Monday 25th January 2021- Year 1 Home Learning

Good morning Year 1.

We hope that you have had a brilliant weekend doing many things that you enjoy!

We have a great week of learning this week. Have fun and do the best that you can do.

Here is your learning for today:

PHONICS: Boats Across The Moat (‘oa’ verses ‘ow’)

Before Playing:

  • Ask an adult to write out ten words containing ‘oa’ digraph and ten words containing ‘ow’ digraph on separate pieces of paper.
  • Put all of the words into a tub.
  • Make 3 small paper boats or use 3 small containers (see pictures for inspiration)
  • Draw or use your castle that you have already made in the middle of a moat.
Paper Boat Making Tutorial That Floats | Origami Boat Easy Instruction For  Kids - YouTube

Aim of the game:

  • The invaders (Team Boats) need three boats on the moat to successfully conquer the castle.
  • The defenders (Team Arrows) need to fire arrows to damage the boats to stop the invasion.

How to play:

  1. Team ‘boats’ start by picking a word (eyes closed) and reads it out loud. If it contains the ‘oa’ digraph they may place a boat on the moat. If they pick a word with ‘ow’ digraph, they can’t do anything but the word stays out of the bowl.
  2. Team ‘arrows’ picks a word and reads it out loud. If it has the ‘ow’ digraph, they may fire an arrow at any boat in the moat. The boat must then be removed from the water for repairs. If their word has the ‘oa’ digraph, they cannot fire their arrow and the word stays out of the bowl.
  3. Both teams, take turns to pick words and read them out loud.

4. The game ends when:

  • The invaders (Team Boats) have all three boats in the moat at the same time and become the Castle Conqueror!
  • All the words have been used so the castle has been defended well by the defenders (Team Arrows)!

5. You can repeat the game, taking turns being defenders or invaders.

6. You could also play for both sides using toys as shown in the pictures.

Have a look at the pictures below. Have fun!



Follow the link to practise sorting and ordering different coins.

CASTLE CHALLENGE 2: A Knight Story – The Kiss that Missed

One night, the king’s kiss to the prince got away. It flew out of the window into the forest. The king sent a knight to the dark forest to find the kiss, but the task proved to be easier said than done. Would he succeed in bringing back the kiss?

Watch and listen to the story ‘The Kissed that Missed’ by David Melling

After listening/watching:

  • Talk about the different characters in the story
  • Talk about what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • What was the problem in the story?
  • How did it get solved?

Super Challenge (optional):  The Kiss That Missed Sentences

The Kiss That Missed story uses lovely descriptions to describe the different characters that the knight meets on his journey.

Draw a picture of your favourite animal or pet and write sentences to describe it.

Charlie Cat has soft black fur and he has green sparkly eyes.

Charlie Cat loves to drink milk and he loves to eat cheese.

READING: Oxford Reading Owl has a fantastic selection of Oxford Reading books for the children to read at their level.

  1. Follow the link:
  2. Click on ‘Browse E-books’
  3. Click on ‘free e-book library’. 
  4. Choose a book
  5. You can be more specific in your book search and type by selecting browse by age or browse by series.

As well as listening to the children read, it also benefits them to hear adults read and discuss the story together.

For further learning ideas whilst working at home, please have a look at the link below.

Time for a laugh with a cracking castle joke!

Q: What do knights do in the morning?
A: They wake up!

Have a fantastic day!

The Year 1 Team