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.

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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.

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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 –


Task 4 – Research an athlete of your choice.

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

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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!

Helping your child with emotions and feeling angry…

If your child is feeling lots of emotions at the moment…from feeling sad to angry, please don’t feel alone…lots of parents are experiencing the same thing. This experience has been very confusing for children…

This is a nice resource we found on Cbeebies…using Love Monster

For a rainy day….

If your child enjoyed the Little Red Riding Hood ballet … there are more stories performed here…

Three Little Pigs-

BBC iPlayer - CBeebies Presents - Three Little Pigs: A CBeebies Ballet




The Elves and the Shoemaker-

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Year 1…more tasks if you need them…


You will know the story really well by now!

Think about the key characters and what they might look like –

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Use whatever you have in your house to design and make your puppets. What type of puppet will you make? A stick, glove, toilet roll etc…or maybe story stones (glue pictures or draw with felt tips)

Here’s some that might inspire you . . .

Painted rock story stones - Little red riding hood (stickers ...

Toilet Paper Roll Little Red Riding Hood Craft - Red Ted Art ...


Now for the best part! Use your puppets to perform a puppet show to your family! Or at the window for passers by!




Measuring capacity using standard measures.

Cupboard search!

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Look through your cupboards; which containers hold liquids?

Look at milk, juice, washing up liquid, liquid soap, orange juice etc. Look for the standard measurements on the side. 4 pints, 350 ml etc.

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Using the three containers from yesterday, use a measuring jug to find out how much water each cup holds.

Play this online game and read the capacity of the rocket container.

Year 1 – here’s some more tasks…


 Think about the main characters in the story; Ma, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, The Wolf Cutter

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You could draw the characters and write words around them.

Use the words to write a character description.

Repeated sentences can be helpful in order to give your child a structure.

It could be –

The wolf is _________ because . . .

The wolf is sneaky and deceitful because he dresses up in Grandma’s long frilly nightie and hides cunningly in the comfy bed.

Using words like ‘because/ and’ means that your child is joining two ideas which is great!



Measuring capacity using non-standard measures.

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Drink me . . .

Watch this short Alice in Wonderland clip!



Get three different cups from your kitchen.

Your challenge is to find out which cup holds the most juice/ hot chocolate/ drink of your or Alice’s choice! You are going to use a small cup/ yoghurt pot to count how many can fill each cup.

You can make a guess first by looking at the cups. Fill out the grid below.

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Then test it out. The cup with the most yogurt pot fillings has the biggest capacity. It holds the most juice.


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Tasks 1

Keep going with your spellings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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

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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 . . .

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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!

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Watch . . .

. . . 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.

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  • Make minibeast stones.

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  • 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 . ..

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Have fun outside this week!