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Hello 1S

Hello all and welcome to our brand new home learning page!I'll be checking in with you here each day, posting little challenges and top tips for how to be independent home learners. I've always believed that good learning should be seen as a partnership between school and home so let's test that theory and prove that, as a class, we've got what it takes to continue our year 1 learning journey together.

Please, please e-mail me on year1@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk. I want to see photos of you all and lots of examples of what you are getting up to at home - I can't wait to hear from you!

Mrs Scholey xx 

Wednesday 8th April 2020 (8.4.20)

Good morning 1S! Hope you and your families are all keeping well and are ready for another day of learning and play under a sunny spring sky.

Today's challenge is going to test your observational skills and provides the perfect opportunity to practise using your phonic knowledge to segment and spell new words. You can complete it inside, outside in the garden or during your daily exercise - just remember you will need to take a notepad and pencil to record what you see! 

Challenge: Easter i-spy acrostics

What is an acrostic I hear you cry! An acrostic is a type of poem - you write a word, in CAPITAL LETTERS vertically down the page (make sure it's an Easter or spring themed word) i.e.







Whilst you are out and about today note down (it doesn't need to be neat!) all the objects and features you spy that have your chosen letters as their initial sound. When you get home link the words together and write out your acrostic poem in your best handwriting - you might include pictures and patterns too!

TOP TIP: You could add verbs (action words) and/or adjectives (describing words) to really power up your poem yes

I've made an example to help you on your way...make sure you send yours my way as soon as they are done!

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Tuesday 7th April 2020 (7.4.20)

Good morning 1S! What a beautiful day - I hope you are all planning to spend sometime outside today, enjoying the feeling of warm spring sunshine on your faces. I had such a busy day yesterday receiving and replying to all of your lovely messages - it was brilliant to hear from so many of you laugh THANKYOU! Keep them coming and if you haven't messaged yet then maybe today's the day - I always reply!

Today's challenge has a maths focus and i've planned two different activities so you can decide how stretchy you're feeling - you might really blow my socks off and try both of them this week!

Challenge: Mini egg maths

I don't know about you but I love mini eggs - they are definitely my favourite Easter treat! So, with that in mind both of today's challenges has a mini egg theme.

TOP TIP: Find something you can use to represent my mini eggs - you could even use mini eggs if you've got some! Sadly, i've eaten all mine so i've used pasta crying


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Monday 6th April 2020 (6.4.20)

Good morning 1S! Now, I know it's officially the Easter hols but here at Torrisholme we decided that 2 weeks away was just too long so i'll still be posting my daily challenge and responding to emails as normal...yay! It's totally up to you how much or little you choose to do, all I ask is that we stay connected. Please keep sending your photos and updates and let's keep having fun together!

This week's challenges will all have an Easter theme so who's ready to get cracking? wink

Challenge: Crack the code

I've written you a Easter message. If you want to read it you will have to crack the code yes

Once you've done it why not reply with a coded message of your own. You could magpie my code or create a new one - the choice is yours! Have fun, 1S!

Szkkb Vzhgvi slorwzbh veviblmv!

Slkv blf szev olgh lu ufm.


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Friday 3rd March 2020 (3.4.20)

Good morning 1S! Happy Friday - another week of home learning completed yes Thank you for taking part in my daily challenges, I love receiving your updates. I think it's been a great way to help us stay connected - I hope you agree! Today's challenge is going to help you practise lots of different skills; literacy, geography, history and art.

PS. I magpied the idea from Bobby wink who sent me his version yesterday - i'll pop it in the gallery later.

Challenge: Create an information poster

Below is an image of a popular local landmark which you may have been lucky enough to visit. Your task today is to create an information poster all about this landmark.

To do this you will firstly need to:

Identify the landmark

Locate it on a map

Decide if it is a human or physical feature

Use the internet to research and find out more about it...

Next, use all your information to create the most amazing poster. You poster might include any of the following non-fiction features;

A heading

A picture or photo

A diagram


Interesting facts and information

I can't wait to see them - I know they will be brilliant smiley

Thursday 2nd April 2020 (2.4.20)

Good morning 1S! Hope you all have a fun day of home learning challenges planned. If you have a little gap in your busy timetables maybe you'd like to put your retrieval skills to good use and spend some time rooting about in your memories to complete today's daily challenge - I think it's a good one!wink

Challenge: Create your classroom!

Today's challenge is very open ended and the finished piece will very much depend on what you have to hand at home in terms of card, paper, paint and other crafty bits and bobs - it could even be 3D...anything goes!

I want you to use your creative skills to recreate our 1S classroom. 

So, dig deep in your memories and retrieve as much information as you can about how our classroom looked. Think about how many tables there were and what displays were on the walls. Try to include key features such as; our gem pots, the learning ladder, the reading den, our star words...anything you think is important and want to include!

As this is quite a big challenge it's fine if you don't get it completed today - take your time and create something you are really proud of!

I can't wait to see them so make sure you send me lots of pictures. 

Wednesday 1st April 2020 (1.4.20)

Good morning 1S! Hope you are all feeling fit and well this morning and ready for the day ahead. I had a lovely day yesterday, full of messages, photos and videos from all of you - I even saw Logan and his family whilst I was out enjoying my daily exercise!

Today's challenge has a maths focus and provides you with a good opportunity to practise your number bond knowledge - I hope you enjoy it!

Top Tip yes: Today's challenge could easily be completed outdoors, if you've got the space, time and resources. My ideas are just a starting point so feel to tweak them!

Challenge: Race to twenty

You will need:

To create a 0 - 20 number track (you could go large and make a track to jump up!).

A dice

A counter or marker for each player

Paper and a pencil

How to play:

Before you start each player should draw 6 part whole models on their paper.

Take turns to roll the dice and move or jump that many spaces.

After each turn calculate how many more spaces you need to move along to reach 20 and then fill in one of your part whole models to show the number bond.

First player to reach 20 is the winner!

Top Tip - The whole is always 20 and the number you land on is a part, you are calculating the missing part and creating a number bond!

Good luck smiley


Tuesday 31st March 2020 (31.3.20)

Good morning 1S! WOW...how lucky are we to be enjoying such amazing weather at the moment. Things may be a bit different for us all at the moment but it's good to remember that there's still a lot we should be grateful for - blue spring skies being just one of them! With this in mind today's challenge is one the whole family can get involved with - it's a real bucket filler!

Challenge: Make a 'Gratitude Garland'

You will need:

Paper cut into strips

Coloured pens or pencils

Glue or sellotape

First share out the strips of paper between you and your family. Next spend some time reflecting on things each of you are grateful for. After that write each of your thoughts on a strip of paper (tidy writing, please!)and maybe decorate them with brightly coloured patterns to make them look more decorative. Finally join them together to make a chain and display it...easy! 

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Monday 30th March 2020 (30.3.20)

Good morning 1S! PHEW...I've just finished my Jo Wicks workout - I hope you are all giving them a go each morning! Anyway, welcome to a brand new week of home learning challenges.As it's a Monday, i'm going to stretch your phonics knowledge with a fun game we've played before in class.

Challenge: Pass the digraph

Write the following phase 3 and phase 5 digraphs onto small squares of card or paper - ai ee igh oa oo ar or ur ow oi ear air ure er ay ou ie ea oy ir ue ew au aw wh ph oe ey a-e e-e i-e o-e u-e.

Use coloured pens to make them look fancy but don't forget to think carefully about your letter formation and letter sizes - long, small and tall letters only please!

Pop all the digraphs into a dish or tub.

Play some funky music and pass the digraphs.

When the music stops pick out a digraph card and work together to segment and spell at least 3 words that use it. Repeat!

Have fun and don't forget to send me photos of your learning in action.

Friday 27th March 2020 (27.3.20)

Good morning 1S! It's been lovely to see some of you accepting my daily challenges this week - thank you so much for getting involved and most importantly sharing your learning with me. Today's challenge can be completed indoors or outdoors and I can't wait to see the results!

Challenge: Chatterpix  descriptions

If you haven't already, you will need to download the chatterpix or chatterkids app from the app store - it's free and the children know how to use it!

Take a chatterpix of a family member, pet, favourite toy, flower - anything you like!

Orally compose and then write 2 or 3 good sentences that tell me some interesting facts about your chosen chatterpix. Rehearse your sentences so that you know them by heart and then create your chatterpix. Don't forget to share them via email!

Top Tip: Try to use a connective and a power word or two in your sentences.

Meet Flea!

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Thursday 26th March 2020 (26.3.20)

Good morning, 1S! Let's make the most of another blue sky day by taking our learning outdoors to practise some phonics. 

Challenge: I spy a digraph!

You will need:

Paper cut into small squares

Coloured pens

Sellotape or string

Write the following digraphs onto your paper squares - ay ee igh oa oo ar or ur ow oi ear air ure er ai ou ie ea oy ir ue aw wh ph ew oe au ey a-e e-e i-e o-e u-e

Look around your garden and see if you can spy an object or feature that includes one of your digraphs, i.e. tree, swing

Attach your digraph to the object - can you use all of them??

Photos please and i'll post them here so you can see each other.




Wednesday 25th March 2020 (25.3.20)

Good morning, 1S! It's another glorious spring day so with that in mind today's challenge can be completed outdoors. Don't forget to send me photos of your learning in action!

Challenge: Representing 2 digit numbers

How many different ways can you find to represent 2 digit numbers using only the natural resources you can find in your gardens?

Top tip: You could use sticks to represent tens and leaves to represent ones or rocks and pebbles - whatever you can find!

Tuesday 24th March 2020 (24.3.20)

Good morning, 1S!

It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day so why not take your learning outside.

Challenge: Water painting star words

Using a paint brush and a pot of water see how many star words you can spell and paint before they disappear! 

Top Tip - all the year 1 and 2 high frequency and tricky words can be found on the statutory spelling document at the bottom of this page.

Here's Scarlett showing you how it's done!


Picture 1 Paintbrush and water
Picture 2 Oh dear, Scarlett!
Picture 3 Can you spot her mistakes?

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