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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’

Year 1 - Our Learning 2019-20

COVID 19 - Home Learning

It is incredibly important that your child has structure at home if they are having extended time off, which includes learning. We have created a suggested timetable, which may help your child stay focused and keep on top of their learning at home.


8:00- 9:00- wake up and have breakfast

9:00- Get dressed and washed

9:15- Read a book

9:30 - Break

10:00- English activities 

10:30- Break

11:00- Maths activities

11:30 - Break

12:00- Learning challenge - Topic activities

12:30- 1:30- Lunch 

1:30- Creative time (drawing, colouring, painting, sports, making, cooking, building)


Within each sub-page below, there are a range of resources which can be completed in the exercise books that were previously sent home with your child. There are also a range of free materials available on the internet, as well as our school's own paid subscription websites. Your child has been sent home with a list of all of their usernames and passwords for these websites and we have listed other websites for your to access, if you require further work. 

SEND Support


This page has guidance from the government for supporting SEND homeschooling;



Online Classroom


There is a link below for Oak National Academy that has some daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths, English Science, History, Geography and Spanish.


There is a link below for BBC Bitesize that has some daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths, English Science, History, Geography, Music and Wellbeing.


Here is a link to some new daily phonics, with a new lesson each day.



Non-screen activities your child can complete at home

Additional Home Learning Activities

The popular teaching resource website "Twinkl" has provided FREE access to all their content in the event of school closures. Simply click the picture below and use the given code to gain your free access...

Also "TTS" have created a home learning booklet which is free to download. Again, click the picture below to download your free learning booklet...



Home learning Website list


These websites are all fantastic to keep your children learning during the holidays/ uncertain times! 


Educational Websites: 

This is the really good website. It has a search facility to find activities and has lots of great games for the children to play linked to all areas of learning in Maths and English. It also has great information pages linked to different topics.

Probably the best website on the net for literacy and numeracy. A firm favourite with the children in year one. This website also has games and activities suitable for reception through to year 2.

Some fantastic maths games from the BBC although archived and not updates so might run a bit slow ☹ 

This website has a lot of maths games covering many different areas of the subject from simple addition and subtraction through to reflection and rotational symmetry and many activities suitable for your older child. 

This is an American site but does have some fantastic maths games and activities grouped into topics. This is a wonderful site to help with difficulties in specific areas of mathematical understanding. 

This is a wonderful primary school website which has games and information on a range of subjects.

A great website from the makers of the Biff and Chip books. There are some simple maths games and access to a huge range of ORT books. Very useful. 

This is a fantastic website with some simple literacy activities. The games will need your support to set up and talk through.

This website has links to games and activities from Reception right through to the end of key stage two. There are some really simple literacy and numeracy games which your children will really enjoy.

A collection of resources to support learning in all areas of the curriculum. 

Quite a few ideas for free activities which the children could access at home. Use the ‘Activities’ section to find the best activities for home learning.

BP provides some nice introductory videos for Science, Geography and Design Technology. Some lovely experiment/investigations ideas to do. 


Less Educational - more fun!

A website with stories to read and games to play. You can browse by age level 

A website with activities galore colouring in pages, origami, recipe ideas and doodle books. This website will give you thousands of ideas to keep the children busy.

A collection of delightful activities to print out and make on those tricky rainy days.

Step by step instructions for fantastic origami models including a brilliant section on paper planes. 

Kiddle is a child friendly search engine by google. A great place to find out about particular topics whilst staying safe online. 

National Geographic for kids has some stunning images and interactive games and colouring books.  A lovely site for children to learn more about animals, wildlife and the world around them. 

Fun facts and games about space.

This website has many free resources and information to support you child. Some resources require a subscription. Brilliant printables for long journeys. From motor skills and colouring to spot the different and maths workbooks. 


Ideas for physical exercise at home: 

Fantastic fun yoga stories for children. Will keep them entertained when they need down time!

We have had SUCH FUN with the super movers this term the children love dancing and hardly notice that they are learning at the same time. I challenge to to complete the ‘Position and Direction with the Hip Hop Granny’! 

Music and mindfulness for children. It’s an American website with lots of fabulous dance routines and guided mindfulness sessions. The chicken dance is a particular favourite in Year One!

There are courses and games for learning how to code on this great website. All courses are free of charge and have a really good range of levels. (American but fun!) 




Sorry but not sure if many of these are available for android. 


Teach your monster to read

A fantastic app which the children really love. It has a mixture of phonics and whole word games aimed at supporting reading. 

Jungle Time. A great app to help your child with telling the time.

A wonderful app to support phonics and word building skills. Fantastic.          

abc pocket phonics

This is a wonderful app based on Letters and Sounds, the phonics teaching programme used throughout many UK schools. I can’t praise this enough.

squeebles multiplication. A great app to help with multiplication. 


These aim to improve your child’s understanding of place value and number bonds. Both are really good games and are suitable for your older children too. The developer ‘motion maths’ have made a number of apps for older mathematicians too.

Percy Parker is a wonderful times tables app for the end of year one onwards. It teaches them their times tables in a really enjoyable way – but the songs will stay in your head!



You might have heard your children talk about the Bee-Bot at school - it's often used in our classrooms to teach children about control programming and directions in maths. This lovely app version is good fun and free!


Reading Raven - recommended to me

An engaging app that teaches children phonics with a step-by step programme, one lesson at a time. We love the clear letter sounds as you click on each letter. It's also engaging with fab illustrations to hold a child's interest as they learn.



Meteor Math - recommended to me

An 'explosive' maths challenge with an arcade game feel - find two numbers to make the answer shown on the planet and watch as they explode! The game gets faster as you go up through the levels and it becomes exciting and challenges children to solve the sums more quickly. A great way of improving speed of mental maths.



Kids books and movies

This is a great app with lots of books. Whilst it is a subscription app you get the first month free. I would recommend using it for the free month and then making your decision. 


twinkl phonics

A wonderful app aimed at improving phonics. This app covers all phases of letters and sounds.

Internet Safety


Always remember to monitor your children when using the internet. Whilst these links are all checked there are some websites which aren’t as lovely.


I hope that you have found this list of activities useful. If you find any additional sites which others might enjoy please let me know so that I can continue to support ICT fun at home with regularly updated lists.                                        


Many Thanks,

Spring 1


This half term our topic has been “All Aboard” linking learning to pirates.  Children have written pirates stories in English, travelled around the world to different continents in geography, looked at transport from the past and present in history and even got to build their own pirate ship in DT and art.  In RE children have learnt about special people in their lives and in the church.  Alongside this they have enjoyed music lessons based around pirates, using Bee-Bots to find treasure in computing and making sea creature sculptures in art.  Well done “me hearties!”



In geography children have travelled the world as a pirate.  They visited different continents and learnt about a different country that belonged to a continent each lesson.  They travelled to Australasia, Africa, Antarctica, Asia and back home to Europe.  Children learnt key information about each country such as the capital city, different animals that live there and what the weather is like along with lots of other facts.  Children also learnt what a compass is and how we can use it to travel the world.  



In History the children have been learning all about how travel and transport has changed through the years. They compared photos of transport from now and the past and discussed how the changes in travel and transport have impacted people’s lives. They considered what transport might look like in years to come and designed their own futuristic transport. 



In English the children have been learning about how to describe a setting. They learnt the story “Pirate Tom” and focussed on the description of the setting in the story. In addition, the children learnt about poetry. They learnt what a list poem was and wrote poems about what a storm and sunny day would be like out at sea. The children have worked really hard and created a lovely poetry display showing their amazing work. 

Design technology 


Children were very lucky to work with an artist from Z-Arts to make their own pirate ship.  They selected their own materials and had to solve problems around how to stick things together and make their ships stronger.  They then evaluated the at the end to see if their was any way to improve them. Children used cutting, sticking and moulding techniques.  They all looked fantastic and unique in the end. Well done!

Autumn 2 

This half term children have been learning about advent and enjoyed taking part in different Christmas activities.  They have made Christingles with year 4 and made their own paper advent wreaths.  Children have enjoyed writing their own story including a character description and writing instructions.  They are looking forward to a fun filled final week, performing their Christmas Nativity, having their Christmas party and they may even get a special visitor with gifts! 

Have a lovely Christmas break!

See you in the new year




In music we have been learning about the beat/pulse and rhythms in songs. We’ve been getting the instruments out and playing the beat and rhythms on them. We’ve learnt that the beat in music stays the same but the rhythm changes. The beat/pulse can be fast or slow depending on the song. 

We were also extremely lucky to have the Philharmonic orchestra come in and perform for year 1. They were absolutely amazing. They performed the Gingerbread man story, getting the children to join in singing and doing the actions and even allowed some of the children to play their instruments. 

We have had a great time in music. 


This half term children have been learning about everyday materials.  They looked at naming materials, understanding properties and sorting them.  Children took part in experiments to test objects properties.  They looked at objects to see if they were bendy or not bendy, opaque or transparent and they tested to see which material would be best for an umbrella.  Ask your child if they can tell you what different objects around the house are made of.  

Autumn 1


This half term children have settled in well into their new class and routines.  Children have learnt lots already and have been on a local walk and are looking forward to their first class trip to the football museum.  Here are some of the things we have been learning about in Autumn term.  





Our first topic in English was recounts.  Children learnt what a recount is and learnt the recount of ‘Charlie’s Walk’.  They then went on their own walk around the school and created their own recount from this including time conjunctions, adjectives and working on full stops and capital letters.  Their second topic was traditional tales, children learnt the story of the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ using a story map.  After that, children came up with their own characters and villain to create their own story.



This half term children have been looking at numbers to 10, writing them, making them correct amounts, counting forwards and backwards and finding one more and less.  Children have also made a great start making number bonds to ten and making up their own number stories.



In RE children have learnt about families, how all families are different and about how it feels to be part of God’s family.  Children are now learning about ‘Belonging’ they have discussed different groups they belong to and how they feel being part of a group.  They listened to the story of Jesus and the children, where he welcomes and blesses the children around them into God’s family.  Children even made a poster of a badge for their group writing about their feelings inside.  

We are Wonderful


To start off our school year children have been learning about our wonderful selves.  They started looking at drawing themselves in self portraits through art, to looking at where they live and the local area in Geography.  They have learnt about the weather in Manchester linking to what happens in Autumn in science and children are now starting to find out about local heroes from their area.  


Some of the questions children wanted to to find out were-


‘Where do we live?’

’Why do leaves come down?’

’What does local mean?’

’What is a hero?’s



Science- Learning about Autumn

Wonderful me poems

Dear children and parents... WELCOME TO YEAR 1!!

You've now had a chance to meet your new teachers and we can't wait to start our journey together. 

In the meantime, have a restful 6 weeks off. 

Remember to keep checking this class page for regular updates in September. 


Mrs Aherne & Mrs Edwards