybody how you celebrated VE day this year in lockdown with your families! Earlier this week I set you a challenge to prepare for this so you might write about having a pretend tea party in your front garden, a real family picnic, making flags and decorations or baking together! Have fun and don't forget to send your finished pieces to the address shown below to be become part of Bolton's history!!

The sun is out β˜€οΈπŸ˜Ž so that means we can take our phonics learning outdoors!!! Are there any sounds you are finding really tricky? Check which ones you know by reading them out loud and get mummies and daddies to write down between 5 and 10 that you are unsure of on little pieces of paper! Stick them up and play splat the sound! For this you can use a water pistol (we didn't have one) a hose pipe or even a wet piece of balled up kitchen roll! Shout the sounds and start splatting! πŸ’¦πŸ”«

I found a really helpful guide to help you! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

Still image for this video

Time for a challenge!

Once you want to dry off, choose 1 sound and see how many words you and your family can think of containing that sound in one minute!! On your marks, get set, go! ⏳

Someone has been on their wild plant hunt today! Well done Sienna! I hope you had fun! πŸ˜ƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒ±

Year 1 - task 34! Our new topic is all about plants and whilst the weather is so lovely we are going to start with a lovely, fun activity that the whole family can enjoy! This activity can be done whilst in your own garden or as part of your daily exercise! β˜€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŒΌ The first thing we are going to do is look for wild flowers!

Let's look at some common wild plants and flowers! Some you might recognise straight away! πŸ”ŽπŸ‘€

Now that you recognise a few - go get hunting! πŸ˜ƒ Make sure that you dig your sheet out of your pack or mummy or daddy has the picture up on their phone so you can tick them off as you go! It is fun finding flowers! How many did you find? Did you find any in different stages of their cycle? Which were the most popular? We found lots and lots of dandelions, buttercups and daisies! Make sure that you take lots of pictures so we can share your findings when we are back in class! πŸ˜ƒπŸ“ΈπŸŒŸ If you are happy for your pictures to be shown here on the website - feel free to email me and I will pop them on so all of your friends can see what you have been up to! 😁🌈

Year 1 - task 33! On this Friday - 8th May the United Kingdom will be celebrating VE day! This year will be the 75th anniversary of VE Day, marking the end of the 2nd World War in Europe 75 years ago! I have attached a Power Point for you to look through together and some ideas to help you to celebrate whilst staying safe indoors! You could make your own pictures, flags or bunting by looking at Union Jack flags and using paint, felt tips, crayons or tissue to make them! You could decorate your homes or gardens with these and have your own family tea party! You could even make your own invitations or menus and make food together in the kitchen! I have attached some yummy recipes to try! 😁 When sharing out the food, remember your maths from this week and last and discuss sharing and halving equally. You could even bring your teddies, toys and dolls along and if you are struggling to get to the shops, role play using pretend food! Enjoy guys and have fun!! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ°πŸŽ‰

V E day PowerPoint πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ°πŸŽ‰

Year 1 - tasks 31 and 32! I have set new activities for you on Purple Mash! The first ones I would like you to complete today are these:

These activities are little quizzes and challenges which will test how much you have learned about animals! πŸ€πŸŽπŸˆπŸ‹πŸ’πŸ„πŸ¨πŸ¦”πŸ¦’

Tomorrow I would like you to have a go at this:

This will take a little longer as you need to use all of your Science, English and ICT skills in order to complete it! 🌟 I would like you to think of everything you have learned about birds and create a mini fact file in the form of an information leaflet! I can't wait to see everything you have learned!! πŸ’–πŸŒˆ
πŸŒŸβ€ΌοΈ Don't forget if you have misplaced your Log In please do not hesitate to contact me on and I will find it for you!! 🌟

Your maths for this week!! 😁 This week we are clicking on Summer Term Week 2 and then working our way through the lessons. Start today on lesson 1! 🌟

You have no idea how happy it makes me to see your lovely, fantastic work!! I miss you all so much! Well done Sienna, this is awesome!! ❀️

More celebrations! A huge well done to Chevonne who has completed her challenge and created this wonderful picture of a Koala! I love it Chevonne!

Celebration time! Well done to Selen who has already completed her daily challenge on Purple Mash! It really brightens my day to see you completing the tasks I set and can't wait to see many more! πŸ€— ⭐ Don't forget to press "hand in" when you are finished! ⭐

πŸ€πŸ„πŸ…πŸ’πŸ¦”πŸŠπŸBonus Weekend Challenge!!! Why not find different ways to make animals! Now that you have made a picture, why not use junk recycling products from around your house or play dough to make animal models! πŸ¦“πŸ¦’πŸ»πŸ¦ŠπŸΏοΈπŸ˜πŸ¬

Something else to keep those little minds busy at home! πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘ͺπŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦

Under current lockdown restrictions there are a few that are out of bounds but some are ideal for being stuck at home!



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9 🎢

10 🌱

11 🍰

12 🌳

14 πŸ‘―‍β™€οΈπŸ’ƒπŸ•Ί

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35 🍞πŸ₯–

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All look perfect for ideas to try whilst you are stuck at home! We don't have any paint here but we have been doing lots of number 14!! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’ƒ I can't wait to see what you have all been up to! ♥️🌈

Year 1 - task 30!! Today we are nearing the end of our animals topic! I want you to think of your favourite animal and draw me a picture of it! I want you to really think carefully about shape, colour and space - filling your page and drawing neatly, colouring in using appropriate colours. I have set this as a 2Do on Purple Mash or you can get out your felt tips and paints? It's up to you! If you're feeling really excited - why not do both like I did? Enjoy! πŸŒŸπŸŽ¨πŸ–ŒοΈπŸ–οΈπŸ‘©β€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ


Year 1 - task 29! Leading on from yesterday's BBC Bitesize lesson - let's continue to look at nouns! For this session you will need to dig out this worksheet from your pack and get some scissors and glue! βœ‚οΈ

Nouns are naming words and give names to people, places and things! Can you sort these nouns into the correct columns, telling me whether they are giving names to people, places or things? πŸ™‹πŸ–οΈπŸ€

Challenge Time!

Now we are going on a noun hunt! Look around your house and add one more noun to each column! I found "Layla, teddy and bathroom" for mine! Get hunting and have fun! πŸ”πŸ•΅οΈ‍♀️

29/04/20 - additional learning! Looking at BBC Bitesize today the English activity links particularly well to our animals topic AND our current learning in English! πŸ˜ƒ Check it out and have a go! (Picture 1) I have attached the link again to help you! Alongside this have a look at the resource pack on Classroom Secrets as it closely supports the learning on BBC Bitesize. (Pictures 2-5) Link also attached! Remember these links can be clicked on daily and match up perfectly to support your learning at home in all subject areas. The classroom Secrets resource also includes a lovely timetable each day 🌟

Year 1 - task 28! Before you start this task, I want you to go back and recap your learning around herbivores, carnivores and omnivores from task 23!

Once you have refreshed your knowledge around these new words and have rewatched the videos I have 2 special writing activities for you to complete!

Get out your workbooks and follow my presentation to tell me everything you have learned! I am going to give you a little test soon so today is the day to really check all of your knowledge. Don't be afraid to use Google or You Tube under adult supervision as they can really help you with these activities today! πŸ˜ƒ Have fun!! 

🌟 Remember - if you are still at an early stage of your writing development you can approach the activity in a different way! Tell your grown ups what herbivores, carnivores and omnivores are and get them to write down your responses. For the second task - why not draw your 3 animals each time, attempting to use your phonics to label πŸ˜ƒ

Year 1 - task 27! Today I want you to choose a book and read! This could be any book! A book from home that you love, a book that you took home from school on your last day or one of your sister and brothers books! ☺️ If you cannot yet read the words I want you to ask a grown up to read with you and try to tell the story yourself by using the pictures to help you! When you have finished I want you to get out your work books and write about your favourite part! πŸ’—

🌟 Top tip! If you don't have any story books at home why not look online and you will find lots of lovely stories that can be read to you! ❣️

Year 1 - task 26!! How have we been apart for 5 weeks? πŸ˜₯ I am missing you all lots and hope you are enjoying your daily activities! This activity follows on from Thursday's English Activity. I want you to write about these two animals using comparative language. I will be looking for your use of the word "but" and your application of the suffixes "er" and "est" !πŸ˜ƒ I have given you a selection of adjectives to help you to start your sentences off! 🌟

Let me give you an example:


The dog is strong but the elephant is stronger. The elephant is taller than the dog. The dog is the shortest. The dog can be loud when he barks but the elephant is the loudest!

Challenge yourself! 🌟

Now have a go at comparing these animal friends! πŸ’ž


⚠️ Top Tip!!


If your adjective ends in an 'e' - such as fierce, gentle or cute, instead of adding 'er' and 'est' remember your e is already there for you so you just add the 'r' in 'er' and the 'st' in 'est'


gentle - gentlest

cute - cuter

fierce - fiercest

If your child is at a very early stage in their writing development please do not let this task put you off, just approach it in a different way. Look closely at the animals together and talk and talk and talk. πŸ₯° Use the comparative language encouraging your child to speak in full sentences and answer questions such as: "which animal is the shortest?" "Which animal do you think is the cutest?" "Which is the fiercest??" Talk for writing is so important and should never be underestimated! You could even write your child's amazing verbal sentences down for them, showing them how these ideas look when written down!

Your maths for this week!! 😁 This week we are clicking on Summer Term Week 1 and then working our way through the lessons. Start today on lesson 1! 🌟

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed making your cards for Captain Tom! Don't forget to post them soon as it is his birthday in just 3 days! πŸ˜ƒ

We're getting ours done! πŸ˜ƒ

Year 1 - task 25!! This is a very special task guys. You may have heard on the news about a very special man. This man is Captain Tom.

🌟❀️ Captain Tom has a heart of gold! He is a war veteran meaning when he was younger he was a British Army Officer who put himself in danger each day by fighting in World War 2 protecting our country. Captain Tom is now 99 years old but he hadn't stopped fighting to make this world a better place. On 6th April 2020, Captain Tom  began to walk up and down his garden. His aim was to walk 100 laps of his garden before he turned 100 years old. People sponsored him to do it and Captain Tom hoped that he would be able to raise £1,000 pound for the NHS who are currently working  his hard to fight the Coronavirus! 


On 16th April Captain Tom completed 100 laps! However he then said he will not stop and made a new target to do 100 more!! 


So far he has already smashed his target of £1,000 raising over £27.6 MILLION pounds!! To show Tom what a special, kind, amazing man he is I would like you to make a birthday card for Tom and send it to him! His birthday is on Thursday 30th April! ❀️🌟


Here is the address you will need:

Year 1 - task 24!! Today we are going to look at adding the suffix -er and -est to the end of words. Dig out this worksheet from your pack and have a go!!

Time for a challenge!!

Use these new words to write a couple of sentences:


The sloth is slow.

The tortoise is slower.

The snail is the slowest.


You could even push yourself and use a conjunction to join two of these sentences together:


The sloth is slow but the snail is the slowest!

Year 1 - task 23!! Today we will refer to our Knowledge Organisers and learn 3 new words!

These special words are used to describe animals diets! Some animals are carnivores meaning they only eat meat! Most of these animals hunt for their food!!


Tigers and lions are carnivores. They do not eat plants - they hunt for their food and eat the flesh of other animals!! This is why lions and tigers have such sharp teeth!! πŸ˜²πŸ™ˆπŸ–

Some animals are herbivores. This means that they only eat plants, fruit and vegetables. They do not hunt because they do not eat the flesh of other animals! These poor animals are often hunted! πŸ˜“

Giraffes, rabbits and koala bears are all herbivores! They eat plants, fruits and vegetables. These animals never eat other animals and only eat things that grow in the ground. For this reason they do not need sharp teeth, just flat teeth to grind up their yummy greens! πŸ˜‹πŸŒ³πŸŒΏπŸ₯•

Some animals are omnivores! This means that they eat both meat and plants such as fruit and vegetables. Human's are designed to be omnivorous as they have both sharp teeth to rip their food and flat teeth to grind. However some people choose to only eat plant based food due to cultural or religious reasons. We call these people vegetarians. 

Bears and humans are omnivores. Most bears and humans enjoy eating all sorts of foods! Even humans hunt for their prey sometimes by fishing!

Right explorers! Watch these videos to find out lots more about herbivores, omnivores and carnivores!

β•πŸŒŸHelpful hint - if accessing this on your phone or tablet you can often press this little symbol in the corner and Chromecast to your TV! πŸ‘

Year 1 - task 22!! Following on from yesterday's challenge, this time I want you to write about a different animal - dogs! Whilst writing think carefully about the animal group they belong to and how they are the same or different to other animals. I would be super impressed if you could include some comparitive sentences in your writing this time, using words such as but and because....

There are lots of different types of dogs. Some dogs are small but some dogs are big!


Dogs are mammals. They are similar to cats because they both have fur.


Dogs are different to ducks because they have live babies but ducks lay eggs. 


Dogs are warm blooded like cows and sheep.

If you are finding this a bit tricky there are two other ways you can do this task!


1. Write a bullet pointed list telling me all of the facts you know about this...




  • Are mammals
  • Are warm blooded
  • Have fur
  • Have 4 legs
  • Do not lay eggs


2. Practise writing in simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops...


Dogs are mammals.

Dogs do not lay eggs.

Dogs are warm blooded.

Dogs have got 4 legs.



It really doesn't matter which way you choose to do it - each and every way will make me proud!! πŸ€—πŸŒˆ

Year 1 - task 21!! Today I want you to rewatch the videos on animal groups and look again at the posters. For this task you are going to write about an animal! Your animal is a duck!

Think about everything you know about ducks. Are they mammals, reptiles, insects, ambhibians, fish or birds? Do they lay eggs? Are they warm or cold blooded? Have the posters next to you to help you to think of the characterists this animal might have. This will really help your writing! 😁 


You have all of these mini animal pictures with you at home so if you want you can cut out the duck and stick it on your page just like I did! πŸ˜ƒ

Here is an example I wrote about cats:


C​​​​​ats are mammals. T​​​​​​hey do not lay eggs. C​​​​​​ats give birth to live babies. They have fur on their bodies and four limbs. When cats have babies they nurse their babies by feeding them milk. They live on land and breathe using their lungs. L​​​​​​ike all other mammals, cats are warm blooded


When thinking about our animal it really helped Layla and I to do some research first. If you type "duck facts for kids" into You Tube or a similar search engine you can watch lots of fun videos first to give you ideas! πŸ‘

Remember, if you are using search engines or You Tube you must have an adult nearby to keep you safe on the internet! ⚠️


Have fun and remember, don't forget your steps to success!...

Your maths for this week! 😁 This week we are clicking on week two and then working our way through our lessons. Start today on lesson 1! 🌟

Hi everyone! I hope you're all well! I've just come across a fantastic link that gives you access to even more free resources! πŸ™‚ BBC Bitesize are launching 3 daily lessons each day starting tomorrow! Every day you will have access to 1 maths lesson, 1 English lesson and a curriculum based session. Looking through them it looks like it will be lots of recapping for some of you and for others will be great to look at as next steps! Take a look by clicking the link below...

Hi Year 1!! To help you with your learning about animals Miss Ebdon has added your new Knowledge Organiser to the website! To view it simply click on the drop down bar and choose Key Information then go to Curriculum. Your new organiser is stored here alongside all of the others too! πŸ‘

Bonus Challenge! πŸŒŸβœ³οΈπŸ† Before we broke up spelling and handwriting were two things that we were trying really hard to improve! Have a go at your tricky word practise sheet to practise both in one go! Please remember your tall ascenders, your dipping descenders and your body sized letters! ✏️

White Rose Maths - lesson 5!! - End of week 1! πŸ˜ƒ

Year 1 - task 20!! I hope you have all been remembering to have a look at the phonics online that I signposted in your second task! 😊 I have a little challenge for you! Find the following sheet in your pack and get out a yellow and blue pencil crayon!

Using your phonics, read the words and colour the real words blue and alien words yellow. Use these phonic mats to help you!

For more practise reading real and alien words get yourselves on Phonics Play where you can play on any of these games to support you!