Year One Learning Zone

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Year 1 learning zone! Please explore this page to find key documents, links and useful sites which will support your child’s learning.

It’s GANAS share day! Please enjoy looking at each other’s incredible creations on the Great Fire of London!

GANAS share Year 1


Day by day learning will be added on to the learning zone page each week to support learning from home until we are able to return to school safely. There will also be class dojo videos to support pupils so be sure to check there regularly.

Please feel free to send me pictures of your amazing work/learning. I can’t wait to see it!

Week beginning 01/03/2021 – Remote Learning Maths, English, Phonics and Foundation ( History & Art & World book day)


Monday 1st : Morning – Maths (Learning Zone) English and Phonics (Class dojo). Afternoon – Foundation History or Art.

Tuesday 2nd : Morning – Maths (Learning Zone) English and Phonics (Class dojo). Afternoon -Foundation History or Art.

Wednesday 3rd :Morning – Maths (Learning Zone) English and Phonics (Class dojo). Afternoon -Foundation History or Art.

Thursday 4th :Morning – Maths (Learning Zone) English and Phonics (Class dojo). Afternoon – Whole School Assembly at 1.30 for World Book day + Foundation History or Art.



WAKE UP SHAKES UP STARTERS! Counting in ones, twos, fives and tens is a requirement of Year 1. We do these videos in class and the children love them. They are great exercise and great practise at counting!

Let’s Get Fit | Count to 100 | 2020 Version | Jack Hartmann – YouTube

Count Together by 10’s | Counting Workout for Kids | Jack Hartmann Counting by 10s – YouTube

Count by 5’s | Exercise and Count By 5 | Count to 100 | Counting Songs | Jack Hartmann – YouTube

Dancing 2’s | Skip Count to 100 by 2’s | Fun Math Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann – YouTube


Maths Monday – Count in 2’s (Activity)


Spr1.7.1 – Count in 2s activity on Vimeo

Worksheets for practicing counting in 2’s:

count in 2s

Count in 2’s challenge sheet


Maths Tuesday – Count in 2’s


Spr1.7.2 – Count in 2s on Vimeo


Y1-Spring-Block-2-WO8-Count-in-2s-2019.pdf (


Y1-Spring-Block-2-ANS8-Count-in-2s-2019.pdf (


Maths Wednesday – Count in 5’s (Activity)


Spr1.7.3 – Count in 5s activity on Vimeo

Worksheet for practicing counting in 5’s:

Count in 5s


Maths Thursday – Count in 5’s


Spr1.7.4 – Count in 5s on Vimeo


Y1-Spring-Block-2-WO9-Count-in-5s-2019.pdf (


Y1-Spring-Block-2-ANS9-Count-in-5s-2019.pdf (


Maths – Fluency Friday

Play these games to practise these skills.

Funk Mummy || Quick recall of addition, subtraction and multiplication facts || Mobile-friendly version ( Great practise for general sums and number bonds up to 10 and 20!

Robot Addition ( – addition to 15 and 20.

Addition To 10 (

Subtraction To 10 (

NumBots | Motivational maths practice for schools and families.

Additional learning – Maths Challenge – Mastery Mo!

Monday: N/A

Tuesday: PowerPoint Presentation (

Wednesday: N/A

Thursday: PowerPoint Presentation (



We are starting a new text called : Stella Princess of the Sky, by Marie – Louise Gay.


See Class Dojo for English videos/Work.

Monday 1st – Reading Comprehension (no dojo video) – Can I read a piece of text and answer some questions about it?

Choose based on your reading level:

Phase 2 – Go Back to Bed!

Phase 3 – Text 2 – Pop to the Shop

Phase 4 – Gifts for the Twins


Tuesday 2nd –  Guided Reading lesson (see dojo for video) – Can I infer how a character is feeling from what is said in the text?




Wednesday 3rd – (see dojo for videos) Can I choose some adjectives to describe the stars, moon and wildlife in Stella Princess of the Sky?



Thursday 4th – (see dojo for video) Can I write a description sentence for the stars, moon and wildlife in Stella Princess of the Sky, using similes and adverbs?


Writing Frame

Things to remember!


Friday 5th –  NO SCREEN DAY




See Class Dojo for Phonics videos/work.

Monday 1st – Phase 4 recap – xt, tr, dr.

Tuesday 2nd – Phase 5 recap – oe, oy, ie. 

Wednesday 3rd – e_e phase 5 split digraph.

Thursday 4th – e_e – Activity 1

Activity 2

Friday 5th – NO SCREEN DAY



Try to read as much as you can at home. In the home learning packs you will find some additional reading books.

Also, check out the Oxford Owl website for FREE e-books. Just click on your child’s book band. E.g. Yellow, Green etc. You can also re-cap easier levels for practise or give your child a challenge.

Each week we have 1 reading skill lesson in Year 1. This week is inference – looking for clues. Why not look at your reading book – what is said about the characters? What can you see in the pictures? Have a chat with your grown up about it. 


Foundation Subjects

We are starting our new topic – Aircraft History!

To kick things off to a ‘flying’ start, I would like you to do some general research and find out the answers to some questions. Then, when we are back at school, we can over what you have found out and go from there!

Research questions

For some extra writing practice, why not try to answer the questions in full sentences into your exercise book!



This half term, in art, we will be looking at the artist William Morris, and will be exploring printing and the natural world.

Here are some of his works:

For art this week I would like you to explore the idea of a repeated/symmetrical print. What does symmetrical mean? Why not look it up and find out!

Then I would like you to have a go at these 2 activities.


1 – Try and copy/mirror these patterns into the box below. Try and get it as close to the original as you can!

Repeated pattern


2 – Experiment with some printing techniques and paint. I don’t mind what you use, it can be anything from your hands to vegetables! Whatever you choose, try to make a repeated print. Why not then layer the colours/shapes on top of one another to create a repeated print picture.

See link for example – Printing activity

See below for some ideas!



Please enjoy these Julia Donaldson themed stories/activities!


General activity – decorate a bookmark with your favourite story/character – Bookmarks


Maths decoding activity – Crack the code – addition


The Gruffalo 

First, enjoy the story!

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Children’s read-aloud (audiobook) with colour illustrations. – YouTube


Gruffalo Cupcakes

mouse mask


The Smeds and the Smoos

First, enjoy the story!

Bedtime Stories | David Schwimmer | The Smeds and The Smoos | CBeebies – YouTube


S + S – Design your own planet


Cave baby

First, enjoy the story!

Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson – Children’s Story Read Aloud by This Little Piggy – YouTube


Cave baby


Room on the Broom

First, enjoy the story!

Room on the Broom – Read by Alan Mandel – YouTube



If you want some ideas for other character inspired activities, please click the link below:

world book day no screen day activities





Here is some of your wonderful work! I am so proud of all of you! Keep the work coming, it is a joy to see!







Here are some very useful sites and links to use at home!

Phonics  Activities 

For the teaching of phonics, we follow the Letters and Sounds document (link above including word/sound banks). Year One focuses on phase 5 of the document. This is 30 week journey and throughout there is constant revision of the earlier phases, particularly phase 3 and 4 within this phase.

‘Phonics Play’ is a great website which has games which relate to the phases.

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Rising Stars by Rigby are offering parents a 90 day free subscription to their books online. We also use these books in school for our extension texts. There is a lovely range of books on here.


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 continue to learn.

I have compiled a help sheet for parents with some more guidance of how you can get the most out of using Pobble. Please click here:

Website Pobble Guidance for Parents


Have a look at the ‘Write Repeat’ website. It reminds your children how to form the cursive letters.

Maths Activities

The National Centre for the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) have launched new videos demonstrating the teaching key maths skills.

Carol Vorderman, maths genius, has her own website ‘The Maths Factor’. This is usually a paid subscription, but she has made the resource free during this period.

We would encourage you to take full advantage of the Numbots subscription which was sent home during March.  This subscription has been extended and is therefore a great tool to continue these number facts over the summer. This helps the children to practise their mental maths skills such as their number facts, number bonds etc. (Please e-mail if you have misplaced your child’s username and password).

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.


Our PSHE (personal, social and health education) follow and use this scheme in school. The children love it (just ask them about Deedee!) and it has a wealth of resources. Please sign up and you can have these e-mailed to you. They include videos and ideas of activities. This comes highly recommended.

Sign up here: 

Coronavirus Explained

Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children (1)

This book has been written by a fellow teacher for children during this time. Click this link to download the text for free.


Timetable and curriculum overviews can be found below:

Autumn 1 – Dinosaur World

Autumn 2 – Ancient Egyptians

Spring 1 – London is burning!

Spring 2 – Up to the sky!

Summer 1 – Please Miss Hartshorne!



Timetable Year 1

Year 1 SPAG Overview

Year 1 Maths Mastery Overview


Parents, please click on the link below for my ‘Meet the teacher’ slide show, it has useful information about the timetable, homelearning routines and our new topic!

Year 1 – Meet the teacher September 2020


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