Monthly Archives: April 2020

P4C – Week beginning 27.04.20


The tree was all that remained. A solitary figure, it stood there in defiance of the destruction surrounding it. The bark had begun to peel away, one piece at a time, joining the wreckage of other trees that lay scattered across the scorched earth.

This tree was different from the other trees. It contained magic. It contained hope…

What do you think has caused the destruction around the tree?
Why has this one tree survived?

If you walked through the portal, what would happen to you? What would you see?

If this portal to another world, would you go through it or stay on Earth, even if you had no idea what could happen?

Spot and Stripe are pondering this very idea in their discussion about exploring.

Listen to their opinions by clicking here:

The Big Question

Is it good to take risks? Are some risks riskier than others?

Can you think of any more reasons for both sides?

Please join in with this discussion and read what others have said, you might want to link or build on their ideas or maybe you might disagree with them.

Here are some sentence starters:

I think that…

I agree with…

I understand what you are saying but…

Continue to read everyone’s ideas throughout the week and let us know if you have changed your mind in any way.

Story Time

Here’s a story about an accidental explorer that you might enjoy AND it’s read by a real-life explorer.

Homework – Week beginning 27.04.20


The Great HokuSama Den Build

We challenge you to create and build your dream den. Remember to share any plans with an adult, ask for help and permission before using anything!

Use your imagination. Here are some examples get you started:

What maths can you identify in these dens? 
What shapes can you see?
Can you describe each picture by using positional language?
Can you estimate the height and length of each section?
How many….?

Write an accurate equipment list. Be sure to include quantities (how many of each item). To help you can practise counting click here.

You might want to design or draw a plan of your den like this one below

What height will the entrance to your den be? Equal to your height? Taller or shorter than you? How will you check to make sure it’s the right size for you or whoever you’re building it for?

Length and Height

When building your den you’ll be exploring length and height. Here are some online lessons to help you. You can compare objects and measure length and height using non-standard measures part 1 and part 2 You can also have a go at standard measure as well.

Watch the videos to learn how to:

Which sunflower is the tallest? The one on the right ←or the one on the left→?
How many hands tall is your den?
Have a go at measuring the length of your den using your feet.
Can you estimate and then check some more objects you’ve used to build your den?

Did you know that you can use almost anything to measure your dens? Take a look at this lesson to see how to use pencils, paper clips and even Lego as a unit of measure.

I wonder how Mr Gepetto will solve this problem.

Happy Den Building!


This week we are going to read along with a very funny story called ‘Open very carefully

First of all, listen to the story following this link.

There are some very exciting parts in this story so remember to use some great expression when you are ready to read the story yourself.

When you know the book well see if you can make your own crocodile puppet to help you to act out and write a follow up to this story.

Here are some questions you might want to think about to help you to write the follow up story.

Where does the crocodile go after this story?

Which book will your crocodile puppet enjoy eating next?

What will you say to the crocodile?

Will you try to draw over the crocodile?

To be successful I will:

  • Read the story carefully
  • Make a puppet to act out/plan my writing
  • Remember to use capital letters and full stops in my writing


In science we will be revisiting our learning on weather and seasons. In this online lesson you will review your learning on different weather conditions and how these can be described. You will also have the opportunity to create a weather picture.

To be successful I will:

  • Name different types of weather
  • Describe different weather and how it makes you feel
  • Match up ‘typical’ weather conditions with the different seasons


Spelling words continued from last week:

Once you are confident with these words see if you can list other words that end in -y

RRS Article of the Week

As usual, you can send photos of your work to and we’ll share them on the Our Work section of this blog. You can find it here:

Earth Day

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year’s theme is ‘Climate Action’. Do you remember marching as a whole school for action to be taken on climate change?

Last term we read The Last Wolf and considered how we would save the earth. You can enjoy the story again here.

You can find out more about Earth Day and some ways to get involved in our post over on the Main page. Just click here.

As usual you can email photos of any work you do to us at

Happy Earth Day!

Homework – Week beginning 20.04.20


Learning to tell the time is an important skill in everyday life. 

Why do you think it is an important skill to master?

Watch this video.

What do you notice about the position of the minute hand?

Compare the clocks.

Where does the hour hand point at three o’clock? What about at half-past three?

Practise telling the time throughout the day. 

To be successful I will: 

  • Know the minute hand is long.
  • Know the hour hand is short.
  • Know the minute hand points to 12 for o’clock.
  • Know the minute hand points to 6 for half-past.

Can you spot when your clock reaches an o’clock or half-past?  How do you know?

Timetable your day

What do you do every day and what time do you do it? 

Here is part of mine: 

We look forward to seeing yours and learning more about your day.

Junk Modelling

Why not have a go at reusing some items from around your home and creating your own watch or clock to play with. Remember to ask an adult before using anything!


This week we are going to be reading a wonderful book by Chris Haughton called ‘Oh No, GEORGE!’

Before you read it I would like you to make predictions about this text.

To be successful I will:

  • Look carefully at the cover.
  • Use my knowledge of other books.
  • Make links to other books that I have read.

To help you to make predictions here are some questions you may want to consider.

  • Who do you think George is?
  • Do you think George is a good character?
  • What does George’s expression tell us?
  • Why is GEORGE written in capital letters in the title?
  • Why might somebody say ‘Oh no!’?
  • What other books have you read with animals in them?
  • Do you think you will enjoy this book?

Please click on this link to read along with the story. After listening to the story turn the sound off and read it yourself. Remember to use expression in your reading to make it more exciting!

Now look back at your predictions, were any of them correct?


During the Summer Term we will post the Year 1 spelling list.

Encourage your child to practise spelling and writing the words regularly.

Use the vocabulary in a sentence and have a go at writing that sentence down.


Poor Stan, her cat grass is not looking heathy.

Why do you think the grass is wilting and brown?

We need to help Stan grow more cat grass.

Can you write/draw instructions on how to grow cat grass?

Can you also explain what plants need to be able to grow well?

To be successful I will:

  • Act out each step first
  • Put the instructions in order
  • Explain what helps plants to grow

Now click on this link from Explorify to watch a short video. It shows seeds germinating. Encourage your child to talk about what they see happening. The root appears first from each seed, followed by a shoot and the first leaves.  

Hands-on activity: Why not try to germinate some seeds from fruit or vegetables. You could collect a few seeds from some fruit such as a tomato or a melon and make a plant pot by recycling a carton, yoghurt pot or just some rolled-up paper. Make sure you keep any compost moist and that each pot is able to drain water away easily. Keep an eye on your unusual pots and see how long the seeds take to germinate.  

Article of the Week

Article 24- the right to good quality healthcare, clean water, nutritious food, a clean environment and education on health and well-being.

We would like you to think about how you are accessing your right to health and well-being this week. This includes:

  • Enough Sleep – at least 8 hours
  • Nutritious Food – fruit and vegetables
  • Water
  • Good hygiene – keeping clean, particularly your hands
  • Exercise
  • A clean environment
  • Feeling safe, secure and respected
  • Health care – To see a doctor or a nurse when you need to.

Try these activities to help you to think about Article 24:

P4C – Week Beginning 20.04.20

P4C – Letters or Numbers?

Notice when you use letters and when you use numbers throughout the day.
How do letters help your day?
How do numbers help your day?
Are letters more important than numbers?

Spot and Stripe are pondering a juicy question. Are letters more important than numbers?

Spot thinks that letters are more important but Stripe thinks that numbers are more important. What do you think? Who do you agree with and why?

Listen to their opinions by clicking the here . Can you think of any more reasons for either side?

Please join in with this discussion and read what others have said, you might want to link or build on their ideas or maybe you might disagree with them.

Here are some sentence starters:

I think that…

I agree with…

I understand what you are saying but…

Continue to read everyone’s ideas throughout the week and let us know if you have changed your mind in any way.

Easter Fun

Good afternoon Hokusai and Kusama, 

You have all engaged with our home learning packs, online tasks, Bug Club and Mathletics fantastically over the past two weeks. The Easter holidays are here!  Below are some ideas for Easter. Share your work with us so we can share the joy and inspiration too.

Have a go at some of these activities:

You could share this with your family and exhibit your work at home too.

Design and create your very own ♡ characters using a heart shape. Give it a face and body then share it with us.  

Design and Technology
Some of the children who have been in school this week have made their own cuddly robot teddy bears! It would be lovely to see if you could have a go at making your own cuddly toy, maybe you could use an odd sock, or the material from clothes that you’ve grown out.

Don’t worry if you don’t have any sewing equipment, you could always draw your design!

As you make/design your toy see if you can name the different shapes you are using!

We look forward to seeing your amazing work!

You can practise your drawing skills with some famous illustrators.

The House in the Rainforest

We cannot see what’s inside the house. Draw what you think it would look like inside.

Who might live in a house like this? Explain your answer.

Living in this house in the rainforest would be very different from living in a house in a city. Give three examples of how it would be different.

If you lived in the rainforest, what might a typical day be like for you and your family?

Story Time

Use your ideas to write a story set in the house in the rainforest. You could use your ♡ character cuddly toy in it too. What adventures will your character have? What problem do they face? Who helps them and how do they resolve the problem? How did they feel at the end? 

Story starter: 

Hidden deep in the Malaysian rainforest, is a house. Not an ordinary house of course…

Micheal Rosen YouTube channel

Stories by Little Angel performers with linked activities:

Please note that we will respond back to any emails sent to after the Easter holiday. It will not be checked during the holiday. Enjoy your break and take care.

Year 1 Teachers