Welcome to Year 1!

The staff in Year 1 are:

Mrs Eccles 1E

Mrs Boylan 1E

Mrs Gopsill 1G

Miss Williams 1W

Mrs Neale

Ms Reilly

Mrs Lloyd

Year 1 activities to complete at home:

Well done everyone who has logged onto bug club and purple mash and completed the set tasks. We are really impressed that you are working hard at home. Keep checking the website and of course Mersey Park Twitter to see what Mrs Gopsill and Miss Williams are up to.

 

Looking after Yourself

If you or your child is feeling stressed at this difficult time please visit the Childline Calm Zone for ideas, activities, games and videos to help you and your child keep calm.

 

Click the following link for advice for families coping with school closure:

How families can cope with self-isolation

 

Social distancing will takes its toll on all of us and it’s more important than ever that we look after our mental health. Yoga and Mindfulness are great ways to promote positive mental health and they can be done indoors without any fancy equipment. Please click here to access Yoga and Mindfulness resources. These sessions are perfect for families to do together to help everyone stay calm and relaxed through this difficult time.

 

Challenge Yourself!

Below is a link to 14 days of activities for your children. Each activity is hyperlinked to a resource on the ELSA Support website. If you click the BLUE TITLE of each activity it will take you to a page on the ELSA website.

14 Day Home Challenge

30 Day Coping Calendar

Try to also choose an activity each day to complete from the coping calendar below:

 

Non- Screen Activities

Below is a link to 25 non-screen activities your child could complete at home. Both fun and educational!

Non-screen activities

 

Keeping Active

Want to keep active at home? Then click here for free access to home training programmes for all ages.

You can also tune in to ‘P.E. with Joe’ on his YouTube Channel ‘The Body Coach’ Monday- Friday 9am- 9.30am.

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home offers free:
• Movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos
• Downloadable curricular activities
• Recommended off-screen home activities

Click here to sign up.

 

Up for a short physical challenge? Check out these 60 second challenges:

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/60-second-physical-activity-challenges

 

Here are some activities for you to try, created in partnership with Complete PE, and you can download any of them from the following link. Find a daily activity by following them on their Twitter @YouthSportTrust.

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/pe-home-learning

 

This leaflet from Striver explains all the different yoga poses and how to do them.  Would be great to post some photos of the family having a go on the A Place to Talk email on the website’s homepage!
Yoga Poses

 

The Family Fit Club produce fun themed workout videos that children and their families can access completely free. The videos are for all the family, regardless of their age or ability and were designed by children and PE teachers to ensure that that all children stay engaged and have fun!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgKRZDCAseDn8JZFXivMeLg

 

Young Champions has been created to provide children with home practice sessions to develop fitness, motor and sports skills. It will help children of all ages and abilities to play sport to the best of their ability and keep them active and healthy. A parent/carer should follow the link below to sign you up to access the videos:

https://www.amaven.co.uk/young-champions?code=directamaven&utm_source=ZohoCampaigns&utm_campaign=Young+Champions+Direct+Amaven&utm_medium=email

 

Twinkl Resources

Twinkl is a website containing thousands of teaching and learning resources. The website is offering a FREE membership for ALL PARENTS. Please click on the link to sign up and make use of this fabulous resource:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/sign-up

 

Phonics

Please use the following links for extra support with teaching phonics at home:

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/digital-flashcards

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds

 

Writing

Radioblogging.net broadcast a live show every morning at 9.30am.  It is fun and interactive with a new educational task every day.  Just listen and blog –  they might read your writing out on their live show.

Radioblogging.net 

 

Here are some examples of writing activities and games your child could complete at home:

https://www.letterjoin.co.uk/

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-1-2.html

https://writers.scholastic.co.uk/free-resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks1/english/

 

Reading

Your child has been given their Bug Club username and password.This is a resource containing age appropriate books for your child to read at home. The books will be updated regularly by the class teacher (school code- ga6a).

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login.php?c=0

James Mayhew, a children’s author, is reading a story every school day at 3pm.  Click here to visit his YouTube channel.

Audible (by Amazon) are instantly streaming  an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help children to continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. Click here to read your favourite stories.

Why not listen to a story being read?

https://www.storylineonline.net/

Need help to find suitable books for your child? Follow the link below:

https://www.booksfortopics.com/homebooks

Listen to Oliver Jeffers ‘A Book a Day’ story telling every day:

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/

As a response to school closures, National Literacy Trust have developed a comprehensive web portal for parents, to support you during this time. Over the next days, weeks and months they will be updating the website as often as they can with new and useful content for parents. Visit their website below:

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/

 

Other useful reading links:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/read-with-oxford/

Below is a chart of reading ideas to complete at home:

 

Maths

As you will be probably aware we are using the scheme ‘White Rose’ to support our teaching of Maths in school. The website is organising online training videos and activities for you to use at home. This is going to be an EXTREMELY valuable resource to use at home with your child. Please visit the following link to access the materials to support your child’s home learning.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

 

Click here to see ‘White Rose Problem of the Day’. (KS1- page 1 of problems, KS2- page 2 of problems).

 

All children should have been given their username and password for the following links. Please use their login details to access these maths tools at home. If you do not know your child’s username and password then don’t worry, the websites are offering free access- just sign up!

https://ttrockstars.com/home

https://numbots.com/

 

Below are additional links to maths resources and activities for your child to complete at home:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1numeracy.html

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/

 

Science

Indoor Science activities from ‘British Science Association’:

https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=98479b73-453a-4390-b367-c8613e37c578

Outdoor Science activities from ‘British Science Association’:

https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=fd30d8de-fc23-45d8-93f1-d2eead8f13bf

 

Here are some more links to science activities and games your child could complete at home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6svr82

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks1/science/

 

History

Below are links to history resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=13&AgeGroup=2

 

Geography

Below are links to Geography resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/kids-club/

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1geography.html

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks1/geography/

 

Online Safety and Computing

Click here for Online Safety activities for the whole family at home.

Below are some more Online Safety resources:

Think U Know activity pack for children aged 5-7

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Please download Bee-Bot in the app store. This is a free game that allows children to practise moving Bee-Bot around a maze.

Learn to code with the following link:

https://www.j2e.com/j2code/

 

Art and Design

Mo Willems (author and illustrator) has announced that he will be teaching drawing every weekday on YouTube to kids who are now at home. Mo will be having sessions called ‘Lunch Doodles’ where he will occupy the little ones by doodling together with them. Click the following link to visit his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14hRqd0PELGbKihHuTqx_pbvCLqGbOkF

We have found some brilliant drawing activities online, and have therefore put together the following gallery. We hope you have fun! I think the teachers will enjoy having a go at some of these too.

P4C- Philosophy for Children

There will lots of resources available each week (for every year group) to get kids thinking and talking with their parents. The resources will change every Friday. There will be many games, questions, stories and riddles. Solutions to riddles will follow the next week. Please click the link below to access these free P4C resources:

https://www.thephilosophyman.com/brainsqueezers

 

Music

We thought as we can’t do our Easter service in school you might like to look at these free resources and practice a new Easter song:

https://www.popuk.org/store/heisalive

Beat Goes On- Body percussion online sessions. Delivered by Ollie Tunmer former STOMP cast member and teacher. Click the link to visit his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-iOnF1dIM8eagPO05SMnRQ

Below are more links to music resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.fun2think.com/free-online-music-making-for-kids/

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

 

Religious Education

Below are links to R.E. resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/subjects/re

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zxnygk7

 

Spanish

Below are links to Spanish resources for your children to use at home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zhyb4wx

 

Fancy doing something a little different?

Why don’t you have a go at entering ‘The Secret Garden Competition’? Follow the link below for more details:

schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Competitions/The-Secret-Garden

or click here to open the competition entry form.

Or visit ‘The Great Indoors’ website, which includes a bank of inspired indoor activity ideas to keep your children learning new skills and having fun all in ‘The Great Indoors’.

Please click here for more information.

Each week the following website will upload 5 new species, one for each working day, each with a downloadable image and a fact about that day’s species so you can learn about the wonderful creatures we share this planet with. Each species features a reference illustration and a downloadable colouring image which can either be printed out or edited on your computer or tablet.

https://www.benrotheryillustrator.co.uk/collections/free-colouring-images

 

Maybe try a bit of cooking at home with your parents? Click the following link for some scrumptious recipes:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-cooking

 

Have a little look at the following photographs for some exciting Forest School ideas:

 

Useful information:

PE kits will be provided and kept in school. We just ask that a named pair of pumps are sent in.

Reading books can be changed every day – but must be changed at least once a week.

Toast money (50 pence) should be brought into school on Monday for the whole week.

Homework Timetable and P.E.:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
P.E. Spelling Check
Homework is given out Homework to be returned
Spellings are given out Spellings to be returned
Reading books changed if diary is signed Reading books changed if diary is signed Reading books changed if diary is signed Reading books changed if diary is signed Reading books changed if diary is signed

 

If your child has misplaced their spelling homework please click on the right link below to print another copy:

 

Mrs Gopsill Miss Williams Mrs Eccles Mrs Neale Ms Reilly
Learning: u_e ue ew Learning: u_e ue ew Learning: ow Learning: ow Learning: ow

Homework

We encourage the children to bring their book bags into school each day. Reading books will be changed daily providing the home-school log has been signed. We have sent Maths and Literacy homework home for the first time today. Details of when to return homework can be found inside the front cover of your child’s homework book. Please encourage your child to write in pencil and to present their homework neatly.

Year 1 news...

Yoga Stories

Hello Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage!

We hope you are managing to keep yourselves busy while you’re at home. In case you want a change of Yoga activity from Cosmic Kids here is a great set of Yoga Stories. Choose one and you can read the book as well as complete the Yoga poses:

Yoga Storytime Videos for Kids


Walk around the local area

To start our new topic about buildings we walked around the local area. We were looking out for the different types of buildings we could spot. We were surprised that there were so many different buildings right outside the school gates.


The Gingerbread Man

We have been learning the story of The Gingerbread Man. We even got to make some gingerbread and eat them. They were delicious!


Tricky Maths

This half term we have been doing lots of tricky maths in Year 1. We have been adding and subtracting numbers to 20. We have used ten frames, whole-part models and showed the answers as abstract number sentences.


Fun Fitness Friday

What an exciting day! We will definitely be relaxing over the weekend. We have enjoyed a day full of exercise and fun. Thank you Mr Murphy for our wonderful session. We enjoyed exercising to 80’s and 90’s music! We can’t wait for the next Fun Fitness Friday!


Food from around Europe

We looked at a map of Europe and located four countries that we would like to try foods from. We chose pizza from Italy, cheese and croissants from France, Paella from Spain and frankfurter from Germany. They were mostly delicious!

 


Teddy Bears Picnic

Year 1 have had a very busy day celebrating the beginning of our new topic- Fabulous Food. First we wrote invitations to our favourite teddies to ask them to come to school for a picnic. Then we designed a sandwich and made them ourselves. Finally we enjoyed our delicious picnic with our friends.


Reading Buddies

We met up with our Reading Buddies during Poetry Week. It was lovely to hear all about the poem our buddy had been learning about. We can’t wait to see them again soon.


Puppets

We designed puppets by deciding which colour felt we would like to use and what we would use to decorate them. We then made them by sewing two pieces of felt together. Finally we decorated them and evaluated them by thinking of what we would change if we made them again.


Year 1 Christmas Party

We had the best Christmas party with lots of party games and party food. We even played musical statues and pass the parcel.