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Welcome to the Wonderful Ones!

There are 31 of us all together- we can't forget Mrs Morland and Mrs Pratt!

We really are Wonderful and we always find lots of ways to show we care about each other. Our classroom is an exciting, fun filled and friendly place to learn.  Come and take a look at our amazing journey so far....

Numbots 03.04.20

Lots of us have moved up several levels this week... Maya is now on Brass. Oliver, Eliza and Maciej are now Copper. Emmanuel, Lily and William are now Steel. Laura is now on Glass. Alicia is now on Kevlar. Elizabeth is now on Titanium. Well done everyone, keep on going! Your certificates are on their way.

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    TT Rockstars 03.04.20

    Congratulations Laura, you are now a Headliner! Congratulations Etinosa, you are now a Support Act!

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      Week Three Home Learning 06.04.20

      Here is everything you need for some Easter fun! You will also find some extra maths challenges to help you practice your addition facts.

      Week Three Home Learning 06.04.20
      As this week is Holy Week most of this week's challenges have an Easter theme....
      • Continue to practise reading tricky words using the free games on
      • Challenge yourself to a Big Spell using the spelling list. Ask an adult to say each word on the list for you to write down and then mark them when you have finished the list. It is a long list so you might need to do it in bits. The words you have got wrong will be the ones you need to learn. Choose 4 of these to practise this week.
      • Complete the Easter addition fact booklet.
      • Learn about what happened to Jesus during this week using this video link: Stop the video after each part so that you can talk with an adult about what happened during each story. 
      • Look on the internet for different crosses like the one we have on our special tablein our classroom, what can you see on it.  Design your own cross that has little pictures on it that show the stories from Holy Week such as palm leaves, Jesus, a garden, tomb.
      • Make an Easter Garden to help you remember what happened on that first Easter. This video will give you some ideas:
      • Sending Easter cards is a great way to show someone that you love and care about them. Make an Easter card to show what happened at Easter and send it to someone. Make it bright and happy and it will make them smile. 
      • Easter is all about hope and new life. Design your own Easter egg using the template.
      • Play these games to test your knowledge about Easter: and
      • Go on an Easter egg hunt around your garden or outside space. Easter is a time to celebrate surprises. 
      • Write Mrs Morland an email to describe how you have celebrated Easter. Don't forget to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
      She Sells Sea Shells

      One of our challenges was to learn a tongue twister called She Sells Sea Shells which is all about Mary Anning. We know that it wasn't really seashells that she was selling but fossils she had discovered on the beach with her brother Joseph. Adam told us it was really hard to remember the rhyme so he decided that writing the words out and reading them lots of times would help him to learn them. Alicia was really proud of herself when she managed to remember all of it off by heart. Take a look at her video to find out more. Why do you think it is called a tongue twister?

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      Palm Sunday
      This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. Watch and listen to the story of what happened on that first Palm Sunday: Talk about what you have heard with an adult: what is your favourite part of the story? Which part of the story is the most important?
      Can you create your own palm leaf? Draw around your hand on green paper and cut it out. Then write a prayer on that leaf that we could say on Palm Sunday. Email your prayers so that we can share them with each other.
      Finish learning the Hosanna song. We started learning this song with Year Two. Learn the rest of it using this link: to help you remember the very important words the crowd shouted when they saw Jesus. Email your videos so that we can share them on this Palm Sunday. 
      Week Two at Home: Discovering Dinosaurs

      This week some of us have been deciding which dinosaur we think is the coolest. What do you think?

      Maths Home Learning Week 2

      Here are the worksheets for the next part of measuring and then starting multiplication. The website listed on the Home Learning Week 2 box will take you to individual videos to go with each one.

      Week Two Home Learning 27.03.20
      Here are learning challenges for this week. They do not need to be completed in any particular order and make sure you spread them out across the week.
      • Continue to use the free website to practise tricky words in particular 'Tricky Word Trucks' and 'Tricky Word Pairs'.
      • The Oxford Owl website is free to join at the moment and has a wide range of free books to download onto your tablet that will fit in the colour band you are reading at.
      • Learn the rhyme 'She Sells Sea Shells' off by heart. This is a tongue twister about Mary Anning the fossil hunter but we know that they weren't sea shells at all but fossils. There are lots of videos on the internet to help you learn it and putting actions will help you to remember the words. Please email any videos of this tricky task.
      • Complete the measuring and multiplication worksheets. If you click on the website and click on the videos for each lesson they will show you the key teaching ideas. 
      • Creative Maths Challenge. We know that we need to keep 2 metres away from each other at the moment but can you find 10 things that are 2 metres away from you?2 metres is about 3 footsteps or the length of a broom.
      • What do you think is the coolest dinosaur? Use the website and click on the dinosaur facts section to learn more about different dinosaurs. Decide which you think is the coolest and draw it and describe it using nouns, adjectives, capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Don't forget to explain why you think that dinosaur is the coolest using the magic word because. Now create that dinosaur's habitat, you can draw it, paint it or make it 3D!
      • Can you create your own dinosaur using just a cereal box and a pair of scissors? Follow this link: and watch the video to find out more. 
      • Keep emailing pictures and photographs of your work, whatever that might be, so that it can be added to our photo gallery.
      Week One at Home

      It has been a strange week not being at school but Year One have found lots of ways to learn at home.... Where will our learning journey take us next week?

      Enjoy the Sunshine! 25.03.20

      Good morning everyone, I hope that day 3 is going ok for you all. Today is a beautiful day and it is set to be fine for the rest of the week which is at least some good news! Take this opportunity, before the weather inevitably turns, to work outside. Fresh air is key to a healthy mind and body and Year One love to work outside whenever we can. Here are some ideas for creative ways to enjoy your time outside but don't forget to keep to the government guidelines regarding distance. I would love to see photos of what you have got up to and enjoy!

      Welcome to week one home learning. Here are some activities and suggestions to complete this week. 
      *Phonics. Use Phase 5 Tricky Word Trucks game to practise reading tricky words. These cover a wide range of ones they should already know and ones that will be new. Keep a list of ones they are struggling with so that you can keep practising those in particular. has a free subscription at the moment using the free access code: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS. Access the Phase 5 Tricky Word Pairs game for another way to practise reading tricky words.
      Those children in Mrs Pratt's phonics group should access the Phase 3 versions of these games.
      *Writing. Challenge the children to write an email to me. These can be a few sentences describing the favourite thing they have done or something new they can do. Pictures and photographs would also be welcome!
      *Reading. Share stories that you already have at home.
      *Maths. We have been learning about measuring so this half term. The booklets attached will help develop this understanding. I have also including the answers! If you follow this link to videos that provide further teaching: .
      Work for Year One during School Closure
      I will provide work, activities and suggestions for the children on a week-to-week basis given the situation we are finding ourselves in. 
      hope that this is useful for your child and that they can continue to enjoy learning at home.

      For each week there will be a specific phonics task, Maths activities as well as general challneges for reading and writing. I will keep updating things from my end to keep the children learning best we can!

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      Mrs Morland 
      Home Learning

      Structure to your child's day will help things seem a bit more like school. This weekly timetable will help but remember to keep the weekend blank!

      Keep On Moving!

      Keeping fit and active are vital now more than ever. Use your garden if you can as much as possible, Year One love to be outside. If that is not possible, Just Dance videos are great and I have also found a link to everyone's favourite Joe Wicks who will be starting 30 minute fun PE sessions at 9am Monday to Friday. Here it is : If you can't get your child outside, try to spend as much of the time inside as creatively as possible. The 100 Things to do Inside guide will give you lots of ideas I'm sure. I wonder who can do all 100 before we go back to school?

      Book Bingo!

      Congratulations to Aurelia, Oliver, Leia, Adam, Lily, Eliza, Laura, you have completed all eight challenges on our bingo board! We hope you enjoy your prizes. Lots of us have completed many of them and only have a few left to go. Who will be a bingo winner next?

      Unfortunately we are closing our doors after today to the vast majority of our children. This is a extremely tough and incredibly sad decision. I will keep you informed of activities and tasks you can do will your child and you all have my email address so please don't hesitate to contact me. 
      Firstly here are some pieces of advice and tips that should help to act as a guide during this strange and difficult time....
      • It is important to keep their days as structured as possible as this is what they are used to. Start by making a timetable together with allocated times for specific activities. A couple of hours work in the morning(with breaks) and another in the afternoon is more than enough. The work can and should take many different forms and I will continue to provide activities which should help. 
      • Make sure everyone is up, dressed and ready to start their day as decide on the timetable. You would do this when they are at school and the aim is to keep as many things as normal as possible. 
      • Where you can, keep watching television to the evenings as you usually would and use this time at home to play games such as Snakes and Ladders and dominoes. 
      • It is also wise to expect them to help with jobs around the house as they are there more to make more mess! Year One are brilliant at keeping the classroom tidy and this is a clear expectation for everyone so extend this to learning at home.
      • Don't forget about keeping fit and exercising. If you have a garden, use it especially whilst the weather is fine or use Just Dance videos from YouTube.
      I know that you will do all you can to help them learn at home and I am on hand to help in any way I can. Year One's page will be updated regularly with details for activities to support you, this will start from today.
      Here are a few suggestions to get you started..... 
      1. I have updated TT Rockstars and Numbots for your child. Please allow them time to do on this daily so that they can keep practising their arithmetic skills. It is really making a difference in the short space of time we have been using it but this will only continue if they keep practising. I will be checking their progress on this and will find a way to send their certificates. A few of you have said that your child's password is not working properly at home. If this is the case for you, check that you have put in our school's postcode (LS10 3SL) and that you have selected the correct school from the list. 
      2. Continue to listen to your child read. They will come home with their school reading books but also take the chance to read anything with them such as books you have at home already, magazines, road signs and street names. Don't forget about our class book bingo, you could use this time to complete any more challenges and I can email a certificate to you for your child when it is all completed.
      3. Phonics plays a HUGE part in Year One. A website that we use a lot is They are offering free subscriptions at the moment using the username:march20 and the password:home. They have a wide selection of games that the children can play on their tablets that will reinforce what they have already learnt. Those children in Mrs Pratt's phonics group-they know who they are, should access phase 3 and 4 games for the moment and everyone else should be working on phase 5. 
      I hope this helps so far and I will add more suggestions and tasks so keep looking at Year One's page for more details. As it states in the letter you received yesterday, I will check my emails regularly throughout each day and I will help in any way that I can, do not hesitate to ask. I would also love to see what you are all getting up to so email details and any photos or pictures and I will always reply! 
      Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time. Most importantly of all take care of yourselves and each other.
      Roarsome Dinosaurs!

      When we started our learning journey all about dinosaurs, we made a list of questions that we wanted to find the answers to. One of the questions was: how big are dinosaurs? We set to work finding out the answer. We used long, longer, short, shorter, tall and taller to compare dinosaurs. Next we used cubes and even our feet to measure dinosaur footprints. But we found a problem as some of us got different answers so we decided to measure in centimetres using rulers. We found some really tall and long dinosaurs!

      Shrove Tuesday

      This Shrove Tuesday, we decided to make our own pancakes! We followed the recipe so we knew what to do. It was hard work but they were delicious.

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