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Ashley Hill MAT

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Ashley Hill

Multi Academy Trust

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Hi Year 1!


It has been great to see most of you at school this week! I am very impressed with everyone and I am looking forward to your amazing work this week. At school we will be continuing with our transition activities. I have added English, Maths and non-core work below for you to complete for the days you are at home. I hope you all have a fantastic week!


Miss Edwards



Hi Year 1! I hope you are all well! I am so impressed with everything you have done at home. Whether it is school work, learning to ride a bike, baking, gardening - everything you have done is creating memories! Carry on with your positive attitudes - I am proud of you all!


Taking part in mindfulness activities is so calming and a great way to really think about the world around you. If you would like to try it I have added some ideas here. 


1) Sit in a place that is comfortable for you (this can be your living room, bedroom, garden - anywhere you would like). You can have your eyes open or closed - it is up to you. Have a think about what you can see? (if your eyes are open!) What can you hear? What can you smell? What can you touch? When you are ready open your eyes and smile!




Week beginning 13th July



I have added a spelling quiz for Friday 17th July based on exception words. I have also added a link for the words below.


Could you please make sure your child is reading/spelling the common exception words correctly when reading and writing. These are the list of words they have been learning. 



Phonics pure sounds video guide.



Read Write Inc website with information on phonics during school closure:


Support during School Closure for Parents and Carers

RWI Phonics lessons at home
Free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons every day.

From Monday 23rd March and for the next two weeks, films will show at the times below and be available for 24 hours.

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am

Please share with RWI schools and parents.

Films and resources for parents on

Daily updates on Facebook/Twitter for regular tips to support reading and writing at home.

Oxford Owl for Home from Oxford University Press

  • 72 free eBooks matched to Read Write Inc. Phonics Storybooks
  • 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets
  • 28 Ditty practice sheets
  • Parent information booklets
  • 8 Speedy Green Words slideshows

Resources will be on Oxford Owl for Home over the coming days and weeks.

Parents and carers will need to login to access eBooks.



Pick one or two videos a day and keep moving!


Foundation/KS1 dance


Kids Zumba


Kids Zumba


Joe Wicks is doing daily PE sessions for children. Please complete these sessions  at least twice a week:




Family cardio workout




This week the children will be working through English tasks from classroom secrets. I have attached the link below to the document with the worksheets. 



This week your English is based on space. If you would like to challenge yourself, you could write your own story based on space! Remember when writing a story you need an opening (describing the characters and settings), a middle (is there a problem? what is the problem?) and you need an ending (how was the problem solved?). This challenge is completely up to you. If you choose to accept the challenge then I would like to see you use capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and your neatest handwriting. To challenge yourself even further then you could use all the grammar skills you have learnt from your worksheets and apply them to your story. 


Have fun and I cannot wait to see your stories!



Please could you also practise nouns, verbs and adjectives. This could be done by identifying these terms when reading/giving the children a list for them to identify which term they apply to (I have added definitions and examples below).


Noun - A person, place or object

Example: chair, Miss Edwards, cat, pen, England, table, elephant etc. 


Verb - A doing word

Example - running, walking, skipping, ate, ran, jump, hopped etc.


Adjective - A describing word

Example - blue, cold, soft, tall, small, yellow, pretty, strong, brave etc.



The children will continue to use White Rose maths for their maths lessons. I have attached the worksheets at the bottom of the page along with which day they are completed. On the classroom secrets document there are other maths activities. These do not have to be completed, I have left them there in case you would like some additional activities. I have also left the addition/subtraction games below in case you would like to use them at home.

There are only worksheets for Monday -Thursday. On Friday, you can complete any work from during the week. If you are finished then you can focus on number formation (making sure numbers are formed the correct way round) and number recognition. Continue working through the lessons on White Rose. You are all doing a fantastic job! I have been very impressed with your maths! 


Addition is a key skill and is good fun to learn through practical activities. This can be done through baking, gardening, tidying etc. So please feel free to do this! I will be leaving the activities here if you would like to continue practising addition and subtraction. 


Here are some fun activities you could use this week:

1 Card Game

Each player picks up two cards. They need to add the two numbers together and shout of the answer. If they get it right, they get to keep the cards. If they don’t, they have to put their cards back to the bottom of the pile. The person with the most cards at the end wins!


2 Addition Jenga

Using Jenga blocks, write simple addition sums on the end of each block (this can be done with sticker/post-it notes. It is played just like Jenga, however the children must work out the answer to the addition sum before they can attempt to remove the block.


3 Coat hanger and pegs

Have children roll two dice and then place the pegs on the coat hanger to show the two numbers rolled. 


4 Catching

Using a beach ball (or any ball), write addition sums on the ball. Children throw the ball to each other and pick a sum close to one of their hands to answer. They need to answer the sum correctly before passing the ball back.



Could you also please practise number formation and recognition. This can be done by drawing the numbers using different equipment e.g paint or chalk. Number recognition could also be practised by using flashcards (children shout out the name of the number). 

Different numbers could also be placed around a room. You could say a number and the children hop, skip, jump etc to the correct number. E.G you say 13 and they move towards the number 13. 


Non-core - Geography

This week non-core will be slightly different as the children will be focusing on taking part in a variety of transition activities in school.


Last week you took part in a research activity about animals, plants and countries. This week, at home, I would like you to continue this research but I would like you to choose a different topic. For example, if you learnt about big cats last week I would like you to learn about different countries this week. Remember, you can choose what you learn about. 


When you have picked a topic to focus on I would like you to create a fact file/poster/leaflet to show different information about your topic. For example, you could focus on one animal, such as a lion, or a group of animals, such as big cats. You can use any materials available to conduct research into the animal, plant or country and you can choose how to present your information. I cannot wait to see your work!


Guided Reading 

This week the children will be doing guided reading based on the RWI books (the books from school). You can either pick one book from school to read/answer questions or you can choose your own book from home - it is up to you! 


If you would like the extra challenge then there is a guided reading activity at the end of the classroom secrets link. 



When practising spellings Year 1 are encouraged to sound out the word. Can they spot the special friends? (two letters that make one sound, such as ay). Each week the spellings are linked to the sounds they have learnt.


Fun activities to learn spellings:

  • Use shaving foam 
  • Use sand
  • Air writing - spell the word in the air and someone says what word they are spelling.
  • Making the words out of playdough, blue tac or pasta.



Here are some fun activities you could try at home!

Useful websites



BBC Bitesize has a variety of resources to support learning.


Number sequences-


Addition and subtraction -

Problem solving games -



Joining words

Making sentences-

Spelling frame - You can click on Year 1 and the children can practise spellings based on phonics sounds. 



Phonics - These are all the sounds the children have practised.


You can also sign up to Phonics Play for free using this username and password:

username: march20             password: home



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