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St Francis of Assisi class


A warm welcome to Year 1.  Mrs Barratt is your class teacher and Mrs Jones is your teaching assistant.  Check in here for photos of activities that we do throughout the year and for information about what we are learning each term.  








Home learning

Summer Term - ongoing topic/Science activities

Science - Our Science topic this term should have been all about plants.  It would be great if over the next few days you could plant a bean seed.  Take a few photos.  Talk about all the things you are doing to help the seed to grow.  I will put a bean diary on here that you could print off and complete or you could make your own.  Send me some pictures on dojo.  Then over the next few weeks I will add some follow up activities about plants.

Wild Plants


Have a look at the powerpoint below which is all about wild flowers.  Then download the activity sheet (also below) and go on a wild flower hunt - maybe take it with you on your daily walk.  Send me some pictures of the sheet and you on your walk or the plants that you find.


This term we would have been learning about Kings and Queens and the role of a monarch.  I want you to think about what you would do if you were the King or Queen of a country.  What rules would you make?  What would you do for your people?  Use the 2do on Purple Mash to make yourself into a monarch and write what you would say and do if you were the King or Queen.  I would also like you to make yourself a crown at home using whatever materials you have available.  Take a photo and send it to me on Dojo.


Year 1 need to be aware of the different types of technology in the home and outside of it. 

Task 1 -  I would like you to go on a technology hunt.  Look around your home and find as many different types of technology as you can.  You could draw these, or cut pictures out of a catalogue or magazine to make a collage or take photos and make a collage using an app.  Send these to me through dojo or email.

Task 2 - Go for a walk and have a look at where technology is used outside the home.  Can you see any technology on the streets around you or in a shop if you are able to go into one.  Again, choose how to present this and send it to me.


Have a look at the link below to access a video and activity about the countries in the UK.  There is also a 2do on Purple Mash.

Week 5 w/c 18th May 


Maths- As usual White Rose home learning.  I will upload the worksheet on here when it is available.


Friday - English/Well being - This week is Mental Health Awareness week.  Finish off a half term of lots of fantastic hard work by reflecting on how great you all are.  Complete one, some or all of the activities in the booklet below and send them to me so we can celebrate your brilliance.  Have a great half term Year 1 and looks like I will be seeing some of you again on the 1st.

Summer Term Week 4 w/c 11/5


Hi all.  Hope you enjoyed your long weekend.  Here are this week's tasks.


Maths - White Rose videos are still there however the worksheets are no longer available.  Watch the video and then I am adding the worksheets needed below.  If you want any extra practise you can always go to the bitesize link where there are some practise games.




Summer Term week 3 w/c 4/5/20

Hi Year 1.  I hope this is finding you all well.  Here is the work for this week  Above there are some links to ongoing Science and Geography work.. I will keep adding to these.  Keep reading using Oxford Owl - a few people have recorded themselves reading and put it on class dojo, so if you want to do that it would be great.  I'd love to see how much your reading has improved.  I will hopefully send you a log in for Numbots in the next couple of days - this is by the makers of TT Rockstars but focussing on number bonds so you can practise your mental addition.  Have a good week.  Miss you all.



Use the link below to access White Rose Maths Home Learning resources.  Summer Term week 3 lessons are available.  For each there is a video, an activity sheet and an answer sheet.  Complete one a day.  If you are able, print out the sheet, if not, record answers on paper or in a book - you could then take a photo and email it to me.

Summer Term - week 2 w/c 27th April 2020


I have attached the usual weeks worth of activities for Phonics.  There have been some DfE approved Phonics lessons released that begin on 27th April.  They are released daily and will be available after the initial live streaming.  If you wish to have a look at them please follow the link below.  There is also a letter of information for parents.  I will look at them as they are released next week and may replace what we currently do with those lessons.  If you do use them, let me know what you think.  I have looked at the first lesson.  They are covering new Phase 5 sounds, we have already learnt these. However if your child is currently reading Phase 3 or 4 books or is on Phase 5 but still not always recognising all Phase 5 graphemes then they might be worth a look. (updated 27/4)


Monday - Read the poem in the document below: Dad and the cat and the tree.  Then complete the 2Do on Purple Mash where you can draw a picture of and write about something funny that has happened in your family.  I shall look forward to reading them.  Try and use 'and' to connect two clauses in a setence and don't forget capital letters (including for names) and full stops.

Tuesday - Read the poems in the document below.  Talk about what they have in common. Can you highlight all the rhyming words in the Vulture poem?  Then complete the 2Do on Purple Mash.  There are two pages and you can do one or both.  Label the different features of the vulture and/or the crocodile using short words or phrases e.g. feathers, bald head, claws for catching food.  Maybe try and include some words or phrases from the poem.  

Wednesday - See powerpoint below.

Summer Term Week 1 - w/c 20th April 2020


Monday - Watch the video using the link below.  Then complete the 2do on Purple Mash where you need to sequence the events of the story.

Tuesday - Do the 2Do on Purple Mash.  This involves choosing a character that the little orange bird talks to and writing what you think they are saying to the little bird in the speech bubble. 

Then watch the video  below about question marks.  Following on from this there is another 2do on Purple Mash where you need to add capital letters and punctuation to the sentences you are given, based on Whistleless.

Wednesday - Watch the video again.  Write a list of things that there are more than one of e.g. birds, flowers.  Then do the 2do Quiz 1 - Plurals, where you need to add an -s to the words to make a plural.  
After the first quiz watch the video on the link below called 'plural video'.  Then have a go at 2do quiz 2 where you need to add -s or -es to the words to make a plural.

Thursday - Watch the video again and write down or think about some of the things that you can see e.g. a man whistling in the shower, a train chugging down the tracks, an elephant trumpeting.

Then pick two and put the two ideas together in a sentence using 'and' to join them together e.g. The man was whistling in the shower and a train was chugging down the track.  The little bird flew over the train and saw the policeman guiding traffic.  


How many different sentences can you write using 'and' to connect two ideas.  

You can either write them on paper and take a photo to add to your portfolio on Class Dojo/email to me or I have added a writing 2do on Purple Mash that you can use to type up your sentences.  

I have also added a sentence bank below to help you if you can't think of many of your own.  Choose two clauses (you may wish to cut them out and write 'and' on another piece of paper and create the sentence this way), write them down and join them together with 'and'.

Friday - Read the example writing in the document below.  Can you spot any describing words that give more information about the noun e.g. pink, tall.

Then look at the other document which is a list of words.  Can you think of some describing words that could go  before these nouns. You don't need to write them down just discuss them with someone.

Watch the clip again, just focussing on the bit from where the little bird enters the zoo until it leaves.

Now can you use the 2do on Purple Mash to write a few sentences telling this part of the story.  Try to include all the things we have thought about this week.  Can you include a quesion, a plural and a setence with 'and' connecting two clauses, as well as remembering capital letters and full stops.  I look forward to reading your writing.


Watch the video clip below of Jesus' Resurrection. (You may want to watch from 4min).  Use the 2do on Purple Mash to write about the event as if you were one of the women who found the tomb empty. Write a sentence for each picture. What did you see?  How did you feel?

Home learning from before Easter




Week 2


Reading - Go to where you will find some free e-books which can be searched for by age.  If your child is on Phase 3-4 books search for books for 5-6 year olds and if they are on Phase 5+ books search for books for 6-7 year olds.


As next week is Holy Week English and RE will be combined.


MondayWatch the video using this link:

Then go to Purple Mash 2do - He said, She said.  Draw a picture of someone who was in the crowd waving at Jesus and write the words that they said in the speech bubble.  As a challenge include how they are feeling and why.

*Why not make a  palm leaf of your own using some paper and role play the story at home - record it and add it to your Class Dojo Portfolio.


Tuesday - Watch the video using this link:

Then go to Purple Mash2do - The Last Supper.  Complete the storyboard.  As a challenge include how the disciples are feeling at different points in the story.  

*Why not act this story out at home using some bread and some squash.  Take some pictures and add them to you Class Dojo Portfolio.


Wednesday - Watch and join in with this presentation of the Stations of the Cross  Choose one station and recreate it for me.  This may be as a painting, drawing or you could even recreate it using lego.  Take some pictures and put them onto Class Dojo or email them to me.  Remember to write the title to show me what station it is.


Thursday - Purple Mash 2do.  There is a spelling quiz on there for you to practise the phonics learning from last week.  I have also added a Computing 2Do.  Have a go at the first two challenges on this.


Week 1


Tuesday - There is a writing task on Purple Mash called Hansel and Gretel.

Wednesday - There is a writing task on Purple Mash called Write a letter to a character.  There is also a phonics activity putting missing letters into words.

Thursday - Purple Mash 2do - Write a Wanted poster for Goldilocks.

Friday- Purple Mash 2do - Write a letter of apology to the three bears as if you are Goldilocks.


I appreciate that some of this writing has done over more than one day for some children so do not worry if you have not done all 4 pieces by Friday.  I can see if they have been working on one piece over a few days and this is fine.  


Use these powerpoints to practise quick recognition of graphemes and tricky words from phases 3-5.  Set to play as a slideshow and it will play at the pace we use it in class.  The phonics Word document contains 4 days of phonics activities.


Create some spring art work.  Maybe you could mix some paint and paint a spring picture or you could make a spring collage.  Alternatively you could create a Spring picture using Purple Mash.  I look forward to seeing your Art work.


Over the course of the year we have looked at the seasons Autumn and Winter.  Now at the beginning of Spring I would like you to keep a weather chart or diary.  Each day, record the weather.  If you have a thermometer you could record the temperature or the direction of the wind if you have a wind vane.  Use the link below to find out how to make a rain gauge and record how much rain we have each week.


 If you go outside, record what you wore.  Take some photos or draw pictures of the signs of spring that you see around you.  What do the trees look like?  What flowers are in your garden?  What insects are you starting to see more of?. 

You could email these to me or record them using one of the publishing tools on Purple Mash.  I will also set up a ToDo on Purple Mash that will enable you to create a Pictogram of the different weather you record each day so that you can see what kind of weather is the most frequent.  (I emailed everyone their Purple Mash log in so you should all have my email address)


Below are some resources that might help you with this.  Below is a weather chart template that you can use or you can choose how to present it yourself.  I look forward to seeing what Spring is looking like at your house.

Home Learning Resources that you may find useful



This Spring term our Curriculum Vehicle is to create a historical Toy Museum for our family to come and visit and explore.  Please read below to find out what we are covering in all our subjects.



We will be listening to the parables and miracles of Jesus in our unit 'Jesus: teacher and healer' and thinking about how these stories can help us to become more like Jesus.  Then in the lead up to Easter we will be learning about the liturgical seasons of Lent and Holy Week.



We are currently reading the story 'Traction Man is Here'.  We will be using a lot of role play to help us develop our ideas and then writing diary entries and retelling a section of the story as a story in it's own entity.



We are starting off the term learning all about 2D and 3D shape.  We will then learn about numbers up to 20.  Later on in the term we will add and subtract with numbers up to 20 and do some measuring and weighing.



We will be learning about toys and how they were different in the past.  We are going to a special toy day at Cannock Museum in March.



We are learning about where our school is in the world so that we can let people know how to get to our Museum.  We will learn how to make a simple plan and use it to show someone how to get to different places in the school.



We are learning to name different materials and looking at their properties.  We will then look at the difference between animals and humans and link this to our vehicle and think about how animal toys are different to human toys.  As spring draws nearer we will look at how the seasons are changing again and continue to monitor the weather.



We are investigating colour and will use this knowledge to create a toy print in the style of Andy Warhol.


Design and Technology:

We are learning about fabric and how to join materials.  We will finish by making a fabric face.



We are learning how to give instructions to programmable toys such as BeeBots.



We are listening to music that will inspire us to think about the way different toys move.



                        A Kid's Guide to Uttoxeter

This year much of our curriculum is being taught through a 'vehicle'.  This is an end product that we are working towards making and all of our learning for the term is focused on working towards this.  


As the launch for our first vehicle, we went to Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan and Motorhome Club Site.  The children thought that there might be sand there as their experience of caravan sites is mainly by the seaside and they did question what there was for children to do there.  We had a look around the site and in the information room found that there were leaflets and posters about some of the things to do in the local area.  The warden had also put up some colouring pictures that she gives to the children who come and visit.  


Over the term we are going to create a 'Kid's guide to Uttoxeter' which will inform visitors of place to go for children and also provide some activities for children to do while they are staying in Uttoxeter.  Keep visiting to find out where we are up to with this exciting project.


As this will require a few visits out to explore places ourselves, if you are available to be called upon to accompany us on a walk then please let me know as all help will be greatly appreciated.


Topics covered through this vehicle:


RE - Creation, Families and Celebrations, Prayer and Advent 

Geography - Our Local Area and mapping skills

Science - Senses - sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Uttoxeter.

                 The Seasons 

History - Places of important local History in Uttoxeter

D and T - design an ideal playground for the caravan site

Art - Colour mixing and painting

Computing - Creating programmes using BeeBots 

Music - playground games

Visiting Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

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Visiting Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan and Motorhome Club Site 10

 Please make sure reading books are brought into school every day.  We will change reading books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, children will need to put them in the box in the classroom if they want them to be changed.  We will check reading books every Friday to ensure children are reading regularly at home as per the school policy.


Spelling test results can be found on the half termly overview at the front of the book.

Finger Aerobics

Useful Websites.

This is a useful site to help with the sounds of graphemes.