Beech Class Letter from Mr Cooper

Dear Beech Class,

It’s Mr Cooper here and I’m going to be your teacher in Beech Class for the rest of the summer term. I hope you’re all alright and coping ok at this strange time. I’m really looking forward to seeing you and hearing what you’ve all been up to. We’re also going to try to do a zoom meeting at 1pm tomorrow, Friday, so it’ll be good to see you then, too.

See you all soon, take care, stay safe,

Mr Cooper

Year 1 Amazing Animals!

Our new topic is all about animals. Can you spot any from your window or when you are in your garden?
Do you have any pets? 
Here are some of the things I can see in my garden….


Birds to look out for
BBC – Wonders of nature – wildlife you may see in your garden
Birds in Your Garden Check list

Science Knowledge Organiser – Animals (Including Humans) Year 1 –

Keep safe and well!

From Mrs Finlay and everyone at Colman Infant School ! 

Year 1 Home Learning Summer Term

Dear Maple and Beech Class,

We hope that you are all keeping safe and well. We do miss you all!

Our new topic is Amazing Animals!


The Storm Whale. We have uploaded the story for you to read. After you have read the story, can you paint or draw your own storm whale? Can you write a story about finding your own storm whale? Use the booklet template online or make your own.

If you lived by the sea, can you write a diary entry about finding a storm whale, what would you do?

Do you have any amazing pets that you have at home? Can you write a story about them? What do they eat and how do you look after them?

Can you see any animals from your window? Blackbirds? Cats? Dogs? Can you write about them?

Phonics and Reading

We have uploaded a list of phonics words to read, including alien words. Please keep exploring books and enjoy reading to each other! We have also included the Year 1 Common Exception Words, please learn to read and spell these important words.

Science and Geography


Animals are amazing, can you name all the different types of animals? Use the sorting activity to help. Can you cut out the pictures and sort the animals?  There is also an activity where you can complete the missing details on the Animal Group Sheet.  Have you any animals at home that you can add?   

Do you know which ones eat meat (carnivores) and which ones eat plants (herbivores) and which ones eat both (omnivores). Use this link to watch a BBC video about what animals eat or use the fact sheet enclosed.


What do you know about the oceans? Use the fact sheet to help you and try the short quiz on oceans too! To help you there is a world map and a blank map that needs labelling. Can you add some animals? Which animals live in our oceans?  Use the Under the Sea word mat to help you!  BBC – Oceans



Can you continue to practise counting to 100 (and beyond if you can!). Can you count backwards as well as forwards? Can you count from any given number?

Use a hundred square to help or a number line. Choose any number; can you count on from it? Can you count back from it?

Use the tens and ones place value grid to help you. Can you say how many tens and how many ones there are in the number you have chosen?

Can you draw a part whole model to partition any number? Can you use the numbers to make a number sentence?

There is a snakes and ladders addition game to 20 and a Crack the Code Under the Sea Maths Puzzle to solve!

We have also included an introduction to measurement – length and height, you can find this online on page 118 of the Power Maths pages Year 1 Textbook B.

 (when you click on the link it will then ask you to click to accept terms and conditions, then click continue to take you to the textbook)

You could ask a grown up to help you measure things at home.

Art and craft

Can you make an animal? If you have plasticine, playdoh or junk modelling things, you could make your own animal. You could make your own world under the sea using an old box! Try making the folding tiger, you can print it off, colour it in, cut it out and fold it to make it stand!

We hope you enjoy these ideas and that you all keep safe and well.

From Mrs Finlay and all the staff at Colman Infant School!

Useful Website

The BBC has also produced some excellent resources on their learning zone and include daily lessons which cover important aspects that we have learnt in the classroom which you could revisit such as :

Counting on and back in 2s

Representing numbers within 50

When to use question marks

Using descriptive words

Maple and Beech Class Power Maths Online Learning 3.4.2020

Dear Maple and Beech Class,

We have a great online resource for you to use to help with Maths learning at home.

Click on this link and it will take you to the Power Maths Textbook for Year 1.

On Page 16 it refers to the number bonds that we have been learning in school. Page 70 works on numbers to 50

Can you play the lilypad game on page 76? On page 79 can you help Ben with his numbers to find his way through the forest?

On page 80 you can re-visit tens and ones that we learnt in school.

Can you help the children Molly and Filip on page 87 to make numbers using tens and ones?

At home you can count different objects and group them into tens and ones. Ask for a grown up to help you find items to count. 

What is the whole number? How many tens and how many ones are there?

You can view any of these pages to re-visit different sections that we have learnt in schoolA good focus would be unit 9 numbers to 50. 

There is a short video to show you how to access the Textbook. 

Keep safe and well.

We miss you all! 

From Mrs FinlayMrs Whiley and all the staff at Colman Infant School!

Year 1 Update Maple and Beech Class

Dear Maple and Beech Class,
Here are some more useful websites to support your learning.

Can you write a story? You could use the creative writing prompts (at the bottom of this page).

Can you remember all your punctuation; capital letters, finger spaces, full-stops, exclamation marks and question marks?

Do you know your number bonds to 20? Can you count to 100 and back? Maybe use a number line or number square. Can you find out how many tens and how many ones there are in a number up to 50/100?

Can you make a tens and ones place value chart to help? (use the template here to help. Remember the teen numbers. Can you count backwards and forwards to 20 without any mistakes?

There are phonics resources here also to help you. Keep reading and exploring books as often as you can. I have added a Phonics word list to use also.

Keep safe, from Mrs Finlay and everyone at Colman Infant School !

Maths Do you know your number bonds to 20



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