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Ashley Hill MAT

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Ashley Hill

Multi Academy Trust

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Book Cover Challenge!

And the winner of the Year 1 book cover challenge is...



You clearly worked very hard on your book cover and I liked that you focused on all the details on the cover, including the cake and tea cups! Well done - very creative!


If you did not win do not worry I was so impressed with all of you and you all clearly worked hard. There were so many creative ideas and interesting interpretations of book covers. You should all be so proud of yourselves! Have a great week everyone!


Royal Berkshire Hospital 

We have moved our children’s ED at RBH and have a whole new dept. Yes phenomenal work has gone on to make this happen so quickly! There is a yellow brick road (yellow line) leading there so that patients can find it... we need everyone’s help in creating rainbows for the walls please. A4 size would be great!

Please post to:
Paeds ED
Royal Berkshire Hospital
London Road
Remember to write your names on your beautiful pictures!




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 25th May 



I have added a spelling quiz for Friday 5th June based on the Year 1 common 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.



Each week I will upload reading comprehensions for the children to complete. These will consist of a text and questions based on the text. Year 1 also have their reading books and if you have other books at home they can read these too. 



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



You have all worked very hard and I am so proud of you all! You have remained positive and tackled school work with great enthusiasm. I am so impressed with how grown up you have all been! Well done!



This week the children will be working through English tasks from classroom secrets. I have put an image of each worksheet below so you can see what worksheet to do on which day along with an extension task if they finish. I have also added the document below so you can download the worksheets. 



When you have finished I would like you to write at least three of your own sentences using the correct capital letters and full stops. The sentences can be about what makes you happy. For example:

Sunny days make me happy because I can spend time going for walks with my family. 


When you have finished I would like you to write at least three of your own sentences using the correct capital letters and full stops. The sentences can be about what you enjoy doing when you are with your family. For example:

I like to do some gardening because it is interesting to see how long it takes for flowers to grow. 


When you have finished I would like you to write at least three sentences using nouns and verbs. These sentences can be about what you have been doing during the week. For example:

The dog chased a ball around the garden.


When you have finished I would like you to write three sentences using the word and. You can describe at least three objects around your house. For example:

The chair is blue and it is very soft. 


Today the children will be using everything they have learnt this week to write at least three sentences describing a member of their family. I would like you to use capital letters, fulls stops, finger spaces and adjectives. I would also like you to use and to join sentences (using what they learnt on Thursday). 



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. 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.



This week the children will be creating a piece of art based on Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol created many famous pieces of art but this week we will be focusing on this:


You will be creating your own piece of art based on Andy Warhol's work. First you will need to get an A4 piece of paper (other sizes will work if you do not have A4) and you need to fold it so you have four sections. See below.


Then in each section you will need to sketch the same picture (I understand that it is very tricky to make pictures all look the same so do not worry if they are not exactly the same). I have put two pictures below that you can use to help you create your art or you can choose your own image to draw. 




When you have finished sketching your four images, you will need to add some colour. You can use colouring, pencils, paint, crayons - whatever you have available at home. Remember, each section has to be a completely different colour. See my example below (I have only done 2 but I would like you to do 4 please).


Have fun and I cannot wait to see your creations!



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.



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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:

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