Heron Cross Primary School
Grove Road, Heron Cross
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4LJ

Tel: 01782 233565

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Year 1 Home Learning and Useful Links

                                  Hello our Year 1 family!

Here you will find fun things for you to do at home and NEW things to learn!

Please scroll down this page to see today's daily tasks.

                               Stay safe and see you soon!

    Love Miss Kamarauskas, Miss Javed, Miss Archbold, Mrs Wicks and

                                            Mrs Pilling




               In Year 1 we think you are ALL wonderful just the way YOU are.



Well done to all of the children who are working hard at home. We are so very proud of you all! Here are a few pictures that we have received from you at home...



Please take a look at our YouTube page to watch weekly videos made by your teachers...

(3) Miss Kam and Friends - YouTube

Click here for storytime...

(3) Miss Kam and Friends - YouTube


How to start each day - PE , Phonics and Reading

We suggest that you start each day with some exercise with Jo Wicks, yoga with Jamie on Cosmic kids or some dancing with Oti!

The Body Coach TV - YouTube

Cosmic Kids Yoga - YouTube

dance with oti mabuse - YouTube

Use Phonics Play to recap sounds you know and to learn new sounds and tricky words each day! There are lots of fun games to play too. Practicing your sounds will help you to get better at reading and writing. Read as much as you can. Reading is fun! You should be reading everyday. Most games are free to access on the website.

Log in details are:

Username: jan21

Password: home


Use Alphablocks on YouTube or CBBC to support your child's phonetic learning.

Learn to Read | Phonics for Kids | Letter Teams - OO and OA - YouTube

Many of our pupils also enjoy watching Geraldine the Giraffe with Mr. T on YouTube.

Mr T's Phonics - YouTube

Read Write Ink Phonics

Take a look at the Oxford Owl website for letters, sounds and rhymes for your child to learn through Read Write Ink Phonics. Start by sounding out the letters/sounds with your child. Follow this with the rhyme, for example: ur - a nurse with a purse. The rhymes with the sounds can be found on the Oxford Owl website. You will also be able to find some ebooks online to read with your child at home.


Purple Mash

Login to Purple Mash, using your child's login, to see '2Do' tasks set by the Year 1 staff. These will appear as alerts at the top of your screen. 

Purple Mash by 2Simple



Miss Kam has made some videos to show you how to form your letters correctly. At Heron Cross, we write cursively but we do not loop our letters. Writing cursively makes it easier to join your letters as you move through the school. It is really important that we practise our handwriting regularly. Please take a look at her videos below. Pause the each video when you need to so that you can write along.

Letters a - g


Letters h - z



Good morning year 1!



I hope that you are all okay! It has been so lovely to speak to some of you on the phone and we know that you’re all missing each other.

Thank you so much for emailing your work over, it makes us smile here at year 1. Keep it coming! We can see that you are all working so hard and it makes us so proud!

Now… Let’s start this week off right with a bit of jump start Johnny. I hope you’ve had your Weetabix.



Don’t forget to check our YouTube channel for videos from your teachers. https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=miss+kam+and+friends


Monday 25th January 2021






It’s arithmetic Monday! Today is the day that you can see what you have remembered from previous learning. This will also help you to see what you need to work a little bit more on.

There are 3 different sheets. If you find the first set of questions too tricky then scroll down for questions that are slightly easier.

Click here for arithmetic sheets.

If you need a number line to work some of the questions out please click the link below.




Text - The willow pattern 

This week we will be focusing on The Willow Pattern. If you have not read this story before, click the links below.



Activity - Comprehension

Please click on the link below to read a short piece of text taken from our story. You will discover 3 sets of texts ranging in difficulty for your child to access.

Click here 

Encourage your child to read the text to you. If he/she finds this tricky, then you may wish to echo read whereby you read to your child and they repeat what you are saying. Ensure that your child follows the text with their finger.

Your child should then answer the questions below each extract. Remember your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops when writing sentences.



It’s musical Monday!

Lat week you made a shaker, we all made them in school too and Mrs Hollingsworth (our music teacher) loved them! How about this week you make a guitar!

We would love to see what you have made!




Let’s look at vowels this week.

Watch the link below. It explains what a vowel is.


Listen to this song. It is very catchy and will help you to remember.


Draw around your hand. Write a vowel on each finger. 


Further Information:


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. It helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another. Teaching children to blend the sounds of the letters together helps them to decode unfamiliar / unknown words by sounding them out. Phonics is a core subject for Year 1 children (phase 2-5).



At Heron Cross we write cursively (non-looped). In Year 1 we focus on the letter formation (size/height, ensuring we start on the line, that we continue to write on the line, we do not join letters). We concentrate on using finger spaces, capital letters at the beginning of sentences, capital letters for proper nouns (names) and full stops. These basics are key to ensure progression. We include nouns (a person, place or thing), verbs (a doing word) and adjectives (describing word) in our writing.




We love to read in Year 1 and work hard to instill a love for reading! It is highly important that each child reads everyday with an adult using their Phonics to sound out new and tricky words. We love story telling too! It is important for children to hear how to pronounce words, to read with fluency, to understand when to pause and how to read speech with different emotion, volume and expression. You could try reading a few words or a sentence and then asking your child to mimic you (echo reading) or you could read aloud together (choral reading). Just ensure your child reads along with their finger at the same time.

Questions to ask your child / points to discuss to improve comprehension:

  • Who is your favourite character? Why? 
  • What has happened in the story so far?
  • What does this word X mean?
  • Can you find any words with the X sound in? (example: sh, ng, oo, ee, au, aw, ew, ue)
  • What do you think will happen next? Why?


Please continue to practise these key skills with your child:

  • counting both forwards and backwards more confidently and fluently from 0 to 100 
  • add and subtract numbers from 0 to 50
  • order numbers from the smallest to the greatest
  • 2, 10 and even 5 timetables
  • writing numbers (one digit per square, facing the correct way)







Topics, Science and other subjects






Computing and programming


Children have also been using the offline editor (version 1.4) 



PE and Mindfullness



Please let us know if there is anything you would like to share with the class.