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Year 1

Here is a brief outline of a typical day at school for your Year 1 child. It is up to you if you follow this strictly or loosely.  

8.50-10.10: RWI, Literacy. (This will usually include reading, spellings, handwriting. Talking about the book they’ve read and writing task)

10.10 - 10.30: Snack and break

10.30- 11.30: Maths (numbots login in the pack), there are lots of songs on the internet to go with the maths guidance.

11.30-12: PSHE/singing :) this could be playing a game, turn taking, accepting disappointments. (There is also a music login in the pack)

12-1: Lunch and play

1-2/3: Topic/art/PE/RE/reading for 10mins - it depends on the subject as to whether this last the full afternoon or not.

Writing about their day and taking photos to make a diary would be a good way to encourage writing and practicing handwriting.


In preparation for school closure, here will be some useful links, websites and ideas to keep the children engaged and learning at home. 


It is very important that children are reading on a daily basis. Children need to be reading for at least 10 minutes a day, be that reading to them, them reading to you or silent reading. Children also really benefit from discussing what they have read and being asked questions about what has happened so far in these books.

Children will be bringing home their NEW RWI levelled books after the most recent retesting as well as some books from previous levels. 


Children need to become fluent in their number bonds to 10 and 20. Practice using games to make sure they are able to answer without a 'delay'.

They also need to be able to count in 2's, 5's and 10's at speed.  Practice using games to make sure they are able to answer without a 'delay.' See if they can count 'as fast as you' or time them to see how long it takes them, 'beat the clock.'  If they can do this with ease, practise 3's, 4's and 6's. 

These skills underpin a lot of their maths understanding and they will find many maths tasks easier if they can do these with ease.  

Children will be sent home with their login to Numbots (from the creators of Times Tables Rock Stars). This online game will help the children's recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts.

As well as this, Busythings has lots of good maths games, which the children access regularly at school. The username and password for this:

Busy Things Username = home8972         Password = crazy8362

English and Handwriting:

We have attached a picture of the common exception words for Year 1 and Year 2. Children could practice reading and spelling these, as well as putting them into a sentence to enable better understanding of the word. Children also need to remember our new handwriting letters. The website for this is below if they cannot remember how to form them:

We will be sending home spellings which correlate to their RWI level. Practise these as well so children can confidently write them independently. 


We are currently learning all about the different types of animals in Paws, Claws and Whiskers. As a project for the children they need to pick an animal and make a home for them using a shoebox (or similar) and whatever you can find. Don't forget to take photos so we can see the journey from beginning to end!

Children can choose from:

Mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. 

They will need to draw on knowledge from their zoo trip and class learning about what these animals eat (herbivores, carnivores or omnivores), where the animals live (cold blooded or warm blooded) and what they need to survive. We have attached a checklist to ensure the children have got everything they need in their animal's environment!

We have also attached a Topic Glossary for the children to complete. There are a number of words on the sheet which the children need to define and explain the meaning of. If they can put it into a sentence then this will further consolidate their understanding.


In PE this term, the children have been learning key skills on how to throw and catch. It would be beneficial to keep practising this skill so that it becomes more natural to them!


Make a basket with your hands, pinky fingers touching and fingers spread out. 


Aim with your non dominant hand and step through when releasing the ball.

A few games:

1. Children have to get as many points as possible by throwing the ball to a partner or against a wall. Every time they drop it they have to 'lose a leg' and kneel down. 

2. Children have to throw a ball to a partner or at a wall. Every time they have a successful throw and catch then they take a step further away from the wall or partner.  

3. Children should throw the ball up in the air and clap once before catching it. The next time they throw it up they ned to clap twice, moving it up a clap each time. This can be adapted to have a bounce instead of a throw. 

Tummy Skittles:

You need:

A large/medium sized ball, skittles or empty 1 litre or 2 litre plastic drinks bottles and space enough for your child to lay flat on their tummy and the skittles to be about 2 metres away.

How to do it:

Get the child to lie on their stomach, lift their head up and then lift their arms above their head. Throw the ball at the skittles, then lower the body gently back to the floor, ready to throw again.

Crab Walk

You need:

An area of floor or grass and a bean bag or soft toy.

How to do it:

Get the child to sit on the ground with their hands and feet on the floor, fingers pointing behind them, raise their bottom off the floor to make a table shape. In this position get them to walk backwards, like a crab, to a destination and back again. Put a beanbag or soft toy on their tummy - make sure they keep their bottom up otherwise the toy will fall off!

As this activity is quite demanding only ask the child to go 2 to 3 metres at their first attempt, as the child’s endurance increases you can increase the distance.

To add variety you can add an obstacle course or follow-my-leader to the game.