Monday 8th February- Year 1 Home learning

Good Morning Year One! Yesterday, was a Snowy Sunday Funday!

Did you get much snow where you were?

Take a look at the fun the teachers had yesterday!

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

It’s Shrek Week!

All of your learning this week, will be surrounding the story of ‘Shrek’. Don’t worry, your learning will have plenty of layers, just like an onion, or as Shrek said an ‘Ogre’ (A little Shrek pun for those of you that have seen the film ‘Shrek’).

Things to be prepared for this week:

On Thursday, we are planning on blogging a science experiment about dragons! You will need the following to complete the task set:

  • Green card (or whatever colour you would like your dragon to be)
  • Tape
  • Googly Eyes (or you can drawn some on paper)
  • Plastic Bottle with a wide mouth
  • Vinegar (enough to fill up half of your plastic bottle)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Food colouring (Orange would a great colour for fire)
  • Baking Soda

Try your best to have these ready for Thursday’s lesson!

First of all, to start off your learning we recommend that you watch the first Shrek film to make sure you get the most out of this weeks theme! Why not watch it tonight and have a movie night?

Alternatively, if you don’t have access to the film, Miss Catchpole has done a remake for you to watch below!

Castle Challenge One: Maths


This week, we are focusing on ‘measurement’.

To start off our measurement week, we would like you focus on ordering items from smallest to biggest or shortest to tallest, by simply looking at them. Please do not measure them with a ruler (cm) as we will be coming on this later on in the week.

In the file below, you will find a range of characters from Shrek. We would like you cut them around and stick them in order, starting from the shortest and working your way up to the tallest character.

If you do not have a printer- Write down the characters names in order of shortest to tallest.

Super challenge (optional)- Find items around the house and order them from either smallest to biggest or shortest to tallest. Take a picture of them in the correct order and stick in them in your scrapbook!

Castle Challenge Two:Art and Design

Can you draw your own step by step dragon? 

Watch the video of Miss Catchpole teaching you how to draw a dragon in stages. 

This is Miss Catchpole’s final drawing!

Top tip- Use a fine liner pen or a thin pencil to draw around the edges of your drawing, so that the dragons features stand out!

We can’t wait to see your dragon drawings!

Castle Challenge Three: Phonics

Today, we would like you to focus on the ‘ar’ digraph by playing the game that is explained below.

1. Cut a piece of paper into nine (roughly equal) squares. Ask an adult to write one word from the following list onto each square in a clear light pen/pencil:

  • car
  • bar
  • arm
  • far
  • mark
  • smart
  • part
  • park
  • shark

2. Using a darker pen, carefully trace over the words, sounding and blending the letters as you write. Remember to open your throat for the ‘ar’ digraph (like singing a note). 

3. With an adult, set them out in a 3 x 3 grid (see pic) and you may have 30 seconds to study them. 

4. The adult removes the words and times you whilst you recall as many as you can in 1 minute. 

5. Repeat steps 3. and 4. until you are able to recall all nine words without help.

How well did you do?

If you find it tricky to remember them all, try making links like; 2 words start with p, 3 words end in t etc…Or you could make a silly story to link all the words together.If you want an extra challenge, add in three more squares with the words charm, sharp and alarm.

Keep the words in your scrapbook and test yourself through the week, on a walk, in the bath, etc.

You can also use the words in the nine grid format to play ‘noughts and crosses’ with counters. Coins versus pasta swirls, say the word correctly to place your counter, take turns, three in a row wins!

Have fun and good luck!


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: Who is strong enough to move a castle?
A: A chess player!

Have a fantastic day!

The Year One Team