Featured post

Welcome to the Year 1 blog!

Please note that your comments written for the blog will not appear instantly. They have to be checked by a member of staff. Please do not write the same comment more than once. Thank you.

We hope you are all well and enjoying your home learning packs.

We thought we would write this to give you a brief introduction of how the Year 1 blog can help with your learning whilst you are away from school.

Miss Measures and Ms Doi-President will set new Mathletics tasks each week (these will begin at 9.00am every Monday and finish at 3.30pm every Friday) as well as Bug Club activities matched up to your child’s reading level.

Every Tuesday we will be setting a P4C question to discuss with your families, you can also post comments or questions that come out of these discussions in the comments section of the P4C blog. We will also be posting Maths, English and Science tasks each Tuesday. These will be fun, interactive and accessible for all.

Every week, Ms Doi-President and Miss Measures will be checking to see who is commenting on the home learning activity posts on the blog and completing their weekly Mathletics and Bug Club tasks. At the end of the week, your class teachers will be choosing TWO children to receive certificates for excellent home learning!

If you have any questions about home learning, leave a comment below and we will do our best to support you. 😊

* If you have trouble logging into Mathletics or Bug Club, please leave a comment with your name and class so your class teacher can help you.

Hokusai ‘Star of the Week’ Certificate

brilliant /ˈbrɪlj(ə)nt/ adjective
exceptionally talented

Thank you to the entire class for sharing your exceptional talents with each other and me. We have had a unique year and I have seen you shine throughout. Thank you for making me smile and laugh hard every day! To parents and carers, this is for you too! Your support and openness have contributed massively to the success of our year. Hokusai Class, you have continued to demonstrate respect for your right to education. Your enjoyment of learning is indicative of this! Continue to aspire to be the very best that you can be. Teamwork is key! Enquire as you usually do as you go up into Year 2 and on your journey in life.

“We dream big for ourselves and others.”

Hokusai Class 2019/20


In addition to this week’s blog post, we are also offering a paper homework pack for you to complete at home during the summer holidays.

If you haven’t already done so and can safely come into school, please collect a pack by Friday 17th July.

Please note that we will NOT respond back to any emails sent to year1@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk during the summer holiday. It will not be checked during the holiday. Have a happy, healthy and safe summer holiday.

 Here is a reminder for adults on how to keep children safe online and here are some reminders on how to stay healthy.

This is the last blog for Year 1 as Hokusai and Kusama Class. It’s jam-packed with fun-filled tasks and ideas for you to enjoy and share throughout the summer holidays. As this unique learning adventure draws to a close, the countdown to your return to Thomas Buxton as Malala and Tubman Class begins! We’re so excited about welcoming you into your new classes we have created this countdown Calendar for you to enjoy over the summer.

Mathletics and Bug Club

There are lots of wonderful activities available to complete on Mathletics and Bug Club, please make sure you log on to these. If you are having any difficulties with this please email us at: year1@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk by Friday 17th July


The Thomas Buxton English Team have invited all of you to embark on a Reading Challenge with The Silly Squad.

Get all of the details by clicking here

This is one for you and your families, Year 1! The National Literacy Trust have created a range of exciting resources to keep you entertained this Summer!

There is more information on the main page. Click here to find out more.


Inspired by the Summer Reading Challenge we have a story the Silly Squad would love.

Begin by reading the story below

 Identify each animal from the story and the unusual food it is being fed. Continually rehearse the sequence. Which animal would you like to feed? justify your choice.

Create a set of animal and food cards. Cut out the card for each animal and match it to the food it was fed. Then sequence the cards correctly. How can you check your sequence?

How do you think each animal reacts to the food it is given? This story has a repeating pattern. Write a new section for the story. What animals will you add? What funny food could each animal eat? How would they react? Choose one animal and draw its expression when offered the unusual food.

Read your extended version of No Thank You! Remember to read with expression. Take a look at the illustrations below as a reminder.



We have been thinking about our future hopes and dreams throughout our World of Work theme. This week you have a chance to become a Storyboard Artists. A storyboard is a bit like a comic strip but it tells the director what is happening in a film and gives a bit more information about how a camera person should shoot the film or episode.

storyboard artist is like the director of an animated film or TV show. The artist creates visuals for each major scene in the story including character poses, facial expressions, and backgrounds. many times, especially in TV animation, the storyboard artist is also the writer of the episode. Big Dreams on Screen is a project run by Into Film.

Here’s the storyboard as a film.

They challenge you to turn your ideas into a film.

To learn more about creating a storyboard watch here. The images below show how you can represent and describe different types of shots so that the storyboard is easy for the director to follow.

Then have a go at writing your own storyboard about hopes and dreams

Remember to include notes below each image.

You could have a go at creating a short film from your storyboard. Remember to ask permission before using any device.

All About YOU!

This week you will get the chance to prepare some work that shares insight into who you are. This will help your new class teacher; Ms Alom for Malala Class and Ms Stride for Tubman Class, learn a bit more about you.

Use the template to guide you. You can draw and write. Grammar


It is important that we all take care of our wellbeing so that we can continue to lead healthy lives. Have a go at Wellbeing Bingo. Read the activities and see if you can get a full house by the end of summer. Which activities lighten your mood and pick you up most? How about the rest of your family? You could tally each additional time you complete an activity and to find out which you do most frequently.


For this final week of term we are going to explore movement and direction. To help us with this we are going to use the Bee-Bots! Click here to access the Bee-Bot Emulator page.

First of all click to change the background to the shape mat-look below to see where to click!

Now enjoy exploring the different turns you can make to move around the mat.

Remember to clear your instructions by pressing X before giving your Bee-Bot new instructions!

Can you get the Bee-Bot to the red rectangle? How did you do it?

Now see if you can become a human ‘Bee-Bot’ ask someone in your house to give you commands to walk to the door, go to the kitchen etc. Tell them the commands must say how many steps forward, and which turn to make, quarter, half or full turn.

Another way of exploring halves and quarters is through capacity!

Please click here to complete an exciting lesson all about halves and quarters of capacity.


You are almost ready for Year 2, to show your new teacher how much you already know about staying safe online please create a ‘Staying Safe online Superhero’ . What will your superhero look like? What information will they give to other children?

You could even create a comic strip about your superhero helping others to stay safe online!

This is Captain SMART!

Below is the ‘SMART Zoo’ to help to remind you what SMART stands for!


Aim: I can tell you about changes that have happened in my life.

Listen to The Colour Monster story by clicking here.

Think about these questions:

  • How did The Colour Monster feel?
  • How did The Colour Monster cope with its feelings?
  • What could have made The Colour Monster feel this way?
  • Can you think of a time when a big change happened in your life?
  • How did you feel?

The pictures below each represent a big change that many of you might go through. Can you guess what those changes are?

Use these sentence openers to share how you might feel or each event.

  • If I had a baby brother I might feel…
  • When I started school I felt…
  • If I got a new kitten I might feel

How would you cope with these big changes? How could you manage your feelings?

e.g. tell an adult, express your feelings, share your worries.

Draw a picture of a big change in your life and write about how you felt in a speech bubble. You can use this template as a guide.

Many changes are positive and joyful too. Think of a time that you have particularly enjoyed a change. It would be great to hear about your experiences. Share your stories by replying to this blog post.

Over the summer you could explore some more PSHE lessons by clicking here. There are five lessons and each one will help you prepare as you move into Year 2.


We have observed nature and ourselves change over the year. change can make us feel a whole range of emotions like excitement and happiness or nervousness and uncertainty. Changes can be fascinating. Some things do stay the same as we grow up like our birthday, the hand we write with and our interests. Some things change as we grow up like our height, making new friends and our interests. This week we’ll think about what that means for us as we go from Year 1 to Year 2.

What this weeks episode of What’s the Big Idea?Change. Join Hugo as he explores and shares his thinking about change.

or click here to watch.

This week’s Big Question is:

Will I change when I go into Year 2?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

  • In my opinion…
  • I agree with… because…
  • I disagree with… because
  • I would like to add…

Write your ideas down and send them to: year1@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk or in the comments section below.


Use this strategy to help practise your spelling.
  • dolphin
  • alphabet
  • phonics
  • elephant
  • telephone
  • contractions

Now write a sentence for each word. If you are up for an extra challenge, you can have a go at using every word on our list in a story. 

  • when
  • where
  • which
  • wheel
  • while
  • where
  • who

Can you spot the consonant pattern for both sets of words?

Wow! And just like that Hokusai and Kusama will become Malala and Tubman. Next year all of the classes will be named after activists. An activist is someone who campaigns for change. Over the summer do some research and see what you can find out about Malala and Tubman. You will have the chance to share what you’ve learnt with the rest of your class and your new class teacher.

World of Work

Happy Tuesday Year 1! How was your first week in the World of Work? How many Thomas Bucks do you have in your Bucks account? Total it up before you begin this week’s task and earn a bonus 5 Thomas Bucks.

Here’s a page from my Thomas Bucks Bank Book.

On Wednesday 8th July at 10.00am there will be a live webinar that you can attend. (Login details will be sent out to parents/carers via PIOTA). During the session, you will meet volunteers from the world of work. You will get the opportunity to ask the volunteers yes or no questions and guess what their jobs are.

Pre-webinar activity:

To prepare for the event we would like you to think of some questions to ask the volunteers. Write them down ready for Wednesday!

Draw a picture of what you want to be when you grow up. Think about the following questions

  • How did you hear about the job?
  • What do you know about the job?
  • What subjects does the job use?
  • What skills does the job use?

Key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2) will have their webinar from 10:00-10:45. To register and join the event, click here

To register on the day, please use the following guidance:

For the ‘First Name’: Enter your real first name. For the ‘Last Name’: Enter ‘ThomasBuxton’ For the ‘Email Address’: Enter a pretend email address ‘student@inspiringthefuture.org’ (this is not a real email address, but a pretend email address is required for you to join.)

Click ‘Register’.

If you are a budding sportsperson this week is Sports Week on BBC Bitesize.

BBC Bitesize will be celebrating with daily activities, advice and tips from professional athletes, and a virtual sports day on Friday 10 July. Each day will focus on a different sporting activity, such as cycling, cricket, gymnastics and football. There’ll also be tips from sports stars like Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott, and Olympic cycling gold medallist Katie Archibald MBE.

You can find out more by clicking here


Here are the front covers of two books. Compare the covers.

  • What is the same and what is different?
  • What do you like or dislike about each cover?
  • Perhaps you could record your ideas by drawing a Venn diagram.

Perhaps you could record your ideas by drawing a Venn diagram. Earn 5 Thomas Bucks for completing this task.

Predict what will happen in each story. Which would you prefer to read and why? You can earn 2 Thomas Bucks for this.

Now read the blurb. This is usually on the back cover of a book. It tells you a little bit about the story.

Does this change your mind about which book you might want to read?

Click here to listen to Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up


click here to listen to Jon Hales’ When I Grow Up

Answer these questions after reading one of the books above and earn 2 Thomas Bucks for each answer.

  • Who are the main characters in the story?
  • Where is the story set?
  • What adjectives describe the characters and setting?
  • How does the main character feel?
  • What words in the story tell you this?
  • Why does the main character feel this way?
  • When have you felt like this?

Now it’s over to you. Turn the volume down and read along with at least one of the stories above. How did you do? Which words were tricky for you to read. Are there any words you don’t understand. Make a note of these and find out how to read them or what they mean by looking them up or asking an adult. How was your expression? How was your fluency? How does this improve the more you read each story?

Not all books are made just to be read. Listen here to a musical version of When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin. The author of this story is also a composer and performer. Who were the illustrators for each story?

Bonus Reading

Earn 5 Thomas Bucks each time you read or perform a story this week.


A verb is a doing word. If you are not sure whether a word is a verb have a go at doing it! Editing is an important skill for us all. Complete this grammar exercise and then edit the sentences with more exciting verbs. Remember to make sure the tense is consistent.

Earn 1 Thomas Buck for each correct answer.


The Important Thing Is…

What is the subject of this poem? What is the poem about?

This week you are going to write a poem inspired by the world of work using the structure from the poem above. Take a moment to read it, what pattern do you notice?

First, choose a job and brainstorm adjectives that describe the skills needed for the job just like these examples below. Use the knowledge you have gained from the tasks last week and the webinar on Wednesday to help.

Now you can begin to write your poem. First, pick out the most important thing about your chosen job. You will begin and end your poem with this description.

Next, use the template below and Complete the first and last lines with the subject of your poem and the most important descriptor.

After that, choose at least four adjectives or features of your chosen job. Finally, write and publish your poem.

This is my attempt. I’d like to employ you as editors. You’ll need to proofread my poem and check it meets the success criteria below. You will earn 5 Thomas Bucks and a bonus 3 for replying with your corrections.

To be successful I will:

  • Begin and end the poem with the subject and most important characteristic.
  • Choose appropriate adjectives.
  • Begin each line with a capital letter.
  • Check my work.

Earn 10 Thomas Bucks upon completion of this task. (An extra 15 Thomas Bucks if you share your poems with us at year1@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk)

Bonus Writing

  • Do some research about your chosen job and add to your brainstorm.
  • Uplevel your poem by editing the characteristics of the job.
  • Compare both of your poems and share how you think the changes you have made. You.

Receive 2 Thomas Bucks for each point you complete.


Perform your poem to earn 10 Thomas Bucks


Let’s get those maths brains engaged! Your first job of the day is to complete this maths warm up! 1 Thomas Buck for each correct answer!

This week we are going to continue our learning on the value of coins and notes. Click here to join a lesson all about the value of coins and notes. Award yourself 3 Thomas Bucks on completion of this lesson!

Last week you were asked to create your own shop, this week you’re going to work on your skills as a shopkeeper and know how to give the correct change to your customer. Click here to complete the lesson on giving change. Award yourself another 3 Thomas Bucks on completion. If you send us a photograph of a shop you have set up you will get a bonus 5 Thomas Bucks!

To be successful I will:

  • Use my knowledge of number bonds to 10.
  • Use part-part-whole to show my working out.
  • Give the customer the correct change.


In computing this week you are being given the job as a ‘Graphic Design Artist’ this is someone who creates images for things such as posters and adverts. If you are ready to step up to the challenge then read on for your first assignment.

Welcome to your first day as a graphic design artist, as you know after the summer holiday the children who were in Reception will be joining Year 1. That means that they will be using iPads and laptops, so we need to make sure that they stay safe online!

YOUR TASK: Design a ‘Stay safe’ poster for the new Year 1 children. Remind yourself how we stay safe online by looking at the previous computing lessons on this blog such as the SMART zoo from last week and the story of Buddy the Dog. Please take a photograph of your amazing posters and award yourself 5 Thomas Bucks!


Our discussion this week is inspired by World of Work. Watch this episode of What’s the Big Idea? Are any of your dream jobs featured in the episode?

This week’s big question:

What is work?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

  • In my opinion…
  • I agree with… because…
  • I disagree with… because
  • I would like to add…

Write your ideas down and send them to: year1@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk or in the comments section below.

BONUS BUCKS: You could write a The Important Thing is… poem with work as the subject. Earn 10 Thomas Bucks if you have a go.


This week we will be recapping compound words. Compound words are two words which are put together to make a new, different word.

See if you can pick out compound words in the stories you read, words you hear or places in your home this week.

Now write a sentence for each word. If you are up for an extra challenge, you can have a go at using every word on our list in a story. You can earn 1 Thomas Buck for each sentence you write. Earn 10 Thomas Bucks for a story with all of our spelling words in.


Recap: Last week you set goals for yourself. These may have been long term or short term goal. Take a look at you My Goal sheet and reflect on where you are in the steps to success. Don’t worry if you haven’t completed them all some goals take some time to achieve. Keep going!

Aim: I can tell you how I felt when I succeeded in a new challenge and how I celebrated it.

We are almost at the end of your journey in Year 1. For PSHE this week you are going to reflect on the year.

What is success? How does success make you feel?

Have a go at these fun challenges. Be aware of how you feel and what you’re thinking.

Popcorn and chopsticks/spoon/fork

You can enjoy this challenge with your family. Take it in turns to see how many popcorn kernels you can move from one bowl to another using chopsticks in one minute. Take turns and allocate the role of timekeeper to one member of your group. Now try with a spoon and then a fork.

  • How many peas can you collect in one minute?
  • What are the thoughts you have whilst doing this challenge?
  • How does it feel when you get a pea to the other bowl?
  • How does it feel when it drops?

If you don’t have a pair of chopsticks, try two pencils. I also made some pea-like pieces from scrunched up newspaper. You could do the same if you don’t have popcorn or dried beans.

When everyone has had their turn, check the score and see who has won each challenge. Ask the winners how they would like their success celebrated, e.g. a sticker, applause.

You could scribe/record/video your responses. Use this sentence opener: My favourite way to celebrate success is…

Think about the successes you have had but also times when things didn’t go to plan. How did you overcome these? Every moment is a contributing factor to your successes. You have all demonstrated resilience by adapting to so many changes throughout the year. Well done!

Your task this week is to put together a portfolio of your achievements. You can include copies of your work, certificates you have earned and create memory pages like these below.

Answering these questions might help you identify your achievements this year.

  • What was your favourite part of the school day?
  • What was the kindest gesture you did for someone this year?
  • What was the kindest gesture someone did for you this year?
  • What did you write that you are most proud of?
  • What was something that was difficult at first but easier now?
  • What do you think was the most important thing you learned?
  • Which area of the school/your classroom was your favourite? Why?
  • What was the best day you had this year? What made it the best?
  • What did you accomplish this year that you are most proud of?

Share your accomplishments with us and your families. Let us know how you celebrate them.

You can email photographs of your work or ask any questions by emailing us at year1@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk

The World of Work

Good morning Year 1, For the next two weeks you will be entering the World of Work. Your job, learning. By completing a series of tasks you will get the chance to earn, save and even spend Thomas Bucks. This is a virtual currency, so there aren’t any notes and coins like the pound (£ / p) – you’ll learn more about those too. Be sure to keep track of your Thomas Bucks by recording what you earn and what you’ve earned it for. You could create a bank book for your Thomas Bucks Account.

Be sure to keep your bank books safe! You will have the opportunity to spend your Thomas Bucks in Year 2.

Welcome to the World of Work

On Wednesday 8th July at 10.15am there will be a live webinar that you can attend. (Login details will be sent out to parents/carers via PIOTA). During the session, you will meet volunteers from the world of work. You will get the opportunity to ask the volunteers yes or no questions and guess what their jobs are.

Pre-webinar activity:

To prepare for the event we would like you to think of some questions to ask the volunteers. Write them down ready for Wednesday!

Draw a picture of what you want to be when you grow up. Think about the following questions

  • How did you hear about the job?
  • What do you know about the job?
  • What subjects does the job use?
  • What skills does the job use?

Before we begin our lesson I am going to give you all your first job, investigate the World of Work. By completing this task you will earn 5 Thomas Bucks!

  • What jobs have your parents or carers had?
  • What did they like or dislike about these jobs
  • How important was the money they earned?
  • How do they access money in their bank accounts? (use in-store / withdraw from a cash machine / paying online / mobile phone payments )

Can you identify the jobs you think people are doing in the image below?

What other kinds of jobs do you know?

Where does each person work? What kind of tools or equipment do you think they use?

People do different types of jobs. When we are doing our job, we are working.

Why do people have jobs? Why do people need to go to work? Write a list of your answers. By completing this task you will earn 2 Thomas Bucks!

If we have a job then we earn money in return for all of our hard work.

Why do we need money? What can we buy with the money we have saved?

People spend the money they earn at work on all the things they, or others, need and want.

Where do people keep the money they earn or receive? Answer to earn 2 Thomas Bucks!

Listen here as I tell the story of Chef.

Retell Chefs story to earn 10 Thomas Bucks

Use this to support you if you need to.


Complete this task to earn 10 Thomas Bucks

Bonus Reading

  • Earn 5 Thomas Bucks for every book you read this week.
  • Earn 2 Thomas Bucks each for sharing likes, dislikes, connections and questions about the book.
  • Earn 10 Thomas Bucks for retelling the story in your own words.


Now it’s your turn to write or draw your own story about a person who buys something in a shop (you could even do yourself). First, decide whether they use a bank card or cash withdrawn from a cash machine. Next, Think about these questions:

  • What job does the person in your story have?
  • What shop are they going to?
  • What are they going to buy?
  • Are they paying using cash, their mobile phone or their bank card

You can use the templates below for some guidance. Earn 2 Thomas Bucks for each point included in your storyboard.

To be successful I will:

  • Use full sentences
  • Use capital letters and full stops
  • Check descenders’ tails are below the line. (y, p, f, g, j and q)
  • Read my work to check it

Check your work using the success criteria above. Earn 1 Thomas Buck for each tick and 1 Thomas Buck for each correction.


Act out your story for 5 Thomas Bucks.


Well by now you are probably rolling in Thomas Bucks! So now it’s time to learn more about the money that we use in everyday life!

Ask your family members if they have any coins that you can look at.

With your selection of coins can you think of different ways of sorting these? You could sort by shape, size, amount or colour. (For every different way of sorting you can earn 2 Thomas Bucks!)

It has been a very hot week! So it’s nice to cool down with an ice-cream! But how much does each ice-cream cost? You get 1 Thomas Bucks for every correct answer.

As we are learning about the world of work it would be great if you could set up your own shop at home or in your garden. It could be a toy shop, a supermarket, a garden centre or maybe an ice-cream parlour, YUM! Gather items together (or draw pictures of them) then price up each item. You will get 5 Thomas Bucks for setting up your shop!

When you are ready, invite in one of your family members to shop! If you have real coins to use that’s great, if not you can use buttons or bits of paper! Please send us photographs of your amazing shops!

Now let’s see if we can earn some more Thomas Bucks! We are going to review our learning on one more/one less and ten more/ten less.

Please click here to begin the lesson. You will earn 5 Thomas Bucks on completion of this lesson!


Aim: I can set a goal and work out how to achieve it

Think about all the successes you have had recently. Which one are you most proud of? Perhaps you’ve learnt to tie your shoelaces, completed a craft project after working on it for a long time or count up to 100 or even count backwards.

How did you learn to do these things? It’s likely that you had to try over and over and over again!

Did you learn by listening, observing or doing?

We have different ways of learning best and sometimes we use a mix of all three.

This is a jam sandwich. Can you describe how to make a jam sandwich? Earn 1 Thomas buck for each step you put in the correct order.

Just like the jam sandwich, It is important to identify each step to success when we set ourselves a goal.

Set yourself a goal. Think about the steps you need to take to achieve this goal. What will you do? How often will you practise? Will you need help from anyone? Earn 10 Thomas Bucks by creating and completing a sheet like this below. (Some goals may require more or fewer steps to success)

Take a look at these videos from BBC Bitesize to learn more about collaboration. Watch Working Together as a Team by clicking here


This week we are continuing to learn about online safety. This means we are going to visit the SMART zoo! As you read about the different online experiences for each animal please discuss, with an adult, what the animal should have done. For each answer you give you can earn 1 Thomas Buck!


This week we’ll be thinking about needs and wants. Watch the episode below and then tackle this week’s big question. Earn 5 Thomas Bucks.

This week’s big question is:

Can you do EVERYTHING you want?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

  • In my opinion…
  • I agree with… because…
  • I disagree with… because
  • I would like to add…

Write your ideas down and send them to: year1@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk or in the comments section below.

Bonus Bucks: Learn and sing he What’s the Big Idea theme song for 5 Thomas Bucks


Try this strategy for practising your spellings

Consonant spelling – wh

  • when
  • where
  • which
  • wheel
  • while
  • where

Now write a sentence for each word. If you are up for an extra challenge, you can have a go at using every word on our list in a story. You can earn 1 Thomas Buck for each sentence you write. Earn 10 Thomas Bucks for a story with all of our spelling words in.