Monday 20th April – Year 1

Welcome back to (home)school!

We hope you have enjoyed the glorious weather this Easter and managed to share some quality time with your household. We know it has been strange but some things will be beginning to be quite normal by now. Did everyone clap for the Key workers on Thursday? How about doing some PE with Joe? Is anyone cooking with Jamie? Have you been in touch with a family member using some kind of technology?

Well, here we are already at the beginning of the Summer term. Off we go!

Our theme this term is ‘Shoes,’ which as we all know is Northampton’s speciality and our industrial heritage. See if you can see how many ways we’ve used footwear in our lessons!

Activity 1 – Let’s kick start our morning with a half hour of PE with Joe Wicks. Remember to catch your breath afterwards and have a good drink of water.

Activity 2 – Phonics See Mrs Felstead’s video.

Activty 3 – Maths We are beginning to think about measuring and sorting this week. To make it fun, try to find at least 6 sets of footwear in your home, Mum’s slippers, Dad’s trainers, sisters sandals, grandma’s wellies… whatever. Sort them out in at least 2 different ways. You need to explain how you have sorted them to your grown-up. It may be by which material they are made from, or what they are used such as indoor shoes or outside shoes. You may find more interesting ways to sort them.

Then we are going to think about measuring. When you measure, we need to use units of EQUAL size. So, chose ONE of the shoes and use it to measure things in your house. So you might see how many slippers it takes to measure the sofa, or how many PE trainers it is along the long side or the short side of your bed. What is the smallest thing you could measure with a shoe, what’s the biggest? Maybe you can take a photo?

Don’t forget to put the shoes back where they came from!

Break time. Have a healthy snack and a drink of water. Don’t forget to wash your hands if you go to the toilet.

Activity 4 – Literacy

Can you write about your Easter break, and how it made you feel? Tell us all about what you have done, who you have been in touch with and anything else you can think about. This might be trickier than usual because we will need to think hard about any little detail that made being at home a bit special during the holidays. Did you do anything special to celebrate Easter that was different than last year?

Don’t forget that sentences need to be clear and make sense. It might help to say your ideas out loud before you write your ideas down. Always remember capital letters are needed at the start of sentences, for people’s names, days of the week and place names. Perhaps you can add a couple of illustrations?

(Parents and carers – we are very aware that this task may bring some emotions to the surface, especially if you have been directly impacted by Covid. It can be surprisingly cathartic to discuss how we are feeling or any difficult events that surround us, and writing things down often helps. You know your children best and we trust that you can guide this activity appropriately.)

Lunchtime – Don’t forget to say the lunchtime prayer!

Afternoon: Science – Have a look at your bean in the pot (or maybe you have planted it out?) Can you draw the plant and remember how to label it? Leaves, stem, root, shoot, you might see some side shoots and one day there will be flowers but not just yet. Use your maths skills to measure the bean plant – how tall is it? How long are longest leaves?

You might try to measure it with something other than a ruler, objects from around your home but probably a bit smaller than shoes! Try pieces of pasta or lego blocks (but don’t forget, they have to be equal-sized lego blocks). Write it in your diary. If you have already filled the diary, write it on an extra page at the back.


End of the day story video with Mrs Worth in the garden.

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9 thoughts on “Monday 20th April – Year 1

  • 20th April 2020 at 11:35 am

    Amaya and I (Mrs Rands) have been measuring using shoes. We estimated how long we thought things would be and then we actually measured them. When Amaya measured the metal strip on the floor, it was 40 shoes long but when Mrs Rands measured it, it was 34 shoes long. Amaya said it was because my shoes were bigger.

  • 20th April 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Edward works really well through the phonics lessons. Is there any other lessons that could be taught like this ?

    • 20th April 2020 at 1:57 pm

      We are glad Edward is enjoying the phonics sessions. Well done Edward. Tomorrow and Wednesday maths are also a video approach with a follow up activity. We are trying to provide a mixture of teaching approaches to suit all children but will try and incorporate this at other times when we can. Thanks for your comments.

  • 20th April 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I had fun with Maths. I sorted shoes in to summeriest to winteriest, lightest to darkest, most stinky to least stinky stinky!!! I also made a repeating pattern
    The cupboard measured 3 1/4 sandals. The cat flap measured 1 1/4 star shoe or 1 trainer

    • 20th April 2020 at 6:06 pm

      Well done Harriet.I like the way you sorted your shoes in different ways.Great measuring too!

  • 20th April 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Eddie Ray sorted out 8 pairs of shoes/ foot wear. To start with I hid them in the garden. He then sorted them first in pairs and then identified the correct foot each goes on e.g. left and right. He then sorted out shoes into different sizes and those worn outside and inside and those worn for puddle jumping and those worn in the summer. He then chose a larger shoe which he then measured with ruler. It was 28 cm long. He then used this shoe to measure both long length (14 shoes) and short side ( 9 shoes) of trampoline.

    • 20th April 2020 at 6:08 pm

      You have worked hard today. I wonder how many shoes you found that can be used for jumping in muddy puddles?
      Great work Eddie Ray.

  • 20th April 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Jasmine and Daniel have been measuring the sofas using shoes and their handspan. They had to find 5 items in the house house and measure them with the ruler.

    • 20th April 2020 at 6:03 pm

      Well done Jasmine and Daniel and you used handspans too, brilliant! Keep up the great work.
      I was in school teaching our key worker children today so I enjoyed measuring with my shoes too!
      Mrs Rands


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