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.



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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!

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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

Thursday Challenges



Can you write your own paragraph of the story?

Talk about where Pippety could visit first – it could be anywhere! A river, a rock, a tree, a bridge, a lamppost, a magical toadstool, a fast car . . .

Talk about who he might meet there – a tiny ant, a ferocious dragon, an ugly goblin . . .

Talk about what trick he might do to the character he meets – makes them jump by pulling an ugly face, traps them in a net, pours water onto them.

Now write your own paragraph.

Soon Pippetty came to ______________________ (place) where a ________________________ (character) was sitting. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippetty and he ________________________(trick).

(You could then explain how the character reacted – just like in the style of the story.)

Remember to use interesting adjectives, ones like we learnt about yesterday!




Outdoors subtraction – target games!

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Write lots of subtraction equations on small pieces of paper and stick them to a wall/ garage door outside.

Children throw a ball/ wet sponge/ shoot with a water gun and the wall, when they land on a subtraction equation they have to answer it using counters/ a number line/ counting backwards etc.

This is a floor version – if you have any chalk!

Make arithmetic fun for kids with this Sidewalk Chalk Outdoor Math Game!

Play ‘Funky Mummy’ to apply your subtraction knowledge.



Be active

Paper Plate Games

Stepping Stones

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The goal is to get from the start to the finish by using the paper plates as stepping stones.

Give each player 2 paper plates. Step on the paper plates. Pick one up and move it forward. Continue until you get to the finish line.

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We hear because sound waves travel through the air until they hit the ear drum. The sound waves vibrate the eardrum, which in turn, vibrates the bones of the middle ear. These vibrations are transferred to the cochlea, located in the inner ear. The cochlea translates those vibrations into stimuli that the ocular nerve can send to the brain.

It all starts with sound waves and the eardrum. To demonstrate how sound can actually be a physical force, you can do this simple experiment.

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You’ll need:

  • plastic wrap
  • 20 or so uncooked rice grains
  • large bowl
  • cookie sheet or metal baking pan

Stretch the plastic wrap over the bowl tightly. This is your eardrum. Place 20 or so rice grains on the tightened plastic wrap. Hold the pan or cookie sheet close to the blow, but not touching. Bang on the pan with your hand or large spoon making a loud noise. Watch the rice. It should jump each time you bang on the pan. The sound waves created should vibrate the plastic wrap making the rice move. Sound can be a physical force.

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Make the phone

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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.

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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 –

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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

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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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Tremendous Tuesday tasks!



We love Pippety because he is ever so mischievious! Some might say naughty!

Design a poster to warn people of his tricks so that they don’t get caught out by him!

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Remember to:

« draw Pippety so that everyone will know what he looks like

« describe some of the tricks he likes to play

« tell everyone what they should do if they see Pippety

« offer a reward.



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In order to work out the answers to the subtraction sentence it would be a great idea if you had a group of objects your child could use like toys or pasta.

They may also use a number line as a strategy. Like this one here, in which they jump backwards to subtract.

Number Line To 20 Clipart

You could also make your own board game – drawing out this type of grid onto a piece of paper with different questions which are appropriate for your child.


If you are on a roll here is an online subtraction game – Minus Mission! Shoot the equations that make the answer you are given!


Be active

Blow the balloon.

Created a simple obstacle course (under a chair, around a pillow). On hands and knees and blow the balloon through the obstacle course.

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We are still learning about the human body but now we are thinking about our 5 senses!

The Senses-A Primer

Our bodies are amazing. We all have five senses. Senses are special things we can do.
We have:
Our eyes for seeing – This sense is sight
Our ears for hearing – This sense is sound
Our nose for smelling – This sense is smell
Our mouth for tasting – This sense is taste
Our hands for touching – This sense is touch

Imagine what it would be like not to have one of your senses. Get someone to blindfold you and try and walk to the door. Make sure someone helps you so that you don’t hurt yourself. Or you could try and watch the TV with the sound turned down. Not so much fun is it?



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The sense of touch can be used all over the body. We have touch receptors just under our skin that give us lots of information. If you want to test someone’s sense of touch, make a touch box. Get a box with a lid and cut a hole in the side just large enough to fit your hand. Choose various, safe objects of various textures that will fit easily into the box. (cotton ball, rock, rubber ball, tree bark, a sponge, an apple…) Place one object in the box at a time, but don’t let the other person see. Allow the person to put their hand through the hole and try and guess what they are feeling.



Feely box!


Blind fold!

Box with hole –t-shirt over the top 2 holes in side put tshirt arms in holes

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It’s going to be an ace Monday Year 1! Positive-thinking-hats at the ready!

Welcome to another week.

We hope that these activities will help your learning and give you some fun and giggles along the way!

Later in the week a balloon and some paper plates might come in handy!

This weeks spellings are all related to our body. You now know lots of games to help you remember them because you did them last week. Just take a look at our earlier posts.

  1. hand
  2. skull
  3. body
  4. head
  5. arms
  6. nose
  7. mouth
  8. hair
  9. ears
  10. toes
  11. fingers
  12. thigh


This week we will be focussing on the story you learnt last week – Pippety Skycap!

Here it is to remind you . . .

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Pippety Skycap – A tale of mischief!

Once upon a time, there was a pixie called Pippety Skycap who lived in the corner cupboard in a room just like yours. Pippety loved to have fun and loved to giggle, but most of all he loved to play tricks. One cloudy morning, he woke up feeling full of mischief. So, he put on his best blue jacket, squeezed into his spotty boots and set off to find some fun – hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip.

Soon, he came to the old stone bridge where a grumpy troll was sleeping. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he pulled a soft feather from his pocket. Nearer and nearer he crept to the troll until he could tickle his warty nose with the feather. “A-A-A-CHOO!” The poor old troll woke up with a huge sneeze and tried to grab the tricky pixie. Luckily, Pippety was a tiny pixie, a teeny pixie and he slipped through the troll’s fat fingers. Off he sped – hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip.

Next, he came to a prickly bush where a ginger cat was watching the birds. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he snapped off a sharp thorn from the bush. Nearer and nearer he crept to the cat until he could prick her tail with the thorn. “OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!” The poor cat spun round with a yowl and a howl and swiped at the tricky pixie. Luckily, Pippety was a tiny pixie, a teeny pixie and he dodged the long, sharp claws. Off he sped, hoppity skip, hoppity skip, hoppity skip.

Soon, he came to riverbank where an old toad was dozing on a shiny lily pad. “Now for some fun!” giggled Pippety and he pulled a bright blue balloon from his pocket. Nearer and nearer he crept to the toad until he was right beside his ear. He blew and he blew and he blew until – BANG! “My poor ears!” croaked the toad and he wibbled and wobbled and finally fell into the river with a gigantic splash.

Unfortunately, Pippety had not seen that on the next lily pad was the King Toad. It looked at him with mean, beady eyes, flicked out an enormous tongue and covered him in a thick, sticky goo! “YUCK!” cried Pippety and he ran off, squishing and squelching and squelching and squishing all the way home. That evening, Pippety Skycap had a long, hot bath, snuggled up with a mug of hot chocolate and thought about his day. He remembered the sticky, oozy goo that had covered him head to foot and frowned. “I’ll just have to be a careful tricky pixie tomorrow,” he mumbled and settled down to plan some more mischief!

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Now that you know the story, ask your child these questions. Ensure you child writes the answers in full sentences, using capital letters and full stops.

1. Where does Pippety Skycap live? Pippety Skycap lives …

2. What does Pippety love to do?

3. What is his favourite thing to do?

4. What happened to the troll?

5. What happened to the cat?

6. What happened to the old toad?

7. What did the King Toad do to Pippety?

8. Do you think Pippety will be a good pixie from now on? How do you know?



Watch this clip, ‘What is subtraction?’

You can even take  a quiz to check your understanding!

Subtraction games!

Subtraction Lego Game - The Kindergarten Connection

Build towers using lego/ cheerios/ books etc.

Challenge your child.

You have 19 books. I take away 5. How many are left?

Can you write this as an equation. 19-5=14

Repeat many times.


You could write the equation and ask your child to show you using the lego!


Be active

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Can your child pull a face to represent this emotion too?

Can you remember a time when you were excited or grateful?



We’re continuing with our learning about skeletons today!

Function 3 – Strength and movement!

Make your skeleton move by doing the skeleton dance!

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Experiment – Think about the shape of bones. Some of the strongest bones are found in our arms and legs. Using a piece of paper can you make it into the strongest shape possible? Compare them to the shape of the bones in your skeleton.

Your shape must be able to hold a weight off the table. (Like a small bag of sugar, a book or a stone.)


Here are some ways . . . (don’t show your child until the end! So that they can get creative!)

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Friday Challenges




Forest School Diary

Write about the best activities you have done outside this week…




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Use your knowledge of number bonds to play this board game; you could print it out or copy it onto paper.

This one is tricky because there are missing numbers. Can you use your bead bracelet to find the missing number?

Adapt the numbers to make it easier or harder. Go to 20 – 11+?=20

Here’s an online game too!




Be Active

Start with a section of the paper, unfolding it and laying it flat. That is the  “dance floor”. Everyone  dance in their space. Before starting,  decide what is considered to be “dancing”. be dancing you had to move your arms and legs in some fashion. And so the dancing begins.. Choose your families favourite tracks! Next, we step off the newspaper and folded it in half and step on again. After a while, you will have to move in very creative ways to stay on the newspaper. Have a great time defining “dance”, practising making the fraction 1/2 and movin’ and groovin’ to some great tunes.

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Just for fun, make skeleton biscuits using a gingerbread man cutter! You can use a simple shortbread recipe.

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Use a piping bag to pipe on the bones.

As you do this ask your child to recall the bones; I am drawing the pelvis now. I can remember how many bones are in an adult foot etc.


Or . . . use a simple salt dough recipe and use it to create a model of a skeleton.

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I use 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water.

Add the water gradually and stop before it becomes too sticky.

The adult could write labels. The child to try and read them and stick them in the correct place

FREE Human Body Playdough Mats

Thursday’s Challenges! Well done and keep up the hard work!


Stack words! Build with words! Write some of the words onto cups or toilet roll tubes! Read them as you stack them! Read them as they fall down!

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Egg carton number bonds! Or ice trays! Or anything with 10 holes in!

Number Bonds to 10 with Flowers - The Imagination TreeEgg Carton Ten Frame Math Activity | Math activities, Math, Making 10

You will need two sets of objects. This could be pasta and blueberries. It could be white marshmallow and pink marshmallows.

Start using 10 holes – this could be an egg carton – or one made out of two chopped up!

Your child can fill in in anyway they like using their two sets of objects. Then make statements about it. I have 2 blueberries and 8 pieces of pasta. 2+8=10. Why does it always equal 10? Because there are ten holes.

Progress to 20 holes and repeat. You could even use one set of objects like above – 14 red counters and 6 empty; 14+6=20.

If you’d like a further challenge here’s images to work out what the number bonds are! You could draw some too!

Number Bonds to 20 Worksheets

Be Active

Need to relax – maybe be try this guided meditation


Watch this interesting clip about bones!

Skeleton Function 2 – Protection

Your skeleton is hard and strong, providing the perfect protection for your soft internal organs. A good example of part of the skeleton with an important protective role is your skull, which helps keep your brain safe if you bang your head. Can you think which part of the skeleton protects your heart and lungs?

Can you sketch one of these parts? A skull of the ribs? These ones are particularly effective using chalk and black paper.

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This video might help you!


Mid-week challenges!

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Game 2

Can you gather bits from the kitchen and make this fun game- cardboard would be perfect for this…

choose any words that help your child! (Look back to Monday’s posts for lists)

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Number bonds continued!

Number Bonds to 10 Activities and Teaching Resources - SparkleBox

Make some number bonds jigsaws. These have 5 as the total but you should put bigger numbers in.

On a piece of paper, draw these three boxes. The right hand box will always have the total in – you could start with 10, then progress to 20.

Get your child to count out 20 objects – these could be sweets, toys, food etc.

Then split them up.

1 sweet in the top and 19 in the bottom. 1+19=20.

You can record this in a number sentence and by drawing the objects, like above.

Repeat lots of times!

Look – you could even use playdough


Be Active

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Frog Hops

These are exactly what they sound like. Hop back and forth, like a frog. Depending on how much room you have, you may need to hop in one place.

Bear Walk

Place your hands and feet on the floor. Your hips  should be in the air, higher than your head. On all fours take two steps forward and two steps back, then repeat.

Gorilla Shuffles

Sink down into a low sumo squat and place your hands on the ground between your feet. Shuffle a few steps to the left and then back a few steps to the right. Maintain the squat and ape-like posture through the entire movement.

Starfish Jumps

These are jumping jacks! Do as many as you can, arms and legs spread wide like a starfish!

Cheetah Run

Run in place, as fast as you can!

Crab Crawl

Sit with your knees bent and place your palms flat on the floor behind you near your hips. Lift your body off the ground and “walk” on all fours forward and then backward.

Elephant Stomps

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and stomp, raising your knees up to hip level, or as high as you can bring them up. Try to hit the palm of your hands with your knees.

And You’re Done!

Take some time to cool down slowly.

Do some stretches or yoga poses and allow your heart rate to return to normal. Those 7 minutes will give you and your child a boost that will leave you feeling great for hours!



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Skeleton Function 1 – Support

Your skeleton stops you being all floppy, acting like a scaffold to hold up the soft tissues of your body. The spine is a good example of part of the skeleton with a supportive role. Place your hands on the centre of your back, can you feel your spine? It runs from your head to your pelvis and consists of 33 small ring like bones called vertebrae.  It holds up your head and allows your body to bend. The spine also protects the spinal cord which runs through the centre.

Can you make a model of your spine to illustrate this?

Human Brain Craft & Activities

Can you thread some cotton reels or pasta onto a piece of string? This is a bit like your backbone. The cotton reels represent the vertebrae and the string the spinal cord. This would also work well using egg cartons cut up into segments.

4 Skeletal System Projects for Kids