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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: 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.

RRS – Article of the Week

Article 30– Minority or indigenous groups, culture, language and religion

Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live. 

It is very important that you: 

  • Are able to speak your own language with friends and family without other people saying it’s rude.
  • Learn about different languages, cultures and religions.
  • Read books by lots of different kinds of writers from all around the world.
  • Learn about the world through the eyes of different people.
  • Celebrate lots of special events like Burn’s night, Chinese New Year, St David’s Day, Carnival.
  • Enjoy food, music and dance from different countries.

Outdoor Learning – Week 2

Happy Tuesday Year 1! Last week we learnt about what being active means and why it is important. What did you over the weekend to be active? What days did you do one hour (60 minutes) of exercise? You might enjoy this video below to learn about what else we need to stay healthy.

This week you have all become Darwin’s Lookouts. Charles Darwin was a scientist who loved to explore the world around him from a very young age.

Listen here as I read the story about him below:

A postcard with a message for Year 1 has arrived at school. Read the postcard below to find out more about what we will be doing this week.

Take a virtual tour of where Fiona works by clicking here:


Right, Darwins Lookouts, Were going on a Plant Hunt. Here’s your chance to familiarise yourself with some common wildflowers and learn how to identify them. Read at least one of the Identikit Profiles below and then answer the questions.

  • What is the scientific name of the plant?
  • What months does it flower?
  • How can you identify the plant? (Hint:
  • Where can you find the plant?
  • How are its seeds dispersed? (
  • What can it be used for?
  • What interesting fact would you like to share?

You can answer these questions any way you like. How about creating a simple fact sheet, filming a short video clip teaching others about your chosen plant or replying to this blog post.

If you would like to learn about more wild plants you can download the full booklet here. Select The Great Plant Hunt Identikit. You can always couple your daily exercise with a bit of plant hunting too.


Earlier this term we learnt how to grow plants from fruit and vegetables we eat every day. I had a go at planting some potatoes and tomatoes. Take a look at my pictures, they have started to flower and the tomato plant has begun to bear fruit.

Can you sketch and label a diagram of a plant? You can use my photos to help or do some observational drawings of plants or trees you see at home or in nature.

Remember to stay safe (read the safety tips below) and follow social distancing guidelines.

Click here to follow Fiona from Kew Gardens. and Darwin’s lookouts as they explore the plants around them. Fiona talks about her work there and about how she collects seeds for a millennium seed bank. Introducing a variety of plants, she talks about the parts of a plant and their functions comparing and noticing the differences between different plants.

Now go back to your observational drawing. Describe the function for each part you have labelled? Try to do this for at least two different plants.

To be successful I will:

  • Use full sentences
  • Use capital letters and full stops
  • Write in the present tense
  • Read my work to check it

Now note down the similarities and differences. Use adjectives to describe the size, shape, colour, texture and fragrance.

Challenge: After examining and comparing a variety of plants make a note about what you have noticed and the questions you had.


Punctuation is an important part of reading and writing. This week we are going to recap three punctuation marks and how they are used. Then have a go at completing the sentences by adding the correct punctuation. Use a notepad and pencil or have a go online by clicking here.

How did you know which punctuation mark completed the sentence?

Go through your work and check your punctuation extra carefully.

Me … Jane by Patrick McConnell

Doctor Jane Goodall is a scientist whose love for outdoor learning fueled her curiosity and inspired her to follow her dream of becoming a scientist. Listen to Dr. Jane read Me…Jane, she has a special message for children at the end.

Congratulations Year 1! What working scientifically skill did you practise this week? observation over time, pattern seeking, research, fair testing or identifying, classifying and grouping.

Congratulations Year 1! What working scientifically skill did you practise this week? observation over time, pattern seeking, research, fair testing or identifying, classifying and grouping


RECAP: Last week we explored time and we worked on telling the time to o’clock and half past.

Can you tell the time on these clocks?

Time challenges!

Now it’s time to do some timed activity challenges! Using a timer or this online timer:

This week we are going to be working on recognising numbers to 100. Click here to begin the lesson. Remember to have a pencil and paper ready to do this.

Success Criteria:

To be successful I will:

  • Organise objects into groups.
  • Count in ones or tens.
  • Write out the amount in digits (and words)


Do you have a photograph of when you were a baby? Now look in the mirror.

What differences can you see?

What can you do now that you couldn’t do when you were a baby?

Everytime I learn something new I change a little bit.

Now imagine you are a flower and everytime you learn something new you grow a new petal! Draw a flower like the one below and draw your face in the middle. On each petal draw or write something you have learned in Year 1 (it could be something you learned in school or at home)

Time Capsule Project

We may not all be together right now but that doesn’t mean we can’t still all work together. For the next few weeks we are going to start planning to create a ‘lockdown time capsule’ of all of our experiences during this time! Then when you are in Year 6 you’ll be able to open it up together and remind each other of what life was like in 2020!

This first lesson will introduce the idea of a ‘Time Capsule’ but it will focus on the importance of hand washing! Make sure you have paper and pencils ready and then click here to begin the lesson.

One thing you might want to add to the time capsule is a cartoon about how you are spending your day during this time, you could lay it out like the example below.


Last week we explored how being active is beneficial for our mind, our bodies and our mood. There were some great ideas about how we can be active every day. Play is one great way to be active. This week in P4C we are going to think more deeply about play. We discussed how play that counts as exercise can strengthen our heart, make us more flexible and help to keep our bodies healthy.

Why else do we play?

This week’s big question is:

Should we play ALL the time?

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: or in the comments section below.


Let’s remind ourselves of the Buddy the Dog story all about internet safety. Click here and see if you can read along this time.

Now read the discussion cards underneath, what do you think the answers should be? Can you explain why? Please write your answers in the comments section of this blog. Remember to use ‘because’ to give reasons for your answers.


Now write a sentence using each word.

RRS – Article of the Week

Article 2- Non discrimination

What does the phrase ‘non-discrimination’ mean to you?

It is very important that: 

  • We should treat everyone fairly.
  • All people should accept, respect and value others for who they are.
  • All schools should actively celebrate respect for all.
  • We should say something if we see someone being discriminated against.
  • Television shows, websites and newspapers should show all different types of people.

‘The flamingo who didn’t want to be pink?’

Outdoor Learning – Week 1

Good morning Year 1. We hope you all enjoyed this year’s Sports Dat – The Lockdown Games! Over the next two weeks we’ll continue to get active and will be exploring outdoor learning. Following on from the Lockdown Games, this week we’ll begin by looking at What being active means, why it is important and how we can enjoy being active in many different ways.

So, what is the difference between everyday activity and being active? Read on to delve deeper.

We should do at least 60 minutes (one hour) of exercise that makes us feel warmer, makes us breathe harder and makes our heart beat faster every day. This doesn’t have to be all at once.


Before you read think about these questions

  • What does ‘being active’ mean?
  • How do you feel when you are being active?
  • How do you feel after you have been active?
  • What activities you do count as exercise?

Now answer these questions:

  1. What happens to your heart when you exercise?
  2. What happens to your breathing when you exercise?
  3. What happens to your temperature when you exercise?
  4. How does exercise help your heart?
  5. What are some other benefits of exercising?
  6. Do you think it is important to be active? Why?
  7. How often should we exercise?
  • Name five activities that count as exercise?
  • How often should we exercise?

Bonus Reading

Tense is all about time. The tense of a verb (a doing word) helps us understand when something is happening. If an action has already happened, it is past tense. If it is happening now, it is present tense. For many verbs adding the suffix -ed changes it to the past tense. I play (present tense) football. I played (past tense) football.


Interesting stuff! Now that we know more about staying active. This week we’ll be writing our own fact sheet about being active. You can use your answers and do more research to help. Then share with your families and friends to help them learn more about the importance of being active.

Think of a powerful title. What information will you include? Only include important parts. You can use pictures to help share your message too. You could include some suggestions for enjoyable exercise.

To be successful I will:

  • Use capital letters and full stops.
  • Use sub-headings to organise my work (each word should begin with a capital letter)
  • Write in the present tense
  • Check my work to make sure it makes sense

I have started creating a fact sheet myself. What do you think? Can you help me check my work?


Keep a note of important vocabulary and what it means. Create a Glossary section for your fact sheet e.g. serotonin – a chemical in our brains that may help us feel happy. The vocabulary should be put in alphabetical order. Take a look at some of the Non-Fiction books on Bug Club for more examples. Bones is one we have set for you all this week.

Just for Fun

Click here for some inspiration


RECAP: Last week you were learning about capacity, can you identify the correct picture for each label?

This week we are going to be looking at time and reviewing our learning on how to tell the time to o’clock and half past. Please click here to watch a video explaining how to do this.

Where would the minute hand point to show that it is 7 o’clock?

Where would the minute hand point to show that it is half past 7?

Now have a go at telling the time on each of these clocks.

Mr Wolf is being very helpful in this story click here to listen to it. He tells the children what time it is when they do all of their daily activities. Listen carefully to the song and see if you can make a table, like the one below, to fill in the times of the different activities.

To be successful I will:

  • Look at the hands of the clock.
  • Tell the time to o’clock
  • Draw the minute and hour hands of the clock to show the time.

Maths Word Problems

Below are some word problems have a go at working these out. Remember to write your answers in full sentences E.g: Sue got off the bus at___________.


You have been learning lots about how to stay safe on the internet. Please click here to listen to Miss Measures reading a story all about staying safe online. Throughout the story Miss Measures will ask you to stop the video so you can answer some questions.

Once you have watched the video please take a look at these discussion cards. What do you think you should do?


Who makes you feel happy and safe?

Let’s listen to the story of ‘Guess how much I love you?’ Where Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare say how much they love each other.

We can see that Little Brown Hare and Big Brown Hare are very special to each other.

Who is special to you?

What makes them special?

It would be lovely to make that someone special a medal or a certificate to celebrate how special they really are. Below are some ideas of activities you could do.

Draw around a cup, or any round shape you have, and carefully cut it out, make sure an adult is with you when you do this. Decorate it with the person’s name on one side and the reason they are special on the other. Ask an adult to make a hole for you, then carefully thread through some wool or string so they can wear their medal with pride. Now take a photograph of them wearing their medal proudly and send it to us!

Design your own ceritifiate to give out to that someone special, you can make it look like the one below or use your imagination to create your own version. Remember to write who it is for and give a reason why you are giving it to them. Again we would love to see photographs showing that ‘special person’ holding up their certificate.


The big question this week is:

What is nature?

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: or in the comments section below.


Adding the prefix – un

The ‘Un-‘ prefix can be added to a number of root words to change their meaning to the opposite. It can be seen as a shorthand for ‘Not’. For example, when someone is not happy we can describe them as ‘Unhappy’ and when something is said which is not true, we describe it as ‘Untrue’.

Practise spelling the words above and then put them in a sentence. See if you can find more words with the prefix – un when you read.

Sports Day

Thomas Buxton Sports’ Day – The Lockdown Games

Friday 12th June 2020

At home, your local area or in school

As you know we’re in the midst of global pandemic but that doesn’t mean we can’t have our Sports’ Day.  I have put together some fun activities you can do at home, in your local area with family or in school with your teachers.


  • There are 12 challenges to attempt
  • A bit like Bingo, as well as the points you will gain for your challenges, you will also gain extra points for completing 1 full row of activities (single line), 2 full rows of activities (double line) and all the activities (FULL HOUSE)
  • Very little equipment is needed for the challenges
  • You can complete them in any order you like
  • The main thing is to keep fit and have a good old laugh whilst doing it


  • Points are awarded as stated on the challenges
  • 10 extra points are awarded for completing a single line
  • 25 extra points are awarded for completing a double line
  • 50 extra points are awarded for completing a FULL HOUSE


  • Please make sure you warm up before completing the challenges that you need to be physically active for
  • If completing any challenges outside, make sure you follow the social distancing rules
  • Make sure the space you are completing the challenges in, is appropriate and safe

Any evidence you take in the form of photos or videos can be sent to with Mrs Milne or Sports Day as the subject.