Home Learning in Meerkats
Welcome Meerkats! Even though we might not be seeing you for a little while, we are really keen that you can still enjoy the learning that you would usually be doing at school. Each day Mrs Dixon or Mrs Radford will update this page with fresh ideas for you to try. However, please remember that school isn't all about sitting at your tables and writing - it's also a fun place to be with lots of exciting adventures and we would love for this to continue at home as well. Remember to have lots of fun with your learning. Bake some cakes, go for a walk (whilst following the Government's advice), try a nature hunt in your garden, paint some pictures and be creative.
Every day we will post up a Maths and English activity. Over the course of the week we will also post up suggestions for activities to continue our learning for the other subjects that we do. These activities are suggestions only and feel free to adapt them to suit your family. Please don't worry if you don't have time to do them all because you were having too much fun making a cake that day - this is also a lovely thing to do and should be celebrated!
We have added our Year 1 common exception words and our maths calculations policy below. The common exception words have been the focus of our spellings this year and are a set of words that all children are expected to be able to read and spell by the end of Year 1. The maths calculations policy is useful to refer to when supporting your child at home with their maths calculations.
There is also a list of 'general' links that you can use to support your learning at the bottom of this page. Feel free to dip into these whenever you feel like it. The list is not exhaustive and you may have already found some of your own. There are lots of educational websites that are making access to their sites free to parents at the moment and as we find more we will add them to the list, so keep checking back.
The most important thing is that we want you all to stay safe! Keep washing those hands (remember that germs are like invisible glitter so wash them WELL with hot water and soap for 20 seconds), and listen to what your adults tell you. It might be frustrating not to be able to pop round and see your friends or have a play date at the park, but it is all to keep you as healthy as we can!
Finally, we cannot wait until we see you all again at school!
Mrs Radford and Mrs Dixon.
A note for parents/carers:
We understand that you are, and always have been your children's primary educators. This has not changed even in these exceptional circumstances. However, as we do not know yet how long it will be before we can see our pupils again, we thought that these activity ideas may be useful for you. We aim to make them as fun as possible to encourage your children to engage with them. However, you know your own children and if you do not feel that the activity idea set is going to be the best for your child, then feel free to change it to suit them, or simply to come up with your own ideas. You've probably already been thinking about the fun things you can do with your child - enjoy these precious few weeks with them and use the time to try out all those lovely ideas. Our activity ideas are suggestions only.
We have set up a class email address for you to contact us on if you have any questions. These will be checked daily, however, please understand that we may also be in school with the children of critical workers and so we may not be able to answer your query immediately. We will do our best to get back to you in a timely fashion. You can contact us on email@example.com
Suggested timetable for the day:
Please note that this is purely a suggestion and it may not suit your family. We understand that some of you may have more than one child in more than one year group and finding time to complete everything with all of them may be stressful. Do what is right for you and your children. However, if you would a rough guide then please see the SUGGESTED timetable below:
9.30-11 Academic time (it is probably best to try and complete the English and Maths tasks early on in the day whilst your children are fresh and awake)
11-12 Creative time
12.30-1 Helping to tidy up after lunch!
1-2 Academic time (for example art, topic, computing ideas)
2-3 Fresh air. and fun outside
Monday 30th March
We hope you all have enjoyed your weekends. Thank you to those who emailed us with an update of what you have been up to last week. We both really enjoyed reading these and particularly loved seeing many of you having fun doing your learning in the sunshine!
Choose 10 of the Year 1 common exception words (in document above) and write each on a small piece of paper. Ask an adult or older brother/sister to hide them for you, either around your house or garden. Go on a word hunt! Every time you find a word, read it, cover it up and have a go at writing it down correctly. How many of the 10 words you chose can you spell correctly?
Choose a number between 11 and 19 and create a poster all about that number. Which addition and subtraction calculations do you know that total that number? Can you partition the number into tens and units (ones)? Can you write the number down as a word? What is double of that number? Is it an odd or even number?
PE- Dance and Movement
Using the link below, listen and join in to the BBC Let's Move - Robin Hood as part of the Castle, Knights and Dragons programme. Make sure you are wearing clothes you can easily move in, you have bare feet (no socks) and enough space around you. Listen carefully to the presenter and also the music. Enjoy!
Friday 27th March - Day 5
Congratulations for making it to the end of your first week! I'm sure that it has felt a little bit strange to you all (it certainly has for Mrs Dixon and myself) but I hope that you've been able to have some fun and still enjoy your learning all at the same time? Don't forget that you can contact us on our class email if you have any questions.
Today I would like you to put your story plan into action and write your own version of 'When a Dragon Moves In'. Try to make your story as interesting as possible by adding adjectives to describe your characters and the setting. Don't forget that ALL sentences should start with a capital letter and finish with a full stop and to check for these by reading through your story at the end and correcting it if you need. Any names (for people and places) also need to start with a capital letter.
Find lots of different jugs and cups (ask your grown ups if it's ok to use them first). Fill them with water and use them to make potions and spells with. Can you use different mathematical vocabulary such as 'full', 'half-full' and 'empty' to describe the capacity of each jug? Which one holds the most? How can you be sure? If your grown ups are happy to, you could add a little bit of food colouring to the water to make different colours for your spells.
And finally, something a little bit different! Imagine that you were hired to work for an amusement park. Can you design a brand new exciting roller coaster?
Don't forget to keep adding to your positivity jar. I've been doing this with Ryan all week and he's loving looking back at all of his happy memories so far.
Have a lovely weekend everyone and remember to use the next couple of days to relax and enjoy the sunshine! Get lots of fresh air in your garden and have some fun. We'll post some more activities for Monday.
Thursday 26th March - Day 4
I wonder how all of your positivity jars are coming along? Have you managed to add something positive every day? Don't forget to keep adding to it as it might really help you if you are having a down day at any point.
Today I would like you to plan your own version of 'When a Dragon Moves In'. You're going to need to change parts of the story to make it your own. Try answering the following questions to help you:
Who are your characters? Are you going to have another dragon or a different animal?
What is your setting?
What happens in the beginning of your story?
What will the problem be?
How will the problem be resolved (fixed)?
What will your ending be?
Try not to write your story yet, planning it will be enough. Make sure you write it down so that you remember everything as I'm going to ask you to write it tomorrow!
Have a go at the following maths problem. You can either write your answers down if you fancy a harder challenge, or use physical blocks and boxes if you'd like an easier version.
Topic - History
To continue our 'castles' topic, have a look at the PPT below about Knights. You will learn all about the armour they wore and how it protected them in battles.
Once you've watched the PPT, download the resource and have a go at labeling all of the parts of the armour. There are three levels of difficulty: one star is equivalent to the Gold challenge, two stars would be Platinum and three stars would be Diamond. If you want an even more difficult challenge then write a sentence or two about each piece of the armour and how it protects the Knight.
If you don't have access to a printer then you could draw your own Knight in his armour and label your picture.
Wednesday 25th March - Day 3
Continuing on with 'When a Dragon Moves In' can you answer the following questions? Try to write your answers down as you will need to remember them to help you with Thursday's learning!
Who are the characters in the story?
What is the setting (the place where the story takes place)?
What happens in the beginning of the story?
What is the problem?
What is the resolution (how the problem is fixed)?
What is the ending of the story?
Use some shapes to design your own castle. You could use blocks to make a 3d castle or 2d shapes to make a picture. It is up to you. If you want to make a 2d picture then you could use a ruler and one of the pieces of squared paper we included in your home learning pack.
Talk about the shapes that you have used. Can you describe their properties? Here is a link to support you with the words you should be using. It has some excellent videos and resources to help you:
If you wanted an additional challenge then have a look at Paul Klee's painting 'Castle and Sun'.
Paul Klee's Castle and Sun
Could you create your own castle to match the style of Paul Klee?
There are some great examples online if you Google 'ks1 castles shape pictures Paul Klee'.
Investigate your gardens with a scavenger hunt! Find a bag and see if you can collect the following items:
5 leaves that look different
a stick that is longer than your hand
a rock with spots on it
10 blades of grass
something you love to play with
a piece of rubbish that you can recycle
something that is brown
something that is heavy
something that is very light
something that needs sun to live
an item smaller than your thumb
something that starts with 'm'
something that smells good.
Make sure everything gets put back where it belongs!
Have a look at the 'Diary of a Castle Knight' which I've added below. Can you read the diary entry to your grown up? Once you have done this, have a go at answering the questions on the right hand side. Remember to write in full sentences with capital letters and full stops.
Tuesday 24th March
Following on from the story 'When a Dragon Moves In' (https://www.storylineonline.net/).
Can you write a set of simple instructions on how to build a perfect sandcastle?
Instructions are written for someone who needs to know how to do something. Number your instructions and use time words (first, then, next, finally) to help order them.
Practise your number bonds to 10 by playing ‘Save the Whale’ http://www.ictgames.com/saveTheWhale/
The whale is trapped in the lake. Drag a length of the pipe that you need to total 10 and then click to turn the wheel. If you’re correct the whale will swim off to sea!
Don't forget to write something down for your Positivity Jar.
Monday 23rd March 2020
Ongoing Positivity Jar:
As this is your first day, I'd like you to try something a bit different that can be an ongoing challenge. With everything going on in the world at the moment, I feel that a little positivity would be a great thing, so I'd love for you to create your own 'Positivity Jar'. Find an empty jar (or save one when it has been finished). Have fun decorating it with paints, coloured paper, stickers, glitter or anything else you can think of.
Every day I would like you to write something positive down on a small slip of paper. These could be anything at all, such as something fun that you have done that day, something that made you feel happy, a good deed that either you did or someone did for you, a joke you were told or anything else that made you smile. Add these to the jar each day. If you have any days where you are feeling sad or frustrated, look through your memories to cheer yourself up.
Can you write a letter in role as the boy to convince your family that the Dragon in your sandcastle is real?
Make some digit cards for the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and the operations +, -, =. How many ways can you make 4 using these cards. You can use the cards as many times as you'd like. Examples might include 5-1=4 and 1+3=4.
Design your own dragon to go in your very own sandcastle. You can design it using whatever resources you like: crayons, paint, playdough, craft materials, glitter!
Supporting Websites for Activity Ideas
Every day Joe Wicks will be completing a 30 minute work out for your children to follow. These could be a great start to your morning, waking the whole family up and making sure that they are ready for a day of learning!
Sum Dog - a maths website great for completing challenges that we have set up. We've now set up your first challenge so have a go! You'll need your logins to access them, so if you can't remember them then let us know and we'll try and send you a reminder.
Times Tables Rock Stars - We've set you all up with this as well so try and practice your times tables skills. Again, you'll need your login details that were sent out previously, so please contact us if you cannot find them.
BBC Bitesize is a fabulous website with lots of different resources for all subjects
Oxford Owl has a wealth of online books categorised into the different reading levels. They have the option of being read aloud to the children and there are also follow up activities for the children to complete after they have read the book. You will need to set up an account, but it is free to do so.
Phonics Play is a great website for practicing those phonics skills and it is one that we regularly use in class. They have made the site free for the whole of March for parents to access. Please use the username name 'march 20' and the password 'home'. We're currently learning Phase 5 alternative spellings, but if your child is finding this hard then please feel free to use the Phase 3 resources.
Jump Start Jonny - a useful workout and mindfulness website for children to copy the videos. Jonny will be uploading free activities every Monday whilst the schools are shut.
Cosmic Kids - a great yoga and mindfulness site. Another great start to the day, or try if you feel that your children need a calm down!
Think U Know - a good website for looking at online safety
National Trust 50 Things to do Before You're 11 and 3/4
Oliver Jeffers will be reading one his books each weekday over the next few weeks. Ask your children which Oliver Jeffers book we have ben reading recently and see if they can remember!
The Scouts have created some lovely 'indoor' activity ideas to help keep the children busy