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A very warm welcome to Year 1

We are a friendly, happy class who pride ourselves on being kind, caring and considerate towards others in order to create a harmonious environment to play and learn in. We come into the classroom independently and ready for our daily challenge. We love receiving stickers and stamps and getting on the rainbow and sunshine on our Well Done Board! We are looking forward to all the exciting learning we have in store for the year.

Below I have compiled various websites which will be useful for educating your child at home. 

Ruth Miskin (founder of Read Write Inc.) will be providing live online phonics lessons via the Ruth Miskin Youtube channel (link below). Children in Year 1 are either just finishing Set 2 sounds or have moved onto Set 3 sounds.Tuning in to these virtual lessons is a great way for your child to receive phonics lessons in the Read Write Inc. style which we follow at Primrose Lane. 


Physical Activities
Online Activities:
A message from Miss Birt

We have been keeping busy re-capping our phonics learning and doing lots of spelling practise. It's been a fun challenge making use of our outdoor space (and the lovely sunshine) by taking some of our lessons outside!

Shops and Plants!

Year 1 created their own shop, complete with café and reading area! The children enjoyed reading books in their café and serving lots of food.
We are also growing our own sunflowers and a class tomato plant, which we have been checking daily!

Friday 20th June 2020

Across both of our Year 1 bubbles this week we have started learning about The Bog Baby, our key focus text this half term. We learnt all about adjectives and used lots of these to describe Bog Baby. This links to our topic focus on animals, which we have also begun finding out about this week. In science we wrote some animal factfiles and made posters about Giraffes. In our maths lessons we have been focusing on place value to 100, as well as tens and ones. In art we made some super cards for Father's day and we have also enjoyed using our imaginations when listening to music. We have also been re-capping our phonics and doing some 1:1 reading. What a busy week! 
A super start to being back at school

We have been having lots of fun back at school! We have been doing lots of play based learning, enjoying spending time with our friends and playing games together again. We have made models, played on the adventure playground and been very creative.

Classroom Pictures
Home Learning Timetable/ Year 1 Information

I have created a home learning timetable for Year 1 which will hopefully help in creating a routine for teaching your child at home. This is merely a suggested timetable which can of course be adapted to suit you and your child. If you have any queries or questions about timetabling, please feel free to email me at- birts@primroselane.leeds.sch.uk

Friday 5th June 2020

Good morning Year 1! 

Mrs Dockree and I are really looking forward to seeing you next week! It's been fabulous seeing all the learning and activities that you have been doing at home, we can't wait to have lots of fun together back at school. 
Below are some pictures of our two classrooms set up ready for you on Monday. Each of you will have your own desk and pencil pot! We have still got areas for play set up, using plastic toys that can be cleaned daily and we have a reading corner with a smaller selection of books that will be cleaned and rotated. 
We will be doing lots of outdoor play, making use of our lovely outdoor space and adventure playground/trim trail. 

Please feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions and have a lovely weekend! 
Monday 1st June 2020

Good Afternoon Year 1, I hope you have all had a relaxing half term and enjoyed the sunny weather! 

I have attached below a document briefly outlining our topic focus and maths learning for this half term. If you fancy getting a bit of a head start you could have a look at what we will be learning and choose a few things to focus on this week. 
If you have any questions please feel free to drop me an email. 

Myself, Mrs Dockree, Mrs Sneddon, Mrs Wrigglesworth and Miss Lord are all really looking forward to seeing you back at school soon! 
Summer Term 2- outline
Home Learning Pictures

Year 1 have been really busy doing lots of home learning!
I will be posting photos of all your home learning every Friday so we can all share ideas and inspiration for home learning activities, as well as enjoying seeing what all our friends are up to!

Monday 18th May 2020 

Hello Year 1! Well done for all your hard work from home over this last half term. I can't believe this is our last week before May half term. I hope you are able to get out and about a little more over the holidays and will look forward to hearing about what exciting things you've all been doing. 

Our final weeks learning for this half term focuses around construction! I have also linked below the White Rose maths sheets relating to the topics we have covered this half term so you have access to all of these. 

As always, please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or queries. 

Have a super half term holiday!! 
Home Learning Summer Week 5
Monday 11th May 2020

Good Afternoon Year 1! 

This weeks home learning focuses on signs and symbols, as part of our Transport Topic. Signs and Symbols are all around us but why and what for? Hopefully you will find out much more about them this week through all your super learning. 

Thank you for continuing to send me your lovely photos for our class gallery and thank you for the lovely letters I have received at school! 

As always, if you have any questions or queries please do feel free to get in touch. 
Home Learning- Summer Week 4
Monday 4th May 2020

Good afternoon Year 1! It feels like a long time since we last saw each other, well done for all your hard work whilst school is closed. Mrs Sneddon and I are missing you lots and can't wait to see you when school is open again!

This weeks learning is continuing with our topic of transport, with a focus on the United Kingdom. This should link together the learning you have done about types of transport and about maps. Hopefully the actvities on the sheet below will keep you busy and provide some fun learning ideas. You (and your parents!) are doing a super job so well done to all of you!

Home learning- Summer week 3
Thursday 30th April 2020 

Good afternoon Year 1! I hope you are having a good week. I have included a few links below to help with some of the learning challenges for this week. 

Making binoculars- https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/ideas/kids/how-to-make-cardboard-tube-binoculars

Playdough recipe- https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/

Treasure map- https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/T-T-063-treasure-map-design-activity

Well done for all your great effort (parents and children!) to do fun learning actvities at home and thank you for sharing those activities via email. 

I hope you enjoy doing some of this weeks challenges and as always stay safe and enjoy your week. 

Monday 27th April 2020

Good afternoon Year 1!

I have enjoyed seeing some pictures of your learning from last week, all about transport. There were some really super model buses created- well done! We have been busy in school over the last week doing some baking and making sock rabbits! I’ve shared the link to these below if you fancy having a go yourself.

This week’s focus for learning is all about ‘Maps’. There are lots of activities for you to do which involve finding out about what maps are, when we use them and what we use them for. In your maths learning this week, I have added a few new focuses and kept a couple of the focuses the same as some of the topics like times tables need lots of repetition as they are quite tricky!

Have fun and stay safe!

Home Learning- Summer Week 2

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Good Morning Year 1! I hope you are all having a good first week back at ‘home-school’ after the Easter holidays. I’m sure you (and parents!) are doing a fabulous job, so a big well done to all of you.

Hopefully, the activities I suggested on this week’s home learning sheet are keeping you busy and providing some helpful ideas to supplement home learning. I know lots of you have been keeping up with your phonics using Ruth Miskin on Youtube: from the 20th April they have slightly changed their schedule. I have included a link to the new schedule here- https://www.ruthmiskin.com/media/filer_public/1b/7d/1b7df13e-4381-4bb5-866b-ac0549394947/ss_after_easter1.pdf

I would really recommend this as a great way to continue your phonics learning in as close a way to school as possible, ensuring that you are really confident with all the phonemes we have been learning.

I also wanted to include a link to some animations of Julia Donaldson stories available on BBC iPlayer. We love reading these stories in class and the animations are beautifully produced so provide a lovely addition or alternative to story time.


Enjoy the rest of the week, if you can try and make the most of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having and I look forward to hearing and seeing what you’ve been doing via email!

Monday 20th  April 2020

Welcome back after Easter! Although we are not yet able to greet each other in the classroom I look forward to getting back in touch virtually and hope you have all had a pleasant Easter break with plenty of chocolate eating involved!

I have attached a document today which I hope will aid you in the home learning that you are doing. It has 5 ideas for Maths, English, Topic learning and Creative learning based on what we would have been covering this half term in class. I will be producing one of these documents (with a different theme linked to our topic) each week and sharing it with you on Mondays. I want to emphasise that the ideas on the sheet are just that, please don’t feel you have to cover everything I have listed.  If you have any questions about any of the learning ideas I have listed or any other queries please don’t hesitate to email me at birts@primroselane.leeds.sch.uk .

Thank you so much to lots of you who sent me lovely pictures of all the learning you were doing before the Easter holidays! Please do continue to send your super learning pictures so we can keep in touch via our Year 1 Class Gallery.

Have a super start to the Summer term!


Home Learning- Summer Week 1
Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good morning Year 1! 

Today I have attached a document which details ideas for our new topic and new maths learning after the Easter holidays. The list of ideas I have included for learning are simply suggestions that will hopefully be helpful to you, please don't feel that you have to complete everything on there. 

Over the Easter holidays I won't be posting updates on the website - I will resume this on Monday 20th April and will look forward to hearing what fun things Year 1 have been getting up to during the holidays! 

My final challenge for you before Easter is to learn about the Easter story. If you have a children's bible at home you could read the story together, if not there are plenty of child-friendly versions online which you could read together and discuss. You could then have a go at re-telling the story using sentences and drawings. As well as this, at school this week we would have had our Easter bonnet parade so if you're feeling creative you could still have a go at making your bonnet and do a mini parade at home! 

Have a lovely Easter holiday Year 1! 

Monday 30th March 2020

Good morning Year 1, I hope you have had a relaxing weekend and are feeling ready for our last week before the Easter holidays! I look forward to seeing and hearing about all the fun learning that you are doing throughout the week.

Today I have a few challenges for you to have a go at from home…

Firstly, can you be the teacher and show your parents or carers at home how we play times table number bingo?! Remember- we split our whiteboard (or paper) into 6 boxes, then we pick 6 numbers in the times table that we are learning. If we were doing our five times table we might pick- 5, 20, 25, 40, 50, 55. We then listen out for the times table e.g.- What is 1x5? If we have that number, we can cross it off on our board. If you have brothers or sisters at home, you could get them involved too. In Year 1 our focus is on our 2’s, 5’s and 10x tables.

Secondly, can you practise spelling the days of the week, months of the year and seasons. What is the difference between a month and a season? Discuss this at home and if you want to extend your learning you could do some writing about months and seasons.

Finally, I have seen from your photos that quite a few people have been doing some baking- if you are able to, keep it up! This is a great way to have a go at weighing and measuring in a hands on, fun environment with a delicious product at the end.

I have included under 'documents' instructions for sending an e-mail using Purple Mash. This means that your child is able to send an email from their purple mash account to me, allowing them to have a go at using e-mail in a safe and secure environment with close supervision from yourselves and from school. If you have any questions regarding this or any other learning do feel welcome to drop me an email.

Have a lovely week!

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Good morning Year 1! It’s been lovely hearing from some of you, I am glad that home-schooling is going well so far and pleased to hear that you’re keeping active- along with thousands of other school children all across the world taking part in Joe Wicks virtual ‘PE lessons’ and managing to get out for some fresh air. At school, we have been keeping busy playing lots of rounder’s, learning chess and having a go at some cosmic yoga!

Today I wanted to signpost an incredibly useful resource for home learning- ‘Twinkl’ have created a parent’s hub which is free and provides access to ready-made worksheets which are linked to the national curriculum and tailored for each year group. We often use Twinkl resources in the classroom and I would highly recommend this website. If you are unable to print don't worry they still have lots of great ideas for home learning so it is well worth a look. I have copied in the link below-


I hope some of you have been able to listen to Oliver Jeffers live stories and have maybe even done some writing based on these. Your second task to complete is linked to our topic this half term- ‘Seasonal Changes’. First, if you are able to get out for a walk, go on a Spring walk- what signs of spring can you see? Can you draw a picture showing the signs of spring you spotted? (This could also be done in the garden).  Second, can you find out the meaning of these words- 1. Hibernation, 2. Nocturnal, 3. Migration. You could write a few sentences explaining what each word means and what animals do each of these things. If you want to extend your learning even further you could have a go at making a hedgehog shelter using some junk modelling! We designed these in class but never had a chance to make them.

There are also plenty of to-dos for you on Purple Mash. When you are writing your sentences make sure to check for capital letters, finger spaces and full stops! If you can try to use ‘and’ in your sentence and if you’re feeling super smart see if you can use an adjective to describe something.

I am looking forward to sharing what some of Year 1 have been up to over the week on our webpage this Friday so if you have any pictures to share do feel free to drop me an e-mail.

Enjoy the rest of your week, you are doing a super job with your learning!

Monday 23rd March 2020

Good morning Year 1! I hope you have all had a fun weekend and are feeling ready for the week ahead. I spent part of my weekend catching up on a favourite film- ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and reading my book all about Captain Cook’s travels around the world a long time ago. Maybe you caught up on some favourite movies, read a book or perhaps played with some favourite toys! If you did something fun over the weekend (or during the week) which you would like to share with the rest of Year 1 please drop me an email (birts@primroselane.leeds.sch.uk) with a picture, caption or both and I will share these on our Year 1 webpage on Friday as a virtual ‘show and tell’ to help us all stay connected. I will hopefully be doing this weekly so please do feel free to e-mail.

I hope that the timetable I have put on the Year 1 web-page is helpful for parents/ carers in providing a basis for you to structure the school day. There are also lots of useful online links to help with home-learning. If you have any questions about any aspect of teaching your child from home, please do feel free to email me.

My first task for Year 1 is to listen to Oliver Jeffers story time- these are available for free on Instagram every day at 6pm. If you search for ‘Oliver Jeffers’, then follow his account, at 6pm every day his live story will feature Oliver reading one of his classic children’s books. As lots of you will have realised our focus book last half-term was ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers so this is a great opportunity to hear more of his stories and perhaps do some writing about them such as re-telling part of the story, or using adjectives to describe one of the characters.

I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing about all the fun learning, creating and playing that everyone in Year 1 is doing this week!