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Year 1

Welcome to Virtual Y1AB! I hope you are all keeping healthy and happy. 

Every week I'll put up a new book with a whole host of activities for you to dip in and out of relating to that book to hopefully give the learning some context. 

There are lots of great sites to do at home to help you with the skills you have learnt in school and to hopefully pick up some new skills as well! Here is a reminder of the websites we have suggested: 

Click on the website to follow the link, and information about all of these websites can be found here:

Useful Websites for Year 1

Your child will have a logon for any of these sites that need it, if you do not have these then please contact the school by email, at and we will be able to provide you with this information as soon as possible. 

Each week we will have a new story which can be found by scrolling down below this suggested timetable. So far we have covered two books:

  • Week 1 - 23rd March - The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl 
  • Week 2 - 30th March - The Shopping Basket by John Burningham


What a day in Virtual Year 1 could look like:

As a school we sent out a suggested timetable for those parents asking us about structure and ideas. Here is a suggestion of what a day following that timetable could look like using the activities from the story themes for each week. This is in no way an expectation, but a hopefully helpful suggestion. These activities can fit around anything you are doing at home and can be done in any order.

 9:00 - 9:30 - Active Time!

If you want some inspiration Joe Wicks is putting up a different exercise everyday at 9am, which can be accessed at any time. Jumpstart Johnny is doing live workouts on Youtube Monday - Friday at 9am too, which is a little more dance based and can also be accessed at anytime form his YouTube channel. 


9:30 - 10:30 - Academic Time 

Now time to recover a little! Here is a great time to choose some activities from the story of the week. Mondays are a great time to introduce the new story - to read the book together - looking at the cover, making some predictions about what we think might happen! Read through the book, pausing and discussing what is happening can you make links to some of your own experiences? 

10:30 - 11:00 - Online Time

Here is a good time to use those websites and practice some online learning! Why not have a go on Spelling shed and see how many points you can earn? I love seeing that you are using the sites! Or practice some Maths on Numbots, Sumdog or Times Tables Rockstars

11:00 - 12:00 - Creative Time

You could use some of the suggested themed creative activities here to keep with your story theme of the week or you could get out some Lego, or other building materials you might have. You could do some drawings, or colouring themed around any interests. If you have an interest in music you could practice a musical instrument or you could use this time to learn some songs. You could create a collage or do a jigsaw or even help an adult to prepare some lunch! 

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch Time

You could use this time to discuss different foods, and healthy choices, helping to prepare and clean up after lunch. You could make sure tables and surfaces are cleaned and make sure that you and everyone washes their hands properly. Remember our little video to check you've washed all the areas on your hands! 

1:00 - 2:00 - Quiet Time 

You could use this time to do some reading together, do some yoga, or meditation through a lot of different online sites, such as Cosmic Kids Yoga. You could do some mindful colouring, or create a poster or fact file about something that interests you. If you find that this is too long for quiet time you could always choose another activity from the story theme to do in this time. 

2:00 - 3:00 - Academic Time

Along with the suggested activities this would be a great time to keep working on the basics. Practice handwriting, or mental Maths with things like bonds to 10, or bonds to 20 if they are feeling like they want a challenge! Hit the button is a fantastic quick maths games to help the children with recalling their bonds to 10 and 20. They could practice skills such as dressing themselves, doing buttons and putting their shoes and coasts on independently. They could also practice listening skills with games like Simon Says. 

3:00 - 3:15 - Family Story Time

We usually use this time in school to come together at the end of the day, sometimes sharing some really great work that has been done and celebrate the learning. Why not try reading a favourite story you have a t home, even using a book that is longer and reading 1 chapter every afternoon, could be a lovely activity. 

More ideas from Celebrities

Celebrities are also offering their own talents to help while kids are at home - if you're interested in those you can find the links here: 

9.00 am - As we have suggested - PE with Joe Wicks or Jumpstart Jonny. Both are live at 9am but can be viewed at any time through the day.

10.00 am - Maths with Carol Volderman. Carol Volderman's Maths website 'The Maths Factor' is free to sign up to at the moment. 

11.00 am - English with David Walliams. Every day David Walliams is releasing a different audio book at 11 am. Following a story without looking at the text and pictures is an important skill - why not have a listen and then discuss what you thought of the story. You could even do a mini book review of each one, how many stars would you give them? 

11.30 am or 1:30 pm - Dance with Darcy Bussell or Oti Mabuse. Darcy Bussell is live at 1:30pm. Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse is streaming children's dance classes to her Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts at 11:30 am every day until at least 30th March. The classes are saved onto her YouTube page after the livestream has finished, so children can enjoy them even if you aren’t available at the exact start time.

Week 2 - 30.03.20

Story Theme: The Shopping Basket. 

So last week we looked at all things crocodile, this week we are moving onto a story with some different animals in! This week the learning activities are going to focus on 'The Shopping Basket' by John Burningham. Can you predict what will happen to each animal after Steven gives them the challenge?

Here is closer look at the illustrations:


Poor Steven! What a stressful trip to the shop! Do you think he really did find all those animals on the way home? What might have happened to the food if the animals weren't really there? Do you think he might have eaten them himself? This author hasn't used many adjectives, he has let the pictures show the reader what the animals looked like - could you suggest some adjectives he could have used? 

Here are some ideas of activities to dip in and out of themed from the Shopping Basket. 

Settled Activities - Activities you can do sat down, discussions and using pens and paper. 

  • Can you write your own shopping list? What might you need to buy? What does everyone in your house need? Go through your day and think of all the things you use. How many items were on Steve's list? Do you have more or less things on yours?
  • Can you make a list of adjectives to describe the characters, if you had no pictures how would you know what the animals look like? Do they have long fur? Short hair? What colour are they? Do they have ears? Or any other features you can describe like tusks, or tails? If you can you could write these as full sentences e.g. The monkey has short brown fur and a long thin tail. Remember your capital letters and full stops, and don't forget those finger spaces.
  • Have you ever walked to the local shop? Can you remember where to go? Make a map - draw the things you walk past on your way there - Are there trees? A post box? Is there a house with a car that stands out? Design your walk to the shops. If the shops are too far but school is closer you could draw your walk to school or even a local park - any place you walk to would be fantastic - even if we aren't walking there at the moment, we can imagine! 
  • Can you write these as instructions? Use your time connective - First, Next, Then, Finally - Can you tell people how to get to the shops (or other local place) from your house? 
  • You could make up your own story after designing your map - what animals could you run into along the way? What would they want from your shopping list? You might find a bee that wants to steal some honey, or a cat that fancies some of your fish! If you have walked to school you might include a different sort of shopping list, you could have a list of things you might bring home from school, like your reading book, home learning, your coat, your bag, etc. 
  • You could draw the animals from the story or design your own animals. 
  • Can you write the number sentences that would go with the story? e.g. Steven starts with 6 eggs and the bear wants 1, which would give us a number sentence of 6 - 1 = ? How many eggs does Steven have left? If you have written your own story you could do this for your story too! Make it harder if you want to and have the animals take more than one thing! 
  • You could count how many of the things on Steven's shopping list you have in your house. You could work together to do some simple addition and subtraction with the actual objects from the cupboard. In year one the majority of the children should be able to work with numbers up to 20 confidently - feel free to go above this if they are confident and able to! 
  • You could use activities such as this one from Twinkl - Money Matching - to start to look at money and matching the worth to the numbers. Using real money is always the best way to do this but this activity is a good alternative! 

Active Tasks - Activities that will require more than just pencils and paper, that might involve getting up and moving about and might use up a little more physical energy. 

  • Set up your own shop! Price up some of the food you've got, or use empty packages - can you attach some price tags? Make some signs for your shop - You give it a name, or tell your customers of any offers you have. Can you sell your family things from your shop - you could make some pretend money if you do not have any. The Money Matching activity could be used to cut out some pretend money, or make your own from scratch!
  • Pretend you are going to the shop - take your shopping list and a basket/bag and ask the shopkeeper (aka the adults you live with) to help you fill your bag up with the right items. Then you could have a picnic in the garden/sitting room with items you have 'bought' on your 'shopping trip'.
  • Can you retell and act out the story with someone from home? How would the different animals move or talk? Can you put on some different voices? Can you use some different movements and walks for the different characters?
  • To help with retelling your story you could make some headbands with ears to show which animal you are pretending to be.
  • You could use some Salt Dough (although I know flour is hard to get hold of at the moment!) , recipe here, to make the items from the original story or your own version. They can be painted once the dough is cooked and cooled. They can be used to retell the story - or used for counting along with simple addition and subtraction. 

Hope you enjoy some of these activities - we would love to see your activities. Why not come along to Grangetown's Facebook to comment and share what you and your little ones are getting up to! 

Week 1 - 23.03.20

Story Theme: The Enormous Crocodile 

Starting off with some ideas for some learning activities to do with your families. 

I love stories, and although I am missing our Year 1 story times I cannot wait to hear about all the books you have been reading/listening to at home! One of my favourite stories when I was little was the Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl. I've put a link here for the a youtube video of the story - it's a longer story but the video is in breaks - giving you a fantastic time to discuss what is happening. We have been doing lots of work on adjectives in Year 1 and this story is full of them! How many can you hear? Maybe you could try to write a list? 

What did you think of the crocodile!? Did you hear lots of adjectives? 

Here are some ideas of what you could do after listening to the story: 

  • Design your own crocodile. What size are they? What about their colour? Where do they live? Are they a kind crocodile? You could draw and write about your new character.

  • You could pretend to be a crocodile! How do you think they would move around? Put on some music and pretend to be looking for some lunch! 

  • Where is this story set? Did you hear what country it was set in? You and your adult could research the country and see what other wildlife lives there.

Twinkl is free at the moment as schools are closing to the majority of children and they have a lot of activities to support this book, such as:

  • Book Review Templates - what did you think of the story? What was your favourite part? Were there any bits you didn't like? Why? 

  • Beware of the crocodile posters - What might you need to warn the other children about?

  • Word searches - Can you find the words that relate to the story?

  • Stick puppets to make and colour in - You could retell the story with your adults or siblings at home.

  • Songs you could learn together - You could video these to show us when we are all back together.

  • A 'design a dinner' for the crocodile - Would you let him have what he wanted? Or would you make him stick to fish! What else do real crocodiles eat? Can you find out? 

  • Measuring Crocodiles - You could put these in order from shortest to longest or you could get a ruler and measure how many centimeters each crocodile is! Remember to make sure you start from 0!


Keep Safe

Remember to keep washing your hands properly - in Year 1 we used this video to help us and make washing hands a little more fun.