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Year 1: Hedgehogs Class

A Message from the Class Teacher

Dear Hedgehogs and parents,


I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these strange times and that you’re finding lots of interesting things to do!


Thank you for all the home learning that you have already done, whether this be on Purple Mash, Spelling Shed or by reading and completing some of your home learning pack.


Below are some ideas of things you can do to continue your learning during this period of school closure. Don’t feel that you have to do all of them, and do make sure you spend lots of time with your family, doing the things you love.


I look forward to seeing you all, as soon as things are back to normal!


Miss Seager




1.    Use the ‘2Dos’ section of Purple Mash:

·         Scroll through and look for the phonics cloze activities

·         Choose some of the sounds that you are familiar with first, before moving on to harder ones

2.    Use the Phonics mat in your home learning pack to remind yourself of the different sounds words are made out of.

3.    Make flashcards with these sounds on.

4.    Make flashcards with words using some chosen sounds on (even make some nonsense words) and hide them around the room – find the words and sort into ‘real’ and ‘nonsense’.

5.    Play noughts and crosses with sounds (choose a sound each instead of noughts and crosses).

6.    Use Phonics Play to play phonics games (they are offering a free trial at the moment).

7.    Incorporate words into ordinary board games e.g. when you land on a certain space, you have to read a word from one of your pre-made flashcards.

8.    Use Phonics Bloom to play phonics games.

9.    Watch ‘Jolly Phonics Sounds and Songs’ on YouTube.

10. Watch Alphablocks on Cbeebies.


1.    Read books together and talk about the events and characters in the books.

2.    Read things other than books: comics, magazines, the back of a box of cereal, a leaflet, etc.

3.    Can you predict what will happen next in a new book?

4.    Can you find 5 interesting words in your book? Why are they interesting?

5.    What adjectives can you find in your book?

6.    Can you find any similes?

7.    Draw a picture of your favourite character.

8.    Draw a picture of your favourite part of the story.

9.    Can you write a book review of your favourite book?

10.  Practise reading the 100 High Frequency words from your home learning pack (these can also be found online and are not phonically decodable – also known as ‘tricky words’). Can you find any of these words in the book you are reading?


1.    Keep a home learning diary of the fun things you do together.

2.    Write instructions for how to make something (a model, slime etc.), how to cook or bake something or how to look after a plant or animal.

3.    Write a description of a scene in a book.

4.    Make a comic strip with your own superhero in (you could be the superhero!)

5.    Write your own story.

6.    Retell a favourite story in your own words.

7.    Have a look at the 2Dos on Purple Mash – there are some writing activities on there, for example, describing a beach scene or the angry sea.

8.    Have a go on the spelling games on Spelling Shed.

9.    Practise writing sentences with the 100 High Frequency words from your home learning pack (these can also be found online and are not phonically decodable – also known as ‘tricky words’).


1.    Have a look on the 2Dos on Purple Mash – there are loads of maths activities on there that support what we have been learning this year.

2.    Use Top Marks maths to play maths games that support our learning:

3.    What can you measure around the house? Measure using string, Lego blocks, rulers, footsteps, scales, etc..

4.    Make a cake or follow a recipe and carefully measure / weight out your ingredients.

5.    Watch one of the maths videos that we enjoy watching in class:

·         Number pairs that make 10

·         Count to 100 every day

·         Counting in 2s

·         Counting in 5s

·         Counting in 10s

·         Learn about the clock

6.    Watch Number blocks on Cbeebies.

7.    Practise division by sharing out sweets, toys or raisins at home. How many did you start with? How many do you get each?

8.    Practise multiplying in the same way – how many are there altogether if we have 5 each?

9.    What 2D and 3D shapes can you see around your house or garden?

10.  Practise splitting numbers into tens and ones (units).


1.    What materials can you find in your home or garden? Why have those materials been chosen to make the objects you find?

2.    Can you find some bendy / hard / soft / smooth / rough materials?

3.    What signs of Spring can you see outside? Can you draw a Spring picture?

4.    What sources of light can you find at home? Which ones are man-made and which ones are natural?

5.    Perhaps do some gardening if you can, and observe how the plants and weeds grow and change.

6.    Make slime or salt dough if you have the ingredients.

7.    Draw around your shadow in chalk at different times of the day (or sellotape pieces of scrap paper together and draw in pen). How does your shadow move during the day?

8.    Have a look at the 2Dos on Purple Mash for some science activities.

9.    Search ‘Come Outside’ on YouTube for some videos of how things are made (we loved watching the one all about recycling in our topic lesson!)

Geography and History

1.    Look at an atlas / map / Google maps to find where you live and other places you know.

2.    Can you make a treasure map? Add tea stains to make it look more authentic!

3.    BBC Bitesize has some interesting clips on recycling

4.    Have a look on the 2Dos on Purple Mash – I have tried to select some activities based on what we have learned in history so far this year.

Design Technology

1.    Can you design and make a car out of Lego or items from your recycling?

2.    Can you make your house out of Lego or items from your recycling?

3.    Can you make a poster on how to wash your hands properly?

4.    Can you do some cooking together?

5.    Can you plan a balanced meal?

6.    Have a look at the 2Dos on Purple Mash.


1.    Watch an episode of Get Squiggling and draw along.

2.    Use different media (pens, pencils, felt tips, crayons, paints, bits of newspaper) to make pictures and collages.

3.    Draw or paint a member of your family or pet.

4.    If you have any play-doh or clay, can you make a person or animal?

5.    If you have paints, experiment with mixing the primary colours, blue, red and yellow. What different colours and shades of colours can you make?

6.    Look at the 2Dos on Purple Mash to find lots of paint tasks on the computer.


1.    Try to listen to different types of music on the radio, TV or internet. Talk about what you like and don’t like.

2.    Can you make music using items around the house?

3.    Can you make high and low pitched sounds?

4.    Enjoy singing a favourite song together.


1.    Look on the 2Dos on Purple Mash and have a go at the Coding games, such as ‘Bubbles’ and ‘Fun with ‘Fish’.