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Year 1 - Clover

Year One - Working From Home

Dear all,

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this unusual time. As stated in the working from home letter from Mrs Youngman (see link below), each day children are expected to complete one piece of English work/comprehension from their booklet, one piece of maths work from their booklet, one piece of additional work and some reading. The additional work could be something from your parents evening pack (see below) such as keyword spellings and reading, reading phonic nonsense and real words or completing some practical maths skills work  such as counting on and back in 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, adding, subtracting, doubling and halving, number bonds to 10 and 20 etc. The year one team will then post three additional topic based tasks each week to be completed in the green books provided. Where possible, please encourage the children to say their sentences out loud first, write them neatly with clear ascenders and descenders and then check them using their hand check (capital letters, finger spaces, words, make sense, full stop). My maths homework will be available as normal as well as access to other online work websites such as espresso and pobble 365 as set out in the second letter in your home learning pack (see link below). If you have any questions please email either or and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

Here are some other websites that you may want to visit to help with your home learning. Please remember your e-safety rules when visiting these websites (especially on YouTube)! 

Daily Lessons (mixed areas):

English (including phonics):

Reading – eBooks and audio books:

Twinkl also has lots of eBooks. You will need to sign up for an account first though by going to the website below and using the code: CVDTWINKLHELPS or UKTWINKLHELPS. Twinkl has lots of other great resources to help with home learning too!











Mixed curriculum areas:

Some YouTube channels are also currently offering live streamed educational activities. We have had fun joining Joe Wicks for PE at 9am and also dancing with Oti Mabuse at 11.30am. However, if you choose to use YouTube then please remember your e-safety rules and stay safe! WhiteRose maths is also offering this:

Week 10

As stated by Mrs Youngman, since this week is officially half term, no additional topic tasks will be set. Instead why not try these fun activities and websites:

Enjoy some story books from around your house or eBooks from the internet. Make a list of your favourite books. Have a go at reviewing your favourite books. You could write down your review, film it, or even make your own eBook of reviews.

Week 9

Topic tasks based on our current topic: Bright Lights, Big City

Monday 18th May: Packing for a trip (Geography and Science)

Marley the meerkat needs your help. He is travelling from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to visit his friends and family at London zoo. He will need to know what to wear, how to travel around London and what to see and do. Let’s get started! Make a list of clothes that Marley should bring on his trip. Use ‘because’ to justify your choices. Remember to think about the daily weather patterns and the four seasons.

Wednesday 20th May: Landmarks to visit (Geography)

Marley the meerkat wants to go site seeing. Choose a landmark for Marley to visit. Draw it and add a label. Explain why your chosen landmark is important. Optional extension: Draw a route from Euston Station to your chosen landmark. Write directions for your route using positional and directional words

Friday 22nd May: Getting information from websites (Computing)

Use the London Zoo website to find out seasonal opening times for the zoo. Use the website to find out what Marley the meerkat might see, how much it costs to enter and other useful things. Write a letter to Marley to tell him all about London Zoo. Remember to include all of the information that you found out on the website. You can either write these in your books or you can type them into an email to me and I will send them on to Marley for you.

Optional extra work:

Now that you are good at finding the capital cities, why not try learning about the 7 continents?
Since you have learned so much about London, why not have a go at these London crafts.
You could also go on a virtual tour of London.

Science magazine - All about Dinosaurs!!

Week 8

Topic tasks based on our current topic: Bright Lights, Big City

Monday 11th May: Aerial photographs (Geography)

Maps are made by using something called an aerial view. This shows what places look like from above. It is a bit like a birds-eye view. Have a look at some aerial view photographs. What landmarks can you see? What human and physical features can you see? Write about each picture that you look at. If you are working offline and do not have access to any aerial photos then perhaps you could imagine you are a bird flying over a familiar place such as the park or school and use this as your aerial ‘photo’ instead?

Wednesday 13th May: Giving directions and London tourism (Geography)

Look at the London grid map below. What can you see? Which landmarks did you find in your previous topic work? Choose two landmarks and write instructions of how to get from one landmark to the other. Use locational (next to, behind, above, in between) and directional (forwards, backwards, left, right) language as well as common verbs (go, stop, turn). Optional extension: Look at the visit London website. Look carefully at the home page and talk about its features. Note that it is the official visitor website for London and the information is checked regularly for accuracy. People can use the website to find out what to do and where to stay if visiting the city. See if you can navigate the ‘Things to do’ page. What things would you choose to do if you could go to London?

Friday 15th May: Comparing capital cities (Geography)

Can you remember the capital cities of the UK? There are lots of other capital cities in Europe and also the whole world. See if you can use google Earth to find some of them. You could also challenge your family with this Europe quiz to see how many they know too:

Next, see if you can find Kuala Lumpur which is the capital city of Malaysia. Have a look at the size of it on Google Earth. What features and landmarks can you see? See if you can find these places: Istana Negara, Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur Monorail, Klang River, The Central Park, Zoo Negara and Thean Hou Temple. Now have a think about what is the same or different to London. Make a list and write about the similarities and differences in your book e.g. Both cities have a river and a zoo. Kuala Lumpur has a monorail whereas London has over ground and underground trains.

Optional extra work 1:

Remember that when people are giving directions, they use special words known as positional language such as ‘next to’, ‘behind’, ‘to the left’ etc. When we write these as instructions, we also use imperative verbs. Imperative verbs are verbs that create an imperative sentence (i.e. a sentence that gives an order or command). When reading an imperative sentence, it will always sound like the speaker is bossing someone around.  For example: Give me that book! Clean your room! Do your homework. Take the dog for a walk, please. Don’t touch that! See if you can write some directional instructions using positional language and imperative verbs to tell people how to get to different places in your house or local area.

Optional extra work 2:

Here are 100 things to have a go at whilst staying inside your home. How many will you complete?

Optional extra work 3:

Lots of competitions are happening at the moment. Have a look with your adults and see if there are any that you would like to enter as a family.

Week 7

Topic tasks based on our current topic: Bright Lights, Big City

Monday 4th May: London Landmarks (Geography)

Think back to last week and all of the facts that you found out about London. Today we are thinking of famous places in London. What famous London landmarks can you name? Do your family know anymore? See if you can make a list of the landmarks and write down what they are for. E.g. The Royal Albert Hall is used for concerts. The London Eye gives tourists a view across the whole of London. Optional extension: Enjoy some stories about London.

Wednesday 6th May: Drawing from memory/pictures (Art)

Lots of famous artists are inspired by London. Stephen Wiltshire is a famous British artist who has a special talent for drawing places from memory. He uses hard and soft pencil marks to build up the shapes in his drawings. Choose your favourite London landmark and see if you can have a go at sketching it. Think carefully about the shapes, lines and marks that you will need to make. Think which parts will need to be darker and lighter and use different pencil pressures to do this.

Friday 8th May: A landmarks story (History)

What London landmarks did you think of on Monday and Wednesday? Did you find anything out about Pudding Lane and the monument? In 1666 a famous event happened called the Great Fire of London. See what you can find out about this event by asking your family, phoning relatives and using the internet if you can. Write down what you find out in your green books. Write down why it is such an important event and why we remember it today. Write down why the monument was built.

Message from Mrs Youngman: This Friday is the 8th May and it marks 75 years since Victory in Europe was celebrated. VE day marks the day towards the end of World War Two (WW2) when fighting came to an end. On 8th May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before. We hope you will join us in celebrating this event. Attached are some ideas of fun projects and activities that will help you to understand what life was like for people during WW2. Please do take lots of photos and videos and send them to us to see.

Second message from Mrs Youngman: This looks like a great app that you might want to download. It even has a new mindfulness area that is voiced by Stephen Fry.

Optional extra work:

Sometimes people make up songs to help remember historical events. Did you know that most nursery rhymes are traditional songs that were written about events in the past? For example, London’s burning is all about the Great Fire of London. See if you can learn to sing the song from memory. You may want to make up some actions to help you to do this. Optional extension: Film yourself singing it and email it to me so that I can enjoy your singing too!

Week 6

Topic tasks based on our current topic: Bright Lights, Big City

Monday 27th April: Weather in the UK (Science and Geography)

We have four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. What season are we in at the moment? The weather changes throughout all of the seasons. Look out of your window. What is the weather like today? What was the weather like yesterday? A week ago? Can you remember? During the winter it tends to be colder and during the summer it tends to be hotter. Keep a weather diary over this week to show what the weather is like in the morning, afternoon and evening of each day (see sheet below). Perhaps you could draw weather forecasting symbols to show this rather than writing it.  Optional extra: Watch the weather forecast on the TV to see what the weather will be like in the future

Wednesday 29th April: Human features in the locality (Geography)

Review the human and physical features that you listed last week. What was the difference between them? If you are allowed to, go on a short walk around your local community (as set out by the government daily exercise guidelines and rules). What human and physical features did you spot on your walk? When you get back to your house, write some sentences to describe these features. If you are not allowed to leave your house then try to remember a walk that you have been on in the past and use this to write your sentences. In the blank space at the top of you page, see if you can draw a little map of your walk. Draw in the human and physical features that you saw.

Friday 1st May: This is London (Geography)

A settlement is a place where people live. London is an example of a very large settlement. London is the capital city of England. If you can, use Google Earth to have a closer look at London. Can you find an airport? Can you locate a bridge? Where do you think Buckingham palace might be? Perhaps use street view onto different famous London landmarks such as the London eye. See what else you can find out about London. Perhaps you could ask people in your house or phone your relatives? You could also use the internet too. In the blank space at the top of your page, draw some famous London landmarks. On the lined part, write some sentences to show what you have found out about London. E.g. The River Thames runs through London. London has many bridges because…

Optional extra work:

When people are giving directions, they use special words known as positional language such as ‘next to’, ‘behind’, ‘to the left’ etc. Try to think of how to get to different places in your house. How could you describe the route to someone else? Can you explain how to get to the kitchen? The bathroom? Perhaps you could blindfold one person and give them directions.

Week 5

Topic tasks based on our current topic: Bright Lights, Big City

Monday 20th April: The UK (Geography)

Look at a map of the United Kingdom. You could use an atlas or globe if you have one at home. You could also use google Earth. Can you find all of the countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales? Can you find their capital cities? Draw, trace or stick a copy of the UK map into your green book and label the four countries and their capital cities. Optional extra: Use compass directions to write some sentences such as ‘London is east of Cardiff.’

Useful websites to test your skills:

Wednesday 22nd April: Physical features of the UK (Geography)

Look outside your window. What can you see? Some things will be physical features and some will be human features. For example, houses and roads are human features but rivers and lakes are physical features. What is the difference between these features? What do you notice? Split your page in half and write lists of the human and physical features that you can see. Next, see if you can add these to your lists: beach, cliff, town, village, coast, forest, factory, farm, house, hill, mountain, office, port, harbour, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, city, shop. Optional extension: Describe some of the characteristics of each feature e.g. A lake is a body of water surrounded by land.

Friday 24th April: What is a city? (Geography)

What is a city? A city is a large settlement where lots of people live and work. Have you ever been to one? Discuss this with your family and then see if you can find the answers together. Can you find out more about cities? Perhaps use a dictionary or encyclopaedia if you have one in your house. How is a city different from a town, village, county or country? How many cities are there in England? Can you name some of them? Look back at the capital cities that you found on Monday. Can you still match them to the UK countries from memory? What makes a capital city special? Write some sentences in your green book to say everything that you have found out about cities. Optional extra: Why not have a family city quiz using this website?

Optional extra work:

Who is Queen Elizabeth II? Why is she important? Find out as much as you can about the Queen and her family. See if you can draw pictures of everyone in her family and cut them out to make masks. Next, plan a royal dinner party! Perhaps you could have a picnic in your house or garden? You will need to make invitations to invite everyone in your house beforehand. Perhaps you could make bunting and flags to decorate for the party? Perhaps you could make crowns? The person pretending to be the Queen could even make a speech! Remember to bow or curtsy to the Queen and sing the national anthem for her when she arrives.

Week 4

As stated by Mrs Youngman, since this week is officially the second week of the Easter holiday, no additional topic tasks will be set. Instead why not try these scavenger hunts around your house. You could even design your own medals and certificates to give out to family members that find everything on their list. You could also make your own scavenger hunt lists too if you wanted.

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Optional extra work

Why not join in the great annual bug hunt?  The challenge is to look in your garden or outside space to see what bugs you can find. Simply point them out and report back what you find. You could make it into a project if you want. If you find a spider or woodlouse, find out all about it, draw it and examine it (carefully!). What does it eat? Where does it live? Maybe even write a story or poem about it. You could design a poster, shoot a video, make up a song about it etc. Just have fun!

Week 3

As stated by Mrs Youngman, since this week is officially the first week of the Easter holiday, no additional topic tasks will be set. Instead why not try these fun Easter activities:

Optional extra work

Why not learn how to do some computer coding? Use these websites to help you:

Mrs Dimbleby in Year six has also set Year one a timestables challenge:

Week 2

Topic tasks based on our current topic: Memory Box


Monday 30th March: Family portrait (Art)

Look at photos of all of your family (mums, dads, siblings, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents etc). Talk about who they are and what generations are shown. Choose your favourite photo and see if you can copy it by sketching it, colouring it or painting it. Pay close attention to the shapes, lines and colours if you are using paint or colouring pencils. Whilst drawing or painting you could perhaps be thinking about what makes them similar/different to you. Optional extension: Try drawing your family using a computer:

Wednesday 1st April: Self-portrait (Art)

Find a mirror in your house. Look really carefully at your face. Look at the shape of your eyes, nose and mouth. Have a go at drawing your own self-portrait. Keep looking in the mirror so that you don’t miss anything out. Remember to include things such as eyebrows and eyelashes. Remember that you can press harder or more lightly with your pencil and use it to make different lines, dots and dashes. Top tip: Use your pencil to measure parts of your face so that you can get everything in the right place. You may also find this website useful:

Friday 3rd April: Games from the past (History)

Ask everyone in your house what they enjoyed playing when they were younger. What were their favourite toys? What were their favourite playground games? If you can, perhaps phone your grandparents, aunties, uncles etc to find out from more people. Write a list of the games and toys that they tell you about. Are there any that you can have a go at playing in your house now? For example, we used to like playing clapping games on the playground when we were at school.

Optional extra work

Make a family scrapbook. Try to include photos, drawings and written memories. Perhaps you could make a page about each of your family members? Perhaps you could make a book about your time at home? Perhaps you could make a book about your favourite family things? Note: scrapbooks could be made using paper but they could also be made using apps such as book creator. If you need some ideas, have a look at how Mr Bloom made a log book on Cbeebies:

Mrs Youngman has also set you a challenge.  Watch the Bedfordshire fire and rescue service virtual school visit video below and then see if you can make a fire safety poster and/or information leaflet.

Week 1

Topic tasks based on our current topic: Memory Box


Monday 23rd March: My favourite things (Art)

If you have some art equipment available then why not try making a big collage picture or painting to show your favourite things. If you don’t have these things available then don’t worry! Draw pictures of your favourite things in the blank part at the top of the page. On the lines, write down some sentences that start with ‘My favourite…is…’. For example, My favourite food is…My favourite colour is…My favourite animal is…

Wednesday 25th March: My favourite memories (Science)

Think about your five senses. What is your favourite memory associated with each sense? Write some sentences about each of your sense memories. Try to include and, but, so, because. For example: My favourite taste memory was when I first tasted candyfloss on holiday because I had never tasted anything so sweet before. My favourite touch memory was when I stroked my cat for the first time and it made her purr.

Friday 27th March: My best day ever! (Music)

What is the best day that you can remember? What made it so special to you? Why do you remember it? Have a go at writing a best day ever song. If you want to you could use a well-known nursery rhyme or song for the melody or make up your own tune. Can you make your song lyrics rhyme? Add more verses and a catchy chorus if you want. Optional extras = film your song. Perhaps even make a music video to go with your song! Feel free to email them to us. We would love to see them!

Optional extra work (DT and Art)

If you have an empty box available, why not try making your own memory box. Decorate it in your favourite colours, drawings or pictures from magazines. Fill the box with your favourite things. If you cannot find the real objects or photos then why not draw a picture of them or write about them and put these into your memory box instead.


Dear Clover Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page. I will try my best to put new and exciting things on it as often as I can so please come back and visit it when you can. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.

From Mrs Gray smileyfrown


P.S. Remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. For more information on how to stay safe, visit the e-safety page.


On E-Safety day, Clover Class talked lots about how to have fun  and stay safe online. We created and agreed to our own Acceptable Use Policy:

  1. I will use what I have learned about e-safety to keep myself safe.
  2. I will tell an adult I trust if something makes me worried or unhappy.
  3. I will tell an adult if people I don’t know try to message me.
  4. I will not open or download anything without checking with an adult.
  5. I will only go on websites that I have checked with an adult.
  6. I will look after computer equipment and treat it with care.
  7. I will tell an adult straight away if something is broken or not working properly.
  8. I will never share my personal details.
  9. I will use friendly words and be polite.
  10. I will remember my e-safety rules at home and at school.

Parents' Section

General Class Information


  • Class Teacher: Mrs Gray
  • PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs K
  • Other adults in Clover class: Mrs Wood
  • PE is on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • English homework in Year One is daily reading.
    • Please read as often as you can with your child - anything and everything! Please try to write in your child's reading diary when you hear them read their book at home.
  • Maths homework in Year One is set through the My Maths website.
    • I will let your child know when another task has been set.
  • Please remember that water bottles should only contain water

For more information about how to help your child at home, please visit our Key Stage One Curriculum page:

What has your child been learning at school?


Please see the newsletter page to find the autumn term letter and overview.

Parent Messages


  1. Termly letters are now out (see above links)
  2. Have you given permission for your child to participate with pobble?
  3. Please remember to download our new Balliol school app.
  4. Please keep reading with your child as often as possible. 

Childrens Section



Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your English work.



Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your Maths work.

Autumn Topic - Into the Enchanted Forest


Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your topic work.

Class News

Week Commencing 23rd September 2019

In Maths, we answered our key question and worked out which group of objects was the most and which was the least. We also carried on completing our Hansel and Gretel challenges. Have a look to see how we got on with designing the top of our gingerbread houses. We had to draw our designs first and then try to copy them exactly using biscuits, icing and smarties.



Week Commencing 30th September 2019

In maths, we had a new key question. We had different bags of sweets and we had to work out how many were in two bags at a time. In English, we had a surprise! The fairies and elves visited us again and gave us something mysterious to plant and a story about Jack and the Beanstalk. We also took part in our Harvest festival. Well done everyone, some great singing!


Remember to keep reading at home.

Week Commencing 7.10.19

This week, we have been watching our plants very carefully and some of them have started to grow. We think they might be beans just like in our Jack and the beanstalk story!In maths, we have been working on our adding up skills. We are learning that if we know 3 + 2 = 5 then we also know 2 + 3 = 5 and 5 = 3 + 2 and 5 = 2 + 3. We have also been working hard to learn our number bonds to 10 off by heart. In topic, we have been learning all about the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. We are looking forward to seeing what challenges the fairies and elves send us next. Well done for your amazing class assembly this week too!

Week Commencing 6.1.20

Something strange happened at school today. Mrs Gray got an important phone message asking us to go outside. We noticed lots of things and we think that a spaceship might have crashed! We took lots of photos and we collected samples of the materials to use and explore with in our science lessons.