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There's a Rumble in the Jungle in our last week at school. 


It is so sad that we will not all be together for the last week of term. We have missed you all so much and do wish it was different. Well done for all your hard work at home over the last few months. Let's hope in September we can all be reunited. 

This week we are going to get creative producing some art work and crafts that you can take into your new class next year.

Please email Mrs Ireland for all your home learning needs.

Take care and stay safe.

A fantastic robot and set of instructions by Isaak this week. Well done!

Good morning all. It's Mrs Ireland online this week so please email me for all your home learning needs. If you would like any additional or different home learning tasks that you are interested in or feel you need to work on just ask. laugh

Hello Year 1 :) I hope you are all well, and made it through the heat of last week!  Wow it was hot!  This week we have a focus on Meerkats and Money.  Try to have a go, keep reading, and if you have any problems or want any extra help, please don't hesitate to send me an email (Miss Pickering) x

Monday 29th June - English

Watch the Official Compare the Meerkat Jingle Advert:

Ask your child if they have seen this creature before. What is it called? Discuss - what is a real meerkat? Have you seen one before? What do they look like? Can you describe one? How do they behave? Watch How meerkats interact in the wild:

Repeat watching the clip, and this time stopping and pausing to discuss what you see. How do they move? What do they look like? Do you think they like to be alone? Generate some words, phrases or short sentences together which describe how they look, behave, act etc. e.g. playful, cute, quick, mischievous, like to stand up tall on their back legs, they cuddle up together, live underground, etc. Write these words and phrases into the ‘K’ section of a KWL grid. (The ‘K’ standing for what I already know about meerkats.) Consider and talk about what you would like to know about meerkats with an adult and write a few questions down in the second part of the grid (the ‘W’ which stands for ‘What do I want to know?’). You might wish to use the question hand to generate some of the questions, e.g. What is the name of a group of meerkats? What do they eat? Etc. Check that questions have a capital letter at the start of the sentence and a question mark at the end.


Tuesday 30th June - English.

Consider the ‘W’ (What do I want to know?) questions from yesterday’s session. Watch Meerkat Animals for Kids:

and /or Kid Reporter Dominique – Meerkats:

Can you find the answer to any of your questions? Talk to an adult about what you now know about meerkats. Fill in the last section of the KWL grid in full sentences. The ‘L’ being the ‘What have I learnt?’ section.

Check writing is in full sentences with capital letters and full stops. Use phonics to help you spell words independently.

Wednesday 1st July - English.

Consider the information you have discovered about meerkats in the previous session. Imagine that your family and friends don’t know very much about meerkats. Using the information you’ve found, write a simple report or quiz for a sibling or family member. They could either read your report or you could present it to them, just like Dominique does in the Kid Reporter Dominique – Meerkats:

Just like Dominique, you could use a question and answer sequence in your report, e.g. What type of animal is a meerkat? A meerkat is from the mongoose family and is not a cat at all. What are groups of meerkats called? A group of meerkats is called a mob. What do meerkats eat? Where do meerkats live? Etc. When writing the report, aim to include the words ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘or’ to join ideas in sentences. Check that sentences make sense by reading them aloud. Check for capital letters and full stops. Remember to use phonics to help you spell words independently. Read your report to a sibling or family member. You could do this with a microphone just like Dominique in her video!

Thursday 2nd July - English.

Listen to Miss Lee presents Meerkat Mail:

Whilst listening to the story, stop and play the ‘tell me’ game. This involves pausing the story to talk about what your child has heard. Prompts can be open ended to help start discussion, e.g. Tell me what you know about Sunny so far. Talk about how Sunny might be feeling but also how his family must be feeling without him. What do you think they would say to him? Do you think Sunny regrets leaving as the book goes on? How do you know? Write a feeling bubble (a heart-shaped outline with a feeling written inside) after Sunny sends the first note home (1:46 mins) and then a feeling bubble from his mum’s point of view. Feelings might be a single word, phrase or a sentence. Try to choose words other than happy or sad. Discuss with an adult a more appropriate word or use a dictionary/thesaurus to find an alternative word. Write another feelings bubble after Sunny sends the postcard from Auntie Flo’s (5:27 mins). How is he feeling now? Finally, write the last feeling bubble on how you think his mum/family might be feeling too at this point.

Friday 3rd July - English.

Talk about the story Meerkat Mail from yesterday’s session. Discuss: do you think that Sunny was pleased to go home? Why? How do you think his family felt when he went back? How do you know? Return to the story again, Meerkat Mail:

Or, listen to it being read aloud here: Meerkat Mail World Book Day Stories

Imagine that you are to go and visit another family member and that you can stay with them. What might you do there? Write a postcard as if you have been to stay at another family member’s house. Remember to use the capital letter ‘I’ and tell the audience all about your visit. You could include sentences about what the weather is like, what you have done and how you are feeling. Use a simple structure, such as: Dear … Love from … Check that sentences make sense by reading them aloud. Check for capital letters and full stops. Remember to use phonics to help you spell words independently.

Friday 3rd July - PHSE - During these strange times we all feel a range of emotions, help your child to understand their feelings and develop strategies to help with difficult feelings by watching this power point. See if your child can act out how they would feel in the different scenarios.

As we welcome back the Year 1s to the classroom, for those of you at home please, know that we still miss you and we are still available via email for any concerns, ideas or queries that you may have.  This week please, send your emails to me...Miss Pickering.  I hope everyone is well and I look forward to receiving photos of your work and emails letting me know what you are up to.  Take care - love Miss Pickering.

Monday 22nd June 


English - 

Listen to the song The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book:

Repeat and join in where you can. Discuss some of the words and phrases in the song and their meanings, such as bare necessities, roam, strife, rest at ease, etc. You could use Word Hippo

to find out what they mean with an adult. Draw a picture of Baloo the bear. Watch the clip again, this time pausing to talk about what he looks like, what he likes to eat and things he likes to do. Write some sentences about Baloo, around or underneath his picture.  Use ideas from listening to the song and watching the film clip to help you, e.g. Baloo is a huge grey bear. He likes to eat ants which tickle his tongue. He enjoys his back being rubbed on the trees to scratch it. He loves to relax in the water and float along … Check for capital letters and full stops. Can you include some sentences with the word ‘and’ in to join ideas?

Tuesday 23rd June


English -

Discuss what famous bears from story books or films you know, e.g. Rupert, Paddington, Winnie the Pooh, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Pudsey Bear, Yogi Bear, etc. Ask an adult who their favourite bear is. Can they tell you about them? Watch some opening clips below on bears you might not know, to find out a little more about them, e.g. Rupert the Bear (up to 1:00min)

Winnie the Pooh

Yogi Bear om/watch?v=TCSuZLjfJd k

Which one do you like? Why? Draw your favourite bear and write a short fact file about them. This could include: Name Friends Likes to eat Enjoys Dislikes etc -  Talk about your favourite teddy bear, if you have one, or your favourite soft toy. Tell an adult all about them. Draw a picture of your teddy/soft toy and write a short fact file in the same way about them too. Remember to check for capital letters for their name and use your phonics to help you spell words in your writing.

Wednesday 24th June


English -


Listen to the Teddy Bears’ Picnic song:

Join in with the words if you can: Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Karaoke Track (Some American spellings)

Read with an adult Real Bears Picnic and the Did You Know sections from this webpage about the history of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic:

Consider holding your own teddy bears’ picnic. Write a list of the things you will need to get ready, e.g. Picnic rug Sandwiches Crisps Juice Think about inviting your own teddy bears/soft toys or your family and friends with their teddy bears. Write an invitation to your Teddy Bears’ Picnic. To: For: Time: Date: Place: From: Check your writing for capital letters for names and places. Use phonics for spelling too. Send/post your invitations and host your own teddy bears picnic with your guests!

Thursday 25th June


English -


What do you know about real bears? Talk to an adult about what you already know about bears and then think about what you would like to know. Write a few questions that you would like to ask about bears, e.g. How many types of bear are there? Where do they live? What do they eat? Check your questions have a capital letter at the start and a question mark at the end. Watch The Bear, A Very Cute Mammal:

to see if you can find out some of the answers to your questions. Discuss anything else you found out too.  Write an information poster using some of the information you have found out. This could include: Title Introductory sentence/s What types of bear are there? Where do bears live? What do bears look like? What do bears eat? Did you know? (in a fact box) You could add illustrations or pictures to your poster. Check capital letters, full stops, question marks and remember to use phonics for spelling too!

Friday 25th June


English - 


Talk about how some bears are nocturnal so sleep during the day. Some bears hibernate which means that they sleep through the winter. Read the story of The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson:

Keep pausing the video to orally retell what happens throughout the story. Write a diary as if you were the mouse, retelling the events of the day. Remember to write using the word ‘I’ and to include capital letters, full stops and sentences with the word ‘and’ and ‘but’ in. Can you include an exclamation mark and a question mark too? Here's an example of a diary. This morning I crawled into a cave from the cold snow. It was too damp and dark so I lit a fire. The coals popped but it didn’t wake the big bear who was sleeping in there. Then … Next… Later… Finally… When you have finished, check for capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks.

Good morning Year One's. Welcome to another week. I do hope you are well and not missing your friends and school too much. It has been a very long time since we were all together and myself and Miss Pickering are missing you very much. Everyone at school has been working very hard to try and get things ready for when you may return. I'm sure we'll have lots to talk about when we all get back together again. Well done for working so hard at home and thank you for sending in all your work and pictures. Please keep safe and enjoy this time with your family at home and make the most of it. Take care.


Please email Mrs Ireland this week. 

Good morning Year 1. It's Mrs Ireland this week I hope you and your families are well. Miss Pickering is working in school this week so please send any emails to me and I will gladly get back to you. If you require any additional, different or any extra challenges than the ones set here please contact and I will happily send you some. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Mrs I x


Lots of super work this week, well done everybody :)

Friday 5th June - English

Look at the front cover of the book The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.


(Pause the clip at 0:03 mins to look closely at the book cover). Discuss why the postman might be described as being jolly. What does that word mean? Can you use the word jolly orally in a sentence? Ask your child: Do you know any of the characters on the front of this book? Where have you seen them before? What stories or rhymes are they from? Predict why the familiar characters might be receiving letters from the Jolly Postman. Who might have sent them? What might they say? Begin to read the story of The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg:


Pause at each envelope and after reading the address to predict who the letter/leaflet/ postcard etc. is for. Write a list of who the mail is for, what type it is and who the sender is, e.g. First of all there is a letter of apology for Mr and Mrs Bear and Baby Bear from Goldilocks. Next there is a leaflet for the Wicked Witch from Hansel and Gretel from the Hobgoblin Company. There is also a postcard for the giant from Jack, etc. Check for capital letters for names of the characters, words such as Mr or Mrs, plus at the start of sentences. Check for full stops at the end of sentences.

Thursday 4th June - English


Check if the postman/lady has been to your house today or yesterday. What did they bring? A parcel, letter, birthday card, bill, flyer, etc. Talk about if you were to write a birthday card or letter to someone. What would you do to make sure it gets to them? What would we need to know? Consider writing a note, card or letter to another family member. This could be for a specific purpose or just a note to say that you are thinking of them at this time, with a brief explanation of what you have been up to at home. Look at the front of a piece of mail that has arrived recently at your house. What does it have on the front to make sure it gets posted through your door? I.e. the correct name and address. Once your note has been written, find out the full name and address of the person you wish to send it to. Write on an envelope the correct name and address in full. Ensure you spell Mr, Mrs or Miss correctly with a capital letter and that the format of the address follows lines underneath each other. Check for capital letters for names, the street name, town/city and county. Don’t forget the postcode too!

Watch Journey of a Letter:


Talk about what you have just seen. What else do you need to make sure your note/card/letter gets to the recipient? (A stamp). Where do you put the stamp? Have a look at your mail to find out. If a stamp can be purchased, consider walking to the nearest post box to post your note/card/letter. Wait to find out if your friend or relative receives it!

Thursday 4th June and Friday 5th June - Maths - following the White Rose Maths - they have provided us with alternative lessons for week 6 (as some children have already covered the measurements lessons given) Here are the videos, have a look at them today and tomorrow x

Wednesday 3rd June – English - For today’s writing inspiration, talk to your child about the postman/lady being someone who helps us and brings letters to our door by knowing what number house it is or what the house is called. Ask them if they know what job the postman does. Can you spot them coming down your street today? What are they wearing? What happens when they come to your door? What do they bring? How do they travel?

Then Watch Postman – Rhymes on Profession

Pause frequently to discuss some of the vocabulary, such as profession, roam, plight, inform, etc. Draw a picture of a postman/lady and write down some of the things they bring/do/ wear, e.g. My postman wears a red uniform. He carries a big bag full of letters and bills. They have to read the address to check the letters go to the right house. Sound out the words to help with spelling. Check for capital letters and full stops.  I would love to see your writing.  Your challenge is to include a sentence that uses ‘and’ and a sentence that uses ‘but’?  Good luck 😊

Block graph with Miss Pickering

Wednesday 3rd June - Block graphs. Using the data we collected on Monday, when we looked at numbers on houses, today I would like to make a block graph. Rose is doing the filming this morning and so it's a bit wobbly. At the end we look at a series of questions. These are: Which number did you spot the most? Which number did you spot the least? How many more number ____ were there than number ____? How many less number ______ were there that number _____? I would love to see your block graphs. Please, keep sending them in to me x

White Rose Maths Year 1 week 6. For those of you using the White Rose Maths as an extra resource - (although, this week's measures repeats previous learning) here are this week's accompanying worksheets. I think it would be more beneficial (this week) to do the lessons we haven't covered yet - such as Summer term Week 1 which helps to assist finding doubles, grouping, sharing and finding a half. If you require the worksheets for any of the other White Rose lessons, please drop me a line and I will send them to you :)

Street names with Miss Pickering

Tuesday 2nd June - As it is still sunny, I thought we would take advantage of the weather and stay outside. (Make sure you keep hold of the data we collected yesterday, we will look at that tomorrow instead). Today I would like you to look at house names, your challenge is to find lots of interesting house names near you. Write them down, don't forget to use capital letters for names, ask an adult to take a photo and email them to me. I'd also, like to hear your ideas for a house name. Ronnie came up with Robin Hood house because the roof is pointy like his hat. Why did you choose your name? Can you use the word 'because' in your answer? I hope you enjoy your challenge.

Tuesday 2nd June - Keep hold of yesterday's number data collecting for tomorrow. Today have a go at practising your tally skills with these worksheets.




Wow!  It's the 1st of June!  Good morning everyone, I hope you enjoyed the very sunny half term.  I would love to see photos of what you have been up to.  We have been having water fights, growing tadpoles and going on walks.  Hopefully, this week, we will be able to get outside some more.  Hope you are all staying fit and well, and as always any questions or for just a chat, please contact me at any time.  Love Miss Pickering.  (Mrs Ireland is in school this week).

Monday 1st June - Data collecting with Miss Pickering

Firstly, write down the numbers 0 - 9 on a piece of paper. Then on your walk look out for numbers. Tally the times you see each number (try not to go beyond 10 times for a number). What is the biggest number you see? Do the numbers count up in twos? What would the next number be? Are they even or odd? Keep hold of your data as tomorrow we will use it to make a bar model x

Hello there and good morning Year 1. It's Mrs Ireland again this week. I hope you have had a lovely weekend. Well done again for all your hard work last week. It's meant to get warmer this week. 


I have a small challenge for you this week. You did so well with practicing your spellings last week that I would like you to put the date at the top of all your work this week e.g. today - Monday 18th May. See if you can remember how to spell all the days of the week and how to write th, nd, rd and st. 


This week you will find some phonics screening practice. All Year 1 pupils would normally take the screening test in June (but obviously not this year). It is just to assess how children can recognise graphemes in words and blend them to read e.g. sprait (a nonsense word) can they identify the ai sound and blend all the other sounds to read the word. The screening is made up of real and nonsense words. Nonsense words are shown with an alien and these words do not make sense as you will see. Each day this week you will have the opportunity to practice a screening paper.


Please also find each day English work on the fabulous book Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd. There is an attached table with instructions of the daily tasks.


I will also put on some additional activities for your choosing. Just do what you can and choose what you want. You don't have to do everything. 


Have a nice week. I'm always on the end of an email. Just send a message in the box at the top of the opening Year 1 page and I will reply with my email so you can send me your work. 


Mrs Ireland x


P.S if you want any more work, Maths or any topic of your choice please email me and I'll be happy to send some.



Good morning Year 1. Welcome to another week of remote learning. It's Mrs Ireland this week. Miss Pickering is working in school. Please find below suggested work you could have a go at at home to keep your brains ticking and growing. We are so proud of you all and miss you all dearly. Keep smiling!


There are 4 Maths lessons from Monday to Thursday that build on from each other so they need to be done in order. There is a video and accompanying questions on the attached sheet. In school this week we would be working on addition and subtraction. Please email me if you are struggling with any of the Math's lessons this week or if you want any additional or different sheets on addition and subtraction. 


NB - you may want to collect some recycling or not throw any away for a STEM activity on Friday - straws, lollysticks, wooden pegs, stiff card, pipe cleaners, string etc

NEW - maybe even collect spaghetti and small marshmallows or play dough and blu tack if you can get a hold of some. All will be reveled on Friday.

Friday 8th May - Happy VE day.  I hope you have a lovely day in the sunshine.  Please, send in photos of the way you have been celebrating VE day.  You have worked very hard this week and I have enjoyed seeing all your work.  I am in school next week and home learning will be arranged by Mrs Ireland.  Please, do feel free to contact me if you need any help, advice or just a chat - anytime.  Enjoy your week.  Love Miss Pickering.  Remember, Stay Safe x :) x

Friday 8th May - A squash and a squeeze - story reading, to help write lists.

Did you guess the animals in my story today? Watch the story and see if you can have a go at writing a list for me x

Friday 8th May - Maths - patterns.  Thinking about the 4 animals in a squash and a squeeze, can you find 4 objects that you have a lot of? This could be Lego, pasta, cereal whatever you can find. Create a repeating pattern with your objects.

Now decide on a dance move, sports move or break dance move, that each object could represent and try it out. Do you like your routine? If you want to change the routine, change your pattern too so that they still match. When you are happy with it, teach your dance routine to a member of your family.  I'd love to see photos of you following your pattern x

Thursday 7th May - Shadow drawing.

Hi, hopefully today is another sunny day so, I'd like you to have a go at shadow drawing your favourite toy. Then I'd like you to add some descriptions, facts or a story about your toy. I look forward to seeing all your work. :)

Thursday 7th May - Maths - Measuring in cm - Do you have some chalk?  Can you draw around your shadow?  How many footsteps long is it?  How many hand prints long is it?  How many of your parent's hand prints and foot prints is it?  Do you have a tape measure? If so, have a go at measuring your shadow.  

While you are drawing around the shadow of your toys, can you use a ruler or tape measure to measure those?  Put them in order of longest to shortest.  Can you find 10 things in your house that are less than 1m - 100cm long.  What are they?


For those of you who fancy a measuring challenge, have a look at the White Rose for Year2!  Summer term Week 1 Lesson 3...

Lots more super work. shadow drawings and rainbow walks - what brilliant photos - Thank you x

Beautiful work - brightening up my day! I can see lots of you are very green fingered, spotted lots of colourful things on your walks and wrote some amazing poems - well done x

Wednesday 6th May - Rainbow list poem .

Wednesday 6th May - To write a Rainbow poem. Today, I would like you to use the items you found on your rainbow walk yesterday to write a rainbow poem. I can't wait to see them, they will really brighten up my day :)

Wednesday 6th May - Maths.

How long does it take to write the word 'Rainbow' 5 times? How long does it take for your parent/friend to write the word 'Rainbow' 5 times? Remember to use your best handwriting! Who do you think will take the longest? How many times can you write the word 'Rainbow' in a minute? Do you think your parent/friend will be quicker or slower at writing the word 'Rainbow' in a minute? Can you and your friend think of other tasks to try to complete in a minute e.g. How many star jumps, press ups, sit ups, squats in a minute?  Challenge yourself - using answers with single digits (0 -9) What is the total amount of each activity that you both managed to complete? What was your joint total for each activity? What was the difference between the amounts that you both managed to complete?

Tuesday 5th May - Spot a rainbow list with Miss Pickering

On your daily walk, can you spy items that are the colour of the rainbow? Try and spot 3 things of each colour and jot them down. We will use them in tomorrow's activity. If you stay at home today, try and spot things around the home. Time yourself, can you find all the items in 10 minutes, 5 minutes? Good luck.

Can you spot some of the colours of the rainbow, in the photographs we took on our walk? I would love to see photos of colours on your walk too.

Tuesday 5th May - Maths -                                                      Can you draw a 2D shape picture from something you have seen on your rainbow walk or from around your home?  Use a ruler to draw your shapes (try to find something to help you draw a circle like a cup or a coin).  Can you label them?  How many shapes can you use? Did you use a circle, square, rectangle, hexagon, pentagon or triangle?  I look forward to seeing them.  I especially love neatly, coloured pictures :)

Tuesday 5th May - Loads more great instruction writing. I'm especially loving the frogs in the garden, things so yummy the bowl needs licking our and lovely letters to grandmas.

Tuesday 5th May - Extra Note - For anyone using the lessons provided by White Rose, please know that Christ Church school have subscribed and therefore, the attached activities are available to us all.  I really like them, they are really clear with progressive short videos and an activity sheet.  Often the sheets don't need printing out but can be read through and answered on a scrap piece of paper so even better.  All the lessons on there are useful, whichever date you may pick.  Here is the link to Summer Week 3.  If you have any problems in using them - please let me know.

Monday 4th May (As they say in Star Wars 'May the fourth be with you!') - Miss Pickering here with you again this week, as it's Mrs Ireland who will be in school all week.


Firstly, well done to those who had a go at the instructions.  Please, don't dismay if your child did not want to have a go (it is much harder teaching at home than at school - believe me).  I have been thinking about it over the weekend and perhaps, you could watch the video again but instead of writing pancake instructions, write something that engages your child more.  For example, I know at least one person who loves being a pirate - Could you write down some steps to tell me how to be a pirate?  I've seen fabulous rainbow crafts; milk carton elephants, dens, potions...could you write steps for those instead?  I love to see fabulous writing.  I can tell you have been working hard on your handwriting.


And remember...if your child really does not want to write, please enjoy reading and your time together.  Reading is the key to learning and the most important thing you can do together (in my opinion).  Use the Oxford Owl reading books (loads of free e-books very similar to the ones we use in school) - they have a button that will read the story for you and even have little games at the end. 

Here's the link  Once you've logged in choose the oxford levels (around level 3).  Good luck and please, let me know how you get on.


Monday 4th May - Quick colouring exception words - Miss Pickering

A quick video this morning - another idea for practising reading. There are a lot of great worksheets on the twinkl site that you can print off but often we're not quite sure what to do with them. Here is a 'word search' type of activity you could try. Hope you enjoy it. Perhaps you could use a timer and see how many you can find in a minute and keep trying to beat your score?

Monday 4th May - Maths 

Maths also, involves instructions and in year one we practice directional vocabulary.  Perhaps you could have a go at this game today...

Hide some treasure (a thimble or a dice) somewhere in your house. Can you give instructions for someone to find the treasure? Encourage your child to use some of the following vocabulary. left and right, top, middle and bottom, on top of, in front of, above, between, around, near, close and far, up and down, forwards and backwards, inside and outside.  


Friday 1st May - Instruction writing.

A guided lesson on how to write instructions. Can you write instructions for your yummy treats that you made yesterday? You can always have a go at writing the instructions to make my pancakes...Remember to include a 'How to...' title, a list of ingredients, numbered steps and time words. Can't wait to read them all :)

Lots of yummy work done today -looking forward to you writing the instructions for me tomorrow to make those treats, so that I can have a go at making them myself at home :)

Thursday 30th April - Quick update!!!  I have realised that the links to the White Rose Maths do not take you directly to the pages that I think would help with capacity.  Although, I think any of the lessons on the White Rose are beneficial and great, I was trying to direct you to the ones based on capacity as these help with the practical activities given this week.  My aim was for you to look at the Capacity lessons under Year 1, week 1 and then the weighing lessons under week 1 too.  I am sorry if these have caused confusion!  

Thursday 30th April - pancake making.

I hope you like our pancake video - watch out for Ronnie's (the video man) finger! Can you make some pancakes or some buns at home today? I hope they turn out a little bit better than mine! Talk through the steps of the process as you go along and try and add some actions for your phrases, like in the video and like the ones we use in school - for example when you say, 'You will need' - wag your finger bossily. Tomorrow we are going to have a go at trying to write some instructions so today have a go and try to remember as many details as you can - good luck.

Wednesday 29th April - George's Marvellous MediCine - Bedtime story.

Hi, just before bed last night, I read our favourite chapter of George's Marvellous MediCine - the one where he makes the medicine. Have a listen and then choose from either the activity in the video - to make a list of ingredients from the rooms in your house to make a marvellous mediCine or because I know some of you have already made some unbeatable, fantastic potions, write the steps on how to make your potion so that perhaps I could have a go at making them at home. Remember to use time words such as First, Then, After and Finally. I can't wait to read them :)

Yesterday's work - I like all the work that you have found independently too - go with anything that inspires you to learn. Well done.

Tuesday 28th April - Phonics soft c.

After watching this morning's phonics lesson, I wonder if you can make 'Silly JuiCe'? Here are some extra words that you could use in your juiCe... bicycle, celebrate, circle, ceiling, pencil, circus, bouncy, spicy, city, cylinder, medicine, certain, centipede, cinema, cellar, prince, centimetre, lettuce, peace, piece, notice, voice, sentence, brace, instance....can you find anymore? Remember, to discuss any meanings that you are unclear of with a grown up.

Some great work and magic potions sent in. Hope you all had fun and didn't get too wet! Well done guys!

Good morning everyone, it's Miss Pickering here this week.  The staff at Christ Church have been chatting about the amount of things that we send home for home schooling and have decided that it can all be a bit too overwhelming for parents (me as a parent included!).  Please, please, please, remember that we think you are all doing an awesome job - whether it be managing to get some writing or maths done; reading or simply going on a walk and talking with your child about all that you see.   We have therefore, decided to simplify the work that we put on to the website.  Nevertheless, please, do drop us an email if you would like any further ideas or pointers and Mrs Ireland and myself will endeavour to do our best to help.  Keep smiling.

Monday 27th April- Magic potion writing idea :)

A quick writing idea probably best outside in your yard or garden so that you can be messy!

Introduction to capacity.

As we are looking at making potions this morning, I thought it would be nice to tie that in with capacity.  Please, see the web link above that takes you to the daily White Rose maths lessons.  This morning, have a look at lesson 4 'Introducing Capacity and volume' - there is an activity sheet that goes with it.  I don't think you need to print it off, instead read through the activities together and see if your child can tell you the answers - you only need a scrap piece of paper for a couple of drawings. :)

Check out these Julia Donaldson characters made out of lots of different materials. Such a creative bunch.

Maths 1-50 ordering challenge update.....and the winner is Lola. Whhooppp!! Congratulations.

Leader Board

Lola - 4.23
Isaak - 6.05 

Lucie S - 6.33

Ava D - 7.05 (new and improved time 5.01 super)!

Esme - 9.53

Deryn - ordered 1-100 excellent!!! 



Use this link to find yourself some new reading books like the ones we have in school. Please keep reading as much as you can. 


There are plenty of books to choose from here. There are two pages of reading books for year 1 to choose from. They start easy and get progressively harder. Pick the ones that work for you. 


Here’s how to find the books.....


To login......


-Click ‘my class login’

-My class name - christchurchyr

-My class password - magic

-Click ‘my bookshelf’

-Select 5-6 age group

-Find two pages worth of books that get progressively harder. 


Happy reading 📖 📚 

**laughMrs Ireland on duty this weeklaugh**

Welcome back Year One. It's the start of Summer Term and the weather is lovely!


Myself and Miss Pickering really hope you have had a lovely Easter with your family. We hope you have rested, had fun, enjoyed the outdoors, had plenty of chocolate, and stayed safe.


We really are missing every single one of you. We are missing your faces everyday and the laughs and fun we have when we are teaching you. It really is quite strange to communicate over the internet and 'teach' you. We know you all worked so hard last term and we are so proud of you all for being good for your parents, working hard and staying safe. We are always here so please please contact us anytime. We love hearing about what you are getting upto at home. If your parents or guardians have any questions too or just want a chat we are here.


This week I will be posting some English, Maths, Phonics and Topic everday. This is work based on what we would be doing in class this term. Please don't feel like you have to do it all. We would rather post more than not enough to keep you going.


Mrs Ireland & Mrs Pickering 



Check out our silly Easter videos below if you didn't see them on Facebook laugh


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Well done for all your hard work this week. Here is some fab work to make your smile - it certainly brightens up my day. I particularly liked the painted stones for the NHS what a super idea :)

Friday 3rd April - Phonics activity and story time Dave with Miss Pickering

Watch the video and have a go at the activity at the end. I'd love to see your writing telling me about all the yummy things that you would feed Dave x

Friday 3rd April  -  Art - Portraits.


The third artist we were going to study was Amedeo Modigliani.  Can you google his images?  What do you think of his work?  Do you like it?  Now watch the short clip on you tube.  

After watching the clip can you design your own mask, or look in a mirror and draw your own self portrait?  Use any materials you can find around the home – pencil crayons, felt tips or paints  try to use a different media to the other art portraits you have done e.g. if you used paint last time, this time use pencil crayons.  I will look forward to seeing all your inspired ideas.  Please, ask your parents to take photos of your work and send them to me so that I can see your masterpieces.

Friday 3rd April -Art with Mati and Dada - Amedeo Modigliani | Kids Animated Short Stories in English

Move in another apartment could be very tiresome; but if you are the great Amedeo Modigliani and have two passionate admirers like Mati and Dada, you will co...

The work just keeps on coming :) Well done everybody, I love to see your maths, writing and pictures - they brighten up my day.

Thursday 2nd April Story time and activity. The ravenous beast - read by Miss Pickering.

Hi! Hope you enjoy today's story - read along and join in at home. Can you think of a different animal, the sound they would make and write a list of all the things they would eat? Look around your home for ideas, use the 'a' words we have been practicing and look on page 20 and 21 of your English book :)

In History we have been discussing the big question ‘Were my grandparents toys more fun than mine?’  Do you remember the visitor we had in? Kevin?  Can you tell your parents things that he told us about the past.


The oldest toy I have in my house is Muffin the Mule.  He belonged to my dad.  He is a puppet.  He is made of metal and string.  Muffin used to have a television show. 


What is the oldest toy in your house?  Can you tell me about it?  Draw a picture of it.  I'd love to see them :)

Muffin the Mule Theme (2005)

Lots more fantastic fun and work today :) x

Wednesday 1st April

Hi everyone, it's me again! Take a look at this morning's phonics lesson and try to have a go at the games we are playing at home:)

Wednesday 1st April.


Here are a list of 'a' words.  Spend 2 minutes reading them all and remembering them, then look away and write down as many as you can remember in 2 minutes!  Did you choose the right 'a'?  How many did you remember?  Which did you forget? x


rainbow,   whale,  steak,  cake, crayon,  train,  snake,  Saturday,  paint,  flame, tray,  break,  raisin,  snail,  delay,  plane,  portrait.

Wednesday 1st April - Fractions - for anyone with a printer here are some fraction activity sheets to support learning but defo keep up the practical fraction activities :)

Wow look at all these fab funny faces! Well done! Lots of other hard work too :)

An extra well done to all the children that completed last week's Sumdog challenge.  A new team challenge has been set up today - let's all join in together!  Good luck! :)

Tuesday 31st March  - Art


In school, we have been exploring the work of artists from different times and cultures.  We looked at portraits by the German artist Kathe Kollwitz and used charcoal and graded pencils to do our own portraits.  The next artist we were going to study was Picasso, which is perfect for Mrs Tilsley's funny face challenge this week.  Videos below are of me and Rose and Ronnie doing the funny face challenge in a Picasso style!  They are great fun.  Please have a go, photograph and send me - they will really brighten up my day :)


If you have already done one or are looking for extra activities then if you have any newspaper or magazines in your house, ask mum or dad if you can cut out any facial features to use in a portrait collage.  If you don't have anything like that you could always draw the different eyes, nose and mouth; cut them out and then jumble them up!  The crazier the better!  Below are some pictures for inspiration. X



Picasso ideas

Picasso face challenge with me and Ronnie

Picasso face challenge with me and Rose.

Tuesday 31st March - Today it's a Phonics lesson - ai a_e and ay sounds.

Try to play along at home, then maybe you can teach your teddies how to play the Golden river game. After watching I'd like you to write the funniest sentence you can think of using the ai a_e and ay words. Perhaps today you could bake a cake, paint a rainbow and have a fab day! How many ai a_e and ay words did I use in that last sentence?! x

Look at all this amazing work. Loving how neat you all are and your wow words especially 'petrified'. Well done :)

Monday 30th March. Miss Pickering - Story time and activity.

Dear Year 1, I hope you are all well. It's me - Miss Pickering this week, so any problems please, don't hesitate to get in touch via the email link above. I've been missing you all. I've even tried to have a go at virtual teaching! Only problem is my videos are so large I have been struggling to upload them. The first one is below. Let me know if you can view it ok. If not I may have to look in to another way of recording them. Hope you like it. Have a go at the activity. Get mum or dad to take a photo of your description and send it to me so that I can see all the 'Wow' words that you use. Love Miss Pickering.

Monday 30th March.


Maths objectives this week are fractions.  The best way to learn these is through foooooooood!


Have a look in your CGP book for any pages to support fractions.


For mums and dads the year 1 objectives are in bold with ideas next to them.


Recall halves for even numbers to 10 Use your fingers to help with this one. What is half of 6 – put 3 fingers on each hand etc.

Recall halves for even numbers from 12 to 20. Could you put these on bits of paper and stick on the stairs?  E.g half of 12 = 6 on step one, half of 14 = 7 on step 2 etc. Then you can say them aloud each time you go up or down the stairs.

Find a half of an even number use practical items such as lego, coins etc but make sure that they are the same size e.g. if sharing coins use 4 ten pence pieces etc.

Find half of an odd number use items that that can be cut e.g. grapes, strawberries etc. What is half of 5 etc.

Find a quarter of items which are a multiple of 4 e.g 4 slices of 1 apple, 8 divided by 4 use peas, 12 divided by 4 use smarties, kitkats (are brilliant for this) etc.  Remember that the parts must be equal.



So good to see you working hard at home as well as playing hard. Great to see your pictures.


Don't forget there is a maths competition on Sum Dog running from now until Monday for all classes. Come on Year 1, let's all get involved and get as many points as we can. You can do it!


Your username and password is stuck inside the front cover of the maths booklet we sent home.

We have cocoons or chrysalis!!!! Wow so interesting. Any guesses on when the butterflies might arrive?

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Geography - The United Kingdom


The UK is made up of many different human and physical features. Please find the attached power point which gives some examples.


Some research questions......


1. What is the difference between a river and a canal?

2. What is the difference between a hill and a mountain?

3. What is a harbour?

4. What is a port?

5. What is Ben Nevis and where is it?

6. What is the Giant's Causeway and where is it?

7. Can you name some of the Lakes in the Lake District?

8. What is a valley?

9. Where is the Angel of the North? Can you find a picture of it?

10. What is the difference between a city, town and a village?

11. Which of the above are human features and which are physical features of the UK?




Examples of Human and Physical Features



Good morning smiley.


Did anyone manage to find out what the capital cities of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are? Maybe email me or post your answers on Facebook.


Hope you enjoyed the sunshine yesterday. Lets hope its another nice day.


We are missing you all. It's so lovely to read all your messages and see your photographs. Here are some more activities for you to try.


Take care x



Map Challenge

1. Go on a map hunt around your home. How many different types of maps can you find in your house? Do you have a globe? Have you any road maps, OS walking maps, books with maps in, leaflets with maps on? What do the maps show? How are they different?


2. Can you draw a map/plan of a room in your house or your garden?


3. Do you know the compass points? NESW - North, South, East and West. Can you label NSE and W in your garden. What can you see when you look South or West? Can you make up a rhyme to remember the compass points e.g. Never, Eat, Shredded, Wheat.


There is an attached teaching and learning power point on maps if you can open it to help.




Butterfly watch 👁. The caterpillars 🐛 are getting bigger day by day.

25.3.20 - Spring Reading Comprehension - 3 levels. 1 star, 2 star and 3 stars which get progressively harder. Just pick one to try. Remember to read the text carefully and find the answers to the questions in the text.

25.3.20 The Countries and Capital Cities of the UK.

In class we have already located the capital city of England (London) on a map of the UK.

Can you now try and use an atlas or an interactive map (Google maps) to find out the names of the capital cities of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Can you also locate them on a map of the UK and label them using the map I have provided in the word document below.

Do not worry if you can't print it out and do this. You could just find out the names of the capital cities of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Locate and label the capital cities of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

24.3.20 - Geography topic work activity idea


In our Geography topic we are learning all about the human and physical features of the United Kingdom. We have located England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland on a UK map. Now the children need to learn the capital cities of all four counties of the UK and their features. Why not research the capital city of England (London). Use the internet, find any books that you might have, ask anyone who has been to or lives in London. What human features are famous in London? E.g famous buildings, famous tourist attractions and iconic landmarks. Make a poster, maybe like some shown below and label the human features you have found out about London. Please post pictures. Mrs Ireland x

London human features poster

24.3.20 - 'Time' word problems. See if you can solve these problems. Get an adult to help you read the words if you need. Mrs Ireland x



Good morning Year One. We hope you are all well and keeping safe. smileyheartyes


It is TIME week this week in Maths so why not have a go at some of these challenges.


1. Can you estimate how long you think one minute is? Get an adult to use a stopwatch or timer to see how close to one minute you get.


2. Keep an eye on the clock and experience how long one hour feels.


3. Have a clock hunt around your house. How many analogue and digital clocks can you find?


4. Use your clock that we made on Friday and get an adult to ask you to set the time on the clock. Can you make 4 o'clock or half past 2?


5. If you can print out the attached sheet and draw the hands on the clocks to show their times. Make sure your hour hand is shorter than your minute hand.


6. Challenge question - Leon walks to school with his mum. Do you think it takes 20 minutes, 20 hours or 20 days?


7. Challenge question - The Tom and Jerry shows lasts for 30 minutes. It starts at 10 o'clock. What time does it finish?


If you would like to share any pictures or work we would love to see them.


Take care


Mrs Ireland



Tell the Time worksheet (23.3.20)

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