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Year 1 / 2

A letter to my wonderful Year 1 / 2 class, from Mrs Longstaff:

Suggested activities week beginning 01/06/20

Hi Year 1/2, I hope you all like the video made with love from everyone at South Bank Primary. We are missing you all, but we hope you are staying safe and happy at home and I hope the activities on the class page are keeping you busy. As always I would love to see your smiling happy faces, so don’t forget to send any photos you have of you completing some of the activities to school: office@southbankprimary.co.uk.


Maths is everywhere! Have fun completing some of the suggested activities below.

Stories can be great opportunities for maths learning. Check out https://www.mathsthroughstories.org/recommendations.html or you can use books you have at home!

Working without worksheets:

All you need is a tin can, or a metal pot. If counting in multiples of 2s, you will need 2p coins, multiples of 5s, 5p coins etc. Tell your child that they will need to close their eyes and listen very carefully as you will be dropping 1p/2p/5p or 10p into the money pot. They have to listen to how many coins have been dropped in the pot, when you are finished, they write down the amount they think is in the pot. e.g 120 pence 500 pence.

If you have more than one child, it can be a great activity for them to do together. One child can turn their back and listen to the coins dropping, while the other child is dropping them in. They can both then check if the answer is correct by taking the coins out and counting in multiples together.

Can you be a Times Tables Rockstar?

Sign up to Times Tables Rockstars for free at: https://ttrockstars.com/ and spend at least 15 minutes a day practising your 2s, 5s and 10s times tables.

White Rose Maths Lesson:

You can access daily lessons at: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/ . You should be up to Summer Term – Week 6 (WB 01.06.20) but you can revisit previous weeks if you need to. There is a useful video to watch before completing the activities.

These are a very useful addition to your Maths home learning.

Have you got The Maths Factor?

Sign up for free to access this useful Maths resource, created by Carol Vorderman at:  https://www.themathsfactor.com/subscribe/

Continue to practise counting backwards from 100 while keeping fit!


Reading: Use encouragement and praise to keep your child engaged in reading. Say things like: “You’re doing brilliantly today!… Let’s keep reading to see what happens!”

You can read a book of your own or one from oxford owl:


Talk for writing – click on the link to access the Year 1 Unit of work: https://www.talk4writing.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Y1-Sayeeda.pdf

Monday – read the story of Sayeeda, the Pirate Princess. With a grown up talk about the story and write captions to answer the questions on page 5 of the booklet. Extension:  answer the questions writing in sentences,  remembering the Year 1 Gold Standard of using a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.

Tuesday – read the story again with your grown up. On page 6 of the booklet match the speech up with the correct image. Extension: write the speech and draw the correct image next to it.

Wednesday – if you need to read the story again to refresh your memory then have a go at answering the questions to the quiz on page 7 of the booklet. Extension: you could write your answers down to the questions, using your best handwriting, remembering to ‘whoosh up’.


here are some words from the story:

Slowly, quickly, softly, loudly.

Can you share them with an adult to work out what they mean? Extension: show your grown up how you can swoop…glide…fly…

Like the creatures in the story.

Friday – sing along!

Sayeeda and her family love to sing this song. Can you join in?

Here’s the first verse:

When I was ONE I sucked my thumb,

The day I went to sea.

I jumped aboard a pirate ship,

And the captain said to me –
We’re going this way, that way,

Forwards and backwards,

Over the Irish Sea,

We’re going this way, that way,

Forwards and backwards,

That’s the life for me!

You can find the rest of the song here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-when-i-was-one-isucked-my-thumb/zhbyt39

Extension: ask a grown up to record you performing the song, with actions and send it to school to go on the class page.

Bed time story: Settle down for bedtime with a CBeebies story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories


  There are daily phonics lessons at 10.30am for children to access:


This follows the Read Write Inc scheme that is used in school and would be a very beneficial addition to home learning.

Phonics play: Go to https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ to revise all the sounds. Read the words and decide if they are real or nonsense!!


Practice reading and writing the Common Exception words.

Extension: write a sentence including one or more common exception words. Remember to use your best handwriting and form your letters correctly. Start at the bottom and ‘whoosh up’ to form the lower case cursive letters. Have a look at the handwriting mat below to remind yourself of how to form upper case and lower case letters correctly.


Make a T-Rex using a milk carton:

Think back to our dinosaur topic, was a T-Rex a herbivore, carnivore or an omnivore?

Cultural Capital

Burj Khalifa:

This is a picture of the Burj Khalifa:

Can you use your research skills to find the answers to the following questions?

· Where is the Burj Khalifa?

· How tall is it?

· When was it built?

Extra Activities

We have had plenty of beautiful sunshine lately. Why don’t you have a go at this shadow drawing activity?

30 Day Fitness Challenge: See if you can stay motivated and complete a fitness challenge every day for the next 30 days!

Here is a timetable of extra activities you can do with celebrities!

An alternative to Joe Wicks, have ago at Yoga Dance Party!

PE: Joe Wicks daily on YouTube or complete the What’s your name? challenge.

Useful websites:








Stay home and stay safe and we will see you all soon  – Mrs Longstaff and Mrs Phillips.

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