Thursday 11th February- Year 1 Home Learning

Good Morning from Mrs Marler!

The Castle Challenges continue, but these ones might get a bit messy! Have a fantastic day as you all becoming mad medieval scientists! Don’t forget to send in your pictures before 3pm, this afternoon, so that your friends can see what you’ve been doing, on our gallery blog.

Castle Challenge One: Science

Create your very own fire breathing dragon!

How do you making your fire breathing dragon?

You will need: 

  • 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 bottle)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Food colouring (Orange would a great colour for fire)
  • Baking Soda


  1. Firstly, you need to make the dragon. Draw the dragon’s tail on one of the coloured pieces of card and cut it out.  Also draw and cut out two arms and two legs from this card.
  2. Next, tape the tail and arms and legs onto the bottle.
  3. Then, glue or tape on two googly eyes so it looks as though the dragon is looking up.  Now, you are ready for the experiment!
  4. To start the experiment, fill the bottle half way full of vinegar and add a squirt of dishwashing liquid and a drop or two of food colouring. (You can use whatever colour you want and change it up each time you do it.)
  5. Now, gently mix the contents of the bottle and place in the middle of a large tray. (It will be messy so make sure it is contained in some way!)
  6. Add a teaspoon or more of baking soda to the bottle (the more you put in, the bigger the explosion) and watch the dragon breath fire from its mouth.

So, how and why does this scientific reaction take place?  

When you mix vinegar and baking soda it makes carbon dioxide.  This forms bubbles in the vinegar and causes it to expand.  The gas bubbles react with the washing up liquid to make a foam.  The bubbles make the mixture expand and rise causing the dragon to breath fire from its mouth.

Castle Challenge Two: Phonics

Lets spread a ray of sunshine!

Let’s spread some positivity and play this sunshine phonics game.

Draw out a sunshine template and create your game sheet like the examples below.

Get someone in your household to say different words and you need to move your button (I’ve use a milk bottle top) to the corresponding sound. You will see two examples above but, you can choose whichever example to make depending on how many sounds you want include in your game. You could try adding in some different sounds from the phase 3 sound mat.

Take a look at Miss Catchpole having a go at home and see how many she got in the minute!

Here is the link to a minute timer should you wish to use it.

You can do this as a timed activity or at your leisure.

Have fun and spread some sunshine!

Castle Challenge Three: What have you learnt during this topic?

Who wants to be a millionheir?

Fun fact- When you are known as the heir to the thrown, this means that you are next in line to become either King or Queen of the castle after the current royalty can no long serve their country.

Its time to take a quiz and see how much you know about our topic ‘Castles’. Can you make it up to the one million pounds question?

Watch out, there are some sneaky questions about castle facts that we may have put on the blog. Make sure you do your castle revision beforehand!

Answer all of the questions correctly and you could be a millionaire and the heir to the throne!

Super Challenge(Optional)

Can you write your own quiz about what you have learnt about castles? Quiz the people you are living with and see if they can reach that final, one million pounds question!


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 castle-cracking joke!

Q: What do you get when you kiss a dragon?
A: Burnt lips.

Don’t forget that today is the last day to send in your pictures for the year one gallery, ready for the post this afternoon!

Have a great day and stay safe. 

The Year One Team