Welcome to Willow Class 2019-2020

Welcome to Willow Class!

Our entries in the talent show!

A letter from Mrs Nicholas and Mrs Richardson

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Term 6     Weeks  5  - 7       (29th June  -  13th July )

Term 6 - Week 4 Beginning 22nd June 2020

Term 6 - Week 3 Beginning 15th June 2020

Term 6 - Week 2 Beginning 8th June 2020

Term 6 - Week 1 Beginning 1st June 2020

Term 5 - Week 6  Beginning 18th May 2020

Term 5 - Week 3/4 Weeks beginning 4th and 11th May 2020

Term 5 – Under the sea  Monday 20th April 2020

Hello Willow class, hope you are all well and had a lovely Easter. We have put some more ideas of activities that can be done at home.

Our topic this term would have been ‘Under the sea’ and our story Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary. Here are some ideas for doing your own mini topic:

Research some creatures that live in the sea and make your own information book with pictures and information.

  • Make an under the sea picture using paint/crayon/collage.
  • Create junk modelling sea creatures.
  • Watch Andy’s Aquatic Adventures on Cbeebies.
  • Listen to the story of Dougals Deep Sea Diary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULjWgbz1nDw




Use the different recommended websites and games on our letter to continue practising the maths skills we have already learnt!

Here are new skills you can practise with your children at home:

Counting in 10’s – find objects that can be put in groups of tens to count e.g small toys, pasta, pegs etc. Draw circles and fill with 10 dots that then be counted in 10’s.

  • Make equal groups of amounts. Divide groups of objects into equal groups, e.g divide 15 crayons into equal groups of 5. Is there another way can divide the crayons equally?

Use white rose website to help with these activities, year 1 summer block.   https://whiterosemaths.com/

BBC bitesize also has lots of great games and resources for Year 1 maths. Try the 2's 5's and 10's times table games. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8


Science:  Wonderful Weather


  • What do you know about the seasons and their weather?
  • Watch a weather forecast.
  • Research the 4 seasons - write some poems, draw pictures, think about what clothes you need.
  • Make a rain catcher: get an empty bottle and ask a grown up to cut the top off. Put some lines on your bottle so you can measure the rain. Put the bottle in your garden, balcony or windowsill! Each day record how much rain has fallen!
  • Have fun with shadows: go outside and jump and chase your shadows. Inside use lights and torches to make shadows. You could make shadows animals with your hands or puppets.




We have created daily ideas of the sounds, tricky words and games to play.

BBC bite size has videos and games for all the sounds for Phase 2 and 3 if your child needs to revise those sounds.

They also have useful games on spelling and grammar! https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv

Please take photos of your home learning to share with us when we are back at school.


Love from Mrs Hudson and Mrs Hughes



We hope you and your families are ok, in these strange times. We are  missing you and can’t wait to be back in the classrooms with you all. All of your messages and pictures have been lovely to see and it’s nice to know that you are all busy and keeping healthy.

We thought you might like to know what we have been getting up to whilst we have been off.

Mrs Hughes

I have kept myself busy since we haven’t been in school -

- completed White Rose activities with Jacob and Emily every day.

- baked chocolate brownies and cookies.

- reading Harry Potter with my children.

- tried to take my nail varnish off as Archie’s mum usually does it for me!

- painted my bathroom.

Mrs Hudson

I have also kept myself busy since we haven’t been in school -

- taught Harry how to ride a scooter.

-completed some crafts.

- baked lots.


Thank you to the parents/carers for all the supportive messages, we really appreciate it!

Please remember that you can contact us and remember that we are still here for you and your children even though you are not in school!

Over Easter, we will be thinking lots about CHOCOLATE! Please see the document below for activities and ideas linked one of our favourite food.

It  is also really important to continue reading as much as possible whilst you are not at the school.


Reading Ideas

 Hi All

Hope you’re all well and are looking after each other! Our main priory is for your child to happy and healthy, we will continue to add lots of ideas for learning but please let your child pick and choose what they would like to do. The most important activity for a Year One child is Reading, whether they are listening and discussing stories with you, reading packaging labels, playing on phonics play, finding sounds around the house or actually reading a book……it’s all important! Playing, singing, dancing, crafts, painting, being outside in the garden all are brilliant opportunities for learning.

This is a difficult time for all and explaining to a young child can be tricky. Below is a book from Nurse Dotty Books that was written for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

Love From Mrs Hughes and Mrs Hudson

School Closure Activities for Year 1


Home Learning  23.3.20 - 3.4.20

Learning Videos

Ideas for Physical Exercise at home


https://www.cosmickids.com - Fantastic fun yoga stories for children.




Learning Games and Activities

www.topmarks.co.uk - Educational games for different areas of the curriculum.

www.ictgames.co.uk - English and Maths games.

https://uk.ixl.com/ - An American site with simple activities. English and Maths are split into different topics for each year group.

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk  - This has games and information on a range of subjects.

www.crickweb.co.uk -  Educational games and information for different areas of the curriculum. 

www.funbrain.com -  Stories to read and games to play. You can browse by age level

www.activityvillage.co.uk - Lots of different activities including colouring in pages, origami, recipe ideas and doodle books.

http://mrspancake.com -  Lots of different fun activities.

https://www.kiddle.co  - Kiddle is a child friendly search engine by google.

www.natgeokids.com -   A lovely site for children to learn more about animals, wildlife and the world around them.

 www.nasa.gov/kidsclub - Fun facts and games about space.

 www.code.org - There are courses and games for learning how to code on this great website. All courses are free of charge and have a really good range of levels.

Reading and Phonics


 Phonics play has a huge range of fun phonics games for all levels in the Early years and KS1, It is currently free using the log on: 

 Username: march20   Password: home. 

Year One are currently learning phase 5 but please consolidate the previous phases. 


Fun comics to read linked to the children's current phonics level.


This website has lots of different books for the children to read split into their current book bands.


 Maths open ended activities for EYFS and KS1.pdfDownload
 Quick Lesson Ideas.docxDownload
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https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/ - This is the scheme our school uses. It has short videos and activities to complete at home. 

https://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/activities-for-children - Advice and activities on how to help your child with maths at home.

www.mathszone.co.uk - Maths games.

Addition facts

Spend 5 minutes practising your number facts under 20. Eg 5 + 7=    4 + 9 =

Link to a website for practising your numberbonds:


Maths Games

Have a go at inventing your own maths game.

Link to a blog on maths games:


One more and one less

Get some raisins, grapes, cereal pieces. Place some on a plate. If the grown up with you says ‘one more’, add one more and say what number you have now. If they say ‘one less’, eat one and count how many you have left.

Ask a grown up to give you some toys. Count how many you have. Can you put out another group of toys so you have one more and then one less?

Build a tower with bricks. Can you build another tower with one more brick? Can you build another with one less brick?



Make your own tens frames or print some off the internet and use counters, or anything you can find to use instead of counters (raisins, grapes, cereal pieces etc…..). Choose 2 numbers 1-digit numbers to add together , e.g. 7 + 5. On your tens frame set out 7 on one thing, e.g. raisins and then add another 5 of something else e.g. cereal pieces. Have you filled a tens frame? How many are in the next tens frame? What is your answer? Try this adding different numbers. You can also draw them out.

Link to video on using tens frames to add  (2nd activity on video)


Number bonds to 10

Practise your number bonds to 10 by playing the ‘Total of 10’ card game

Can you think of any new rules for playing this game?

Link to the ‘Total of 10’ card game:




Use your tens frames and counters from the addition activity to practise subtracting. Make the first number using the tens frame and subtract the number of counters/ pieces to work out how many you now have. Try it with different numbers.

Watch the 3rd activity on the video:


Represent different numbers

Make your own tens frames or print some off the internet and use counters, or anything you can find to use instead of counters (raisins, grapes, cereal pieces etc…..) Start by using one tens frame to make numbers up to 10, then use a second tens frame to show numbers up to 20. You can also draw them out.

Link to video on using tens frames and counters to make numbers (see 2nd activity)


Fractions of amounts

Use some raisins, grapes, cereal pieces to help you find   ,  and  of a set of objects. Use your teddies to help you. If your finding  - share them between 2 of your teddies,  – share them between 4 of your teddies and  – share them between 3 of your teddies. Once you have done this, ask your grown up to draw some bar models (Split a rectangle 2 to work out  , 3 to work out  and 4 to work out

Link to video for finding fractions of amounts using the bar model:


Fractions of shapes

Find things you can cut into halves and quarters, e.g a pizza, a cake, an apple.

Ask your grown up to draw some circles on a page. Can you split them into halves and quarters?


Link to video on fractions of shapes:


Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10

Use raisins, grapes, cereal pieces etc… to help you practise counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.

Group into 2s to practise counting in 2s, group into 5 to practise counting in 5s and into 10 to practise counting in 10s.

Once you’ve done it with the objects, draw out circles to help you practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.


Time to o’clock and half past

Ask your grown up to draw a number line from 1-12 and cut out an arrow (this will be your hour hand). Each number represents an hour on the clock, so if the arrow points to 1 it is showing 1 o’clock. Position your arrow on different numbers and read out the time. Then put your arrow half way between 2 numbers. This represents half past, so if your arrow is half way between 2 and 3, it is half past 3.

Next draw a round clock and do the same with just one hand. Once you are happy telling the time with one hand, you can make a 2nd longer hand. This is your minute hand. Where should it point for o’clock? Where should it point for half past?


Link to video on telling the time to o’clock and half past:


Read and write numbers from 1-20 in numbers and in words

Make 1-20 number cards and one to twenty word cards out of paper.

Have a go at matching up the numbers and words. Play the memory game, by turning all your cards over and taking it in turns to pick 2 cards. If the number and word matches, you get to keep both cards. The winner is the person with the most pairs at the end.


2D shapes and 3D shapes

How many 2D and 3D shapes can you name? Go round your house/garden and make a list of all the circles, squares, rectangles and triangle shapes you can see. Can you find any other 2D shapes? Then go round looking for 3D shapes (cubes, cuboids, cylinders and spheres). Can you find any others?

Ask your grown up to cut out some 2D shapes. Can you make different pictures with them? Try drawing out a picture using just 2D shapes.


Follow a recipe to bake some biscuits or cakes. Can you weigh out all the ingredients yourself?

Find food in your kitchen, such as a tin of beans. Can you find something which is heavier and something which is lighter?



Ask your group up for some money. Can you identify all the coins?

Can you make 10p? Can you find a different way to make 10p, using different coins? Try this for different amounts of money


Find something in your house you could use to measure with. They all need to be the same size e.g. counters, lego bricks, paper clips etc…. Choose different objects, such as a pen or book. Estimate how many counters etc… long it will be and then use them to measure what it actually is. Can you find different things round your house which are longer/shorter.


Term 4  -  How and where do Pirates go?

This term we completed our Lego Education Discovery Challenge! All the children worked incredibly hard. We became architects and drew our own town designs and became the engineers to actually build them! In our final session the children worked in their small team to complete their towns. They had such creative and imaginative ideas, we had schools, swimming pools, cafes, farms and even a mini Jump! Once they had built them they took it in turns to share their towns with the rest of the class and even Mr Shortwood came to see them! Well done Willow Class!

Term 3  - What do you know about Dinosaurs? 

In Willow Class this term we are taking part in the Lego Education Discovery programme. It is called Boomtown Build! We are going to be learning to think and behave like architects and engineers: developing our ability to observe, question, gather information and ask more questions.

During the sessions we will work together in teams, share ideas, take turns and experience the Engineering Design Process. 

This week we have been finding out about the names and features of different dinosaurs. We went outside and measured how big the T-Rex and the Diplodocus would have been. They were huge!

Term 2 - Where does fire come from? 

This week we have been very lucky and had 2 different visitors. 


On Wednesday we had our local community Police Officer Sean come and visit and talk about road safety. We talked about how to stay safe walking to and from school and how to keep our selves safe in the car by wearing seat belts!


We also had a visit from one of our parents who brought in their African Land Snail Fleur. We learnt about how to look after them, what they eat and why they have shells. We are going be keeping Fleur in our class this term to look after! 

Term 1 - Where do we live? 

We love sharing our learning with our parents/carers.

On 2.10.19, we watched a national railway safety talk and story.

We learnt:


Aisha - We shouldn’t throw anything onto the tracks.

Jimmy - Don’t go onto the tracks.

Caitlin -  Stay behind the line on the platform.

Aarav - Walk carefully on the platform and level crossings.

Kia - If you accidentally drop something on the platform you have to tell someone who works on the railway.

Bob - Stay with your grown up and hold their hand.  

30.9.19 Today we order amounts in cubes in pairs.  Kyle said " 7 is greater than 3!"  Aarav said "4 is fewer than 9."

In English, we have been learning all about the features and layout of instructions. We followed instructions to make a goat and then wrote our own to help others. Our favourite bit was learning about bossy verbs (imperative verbs) and being bossy to our friends. 

In Computing this term, we will be using the Beebots and online games to achieve these objectives:

  • Follow and give instructions using forward, backward and whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns.
  • Control remote controlled and programmable toys using direction and turn.
  • Predict the effect of a given instruction on a programmable toy.
  • Plan and test a sequence of instructions
  • Debug a sequence of instructions .
  • Know that controlling a programmable toy is more precise than a remote controlled toy.
  • Use an on screen resource to replicate movements of a programmable toy.
  • Plan and test a sequence of instructions on screen.
  • Use direction and turn cards to plan and record an algorithm to achieve a purpose using a remote controlled toy.
  • Predict what a given algorithm will do related to a real life context
  • Write their own algorithm relating to a real life context.
  • Debug a given algorithm. 

We have been practising our phonics outside! We have been writing our phase 3 sounds on the ground in chalk. 

On Thursday afternoons we have a PE session with our sports coach Mr Denyer. We have been learning different skills such as target throwing and team games.  

On Monday 9th September, we followed instructions to make a pitta pizza. Some children loved them but others thought they were horrible!

We have been learning about the different handwriting families and have been doing lots of different activities to practice writing them. Our favourite one was making the letters in the shaving foam.