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Home Learning Resources for Year 1


A theatre company has made it free to watch a video of their play for young children called Whatever the Weather. There is also a storybook and an activity pack you can download and use as well.


Twinkl have made loads of resources accessible. Just click on the parents hub.


The Scholastic website has two weeks worth of activities available for free, including reading and educational videos. It is from the USA, but is still a great resource.


Starfall is another site from the USA but with loads of great resources including Maths and Literacy games and books to read. You have to subscribe for full access, but a number of them are free.


Free Key Stage 1 Maths and English study books from Collins:

Here is a list of links to lots of Maths and English activities also from Collins:


The Literacy Shed is providing free Literacy resources for Key Stage 1



White Rose Maths have begun providing home learning lessons online, with videos and worksheets you can use. This resource looks fantastic!


Practice counting, lots and lots of counting! Can you count in 2's, 5's and 10's? Get a pile of 2 ps how much money have you got? Do the same with 10 ps and 5 ps.

Can you count forwards and backwards from any number up to 100?

Can you say what is 1 more or 1 less than any number up to 100?

Can you say all the pairs of numbers that make 10?

Practice writing your numbers up to 20, make sure they are the right way round! Can you write them in words as well as numbers?


Maths Shed have a free 14 day trial to access their games and challenges:


Maths Train is a fun way to practise your mental maths skills:


ICT Games has a wide range of different games covering Key Stage 1 Maths. There is plenty here to keep you going for a long time!


Hit the Button is lots of fun:


This website has a range of Maths activities.



Reading is the single most important thing that you and your child can do together. You can read any books you have at home as well as your school reading book. Talk about the characters in the story, what are they like? Draw a picture of your favourite character.  Stop at different points in the story can you predict what you think is going to happen next? After reading the book retell the story using the pictures.

Talk about the words you can see.. how many times can you find the word 'the'etc. How many words can you think of that rhyme with cat? Look for all the capital letters on a page. How many full stops or question marks can you find.


Here are some free ebooks. You just need to register:


More free ebooks, from Collins:


Enjoy the stories on Cbeebies (there are LOTS of videos to enjoy!)


Michael Rosen's website has some super videos of him reading his poems 


Here are some nice stories with a range of different activities:


This website has some Literacy activities.


Spellings and Phonics

Click on the links on this page to find words to practise and games to try: 


Phonics Play are making all their resources free to access at the moment:



In Year 1, we learn about plants and animals. Here are some websites to learn more about these things:


The Royal Institution has a series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with children.


This website has lots of Science activities, and the links at the top will take you to activities for health, environmental skills, computer skills and life skills.


And here is another website with a wealth of Science ideas, activities, games and experiments.


Crest (yes, the toothpaste people!) have some detailed science activities aimed at primary aged children. There is a guidance booklet and a booklet of activities, as well as a certificate you can print on completion. Star level is aimed at children from 5-7 years old. 



Tell your family all the things you know about the Great Fire of London. Play the game together at home. Can you work together to make a little book of facts of all the things you know happened in 1666?



You might find some inspiration for some art projects here:



We have used these in class. You could use them at home too.

  • You Tube – Joe Wicks Kids Work Out
  • You Tube – Cosmic Kids Yoga


We have signed up to this website for lots of free videos and dance routines for ages 4 and up:

Log in Details 


Password: B987UZ



Tynker are offering free access to their premium coding activities during the school closures.


Other useful websites

The BBC Bitesize website has lots of good resources:


This website has a range of great projects:


Below is a list of other websites which may be of interest. 

If we find any more we will add them here or on Facebook. 

Other things to do at home:

  • Keep a diary (this would be fascinating to keep and share with people in the future!)
  • Write a letter to someone in your family who doesn't live with you. Maybe they will even write back!
  • Make a postbox in your house and everyone can write letters to each other - take it in turns to be the post person and deliver the mail!
  • Play any board games you have. You could start a league table to keep a record of who wins the most and least.
  • Cook or bake together (even if it is as simple as making a sandwich together)
  • Make a book (will you be the next JK Rowling? You could even write a series of books about the same characters!)
  • Interview someone in your family and find out things you didn't know about them.
  • Set up a points chart for things like keeping your bedroom tidy and doing household chores - at the end of each week, whoever has the most points is crowned "House Mega-Star".
  • Make play-doh (flour, a little salt and enough water to make a dough). What will make the best dough? More flour? More salt? Less water? Experiment to find the best play-doh recipe.
  • Household Olympics - every day run a different event (how about who can run up the stairs fastest? Or balance on one leg for the longest? Or do the most star jumps during the Eastenders opening music?)
  • Put on a concert (plan who will sing or perform what, find backing tracks on You Tube with adult help, rehearse, work out what you will wear, make a leaflet about it, make a poster to tell people in the house when it will happen)
  • Teach someone in your house some of the phonics you have learned. You could even teach the dog or cat, or even a teddy!

Welcome to Year 1

We are lucky to have lots of adults supporting the children as they make their transition into Year 1.

Mrs Ryall and Mrs Paxton are the class teachers. We are supported all day by Mrs Matthews.  Miss Preston and Mrs O'Mahoney support Year 1 in the morning and Mrs Griffin in the afternoon.  We are very lucky to have access to the outdoor quad, where Mrs Matthews and Mrs Griffin take groups of children to develop their learning in a more practical, hands on way. On a Wednesday afternoon Miss Cole teaches Mrs Ryall's class and Mr Kieran teaches Mrs Paxton's class. Miss Cole teaches Mrs Ryall's class all day on a Friday too.


Some of the Year 1 children access our Nurture Group, Smarties. This takes place every morning with the children returning to their own classes in the afternoon.

Reading Books

Children can change their books every day if they need to. We are encouraging the children to become more independent and to change their own books. Please help your child by reminding them in the morning if they need to change their book - thank you.


PE this term

This half term the children will all need an indoor PE kit in school. This is a pair of blue or black shorts and a white t-shirt. They will also need a swimming kit, swimming costume and towel, for a Tuesday. 


Mrs Ryall's Class: Mondays- Real PE

                           Tuesdays- Swimming


Mrs Paxton's Class: Monday - Real PE

                            Tuesdays- Swimming



Our Day

Phonics and Spelling

In Year 1 phonics is taught daily. Our children are supported to sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt in Reception. Common exception words are practiced weekly, with some children accessing extra support daily if necessary.


We use the programme of ‘Letters and Sounds’ to review and consolidate Phase 2 and 3 phonemes and graphemes, with some moving on towards Phase 4 and Phase 5 when they are ready.



1-1 reading is the focus for the Autumn Term. 



We teach 4 key stages as defined in the National Curriculum. To write sentences by:


  • saying out loud what they are going to write about

  • composing a sentence orally before writing it

  • sequencing sentences to form short narratives

  • re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense


Such an outcome is supported by an adult when appropriate. Dictated sentences are also used for children to write simple sentences from memory, including GPCs and common exception words taught so far. We also begin to introduce more of the Alan Peat Sentence types.


Writing is part of our daily routine and they have access to a wide range of resources to support their writing. In phonics children are encouraged to apply their new phoneme into either words, or sentences. Dedicated literacy session based around a text provides opportunities to write to inform or entertain. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions. Through these sessions we learn new skills and begin to use them appropriately and with some independence. These skills are then regularly used in Mantle of the Expert tasks. We also use texts, pictures and video clips as inspiration for writing.



We follow the White Rose Hub Maths planning.

In Year 1 we focus on using concrete strategies such as Numicom, Tens Frames and Base 10. The children will learn to use pictorial representations for problems. Both the concrete and pictorial strategies build towards the children using more abstract approaches.

We will be ensuring that the children are secure with the place value of 10, before teaching the 4 mathematical operations.



Autumn Mantle 2019

During the Autumn term we will have a science focus to our class Mantle. Our team are 'wild life photographers' who have been commissioned by the BBC to travel to Antarctica to photograph penguins. The expert team will use their scientific skills and knowledge to find out facts and information about these creatures.

Year 1 Curriculum

2017-18 Overviews

2016-17 Overviews