Year 1​

Year One Project – Meerkats

We have loved learning all about meerkats! Here are some project ideas for you! I can’t wait to see how many you can complete!



‘Phonics Play’ is a great website which has games which relate to the phases in. We are working within Phase 5 in class. However, we continually re-visit the previously taught sounds, especially the alternative sounds to phase 5 within phase 3 and the blends in phase 4. You can access this site for free during this difficult time.

Username: march20 (all lower case)

Password: home (all lower case)



In Year One we have been looking at making our sentences even more exciting!

We have been:

  • Joining two clauses (ideas) using conjunctions (joining words) such as and, because.
  • Trying to improve sentences by adding interesting adjectives. For example:

The meerkat lived in a desert. >The golden brown meerkat lived in the baking hot desert.

  • Adding exclamation marks for something which is shocking, exciting or scary!
  • Writing questions using question words such as who, what, where, when, how and using a question mark in the right place.

With all of these key Year One objectives in mind, please can I point you in the direction of the Pobble 365 website. This site shares an amazing new picture every day! On here it gives story starter suggestions, gives you the chance to fix ‘poorly’ sentences and make them more exciting, choose the correct punctuation and other many fun ideas.  This will give your children to write to their ability in applying all of the above key skills. Year One is about repeating these opportunities so that children can gain confidence as writers and get the chance to embed these skills when they further develop their writing as they con

tinue to learn.



We would encourage you to take full advantage of the Numbots subscription which was sent home during March. This helps the children to practise their mental maths skills such as their number facts, number bonds etc.

Additionally, the website IXL has over 233 games for Year One children. You can pay to be a member, but you’re allowed to play a game daily for free.

We have been working on counting in 2s. We are looking at showing these in arrays (organised patterns) to be able to count them clearly. For example, 3 lots of 2 would be 2s in columns of 2, 3 times.

Keeping active!

  • Premier League Stars
  • The BBC Super Movers website has great interactive P.E sessions on. There are also links with videoes to KS1 English, Maths, Personal, Social and Health Education. A great and free resource!

  • Joe Wicks, fitness guru is running P.E. sessions live on his Youtube channel at 9am Monday-Friday for half an hour each day. These are a great way to start the day positively and keep our mind and bodies healthy. This starts on 23rd March. Enjoy!


We love to sing at Richard Clarke. Out of the Ark who produce the songs we learn are offering songs daily to learn for free – such a great resource!


Other suggestions:

  • The UK-based website Twinkl is offering a totally free service to families during these uncertain times. On the website you can find all areas of the curriculum covered including phonics worksheets and games, reading comprehension activities, maths work and the other subjects too. It is valuable and a great way for children to re-visit concepts that they have already learned so far.  The code UKTWINKLHELPS will ensure you are able to access this. (Please note the spelling of Twink has no E).

  • Whilst isolation is a priority, Muddy Puddle Teacher are offering a 30 day free subscription to their resources which are focus on the education of the whole child but in an engaging and outdoor way.

Subscription Plans

  • The National Trust
  •  are offering free access to all of their sites during this time if it safe to visit.

Other free apps/websites:

  • Bee Bot App for computing,
  • Numberblocks (numbers 1-20 using many skills – great for practise of key areas taught so far),
  • Explorify for science,
  • Prodigy Maths,
  • Phonics Bloom,
  • Alphablocks,
  • Teach Handwriting,
  • Vooks – storyboooks bought to life,


And for those calmer moments:

  • Go Noodle (found on YouTube),
  • Cosmic
  • Yoga (found on YouTube).


For those who are keen to construct…

Message from Miss Cooper and Mrs Burgess (Friday, 20th March)

Dear Year One,

We are both so proud of you this week. We know how excited you were to practise our assembly in front of your families and we know how sad you were that this couldn’t happen today. Even with lots of poorly people missing and swapping words we still did an amazing performance – we knew you would! We are very proud of all of you!

It will be strange not seeing you all on Monday, but I still want to know that you’re trying hard and following the RCFS core values, even at home! If you want to share any of the lovely work you have done, ask your parents to e-mail it to me -I would love to see it!

Keep those hands clean and we’ll see you soon.


Love Miss C and Mrs B xx

Year 1 Curriculum Topic Map

Year 1 Autumn 1 Topic – What makes me me?

Year 1 Autumn 2 Topic Grannys Toys

Year 1 Spring 1 Topic – Houses and Homes

Year 1 Spring 2 Topic – Marvellous Meerkats

Year 1 Summer 1 Topic – Down in the Woods

Year 1 Summer 2 Topic – At the Seaside

Guided Reading in Year One

Year 1 SPAG Overview

Year 1 Maths Mastery Overview


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