Year 1 Challenges – Thankful Thursday!

Some of you have emailed us with your fantastic learning! We’ve seen cake making, Easter box decorating, fantastic writing, beautiful singing and an amazing sculpture of the titanic!

Wow! Keep up the good work! If you would like to be inspired on Thursday, here are some ideas!

  1. Make and write an Easter card for your family or friends. Decorate it in the most creative way you can!
  2. Make natural art! Art and crafts will be a popular way to keep children busy. To mix things up, put the pencils and crayons to one side and look for natural art materials instead. Collect fallen leaves, petals and sticks and use them to make a picture or sculpture.You could even use the objects as ‘stampers’ or paintbrushes – dipping them in paint and rolling, brushing or stamping them on paper to create interesting patterns and effects.
  3. Create your own calendar! Can you write the months of the year and draw  a picture that might reflect something that happens in that month? A daffodil in April, a birthday cake in the month that your birthday falls etc.

We are thinking about you all and can’t wait to see what you design!

Wednesday’s Challenges

Year 1 do not currently have Seesaw set up. We have spoken to some parents and they have said that Seesaw often motivates their child to work at home. We want Year 1’s to be motivated too! So we would love if you emailed us with any learning that your child is doing. We have given out our teacher emails to you throughout this year and so we would welcome seeing any photographs you have taken. We have already replied to some parents and their children who have been doing some fantastic activities at home.

Here are Wednesday’s challenges:

  1. After reading the Christian story of Easter yesterday, can you make a story map by drawing something that happened at the beginning, the middle and the end? Label your pictures and write a sentence about them.
  2. Design and make an Easter egg box! Make a plan first explaining what your box will look like and then use any leftover cardboard and paper to make the box and decorate it!
  3. Write the days of the week onto paper and put them into the correct order. Mix them up and do it again. Discuss what you have done on different days. Can you sort the week days from the weekend?

Good luck! We hope to see some of your amazing work soon!


Calling all Year One’s and your families! Daily home challenges!

From Monday, we will post three challenges for you to do each day.
If you are very proud and would like to take a photograph of your work, we would love to see it! You can post it in the comments section or email us directly with it. Please do not post photographs of your child (just their work) for safeguarding reasons.
We are excited to see what you have been doing and miss you all dearly.
This weekend, in preparation, during your daily exercise, please look for signs of spring. You could research some of the things you see and the reasons for this. Please remember to follow Government guidelines and stay 2 metres away from others during your exercise. If you are self-isolating with your family, look out of the window, go in the garden or simply research the signs of spring.
Remember, you still have a list of home challenges and can be doing little chunks each day. Please read a book with your child every day and read and write tricky words.
We look forward to hearing from you next week. Make sure that you are staying at home and being safe.
Miss Hullin and Miss Reese

100 High Frequency Words

There are 100 high frequency words that children need to be able to read and write by the end of year 1.

Each week we will post ten words for you to practise every day.

You could do Look, Cover, Write, Check or splat the word (with your hand or a flyswatter). Can your child think of a sentence with that word in? Can you say it in a monster/ witch/ mouse voice?

At the end of the week you can test your child and they could earn themselves a little treat! It could be bubbles in the garden or a yummy snack!

Don’t forget the ten you learnt last week! Keep reminding yourself of all the ones you have accumulated.

We love Oliver Jeffers!

In year 1 we have enjoyed reading some books by the author Oliver Jeffers. Our favourite is Lost and Found!

You can watch Oliver Jeffers read a book each day at 6pm with your child.

Or follow this link to watch pre-recorded ones.

These stories might even inspire you to do some other activities such as creating a story map or finding out answers to questions that arise as you listen.


Year 1 Home Challenges


  • Read lots of books with your child; talk about the plot and ask and answer questions. Support them to sound-talk and blend words.
  • Write a book review about a book; what did you like? What did you not like? Draw a picture.
  • Draw a new front cover for a book. Could you add a speech or a thought bubble?
  • Can you re-write the story? Could you re-write it and change where the story setting is/ or change a character.
  • Act out a story yourself and using toys.
  • Make puppets of your favourite story character using paper, card, old gloves and socks!
  • Watch Julia Donaldson books on BBC iplayer and turn the sub-titles on to practise reading.
  • Practise reading and writing tricky words. Play games with them such as snap or splat! Can you remember the letters in that tricky word? Can you write a sentence with that tricky word in?
  • Online phonics games;
  • Practise your handwriting!




  • Play a board game; snakes and ladders!
  • Count forwards and backwards to 100.
  • Make your own number line using a long roll of paper – can you jump forwards and backwards? What is one more or one less than that number?
  • Put number cards in order.
  • Count out groups of objects up to twenty! 1 car, 2 teddies, 3 sweets …
  • Use objects to add together or subtract two or three sets and write the equation 9+5= 23-8=
  • Name 3D shapes and see if you can find any objects in your house that match them? What properties does a ball/ sphere have? 1 curved face.
  • Online maths games:

Cross-curricular projects

  • Bake something delicious; write the ingredients in a list, write the method and read the recipe. Use scales and cups to measure ingredients. Create a food menu for your tea!
  • Research a sea creature! Use books/ the internet with help from an adult. Write a fact-file!
  • Sort animals in the sea into omnivores, carnivores or herbivores! Record this by writing and drawing.
  • Build the titanic using blocks in you have them or junk modelling materials such as tubes, food packets etc. Think about all the different parts of the ship such as the funnels and the hull. Draw the titanic and label it.
  • Make a paper-mache globe using a balloon and newspaper and glue. Talk about and label the seven continents and the oceans of the world.
  • Use google maps to find places in the world.
  • Make some playdough! Add smells and colours. Create 3D sculptures; make shapes.
  • Design a life-jacket that would be able to float in your sink for 10 minutes. Discuss materials that float and sink.
  • Look after a plant; talk about leaves, buds, stems. What happens over time?
  • Grow anything from seeds; observe what happens. For example, cress – it even grows on cotton wool!