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Week 6 (11th May)

Week beginning May 11th 2020


It was really lovely to speak to you all last week and to know that so many of you are enjoying and taking part in the home learning. If I didn't reach you, I'll be trying again on Monday! A few parents have requested more offline activities, so I have been sure to include more this week. Remember there are home learning packs available from the school office if internet access is an issue. Also, if you are unable to print activities from here, the children can still do the activities using paper. Some parents have requested more video content; Oak National Academy is the recognised provider so I will include some links to their materials where appropriate. As usual, there will be maths videos from White Rose and some YouTube links.




Please remember that there are loads of creative activities for the broader curriculum and for all children here:





All children can use Teach Your Monster to ReadOxford Owl and Phonics Play to practise phonics. Here are some further activities for each group:


Mrs Gebara / Miss Belhadj: ee, oo

Phonics: The 'ee' sound

Phonics: The 'oo' sound

Extra challenge: Write a sentence using each of the words you have learned and draw a picture to go with it!

Miss Dixon / Mrs Brosnan / Mrs Qureshi: ow, oa, o-e

"o-e" and "oa"

Offline: Write a short story using as many alternative "oa" sounds as possible. It could be about Joe who lives on a rowboat with his pet goat!


Extra challenge: Retell the story of Saint George and the Dragon in your own words. Maybe you could act it out with your family or make models of the characters!



Weekly focus: Book Review


Choose a storybook from your shelf. Read the story and discuss the following questions with an adult or sibling:


Who are the characters in the book?

What is the book's setting?

What are the important events in the story?

Which part of the story did you like best and why?


Now that you are really familiar with the book, have a go at writing a book review. You can use one of these templates:

Offline: Write a book review answering these questions:


Who wrote and illustrated the book?

What is the story about?

Who are the characters?

What do you like about the story?

Would you recommend the story to your friends?


Then draw a picture of your favourite part.



Weekly focus: Ramadan


In Year 1, we cover many significant religious events in our learning, including Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Chinese New Year. We always enjoy learning about the stories and traditions surrounding religious festivals and the children often produce fabulous writing inspired by these topics. We are currently in the middle of Ramadan, which will be our writing and R.E. focus for this week.

What is Ramadan?

Check out this Moon Tree that Samir made for Ramadan:




Have you made anything to decorate your house? Share it on the blog!

Offline: Write some sentences demonstrating your understanding of Ramadan. Try to answer these questions:


Who celebrates Ramadan?

How long does Ramadan last?

What happens during Ramadan?

What is fasting and why do people fast during Ramadan?

What happens at the end of Ramadan?



Weekly Focus: Addition and Subtraction by Making Ten


From now on, the daily maths learning will be taken from White Rose Maths. There are four lessons for the week. Follow these steps to access the learning


  1. Visit the White Rose Website for Year 1
  2. Select the correct week: Summer Term – Week 4 (w/c 11th May)
  3. Watch the video for the day's lesson with your child
  4. Complete the activity for that day and find a calm space where your child can work for about 20-30 minutes


Here are the activities and answers for the four lessons:

You can also visit BBC Bitesize for further learning.




1. Revise your numbers bond to ten by choosing ten toys and arranging them in different ways. Start from 0 and 10 and work systematically to make sure you cover all of the possibilities.


2. Repeat the activity with 20. What connection do you see between number bonds to ten and number bonds to 20? Think about 2 + 8 = 10 and 2 + 18 = 20.


3. Have a go at these number sentences. Use toys, cubes or counters to make the number sentence and check your answer:


8 + 6 =

4 + 9 =

12 - 8 =

16 - 7 =

7 + 6 = 


4. Compare your answers for the above activity by using the symbols <, > and =. For example: 8 + 6  > 16 - 7


Just Dance - Waka Waka This Time For Africa

Trolls | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Brent Music Service - fabulous music learning


Parents - watch this video to see what the BMS Music'sCool website is like, and click on this link to register for access to it.

BMS Showcase for Anson