Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Home Learning During School Closure

The next two weeks will be the whit half term break and, as such, we will not be setting the same homework that we’ve been doing for the last few weeks. You’ll still be able to see the last couple of weeks’ activities on the Bitesize website and Seesaw if you’d like to keep busy. You should also keep your eyes on Class Dojo and Seesaw from time to time as I might surprise you during the break with more stories to vote for, and I’ve got a couple of fun activities that you might like to try too.

I’ll also take this opportunity, a couple of days early, to wish those who’ll be celebrating a very happy Eid. I know that your celebrations will probably feel really different from usual this year, but I hope it’s still a special and fun time for you all. Eid Mubarak!


Here are our learning timetables for the last few weeks. Some of the activities may no longer be accessible but send me a message on Seesaw or Dojo if you can’t find what you’re looking for and hopefully I’ll be able to help you…

Y1 Home learning grid 4 Monday 18 May – Friday 22 May 2020

Y1 Home learning grid 3 Monday 11 May – Friday 15 May 2020

Y1 Home learning grid Monday 4 May – Fri 8 May 2020

Y1 Home learning grid Monday 27 April – Friday 1 May

The hyperlinks on the timetables should open from laptops and computers but might not work on devices like phones and tablets. It might be easier to use the timetable to find each day’s activities, and then use the Read Write Inc Phonics and BBC Bitesize websites individually by clicking on the links here:

Read Write Inc Phonics Lessons

BBC Bitesize Lessons

Please also look at this advice from Miss Mather about home learning as it may help you to address some of the challenges you and your children might be facing at the moment:

Helpful hints for home learning

Unfortunately teachers are not able to view the BBC Bitesize and Read Write Inc activities very far in advance, but we do know that some of the activities are likely to be very tricky and ask the children to use skills that they have not yet been taught at school this year. We’re sorry about this, but please do not worry about it: get in touch with me via Seesaw or Class Dojo so I can help as best I can. I will be posting accompanying or alternative activities on Seesaw to go along with the Bitesize materials as much as I can, so do please try to make sure you’ve signed up to Seesaw so you don’t miss out on them. It’s a really fun app and the learners have been producing some lovely work there. Check it out and don’t forget to leave each other comments!

I’d really appreciate any feedback about how you’re finding this new way of working, so please let us know how it’s going for you and your families so we can make it as meaningful for you all as possible.

We hope you’re all doing ok and looking after one another. We all miss being at school as much as you do and are looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Take care

Mr Ellis, Ms Martin, Ms Qureshi, Ms Sadiq and Max the Puppy

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Welcome to Year One’s page where you’ll be able to find out about all the exciting learning adventures we’ve been having. You can find our weekly homework here on this page, along with lots of links to websites that we use in class to support our learning.

This year children in Year One are taught by myself, Mr Ellis, with support from our incredible teaching assistants Miss Martin, Mrs Qureshi, and Mrs Sadiq. We will also be enjoying regular Forest School sessions with the amazing Miss Wilding.

Children in Year One follow the National Curriculum (2014) and an outline of the topics we cover through the year can be found here: Year 1 Curriculum Map 2019-20

The curriculum expectations for children in Year One can be found here.

For the most up to date news and information about what’s happening in Year One please follow us (and leave us feedback) on twitter – if you’re not sure how to set up an account just come and see me in class and I’ll be more than happy to help:

Updates about what’s going on in class, particularly related to specific children and their achievements, are also often shared through the Class Dojo website/app. Most parents are already signed up to this and are hopefully enjoying using it, but please come and see me in class if you need any help with getting set up.

Also, why not check out our class’ blog archives to see what we’ve been up to in the past. Our blog is no longer updated but we hope you enjoy finding out about some of the fun projects we’ve worked on:

Mr Ellis

Useful Apps and Online Resources

There’s dozens of great apps that we use in school. Here’s a short list of a few of the most commonly used apps in Year One:

Book creator
Pic Collage
Scratch Jr

Twinkl Phonics
Twinkl spell pop
Writing wizard
Hairy Letters

Math Duel
Reading Number
Counting Dots

There’s also tons of links to resources and games you can play on PCs and laptops right here on this very page! These online resources are used throughout the year in class. Some of them may not link to our current topics and may be beyond your child’s abilities at present, but hopefully you’ll find something appropriate (and enjoyable) here.

It’s also well worth exploring the Oxford Owls website ( which has a broad range of free e-books for younger readers of varying abilities.

If you have any suggestions for other resources that you or your children are enjoying using please share them – there’s so much on offer nowadays, and it’s changing so fast, that suggestions are always welcome.

Supporting Your Child at Home

Here are a few ‘How to…’ documents that will hopefully be useful in supporting your child with their work in Year One:

Year 1 Curriculum Map 2019-20

How to help your child with Maths in Key Stage 1

How to help your child with phonics

Phonics Workshop-Advice for parents.

Key Words to Know in Year One

Year 1 – Maths Curriculum – Yearly Overview

Year 1 – Reading Curriculum – Yearly Overview


Homework is set each Friday and should be returned in the plastic wallet (so we can send home the next week’s work) by the following Friday. Spellings are sometimes included on the weekly homework sheet and these words have been chosen as they include the phonemes (sounds) that we will have been practising during our daily phonics sessions.


Links to Online Activities

Barnaby Bear’s Weather Activity


Google Classroom

Here is the link to get you all onto Google Classroom.


Matching Numbers and Number Words

Try this brilliant game to see how well you know number words. It’s a flash based game so you might need to try opening with Internet Explorer instead of Google Chrome.



We’ve been learning how to identify plants and trees by looking at their leaves carefully. The Woodland Trust website and this identification checklist are both really useful if you’d like to try it at home.


There’s all kinds of fun activities about weather here on this fab website.


Why not try using this fantastic sheep game to work on some subtraction problems?


Subtraction Stories

We’ve been using this brilliant game on the big whiteboard in class to explain the first stages of subtraction. Why not try it at home to practise your skills.


Got It – Two Player Maths Game

Have a go at this fantastic Maths game with a friend. Can you work out a pattern that will let you win every time?


Traditional Tales

This fantastic website contains lots of our favourite traditional (fairy) tales. Read or listen to one of them and have a go at some of the fun activities to check your understanding.

Weather Forecast

Can you create a weather forecast using this fantastic website?


Number Bonds to 5 and 10

How quickly can you work out your number bonds to make 5 or 10? Try this exciting game to find out!


Special Space Jumps – Addition Game

Have a go at this tricky but fun Maths game to practise adding numbers that make more than ten.


Describing Different Kinds of Weather

Can you think of interesting adjectives to describe the different types of weather? Click here to have a go!


Weather and the Seasons

Can you put the seasons in the right order and describe the weather at each time using interesting adjectives? Find out by playing this cool game.


Island Chase

Will your boat be the quickest in the race? Answer the quick subtraction questions to become the winner in this fun game.


Number Pyramid

Test your number bond skills in this fantastic addition and subtraction game!

Barnaby Bear Report

Listen to this report with a partner. Then try and answer the questions. Make sure you listen carefully!

How many ways can you share the teddies?

Try this fun Maths game to work out how many different ways you can share the teddies.


Toys Timeline

Can you put the toys in order on the timeline in this super sorting game?


Ten Frame Games

Have a go at this fantastic ten square game to test your number bond knowledge.

Then try this brilliant ten square game to extend your skills even  further.


Have a go at this brilliant game to test your knowledge of different coins.

Making Change

In this fantastic game you’ll need to scan each item on the supermarket conveyor belt, then work out how much change each customer should be given.


Making Ten

Can you use these digitial cuisenaire rods to find all the ways to make ten? Try it with two numbers first. Then have a go using three numbers!

Sorting Materials

Can you group these toys and give them labels to show how you grouped them?



Have a go at this fantastic triangle investigation game. Can you explain to a grown up why you chose the different groups for your triangles?


Animal Questions

Check out this cool game!

Addition Stories

Can you make up a fishy addition story using the numbers in this clever game ?


Going on a Bear Hunt

Watch Michael Rosen perform his story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt here. Can you use the same kind of voice and copy his actions?


Check out this fantastic section on the BBC website to learn more about France and practise using some French words

Animal Facts

Show what you know about animals by playing this fun game on the BBC website

Animal Labels

We’ve been learning about labels and captions. Can you write labels and captions for the different animals in this fantastic game?

Ladybird Adding Game

Try this fantastic adding game. Just count the spots on the ladybirds to find the different totals!

Test the Toad Adding and Subtracting Game

Use the number line in this fun addition and subtraction game to help you work out the calculations.

Ordering Numbers

Have a go at this fun Caterpillar Ordering Game to test your ordering skills!

Plants and Animals

Have a go at this fun BBC game to test your knowledge of plants and animals. How much do you know?


Funky Mummy Number Bond Game

Try this fantastic Funky Mummy maths game to practise your number bonds. How many can you get right? Can you beat your partner?



Have a go at this fun plants quiz.

Plants Research

Write down 5 amazing plant facts from this fantastic website.

Number Problem Solving

How many different ways can you make 7? Use the rods to help you work out the answers on this brilliant website.

Mend the Number Square

Get out a hundred square. Then work with a partner to try and help Walter the Worm mend the broken hundred square in this fantastic game. Have fun!


Jack and the Beanstalk

Click here to listen to the whole Jack and the Beanstalk story. Which parts will you include in your re-telling?

BBC Jack and the Beanstalk Story

Click here to enjoy the BBC version of Jack and the Beanstalk. Remember to think about how Jack’s mum would feel when he swapped the cow for magic beans!


Balloon Pop Fives

Have a go at this fun game to practise counting in fives.

Butterfly Fives

Try this brilliant game and catch the butterflies to practise counting in fives.


Fairy Tales

Click here to listen to one of the fantastic fairy tales with a partner. Then retell the story using one of the little zig zag books. Can you write a 2A sentence?

Weather Forecasts

Click here to create a weather forecast. Can you create a forecast from the instructions I gave you?

Cashing In

Can you choose the correct coins to make the different totals? Remember: choose the total that’s right for you. Start with up to 10p and get harder when you feel confident!

Number Pyramid

Can you work out the right numbers or symbols to add to these addition and subtraction number sentences? Work out your answers carefully to escape from the pyramid!

Island Chase – Subtraction Race

How quickly can you solve subtraction problems? Use your fingers, counting cubes or a number line to work out the answers to these problems. Be quick or your speedboat will fall behind in the race!

Partitioning Fun!

Can you partition these numbers and add them back together to help splat the ogre? Remember: go for level 1 to begin!

Subtraction Game

Have a go at this fun to test your subtraction skills. Remember: try ‘within 5’ if you’re finding it tricky!

Barnaby Bear Visits an Allotment

As part of One World Week we’re going to find out about how we can grow our own fruit and vegetables. Watch this clip to find out more from Barnaby Bear!

Rocket Rescue

A fun phonics games!

Cross the Swamp

How many more or less should the monkey add or take away to cross the swamp? Play this funny game to improve your skills!

Little Animals Adding Ladybird Game

How many spots do you need to make the answer? Count them carefully!

Number Jumbler

Can you solve the missing symbol problems?

Properties of Materials

Which materials are shiny? Which can float? Which are made from a natural material?

Materials Game

What are the different objects made from? Can you sort and label them?

Adding and Subtracting

A fun game to help with your adding and subtracting!

Writing Instructions

Can you write the instructions for how to get ready for school?

What do animals eat?

Can you sort out the animals depending on the different foods they eat?

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Phonics play games – for reading key words

We use this game in school to read and recognise key (CVC) words, and match it to the picture shown. Have a go at home!

Splat square! – for counting and recognising numbers

The children use this splat square to count and recognise numbers. Have a go at home!

Espresso maths games – counting, adding and subtracting

These are just some of the maths games we play in class. The children know how to count the actions, objects or sounds. Some of the harder games are adding or subtracting numbers. Have a go at home!

Check out Art and DT @ Mersey Vale blog to see our fantastic efforts!