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Year 1

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If your child has been given a reading book, please make sure that they bring it in to school EVERY DAY.

We have been reading these books in class and talking about the characters and the story. Ask your child to talk to you about these books.

We have been using Talk for Writing to retell the story of Owl Babies. The children use actions  and a story map to remember the words in the story.


Our PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please send your child to school in their PE kit. Our PE sessions will take place outside ( unless it is raining) so please send your child in jogging bottoms/ leggings and a long sleeved jumper.


There are many websites that will help your child to learn their letter sounds…  is an excellent one to use.

Have a look at our Reading and Phonics page for loads more links and advice.


Year 1 have already made an excellent start with their writing . If you would like to support your child at home with their writing , you could focus on these areas…

Practise sitting their letters on the line.

Using a finger space between the words in a sentence.

Starting the sentence with a capital letter and ending it with a full stop.

We are ALWAYS delighted to see work that the children have done at home. Please do encourage your child to show us any writing ( letter sounds, tricky words or sentences) that they have done at home.

These are the words that Year 1 children are expected to be able to read and write by the end of year 1. You can not ” sound them out” so they have to be learnt by sight. Look Cover Write Check is a good way to practise them.



Your child now has their  own ” animal” log in for Purple Mash.

Please use this to access the work that has been set for them. When you have logged in go to the Alert button at the top of your page and it will show you all the jobs I have given you. Remember to click the purple hand in button when you have finished it. You can even send me a message about your work!



Suggested Daily tasks…

I have put together a list of activities that your child could do each day whilst they are unable to come into the classroom. Please do not think that you must complete all of these everyday, it is much more important to keep your child engaged in a fun and relaxed way rather than to make them do hours and hours every day.


Complete one Fluent in 5 or Flashback 4 .

The Flashback 4s can be found in the additional work files. Click on the link on this page.

Read your Phonics book to an adult for 5 minutes.


Those of you who are reading yellow/ blue /green books try to add in voices for different characters and make your reading sound fluent and ” real”. Go through your books and make a list of all the word that contain the same phoneme.  eg   ship   shell    shoe    shout        or.       make    shame    reclaim    aim 

If you are not in school at the moment and you need something else to read have a look at Oxford Owl Reading . They have a super  e Library where you can choose more books to read that are on the same Book band colour as your current book.

Click on Oxford Owl for Home to access the e library.

Practise counting in 2s, 5s or 10s.

See if you can write these down. Make sure all of your numbers are the right way round!

Choose a  2DO from Purple Mash.  

 This is the online learning  website that the children regularly use at school and where most of the online learning tasks are .I have set  specific work for the children to complete on the Purple Mash website. They are able to hand the work in and then I can mark it. You will be able to see my comments. There is a choice of work to do , including phonics, numeracy, science, geography and art. I am really impressed with how hard the children are working at home.

We will keep in touch with you over the coming weeks via phone calls. Please take care of yourselves and keep safe.

With very best wishes,

Miss Digby  and Mrs.Radford


Week beginning 18th January

Choose 15 of these Tricky words and play Tricky Word Bingo.

Handwriting – introducing Cursive letters


PE with Joe is starting again next week.

Joe will be back on YouTube with his PE sessions.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Go Noodle web page and do a routine that we do in class.

Abbey Hill Primary and Nursery School