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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. I would therefore reccomend Set 2 lessons (available at 10am or 1pm Monday-Friday) as a re-cap and Set 3 lessons (available at 10.30am or 1.30pm) as current learning. 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
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Home learning

Below is a letter detailing activities that you may find useful for the coming weeks. This is by no means an exhaustive list and there is no expectation that all activities will be completed: it is merely a list of suggestions that you may choose to do to keep busy! I will also be uploading twice weekly to the class page on our website to check in with Year 1. This will be on Monday's and Wednesday's so please keep an eye out. Thank you, Miss Birt

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

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!

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!