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Year 1/2 Home Learning w/c 18th Jan

Important daily learning ideas

It’s important to keep reading a little every day, The Oxford Owl website is brilliant – click on the button below to find the link and your login details.

On the side of each book is a little colour marker. The Year 1 children are best to choose books with red, yellow or blue markers to start off with. Year 2 will be able to read the books with green, orange, turquoise and purple markers. The books get progressively harder as you scroll through the colour bands.

Use the Teach Your Monster to Read App and the Monster Phonics App to work through some of the phonics games, daily. Please also keep working on spelling some of the high frequency words on the word card that we sent home in the homework books. Try to apply the words in sentences too. Phonicsplay and Twinkl are other excellent sites containing phonics activities and games. We are currently working on Phase 5/6 phonics with Year 1 and 2.

I will be adding any Monster Phonics PowerPoints and resources which you could try at home, to a folder on Teams. That way, you will be able to access these even if you can’t make the meetings. This week our focus sounds will be ‘brown owl’ – ‘ow’, ‘ou’ like in ‘town’ and ‘shout’ and ‘Miss Oh No’ – ‘ow’ like in ‘show’.

Practical Maths is the best way for children to learn, so please do not feel that your child has to complete the worksheets. You could use toys, raisins or dried pasta as counters. If you don’t have a printer, the sheets can be completed on paper or in an exercise book..

And don’t forget our live lesson which will be held at:

11.30am every day. This will be your chance to learn directly with me and to see your friends.

Click here to download this week’s work, and continue reading for quick access to all your links and other information.



All this week we will be thinking about addition. Start by doing the lesson together here.

Follow this up with some practical activities to try to practise what you learned in the video.

I have also set some My Maths tasks that the children could try. On Teams, there is a list of logins for the children to access Numbots (Year 1) and TT Rockstars (Year 2). Please don’t try to do everything- pick and choose the activities that work best for your child


Today, in our Live Lesson I will introduce this on the Teams meeting, we will find a penguin in the classroom ! We have no idea where he has come from. What questions could we ask him? Can you think of some questions that you might ask the Penguin? Write some of your questions down. Don’t forget the question mark! You will be able to ask the penguin your questions on our Teams meeting on Tuesday.

Topic (Science)

We have learned about hot and cold places in the world and have started to think about the animals that live there. Today I would like you to think about how animals adapt to their habitats and to find out about ‘camouflage’. There are some Powerpoints in the folder on Teams, but also use the internet with a grown up to find out some more facts. Compare Arctic Foxes with Desert Foxes, Arctic Hares and Desert Hares. How do they fit in with their surroundings? Why do the desert animals have much longer ears? Watch this video about animals that camouflage in the jungle, and then try the activity here.

Try to write down or draw some pictures to show some of the facts that you have found out.



Today, in maths, we will be thinking about adding by ‘counting on. Please start by doing the lesson here, after which it would be brilliant if you do a few practical activities together. There are also some resources on Teams.


Today, during our Teams meeting you will ask the penguin your questions and hopefully find out some answers about where he has come from. After our meeting, try to draw the penguin and write down some of the things we know about how he looks and how he feels.’. Use each word to think of a question to ask about the story. Try to write your questions down- remember to use a question mark.

Topic (Art)

Following on from yesterday’s work about camouflage, I would like you to try to make a model of an animal camouflaged in its habitat. You could use a shoe box and create a white arctic scene including a polar bear, a sandy desert scene with a snake… Enjoy being crafty and use your imagination! Don’t forget to send me a photo!



Today we are going to continue with addition, but we will be using our knowledge of number bonds to help us.  Please watch the lesson here and then do some practical maths together. Don’t forget there are resources for you to use on Teams as well.


Today we are going to create a lost poster for the penguin. (There is a template on Teams that you could use or you can create your own. I’ve also added some ideas below.) What might you add?

Have you lost a penguin? Found in our classroom. He is short and chubby with black and white feathers. He is very shy and he likes to eat fish. Please collect him from St Mary’s Primary school.

Topic (Music)

Please pick any of the lessons here – they are great fun. Let me know which ones you have done.



Today we are continuing with our work on addition with number bonds. Please do the lesson here and then follow it up with some practical activities and look out for any resources on Teams.


Watch the first part of the ‘Lost and Found’ story by Oliver Jeffers (it will stop in the right place).

What do you think the boy and the penguin might have packed? Try to write a list with a grown up. On the video it shows an umbrella- what might they need that for?

Topic (R.E.)

Last week we thought about how there are quite a few people who welcome us and help at Mass. Remember that although there are people with special roles at Mass everyone who is there is important and joins in by praying, listening, singing by saying the responses and by going forward for a blessing. Some people have special roles at Sunday Mass: e.g. greeters, the priest, deacon, altar servers, readers, those who take the collection, bring up the bread and wine to the altar and the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Some people help prepare the church for Mass on Sunday e.g. flower arrangers and those who clean the church.

Draw pictures of people in helping roles on small pieces of paper.  Include those who help at church; e.g. priest, flower arranger, and other people such as police officer, nurse, etc.  Try to sort them and to recognise those who have a special role in church.



Today we will be finding and making number bonds. Please do the lesson here, and then look out for the resources on Teams. Don’t forget that practical maths is the best way to embed your learning, so try and do some quick-fire challenges throughout the day. Think about things like, oh, I’ve got 6 carrots – how many more would I need to make 10?


Think about the start of ‘Lost and Found’ again. What has happened so far in the story? What will happen next?

Watch the video clip all the way through this time. Try to write about the story. Who is the story about? Where is it set? What happened? There is a sheet on Teams which you could use as a template.

Topic (P.E.)

Be active! Go for a walk, ride your bike, learn how to skip with a rope. Don’t forget the daily PE with Joe Wicks which is live every morning at 9am. Cosmic Kids Yoga is also lovely, you can find sessions on you tube to follow (see link), and they also have an App (fees apply).

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Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 


Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead