Dear Parents and Children,
I hope you are all well and being very good for your parents. I have been really impressed with the work you have been doing online, some of you have completed nearly all the work that has been set.
I thought I would go over some of the tasks that are set for this week.
If you haven’t done so already listen to the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ (click here), then see if you can answer my quiz questions (click here).
⭐Well done Max, Adam and Isaac G, for completing the quiz! ⭐
- Write a recipe for something that might go into Mr Grinling’s lunch.
- Write a set of instructions that will teach someone how to make a delicious sandwich for Mr Grinling’s lunch.
As I mentioned in my last letter it is really important that that you keep reading. You have access to Oxford Reading Buddy, where you will find a range of eBooks. I have been able to move a few people up a stage, well done to those! Don’t forget to take the quiz when you have read the book a few times, this way I can see how well you are reading.
(This website can be difficult to access, as it is in such high demand at the moment. I am finding Firefox is the best browser for this site currently.)
Grammar, Punctuation & Spellings
I have allocated games and quizzes on Active Learn and SPaG.com for you to complete. SPaG.com is more test based, so complete a grammar lesson and activity on Active Learn first, then see if there is a quiz connected to it on SPaG.com. Most will have a matching quiz.
You also have your grammar book which was sent home in your home learning pack.
The summer term spellings can be found here and on the class page, and you can test your knowledge of them on Spelling Shed.
As recommended previously Phonics Play, with a focus on phase 5 phonics, is a great website to use. There are links to other phonics games on the Year 1 page. I will be setting some phonics challenges after the half term. You may also find these activities useful:
Phonics – Phase 3 Home Learning Challenges
Phonics – Phase 4 Home Learning Challenges
Phonics – Phase 5 Home Learning Challenges
This week we are finishing off the ‘Time’ topic and moving onto ‘Money’: I have set the following three activities on My Maths:
- Talking About Time
- Comparing Time 1
- Recognising Coins
Well done to those who are completing these tasks each week. If you haven’t completed them so far, you can still do so, even if the ‘due date’ has passed.
There are also activities on Active Learn and Times Table Rock Stars, as well as other activities and websites on the Year 1 page.
After half term I will be setting some new topics that we would be covering in school. For now please try and complete the tasks I set out at the beginning of this term (see below).
Plants is our topic for science this term, which would normally involve us going outside to investigate the different plants we have in our area. This can be difficult for some to do safely at the moment, but here are a few ideas of what you can do from your home.
- Think about what season it is. Look out of a window, what clues are there to tell us which season it is now? Which season is your favourite? Why?
- Look for the biggest and smallest plant you can see through your window, or in your garden or home. What is the same about them? What is different? What if there were no plants? Which things in your home would be missing if there were no plants? Don’t forget to check the fridge!
There are also links to this topic under the science section on the year 1 page.
History – Seaside Holidays in the Past
During this topic we will investigate what we like about seaside holidays today, before taking a look at seaside holidays in the past. We will look back to Victorian seaside holidays, why they became popular and how holidays have changed since.
First make a list of all the things you enjoy doing at the seaside. Then watch the following videos:
BBC Magic Grandad – The Promenade
BBC Magic Grandad – The Beach
BBC Magic Grandad – Entertainment
- Write a postcard home, written over 100 years ago, describing a seaside holiday.
- Children discuss the reasons they might have for going on a seaside holiday NOW and THEN. Think of the different reasons why people might have gone 100 years ago.
- Look at the list you first made of things that you like doing at the seaside. Could children 100 years ago do these things?
- Try completing these Interactive Activities.
During the week I will be phoning home just to catch up on what you have been up to and to make sure you aren’t having any problems with the home learning.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you and missing you all!