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Friday 3rd April 2020


Good morning children and parents. 


We hope you are well. Today we would have been breaking up for the Easter Holidays  and you would have been looking forward to the two weeks off. Although I have added some new activities (some are Easter ideas) and links we would like you to take a break from school and have some time off from activities. These new additions are just in case! If you would like to, have another look at the previous daily check ins and see if there is any activity you have not tried or a website you have not visited yet like Espresso! smiley


Maybe you could have a go at making an Easter card for someone in your family. 



If you like singing, Mrs Norbury has sent us a link to some websites which you can have a look at. 

Perhaps you prefer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities. Here is a great link to a daily video with ideas for you.


What ever you choose to do over the next couple of weeks, make sure it makes you smile laugh It's really important that you are happy and that you enjoy your Easter break.


Miss James and I are loving hearing from you and seeing your photos so perhaps you can send us some picture of what you have been up to when we return on the 20th April. This is when we will be checking in again and making sure you are all well.


So for now, have a brilliant Easter. don't eat too much chocolate and stay safe everyone.


Love from Mrs Partington and Miss James xx


Thursday 2nd April 2020


Good morning Year 1 and how are we all today? smiley


I'm sure I've just seen Freddie on the BBC breakfast news this morning? Was that you Freddie looking at the amazing bears in someones garden?  I keep seeing pictures of the bears doing all sorts of great things they look brilliant.


Thank you to everyone who decoded and sent in the Alien letter, it's been lovely seeing all your drawings of the planets and well done for working it out. yes


So it's nearly the Easter break, this means you can have a little break from school activities if you want to, but just in case you wanted to continue with some of the activities, we will be adding a few more

Are you remembering to go onto Purple Mash? They are offering daily activities and you can also have another go at making some of the games you were making in class.


Also, make sure you keep practising your phonics. We were looking at phase 5 at school, there are lots of great videos on youtube to help you. I really like Mr Mc he does some great lessons, have a look.


If you like exploring places and finding out more about where we live, you can visit an amazing website called Oddizzi.com

To log on your username is year1pj and your password is class1pj , have a look! See what you can find out.


Also, there are some great activities if you watch 'Stuckers' on you tube, its for people 'stuck' at home. The activities are things you can do at home and are really good fun.

Stuckers videos

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKp3PGS8SKY
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIrrvK0fmgs
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FszFnPQ42OM


Also, if you are running out of reading books, you can visit oxfordowl.co.uk and get your grown ups to register as a home user. You can then access lots of reading books and pick the level you want to read. 


It would be lovely to see some of your writing as Miss James and I love reading your stories. Have a look at the creative writing PowerPoints and choose an idea. Send in your writing when you've completed it. yes


Finally, being at home gives you plenty of time to be kind to each other, see if you can make the kindness calendar above and write down or draw something you do each day that is kind. I'm sure you'll have lots of different things to choose from. heart


I think you have a few new things to have a look at today, hopefully these will keep you busy and out of mischief! wink


Have a lovely day Year 1 and we'll speak to you again tomorrow


Take care

Love from Mrs Partington and Miss James







Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good morning Year 1


April fool’s Day is always celebrated on the 1st April. People play pranks and

practical jokes on each other. Only until 12 midday, otherwise the joke

Is on you. Has anyone played a joke on you this morning?


We are now into a new month – April (April is named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite)

Did you know that April is the first of the four months that have 30 days -

April, June, September and November

There are also two flowers associated with the month of April – the daisy and the sweet pea. Keep an eye out for any of these when you’re on your walk or in your gardens.


Did you manage to complete any of the activities from yesterday? I did receive a couple of completed Alien Letters – Well done Sam and Naomi!  smiley

What will you be doing today?

If you are not too sure, why not have a go at an activity you’ve not done yet or here are more for today.

If you fancy a maths activity - or maybe some art try today's activities.

You could have a look at these science activities too – click on the word science


Enjoy exploring these new activities and enjoy your day.

Love from Mrs Partington and Miss James



Tuesday 31st March 2020


Good morning and happy Tuesday year 1 smiley

We hope you are all well and managing to keep busy. It's a real pity the weather has changed a little but hopefully you are still

managing to get outside and get some fresh air.


Who managed to have a go at the scavenger hunt yesterday? I asked my own children to do it and they managed to find a lot of the things. They are going to finish it off later today. We did some baking yesterday too which was rather messy and I had to do all the washing up! sad


I've added a couple of new ideas above, there are some ideas and some additional websites and apps you might want to use. 

If you make any of the creative ideas don't forget to send us some pictures. It's been lovely hearing from you and seeing what you've been doing.


If you like Lego, have a go at the 30 day Lego challenge, there are some great ideas. I might even have a go myself! smiley



We hope you have a lovely day today and will be checking in again tomorrow


Take care everyone

Love from Mrs Partington and Miss James 


Monday 30th March 2020


Good morning Year 1. We hope you have had a lovely weekend. Did you all remember to put the clocks forward on Saturday? Did it make a difference to your sleep? 

Unfortunately the weather has changed a little bit. If you were awake early this morning you might have seen the quick snow flurry that came down. It didn't last long though!

What are your plans for this week? Are you managing to complete some of the home learning work? Don't worry if you haven't, Miss James and I hope you got outside a lot last week and enjoyed the sun blush and there are lots of other activities you can do too. (Miss James added a few last week). If you can, have a look around your garden. Are there any signs of spring yet?


We have added an indoor scavenger hunt for you to have a go at. This might be a great activity if the weather isn't too good.


Remember that Joe Wicks is doing a morning PE lesson every day at 9am to kick start and energise your day! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl 


Keep looking at books and enjoying stories this week. Reading is such a lovely way to pass the time. Even Mrs Partington is going to try and read more books this week! 


We'll be checking in with you again tomorrow and we'll be adding some more activities to have a go at.  Have a lovely day today and remember you can always email any messages or photographs to the school and they will be forwarded to us.


Stay safe everyone

From Mrs Partington and Miss James wink







Friday 27th March 2020

Happy Friday guys! laugh

My weather report says today will potentially be our last super sunny day for a few days so make the most of it!


I've been following a great YouTube challenge by a lady called Natasha Lamb who if offering a daily British Sign Language lesson. Why not give it a try and start from Lesson 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR2Zb7TbiOA

BSL is a great skill and something that isn't taught in school. How many signs can you remember?


Oddizzi have released a great Geography challenge and because Mrs Partington is Geography lead in school i'm sure you would make her very proud completing the activities. The booklet covers Year 1 and Year 2 learning so this is a chance to get ahead of ourselves in Geography! (I will add the document below.)


On Friday's we had the opportunity to do Forest School in Autumn 1, why not take your parents on a local walk or walk around the garden, at a much slower pace, and see how many of these mini beasts you can find! Check under logs and hedgerows and think about the habitats they live in and why they might have decided to live there! (I will add the document below.)


If you are staying indoors today why not complete a Shape hunt around your house and make a colourful poster like the picture below! 3D shapes are all around us, how many can you find?



Happy learning Year 1!

Last push until the weekend tomorrow! Have you got any special weekend treats you are looking forward to? I am making a fire in the garden tonight and toasting marsh mellows! YUM!


From Miss James and Mrs Partington :)


Thursday 26th March 2020 - Afternoon

Good Afternoon 1J and 1P!  yes

Check out this great resource to aid learning Maths at home!


How have you found learning Maths at home? Have you noticed how much we need Maths in our day to day lives?

Learning time, measure, money and shape can all be done easily at home! Keep working hard! laugh

Thursday 26th March 2020

Good morning Year 1!

Another sunny day to enjoy in the garden laugh

In Year 1, we learn about all the different coins and notes that are available. Why not ask your grown ups to teach you about all the different coins. You could draw or trace the coins and make your own money by cutting them out.

Why stop there! :) Why not help your grown ups today by making healthy meals and set up your own cafe. You can write price tags and add up your very own coins to pay.


Test yourself with a game online: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game


Please send any photos if you want to share what you've been up to!


Have another great day, keep busy and keep smiling :)


From Miss James and Mrs Partington



Wednesday 25th March 2020

We challenge you to complete the cereal box challenge (or any box you can find!)

Be creative and make whatever you want. Why not look around the house to try and find ideas before starting.

You could design your box before starting, label your your design and gather everything you need to make your creation.

Good luck!