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Class 1

Hello and welcome to Year 1


Class Teacher: Miss Thwaites 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Cowin 



Week 16- 13/07/2020


Happy Monday everyone!


I hope you are all well, I can't believe it is our last week of term! Thank you to everyone who has continued to complete work and has been in touch! This week, home learning is a little bit different. I have attached the class room secrets workbook however, this is only here if you would like to complete it. I have attached a sheet called last week work and it is in a bingo style. See how many of the tasks you can complete thinking about this year, next year and some activities just for fun. 


Have a great week! 

Miss Thwaites

Week 15- 06/07/2020


Hi everyone, 

I hope you're all well and have had a good week. Please complete the Classroom Secrets workbook week 10 this week. The maths focus is money. Can you create a shop at home and practise using different coins and notes? 


If you would like to use different videos to support any of the learning or complete more activities, these are available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-and-p2-lessons. Lessons start from 29th June in line with the workbook. 


Geography- Learn about the four seasons including the weather in the UK during spring, summer, autumn and winter. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6jxdp3

This lesson includes:

  • one short animation about the seasons

  • a list of key words to help describe the seasons

  • three activities to help build on your knowledge


Over the last few weeks we have looked at different types of insects and where they live. Now I would like you to design your own! Think about where it would live, what it would look like and what it would be called. Can you write me some sentences to explain your new insect?  


Please keep reading, completing phonics and exercising when possible. 

Stay safe and stay positive.


Miss Thwaites

Week 14- 29/06/2020


Hi Everyone,


Please find below the workbook for this week. Week 9. Please watch the videos on https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/ Week 9- counting to 100 when completing the activity.


Please complete the reading comprehension based around the life cycle of a butterfly. This document is differentiated- please select the appropriate text for your child.


Writing- As well as the workbook. Have a look at the powerpoint called Life cycle of a butterfly. Can you write a sentence for each step in the life cycle using the word ‘and’, capital letters and full stops.


Topic- After looking at how to build a bug hotel last week, it's time to build! Can you use your design to build your very own bug hotel for your garden. I have attached some instructions if you need some to follow.


PE- Complete cosmic yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhWDiQRrC1Y&safe=active

  • Unfortunately we aren't able to have sports day this year due to the virus. Can you think of some races you would like to be included in sports day? Why not have a race at home in your garden? Send me a picture or video on Seesaw of your creations.


If you have any questions or need support during school hours please contact learninghub@ksps.cumbria.sch.uk


Thank you to all the parents for continuing to send me work and keeping in touch!


Miss Thwaites

Thank you!

This week we have created a rainbow with paint and our hands to say thank you to all of the NHS and carers who have worked selflessly throughout this challenging time. 


We’ve had a good first 3 weeks back in our bubble and look forward to welcoming new children next week. We hope everyone at home is staying safe and staying positive.


Week 13- 22/06/2020


Happy Monday! 
Thank you for all the work I have received this week. It is great to see. I am having issues with uploading work to Seesaw at the moment. If you would like a paper copy please contact me. This week I would like you to continue to use the Classroom Secrets Workbook dated week 8 15/06/2020.

Maths- Arrays. Please use the white rose maths videos alongside the worksheets available- Summer term week 8 15/06/2020.  https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/ 

Writing- Worksheets from the classroom secrets workbook. 

Computing- Bitesize lesson: Using the web safely. When we return to school the children will begin to use our new chrome books! These are a great asset to the school. Before then, please have a look at using the web safely and complete the activities. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zr3bhcw 

Topic- This week I would like you to look at the different habitats minibeasts live in thinking about what they need to survive. You may like to go for a walk and find some or research on the internet. Using this information, I would like you to design a bug hotel and begin to collect pieces you could use ready to create a bug hotel next week! I have attached 2 power points to help you get some ideas.

PE- Joe Wicks and Cosmic Yoga. 

If you need any support with work or any other questions, please contact the learning hub for support. learninghub@ksps.cumbria.sch.uk

Have a great week! 
Miss Thwaites

Week 12- 15/06/2020


I hope you’re all well! If you need any help with work during school hours please email learninghub@ksps.cumbria.sch.uk and a member of staff will be in touch. Please make sure you are reading and completing phonics activities regularly.


This weeks Classroom Secrets workbook links to the Maths and Writing I would like you to complete. This is also available on Seesaw.



Please complete the activities in the workbook. I have attached some extra activities if you would to complete them.

Karate cats is a fun and interesting game to practise what you have been learning- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd63xyc/articles/zdp4pg8



Please continue to follow White Rose Maths Summer Term- Week 7 (w/c 8th June). Please access the videos before you complete the worksheets as these will provide the correct support for your child. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/


Please follow the sequence of worksheets available in the Classroom Secret Workbook attached.






  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfgc92p Watch the videos based on the different groups of animals. Can you make up a song to try and remember each group?  Complete the quiz available on the webpage to test your knowledge.


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNbSBsUUslM  – Complete cosmic yoga- Frogs, Reptiles and Rainforests.


  1. What kind of habitat do you think mini beasts would like? Think about where you might find bugs. Can you create your very own bug hotel? Use the woodland trust website to inspire you!



Stay safe and stay positive

Miss Thwaites

Week 11- 08.06.2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well. Thank you very much to everyone who has sent in work over the last couple of weeks, it is lovely to see. This week is the beginning of a phased return to school for some children. Whether you are keeping your child at home or bringing them into school, year 1 will continue to complete the same work. I will not be available during school hours however, if you need any support or have any questions please email learninghub@ksps.cumbria.sch.uk and a member of staff will be in touch. Please continue uploading work to Seesaw and I will respond when possible.


Phonics and reading- Please make sure you are reading and completing phonics activities regularly. A reminder you can use our class login on Oxford Owl for e-books linked to your child’s book band.

Login: year1ksps Password: year1

Phonics play and phonics bloom continue to offer excellent interactive games.


Writing- This week I have taken inspiration from some of the ideas that have been uploaded to bitesize. You can find the work in a document below. I have also added this to Seesaw and a new activity will be available each morning.


Maths- We are continuing to follow White Rose Maths with Summer Week 4- 11th May. White Rose Maths has changed their style of work and it now links to bitesize worksheets and extra examples. I have attached the worksheets below including which pages you should complete, and they are all available on Seesaw. 


Please access the videos before you complete the worksheets as these will provide the correct support for your child. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/


Topic- This half term we will be looking at creepy crawlies! Why not check out the websites below to find out more information.


https://education.abc.net.au/minibeast-games/ Facts about an ants, ladybirds and bees. Take a 360 degree look at these fascinating minibeasts.

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/minbeasts/eng/Introduction/InterActiveWhiteBoardActivity.htm Create an insect using different body parts.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zdp4382/articles/zn7bscw Galaxy pugs is an interactive game we have played in class before looking at the different types of animals and their habitats.


Make sure you are all staying active and I look forward to seeing what you get up to this week. I have attached a workbook in the activities for extra work.


Stay safe and stay positive

Miss Thwaites

The Smiley Tree Band!

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I'd like to introduce you to the talented, fantastic, one of a kind band- THE SMILEY TREES!

Thank you to all the children who got involved in making instruments and singing. I hope you all enjoy watching this as much as I have :)

WB 01/06/2020


Hi everyone, we hope you all had a lovely half-term and have enjoyed some of the great sunny weather we are having at the moment.


Week 10 Activities


Here are some fun ideas for Physical activities.


Joe Wicks continues to hold 30 minute workout sessions for children and families daily at 9.00 am. If you haven’t tuned in yet give it a go! It is available on his YouTube channel, free of charge.


Why not also try these…


  1. Set an alarm every hour throughout the day. Each time it goes off, one person chooses a song to dance to. Take it in turns to do this…dance alarm!

  2. Have fun copying the moves to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on Just Dance on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W-T4kdgzKU&list=RDCMUCIyHc_Gu79hnxaeJcQC-IXA&start_radio=1&t=11

    Can you make up your own moves to the song? Can someone in your family copy you?

  3. Do some Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube. This ‘Peter Cottontail and the Tickly Monkeys’ is fun!


  4. Can you make up some of your own spring animal poses?





Phonics Play website –Username: march20 Password: home 1. Use the phase tabs on the left hand side to go to phase 3.


  1. Play ‘Flashcards Time Trial’. How many graphemes can you recognise in two minutes? Repeat the same activity for phase 5.

    Remember to use the cross to mark any you are unsure of and practise these (find them in books, add them to the fridge to recall, chalk them in your garden etc). https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/FlashcardsTC.html.

    You may need to click on the padlock, site setting and change Flash to Allow, close the page and click on reload, you should, now, see the page content.


  1. Go outside in your garden if you can or with paper inside, use chalk, water or paint and ask a grown up to challenge you to spell some long words. Don't forget to chunk them up using the syllables. Ask your grown up to write some long words outside for you to chunk up and read or look for long words in books, magazines etc.




  1. Challenge someone to take it in turns with you to think of as many words as you can that rhyme with the following: cat, sing, bad.

  2. Now write a rhyming word list for each one - how many can you remember from the game? Use this to help you!

  3. Can you write some funny rhyming sentences about your family or your friends? Don’t forget capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.




  1. Practise recalling your number bonds to ten with the ‘Farmer Pete’ song on Youtube. You could write the matching number sentence as you sing along. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heZp5RVT5a8

  2. Play ‘Save the Whale’ on ICT Games. Find the numbers that add together to make 10. http://www.ictgames.com/saveTheWhale/





  1. Sing ‘The Seasons Song for Kids’ (Pancake Manor) on Youtube. Talk about the changes you see happening outside and how your clothes and activities might differ. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksGiLaIx39c



If you need to contact me this week about anything at all please do get in touch - amy.fairhurst@ksps.cumbria.sch.uk


Mrs Fairhurst x

Have a lovely half term, everyone. You (children and parents) have worked incredibly hard this term and deserve a well earned break! If you need activities to support yourself working from home, I have attached a couple of worksheets below. 


Speak to you week beginning 1st June. 


Miss Thwaites

WB 18/05/2020


Hi Everyone,

I hope you’ve had a great week. Please can I remind everyone to make sure you have filled in the letter sent out on Friday and returned it to the office via email by the end of today (Monday 18/05/2020).


Having spoken to many parents/carers over the week, I have had lots of discussion with people saying they need some time to catch up with some of the work set since we started online learning. Therefore, this week I have only set some maths work and uploaded a work booklet to give you time to work through things you may have missed. Please remember I do not expect to see evidence of everything and there may be an activity you can’t do or decide to improvise in your own way – this is fine.


If you were up to date with everything and would like more to do this week then please do not hesitate to ask me and I will happily send out more work. If you use Seesaw I will be sending some fun activities through out the week for you and your families to enjoy.


Maths- Summer Term Week 3- W/C 4th May Number bonds up to and including 20. Please follow the link and watch each video before you take part in the activity. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/


I have attached a number of worksheets you’re welcome to work on with your child unfortunately, Education.com have stopped providing the home learning activities I have been uploading, so they are slightly different this week. Remember you also have access to kids’ classroom secrets with your login and Oxford owl reading through our class login in posted previously.


Have a great week everyone, stay safe and keep smiling 


Miss Thwaites



Hi Everyone,

I hope you have all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend. Thank you for your continued efforts to complete work with your children. It is wonderful to see. Last night Boris Johnson announced that potentially, on the 1st of June, Year 1 children may return to school if the R rate continues to fall. At this moment in time we, as a school, do not have any further information in regard to how the government intend to implement this and what will be done to support the return to school. When we know more, we will be in contact you.


Please find the work for this week Below. The maths lessons build on last weeks work so it is important you have completed these first. 


Maths- Continuing to follow white rose maths I would like you to move on to Summer Term Week 2- WB 27th April by following the link. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/ Please watch the videos then complete the activity. These are available on Seesaw or can be downloaded and printed.

English- Please see the linked picture below with activities I would like to you to complete linked to the story The Highway Rat. There is an activity for every day of the week.

It is important you know the story so if you have the book please read it. You could also search youtube for somebody reading the story or watch the animation created by the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09kkt1k.


Music- If you haven’t already, please email me or complete the set activity on Seesaw playing a homemade instrument or an instrument you have in the house to Shot Gun by George Ezra.  I am so impressed with the videos I have been sent already. Well done.


Science- Can you complete the science lesson on bitesize called Basic Parts of The Plant- 6th May (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvbxt39). Once you have watched the videos and completed the quiz. Can you find a plant outside and take it apart to look at the different parts in the plant? Stick it on a piece of paper and label the parts.


You will notice It says week 1 independent study pack for the attached home learning pack. That is because they have moved to more practical workbooks in the last couple of weeks that I do not believe are as beneficial. However, if you like them you can make a free account with education.com and have access to 100s more.

I hope you have a lovely week.


Miss Thwaites


Weekly Work

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Hi Year 1

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are all well. As many of you know last week, I was in the hub school at Appleby Grammar School. I had a great week and loved working with children from different schools and teachers from different schools as well! I even took the tadpoles in to meet everyone. I am sorry I haven’t got our weekly work video attached yet, technology has failed me but I will hopefully have it added soon.

Please see attached activities below for the week and if you need any support contact me via email or on Seesaw.


I would like you to follow the progression of White rose maths Year 1 Week 1 WB 20/04/2020. Please watch the videos first and then complete the activities. These are uploaded onto Seesaw so you can write straight on to them using the app or you print them off.


English/ Reading/ Phonics

Winston Churchill

Who was Winston Churchill? Why do we remember him today? Produce a fact file/ poster displaying your information. Create a mind map or list of facts about Winston Churchill.

What was his job?

Why was he so important during WW2?

What was one of his famous phrases?

Can you describe his characteristics?

Why he was important?

You can read more about Churchill using these links from Twinkl and Ducksters. You may present this information in any way you choose or use this template.


CHALLENGE: Can you learn Winston Churchill’s Victory speech and record yourself presenting it?


Please continue to read and complete phonics tasks online using phonics play and other phonics websites.


Oxford Owl- I have created a class login that anyone can use to access ebooks linked to your child’s book band. Remember if you are unsure on the level your child is reading please look at the spine of your child’s book for the colour.

Login: year1ksps Password: year1


Please find in the activities section a task sheet full of activities your children could take part in this week linked to VE day.


As always, I have attached a home learning pack from education.com. If you haven’t had a look yet why not check out some of the teachers reading stories in the story videos section.


I hope you have a wonderful week.


Miss Thwaites

Hi Everyone
These are some suggested home learning ideas. Please do not feel you have to complete them all. We know you will have lots of lovely ideas of your own! Always remember that your children will gain so much from spending quality family time with you...playing board games, completing jigsaws, baking, painting, gardening, sharing stories, watching movies etc.
These websites are great for home learning and can be used on a daily basis:
Oxford Owl -Visit the website to access books on line to read at home.
PhonicsPlay.co.uk Focusing on your child’s phonics phase
Free user name and password for PhonicsPlay. User name:march20 password:home https://www.phonicsbloom.com
https://www.ictgames.com https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds
Lots of different games to explore:
Visit http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/
Week 6
Make a weekly weather diary. Draw and write about what the weather has been like or any new plants growing. Have you any other signs of Spring ?
Write to tell us about the fun things you have been up to at home. Draw a picture to go with it. Keep practising counting forwards and backwards to 100 in twos, fives and tens.


Using some of these tricky words to put into a sentence:
 me  my  be  her  was
Google phonics play and play the free games such as...  Dragons Den


Google Top Marks Maths and play the following:
 Play Level 1 Daily 10 and explore the different challenges.
 Spring Maths
 Make a poster to show how to keep safe online.


If you need to contact me this week please email me- amy.fairhurst@ksps.cumbria.sch.uk 


Mrs Fairhurst x 

Weekly Work 24.04.2020

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This information has been sent to us by the DofE today (20.04.2020). Both websites are easy to access and have really good online videos available if you would like to have a look. 


Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:



20/04/2020- Week 5


Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend and managed to enjoy the sunshine. I have attached the next independent home learning activity pack for anyone that would like to use it.

This week in literacy, I would like you to read the story The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson and complete the activities I have attached below. If you do not have the story at home please watch it on you tube, the BBC also has an animation of the story which is very good.

In maths, please have a look at the power point below based around time. In the classroom we have looked at telling the time to the hour. It is important your children consolidate this learning. Below is a link to make your own clock to help tell the time.

I would also like you to have a look at the story of Captain Tom Moore and create a birthday card for the veteran. Please send me a picture of the card so I can collate our classes work and send it to him. Remember to read regularly, exercise when you can and stay positive.


Miss Thwaites


Homemade clock- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7QYPcadfyg

Captain Tom Moore- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52333127

Weekly Work Video

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Here is a little video I have put together to celebrate some of the work I have received this week. If you would like to send me any pictures of your child's work, completed tasks or simply let me know what you have been doing please sign up for Seesaw or email me at Rachel.thwaites@ksps.cumbria.sch.uk.

14/04/2020- Week 4

Hi Everyone, 


I hope you had a wonderful Easter considering the circumstances. Please see below some of the activities I would like you to complete this week. If you are part of Seesaw, I have assigned some activities to you (they are the same stated below) and I will be assigning activities through out the week.

Maths- Look at power point around volume and capacity, please look at some of the questions posed and tasks. When completed create an experiment in your house to see which objects hold the most water. As part of this you may like to create a sensory bottle. These are fun and easy to make. I have added a link if you wish to do so.


I have also added another workbook to the activities folder that you may find useful.

English- Write a post card. I would like you to sit and write a postcard to an Alien. They do not know what is happening on Earth now but would like to know. Can you explain to them what has happened, how you are feeling and what you have been doing? You may want to include a picture. Remember- We can now use exclamation marks to help show emotion in our writing. Capital letters, full stops and finger spaces should ALWAYS be used.

Science- Become an nature spy. Go outside & find an object from nature to observe like a scientist. Use some of your 5 senses to observe: What does it look like? colour? shape? size? What does it sound like? Can it make noise? What does it smell like? What does it feel like? smooth? rough? soft? hard? Next, take a photo or draw a picture like a scientist with details & colour including labels.

Please make sure you are also reading when possible and have been completing exercise daily. Why not create a family dance together or take a nature walk and discuss the senses you are using.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any support.


Miss Thwaites.

Happy Easter Year 1!

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A little video to make you all smile. To get more videos, pictures and updates please make sure you have downloaded Seesaw. Happy Easter, stay home and stay safe.

Letter emailed 07/04/2020 reading at home

Week 3- 6/04/2020


Hi Everyone, 


This week I would like us to focus on learning how to use the app SeeSaw. I have sent you all an email about how to download the app and have assigned your child a simple task of creating something to tell me about a family memory (instructions on the app). This will be a learning process for us all so please be patient if I do not reply instantly (I am learning how to use it too). 


I have also added a new home learning pack into our home learning section. Please make sure you are reading every day and if you haven't already have a look at kids class room secrets (well done to everyone who has so far! I am able to see when you have been online and i'm very impressed). 


Thank you to everyone who has sent me pictures and even videos! It is lovely to hear from you. 


Enjoy the rest of the Easter holidays. 


Miss Thwaites 

To support learning during school closure, I have created a classroom account for year 1 with class room secrets. 

To access your child's account,  Visit Classroom Secrets Kids at kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk.


Your child's log in is Username: 239757name Password: name

eg. Username: 239757rachel Password: rachel


*Please note there are no capital letters*


This will give you access to online resources including teaching videos, online games, resources, printable worksheets and much more. 


If you have any issues accessing your child's profile, please contact me Rachel.thwaites@ksps.cumbria.sch.uk . 


Miss Thwaites

AHOY! Our group of landlubbers set sail and turned into a crew of sea dogs this week, ready to explore the life of pirates! Let's hope we don't need to battle down the hatches or leave anyone marooned! We will need all hands on deck to keep things shipshape. 

Once Upon A Time... Spring 1

Direction and using maps

Year 1 have been looking at using maps and how important it is to correctly direct people. We used our directional language to get to the cricket club! We also practiced by leading others around the hall to an object. The children worked very well with their partners telling them to turn left or right and how far. Well done adventurers!  

KS1 Christmas Party

We couldn't contain our excitement for the Christmas party and meeting Santa.

Children in need 2019

Thank you to everybody in year 1 who donated money for children in need. We had a wonderful spotty day. In the morning we had a dance party like the characters in the book Pudsey's Great Fundraiser. 

Dentist visit

12/11/19- This week the dentists came to visit year 1. They told us how important it is too brush our teeth twice a day. We practiced brushing big teeth and reaching all the hard to get places. 

Remembrance Day 2019

Year 1 created a remembrance day wreath to remember the soldiers and animals that helped in the war. The children drew around their hands and wrote thank you messages. 

Sponsored Walk 2019

The children had a wonderful time on the walk. They showed determination and supported one another through out.

Thank you to all the helpers that came on the day and those who sponsored.  

Well done to all the KS1 children who participated in the KSGS cross country event. You were all outstanding!





Class 1 have made an excellent start to their new topic, drawing around each other and labelling the different body parts.

Learning links.

Please click on, explore and use these links with your child to further consolidate their learning.


http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html - Interactive hundreds square.

http://www.ictgames.com/counting.htm - Counting games.

http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/letterformation.html - Letter and number formation.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/addition-and-subtraction - Addition and subtraction.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting - Lots of Maths activities please explore.

http://www.ictgames.com/addition.htm - Addition and subtraction games.

http://mathszone.co.uk/number-facts/number-bonds-to-20/ - Number bonds to 10 and 20.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/ks1_lessonplans/maths/2d_3d_shapes.shtml - 2D and 3D shapes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/telling_the_time/play/ - Time.