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Year 1


School closed to most pupils

Your child should complete school work from home. Your child's class teacher has published a timetable on Microsoft Teams for your child to follow. 

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Next steps 

  1. Read our ‘How to’ guide for how to access your child’s Microsoft Teams email and password. 
  2. Watch our ‘How to log on to Microsoft Teams video (3.5 mins) 
  3. Watch our How to use video call settings short video (2mins) 

Key worker and vulnerable pupils

Your child should come into school as usual, please make sure you have booked their place on MCAS via the 'clubs' booking. Children should attend school everyday. They will be taught by Ms Lateef

Creative Home Learning Showcase on Microsoft Teams

Our Creative Home Learning showcase will now be on Microsoft teams, rather than in class. Please complete the Creative Home Learning tasks at home as normal and upload a picture or document to your child's Class Teams account, in the section labelled 'Creative Home Learning'. We will showcase everybody's home learning via teams towards the end of this half term.

There will be no creative home learning while school remains closed.


Recommended Reading List Challenge can now be uploaded to Microsoft Teams 

You can now take a picture of your child's Recommended Reading Challenge and upload it to the their Class Teams account, in the section labelled 'Reading'. They will receive their bronze/silver/gold/platinum awards as normal.


Remote Learning

If your child is at home self-isolating, please refer to the class notebook on Microsoft Teams to access and complete work for this week.


You can find your child's log-in in the 'Report Section' of MCAS. Refer to our 'How to' guides for more details

Your child is expected to follow the class timetable and complete daily English, (phonics) and maths lessons. As well as weekly lessons from our Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum. Your child class teacher will make contact through the class notebook, and Microsoft Teams each day. This may be though written feedback or a video call. Your child's class teacher will arrange times for this.

Books going home

English and Maths books will also be sent home on the week beginning: 


Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum

Home learning

Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise.  Our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:


  • Reading and/or talking about their reading to an adult for at least 20 minutes, 5 times a week. Complete your child’s reading record each time they read. Remember it doesn’t always have to be their school book. Reading records and reading books should be sent into school daily. Teachers will have a look at these to check regular reading is taking place at home.
  • Learning spelling patterns linked to Year Group  expectations ready for use in dictation towards the end of every week. These spellings will be on year group notice boards and should be practised at home.
  • Reciting multiplication tables to increase their fluency so that they can be applied in other areas of maths and problem solving. Log on to Timestable Rockstars!
  • Half-termly creative home learning will be set at the start of each half term and will celebrated and fed back on during our creative home learning showcases.


You will be able to see your child’s progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home at least once during every term as well as at parent consultation meetings.



Spelling patterns 

Week beginning: 18th January 2021

The past tense of some words may sound as if it ends in /ld/, /d/ or /t/, however these endings are spelt -ed. If the verb ends in two consonant letters, then we just add 'ed'.


Example words that use this pattern:

hunted, buzzed, jumped, walked


Please discuss and practise this pattern at home.



Children will bring home their reading book, linked to the phonics or book band they have been assessed at. They also have the choice to select a recommended reading book or library book to share at home with you. 

Once the children have read a book, it would be great if they could complete one of the activities of their choice outlined below. 


Activity Choices (they can be completed more than once):

1. Compare the book to another book you have read. What was similar? What was different? Think about characters/setting and events.

2. Draw a picture of your favourite character and write 5 words or phrases to describe their personality and 5 words/phrases to describe their appearance.

3. As you are reading, list any unfamiliar words and write their meaning.

4. If you could make one change to the story, what would it be and why?

5. Make a note of 3 of your favourite sentences and explain why you like them.

6. Complete a 'story S' which outlines the main events of the story.


5 books = Bronze Award

10 books = Silver Award

15 Books = Gold Award

All books = Platinum Award

  • Find out Recommended Reading lists here (scroll to the bottom)



TimesTables Rockstars!

TimesTables Rockstars is an online programme we have introduced to encourage children to have fun with multiplication facts while improving fluency, recall and speed. Children can access it in their own time on any IOS, Android or Windows device.

What is it?

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of times tables practice. 

How does it work?

Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of your child so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question. The clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each child is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until they have mastered them. It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.

Is this instead of the times table challenge completed in class?

No, this is to supplement the times tables challenge, giving children a fun way to practise and challenge themselves.

Where does this fit with National Curriculum expectations?

All pupils at the end of year 4 in England will take an online multiplication tables check. The national curriculum specifies that pupils at this stage should be able to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12x12.

The check aims to support pupils to master multiplication skills, which are essential for future success in mathematics. It will help to identify pupils who have not yet mastered this mathematical concept, so additional support can be provided.

How do I log in?

Children will be given details to log in ( once they have successfully completed all levels of the Number Bond Challenge.

Please see the sites below for other interactive games to help your children's fluency in recalling their multiplication and division tables.

Hit the Button

Maths Frame

Funky Mummy



What is my child learning?



In English this week, we will be learning about the author Ma Liang who wrote the story The Magic Paintbrush.
We will be using Oak Academy to guide our learning. We will be exploring the feelings of Ma Liang's and will learn about diary writing. 
We will continue to focus on capital letters and full stops and will also focus on past tense -ed words, so make sure you practise your spellings patterns :)

You will have the opportunity to share your learning with a Year 1 teacher by the end of the week.





In Maths this week, we will begin exploring money. We will be identifying a range of British coins and notes, so make sure you have some with you!

You will use your knowledge of counting in 2's, 5's and 10's to count and compare different amounts of money.

You will have the opportunity to share your learning with a Year 1 teacher by the end of the week.


Specialist subjects

Number Bond Challenge

Every Thursday children will be given  a Number Bond Challenge to complete within two minutes. They will begin with Number Bonds to 5. If children complete the challenge successfully, they will move to the next challenge the following week.

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