Year 1/2 Home Learning w/c 25th 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.



Today we will be thinking about adding, by making ten. 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 we are going to be thinking about story mapping. In the video below, you can see Pie Corbett using the technique with, Little Red Riding Hood. Watch or read, ‘Lost and Found’ again, and then use the Story Map on Teams (or click here) to retell the story, with actions.

I’d love to see a video of your story map retelling.

Topic (Science)

So far, we have had a look at animals from hot and cold countries, their habitats and how they camouflage against their surroundings. Today I would like you to find out about how we can group animals based on their characteristics.


Watch these BBC bitesize clips to find out about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects and then have a look at the ‘Animal Groups Powerpoint’ on Teams.

This site from San Diego zoo looks at animal categories and gives examples of each, and there are some ‘Animal Groups Sorting Cards’ on Teams for you to try too or you can create your own to sort.



Today, in maths, we are continuing to think about adding by making ten. 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.


Now that you know the story well, I would like you to try to answer some questions about ‘Lost and Found’. There is a Comprehension Task on Teams for you to try. This is a discussion activity so there is no need to write your answers down. Let me know how you get on!

Topic (Art)

Make a penguin, possum, pig or other small animal of your choice out of salt dough (see the recipe below). Try following these techniques (right) to make your creature:


Don’t forget to send me a picture!

Roll a lemon/egg shape from the dough.

Gently squeeze a head shape near the top of the egg.

Pull and twist to create wing shapes, beak and feet/ ears, snouts …

If making a pig or small animal, draw a cross shape with a knife/ tool and pull each section to form legs and feet.

Use tools to pierce eyes or add textures such as feathers on wings, fur, tails etc.

Dry your salt dough creature and then paint it.



Today we will be looking at subtraction (without crossing ten).  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.


Look at the pictures on the ‘Character sheet’ on Teams (or click here). Discuss the images and interpret what they tell you about the characters. Try to write some adjectives next to the pictures then use them to write some sentences to describe how the characters are feeling at the different points in the story.

Topic (Music)

Please pick any of the lessons here – they are great fun.

There is also a fun, Polar Party Rap  that you could try.


Let me know which ones you have done.



Today we are continuing with our work on subtraction, and this time we will be looking at counting back. Please do the lesson here and then follow it up with some practical activities and look out for any resources on Teams.


Today we are going to plan our own version of the Lost and Found story. What could we have instead of a penguin? Use your imagination, you can choose whichever animal character you like. Maybe you could plan a story about a little boy who finds a lion at his door. Where might the lion live? If it lives in the jungle, would we get there by boat? What could we use instead? Use the ‘New Story Plan’ template on Teams to make a basic plan for your new story.

Topic (R.E.)

We are going to think about the love and special times we share in our families. Look at the ‘Special Meal’ photo, and talk about a time when you celebrated with a special meal. It might have been a birthday party, Christmas, a wedding, a First Communion or a Baptism celebration.  Use these questions to help:

When might you have a special meal?

What makes a meal special?

Who was there?

Who prepared the meal?

What did you eat?

How did you help?

What did you like best about it?

How did it make you feel?

Why is it good to spend time sharing food together?

On a paper plate or paper circle, draw a picture of your special meal. Talk to a grown up about who was there and why it was special to share food together.



Today we will continue with subtraction by counting back, but we will have the added challenge of crossing ten. 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 12 carrots – if we eat 4, how many will we have left?


Use your story plan from yesterday to help you to write your own story based on ‘Lost and Found’.  Remember to use capital letters, full stops and lots of exciting describing words. Don’t forget to show me your wonderful work. If you are feeling brave, you could record yourself reading it too. I would love to hear it!

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).

In the PE folder on Teams, there is a Moving Animals Powerpoint. Have a look through it, then see if you can move like the different animals. Can you crawl, slither, gallop, jump, creep, swim, fly?

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