Welcome toSpringhead Primary School

Welcome toSpringhead Primary School

Year 1

Home learning

Whilst school is closed, we will continue to provide updates via the class email, school website and Facebook page. Try to get your child to do a little bit of work each day, however it is important to remember that some days will not be as productive as others. Like us, children need time to relax.


Here are some ideas for maintaining good mental health:

-Cosmic Kids Yoga (Youtube)

-Just Dance (Youtube)

-Listen to relax music whilst colouring.


You may also wish to spend some of this extra time together to teach your child some key skills.

Here are some skills you could support your child to learn:

-Folding clothes


-Learn to tell the time (O’clock and half past)

-Know how to tie shoe laces


Home Learning Challenge - Blue Peter Badge!


Children age 6-15 can work towards badges and then upload photos/videos/letters to the Blue Peter page and apply for a badge.  If they get a Blue Peter badge this will gain them free entry to lots of attractions all over the country once lockdown is over, some local ones are Jorvik DIG and Centre in York, Harewood House, Whitby Abbey, Eureka!, Magna Science Centre.

This week (27th April) we are learning about the sounds: au and ey


au in August and author.          Click here to learn about the au sound. 

ey in donkey and money.            Click here to learn about the ey sound. 



Can you think of any other words that have our sounds of the week in them?



This week (4th May) we are learning about the split digraphs a-e and e-e.


a-e in spade and bake.          Click here to learn about the a-e sound. 

e-e in athlete and swede.        Click here to learn about the e-e sound. 

i-e in kite and smil           Click here to learn about the i-e sound.

o-e in stone and bone            Click here to learn about the o-e sound.

u-e in June and cute            Click here to learn about the u-e sound.



Can you write a list of words that include our sounds of the week? You could write the split digraphs in a different colour to remind yourself about the 'magic e' that does not need to be sounded out.



Phonics supporting videos

Here are some links to help your child to blend simple words:

-Video 1              -Video 2


You can also refresh your knowledge of some of our 'tricky words' through these songs.

-Alphabet song

-Phase 3 tricky words

-Phase 4 tricky words

Explaining coronavirus to your child.

At this time, it is expected that children will be feeling confused and uncertain about the world around them and have many questions. Axel Scheffler (Illustrator of The Gruffalo) has put together a child friendly online book about coronavirus. This book can be used at home to support young children to understand coronavirus and allow parents to answer any questions that children may have.


Photo Challenge - Why don’t you have a go at the 14 day photo challenge during the Easter holidays? You can share your photos via email, or on our return to school.

Easter Crafts

The Easter holidays are the perfect time to be creative! You could make an Easter card and post it to family members/friends to let them know that you are thinking of them. Alternatively, here are some other crafts that you may wish to try. Enjoy!

Homework Activities



Year 1:


  • Reading daily (4 books usually changed once a week)
  • Addition and subtraction facts up to and including 10
  • Spellings to learn for test once a week for a test on Friday
  • Additional maths/English tasks where necessary
  • Doodlemaths at least 3 times and at least 30 stars per week (once established in school)


Year 1 class rules.


The children have made their own class rules to help everyone to enjoy their time at school. J

*We listen carefully to our teachers and friends.

*We are kind to each other during lessons and in the playground.

*We take care of the classroom equipment and tidy up after ourselves.

*We are sensible when walking around school.

*We place our shoes alongside each other under the cloakroom benches.

Friday 6th March 2020 – Maths

We are learning to measure using non-standard units. Today we measured our friends on the playground. Afterwards, we compared our height with a friend using the STEM sentences.

_____________ is taller than ______________

_____________ is shorter than ____________

World book week

We have had a great week sharing stories with our friends. Our favourite part was decorating our potatoes! Look at our amazing work!

Literacy – Goldilocks and the three bears.

Whilst studying the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears we created and followed a simple recipe to make porridge. We thought carefully about the equipment we would need to use and then wrote a simple method for us to follow in small groups. Our porridge was yummy!

Science – testing materials

We have been testing materials to see whether they are waterproof and recorded the results. We used this information to help us to design a waterproof house in D+T for the three little pigs.

Toy museum

We had a visit from a toy museum and were able to explore the toys that children played with long ago. We learnt how to work each toy and categorised the toys by their materials.

Science – Taking the learning outside the classroom!

We found different objects within the school grounds and identified the material that they were made from and discussed the properties of different materials.


The children are working hard to form their numbers correctly and have learnt that numbers can also be written as words!

Year 1 enjoyed a practical maths session and built towers with the cubes as they found one more than a given number.


This term we are learning about the weather and the changes that happen during the different seasons. The children have watched a weather forecast, recorded daily weather observations and been predicting what the weather will be like when they walk home from school. Alongside this, we have discussed appropriate clothing for different weather conditions and dressed a bear accordingly – these tricky fastenings were great for developing our fine motor skills!


This week we are learning to use the language of ‘greater than’, ‘less than’, and ‘equal to’ when comparing amounts of objects. We have used lolly sticks to create the different symbols (< = >) when comparing amounts.

Ask us to show you at home – you could use sticks from the garden. (There is also a super episode of NumberBlocks on BBC iPlayer).

Over the past few weeks in literacy we have been focusing on the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

We labelled the Gruffalo and thought carefully about the adjectives which the author used to describe him. We then used these adjectives within our own writing as well as some of our own!

Next, we looked at the setting. We created collage pictures of the setting to inspire our writing and created whole class word banks to develop our vocabulary.  We tried hard to include this vocabulary into our sentences, being careful to remember capital letters and full stops. Each of us has a special literacy book mark to remind us to read each sentence back to check that it makes sense.

Each of us created our own story map – how fab are these! This supported our memory skills and confidence and the children were able to retell the story to the whole class without a book.

Our story maps helped us become so familiar with the story that many of us decided to write the story from memory. Well done Year One!



In history we are learning about space and learning to order events on a timeline. Our timelines include;


*The first rocket sent successfully to space (1942)
*Laika the dog travelling to space (1957)
*Yuri Gugarin, first man to travel into space (1961)
*Neil Armstrong walking on the moon (1969)
*Tim Peake’s space journey (2015)

We are fascinated by this topic and are asking lots of questions! Including;

*Are there en ee toiluts?
*Haw manny days dose it take to get ot the moon?
*Hiow doo go to bed?
*Can you see an ee stars wen you look out the widow?


Some children have decided that they would like to be an astronaut so we researched astronaut training centres and located these on a map before attending Springhead Primary School’s very first astronaut training camp.

Ask your child why astronaut suits were invented – I’m sure they’ll impress you with their knowledge.

Still to come…


*Writing letters to Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong
*Discovering astronaut food… and tasting it!
*LB would like to know… “how many planets are there?”

3D Shapes

We have been learning about 3D shapes and talking about their properties. We know how many faces each shape has and whether they are curved or flat and have used this knowledge to describe a mysterious shape to our friend.

Monday 2nd December

The Christmas celebrations have begun! We had a great time singing Christmas songs, listening to poems and decorating the Christmas tree!

Teen Numbers

We are learning about teen numbers and are practising writing these as numerals and words. We are looking carefully at the ‘tens and ones’ in a number and partitioning teen numbers using the part-part-whole model.

January 2020

In Maths we are recapping number bonds to ten. We are currently using a poem to help us with our memory skills.

We are also looking at patterns within addition and learning to work systematically;

10 + 0 = 10

9 + 1 = 10

8 + 2 = 10

7 + 3 = 10

6 + 4 = 10


We are learning to use the bar model to solve simple calculations. We are associating the bar model with the part-part-whole model and some of us have been challenging ourselves to add a single digit and two digit number together.

We are very lucky to have Coach Jonny from Nuffield Health Tennis Academy in Hull working with us this term. We are learning to control our bodies and the equipment whilst learning about simple techniques such as the ‘ready position’.

Monday 20th January 2020 – ICT

We are learning how to programme a bee-bot. We talked about the direction that the bee-bot needed to travel in to reach a set object/destination and practised this skill in pairs when directing the bee-bot to a friend.

Tuesday 21st January 2020 – RE

Year One have been learning about Chinese New Year. Ask us to name the Chinese zodiac animals – we might even be able to tell you the history behind it!

January 2020 – Topic

This term we are learning about toys – past and present. The children conducted their own research on the internet to find out when their favourite toys were first invented and placed these in chronological order on their timelines.