Monday 22nd February 2021- Year 1 Home Learning

Happy Monday Year 1!

We hope that you had a fabulous half term holiday, fitting in time to have lots of fun and fresh air!

This half term, we are starting a new topic called Kings and Queens following on from our Castle topic last half term. Throughout this topic, you will learn about our royal family today, past kings and queens, royal treasures and royal banquets and celebrations as well as listening to some really cool royal stories! By the end of this topic, you are going to be the ultimate Kings and Queens experts! Don’t forget to ask an adult to take photos of your wonderful learning and email them to us using the Year 1 email address.

Miss Catchpole is in school this week, so Miss Baker will be blogging all of your learning and replying to all of the year one emails that contain your wonderful learning!

Here is your learning for today:

PHONICS: Phase 4 ‘st’ Snap and Silly Sentences

What is phase 4 phonics?

During phase 4, phonics teaching is about consolidating and refining knowledge, introducing more spelling patterns and tricky words, and increasing vocabulary.

In Phase 4 phonics, children will, among other things:

  • Practise reading and spelling CVCC and visa versa (consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant) words (‘bump’, ‘nest’, ‘belt,’ ‘milk’, etc)
  • Practise reading and spelling high frequency words
  • Practise reading and writing sentences
  • Learn more tricky words, including ‘have,’ ‘like,’ ‘some,’ ‘little’

Moving away from phase 3, children should be able to blend confidently to work out new words. They should be starting to read words straight off, rather than having to sound them out. They should also be able to write every letter, mostly correctly.

Have fun playing ‘st’ Snap:

  1. Write the words below on separate pieces of card (twice) or ask an adult to kindly write them for you:

star, stick, storm, sting, stop, stairs, stone, story, nest, best, list, fist, last, dust, test, vest, lost

  • Each player has one set of the words in a pile in front of them with words facing down.
  • Each player turn over a card at the same time.
  • If the words turned over are the same, say ‘SNAP’.
  • The first person to say SNAP wins a point.
  • Put the SNAP words in the middle of players playing.
  • If the words are different, put them back to the bottom of your pile of words.
  • Repeat, until all of the word pairs are found.
  • Who can get the most points?

Super Challenge (optional): Write funny sentences (that still make sense) using as many words above as you can.

Miss Baker’s funny sentences:

The star wore a stripy vest in a storm so he wouldn’t get covered in dust.

The stick did a test to build the best nest but lost!


ROYAL DUTY 1: King and Queens Learning Record

We were REALLY impressed with your castle scrap books that you made last half term so we thought it would be brilliant if you could make a Kings and Queens scrapbook/folder/box where you can keep all of your learning in. You can be as creative as you like!


Today, with an adult, you will use the internet to research, find out facts about our queen today (Queen Elizabeth II) and create a fact file about her. Use the following questions to help you:

  • What is her name?
  • How old is she?
  • Where does she live?
  • When was her coronation?
  • Who is her husband?
  • How many children does she have?
  • How many grandchildren does she have?
  • How many great grandchildren does she have?
  • Include some other interesting facts if you can.

You could draw a picture of her too.

Below is a PDF of what the fact sheet could look like and some useful web-links for an adult to use with you.

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.


Queen Elizabeth II likes scrambled eggs and Earl Grey tea for breakfast,

Have a great day!

The Year 1 Team