Further Home Learning Ideas

Below are some practical activities which you can try at home throughout the week.


  • Practise counting oñ in 2s, 5s and 10s

Penguin 2s – Tap your arms on your legs like a penguin while counting on in 2s.

5 body parts – tap head, shoulders, hips, knees, toes while on counting in 5s.

Give me some 10s – slide your hands across each other to a partner as if giving money while counting on in 10s.

  • Number Guess Who– Play this game with a partner- Both choose a number and see if you can guess the other person’s number by asking yes/no questions (is it greater than…? Is it less than…? Is it odd/even?).
  • ‘007’ Number Bonds – Be a detective to find the missing number bonds. Place numbers from 0 to 10 in different places around your house. Find the numbers then pair them together so they make 10 when added together. Challenge: Repeat with numbers 0 – 20 to make 20.
  • Odd Rod, Even Steven: Pick numbers between 1 and 20 out from a tub. If it is even, give to Even Steven, If it is odd, give to Odd Rod. Teddies, dolls, etc, can be Even Steven or Odd Rod. Remember that even numbers can be shared fairly between 2 people.
  • All Mixed Up: Muddle up 10 numbers and put them into order from smallest to largest. The numbers can vary depending on ability.
  • Hit the Button number bonds:


CHALLENGE: Write addition number sentences.


Using our recent phase 5 phonic sounds (a range of words can be easily found on the internet for you to use): oe (toe) au (launch), ew (threw), split digraphs a-e (plane), e-e (these), i -e (time), o-e (bone), u-e (tune), play the following games:

  • Phonic Pairs Game – Write 5 (or more) words containing the sound that you are focusing on, on separate pieces of paper twice. Place them face down on the table. Take it in turns to turn over 2 words. If the words are the same, you keep them. If the words are different, turn them back over. The player who has the most words, wins the game.
  • Phonic Kim’s Game – Write 10 words containing the sound that you are focusing on, on separate pieces of paper. Look at the words and try to remember them. Partner secretly takes a word away. What word is missing? If you are correct, you keep the word. Play until there are no words left.
  • Alien/Real Word Sort – Write a selection of real and alien (not real) words containing your focused sound. Pick out words from a tub. Read them out loud. Keep the real words and feed the alien words to the alien (this can be a teddy or doll).
  • Clever Quiz – Write a list of 5 to 10 words containing focused sound on a piece of paper. Give a clue to describe one of the words. Write the word that you think it is. If it is correct, you get a point.
  • Scrambled Sentences – Write a sentence (including some tricky words). Cut the words up (including the full stop). Partner puts the words back together to form a sentence.
  • Phonics Bloom: 


Phonics Play (free resources): 


CHALLENGE: Write sentences using the words that have been used during the chosen game. Remember to use a capital letter at the start, finger spaces between words, end punctuation, for example a full stop and correct letter formation.


Daily handwriting and daily number writing practice using the attached sheets to check for correct formation.


In addition to using books at home and reading to your child, Oxford Reading Owl has a fantastic selection of Oxford Reading books for the children to read at their level. Follow the steps below to access this.

  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.


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


Thank you for your continued support,

Best wishes,

The Year 1 Team