Welcome to Year One! 

Zoom links for 1B:
9:15- Maths

11:00- Phonics / English (You will need a paper and pencil this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)


Zoom links for 1R: 

9:15 - Register & Maths Zoom -


Meeting ID: 814 3911 5807
Passcode: HEWku6

11:00 English/Phonics Zoom


Meeting ID: 882 3593 3185
Passcode: eB2znx



8:45-9:15 = PE wake and shake



 Today we are looking at comparing amounts. For some numbers, you can see how many there without having to count. This is called subitising. For bigger numbers, you may need to rearrange the numbers to see it more clearly.  You can show them more clearly using tens frames.




In the zoom we are going to be looking at some words and sounds that we already know.

We will read this story together-


Now, we would like you to complete a piece of writing. You can create your own goblin  story or you could choose your own character that plays tricks in the night.
Here is some paper for you to write your story and draw a nice picture.



Our school sports coach have suggested some ideas that the children can do at home for PE. We will be putting a session here daily that the children can do. It is really important that the children stay active during home learning.


This week, we are going to be learning how to identify old and new toys. Please look at the powerpoint below to see if you can identify which toy is old, and which is its newer equivalent. As you work through the slides, think about how you know which toys are old. What leads you to think that a toy is old and well used? On the last slide of the powerpoint, there are some ideas to help you understand what questions we ask when we compare old toys with new ones.

History Powerpoint

Then, have a go at completing this worksheet. You need to sort and compare the old and new toys. Once you have sorted them, pick one of the toys and write a sentence to explain how you know it is old/new. For example, 

"I know this toy is old because it is broken and made from hard metal."

old toy & new toy sorting worksheet


8:45-9:15 = PE wake and shake



In maths today, we learnt about the vocabulary of tens and ones and how these help us with our place value. We used interactive base-10 equipment to show that numbers greater than 10 can be broken down into 10s and 1s. For example, 13 is the same as 1 ten and 3 ones. Please have a go at completing this matching activity below. Find all of the cards that represent the same number and stick them in a line together. If you do not have a printer, you can draw out each representation in the correct group.







 In the zoom we will teach a new sound, read and write words with this sound and do a hold a sentence.

Then, please read the story again. This is the second time your child will read this story so they should be able to remember some words by sight.

If you would like to mark another sentence, please take a look at the one below. This is optional.  


Book to read  -



Mark a sentence –

thee goblins Play trics onthe sleapy catz




Please log into Purple Mash and follow the instructions for your computing lesson today!

You will completing challenge 5 and 6 of '2go' If you found challenge 3 and 4 tricky have another go at this.  

Here is a list of steps



8:45-9:15 - PE wake and shake

PE with Joe Wicks



Today in maths, we looked closely at numbers from 10 to 19 and at the digits that make these numbers. We discussed what is the same and what was different about all of the numbers. We noticed that all of the numbers start with a 1 digit and this 1 digit is ten. The second digit tells you how many more than ten there are in that number.

We then looked at the number names written down ( eleven, twelve, thirteen etc). We discussed what was the same and what was different about the numbers when written down, and talked about the tricky numbers such as eleven, twelve and twenty, that don’t follow the ‘teen’ pattern.

Your challenge for today is to create a poster about a chosen number between 11 and 19. Can you represent this number in different ways by drawing some pictures of the maths resources we have used recently. For example, you could show the number 15 on a tens frame, with cusinenaire rods, on a beadstring, written with its digits or written as it’s name. Be as creative as you can with your posters! 


We will be teaching you a new sound and going through the green words with the children.

We would then like you to read the story book, discuss these questions and then mark the sentence below.

Book to read  -



Questions to discuss

What creeps into the mill at night?

What do the goblins do in the mill?

What animals are in the mill with the goblins?

When do the goblins leave the mill?

Why do you think they only go to the mill at night?


Mark the sentence -

high on a Hil iz ay big windmill



Today you will be learning about natural and man made materials. Please look at this powerpoint to find out more and then complete the  sorting 2do set on Purple Mash.



8:45-9:15 - PE wake and shake



Today, we will be learning about how we can make more than 10 by using cuisenaire rods. We will explore what cuisenaire rods are and how they can help us with counting beyond 10. If you would like to have a play with some online cuinsaire rods, you can find them here. Please complete the worksheet below by putting the number represented by cuisenaire rods on to the tens frame and cherry model, and then write this as a number sentence.


Friday 15th.pdf


Today on zoom, we re-read Little Red Riding Hood and we then began to rewrite the story together. We marked a sentence that had some mistakes, and then we worked together to create the second sentence in the story. We would now like you to finish the story! We are not asking you to change the story, we would simply like you to rewrite it, remembering all of the different parts of the story from the sequencing activity yesterday. You may wish to impress us with lots and lots of sentences, which would be great! However, we would rather you spend time carefully writing just a few sentences with correctly formed letters, sounded out words, capital letters and full stops and finger spaces than lots and lots of writing. Please feel free to use the yellow lines we have attached below to help you with the size and formation of your letters. 

We cannot wait to read your stories!

yellow lines

Things to remember in your writing:

Capital letters

Finger spaces

Full stops

Spelling words

Sounding out your words

Letter formation:

  • sit straight on your chair at a table with your feet flat on the floor
  • hold your pencil correctly
  • take your time - do not rush
  • form your letters correctly, starting in the right place
  • keep all letters a consistent (the same) size. This means that all letters should remain inside the highlighted yellow are on the paper below
  • tall, ascending letters (such as l or h) should reach up, out of the yellow area, to the line above
  • all descending letters (those with a tail such as p or g) should reach down, out of the yellow area, under the line 


This is part 2 of the lesson last week - https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-has-improved-transport-made-the-world-more-connected-part-2-cmv34t


8:45-9:15 - PE wake and shake



Today, we will be learning about making 10 and some more. We will be doing this using tens frames and showing how we have made 10 and some more using a cherry model and number sentences. After the zoom lesson, please complete this worksheet. If you cannot print, please don’t worry. You can just draw the numbers onto a piece of paper.

Thursday worksheet


Today we read Little Red Riding hood. Here is the story on a powerpoint for you to read again. After the zoom, please log on to Purple Mash to complete the picture sequencing of the story. You have then got some comprehension questions to answer on the sheet below.


Comprehension questions



Please follow the link for your music lesson this week.




8:45-9:15 - PE wake and shake



Today, we are learning about the 12 months of the year and the 4 different seasons. Please watch the song below to practise the order of the months. We then spoke about how the months of the year fit into the 4 seasons – a season lasts for 3 months. Please log on to Purple Mash and complete the 2do set for you. You have to put the months in the correct order on the seasons wheel and then answer some questions about the order of the months.



 In today’s zoom we will teach a new sound, read and green write words and then read our phonics story together.  

Then, please read the story again. This is the third time your child will read this story, so they should be able to remember even more words by sight.

Now, we would like you to complete a piece of writing. We would like you to write about what the tiger does after this story ends. Does he eat the bananas or does he find another animal that he would rather eat? Does he let the tree frog and the chimpanzee go, or does he hassle them some more? Maybe he ate the bananas and found something funny inside one of them… what could it be? Use your imagination. Please draw a picture to support your writing.

An example – The greedy tiger took the bananas home to his fluffy tiger cubs. They were very hungry and were excited to eat the sweet, tasty bananas. When the greedy tiger and his tiger cubs were full up, the tiger went and found the tree frog and chimpanzee and said sorry for being so scary. He thanked them for helping him. 

Story to read-





We loved seeing your drawings of your favourite toys now and your favourite toys from the past. This week, we are going to be thinking about why other children may have a differnet favourite toy to us, and how our age can have a big impact on what our favourite toy might be. Watch this powerpoint to find out more!

When you have finished, complete this timeline below. You need to match the toy to the child based on how the child can move at that age. For example, a baby cannot walk yet, so how will this have an impact on the most appropriate toy for a baby to play with?

Powerpoint - What are other people's toys like.pptx

Worksheet - 

What are other peoples toys like and why.pdf



Homework will be set and displayed on the website as, at the moment, homework books cannot go home. Homework will be sent out on Thursday and is to be completed by Tuesday.  Homework will be skills based. 

Homework for Thursday  and due on Tuesday

Maths  Phonics Spellings













 Please note, our PE days for the Spring Term will be TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS. Children should come into school dressed in their PE kits on these days please.  



 Hertfordshire Library Service are offering a free on-line loaning option. Please have a look if you are interested in exploring a variety of different reading materials with your child...


You can also find reading books at 


Please use read write inc videos to practise your sounds


Here is some more information on read write inc phonics


Phonics play - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/





Key Dates Spring Term:

  • Monday 4th January - Children back in school
  • Tuesday 9th February - Hertford Toy Museum visit
  • Friday 12th February - Last day of term
  • Monday 15th February - Half term

  • Monday 22nd February - First day back for all children
  • Thursday 4th March - World book day
  • Wednesday 17th March - Parents evening 5-8
  • Thursday 18th March - Parents evening 3:30-6:30
  • Friday 26th March - Last day of term


Key information:

  • Please remember that all children need a water bottle in school every day.
  • Children need to have a PE kit in school every day.
  • Let your child's teacher know if someone other than you is collecting your child or call the office.
  • PE days for the Spring Term will be Tuesday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor) Children should come into school dressed in their PE kits on these days please.  


  • Set on a Thursday, and due on a Tuesday.
  • This will be skills based. Maths, grammar, spelling and reading


Oxford Owl have some great online e-books that you can read with your children. They link closely to the book bands too!     


Phonics Play 






BBC Bitesize Daily 




Purple Mash



Phonics :

Phonics is  a really important part of the Year 1 curriculum. The children should now know their initial sounds. We will now be looking at digraphs. A digraph is where two letters make one sound such as 'sh' 'ee' and 'th'. The children will be reading words with these sounds in and also writing words with these sounds in. The children will then apply this knowledge in their reading and writing in class.

Each day the children will be learning a new sound.

Below is the order we will be teaching the sounds.


Our learning this term...


Welcome to the Spring term! We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year.

The first term was very successful and enjoyable; we were all so pleased with the progress all children made, both within themselves and academically! Your support at home is always valued and has been a key factor in ensuring your child has made progress in all areas of their learning so far, so thank you!

Maths :

During the Spring term we will be learning about:

  • Making ten and some more. This is where we look at what teen numbers are and how they are made. For example, 15 is 10 and 5 more. We could also say this is 1 ten and 5 ones. We will use these skills again when looking at numbers 20-100.
  • Estimating and ordering numbers to 20 Children will be given a number line with missing gaps and they need to work out which numbers go in the gaps. 7 would go between 6 and 8. If it was a number between 15 and 19 it could be 16,17 or 18. 
  • Doubling and halving
  • Odd and even numbers
  • Comparing numbers
  • Adding and subtracting using 'think 10'. Think 10 is a method where the children use 10 as a number that they are comfortable with and can use this as a bench mark to help them. For example, if you are adding  7 + 5 you can break the 5 into 3 and 2. the 7 and 3 make the benchmark 10 and then you just need to add 2 more. 9 + 3 could be 9 + 1 +2.. 
  • 2D and 3D shapes. A square is a 2D shape. A cuboid is a 3D shape.  
  • Days of the week, months of the year and seasons
  • comparing measure such as: length, height, mass and speed.

Mental fluency:
We will continue to practise:

  • Counting to and back from  20
  • Recalling number bonds to 10. These are two numbers than make 10 such as: 8 + 2, 3 + 7. 
  • Recalling number bonds to single digit numbers. Such as 7 = 4 + 3.  6 = 4 + 2. 
  • 1 more and 1 less than a given number up to 20.
  • number bonds to 20 Such as: 16 + 4. 15 + 5. 
  • recalling double and halves to 20.
  • counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. 

English :

During the Spring term we will be focusing on some different areas of writing. During the Autumn term, we spent a lot of time re-writing stories. We will be looking at:

  • Recounts
  • Reports
  • Instruction writing 

Letter formation, handwriting and presentation.

Letter families
Looking at what letter families each letter belongs to. We have:
Curly caterpillar letters: c, a, o, q, g, d, e, s, f. All of these letters start in the middle of the line and start with a c shape and then you carry on with the rest of the letter.
One armed robot letters: r, m, n, h, b, k, p. For these letters you need to start at the top of the letter and travel down and back up again and then over.
Ladder letters: l, I, j, t, u, y. All of these letters you need to start at the top of the letter and travel down.
Zig zag letters: v, w, x, z. These letters are all very straight and have no curves!

 When writing on a line all letters should be on the line. Some letters have descenders where part of the letters go under the line, such as: y,g,q, p.
Some letters have ascenders where part of the letter is taller than the rest, such as: d, h, t, b.

Capital letters should always be bigger than the other letters.


Science :

For the first part of the Spring term our Science topic is materials. The children will be looking at how all objects are made from a material, usually for a reason. We will test lots of different materials for different properties such as: bendy, opaque, waterproof, hard. We will also be looking at how some materials, such as plastic, are man made and some materials, such as wood, are natural. 


For the second part of the Spring term our topic will be seasons.  


In computing we will continue to use the purple mash programme- please make sure that children are able to log in on their own. 


Our topic this term for History is Toys old and new.


Our topic this term for Geography is the United Kingdom.