Year 1 Home Learning – Spring wk12

Here is the next week’s suggested home learning for Year One. Please don’t feel under pressure to complete everything. It’s more important that your child is calm, happy and enjoys the learning experience. As always we are here for advice or help in anyway.  Contact us by email if you have any questions. Thank you – remember you’re doing an amazing job.

Week beginning 30.3.20

Keep up your everyday tasks – remember little and often is the key to success! These should include:

  • Read a book or use Bug club to read online. Look at the cover – what does this tell you? Stop halfway through the story – what do you think will happen? Tell someone all about it. What were the characters like? Can you sequence the story?
  • Practise your spellings – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 spellings available on last week’s page.
  • Practise the phonics sounds – this weeks sound is oe
    Online games available for free at:   Login: march20   Password: home
  • Super sentence – write at least one sentence a day. Make sure it has a capital letter, full stop (or question mark or exclamation mark), an adjective, a conjunction (e.g. and, but, because), letters the right way round and sitting on the line, finger spaces and check it makes sense.
  • Maths – number of the day. Each day I will tweet a number. If you are not following us on twitter just pick any number. Your challenge is to answer every fact about the number. See below.


Practise your maths facts using these fun interactive online games:   (all facts)   (place value)   (odd or even)   (multiples – select 2, 5 or 10)

Work through the Easter booklet (see link below). If you can’t print it out just work from the screen and write the answers in your Home Learning book.

English – Phonics

Group 1: This week’s sound is ‘oe’ as in toe.
Practise writing these words with the ‘oe’ sound: toe, hoe, woe, foe, goes, heroes, tomatoes. Explain the meaning of the words if they are new. Perhaps have a go at drawing a picture for the words and label them. Play Buried Treasure on Click on the link for free phonics play, parents, phase 5, buried treasure and then on our sound of the week.
Choose a word with the ‘oe’ sound and spelling and write a sentence with that word in it.

Group 2: This week’s sound is ‘ow’ as in cow.
Practise writing these words with the ‘ow’ sound: how, cow, down, owl, now, brown. Play Buried Treasure on Click on the link for free phonics play, parents, phase 3, buried treasure and then on our sound of the week.
Choose a word with the ‘ow’ sound and write a sentence with that word in it.
Practise writing the following capital letters and lower case letters: Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll, Mm

English – Writing

Check out the video made by Mrs Kholodenko for a short grammar task:

Writing activity – Instructions
We imagine you may have done some kind of activity at home this week. Maybe you made something, perhaps you did some baking or you may have played a card game or a game online. This week’s English task is to write some instructions for an activity you did last week. It would be great to share the instructions for your activity so that others could have a go at some of the fun things you’ve been doing!

Instructions are written so that people know how to do things.
Remember these rules for writing instructions:

  • Give your instructions a title. This might start ‘How to…’
  • The instructions must be in order.
  • Number your instructions so that they are easy to follow.
  • Start each number on a new line.
  • Make your instructions very clear using short sentences.

Geography – Local Area

As part of our Local Area topic, the children wrote down their own address and looked at the different parts of the address and what it means. Now, can the children write a letter or create a card for a family member, friend or neighbour? They need to know the address of the recipient.

Once they have completed this, pop it into an envelope and address it to the person they have written to. Look at the different parts of the address: the house name or number, the street or road, the town, village or city, the county, country and postcode. If the address is in a different part of the country can you identify it on a map? Perhaps you have written to someone in a different part of the world. Can you identify that country on a world map?

Below is a link to an excellent little film from The Postal Museum about the journey of a letter.

***As the current advice is Stay At Home please keep the letter/card to post at a later date when the advice changes and we can safely visit the post office.

Science – Materials

Following on from last week’s Three Little Pigs materials activity, this week talk to your child about the terms transparent, translucent and opaque. The link below gives clear definitions and allows children to have a go at sorting some objects.
This is also a nice link that introduces the vocabulary of transparent, translucent and opaque.
Go on a hunt around the house and record things that fit into the 3 categories. You can record with drawings and label them if you want!

An extra fun activity – what category would sunglasses fit into? We’ve had some lovely sunny weather over the last few days and hopefully there will be more to come! Can you design a fab and funky pair of sunglasses either for you or for a favourite teddy? If you Google sunglasses some great templates come up that you could print or alternatively draw your own. Don’t forget to make sure you can see through them …… and name the scientific term for being able to see through them! Have fun!

History – comparing two historical figures

We have been learning all about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong this term. To finish this topic it would be great for the children to compare their lives and achievements. Ask them to tell you everything they can remember about these two historical figures.
Make two lists saying how they are the same and how they are different.
Think about:
What are they famous for? When did it happen? Where did they go? Did they need help? Who from? How did they travel? How long was the journey? What food did they eat?
Useful links with clips and quizzes: (Neil Armstrong) (Christopher Columbus)


We are sure there is lots of creative activity happening at home, so this is a suggested activity for those who would like some extra guidance – it is not compulsory. Please use the ideas if you’d like to but there is no pressure to complete this activity and if you are being creative in other ways that is wonderful!

Can you create a flower colour wheel?
Google “colour wheel year 1” with your child. Look at and discuss the colours. Twinkl have some lovely images of colour wheels if you want to talk in a little more detail with your child about the different parts of the colour wheel eg, primary and secondary colours.

Now, using any materials you have at home can you create a flower with the petals of the flower representing the colours? We are aware that everyone at home will have different materials available. It may be colouring pencils, crayons, felt tips, paint or you may have tissue paper, coloured card or you could even cut colours out of magazines? There is no right or wrong! Be creative! Don’t forget to add a stem and leaves. We’d love to see your flowers so remember to email your creations to Mrs Morris!

Sharing your work

We know you are all doing some fantastic home learning whilst school is closed and we’d love to see what you’re all doing! We’d also like to give you the opportunity to share your learning not only with us but with your friends as well. If you have a photo of anything from your home learning that you would like to share then please email it to Mrs Morris ( and it will be added to a weekly post on the William Ransom School website for everyone to see. Check the Year One class page to see what everyone has been busy doing at home. Remember learning happens in all sorts of ways so your photo might show exercising in the garden, reading a book, marvellous maths, amazing writing, playing a musical instrument, art work or even baking!
Also, if you haven’t already, you can follow us on the Twitter Year One group. When you request to follow us, please can you email me ( your Twitter tag and identify your child if it’s not clear who you are.