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Year 1 - Lavender

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)!

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 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 for this week (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 Lavender 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.

Love from Miss Jennings smiley

PS Remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. More information about our Lavender e-safety rules are below. For other information on how to stay safe, visit the main school e-safety page.

E-safety in Lavender class

Lavender Class Acceptable Use Policy

  1. Ask an adult to stay with you and help to keep you safe.
  2. Keep water bottles far away from computers.
  3. Use the laptops, computers and tablets gently and carefully.
  4. Only talk to people you know in real life. Strangers are not always nice!
  5. Never share things about your life such as where you live or your phone number.
  6. Use nice words and be polite. Leave nice comments to make the readers happy.
  7. Only play on things that are okay for your age.
  8. Tell an adult if you see anything that makes you feel weird.
  9. Keep passwords a secret.
  10. Be smart! You need to remember your e-safety rules at home and at school.

Lavender acceptable use policy as a video

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Filmed using a voice changer and the tellagami app

E-Safety Song

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Use this song to help you remember your e-safety rules.

Advice from your classroom technology equipment

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Parents Section

General Class Information


  • Class Teacher: Miss Jennings
  • PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs K
  • Other adults in Lavender class: Mrs Palmer
  • PE is outside on Tuesday afternoon and inside on Friday morning.
  • English homework in Year One is daily reading.
    • Please try to write in your child's reading diary when you hear them read 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 is your child learning at school


Please click below to see our Autumn Term overview and our Autumn Termly letter:

Please click below to see our Spring Term overview and our Spring Termly letter:

Parent Messages


  1. Please remember to download our new Balliol school app.
  2. Breakfast bagels are available from the playground each morning from 8.30 - 8.45am.
  3. My maths login details have now been sent home.
  4. Please remember to check your emails for pobble permission checks. Many thanks to those who have already done this.

How to get the Balliol app

Children's Section

Our Three Class Rules


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Never give up. Encourage others. Do your best!



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.

Spring 1 Topic - Moon Zoom!


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


Spring 2 Topic - Memory Box


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

Our Class Diary

Week Commencing 2nd September 2019

We had our first week in Lavender class. We  had fun getting to know all of our new friends and teachers. We did lots of counting in maths and we also started to learn how to form our letter shapes correctly. We also read a great book called 'Cleversticks.' It taught us that we are all good at different things and if we work together, we can learn new things as a team. 


Week Commencing 9th September 2019

We read a great book this week called 'Five Minutes Peace.' It told us all about a family of elephants. We then had fun learning about each others families. In maths, we explored numbers to 10 and how you can represent this in lots of different ways. For example, we explored 10 jumps, 10 claps, 10 blocks, 10 stories, 10 pencils etc. We also started to learn how to write numerals to 10. In science we learned about different body parts and started to learn about our senses. 

Exciting Friday update! We had a message in our classroom asking us to go outside. When we went out, we found a glittery letter hidden in one of our trees. When we read it, we discovered that it was from the fairies and elves. It told us that they had moved into our school and wanted to stay for the year but they could only do that if we made their King and Queen happy by completing some challenges. The first challenge was an invitation to go and see where they lived in the forest and collect some forest artefacts such as leaves and acorns. When we went back into our classroom, we found that it had been covered in glitter and a mysterious box had been delivered.

Week Commencing 16th September 2019

On Monday, we went to the forest. Here are some of the things that we saw:

When we got back from the forest, we explored the things that we had collected using our senses and wrote about our trip. We also looked carefully at the things using magnifying glasses, painted pictures of leaves, did some wax crayon leaf rubbings and drew observational sketches. After this, we opened the mysterious box that had been delivered to the classroom. Inside it, we found an envelope with some challenges. It asked us to read the story of Hansel and Gretel, work on directions so that we could help to rescue them and also design the top of the gingerbread house.

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.

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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.

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.

Week Commencing 14.10.19

We had another visit from the fairies and elves! They sent us a new book called ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We had fun reading the story and trying to work out what the surprise was. In maths, we continued to work on our adding up and taking away skills. In topic, we looked at different types of trees and leaves. We also learned about deciduous and evergreen trees. Our beanstalks have also grown so much!

Week Commencing 28.10.19

In English, we had a go at adapting the Handa's surprise story. We changed the main character and also tried to change what was in the basket and who took each item. This made some rather funny stories! We had a go at writing them down in our English books. In maths, we finished our addition and subtraction cycle and had a go at answering our key question. In topic, we learned about hot and cold countries and the equator. We also learned that animals can be sorted into different groups: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. 

On Friday, we learned about Diwali. We used the computers and laptops to make our own rangoli patterns. Have a look to see how we got on:
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Week Commencing 4.11.19

In topic, we learned all about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We learned about 2D and 3D shape in maths. We also learned about fireworks and remembrance day.

Week Commencing 11.11.19

In topic and English, we learned about lots of different animals and non-fiction books. We thought about animals that had claws, trunks, legs, tusks, tentacles, shells, wings, feathers and lots more. In maths, we worked on our counting skills and also our tens and unit skills. This week we have also explored moving our bodies with the help of a website called go noodle.

Week Commencing 18.11.19

We received another challenge envelope from the fairies and elves. They gave us a new book to read called ‘Dear Father Christmas’. It had lots of letters in it and we decided to learn about this in English. We also had a go at writing our own Christmas acrostic poems. In maths, we used our maths skills to work out if we had enough biscuits for everyone to have one. We worked out that since we had 25, we actually had 5 more than we needed. In topic, we made our class advent calendar and also worked on our music skills.

Week Commencing 25.11.19

This week we have been busy practising our Christmas performance. We hope to see lots of you at our performances on Wednesday and Thursday next week. In English, we wrote letters to Santa using our very best handwriting. In maths, we had a new key question. We were asked how tall we were. We have spent this week working on measuring using lots of different equipment. In topic, we made Christmas cards and also made our 2020 calendars. We decided to make four seasons pictures.

Week Commencing 2.12.19

We performed our Christmas play to the rest of the school and also to our parents this week. We have all been very busy and have worked very hard! On Friday, some of us went to the school Christmas fayre after school.

Week Commencing 9.12.19

We had a think about rhyming words. We then had a go at writing our own rhyming poems. In maths, we tried hard to work on our number facts. We looked at how if you know 3 + 7 = 10 then 7 + 3 = 10, 10 - 3 = 7 and 10 - 7 = 3. In topic, we looked at work by the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We also looked at physical and human geography features. 

Week Commencing 16.12.19

We had lots of fun during our fairy and elf day celebration and we had our Christmas party where we met Father Christmas! We also helped Miss Jennings to celebrate her birthday on Friday. We wonder what we are going to learn about next term.

Week Commencing 6.1.20

Something strange happened at school today. Miss Jennings 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. 

Week Commencing 13.1.20

In English, we read a story called Beegu. It was about a lost little yellow alien with three eyes. We made our own Beegu models out of salt dough. Have a look to see how we got on.

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We described them using our best handwriting in our English books. We also thought about what Beegu would say and then we wrote this into a speech bubble. In maths, we have been working on our taking away and counting backwards. We also worked on knowing that if 3 + 7 = 10 then 7 + 3 = 10 and 10 – 3 = 7 and 10 – 7 = 3. In topic, we learned about different materials and their properties. We learned how to make a bulb light up in a circuit. We also learned about north, south, west and east. 

Week Commencing 20.1.20

In English, we decided to find out all about space and the planets. By the end of the week, we had found out so much information that we decided to make a class information book about the planets. We worked together as a team to do it. In maths, we answered our key question about how many ways can we add and subtract the planets. We also explored more than and less than. In topic, we learned all about the materials in our classroom and their properties. We learned about lots of different famous astronauts and the history of space travel. We also watched a video of the astronaut Tim Peakes in space.

Week Commencing 27.1.20

In maths, we worked on our tens and unit skills. For example, we know that 24 is made out of two tens and four units. We can count it as 10, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. In topic, we designed and made our own moon buggies. We also learned about different geographical features and explored balloon rockets in science. In English, we thought about designing our own adverts for our DT moon buggies. We wrote persuasive adverts and then had a go at filming an advert.

Week Commencing 3.2.20

When we arrived at school, we found a newspaper article saying that an alien had been found and anyone with information should write a letter to Professor Pong. In English, we wrote our letters to tell the professor that we thought the alien he had found was the one that crashed at our school. The professor agreed and sent the alien back to our classroom! We wrote about ways to make the alien feel welcome. On Thursday, the alien said goodbye and flew back home so we wrote all about our space adventures using lots of time words such as first, next, after that etc. In maths, we learned about the more than and less than symbols. We used them to help us compare values and numbers. We also worked on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. In topic, we designed and made our own alien masks and head dresses. We also had another go at making different circuits. 

Week Commencing 10.2.20

This week, we celebrated safer internet day on Tuesday. We learned all about how to stay safe when using technology such as phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. We made a class acceptable use policy, sang songs and even thought about what our equipment would say to us if it could talk. Since e-safety is so important, we made a new section at the top of our class page and put our videos there. We also had a visit from a planetarium dome on Tuesday and had fun launching water rockets into the sky. In English, we had a go at writing a space story.  In Maths, we worked hard on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100 and beyond. We used a hundred square to look at the pattern that was made each time.

Week Commencing 24.2.20

This week, we started a new topic called 'Memory Box'. We thought about how much we had grown and changed over the years. To help us remember, we invited some of the Balliol three year olds to come to our class for a picnic. We worked hard to make sandwiches, fruit snacks and drinks for them and then we looked after them carefully. In maths, we started to learn about mass and using balances to compare heavy and light. In science, we learned all about our senses and thought about what materials made different baby products.

Week Commencing 2.3.20

This week, we had a think about how people remember different things. We found that lots of people use writing to help them to remember. We had a go at writing some diary entries to see if it helped us to remember different events from this week. We used words such as first, next, then, after that. In maths, we explored capacity and volume by working on full and empty. We found out that the tallest things do not always hold the most liquid. In topic, we thought about why people sent cards. We made a list of design criteria for what made a great card and then we had a go at making our own celebration cards using these criteria. We also had a go at painting pictures of different family events such as birthdays and weddings. On Thursday we celebrated world book day with the rest of the school. We had a Julia Donaldson day and focused on the Gruffalo. 

Week Commencing 9.3.20

In English, we learned about mnemonics and how they help people to remember things. We had a go at making up our own to help us remember keyword spellings. Here are some that we thought of:


the = two huge elephants

what = white hens are terrific

put = parrots understand tigers

was = wizards are super.

said = Sally always invites dinosaurs.


In maths, we worked on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We also explored repeated addition. For example 2 x 5 = 10 is the same as 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10. In topic, we thought about what would make a good Mother's day card. We wrote our own design criteria and then made cards according to this brief. On Friday, we had a sports relief mufti day and some of us helped the eco-team to plant some trees.

Week Commencing 18.3.19

In English, we learned all about toys from the past and present. We compared them, described them and then made a class information book. We have also been working hard on our phonic knowledge and reading skills. In maths, we have been learning how to multiply by 2, 5 and 10 and also how to double numbers up to double 10. In topic, we learned all about how transport has changed over time and also what common objects such as televisions looked like in the past.  In addition, we made flower baskets to give to our mums to say thank you for everything that they do for us.

Week Commencing 23.3.20

Home learning due to the coronavirus.