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Thursday 3rd December 2020 – Phonics

Today in phonics, we are going to make our way through each section shown below, starting with revisiting yesterday’s sound.



This sound comes in the middle or at the end of a word. E.g. king, singing



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Thursday 3rd December 2020 – English

LI To know how to write a sentence

What Makes A Good Sentence?

  • To understand full stops, capital letters and spaces.
  • To use my phonics knowledge to sound out
  • To check what I write

Introduction to lesson

Explain what a sentence is. 

Adult to write an incorrect sentence and go through ‘what makes a good sentence’ ( WMAG ) with children, so they can spot mistakes. 

Involve children in this process, so they can remember WMAG when they write independently. 

Children to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.


What is the difference between a word and a sentence?

What helps you to write words correctly?

What must you remember when you are writing a sentence? 


 Adult to go through the sentences that children have written and discuss the possibilities of improving them.  

Please send any work to year1@heaversfarm.croydon.sch.uk

Thursday Maths

Today, we will be continuing with our taking away but this time using a first, now and then story.  

Tell your child,  

First, we have a tree with 5 apples, then 3 apples fall off, now there are 2 apples left. 

Explain this using objects.  

Show them 5 objects, show 3 moving away and 2 being left.  

Get your child to draw out (or draw it out for them) their very own First, Then and Now boards (the table in the example above).  

Using the images see if your child can work out the First Now and next numbers.  

They can use objects to help them.  

Please send us photos of your child’s work  


Year 1 Spellings

This week’s spelling words are:







Please practise these words at home for children to be tested on Thursday 11th December.


Year 1 Team

Wednesday 2nd December 2020 – English

Learning Intention:

To use sounds

So, I can create words.

Success Criteria:

  • To sound out 
  • To know what a mind map is.
  • To understand words

Introduction to lesson

 Read the Learning Intention together with children so they understand the aim of today’s lesson. 

Adult to go through each success criteria, and remind children that these steps will help them to create words.  

Introduction of Pictures of winter on screen and discussion


After they discuss what they can see in the pictures, they start adding those word into a mind map. E.g. 

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.


 What helps you to read unknown words?

How else do I learn how write words? 

 Please send any work to year1@heaversfarm.croydon.sch.uk


Today, we are going to be using drawings to help your child understand the concept of taking away.

To start with can you discuss this image with your child to see if they can work out what has happened:

Explain how sometimes drawings can be used to support our learning instead of objects and pictures.

Ask your child to draw 10 stars. Then explain to them that 3 stars have shot away into the night’s sky. To show this get your child to cross off 3 of the stars. Then ask them how many are left? Encourage them to count the remaining stars and then write the equation.

10 – 3 = 7.

Introduce these problems. Ask your child to copy them on to paper and see if they can fill in the gaps.

We would love to see your child’s fantastic maths.

Please send them to us at:


Wednesday 2nd December 2020 – Phonics

Today in phonics we are going to make our way through each section shown below, starting with revisiting yesterday’s sound.

Listen to this song when you’re on the teach section.



Th comes at the start, middle and end of word. E.g. thin, maths, path



Read the sentences:

This is my path.

She thinks my tooth is big.

Please send your work to year1@heaversfarm.croydon.sch.uk

Wednesday 2nd – Session 3 EYFS Activities

Hello Everybody!

Below are our in class Session 3 Early Years activities this week, focusing on The Christmas Story.

We can’t wait to see some pictures of what you have achieved today – please email us at Year1@heaversfarm.croydon.sch.uk 

Stay safe.

Mr L 🙂

Tuesday 1st December 2020 – English

Tuesday 1st December 2020


Success Criteria: 

  • I can hold my pencil
  • I can stay on the line
  • I can start from the line.

I can use cursive handwriting


Watch the video and join in 



Practise writing the letters below:

N n

M m


Use thick felt tip pens to write with or write with your finger in flour.


Children write words:

 mat and not 

 Please send any work to year1@heaversfarm.croydon.sch.uk

Maths Meeting

As part of our learning in school, we have a daily Maths Meeting session, where the children learn the days of the week, the months of the year and consolidate key Maths learning. On the blog, we do the same twice a week.

Today’s Maths meeting:

Go through the date  

In school children to say the days of the week going around the room to avoid chanting.

December duel!

Player A and player B take it in turns to say either one or two months of the year in order. The person to say December is the winner!

You could also change the target month, so that the children practise beginning the cycle at January again after December.

Now, lets practise counting back from 10. Can you count back from 10 to help the rocket blast off?

Don’t forget to send your work to us! Have fun!


Tuesday 1st December 2020 – Phonics

Today in phonics we are going to make our way through each section shown below, starting with revisiting our sound from yesterday.


Read the sound:


Write as many words as you can with children in 2 minutes.



Sh comes at the start, middle and end of a word. E.g. shop, fishing, dish



Adult to model writing sh, first in the air and then paper. Children to copy the adult.


Please send your work to year1@heaversfarm.croydon.sch.uk