A scarily good time reading at forest school!

Today in year 1 we were inspired by the story of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

The witch had dropped her things all over the forest! We hunted for them and wrote where they were! We hope she reads our writing back and comes to collect them!

Children also enjoyed reading a recipe and making pumpkin pizza!

They designed and made brooms! We had witches flying everywhere!

Reading at home

This year you will record your child’s reading at home on Seesaw.

Seesaw Expectations British School of Beijing, Shunyi

Seesaw is the app we use in school to help you to communicate with your child’s class teacher. Your child’s class teacher has set up your child’s account already.

Children can make the most progress if they read at home regularly.

To record your child’s reading either:

  • Upload a photograph of them reading their school book.
  • Or photograph the pages they have read.
  • Upload a video of them reading.
  • You can make a comment if you would like.

Coming soon . . . . find out how you can help your child win a fantastic reward for reading at home!

Children Entering Year 1 In September 2020 – Holiday Challenge

We can’t wait to meet you and have you in our Year 1 class!

“To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be.” (Anonymous)

Over the summer we would like you to make a Memory Box of all the things you have done, thought or felt throughout Covid 19.

Decorate a cardboard box. You can put pictures, objects, drawing or writing inside your box. The more creative the better!

For example, you might draw a picture of the time you camped in your back garden or a recipe to remind you of all the baking you did! If you’ve celebrated a birthday you could put a birthday card inside. You could write about a time you felt very sad or a time when you helped someone and felt proud. Your memory box will be unique because it will represent your time over the past few months.

We are going to share and display these in class in order to reflect on and talk about the impact this strange and tricky time has had on us.

Click the link below to see some examples.

 Holiday Challenge For New Year 1 Children

Stay safe over the summer and we look forward to seeing you in September.

Miss Reese and Miss Hullin


Year 1 Our Final Week Of Challenges

This year has been a very different and strange one! But it has taught us many things too . . . one being, how much we have loved being your teachers! And that we truly love our school!

This is the last week of home learning challenges we will set before the summer holidays. Thank you so much to all the parents who have engaged with us and with these tasks as we know it has been a very challenging time. But we hope you’ve had a much fun as possible!

We have planned some reflective tasks so that you can think about the year that has passed and look forward to the next. Let’s make next year better than ever!


Tasks 1 Happy Memories

Think about what you have done in year 1.

Can you think about specific times? Christmas/ Halloween disco/ Learning about the story Cinnamon etc/ Project time.

Think about who you made those memories with; your friends and teachers!

Write about your favourite memories.

You may like to present it in a creative way like the one below. Draw a sketch of your head. To display your written memories next to. You could embellish it with pictures and colours of the things you have described as happy memories.


Memory maths –

Having a good memory is so important in order to gain knowledge! This week we will focus on fun memory games to support your child’s maths development.

Play a game of pairs using numbers appropriate for your child.

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You could use 20 cards – on half the cards write numbers, on the other half draw pictures that match.


Tasks 2

Make and use emotions pebbles to discuss when they have felt this way in year 1.

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Make statements using the pebbles:

I was scared and nervous when we did our Christmas Production. But I felt proud when my mummy watched me sing.

I was happy when I built the titanic from blocks.

Make your own emotions pebbles using felt tips!


Design a Year 1 Memory box.

Mosaic Memory Box -- Travel with kids part II Babyccino Kids ...

Decorate it using craft items.

Are there any messages you’d like to put in there? Messages of hope?

Put in pictures.

Draw pictures.

Can you think of any artefacts you might put in?


Memory maths –

Play a game of snap using number cards.

In pairs begin by placing a card in the centre of the table and taking turns to put another on top!

When two numbers/ pictures are the same the person has to shout out, “SNAP!” and they take all the cards!

Playing card game of snap. Hand rushing down onto cards playing snap.


Tasks 3 Introducing . . . yourself to your new teacher.

Write a fact file about yourself for your new teacher.

What do you want them to know about you?


Memory maths –

Play a game of number bingo!

Make your own bingo cards by choosing numbers.

Bingo Numbers 1-20 – Smart Kids

Put numbers into a hat and call them out. If they are on your bingo card cross it out.

Your child could also be the bingo caller as this involves them recognising and reading numbers.


Tasks 4 Hopes and wishes

Listen to this song . . .


Make stars to wish upon!

Write your wish on a star for next year: I wish that I get to play with my friends next year. I wish that school stays open all the time next year etc.

Easy Star Craft for Young KidsShooting Star Wishes Kids Craft | Make and Takes


We have loved having you in our class this year! Thank you for all being super stars!

Please keep reading and talking throughout the summer holidays! Stay safe and take care.

We look forward to seeing you again when you will be in year 2.

Lots of love and best wishes from Miss Reese and Miss Hullin.


Year 1 Home Sports Day Ideas!

As we haven’t been able to enjoy Sports Day this year, here are some alternative ideas that you could try at home, in the garden or even during a visit to the park!

Task 1 Design and create a timetable of different races . . .

10 am Running races.

Great Garden Games for Kids | Kids running, Games for kids, The ...

10:20 am Egg and spoon.

Super Skills: Egg and Spoon Race - CBeebies - BBC

10:20 am Three legged race! (Warning: This should give you the giggles!)

Have a three-legged race! Use belts or bandanas or whatever you ...

3:00pm Assault Course – using furniture you have at home; climb under tables, in and out of chairs, jump on cushion stepping stones etc.

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Put on your sports kit and get competitive with your family!


Task 2 Timed challenges

How to use the Timer in the Clock app on iPhone and iPad | iMore

Use a timer on your phone to see how long it takes you to . . .

  • Run around the garden 5 times.
  • Skip around the garden.
  • Do an assault course.

Compare your time against your family. Who was the fastest/ quickest?

Write down the times in a table to keep a record.


Task 3 Design and make medals and trophies.

Use junk modelling materials like these . . .

4 Ways to Make a Trophy - wikiHowCelebrate The Games With A Medal Craft For Kids | Play | CBC Parents

Or a simple salt dough recipe . . .

Salt Dough Olympic Medals! - The Imagination Tree

2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of salt

3/4 of a cup of water

(Some food colouring if you would like to change the colour.)

Mix together these ingredients so that they create a dough. Shape, press into and mark the dough. Leave to dry out or bake on a very low temperature for two hours until hard to touch. Thread a piece of string or ribbon into the hole and wear your medal with pride!

Or even edible medals! These would go down a treat!

Medal cookies

The recipe is here – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/medal-cookies


Task 4 – Research an athlete of your choice.

If you are feeling motivated – create a fact sheet or book about them!

Famous Athlete Research Project: Perfect for Summer Olympics 2020 ...Mo Farah announces he will return to the track in Tokyo 2020


Task 5 – Watch clips from the Olympics on YouTube alongside your child. Discuss the equipment, flags and nationalities, who came first, second etc.

You could write a report about a race that you found very exciting! First do a commentary for the video, so you know what to write. You could record this on your phone for your child.


Look at our earlier posts for other active home challenges, including paper plate tennis, dancing on newspaper stages, balloon fun and calming yoga!

Year 1 Home Learning Activities 29.6.20

Tasks 1

Keep going with your spellings.

English | Burlington Infant And Nursery

Here’s a different game you can play with them.

Print out or copy this board. Write the words on pieces of paper and place them on the area of the board.

Spell it! - a printable spelling game for any word list (K-3 ...


On your turn, the other player will read you a spelling on a word card. You can spell the word out loud or write it down. If you’re correct, roll a dice and move ahead! (If you haven’t got a dice then just move one space ahead.) If you get it wrong, you will need to stay where you are! The first to the finish wins the game.


Now where were we with the Wolf… oh yes he’s just arriving at Granma’s house!

 KS1 English: Little Red Riding Hood - Episode 5 - BBC Teach

Watch Episode 5 and 6




The big question(s)

  • Should we always tell the truth?
  • Can a trickster be tricked?
  • Who is bravest: the Wolf or Grandma?

Grandma’s plan

We know from the events of this episode that Grandma is in the attic and

that Wolf has locked the door so that she cannot get out.

  • What is Grandma’s plan?
  • How will she escape?
  • Does she have another way out of the attic?
  • In pairs, create ‘The Great Escape Plan’.
  • You might want to draw your plan first and then write how you plan to escape next to it.

Child's drawing of house plan with fire escape route marked. Crayons lying on top of drawing.Montessori mapping activities for introducing geography

Grandma’s Great Escape Plan

Graph Paper for High School Math


This week we are continuing our learning about measurement, but moving on to capacity.

Capacity is the total amount that something can hold.

Watch this video and discuss. Sing and dance along! It asks you to shout out some answers to comparisons too!




Get three cups that are the same.

Capacity Display Posters (Cups)Wonderopolis

Adult to fill the cups – one is full of water/ juice, one is half full and one is empty.

Ask your child to talk about the capacity; reminding them of what they know about capacity. Can they use the language of full, empty, half-full? If not you will need to model it.

We anticipate that some children will say, “to the middle” with half-full. It’s worth exploring what half means – when something is in two equal parts; half the cup is empty, half has water in it.

If your child needs a challenge then get a fourth cup and fill it a quarter full! (A quarter is four equal parts.) Or even three quarters full!

Ask your child to put the cups in order from the least capacity to the most.

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Use pieces of paper to label the cups empty, half full, full etc.


Tasks 2


Watch the final episode…

Little Red Riding Hood: The Big, Bad Wolf Has Gone | BBC Teach ...


The big question(s)

  • Are you satisfied with the ending of the story?
  • Did you want something different to happen at the end?
  • Who is the hero?

Vocabulary to discuss

clambered, a clearing, embarrassment

Write a sorry letter from the Wolf

Wolf Sorry Letter Writing Frames (Little Red Riding Hood) (SB9125 ...Letter to Red Riding Hood | Teaching Resources

There are songs to accompany each of the episodes on . .


Primary Music KS1: Little Red Riding Hood - BBC Teach

Can you try and learn some of them? Discuss the different types of music and instruments you can hear?

Do you enjoy the songs? Why? Which part? How did the song make you feel?

Can you compare two of the songs? Is ‘The Wolfie Blues’ a fast or slow song? This is called the tempo.

Could you add movements or actions to the song? Make up a dance and perform it.


There are also Little Red Riding Hood ballets that you can watch . . .


Little Red Riding Hood review – sweet-toothed dances with Wolf ...

Comment on the movements of each character. How does the wolf move compared to the woodcutter? What does this represent.

Use lots of verbs; creeping, gliding.



Allow your child to play with a variety of water containers from your kitchen or bathroom.

You could do this in the garden in a paddling pool or a washing up bowl or in the bath or sink.

Please remember to supervise your child when they are playing with water.

Listen to them and encourage them to use the language of capacity.

Exploring Capacity with Coloured Water - The Imagination Tree

Then ask your child to think about the capacity of the cups yesterday.

Get the three cups again. Yesterday you filled the cups. Today ask your child to.

Can you fill this so that it is full, half full, empty! Challenge with a quarter full or three quarters full.

Ask your child to record this pictorially today. For example by drawing a line to show the water level on the cup.

Look out for more challenges coming later this week . . .

Year 1 . . . keep going with these challenges!

This week the weather forecast is showing lots of sunny weather.

Here are some challenges, if you are able to safely get outside . . .

(Remember to wear you hat and sun cream if you are playing and learning outside.)

  • Inspect an insect!

Minibeast Hunt – South Wilford Endowed Church of England Primary ...

Watch . . .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3166nK3Gym8

. . . and write the three characteristics of insects.

Mini beast writing paper | Teaching Resources

  • Research an insect of your choice.
  • Here are some videos of minibeasts; describe the way they look and move. Can you identify it as an insect using your knowledge from the SciShow Kids clip?


  • Hunt for minibeasts. Use minibeast keys in order to identify them.

Education Pack: Minibeasts - Invertebrate Survey | STEM

FREE! - Minibeast Classification Game (teacher made)

  • Play a game of beetle drive.

Draw a beetle of another type of insect. Remember the key parts of the insect that you have learnt, for example the thorax.

Cut the beetle up into different parts so that it’s like a jigsaw.

Get a dice and take it in turns to roll it. If you roll a

1 . . . you can collect the legs.

2 . . . collect a wing.

3 . . . collect the abdomen.

4 . . . collect the thorax

5 . . . collect the antennae

6 . . . collect the head.

Theme Ideas: Beetle Drive - The Boys BrigadeSMART Exchange - USA - Labeling the parts of a beetle

You could also hide these parts in your garden if you want to make it trickier!

  • Watch and listen to some stories by the author Eric Carle.

Here are some online versions:

  • Can you write a recall of the story?

If you are feeling really creative – change the insect . . . The bad tempered worm!

(These stories are fab because they have repetitive language in.)

  • Create a collage like Eric Carle

Choose which insect you would like to create so that you know which colours to use.

Paint or use pencils to shade areas of paper. Once dry, tear them up and arrange them to create the insect.

Assembling collages

  • Create a natural collage of a minibeast.

Insect | Land art, Minibeast art, Nature artCreative Outdoor Learning | Midlands Outdoor Learning Services

  • Make minibeast stones.

Stone crafts and activities - Something for the weekend - Mum In ...

  • Find out about minibeast microhabitats here . . .

and make a minibeast hotel using old plastic bottles packed with sticks, stones and cones.

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  • Enjoy walks with your family and write a forest school diary about what you have done outdoors this week!


  • Use your knowledge of measurement and length from last week to create minibeast wings that are 2 metres long!Use anything you have in your recycling to make the wings! Straws joined together, tubes, cardboard, paper, boxes, napkins, tissue.

    Use a metre stick or tape measure to measure the wings to 2m.

    Draw a plan on squared paper before you begin! Your design may change.

Here’s some ideas to inspire you . ..

Design your own butterfly wings Babyccino Kids: Daily tips ...Tutorial: How to Make Craft Foam Dragon Wings – thirdgencrafty

Butterfly and Fairy Wings craft - Worms Eye View % % %

Have fun outside this week!

Year 1 tasks for the next 2 weeks.

We are looking forward to welcoming some of you back this week!

We are going to be focusing on Little Red Riding Hood in English and measurement in Maths for the next two weeks. We hope you have fun!

In light of this, you will need a tape measure this week! String will be handy too!

Here are the first set of tasks . . .

Look out for more in the next few days.



English –

KS1 English: Little Red Riding Hood - BBC Teach


Read and listen to the first episode.

The big question(s)

  • Is Mrs Midgley telling the truth?
  • Should Red Riding Hood be scared?
  • Can you believe in something if you have not seen it / them?
  • Do dreams ever come true?

Vocabulary to discuss pigtails, spire, supper, fir cones, tall stories, lull her to sleep

Little Red Riding Hood loves red…red clothes and red food.

Choose a colour (maybe your favourite colour) and draw and write a list of food that you’d buy or put in your basket. Use red if you find it hard to imagine a new colour.

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If you are feeling creative . . .

There is a lot of conversation in this episode so children may benefit from some hot-seating activities.

Hot-seating is when one person acts as a character from the story and other people ask them questions. They have to answer as if they were that character (in role!)

So one of you could dress up as Little Red Riding Hood! A red tea-towel over your head would be enough!

The other thinks of questions to ask her such as . . .

  • Why do you like red so much? (Make up the answers in character – “Because it’s my favourite colour! It’s so bright and striking and everyone can see me coming!”
  • Who do you live with?
  • What do you think about Mrs Midgley’s wolf story?

Then you could swap over and change characters! Could one of you be Mrs Midgley? The wolf? Ma?

Little Red Riding Hood visits Year 2 | St. Mary & St. Thomas Aquinas

Maths- Measurement! Social distancing.

This week we are focusing on length.

Length can be the distance between two points.

In order to keep ourselves safe, the government have given us special rules.

Look at the pictures below and discuss them. Which rule is being shown? What can you see? What do you notice? What is it showing? Do you have any experience of doing this? Have your parents? PSHE considerations – how did it feel?

(We anticipate that some of the words the children use may be – “a part, gaps, room, moved away, spread out, not touching, a long way, queues, lines, waiting, arrows.” These are non-standard words for length and distance. They might use some standard words such as metres, centimetres, miles etc.)

Majority want social distancing to remain at 2 metres, poll shows ...Risk of infection could double if 2-metre rule reduced, study ...

Social distancing in the workplace: the new norm - Buro Happold

You better be safe! You better be smart!

Jump on the broom but stay two metres a part!

Gruffalo stayed in the cave': Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson's ...

So what does 2 metres mean? What does it look like? What could you use to show me?

Use a tape measure or metre stick (you could create a metre stick by measuring out a stick 1 m long or some string) to measure out two metres on the floor.

Problem solve using a 1 metre stick to measure 2 metres by doubling the length!

Tape Measuring Scale Measuring Tape Measure Measurements Ruler ...How to Measure in Millimeters, Centimeters & Meters

Collect a pile of you child’s toys.

We need to make social distanced queues using the toys. Each toy must be two metres apart!

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Have different amount of toys in each pile. Which queue is the longest? Which is the shortest? Compare them; using the language of shorter and longer. How long is each queue – count in twos. This queue is 14 metres long.

Record their queues on a piece of paper. How can you illustrate that there is two metres between each toy? (Arrows and labelling 2 metres.)

Remember to count and order numbers with your child every day too! Write numbers on small pieces of paper or use the number pebbles we made a few weeks ago!

Listen to and join in with counting songs to 100.



If your child enjoyed role-playing in Task 1 why not act out the whole story!

This is a great way to retell, remember and discuss the characters.

Reception- Week 16 – Pope Paul Primary


Watch the second episode of Little Red Riding Hood


School Radio - Primary Music KS1: Little Red Riding Hood - Little ...

The big question(s)

  • Can you ever trust a Wolf?
  • Do you feel sorry for the Wolf?
  • Is it ok for anyone to be that hungry?
  • Who do you need to keep a close eye on?

Vocabulary to discuss

restful, moonbeams, I presume, delissh, lunged, yelp, ruins, ointment,

distant chiming

Time to see the vet!

  • Get into pairs (you can do this at home with somebody!)
  • One of you is the Wolf and the other is the vet.
  • The Wolf needs to tell the vet what has happened to his nose – you can decide if you want to tell the truth or make up a different reason for your sore nose.
  • The vet will need to tell the Wolf how he can get better – you might want to think about an interesting treatment for the Wolf.
  • You do not need to write this down – have some fun talking!


But if you do want to extend it:

Write some speech for the text in the speech bubbles:

Little Red Riding Hood Editable Speech Bubbles

Some reading and writing challenges:

Read and write the sentences below and add some more interesting words or detail to improve them.

  1. The Wolf saw a hedgehog.
  2. The hedgehog was scared.
  3. The Wolf looked for food in his house.
  4. The Wolf saw a girl.

Remember to use punctuation and apply your phonic knowledge!


If you are in need of a challenge . . .

Look at some images of Little Red Riding Hood made by artists and write sentences about them.

Here are some to inspire you . . .

Little Red Riding Hood' Art Print - Jessie Willcox-Smith | Art.comLittle Red Riding Hood Art Print by G Berry


If you want to…

Game 2 Tic Tac Toe


 Tic-Tac-Toe - Playdough To Plato

Pick 2 sight words one for you and one for your child. Take turns writing the word until someone has 3 in a row.



Set up queues outside of your child’s toys – some 2 metres apart and some not!

We need to check that they are socially distancing appropriately!

Children to practise measuring out 2 metres in between each toy.

Use language such as, “This is further than 2 metres. This is shorter than 2 metres. This is only a 1 metre distance.”

Use chalk on the ground to mark 2 metre intervals.

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Remember to keep playing lots of mathematical board games!

Use ones you have at home or print them off . . .

How to Play Snakes and Ladders – Yellow Mountain Imports

A really good learning activity would be to make your own snakes and ladders board as it involves writing numbers in order to 100. If you are feeling really clever start at 100 and write backwards to 1!

How to Make Your Own SNAKES & LADDERS Game : 6 Steps - Instructables



We think these should keep you busy!

Remember practice makes perfect! Revisit our older posts if you want some other Maths, English or spellings.

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Year 1 Friday Challenges! Your last challenges before half term!

Here is your last weekly challenge before half term!

Make sure you have a lovely rest next week and enjoy playing with your toys, talking to your family and exercising safely outside if your situation allows.



Take kids for a nature walk | The Daily Star

You’ve guessed it! It’s Forest School Diary time!

Because we are learning about the 5 senses we challenge you to write 5 interesting paragraphs. Don’t’ forget the adjectives!

  1. What did you touch and how did it feel?
  2. For example, When I went on my daily exercise today I felt the harsh and bitter wind, pulling back my hair. It hit my ears and made them feel icily cold.
  3. What did you taste?
  4. This one is a bit trickier! Did you take a snack? Could you use this paragraph for a metaphor? I could almost taste the freshly cut, green grass just like a cow munching upon it!
  5. What did you hear? Was it a nice sound? How did it make your body react?
  6. The screeching of a cars wheels made me turn and wince.
  7. What did you see?
  8. What could you smell?



You could also write number equations on real balloons and let your child pop them if they can work out the answer!

Daily Ten will give you ten subtraction questions. Can you answer them before the time runs out!



Be active!

Paper Plate Tennis5 fun games to play with Paper plates - A girl and a glue gun





The sense of sight


Our eyes work together to allow us to see. To test how they work together you will need:

  • 4 pennies
  • a paper cup
  • Drop the penny. Do this again with one eye covered and then with both eyes open. Which way is easier? Your eyes work together for proper depth perception. Using both eyes should be easier to determine when the penny was above the cup.
  • Set the paper cup on a table about 2 feet in front of your subject who should be sitting in a chair at the table. Have the person cover one eye. Hold a penny in your hand about 1.5 feet above the table. Slowly move your hand in front of, in back of and to the sides of the paper cup. When, the person thinks you are above the cup, have them say “Drop”.
  1. Smell




Test your sense of smell this week by using small bowls with various odor producing substances in  and a blindfold!

sense of smell experiment

Year 1 Wednesday Challenges

We hope that you can enjoy the sunshine today safely! Here are your challenges!



In the story the author uses adjectives to describe the objects Pippety uses to trick the other characters.

These adjectives link to our learning about the 5 senses as you can imagine the sharp thorn etc.

Adjectives Anchor Chart | Writing anchor charts, Classroom anchor ...

Think about these four adjectives –






Can you think of a sentence to explain what they mean? You might need to look in a dictionary or online.

For example, Something that is soft feels nice to touch. It is not rough or hard.

Can you think of an action to depict this word?

How many sounds has this word got in it? S-o-f-t. The /ee/ sound in shiny is a /y/

Now think of 4 things that are soft, sharp, shiny and bright.

Can you find things in your house that are soft? Write them in a list.


Maths –

15+ Fun and Free Ideas for Teaching Subtraction | Teaching ...

This can be done with any delicious food!

You might try fruit such as blueberries. Raisins and crisps are great as you can get your hands on lots of them.

Start with ten or twenty. How many did you eat? 20-8= (How many are left?)


Here’s an online subtraction game to practise your knowledge.

Select subtraction!



Be active

Number Run

Teaching Outside of the Box...: Exploring Teen Numbers

Write numbers on different paper plates. Scatter the paper plates around the yard. Call out a number. Have the players run to find that number and bring it back to the start. Score a point for every correct number you find.




SciShow for Kids



The sense of taste comes from taste receptors on your tongue. However, your taste is, also, influenced by your sense of smell. To test this you will need skittles or fruity sweets of various flavours and a partner. Have your partner hold his or her nose. Give the skittles one at a time to your partner. Don’t let them see what colour it is. Have them try to guess the flavour. Record the answers. Do the experiment again but not holding your nose! Which way made it easier to determine the flavour?

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