Welcome to Year One!
A couple of parents have asked for an example school day timetable, so I have included it below. Please remember that we are not asking you to replicate the school day, as home learning presents many challenges that a normal school day doesn’t. However, I do recommend creating a schedule that works for your family - most children thrive on routine and familiarity. For my family, we like to do Joe Wicks or outdoor games to start the day, some maths, snack and 15 min break, writing or Themed work or Science, later lunch and outdoors time and then reading. I have negotiated ‘free time’ choices from this point on in the day and some family activities. If you need any support, please get in touch.
Example Day in School
9.00 - 10.10
Maths (teacher led whole class, adult led small group work and begin independent maths challenge)
10.10 - 10.40
Whole class reading (Bug Club)
10.40 - 10.55
10.55 - 12.00
English (teacher led whole class, adult led small group work and begin independent writing/phonics challenge or Lexia)
12.00 - 1.00
1.00 - 1.15
Reading Workshop (small group reading with an adult)
1.15 - 2.05
This is variable day-to-day:
Teacher led whole class Themed Work/ Science, Adult led small group work - (Themed Work/ Science/ Phonics) /PE/ Art/ DT/ Lexia/ Complete independent challenge work/
When adult directed tasks are completed: Role-Play area/ Computing area/ Reading area/ Games area/Workshop area
2.05 - 2.35
Assembly and Break
2.35 - 3.15
This is variable day-to-day:
Complete small group Themed Work task/ PSHE/ Music/ Class Council/ Whole class Story-time
Parent email: email@example.com
GoNoodle - videos designed to get kids moving.
Seusville - a lot of activities, crafts and games based on the world of Dr Seuss
Thinking games - this website has links to a whole host of games designed to improve logical thinking skills
Highlights Kids - a popular US magazine for children, this site has lots of ideas for craft activities, recipes and an 'explore' section covering science questions and experiments
Art for Kids Hub - this Youtube channel shows you how to draw a variety of things from animals to cartoon characters and even cars
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
The MET Office
RSPB - activities
Paw Print Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads. Indoor and outdoor.
Chat Play Read
Tiny Happy People
Hungry Little Minds
CBeebies Radio – Listening activities
Learning at home
Ted Ed – Stay Curious
Twinkl - free home learning booklets from EYFS through to GCSE, you can download them here:
Oxford Owl - free e-books for ages 3-11, and range of how-to videos for maths. They also have a parents’ page which explains how spelling and grammar are taught in schools. If you ever wondered what a 'fronted adverbial' was, here's your chance to find out!
Discovery Education - English, Maths & Science activities for KS1 & KS2 and also a section on coding
Scholastic - this US company have put together 20 days of cross-curricular projects to work through at home. The correct grade will need to be selected to match the UK year group:
- PreK and Kindergarten = Reception and Year 1
- Grades 1 & 2 = Year 2 and 3
- Grades 3-5 = Years 4, 5 and 6
- Grades 6+ = Year 7 onwards
BBC Bitesize - videos, quizzes and games covering the entire curriculum for primary, secondary and post-16 students
Topmarks - a collection of educational games covering all topics
Toy Theater - Educational online games
Chatterpack - a list of home Ed resources
Teachit Primary - resources and games to print for English, Maths, Science and Foundation subjects. Sign up for an account is required to download the free resources.
British Council – Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home - Primary
Smart videos for curious minds of all ages: The Kids Should See This
Teach your monster to read
Phonics Play - phonics games which follow the Letters & Sounds phonics programme. Pick the phase the child is currently on using the menu at the side.
Phonics Play is currently free for all users during the school closure period.
Storyline Online - a catalogue of videos featuring celebrities reading children's stories
Unite for literacy - a US online library which provides free access to over 400 original picture books
CoolMath4Kids - interactive games covering the four operations (+ - x ÷) and fractions
Pet Bingo - an app for practising the four operations, children get to earn pets and care for them
Snappy Maths - maths worksheets for quick mental arithmetic sessions, like doubles & halves, number bonds and times tables
Science Museum Group - Videos, activities and facts on lots of different science topics for all key stages
Science for Kids - A New Zealand based site with lots of science experiments and games for kids
Switch Zoo - the idea started from creating new animals by switching parts, includes lots of information about habitats, biomes, feeding animals and animal sounds
Crest Awards – Science awards that can be completed at home
Topics (History, Geography, Art)
Virtual museum tours
National Geographic Kids - covering animals, science, history & geography, a website full of fascinating facts.
3D Geography - free paper templates for making models, plus lots of geography information and resources
National Geographic Kids – Activities and quizzes
Tynker - marketed as 'coding for kids', this website is currently offering free access to its premium content
Code.org - founders of the 'Hour of Code' tutorials, this website offers computer science courses for students from reception through to A-level
Duolingo - a free platform for learning languages. You can learn from a computer, or download the app.
Maths Activity Videos: Tuesday 31st March, Sum Turnover
Weekly Science Task
See the 'Materials knowledge organiser' attached to the bottom of the page, to support vocabulary and discussions.
Selecting a material for a coat for Christopher Columbus (exploring, predicting, testing and finding an answer to a question)
Learning Objective: I can describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
I can compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.
Which material would make a suitable coat for Christopher Columbus? (remember he sailed across the sea in stormy weather!). Look around the house with an adult and find some different materials to test. You could maybe use sleeves from different items of clothing e.g woolly jumper, cotton jumper, raincoat etc. Name the materials and discuss their properties. Talk about which you think might be most suitable and why. Discuss the property 'waterproof'.
Test (Suggestion): pull the sleeve over the top of a plastic cup and pour an egg cupful of water over the sleeve. Observe what happens. Try this over different cups for each material and then compare your findings. Which material(s) would be the most suitable for a coat for Christopher Columbus and why?
Living explorers - What’s it like? There is lots on the BBC pages to explore. Here are a couple of examples...
What’s it like to spend nearly a year in space?
Ranulph Fiennes’ epic challenge
Explore and discuss or maybe try asking mum or dad to film your report of a 'living explorer'. You could be the next 'Newsround' reporter!