Learning at home-Wagtails Year 1
Welcome to the Year 1 page
Below are lots of ideas for activities you could do with your child at home. Don't feel you have to use all of these, we are just trying to make sure there is enough to keep you going on a range of subjects! It would be great if you can keep up with the basics of reading, writing and maths, but do work with your child's interests and how they like to learn. Learning at home does not need to be exactly the same as learning at school. Have fun and get creative!
Our page is split into two:
- 'This Week's Learning' (in blue). This section contains some specific activities for phonics, writing and maths, generally following what we would have done in school that week. This will be updated for Monday each week.
- 'General Resources' (in black). This section contains more long-term ideas on a wider range of subjects. If we update this section with any new ideas we will let you know via parentmail.
Week Beginning 30th March
This week would be Reflection Week in school, so we have included activities that look back at our learning from this half-term.
If we were in school we would be doing short 1:1 assessments with the children to see which graphemes and words they know and which they need more practise with. If you would like to do this with your child you can use the Phase 5 sheet below. If you do use this you don't need to do it all in one go, you might like to see if they can read the graphemes one day, then the next day see if they can write them when you call them out, the following day focus on the decodable words and so on.
The other documents below are general Phase 5 games to help the children practise their phonic skills.
Continue revising all of the Phase 3 sounds.
ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo (long oo as in too and short oo as in look), ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er.
If you need a reminder you could use Mr Thorne to help. The link for the 'er' sound is below. He has clips for all of the sounds and a giraffe friend called Geraldine!
Then you could:
- Choose one of the graphemes. Cut out letters from old newspapers and magazines to make words with the grapheme in them.
- Play Kim's game with the sounds or words containing one of the graphemes.
- Make a grapheme flower.
There are lots more great games on the Phonics Play website. They are offering free use at the moment. The username is march 20 and the password is home. Just remember to pick Phase 3.
Can you keep a diary for this week? Write about what you have done on each day. Remember to use first person (I), write in the past tense (Uncle -Ed!) and try to use some time words (first, after that, next, finally). Check your work for capital letters and full stops. You could draw a picture at the end, or print off a photo.
Don't forget April Fool's day on Wednesday!
This half-term we have focused on measures: money, length and height, weight and mass and volume and capacity. Below are also a few activities on other areas we covered earlier in the term, such as shape, reading and writing numbers to 50, and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
You do not have to do all of these activities this week. In reflection week at school the children choose which activities they would like to do. Maybe watch a Super Movers video as a warm up and then choose one other maths activity each day.
* Super Movers videos. Join in with the moves and the songs. You can download the lyric sheet underneath the video.
* Topmarks Helicopter Rescue online game. Try: 'Find the Number, Direct Numbers, 1-50' to start, but you could also have a go at any of the other games.
* Fingers and Hands. How many fingers (including thumbs!) are in each picture? Encourage your child to count in 5s to find out, rather than counting in 1s, although they might like to check their answer by counting in 1s afterwards.
* Hand span. If we had done this at school we would have measured one of the trees in the playground. You could measure a tree in your garden if you have one, or one you see if you go on a walk. Or you could choose something else to measure by hands at home. Compare measurements with a grown up, are they same? Why/Why not?
* Beanstalk measuring. Print off the pictures of beanstalks (or draw some if you don't have a printer!). Ask your child to put them in height order. Then ask them to measure them and record their heights. They can either do this using non-standard measures (e.g. building blocks, pasta shapes, anything you have at home, as long as they are the same size as each other) or using a ruler (in cm).
* Easter 2D shape hunt. How many of each shape are there? There are 3 different versions of this sheet so just choose one (the answer sheet is at the end).
* Three Little Pigs Missing Number sheet. Fill in the missing numbers counting in 2s.
- t-n-5964-three-little-pigs-path-missing-numbers-counting-in-2s-from-0-to-20-activity-sheet-_ver_1 - Copy.pdf
* Counting in 2s to find the bone. Follow the maze counting in 2s.
* Practical activities involving money, weight and capacity. At school we would also get out money, weighing scales and containers for the children to have free play with these resources. If you have any real or toy money at home, get it out and check your child recognises all the coins. If you have weighing scales, get a selection of items from around the house and get your child to order them by weight by feeling them. Then weigh them to see if they were right. Continue the work from last week on capacity with water or in a sand tray if you have one.
Espresso has a wide range of resources on all areas, including the coding lessons we use in school (see the computing section below). The login details have been sent via parentmail. Click on the text to go to the website Espresso
Twinkl is offering free unlimited access to its resources for 1 month. Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
Reading to your child
There are two aspects of reading: reading to your child and your child reading to you.
When reading books to your child, these can be books that are above their own reading level, exposing them to a wide range of interesting plots, characters and vocabulary. As you read you can discuss what is happening in the story, what they think will happen next and why they think different things are happening. It might spark ideas for activities they want to do after reading: making models of the characters, drawing pictures of their favourite part of the story, acting out the story, writing a book review. Read a range of books: stories, information books and poems.
If you feel you have exhausted all your books at home, try some of these:
Lots of authors have their own youtube channels:
Lots of children's stories have been animated or dramatised versions:
Phonics and your Child's Reading
In Year 1 the children are mainly working on Phase 5 phonics, following the government's Letters and Sounds programme. Letters_and_Sounds
The Powerpoint below has the key sounds we would normally revise with children ready for the Phonics Screening check (this has now been cancelled for this year). Those in black just have one way of pronouncing them, the ones in purple have more than one way (examples of which are shown on the second click).
Alongside the sounds (phonemes), the children also learn to read the tricky words, see attachment below.
They then put this into practise when reading. If you run out of reading books at home there are lots of free books online. Oxford Owl has a free account for parents and has free ebooks for all reading levels. Information can be found on the site as to how their levels match up with the colour bands. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Alphablocks is a great Cbeebies programme that supports phonics learning. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks?page=2
Most of all we want children to enjoy reading!
The main elements of writing for Year 1 to focus on are:
- sounding out words to write them phonetically
- form their letters correctly (lower case and capital letters) (Twinkl have activities for this)
- using finger spaces
- using capital letters at the beginning of sentences, for names, places, days of the week and I
- using full stops at the end of sentences
- using 'and' to join sentences
- write a series of sentences to form a short piece of writing
- re-read what they have written to check it makes sense
- talk about what they have written
- read their writing aloud
So they can write about anything they want to! Find something that interests them or write as part of a game or other activity.
Below is a spelling list for the common exception words in Year 1, they should also be able to spell the tricky words from phonics (some words are on both lists).
The main objectives for maths in Year 1 are:
- count read and write to 100,
- count in 2s, 5s, and 10s
- read and write the numbers 1 - 20 in words
- know number bonds to 10 and 20 (e.g. 1+19 = 20, 2+18 = 20 ...)
- add and take away with numbers up to 20 (resources can be used, e.g. number line or objects)
- solve simple problems involving adding and taking away
- find, recognise and name 1/2 and 1/4 of shapes, objects and quantities
- recognise coins and notes (money)
- tell the time to the hour and half hour
- compare, describe and solve practical problems to do with: length and height, mass and weight, volume and capacity and time.
- recognise and use lanaguge realting to dates, inclduing days of the week and months of the year
- recognise 2D (rectangles (including sqaures, circles and triangles))
- recognise 3D shapes (e.g. cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres)
The children could revise these in any practical activites around the home. Topmarks is a good site for maths games. www.topmarks.co.uk
Numberblocks is a great Cbeebies programme that support maths learning. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks
The areas the children have not yet covered at school are: numbers to 100 (we have done to 50 so far), time and fractions.
Here are a few online resources about the Great Fire of London. We have used some of them at school already, but the children were keen to use them again at home!
If they are particularly interested in the Great Fire of London, they could show their learning in a method of their choice: act out the story, make a video of them retelling the story using puppets or small world figures (example at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG-wA9U9dwQ), create a book about the fire, make a poster, anything else they can think of! Also below are a map to colour in and some sequencing cards if you would like to use them.
In computing, we have begun using the programme Paint. The children are learning to use the different brush tools, the fill tool and to change the colour and the size.
Have a look at the 'Painting like and Artist' PowerPoint below. Look at the work of the famous artists and see if you can recreate them using Paint.
* Can you draw squares like Piet Mondrian? (Use the line and fill tools)
* Can you make circles within a square and colour them in? (Use the shape tools)
* Can you create your own artwork in the style of George Seurat? (Use the Circle tool)
Learn how to erase and undo. See the 'Erasing Pictures' PowerPoint for instructions. The picture to open in Paint is underneath.
Earlier in the term, we were learning how to code with Espresso coding. The children now have all the skills for Year 1 so can free code. Go to Unit 1b, lesson 6.
Building on our work earlier in the year, we are now looking for signs of Spring. What signs of Spring can you see where you live? Can you draw a picture? What changes have their been since the Winter?
Earlier in the year we were learning about the UK. The children need to know what the four countries of the UK are and their capital cities: England (London), Northern Ireland (Belfast), Scotland (Edinburgh), Wales (Cardiff). If they are interested in this topic they could do a project on one of the countries or capital cities or a special place in each country. In school we learnt about Loch Ness (Scotland), the Giant's Causeway (Northern Ireland) and Carnarvon Castle (Wales).
We looked in a bit more detail at London, learning about lots of different landmarks, but there are lots more we didn't have time to find out about: the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, the British Museum (which has a virtual tour online), London Zoo, Hampton Court Palace, the Cutty Sark, Covent Garden and London Transport Museum to name but a few.
A good educational Cbeebies programme for aspiring geographers is GoJetters. This may spark an interest in a new place from around the world. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m0007z03/go-jetters
Can you remember what you were going to put in Paddington's healthy sandwich?
Last week we planned a healthier sandwich filling for Paddington (marmalade unfortunately has too much sugar!). You could try and make it for your lunch. Remember to wash your hands first!
Some of the fillings included cheese, tuna and egg. You could add some salad too.
You can make it look more fun by cutting it into different shapes. Yum!
After you have made it you could research where all of the ingredients come from.
Watch this clip to find out about flour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8vLjPctrcU
If you have any yeast you could even try and make your own bread. This might help: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go/resource/tgv2-t-15-how-to-make-bread-video
At school we joined in with the Great Fire of London dance lessons on the BBC Schools Radio Great Fire of London lessons (the same link as in history). If we had been at school this week we would have made up our own short dance using these moves. You could do this (either with some music you think it fits well or without) or just listen and join in with the lessons again.
In Miss Cowie's house this week we had a go at water colour resist painting with crayons. There is a link below to show you how.
You need paper, water colours and some wax crayons.
We have also been painting and drawing rainbows to go in our windows to cheer up the people walking past!