Wednesday 10th February- Year 1 Home Learning

Good morning from Mr Ladlow!

Happy Wednesday! Not long until half term now, Year One! Keep up the fantastic attitude towards learning, that you have all shown so far! Take a look at the learning that we have prepared for you today.

Castle Challenge One: Maths

To continue on with our measurement week, we would like you measure items around the house, by first estimating the length and then measuring the items using your hand span.

How do you estimate?

Estimation involves predicting what you think the answer might be.

What is your hand span?

Your hand span is the distance measured by a human hand, from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger. You can use a ruler to measure your hand span, however today we would just like you measure items in hand spans lengths.

For example, this is Miss Catchpole’s hand span.

She has measured her puzzle box as 2 hand spans.

Explore items around the house and by looking at your hand, make a prediction of how many hand spans you think the item might be. Then you’ll need you actually measure the item using you hand span. Record your measurements in the grid within the file attached below. Miss Catchpole has done an example already for you, why don’t you compare the measurement you get, to hers?

Castle Challenge Two: Geography

Where is the best place to build a castle and why?

Take a look at the different locations below and discuss whether each location would be a suitable place to build a castle.Write a sentence to inform your reader whether thisis a suitable loacation or not and then tell us why using the conjuction ‘because’.

To finish your work, write a final sentence to explain where you think is the best location and where you would build a castle, if you had the chance to.

Castle Challenge Three: Phonics

‘Shoot the wheel’ archery tournament:

In today’s phonics challenge you will pretend to be an archer firing arrows at a spinning wheel! To play the game you will need a simple castle outline with 4 towers to represent today’s 4 phonic digraphs;

wh   th    ch    sh

Print out the template, attached below, or simply sketch out your own. 

You will need an adult to supervise your access to the spinning wheel link for e-safety reasons.

Phonics spinner

This can be played by 1 to 4 players. 

1.    Each player chooses a tower and will try to ‘shoot and collect’ all six phonics words containing the digraph on their flag. (2 players could choose to fill 2 towers each)

2.    Players take turns to fire an arrow (press spin) at the wheel of words. If you successfully land on a word with the digraph you need (e.g. wheel for wh, fish for sh) you can write it on your tower. If the word you hit is not needed for your tower, you should not write anything and it is the next players turn to spin.

3.    The winner is the first person to fill their tower with all six words.

4.    Play again choosing a different digraph tower. Once the words have been written on your castle board the game can be played by ‘ticking off’ the words or placing counters over them.

5.    Remember to read and say the words as you play.

6.    Happy shooting!


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: Why can’t dragons play hockey?
A: They always end up melting the ice before the game is over.

Have a fantastic day!