Year 1, you won’t beLEAF what we have in store this week!


Hello everyone! We hope you are enjoying our new In the Garden topic and that you have been able to spend lots of time outside, as that’s what makes this topic so great. We know the sun is hiding a little at the moment, so you might want to keep your wellies and raincoats at the ready!

It’s been wonderful to see your knowledge of bees developing, and also the valiant efforts you have gone to in order to save the bees flying around Gosforth! It has also been great to hear that you have been receiving your mini meadows; you will have to keep us posted on how they develop over the next six weeks! You may have noticed that we have borrowed one of your lovely posters as the Featured Image at the top of our blog this week. I love the phrase ‘Gosforth Get Planting’ – perhaps we should turn it into a hashtag to encourage people to save our bees!

We have changed the layout of our blog from this week. This means that, if you like, you can access exactly what we will be doing in school at the exact same time! However, please continue to take what you need, when you need it.

Grown ups – I had originally added documents within each lesson/day (these are still available), but then I thought it would be easier for you to have an option to ‘download all’. I have popped this here as best I can due to 8MB allowances on files; hopefully the files are clearly labelled to match up with lessons. Video links will still need accessed via the blog itself.

This week’s Phonics and Literacy
This week’s Numeracy
This week’s Topic and STEM
This week’s Just Because!
Up to Date WRM
Up to Date WRM Alternatives

This should make further sense as you read through this week’s blog. Enjoy!

Marvellous Monday 8th June 2020

Funky Phonics
Can you read all of these high frequency words throughout the day? I have attached all sheets so that you can find where you feel confident, and which words you would like to practise. If you can read them all, try writing five of them in sentences without peeking!
Phase 2 HFW Sheet
Phase 3 HFW Sheet
Phase 4 HFW Sheet
Phase 5 HFW Sheet

Lovely Literacy: SPAG
This week, verbs are going to be very useful. Can you remember what a verb is? It is a doing word; it describes an action. How many can you think of?

Little Miss Bossy has come from Dillydale to visit her friend Bee! Bee is very polite and uses longer sentences, whereas Little Miss Bossy prefers to use bossy (imperative) verbs to give short instructions or commands. 
Challenge 1:Create a column for Bee and a column for Little Miss Bossy. Then write the sentences to match who would say or write each sentence below:
Please very carefully lift the lid off the box.
Lift the lid off the box.
Remove the pie from the oven.
Please will you gently remove the pie from the oven?
When you have time, check to see if the paint is dry.
Check to see if the paint is dry.

Challenge 2: When do we use imperative verbs? Why don’t you look at a range of texts and games to find out!

Challenge 3: Spot the imperative verb. What do you notice about where the verb is found? (beginning or end?)
First, list the ingredients for the recipe.
Jump on the spot.
Next, cut along the dotted line.
Stick the picture in the middle of the card.

Challenge 4: Bee Needs Your Help!
Bee needs to learn the names of colourful plants here in Gosforth. Can you identify five plants he might like? We will be using the app ‘Seek by iNaturalist’ to research and read the plant types. We trialled this last week with our overgrown, weed-filled planters that are our new work-in-progress. Turns out Archibald was growing parsley! Who knew?! Here is our starting point; watch this space!

Magical Maths
White Rose Maths continue to share content that matches with what we will be learning at school. Please access the videos (w/c 18th May) here. Below you will find the supporting materials.

White Rose Maths: Lesson 1 – Comparing Lengths and Heights

Supporting Answers

Terrific Topic: Art
Share the story ‘Planting a Rainbow’

How many colours can you find in your garden?
Use Page 3 of the attachment below for your hunt (or the wheel).

Can you use paint to create a colour wheel as colourful as the garden? Try starting with only the primary colours and mixing them to create secondary in between. If you have lots of excess paint, you could store it for the next Art challenge later in the week!

Colour Wheel for painting:

Super STEM: Dead, Alive, Never Alive…
We are all alive! What do we know that tells us that we are alive? All living things do things to stay alive; these are called life processes. Animals, including humans, do these things. Plants also do these things, but in a slightly different way. We can remember these things by thinking about… Mrs Gren! You don’t need to know these off by heart, but it is fascinating to know:

Movement – all living things can move and grow.
Respiration – all living things breathe.
Sensitivity – all living things can feel; they detect changes to the surroundings.

Growth – all living things grow.
Reproduction – all living things make new life. Animals, including humans, have young. Plants create more seeds.
Excretion – all living things get rid of waste products. For humans, this means going to the toilet!
Nutrition – all living things need food to gain energy.

Learn more here:

Task: Reinforce all this new vocabulary by looking for the words in this word search: Life Processes Word Search

PSHE: Exploring our New Normal
I’m sure you’ve noticed that things have been a little different as of late. You will have been trying really hard to stay close to home, not going to clubs and even learning at home! This is because we are all trying really hard not to spread germs at the moment as lots of people have become very poorly.

We have always known that giving our friends personal space is important, and we always ask before we give out our hugs, but this is more important than ever at the moment. Enjoy this song about personal space and have a chat with your grown ups about why it is so important to stay 2 metres apart from people we do not live with at the moment, and how this makes you feel.

You may also enjoy this story: Coronavirus: A Book for Children.

Terrific Tuesday 9th June 2020

Funky Phonics
Can you access and carry out a game of Buried Treasure? Why don’t you try to revise all if you are ready?

Lovely Literacy: Help Bee Learn
Can you go outside and find these parts on a variety of plants?
Roots – can you see them? Why/why not?

Today we would like you to label the parts of a plant. Remember labels will only be one or two words; not a sentence. Use this resource to help you complete the task: Labelling a plant worksheet.

Magical Maths
Please access the videos (w/c 18th May) here. Below you will find the supporting materials.

White Rose Maths: Lesson 2 – Measure Length

Supporting Answers

Terrific Topic: Art
At the beginning of the week you explored creating secondary colours of the colour wheel. Can you mix a set of colours to create a Rainbow Garden, too? You might like to have each colour of the rainbow, or you might pick one colour and create tints and tones by adding white and black paint. The choice is yours!

PSHE: Exploring our New Normal
We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s song about keeping personal space between us and people we do not live with. Today I would like to teach you a song about the importance of handwashing! It is to the tune of ABC. Can you sing it with the help of our hero Super Soap?


Wonderful Wednesday 10th June 2020

Funky Phonics
Read my captions and draw a picture to match!

The boys shout as they play outside.
We can bake an apple pie today.
Children like to visit the seaside and eat fish and chips.
I enjoy living in the city.
My small puppy hurt his paw.

Lovely Literacy: Help Bee do his job!
We are going to create an information text, with the heading Brilliant Bees. You can make your own or use our template – ideally print double sided, flipping along the short edge should you wish to use it. Alternatively, stick the two sheets together!

We would like you to record a paragraph teaching me all about plants – this could be your subheading, which tells me what I’m about to learn about. Think about the following:
Why are the roots useful?
How does water travel round the plant?
What do the leaves do?
Why are colourful petals/flowers useful?

Magical Maths
Please access the videos (w/c 18th May) here. Below you will find the supporting materials.

White Rose Maths: Lesson 3 – Measure Length (2)

Supporting Answers

Terrific Topic
Art: Continue to complete your art work. You might like to use a fine line pen to add small details now that it is dry.

Super STEM
Challenge 1: Science
Using all of your new knowledge of Mrs Gren, can you decide if the following are living, dead or never alive?

Challenge 2: DT
As the last week has been Garden Wildlife Week, why not keep up the great efforts and make a bee watering station. You only need a bowl and some pebbles to help our hardworking bees. If you can look at the visiting bees closely enough you may even see their little tongues!

PE: Developing catching skills through cricket:
Catching Skills

PSHE: All Are Welcome!
There has been lots in the news lately about people not being treated fairly due to their race. This is a tricky conversation to have with you all, but it is a very sad and unfair way to be in 2020 and we must work together to make a change.

We are a No Outsiders school and we have always celebrated each other’s differences, and not let our differences become a barrier to friendships. We are all part of the human race and need to ensure every person is cared for, and feels safe regardless of race or creed. However, at the moment, it is very important to really think carefully about people who may not feel as safe or be as included.

Please share this story all about kindness, inclusivity and diversity.

Thinking Thursday 11th June 2020

Funky Phonics
Read a story to someone in your family.
Pick one page – how many digraphs (two letters making one sound) can you find? Are there any split digraphs?

Lovely Literacy: Help Bee do his job!
Today, we would like you to add to your information text using the template. In the next section, we would like you to record a paragraph on why bees are so important in ensuring plants continue to grow and reproduce. Why are bees so important? What job do they do as they move from flower to flower? Remember to use a subheading! Hopefully you can draw upon last week’s research!

Magical Maths
Please access the videos (w/c 18th May) here. Below you will find the supporting materials.

White Rose Maths: Lesson 4 – Introduce Weight and Mass

Supporting Answers

Already covered this earlier in Lockdown? No problem!
White Rose Maths: Lesson 4 – Alternative

Supporting Answers

Super STEM
Mrs Gren’s Super Challenge! Choose three items and convince your grown up why they are dead, alive or never alive. Use Mrs Gren to help you! Remember:
Alive – follows life processes.
Dead – was once living, or part of a living thing or animal.
Never Alive – made from non-living materials.

You can use this document if you like or you can simply talk about it: Living, Dead or Never Alive Activity Sheet.

PE: Developing communication skills through cricket:
Communication Skills

PSHE: All Are Welcome Here!
After yesterday’s story,  we would love for you to start developing your knowledge on ways to include people who you meet. Some people do not speak English as their first language. Can you research how to say hello in five different languages? This way, you will be able to make people feel welcome.

Fabulous FriYAY 12th June 2020

Funky Phonics
Read for pleasure!

Lovely Literacy: Help Bee do his job!
Hopefully you have all now received your mini meadow. This is a great way to help Bee do his job. Your final task this week, is to use your bossy verb knowledge to record instructions for planting these seeds. This will fill the final section of your template. Why not challenge yourself by using time connectives (first, next, then) and adverbs (how to do something), too!

Magical Maths
Please access the videos (w/c 18th May) here. Below you will find the supporting materials. Remember on a Friday to share your work with us on Twitter and use #WRMChallenge and #BitesizeChallenge.
White Rose Maths: Lesson 5 – Family Challenge Friday
Supporting Answers

Super STEM: DT
This week, we would like you to put your measuring skills into practice by making a kite! You will need to measure the shape of your covering design and cut it out. Bin liners make great covers. You will also have to create a strong frame. We might even try creating the shape of a minibeast, but the choice is yours! Good luck and please send us videos of you flying your finished products! The suggestion is that the shorter covering edge is 30cm and the longer covering edge is 40cm. Here are some tips for the general kite shape:

PSHE: All Are Welcome!
Can you remember when we learned about Rosa Parks? She was discriminated against for her race; she had to sit in certain seats on the bus, use certain toilets and go to a certain school because she was black. We agreed at the time that this was unfair and we were pleased to learn that the laws were eventually changed. Can you learn about other influential black and minority ethnic people such as Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela who have brought about change?

Magnificent Makaton
Sing a Rainbow! This week, we will be putting together our own version of this video. Can you and your family create one too? We will share our version next week as we still have some colours to gather. Remember to send it to our email so that we can connect all our learning together.

Just because!

For those of you who are up-to-date with White Rose Maths:
We are aware that some of you have been able to access maths frequently and are therefore working in line with WRM weekly dates. Attached are the resources if you are in that position.

We will be covering this w/c 22nd June as we are two weeks behind to ensure all content is available.

Videos for w/c 8th June 2020 can be found here.

Lesson 1 – Count in 2s
Lesson 2 – Count in 5s
Lesson 3 – Count in 10s
Lesson 4 – Make Equal Groups
Lesson 1 – 4 – Answers

Already completed some of these earlier in Lockdown? No problem!
Click here.
Lesson 3
Lesson 4

For those of you who would like some additional resources:
You might like to download a 100 square to support pattern spotting when counting in multiples, adding and subtracting. Tens Frames are also useful for addition and subtraction – just add objects!

For those of you who would like some additional activities:
Number Formation 0-9
Number Formation 11- 20
Key Stage 1 Addition and Subtraction Emoji Activities
Key Stage 1 Multiplication Emoji Activities – please note, we usually write these as x2, x5 and x10; however the children have been taught that the numbers may appear in a different order, and therefore an array would look different, but give the same answers. We also refer to ‘x’ and ‘groups of…’ at this age. Children should be encouraged to use objects and create groups to help them solve. This shows the depth of understanding.
Year 1 Multiplication and Division Booklet – please note, multiples of 3 is actually a Year 2 objective, but feel free to explore.
Minibeast Colour by Addition and Subtraction

Common Exception Words Word Search Sheets

We had been joining some letters back when we were all together. Can you recap your individual letter formation? Make sure to always start in the correct spot as it helps with joining.
Handwriting Enhancement Sheets


We hope you have another wonderful week; we can’t wait to see what you get up to. Please continue to send us photos and videos so that we can connect this all together with our school learners, too!

Love Miss White, Mr Bourke, Mr Holman, Mrs Corrigan and Mrs Conway x