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Welcome to Year 1 

Your class teachers are Miss Gimblett and Mrs Fowler.

Your teaching assistants are Mrs Wood, Miss Sladdin and Mrs Pierce.

Home Learning

Year 1’s webpage will be updated weekly to guide you through phonics, maths and writing activities that you may want to include in your home learning schedule.

If you need any assistance or would like work to be viewed/marked or posted on twitter please send it to office@thorpeprimary.co.uk

For any extra information about reading, please see ‘Learning Zone’ on our webpage for lots of information and links.

Thank you for all your support through this difficult time.

W/B 01.06.20

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term and made the most of the glorious sunshine.


This week, we’re going to follow BBC bitesize for English. Please follow the links below to see an outline of the lessons throughout the week and for the activities.


bitesize overview


In maths, we are continuing with addition and subtraction from Oak Academy – see lesson 6 ‘To Solve Word Problems’ for the first lesson this week.



As mentioned further down the page, Twinkl are teaching daily phonics lessons. The children have been taught phase 3 and phase 4, but they are worth repeating.


 Remember to make use of Phonics Play’s free subscription. I would recommend playing any game that focuses on phase 5a, particularly the split digraphs a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e and u-e.


 Spelling Shed

I have allocated some phonics assignments according to which phonics group your child is in.

I am Learning

The assignments on I am Learning this week, complement Bitesize and Oak Academy learning. They focus on capital letters, full stops and exclamation marks for English and word problems for maths.

Just for fun

This half term we would have been learning to identify wild plants in our local area. Below, I have attached a link to an identification sheet. Why not go on a walk to the woods and see how many of each plant you can find?

wild plants hunt

W/B 18.05.20


This week, there is one lesson a day working towards writing an information text about dinosaurs. The writing phase is very prescriptive, so if you’d like for your child to write their own ideas, that’s absolutely fine. Please follow the link below for daily English lessons:


Spelling shed

I am giving ‘honeypots’ to children having a go on spelling shed. Ten honeypots for every game played. Myles is still top of the Year 1 leaderboard at the moment. Can anyone catch him up?

This week’s focus is oo like moon, ew like screw and u_e like blue

Oxford Owls have a range of information texts to read. There is also an information text about dinosaurs called ‘Dinosaur Times’. It is quite an advanced book, but it may be interesting for adults to read to children.



Click on the link below, and then choose Y1 and maths for daily maths lessons. This week maths is focusing on addition and subtraction.



I have allocated games practising addition, subtraction and past tense verbs to enhance the learning taught through the English and Maths lessons above. 

Just for Fun

Do you have small toy dinosaurs at home? If so, follow the link below to create your own dinosaur excavation ice dig:


Give your child a variety of tools to use, for example: metal and wooden spoons, a toy hammer, salt, warm water, cold water. The aim is for the children to make observations and conclusions about which methods/tools are most effective at freeing the dinosaurs. If you don’t have dinosaurs, you can use any small plastic characters. If you don’t have balloons, you can also just use a bowl. Send in pictures to the office and will post pictures on Twitter (unless you state that you don’t want them to be posted). I’m so excited to see the results!

W/B 11.05.20


This week, there is one lesson a day working towards writing a character description of a dragon. Please follow the link below for daily English lessons:


Spelling shed

I am giving ‘honeypots’ to children having a go on spelling shed. Ten honeypots for every game played. Myles is top of the Year 1 leaderboard at the moment. Can anyone catch him up?

This weeks focus is oe like toe and o_e like bone


Click on the link below, then choose Y1 and maths for daily maths lessons.



This weeks focus is number bonds to 10 again as this will help with Mondays BBC bitesize maths lesson.

More number bonds to 10 support



Just for fun

As English this week focuses on dragons, can you make a dragon or dragon egg of your own using anything you can find at home? Please send a picture of your creations to the office, so we can post them on twitter.









W/B 04.05.20


Click the link below. This week there is one lesson a day working towards retelling and writing the story ‘Katie in London’. The teacher, Miss Brown, reads the story, but if you’d also like to watch it. Please click on the YouTube link.

Daily English lessons:


Katie in London story:


Although the Oak Academy lessons offer one lesson a day, it doesn’t mean you have to complete it in one week. Take your time and complete them at your pace. Alternatively, BBC bitesize offer one off lessons.


Rising Stars are now offering 90 days free access to their online library:



In this week’s Oak Academy English lessons, the focus sounds are igh, ie and i_e. The children have yet to be taught the split digraph i_e. Please recap ‘split digraphs’ by watching the video I posted last week and use phonicsplay to practise the i_e grapheme.

Split digraphs:


Phonics play:

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk (choose any of the phase 5 blending games to practise the i_e grapheme)

Letters and sounds are now also streaming live phonics lessons:



Maths continues from last week, again looking at length and height. Just as with English, BBC bitesize offer one off lessons if you’d prefer.


Spelling Shed:

This weeks focus ‘igh’ and i_e’


Number bonds to 19

Just for fun:

This week marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Why not have a 1940’s style tea party to commemorate the event?

See the following links for ideas about crafts, bunting and VE Day recipes:



w/b 26th April

English – https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/english/#subjects

Please copy and paste the webpage above for this week’s English lessons. By the end of the week, the aim is to have a set of instructions written using time connectives and the conjunction ‘and’. There is a video to watch every day and activities to complete. The instructions are rather gruesome, so this should appeal to the children. If you have access to an outdoor area and some pots and pans you could create your own revolting recipes and instructions to match. Included in these lessons are some phonics activities based around different ‘ai’ sounds. In class, the children have not yet studied split digraphs, so it might be worthwhile to watch the following video:


https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ chose any of the phase 5 blending games to practise the a_e grapheme

Maths – https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths/#subjects

Please copy and paste the webpage above for this week’s maths lessons. These lessons are interactive and do not require print outs/extra resources. They focus on length and height.

Just for fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y4cPw1T5Sg (Bubble experiment video)

https://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-giant-bubbles/ (Recipe for giant bubbles)

At school this week, we had fun experimenting with bubbles. Why not try your own experiments at home? Who can make the largest bubble? Our largest was 32cm in diameter. Can you blow bubbles inside of bubbles. We managed 4. All you need is water, a straw and washing up liquid. Glycerine makes the bubbles last longer, but it is not an essential ingredient. Remember to keep all surfaces as wet as possible and to blow slowly.

w/b 20th April

Phonics – as mentioned in the home learning pack, twinkl is currently free for parents. Each day a live phonics lesson is taught. They are working through phase 3 sounds that have been taught to Year 1, but make sense to recap. Previous lessons can be watched on twinkl kids youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMY4o8_rPjmFoatx7F4TvHQ/featured

Monday’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adb6WSS34C0

Corresponding powerpoint https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tf-l-165-oo-long-lesson-pack-level-3-week-5-lesson-1

Maths – https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/

On this website there are videos for each day and corresponding worksheets. Work through Summer Term – Week 1. This week focuses on doubling and making equal groups and sharing.

Hit the button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button is a good game to practise doubling.

Try to practise sharing through practical activities for example, bake buns and share toppings such as smarties equally between them; or share snacks equally between people at home or play food between teddies etc.

Writing – BBC bitesize are also providing daily lessons in many subjects, for all age ranges. For writing this week, watch the video and write questions for each of the characters.


‘Dad Can You Do This?’ is a good book available on Oxford Owls to read alongside the BBC lesson to consolidate learning about question marks. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/24319.html

Fun Activity

It’s St George’s Day on 23rd April. Can you make something for the celebration? A dragon, a shield or sword? If you would like, send a photo of your creations into office@thorpeprimary.co.uk and we will display it on twitter.

Autumn 1 (Sept – Oct 2019)

This half term our topic has been “We are all animals”.  This has inspired our continuous provision including: a vet and doctor surgery role play, collage and mask making in craft and a farm set up in small world.  We have also been thinking about the changes we see in autumn and enjoyed singing our song “Autumn Leaves” at our Harvest Festival.


In English we have really enjoyed reading  the books “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”,  “The Bog Baby” and “Oi Frog”.  We are beginning to write descriptive sentences using spaces and punctuation. We have also started to learn about poetry and rhyme and had fun learning and performing a class poem for National Poetry Day.


In Maths this half term we have been securing our knowledge of numbers to 10.  We sorted and compared groups of objects saying whether there is more, less or the same in each group.  We have also used number lines and our number knowledge to decide whether numbers and quantities are greater than >,  less than <  or  equal to =.  This has involved using part-whole models and number bonds to 10.  We have also been writing addition number sentences and rearranging them into fact families.


In Topic we have been learning about animals including humans.  First we thought about ourselves as humans and considered our senses and what we use them for.  Next we sorted animals into the five groups: mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish and discussed the key features of each group.  Then we thought about what animals like to eat and sorted animals based on whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.

In Music we listened to “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint Saens  and discussed the tempo, pitch and instruments used to represent each of the animals.  We then composed our own pieces of music to represent a chosen animal.

In ICT we have used a simple drawing and labelling program to select a picture of an animal, colour it in, label with our names and print it off.

Finally in Art and D&T we have drawn, printed and collaged self portraits, painted animal masks and constructed our own autumn Bog Baby habitats (complete with individually designed bog babies).

Curriculum Newsletter Y1 Aut 2019


Key Stages 1 & 2 National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is followed in Keystages 1 and 2. This curriculum covers Maths, English, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, DT, PSHE, Music and PE. KS2 children are also taught a modern foreign language (Spanish).

You can find more information on the following website: