Welcome to Year 1
Where our learning adventure begins...
Home Learning Ideas
Classroomsecrets.co.uk have lots of free ideas and games that children can play online. It is linked to the BBC programmes which will begin shortly. Please feel free to access any of these ideas too.
Please read with your children as often as you can. If you wish to do reading comprehensions please use the following links as these websites are currently free:
• Learn how to spell the days of the week.
• Learn how to spell the Year 1 Common Exception Words (Twinkl have a list of these).
• Have a go at using ‘and’ in sentences to join words and clauses.
• Practice using capital letters for names of people, places, the days of the week and the pronoun ‘I’.
• Start each sentence with a capital letter.
• End each sentence with a full stop.
• Have a go at writing questions and remember to put a question mark at the end.
• Have a go at writing an exciting sentence which would end with an exclamation mark.
• Use finger spaces between each word.
• Practice handwriting. Make sure capital letters are larger than the lowercase letters. (Twinkl have handwriting sheets). Children do not need to join their letters.
Children can write about anything that inspires them. They could keep a diary about what they have done each day and how they feel, this may become a historical document in the future! The web pages below may also give you some ideas.
• Read a story of your choice with your child.
• Once you’ve read the story, make the characters using lolly sticks, story stones or just paper characters. Use these to re-tell the story in your child’s own words.
• Act out the story. You could even use some props.
• Have a go at writing sentences in speech bubbles from each character’s point of view.
• Draw pictures of the characters and use a variety of adjectives to describe each character.
• Make a story map. Have a picture for each part of the story and write sentences below each picture.
• Re-write the story.
• Have a go at changing a part of the story. You could try to change the ending first.
• Have a go at writing a letter from a character to another character in the story.
• Make a wanted poster for a naughty character in the story.
• Write a newspaper report about something that happened in the story.
• Write an acrostic poem about spring, Easter or a subject of your choice.
• Write a poem using your five senses.
• Have a go at writing a poem that rhymes.
Children should keep practicing their number bonds and doubles to 10. Ask them to teach you our doubling machine song! Children should also know, by heart, number bonds within 10 eg 2+3=5, 8-1=7.
The pages below will give you other ideas and resources to help your child with maths.
• Compare objects in your house. Sort them from shortest to longest.
• Practice measuring using a ruler to measure to the nearest cm.
• Find objects and talk about their mass/weight. Sort them from lightest to heaviest.
• Weigh out some objects. Have a go at reading the scales.
• Measure out some liquid in a measuring jug. Pour different amounts in each time. Have a go at reading the scales together.
• Learn to tell the time to the nearest hour and half an hour on an analogue clock.
• Have a go at drawing the hands on a clock for on the hour and half past the hour. (Twinkl have worksheets if you have a printer).
• Have a look at the value of coins. Make amounts together. Can you make amounts using different coins? How many ways can you make 5p, 3p, 10p etc.
• Set up a shop and price up the items. Get your child to count out the correct coins for each item.
• Order coins by their value (lowest value to highest value).
• Practice saying and writing the days of the week in the correct order.
• Practice saying and writing the months of the year in the correct order.
Geometry – Properties of shape
• Go on a shape hunt and find 2D shapes (rectangle, square, circle, hexagon, pentagon, oval, semi-circle).
• Count the corners and the sides of different 2D shapes.
• See if you can find as many 3D shapes as you can in your home. (Cylinders – tin of baked bean, sphere – a ball, a cube – a box where all of the faces are square, a cuboid – a cereal box etc).
• If you have a printer, Twinkl have lots of worksheets on 2D and 3D shapes. Just make sure you put KS1 in the search box.
Geometry – Position and Direction
• Practise turning clockwise and anti-clockwise.
• Practise making a quarter turn and a half turn.
• You could start by facing something in your house like your fireplace. If you turn clockwise half a turn, what would you be facing?
• If you have a printer, Twinkl have some worksheets to complete.
Children enjoy being creative. Let them make something out of the recycling you create and write a story about it.
There are lots of Easter craft ideas on the internet that they can try.
Teach the children how to make their own breakfast or bake buns and biscuits.
Teach them how to tie their shoe laces and polish their shoes.
Put a rainbow in your window and go for a walk to find others.
Kings and Queens
• Research Queen Elizabeth II together using the internet.
• Make a poster with lots of different facts about Queen Elizabeth II.
• Design a crown for Queen Elizabeth II.
• Make a family tree for Queen Elizabeth II.
• Write a letter to Queen Elizabeth II and tell her all about yourself.
• Make a Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle picture out of shapes in the style of Paul Klee’s ‘Castle and Sun’.
• Twinkl also have a number of different activities for this topic.
Art and Design
• Create a collage out of different materials.
• Paint a self-portrait.
• Have a go at printing using carved potatoes to make different patterns.
• Choose an artist and have a go at re-creating some of their work. (Kandisnky and/or Andy Warhol are great for KS1).
• Bake a cake and make sandwiches and have an afternoon tea which would be perfect for the queen.
• Make decorations for your afternoon tea.
• Bake bread.
• Make a model of a castle or a palace out of whatever you can find.
• Design a carriage for Queen Elizabeth II.
• Design a ball gown for a princess.
Please continue to support your child at home with their
reading, spellings practice and number facts.