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Year 1 turtle team:  Kimberley Saunders, Teacher; Diane Howe, SERENA KEMP TEAChing Assistants



Dr Ranj explains Coronavirus 



Click on the picture to read Baring's version of Oi Frog. 


A little something for you! 


Hello Turtle Class!

I hope you are keeping well at home.

Please remember to read every day.  Read your school reading books and stories from home.  I have also linked some websites below which have some additional books and stories for you to read:

World Book Online: this website has just made their collection of ebooks free to access! 

Book Trust: some familiar stories that the children have enjoyed reading at school.

Sooper Books: free stories to read at home.

Oxford Owl: free eBooks (including the popular Biff, Chip and Kipper stories!)

Keep up the hard work with your phonics learning!  Practise reading and writing your common exception words.  Mrs Howe's phonics group - please keep working on remembering your phase 3 sounds and for my group your phase 5 letter sounds.

The phonics play website have also made their online games free during this time of closure and they have now added a mobile/tablet version of the site too you you will be able to play your favourite games like Dragons Den and Buried Treasure at home.  The username is march20 and the password is home.  You can access the website here: 


Continue to do your daily cursive handwriting.  You can look at your letter formation guide to help you.

For maths, practise counting to 100 and back and writing numbers to 100 as well counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.  If you cannot find your 100 square I have linked one here.

You can also log in to Abacus and Sumdog and look at your home learning activities there with your usernames and passwords.  The websites are here: 


White Rose are also providing free daily maths lessons to parents and carers.  They can be accessed here: 

Remember that you can still watch your favourite class programmes at home on the BBC iPlayer - just click on the pictures below! 


Make sure you get lots of sleep, regular exercise in the fresh air and that you help your adults at home.

I will update this page for you with more activities each week below.

Miss Saunders

If you are missing PE why not try the daily PE with Joe Wicks sessions on YouTube here:

Here is a link to two of your favourite songs from Mrs Haine's singing assembly:


             Tooty Ta                                                                                                  Alouette

20th April 2020:

BBC Bitesize have begun adding daily lessons to their website today!

If you would like to have a look the website can be accessed here:

Home learning activities

Below you will find the latest home learning I would like you to do - please check each Monday and Wednesday.  Don't forget about Abacus and Sumdog too!

 Week 1:

Monday 23rd March 2020:

We have been learning how to read o’clock and half past times on analogue and digital clocks.  Practise telling the time on clocks at home and showing different o’clock and half past times here: 

Play a board game with a sibling or an adult!  Board games are great for supporting learning by developing problem solving and social skills!  Don’t forget the games we learnt in class last week like hangman and noughts and crosses.

Watch Newsround  and choose one story to write about.  Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in your writing.

Wednesday 25th March 2020:

Look at the slides about mammals – some of you will have seen these if you were in class last week so it will be a reminder for you!  Draw a picture of your favourite mammal and write at least one sentence to describe it.  What are the features that make it a mammal?  Can you think of some adjectives to describe your picture?

Practise your number bonds to 6 and 7 – what pairs of numbers add together to make these numbers?  Can you write all of the number pairs as addition number sentences? 

Have some creative time – draw, paint or do some junk modelling!  Why not ask a grown up to email me a photograph of your creations!

 Week 2:

Monday 30th March 2020:

The clocks have gone forward and we are a week into Spring!  Have you noticed any changes that tell us we have now moved into a new season?  Draw a picture and write about some of the things that tell us that it is now Spring.  This Powerpoint may help you.

Go on a 3d Shape hunt around your house – how many different spheres, pyramids, cuboids, triangular prisms and cubes can you find?  Here are a few examples.

Learn the spellings of the following common exception words:

today, of, said, says, are, were, was.

Can you put any of the words into a sentence?



Wednesday 1st April

Draw a story map of one of our Year 1 core stories or one you have enjoyed reading.  Can you use your story map to retell the story to an adult at home?  Why not have a go at writing the story?  You could even change the setting or characters and create your own version!

Read the addition word problems.  Work out the answers, writing addition number sentences to help you.

Learn to tie your shoelaces if you cannot already!

Revise our learning on materials by becoming materials detectives.  Copy the table here onto a piece of paper or your green books and see how many different things you can find at home!


Week 3:


Monday 20th April 2020:

Hello Turtles! I hope you had a wonderful Easter break and are all keeping well!  Here is today’s home learning!

I know how much you all love stories!  I would love you to make up your own story.  Make sure your story has a beginning/opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending - I have linked a story mountain here as a reminder.  Think about where you are going to set your story and the characters that you are going to use.  Try to use some of the story telling language that you have learnt this year such as once upon a time, one day, suddenly, at that moment, luckily, so, after that, finally and the end.  Why don’t you draw a story map to help you to plan the story?  


For your maths home learning - look at this number partitioning sheet!  Write the numbers by partitioning into tens and ones.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a printer at home (I don’t either!) you can just write out onto a piece of paper or in your green book.  For example: 56= 50+6

Wednesday 22nd April 2020:

Have a look at this question. What would you do if it happened to you?  How would you feel?  Make sure you write your answer in sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Learn the spellings of the following common exception words: has, you, your, there, they, be.  Can you put any of the words into a sentence?

Today is Stephen Lawrence Day.  You can read about it here.  One of the activities for this year is to build a bridge.  Why not have a go at home?  Here is the information for you.

I know how much you love our maths challenges!  Here is one for you to try to help with revising our learning on money.  Can you find all of the ways to pay?


Week 4:

Monday 27th April 2020:

Write a story using this as your opener: "One evening, a wizard came to our door.  He waved his wand, cast a spell and turned my mum/dad into a…."  Don't forget to make sure your story has a problem, resolution and ending and to write in sentences.

Learn the spellings of the following common exception words: here there where love come some can you put any of the words into a sentence?

Maths: Here are some subtraction word problems.  Write the problems out as number sentences and find the answers!

Finally, here are 10 activities for you to work on this week to help your science, engineering, technology and maths skills which every class is going to be tackling! 

Wednesday 29th April 2020:

Here is a writing activity for you to try! Use your imagination - the crazier the invention the better!

Maths: I hope you enjoyed last week's maths challenge!  Here is another one for you to try.

It's good to move around and keep active while we are at home.  I know how much you love Jump Start Jonny so I have linked his website for you to join in at home!  You could even make up your own routines to one of the songs! 


Friday 1st May 2020:

If you are feeling creative this weekend here is a link to a competition to create a garden on a plate!  Do send me a photo if you have a go - I'd love to see them!


Week 5:

Monday 4th May 2020:

Happy Star Wars Day! (I know some of you will be celebrating!)

Here is an activity about toys for you to talk to an adult at home about - I wonder what their favourite toy was when they were little?  You could also draw your favourite toys and label them or write some sentences about them.

This is your maths activity today - read the word problems and decide if it is an addition or subtraction question and then write a number sentence to find the answer.

Don't forget you could also have a go at the "Plot on a Plate" activity I linked on Friday!

Wednesday 6th May 2020:

Learn the spellings of these common exception words: One, once, ask, friend.  Can you put each one into a sentence?

This year we have been learning how to write questions.  Have a look here and see how many of the words that you can use to write your own questions.  Don’t forget to include a question mark at the end.

Maths: Can you answer these maths challenge cards?

Creative: I have seen lots of windows decorated with rainbow pictures for the NHS and the other key workers helping people with coronavirus.  They certainly cheer people up when they see them so why not make your own rainbow picture to display on a window at home!  Here is one that Shanti did at home to inspire you!


Week 6:

Monday 11th May 2020:

Thank you for the photographs that you have been sending of your learning during your time at home.  I have loved seeing them!

Here is today's home learning:

Take a topic!  Spend some time this week finding out more about something that really interests you - it could be a person, a place, an animal - there are so many possibilities!  Then choose some of these activities to present the information that you have found out!  

Maths: Can you find all of the ways to make 20?  Don't forget to record your answers as an addition number sentence. 

Spend some time being active.  Go for a walk or a bike ride, do a Joe Wicks workout or dance with Jump Start Jonny.  You could even try some yoga!  I have linked some videos below.


Wednesday 13th May 2020:

Learn the spellings of these common exception words: school, put, push, pull.  Can you put each one into a sentence?

Have a look at this writing activity. Can you finish the story?  Don't forget to write in sentences.  You could even use some of the story telling words that we have learnt this year (for example: suddenly, unfortunately, next, first, luckily).

Maths: Here are some interactive maths games and activities for you to work on your problem solving skills and to practise some of the maths that we have learnt this year.  

And finally - Play hangman with an adult or sibling at home – this is a great way to practise both reading and spelling.  Why not choose a topic you are interested in like animals or sports or practise your phonics tricky words!  

Friday 15th May 2020:

Hello Turtles!  I have just seen been sent this video - you know how much I love anything Disney so I thought that I would share it with you.  It features Olaf who you will remember from our Frozen topic!  It is linked in You Tube below - I hope that you enjoy it.

 Week 7:


Monday 18th May 2020:

Look at this silly sentences sheet.  Choose one word from each box to make up your own silly sentences.  I know how much you all love to draw so why not add some illustrations to your sentences?

Maths: Here are some maths challenge cards.  Can you write number sentences to work out each answer?

Ask an adult if they will go for a walk with you if they can.  When you get to a junction flip a coin and turn left for heads and right for tails to decide your route!  You could even draw a map when you get home!

Wednesday 20th May 2020:

This year we have written lots of letters, like when we wrote to Max from Where the Wild Things Are!  Can you write a letter to a friend or family member? I am sure that they would love to hear from you.

Maths: Here is another maths investigation for you to look at.  Can you make all of the total using only the 4 cards shown?

Play the alphabet game with an adult or sibling.  Choose a topic, it could be animals, story character names, chocolate bars or whatever you fancy!  Write the letters of the alphabet on a piece of paper from A-Z and see if you can think of something that begins with every letter of the alphabet! I had a go and it certainly gave my brain a workout!


Week 8:

Tuesday 2nd June 2020:

Good morning Turtles!  I will be uploading activities today and Thursday this week as me and Mrs Howe were busy bees in school yesterday working with Miss Dainton and Miss Norton getting your classroom ready for you all next week - we can't wait to see you again!  

Literacy: Can you design your own monster and write about it?  Use your senses to help you to describe it - what does it look like?  Smell like?  Does it roar like a tiger or squeak like a mouse?  Make sure to try and use adjectives in your work!

Maths: Time to get active!  Set someone at home a challenge to see who can complete the most exercises in 60 seconds!

This year we have been investigating different ways of making numbers!  How many different ways can you find to make 13 using addition and subtraction? 

And finally -  I know how much you all love to build!  Use whatever you have at home (Lego, Duplo, blocks, junk modelling…) and get creative!  Can you draw your creation and label it?


Thursday 4th June 2020:

Literacy: We have been learning how to describe characters this year – draw a picture of a friend or family member.  This could be someone at home or a friend from school!  Label your picture to describe what they look like (e.g. blue eyes, tall, brown hair) and write some sentences to tell me about the person you have drawn!  What are their likes and dislikes?  How old are they?  What do you enjoy doing with them?

Maths: Here is a maths investigation to help you to practise your problem solving skills and to recap our work on money.  How many different ways can you find to pay?

Then: Can you solve this maths puzzle?  Make sure that each side adds up to 20!

Baking and cooking is lots of fun and a great way to develop your maths skills of weighing and measuring!  Why not help an adult to bake something yummy or with cooking the dinner?  You could even write a list of ingredients for a shopping list before you begin and instructions for what you have made once you have finished!


6th June 2020:

Hello Turtle Class! 

I have linked BBC Bitesize and the Oak National Academy below for those children that may not be returning to school this term - here you can find daily lessons to keep you busy whilst at home!  Don't forget to take time to exercise and get some fresh air, to do lots of reading and to be kind and helpful to those at home with you!



Week beginning 8th June 2020:

Hello Turtle class!  We are very much looking forward to welcoming some of you back into school this week and can't wait to see you again!

For those of you that are not returning to school I will be updating our class page at the beginning of each week with home learning for you.

This week your home learning is about animals – you may remember we started learning about mammals way back before lockdown!  Watch the learner guides here – there are 9 in total to tell you all about different animals, their life cycles and what they eat.  Next choose your favourite mammal, bird, reptile, fish, amphibian and minibeast and find out about them!  Create a factfile and draw and write about the different animals that you have chosen.  I’d love to see some photographs of your work!  Don’t forget to write in sentences with a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.

Here are some maths activities for you to try this week!  You can write the problems in your book or on a piece of paper if you don't have a printer at home.

Can you crack the emoji codes?  These questions will help you to practise your addition and subtraction - I have included the really tricky ones on the last page to stretch your brains!  

This year you have been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.  Can you work out the total cost for the items in the shop by doing clever counting in 2s, 5s and 10s?  

Finally for this week - at the start of lockdown you did a 2D shape hunt at home.  This week I would like you to look for as many 3D shapes as you can find!  I have linked one of our favourite YouTube songs to help you to remember the shape names!


Week Beginning 15th June 2020:

It has been lovely to see some of you back in school over the last week!  You have really worked hard to understand the changes that we have made to keep safe while in school so well done!

Here is this week's home learning:

Watch this video of the Colour Monster story here:

Can you remember the last time that you felt the emotions that the colour monster is feeling in the story?

  • Have a look at this activity - write about something that makes you feel worried, happy, curious, silly, grateful and excited.  If you do not have a printer you can draw each emotion and write alongside your illustration!
  • Design your own Colour Monster!  What emotion will it show and what colour will you choose?  Once you have drawn, write at least one sentence to describe it using adjectives.
  • Write a sequel to the story!  What will happen to the Colour Monster next?
  • Can you show each of the emotions in the story on your face?  Look in a mirror and try to draw your face showing some of the emotions.
  • I know how much some of you love to colour so I have linked some Colour Monster colouring here if you have access to a printer.

Have a look at these Powerpoints to remind you about place value and partitioning numbers into tens and ones:



Use this activity to practise using Base 10 to read and show 2 digit numbers as tens and ones.  You can start with ones if you need a warm up!  

Daily lessons are available on the BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy websites linked on the 6th June update for those children that would like them. 

Don't forget, you can email me at any time if you need to check in or show me your home learning!  


Week beginning 22nd June 2020:

Hello Turtles!  This week you are going to be learning a new Pie Corbett story to teach your adults at home - The Gingerbread Man!

Here is a link to a Powerpoint of the story.

  • Can you join in with retelling it using the actions that we have learnt in school?  I have linked a list of the actions here if you need any reminders and here is a list of the specific ones for the story.
  • Once you have learnt the story using the slides see if you can remember and retell using this story map.
  • Can you draw your own story map and use it to retell the story?
  • Now create your own version!  Which elements of the story will you change? You could change the Gingerbread man character or the animals that he encounters!  You could even get really creative and change the ending.
  • Draw a new story map to show your alternative story.
  • Once you have remembered your new version of the story write it down!  You could even fold paper to make your own book and illustrate each page.

I know how much some of you love baking (and biscuits!) so here is a link to a recipe for gingerbread men.

  • Do you have all of the ingredients that you need?  Can you write a shopping list for the things that you need to get?
  • Once you have baked your gingerbread men (make sure you send me a photograph if you do!) can you write your own set of instructions for how to bake them?

Here are your maths activities:

Finally - this game will help you to remember your addition and subtraction facts to 10 and 20:


Have a good week - the weather is going to be lovely so make sure that you use suncream and wear a hat if you are in the sun!  As always you can access additional lessons through the Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize links already provided!


Week beginning 29th June 2020:

Hello Turtles!  I hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather last week!  I can't believe it is the end of June already.  Here is your home learning for the week:

This week we are looking at one of our favourite stories - Billy's Bucket!

Listen to the story here:



  • Buckets-R-Us had lots of different buckets for Billy to choose from! Can you design own bucket?  Think about what shape and colour it is.  Does it have a pattern or picture on the front and what size is it?  Write about your bucket, using adjectives to describe.


  • What can you see in your bucket? Draw a picture of your bucket with your sea creatures in it and then write about it.  Try to make your writing even better by using adjectives (describing words) – for example: “In my bucket I can see three huge sea turtles.  In my bucket I can see a mermaid with a shiny tail and bright red hair.”  You might even want to get creative and choose a new theme for what is inside such as things in space, jungle animals, story characters – the choice is yours!


  • Billy absolutely loved his birthday present. What is the best present you have ever received?  How did you feel when you received it?  Can you draw it and write about it?


This week in maths we are learning about capacity!

Look at the Powerpoint presentations below.

  • Can you find different bottles and containers at home and explore filling them a quarter, ½ full, ¾ full and full?
  • Next, explore the capacities of your bottles and containers – which do you think will hold the least and most amounts of water? Put your items in order from which you think will hold the least to the most.  Ask an adult to help you fill each container and pour the contents into a measuring jug.  Read the scale and note down how much water each one holds and then put the containers into the correct order – were your predictions correct?

Don’t forget you can also access additional home learning on the BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy sites and your Abacus accounts have more activities added for the Summer term.

Please do email me with your work – I love seeing what you have all been up to!  (



 Week beginning 6th July 2020

Hello Turtles!  This week we are going to be carrying on with our aquatic under the sea theme!  Here is your home learning:

I have linked the story of Billy's Bucket again below if you need a reminder:

This year we imagined that we were different book characters and thought about how we might feel or the things that we might say.  Today I would like you to imagine you are Billy and write a letter to a friend telling them about what happened in the story!  Here are some questions to think about to help you get started:

  • Why did you want a bucket for your birthday?
  • Did you realise that your bucket was special when you chose it?
  • How did you feel when your Mum and Dad did not believe that there were sea creatures in the bucket?
  • What happened at the end of the story – how did Mum and Dad get the whale back into the bucket?


Now we are going to look at some poems – you might remember reading Rumble in the Jungle last term which is by the same author!  Click on the link below to hear the poems:

Talk to an adult at home about which of the poems in the book are your favourites and why.  There are lots of rhyming words in the poems – can you choose your favourite sea creature and write a poem about it using some rhyming words?

Science home learning:

Lots of you really enjoyed our learning on mammals this year.  Now we are going to look at sea creatures! 

Once you have looked at the slides below have a look at the work underneath them:

Link to work for identifying and describing animals:

Link to work for identifying different parts of ocean animals:

Link to work for habitat adaptation 1:

Link to work for habitat adaptation 2:


Maths home learning:

This week you are going to be revising our learning on multiplying numbers by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and learning how to draw arrays to help you!

Look at these slides to remind you about using clever counting in 2s, 5s and 10s – there are questions in them for you to answer as you go!


Then look at this Powerpoint which will help you to understand drawing arrays – answer the multiplication questions in your home learning books by drawing arrays to help you work out the answers.


Finally - I have linked below some videos for you to watch if you want to find out more about sea creatures! 


Have a lovely week!


 Week beginning 13th July 2020:

Hello Turtles!  I can’t believe it is the last week of term already.  You should now all have received your reports and I hope that your parents have enjoyed reading all about your progress and hard work this year!  Here is our last week of home learning:

Ms Dainton is so excited about being your teacher in September!  Although I have been telling her all about you all, you are the best people to help her to get to know you!  Can you write a letter to Ms Dainton to tell her all about you!  What are your likes, interests and what are you looking forward to about being in Year 2?  If you take a photo of writing email it to me I can pass it on to her!

Here is another writing activity for you to help you to practise planning out your sentences in your head before writing them down and to practise some of the things that we have learnt about writing in literacy this year. 

Maths home learning:

This week in maths we are going to be looking at doubling, grouping and sharing/halving.  Have a look at the slides below, you could even write or draw your answers in your home learning book or on a piece of paper.




Here is a game idea that you could play with a sibling or parent to help you to practise your doubling and halving.

This interactive game will help you to practise your doubles….you could even challenge yourself to try the halves or practise your number bonds too!


Finally – I know you have really enjoyed our Science work this year and taking part in our experiment challenges – here are some for you to try at home!  Click on the links below:

Dancing raisins

Paper towel colour mixing

Skittles colour mixing


Friday 17th July 2020:

Hello Turtles!  I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed teaching you all this year!  Even though our time together was cut short you have all worked so hard this year and I am looking forward to seeing you all in September when you come back as Giraffe class!  H

Your last piece of home learning for the summer break is to find out as much as you can about giraffes ready for September!  I wonder if any of you will be able to find out a new fact that Ms Dainton does not know!

I have also written you a letter here: Letter to Turtle Class

Have a lovely summer

Miss Saunders xx


If you are sending photos of your child and their work to Teachers, please indicate in your email if you would NOT like their photos shown on our website and blog. Many thanks!


I know how much you love to sing!  Mrs Hibberd who takes Baring’s choir has written to everyone with some useful song links here:

**Poetry competition**  HERE IS A LINK to a poetry competition if you would like to have a go at writing some poetry during your time at home!  This year's theme is Environment!  Good Luck!


See blog for up to date news and photographs  


 Year 1 Key Performance Indicators.

Want to know more about the teaching of Mathematics? These videos are for parents to see some of the things that we do in class.  You will need your child's log in details to view the videos.