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Swans - Year 1

Welcome to Swans class


The teachers in Swans Class are Miss Hammond and Mrs Janca

The teaching assistant is  Mrs Fox.


Homework will now no longer be given out - it will be set on a Friday via Dojo - if you are not yet connected please speak to either Miss Hammond or Ms Janca.


PE is every Wednesday all children need to come into school wearing a full PE kit.







We believe we can!



VE Day 2020

This year, we will be commemorating 75 years since the end of World War II.

On May 8, 1945, fighting in Europe came to a halt as the allied forces finally saw Germany surrender.

There are some activities attached for you to have a look at which includes- a power point to explain what VE day is, a comprehension activity to do with an adult, a word search  and some art and craft activities. Enjoy and have fun celebrating with your family.

Stay Safe, Stay Home, Support the NHS


School is open for children who have an allocated social worker or whose parents are critical workers during this time. If you fall into one of these categories and wish for your child to attend school please do get in touch. It is important however to remember the safest and best place for your child is home so if they are able to be there then that is where they should be. 


Try doing Jo Wicks P.E. lessons live on you tube every weekday at 9:00 - Mrs Janca and Miss Hammond have been enjoying doing these.


At this very uncertain and confusing time whilst the school is closed we hope that your families stay safe and well. We have included some external links that you can use for home schooling your children but as well as this please take time to ;- Read - listen to your children and read books to them, watch T.V. enjoy nature (all  - teach them to tie shoe laces, enjoy role play and dressing up! let them enjoy being children. 


Miss Hammond and Mrs Janca 


Computing at home

In Summer term, children would be learning to experience the difference between digital and drawn images online. Chn to manipulate images to create documents/ebook.


Activity 1: To identify plants using a search engine (google/Bing/yahoo)

Children to see if they can name 3 different plants (outside if they can), then to search for those plants online (click on images after searching, can you name the plants you have found?)

Activity 2: I can use paint to create a picture.

Chn open paint (or similar app) Can you create a picture of your choice (challenge: can you save your work? – Explain to an adult why we should save our work)

Activity 3:  I can take digital photos of plants.

Chn to take photos of plants (on a walk, outside, in the house, from their window)

Activity 4: I can use paint to create a picture of a plant.

Chn open paint and create a picture of their favourite and least favourite plant.


Challenge activity: LO: I can use a text box. Can chn open a text box and label their plants?


Extension: If chn want to they can create an eBook using this is also an app available on ipads/phones etc (this book could show the digital images and paint drawn images of the plants they have found around them)

Literacy w/c 27/4/2020


Please continue following the RWI sessions online with Ruth Miskin these will enable your child to progress with both reading and writing. 


Reading is very important please continue to read with your child both listening and reading to them, asking them questions about what they have read - could you do a character description of one of the characters from your stories? using descriptive language e.g. - big goggly eyes. sharp white teeth. 


Then you could do a wanted poster - who is the villan in your story?  can you make a poster describing him/her? 


I have attached some proformas for you to use. 


There is also some handwriting for you to print out and practice. 


Please continue to access the RWI sessions run by Ruth Miskin - see link below. 


Spellings this term are High Frequency words - encourage your child to be able to sight read them first and then spell. These can be found on the Twinkl website under Year 1 High frequency words.


Reading - you can continue taking AR tests on line (see the first page of your child's monkey book for your child's log in.) 


Writing - hold a sentence - can you say a sentence to your child from one of the stories they are reading (length depending on ability) get them to repeat this to you a number of times then write it down - remembering finger spaces/capital letters/full stops and writing on the line!


RWI online


Lesson 1 - Plant and Flower hunt.

Can you go on a plant and flower hunt. Use the PDF document *Plant and flower hunt* to identify which plants or flowers you discover. Were there any plants or flowers you discovered that were not on the document?

Lesson 2 - Label parts of a flower.

Can you correctly label the parts of a flower? See *Label parts of a flower*. The children need to only complete the simple parts of a flower , please ignore the other one. 

Lesson 3 - What do plants need to stay alive?

Please complete the PDF document *Plants need* and explain what a plant needs in order to stay alive.

Lesson 4 - Terrific Trees.

Look at the PDF document *Terrific Trees*. Discuss what do you think makes a tree an evergreen? Do you know what time of year deciduous trees start to lose their leaves? Describe the annual cycle of a deciduous tree. 

On your daily walk can you use the PDF document *tree hunt* to correctly identify what tress you have discovered in your local area. Can you then with an adult use the PDF document *evergreen and deciduous sorting cards* to sort which trees are evergreen and which trees are deciduous. 

Lesson 5 - Experiment over time (Veg Tops)

You will need: 

  • a couple of different vegetables such as; carrot, potato, parsnip or turnip.
  • a small plate or dish to hold the vegetable tops.
  • a suitable knife (with adult provision) to cut the vegetable tops off
  • water to be placed onto the small plate or dish with the vegetable tops. 


  1. With an adult, use a suitable knife to remove 1cm of your different vegetables top. 
  2. Get a small plate and place a tiny amount of of water on it and the vegetable tops. The water should not cover the vegetables top as it will rot. 
  3. Leave the vegetable tops in a warm and light place, Top up the water as it evaporates.

Over time, now can you observe, handle, draw, take a photo of the changes you see in each different vegetable top. 

Key questions: 

How long was it before you saw any changes?

Did it change in the way that you expected?

What did you notice when you compared the different types of vegetable after one week, two weeks and so on?

Did each type of vegetable change in the same way?  

Geography (Coasts and Seas). 

Key vocab :

Physical features - A natural feature on the surface, such as water, mountains, and deserts 

Human features - Features include anything from a house to a city, and all the related infrastructure such as roads, rail, canals etc.

Lesson 1 - Re-cap with an adult what seas/oceans do you already know and can tell them. Can you draw what you think a beach looks like? What physical and human features does it have, are all beaches the same, what can be different? 

Lesson 2 - See the word document below called "Geography - Lesson 2" Can the children label the physical and human features of a beach/coast. 

Lesson 3 - See the word document below called "Geography - Lesson 3" Can you look at the pictures of different coastal cities from all around the world and answer the questions with an adult. 

Swans timetable


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Listen to our story telling.

Story telling.


This term we are looking at learning the story of The Gingerbread Man. We will be learning the story and looking at the characters. Then we will innovate the story to create a similar version of our own, with our own ideas. 

Phonics screening.


All year 1 children will sit a phonics screening test in in the week begining 10th June.

This is a government paper and tests your childs ability to sound out words. 

The documents above are all the sounds your child will need to know in order to sound out the words in the screening check. 

Set 2 sounds