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Year One

Welcome to Year One!


1A - Miss Horsley


1B - Miss Oseman


1C - Mrs Kaur


20th April 2020.

Hello Year 1 Family,

Welcome back to a new term! We hope you have all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed a well-deserved rest.

We understand that while staying at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), parents and carers will be concerned about their children’s education and the impact of missing school. It is not the way we wanted to be starting a new term but we are still here to help. 

On our webpage below, you will find advice for looking after primary school children and how to help them continue their education. There are project planners and big idea challenges uploaded weekly with a range of tasks for you to complete with your child, as well as resources and external links for the different areas of the curriculum. These will be continually updated. 


Feel free to send any work you do with the children via Class Dojo or to @YewTreeSandwell on Twitter!


If you need any assistance or have any queries regarding virtual learning, please contact us via Class Dojo.

Best Regards,
Year 1 Team heart


______________________________________Welcome to Home Learning.

Each week we will update this page with plenty of activities, documents and links for you to complete. Any updated resources are marked with *NEW*.

Feel free to try any of these activities if you can.

Please send us any of your work via Class Dojo or to @YewTreeSandwell on Twitter.

We would love to see all the amazing things that you get up to.


Yew Tree Primary Covid-19

Take a look at our little video. The staff at Yew Tree have put some videos together to make the children smile (and the parents). A BIG hello from all of us all. We miss you so much. Stay safe, keep smiling and take care!

The Yew Tree Family ❤

Home Learning Project Planners

Weekly Challenges


Choose a challenge to complete each week. You could also ask an adult to share your challenge on Twitter @YewTreeSandwell and @Cornerstonesedu.




18th - 24th May 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which aims to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help.

This year the theme is Kindness, which we feel is really importantat the moment.

Kindness has been chosen because of its singular ability to unlockour shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.

Below are some ideas of how you can get involved.

🖐️🤏👐✌️Makaton Challenge✌️👐🤏🖐️


Did you see the fabulous Ms Snow in the Yew Tree Covid-19 video? She used Makaton to send the Yew Tree family her message. Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.


Can you use these resources below to learn the alphabet or greet somebody using Makaton? 

English, Maths and Reading Resources

General Resources

Maths Resources



White Rose have chosen to no longer make their resources free from this week (11.05.20) onwards. We have now subscribed to these resources and you can find worksheets and the answers below.  These will be downloaded as they are released and uploaded to the relevant tabs. You can still access the videos for each lesson on the White Rose page as before. 

You will find some printable Maths PDF documents below for you to use to support your child's learning at home. Please feel free to print and use them if you wish. We understand that some children prefer to work on paper and would benefit from having some learning time away from a screen.

English Resources

You will find some printable English PDF documents below for you to use to support your child's learning at home. Please feel free to print and use them if you wish. We understand that some children prefer to work on paper and would benefit from having some learning time away from a screen.

Handwriting-Kinetic Letters 


This year we introduced the Kinetic Letters handwriting programme. This programme focuses on building core strength, motor skills, and concentration. In school we complete our Kinetic Letters session on the carpet writing in Lizard pose but there are lots of other animal positions that help us these are meerkats, stone lions, penguins, strong gorilla and lizard pose. We also use a song to help with the correct pencil grip. Kinetic letters helps to build fluency and flow in writing by separating letters in to family groups. We have listed below some useful youtube videos to help you keep practising at home.

Kinetic Letters Workout

Practise the 5 core positions of kinetic letters

Kinetic Letters - Abracadabra Family with Mrs Smith

Kinetic Letters - Jumper family with Mrs Smith

Kinetic Letters - Fisher Family with Mrs Smith

Kinetic Letters - Slider Family with Mrs Smith

The window cleaner family

Kinetic Letters - Special Squirter Family with Mrs Smith

Today, Mrs Smith is here with her practising routine for the Special Squirter family of letters! Enjoy!

Phonics and Reading Resources

From Monday (27/4/20), Letters and Sounds will be doing daily online phonics lessons for the summer term, which follows the programme that we use in school. All documents are below.
Common exception words are words that do not follow the common phonetic spelling rules that the children learn to read and spell in Year 1.

Foundation Subject Resources

General Resources

Science Resources

PE Resources

Outdoor Resources

Music Resources

History Resources

Geography Resources

Art Resources

Computing Resources

Apps you can download:

A.L.E.X  (Android - Free, iPad - Free)

Bee-Bot (Android - Free, iPad - Free)

Scratch Jr (Android - Free , iPhone, iPad - Free)

Kodable (iPhone, iPad - Free)


Useful Links



Miss. Horsley,  Miss. Oseman and Mrs. Kaur are looking forward to teaching you all. Other members of staff involved with the teaching of children this year includes: Mrs. Fry, Mrs. Dorham, Mrs. Sanghera, Mrs. Kaler, Mrs. Baleem, Mrs. Knight and Miss Taylor. We have a lot of exciting lessons and activities planned this year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in speaking to us about your child's learning.




How can you help your child?


You can help your child by:


  • Listening to your child read their reading book every day.
  • Helping your child with their homework.
  • Signing up to Class Dojo to track their progress in school and to check for any messages from your child's class teacher.
  • Ensuring that your child has their PE kit in school on the appropriate day.
  • Making sure your child is in school on time every day.


PE Days


PE will take place once a week. The days for these are as follows:

1A - Tuesday

1B - Monday

1C - Monday


Please ensure that children have the correct kit in school, long hair is tied back and any jewellery is removed.

Take a look at what we have been doing in PE:



Year One will visit the Library on a Wednesday afternoon. These sessions will run on a three weekly rotation to ensure all classes have the opportunity to visit the library. During these sessions children will be able to chose a book to bring home. Library books must be brought back to school in time for their next visit. Keep an eye on your class story for any updates and reminders! 





This will be set on a Monday and will be due in on the Wednesday of the following week. Please see the documents below, which give you an overview for the homework each half term.


Reading in Year 1

Children should read every day for 10 minutes and reading should be signed by an adult daily in your child's home reading log.


Our Reading Challenge!

Have you read 5 times this week?

You could be in with the chance of winning a fantastic book!

Let's get reading!

Spring 1 Raffle

The lucky winners were; Neveah, Blake, Jack, Lilly and Darcey.

Enjoy reading your new books!




Spring 2 Raffle

The lucky winners were; Nancy, Ahmed, Lacey, Connor and Hao.

Enjoy reading your new books!




We will be covering the foundation subjects through our Topic lessons.

Keep an eye on our class page to keep updated with our learning.

Click on the links below to see what we have been learning in Topic.



Click on the links below to see what we have been learning in Science.

Spring 2 - Our Science will be covered through our 'Enchanted Woodland' topic.