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Dear Year 1MH and 1YH

Here is the learning that we will be doing at school each week. If you can do some of it at home, that would be brilliant.

Stay safe and look after each other.

Miss Harding and Mrs Hunter

Week beginning 29th June

This week our story focus will be Handa’s Surprise. Our topic for the week will be Africa.

English –  Session 1  - Read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise.’ A link can be found to the story here.

What is the surprise in the story? How would you feel if you were Handa?

Can you act out the story with family at home?

Session 2 – Watch this video about elephants Can you draw and label an elephant? What new information have you learned about elephants? Each day, children in Year 1 will be creating a fact sheet about African animals, and by the end of the week will have produced an information booklet.

Session 3 – Lions

Can you draw and label a lion? What new information have you learned? Complete the next page of your animal fact booklet.

Session 4 – Giraffes

Can you draw and label a giraffe? What new information have you learned? Complete the next page of your animal fact booklet.

Session 5 – Zebras

Can you draw and label a zebra? What new information have you learned? Complete the next page of your animal fact booklet.


Maths  - As well as our ongoing number fluency work (practising number bonds to 10, practising counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s, finding one more and one less) we will be learning about Money. We will pretend to buy fruit from a market and give the correct change. We will complete word problems around buying African food.


Art and DT –  We will be creating bowls out of salt dough, baking them and then when they are dry, painting them in an African-inspired pattern.  

Observational drawings of fruit.


Science – Fruit discussion (the seven fruits in Handa’s surprise, if we can) and exploring the five senses when discussing the fruits. Encourage your child to talk about how it smells, what it looks like before it is cut as well as after, how it tastes, how it feels and whether they like it or not and why.


Geography -  Where in the world do different fruits come from? Children will have a map and different fruits, they will cut out the fruit and stick it on the map to show which country it is grown in.

What is life like in urban Kenya? Children will discuss similarities and differences to their own daily routine.

Exploring the famous landmarks/features of Africa. For example the pyramids in Egypt, table mountain in South Africa, River Nile in Egypt, Victoria Falls in Zambia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Serengeti National Park.

Week beginning 22nd June


This week we will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Here is a link to the story.

Please see below for the different activities we will be doing for each subject area.

Literacy – Retell the story using stick puppets. Create an information text about healthy eating and fruit.

Maths – Data handling and symmetry. The children will create graphs after collecting data about favourite fruits. We will use butterfly pictures to learn about symmetry.

Science – We will learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. Here is a video to help explain it

PSHE – The importance of healthy eating and making healthy food choices.

D.T – Trying different fruits, exploring the five senses through fruit tasting and creating fruit kebabs. We will discuss which countries our fruit comes from, and discuss seasonal fruit and vegetables.


Week beginning 15th June


We will be reading the story of The Little Red Hen. If you do not have a copy at home, you can read the story using this link.

Session 1 – Read or listen to the story and check your understanding at the end. What was the hen growing? What did she make using it? What made the animals finally go to the kitchen? What lesson did the dog, cat and mouse learn?

Talk to an adult to answer this question. If you were the hen, what would you do? Would you share the cake, even though no one helped you? Why?

We will be sequencing the story in the correct order, which might be tricky to do at home. Retell the story to someone else in your house.

Session 2 – These sentences from the story are all jumbled up! Can you put them in the right order? Clue – check for the capital letter, that will go at the start of the sentence 😊

What comes at the end of a sentence? That’s right, don’t forget to add a full stop.


She and cooked meals the dishes washed the


a They in cozy together little lived house all


The weeds the pulled hen


I cake mixed the myself all by


Session 3 – You are going to write the story of the Little Red Hen in your own words. We will be using pictures to help us remember the parts of the story.


Session 4 – We are going to make bread this week at school! We will look at a recipe together and read the instructions for making bread. Then the instructions will accidentally get jumbled up! Your task is to put put the instructions in the correct order.

We will use a recipe similar to this one


Extra learning ideas

  • As a family, act out the story of The Little Red Hen. Give each character a different voice and actions.
  • Make props or stick characters to tell the story.
  • Add music to the story, using voice, instruments or body percussion. The Little Red Hen The Musical!
  • Do some research into where wheat grows, what a farmer’s job is, and how wheat becomes flour
  • Hold a family PSHE session, discussing being helpful.
  • Make bread



Use counters or blocks (any small object really) and make arrays using these numbers. (Please see image below for examples of arrays)

 12            15              8               20              16             18            9

What do you notice? Can you make equal groups of 2 for every number? Can you make equal groups of 5?


Addition and subtraction facts to 20. Recognise that addition can be written either way round e.g

15 + 4 = 19

4 + 15 = 19


Telling the time - O'clock and half past 


Reading and Phonics

Please keep hearing your child read aloud every day. Search for Ruth Miskins daily phonics lessons on Youtube to keep practising knowledge of sounds. 



Digital copies of your children's home learning packs


Click on the website links to access digital copies of your children's learning packs:


Normally a paid for subscription for teachers but free home learning packs available for each year group

Classroom Secrets

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What will we be learning this half term?

Welcome to KS1 - September 2019

As we enter the new academic year we ask you to please take a look at all of the info below that contains the important 'stuff' for day to day life at Poplars! Don't forget to scroll down to the class pages to see what we have been doing this week and any photos we have taken.

School uniform:
 Please ensure that all of your children’s clothes are clearly labelled with their names.


  • Red jumper/fleece/cardigan
  • White shirt/polo-shirt
  • Black smart shoes




  • Black or grey trousers/shorts




  • Black or grey trousers/shorts/dress or red chequered dress




  • Your child may wear stud earrings and a watch to school if they wish


It is really important for your child to practise reading as much as possible in order to consolidate their learning in school and to help them to broaden their vocabulary skills, general knowledge and imagination. While we practise reading in school as much as possible, each child is expected to read to an adult/older sibling at home at least 3 times per week. This needs to be dated and signed by the adult/older sibling who hears them to read in their reading record book.
Children who meet this requirement receive rewards and prizes for themselves and the class.



Homework will be given out on a Friday and needs to be back into school by the following Wednesday in order for it to be marked. 

Spellings homework will be sent home each Friday by your child's 'Read, Write, Inc' teacher, and will be checked the following Friday.  

P.E -
Due to a range of circumstances, we ask that your child brings their PE kit in on a Monday morning and takes it home on Friday afternoons, so that it is available to them every day of the week. Please ensure that all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name. 


Their PE kit should consist of:


  • Red polo shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Black jogging bottoms
  • Black plimsolls for indoor use and trainers for outdoor use
  • A jumper for the cooler seasons
  • A hair band if your child has long hair

Medical conditions 
Please inform your child’s teacher immediately if they have any medical conditions/requirements.


  • All children with asthma should have a spare inhaler at school available to them at all times, which must be labelled with their name.
  • If your child has any dietary requirements please let us know.


  • If your child is unable to come to school for any reason, please call the school (01502) 565757 to let us know as soon as possible (before 9:00am) so that we can mark their absence correctly in the register
  • If your child is absent for a longer period of time, your teacher will be happy to provide some work for them to do at home if you wish. Please contact your teacher if this is required


  • You can contact the teacher by writing in their reading record book, which is checked daily. Alternatively if you wish to have a meeting with your teacher, please make an appointment with them either through the school office or liaising with the teacher directly.
  • Please let your class teacher know if your child is being picked up by an additional adult other than yourself. We will not allow a child to go home with an unfamiliar adult that has not been designated.
  • Please inform us if you have a change of address/contact number.
Learning, Caring, Achieving