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Home Learning - Wrens

A big ‘Hello’ to our lovely chime of Wrens. Sending you and all of your families our love and very best wishes. We miss you all very much and look forward to seeing you again before long!

Wk. beg 30.3.20

Please look on the Home Page for ideas on this week’s theme of ‘Spring Flowers’. There are lots of ideas here which Wrens would enjoy and link very well to things we started in last few weeks. Feel free to adapt any activity to make it manageable for everyone concerned!

(See previous post on what is appropriate for this age group. It is fine, for instance, to write a flower poem a line or two at a time and to take several sessions to do this or for you to ‘scribe’ their ideas.)

Please look too at previous information about accessing reading books and at the instruction for accessing White Rose maths resources.

Wrens were getting very good at noticing how the numbers in the date change and there is an interesting change coming up this week!

What about making some number cards which you can use to make a calendar you can change daily? You will need 1-31 for the days, 1-12 for the months and 20 for 2020.you can always add days of the week and months in words as you go along.

I have no doubt that Wrens will many useful ideas of their own too!

Best wishes from all of the Year 1 Team.



Home Learning Package during School Closure

We try very hard in school to keep our learning fresh and relevant by responding to the children’s interest and relevant things happening around us. Below are some suggestions of how to keep the children’s skills going but you can do this through any topic which interest them and you.

Children of this age have short attention spans and even in school, we work in short bursts with lots of breaks for fresh air and physical exercise so don’t feel you have to put in a 9 to 3.30 package of activities. Little and often is often the most effective way and at this age, we would not expect the children to be recording everything they do by writing it down. Chatting whilst doing an activity is an important part of learning at this stage.

Some of the areas we have covered/plan to cover are listed below and there will be lots of suggestions on the school’s web page too.

The most important things are to :

Keep talking – conversation is a huge part of what we do in school. You can slot this in to any activity- watching a programme, cleaning the house etc. The children often ask us questions which give us ideas for further investigation and too often we don’t have time to follow all of these up.

Keep reading – them to you and you to them- and to talk about the stories or information you have read. Many books are available on line-see www.oxfordowl.com. These are organised by book band but there are many other titles at the same level which we don’t have to send home so feel free to choose from different series and information books. If children are reading fluently is fine to try something trickier. Remember too that children enjoy reading without interruption sometimes and it is fine to use books which are on lower book levels-it is easier to discuss what is going on in the story or to take in information when you don’t have to work so hard at deciphering every word.

We regularly use https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ and the children will be familiar with many of the games

Keep writing – ideally, aim to write a little somewhere each ‘school ‘day. It does not have to be in a book - we often make maps, plans, leaflets etc. You could keep a diary /scrapbook. A sentence- which makes sense- starting with a capital letter and finishing with a full stop is something all the Wrens are used to doing. It does not have to be perfect – we would never correct more than one spelling in one go! It is fine to include labels, drawings, things you can stick in.

We write the date simply in numbers each day e.g. 23.3.20. We have been working on 1st, 2nd etc., days of the week and months of the year and watching how they change each day and with the seasons but would not expect write this in full every day.

Keep counting – pasta shapes, money, lego bricks are great for small objects to count but cars, teddies and things outside work well too. We work using real objects to support children’s understanding before we attempt to write anything down- this is not always necessary.

Useful websites


https://www.topmarks.co.uk/   and search for the free KS1 resources

Please look too at the list of websites on the Robins home learning page- many of these will be relevant and the children will have used these before.

Last week, when we were trying to find purposeful but enjoyable activities we had a nostalgic dip back into things we had done at the beginning of the year. The children really enjoyed re-visiting familiar things, particularly so at a time when everything else seemed oddly different.

Best wishes from all of the Year 1 team.



Spring Term Home Learning

Counting- any practice counting on in ones from different start numbers below 100 is useful and something that can be done whilst you are on the move though I find it can make you feel sleepy rather than the children!

Look out for numbers everywhere-we are getting good now at pairing digits to read dates and years e.g. nineteen -o -three!

You can try this backwards too e.g. ‘Count back from 42’. (The tricky bits are crossing 10s e.g. 29, 30… 69,70 and this is much more difficult to do counting down)

Asking what is one less/more than a number.

Counting up in 2s,5s,10s.

If children are writing numbers, gently remind them of the correct way round and that the ten goes first in teens numbers so thirteen is 1 then 3 not 31!

We have been looking at measuring- weight, length and height in units like cubes or hand spans and talking about heavier, lighter, equal in weight, longer, taller, smaller, shorter as well as comparing more than two objects-shortest, heaviest etc.

Talking about this at home or out and about really helps the children put this in a practical, real-life context.

 Week beginning 27.1.20

Please make the most of any counting opportunities – stairs, lampposts, collections small objects like pasta shapes, and talk too about more than or less than. We are learning to measure length (in centimetres) and have been talking about longer, taller, shorter and how these words are sometimes confusing.

We are going to be counting in twos soon- the dots on lego bricks (or similar!) are a great way of learning multiples of two and which numbers are odd and which even.

Week beginning 25.11.19

Look out for trees which have lost their leaves (deciduous ones) and evergreen ones and for westerly sunsets. Any counting of lots of small objects by grouping in 2s,10s or 5s would be very helpful practice before we look at this next term. Different ways of arranging 12 objects- cars, teddies etc. is a fun activity which encourages mathematical talk and gives practice at counting accurately.

 Week beginning 11.11.19

Please do some counting at home! Just numbers, reciting forwards from different start numbers,and backwards too. Counting objects e.g.pasta shapes, pennies, loops of breakfast cereal is great practice. Encourage children to organize these thenmselves to make accurate counting easier. They know about grouping like dots on a die so that you can count a lot of little things quickly. Have a go at spitting 10 objects into 2 groups. How many different ways can you find?

Looking for numbers on road signs etc. can really help make sure that 3 and 5  are the right way around.Writing out your phone number  is fun way to practise forming numerals.

Week beginning 28.10.19

We are just finishing our work on shape but it really helps children to remember if they can practise the vocabulary they have just learnt even when we move onto a new topic.Get them to look for  and count  sides and vertices in 2d shapes , faces ,edges and vertices in 3d shapes.

Please keep working on tricky words and on blending back after sounding out.We've been looking specially at  the 'th'  sound which should involve sticking your tongue out (or nearly!) in both ways we say this, not to be confused with 'f'. Being able to say this clearly really helps with spelling.

The children should be able to tell you about seasonal changes and there are lots of lovely  snippets of things on TV to watch and to talk about - a few minutes  is often enough to stimulate a discussion.

Week beginning 14th Oct.

Please keep reading- any words ,anywhere- and look out for shapes when you are out and about.Playing board games is a great way of using counting skills and we have been learning how to 'subitise'- reading patterns of dots as they appear on dice and dominoes. Any practice at counting backwards or forwards from any start number between 1 and 20 is really useful. Pasta shapes or tin of loose change can be helpful to support this.

Week beginning23rd Sept.

 This week we are working hard on using our phonics, breaking up words to sound them out and then blending them back again. We have been looking too at the Phase 3 'tricky' words and thinking about tricks to help us remeber how to spell them. We have started revisiting the wordswhere 'e' says 'ee' ( He,she, we,be,me) and 'my'. Keep a special look out for these in your reading book!

Week  beginning 30th Sept.

We are continuing with our work on breaking up and blending back words and changing how we say a word if it doesn't make sense e.g  in tricky words like 'said'. We have focussed this week on words with 'qu'- queen,quick,quack and liquid. We have been  'counting on'- holding a small number in your head ,e.g. 4,then counting on 3 more. This is something which can easily be practised at home with toys or buttons-they don't have to be chocolate!




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