Year 1 Home Learning- W.B 27.4.2020

Hello again Year 1, I’ve had a fabulous week seeing what lots of you have been up to on Seesaw and I do hope you’ve all enjoyed having a go at it too. From now on, while the full list of activities will remain on the website, some activities will be supplemented with lesson videos and tasks available via Seesaw. In addition, as many of you have already got to grips with, please do send me any of the tasks below (or other things you’ve been up to) via Seesaw and I’ll be happy to share my thoughts and give feedback.

In other exciting news this week we are starting our new topic: Are you the next big Inventor? We’ve got a few tasks linked to it this week and lots more to come!

If you have any problems in the meantime with Seesaw or anything else please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’ll do my best to help.


Phonics/ Reading:

This week we are working on the ‘ear’ and ‘air’ sound (with a little recap of the ‘er’ sound). A few different graphemes can make these sounds and the different activities will help take you through these. I’ve also included a story this week on Seesaw for you to enjoy.

1.Colour by Spelling “air” sound – read the words on the attached sheet and colour them in with their grapheme colour (see attached sheet) OR ask an adult to write “air” words on post-it notes (if you search online there are often lists) then you can read them and sort them by their different spellings of the “air” sound (ear, air, ere) – you could put all the ‘ear’ spellings in the bathroom and all the ‘ere’ spellings in your bedroom!

2. Sound Spotter ear/air – read the attached story and highlight the words with the “ear” sound in one colour and the “air” sounds in another OR read it on screen tapping your head when you read a word with the “ear” sound and tapping your nose when you hear a word with the “air” sound in it.

3. Alternative air spelling activity – print the activity below and fill in the boxes with the different spellings OR use Seesaw to fill in the words on the computer (note on Seesaw: there are two versions of the task, the one without the sound headings is much trickier and requires the logic of a very confident reader) OR find as many different objects around your house as possible with the “ear” or “air” sound in their name and then have a go at writing the words for these objects.

4. Tricky Word Hop Scotch – try drawing out a hop scotch path with chalk and in each of the square write one of the following tricky words (or choose words you know will challenge you): could, their, there, who, school, children, house, were, where, our.

6. Practise Phonic Sounds – a video is available to help with this on Seesaw OR write out cards with the phonics sounds on and get an adult to hold them up for you while you say the sound.

5. Supertato Story and Challenge – this is available on Seesaw for you to have a go at OR ask an adult to read a story to you at home and make a prediction about what will happen next.


This week we will be looking at the story How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth.

1.Lesson 1 Story Time: Listen to the story here: When you’ve finished you could record a video telling me what you thought of it. What was your favourite bit and why? Have you ever had to trouble washing an animal or a brother or sister?

2. Lesson 2 (BONUS LESSON) Fill the Gap Instruction Challenge: A chance to practise instruction writing by adapting the Woolly Mammoth to wash another animal! Fill in the gaps on the attached sheet OR type them in on Seesaw. The red indicates adjectives and the blue nouns (black boxes are more flexible).

3. Lesson 3 Story Planning: Now it’s your turn to come up with your own idea for some mad instructions! Maybe it could be how to dress T.Rex? See Seesaw for a linked lesson input and attached is a planning grid for you to use if you wish.

4. Lesson 4 Character Adjectives: You’re nearly ready to write your instructions now draw or paint your character and write as many adjectives around the outside as you can. Is your character fluffy or scruffy? Kind or grumpy? Include as many as you can.

5. Lesson 5 Instruction Writing: By now you’re ready to go ahead and write your own mad instructions! I’ve now added a video on Seesaw to model the process of this. Make sure you have your plan and adjective picture nearby to help. Use your best handwriting with your lead ins.


This week’s spellings will revise the sound from last week : er, ir, ur.


This week we’re moving on to division/ sharing & halving. I have recorded some videos on Seesaw to help introduce some of the tasks below.

1.Equal vs Unequal Challenge: Begin by watch the Seesaw video and then use pictures or objects to complete these questions. You could record your answers as a video.

  • Theo has 4 equal groups. Show me what Theo’s groups could look like.
  • Eleanor has 3 unequal groups. Show me what Eleanor’s groups could look like.
  • Can you make your own equal groups of pencils, pegs, raisins or anything else?

2. Sharing Challenge: Watch the Seesaw video on sharing and then have a go at sharing items at home, you may want to try some of the following:

  • Share 6 pencils between 2 mugs
  • Share 12 sweets between 3 toys
  • Share 8 books between two teddies
  • Share 15 peas between 5 plates
  • Share 20 socks between 4 bags

Why not record your activity by taking a photo or recording a video – remember to explain how you’ve shared the items or write labels.

3. Doggy Division: Have a go at sharing with this fun doggy division game!

4. Halving Fun: Explore different things around the house you can halve. Adults: Try to discuss the a half involves 2 equal parts, you could do one wrong and ask: is it a half? Why not? You could record your work with photos of a video on Seesaw. How about halving these:

  • Cake
  • Piece of paper
  • Tin of beans
  • Piece of string
  • Slice of toast

5. White Rose Learning: Similar areas are also covered in White Rose Home Learning Summer Term (Week 1) – videos are available to watch and activity sheets can be printed as required.


This week I have set a number of challenges to get children thinking about the properties of materials. They could record their results in a table, make predictions and write a conclusion.

1.Which material would make the best window in a den? Why not have a go at building a den and trying different materials for a window. Consider what makes a good window? Key vocab: transparent, opaque, waterproof, absorbent.

2. Which material would make the best bouncy ball? Have a go at using items such as paper, rubber bands, plastic (bags/ clingfilm) cardboard to make balls and test which bounce. Key vocab: elastic, flexible, rigid.

3. Which material would make the best dog toy for Cheddar? Think about what a dog toy needs to do? You could try testing materials by simulating what a dog would do with it (pull it apart, pour water on for slobber etc). Key vocab: strong, brittle, squashy, absorbent, waterproof, smooth, rough.

4. Which material makes the best spoon for cooking? You could try different materials such as wood, metal, plastic, fabric or even chocolate to stir some warm water (with supervision). Which was the best and why? Key vocab: rigid, flexible, waterproof, absorbent, heat resistant (thermal insulator), melting.


1.Great Inventors Challenge: Take a look at the picture of lots of different great inventions, which do you think is the best? Choose your favourite invention and do some research. Can you find out:

  • Who invented it?
  • When was it invented?
  • Why was it invented?
  • How did they invent it?
  • How has it changed over time?

When you’ve finished find a way to share your new knowledge! You could:

  • Draw a poster and send a photo of it
  • Create a presentation/ speech that you video and share
  • Write a fact file.           

Design & Technology:

1.Invention Challenge: Get a Woolly Mammoth in a Bath!

What is the best way to get a woolly mammoth into a bath? Think you know the answer? Design your own machine to get a woolly mammoth into a bath!

All good designers follow rules called a design brief to make it just right. Click on the link to see your design brief. To make your invention the best try to follow as many part of the design brief as possible.

Draw your design on paper or draw it on Seesaw. Remember to include labels telling me what each part does and what it’s made of – think carefully about the best materials for the job.


1.How to be a good friend: See BBC Daily Lessons: