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Welcome to Year 1

I hope those of you working at home have enjoyed the ‘Animal’ project as much as we have at school. We are learning so much and doing lots of research online as there are some fantastic videos to see. If you go to You Tube and search for animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish you will be amazed at how much you can find out.

We will be continuing with this project this coming week as we have so much more to do. I am sure you will still have many activities that you have not yet carried out too, but I will add some more in case you need them.

  • Pick an animal from each classification – mammals/reptiles/amphibians/fish/birds

Write between 5 and 10 sentences about the animal of your choice for each classification. You should include whether it is a vertebrate or invertebrate, its habitat, diet, appearance, weight, height, life span and some fun facts about each one. Explain what you like about each one and whether or not it would make a good pet?

(The above work should be spread over the whole week, maybe take one animal a day)


  • Polar Animals

Some animals live in very hot places, e.g. snakes and camels live in deserts. Other animals live in extremely cold places, like the Arctic or Antarctic.

Polar Bears

Polar bears live in the ice and snow and hunt seals. Their bodies are adapted to the cold. This means their bodies have changed to help them stay warm.

They have big feet for swimming through the sea. They spend most of their lives in water. Their fur is the same colour as the snow so they blend in. Their super sense of small lets them know where to hunt for seals. They have sharp teeth to help them hunt and eat.


  • They use their wings like flippers for swimming
  • They have waterproof feathers to keep them dry
  • They have lots of fat to stop them getting cold
  • Their beaks open wide to catch and eat fish whole!
  • Penguins are found in hot and cold places. Some kinds of penguins love hot weather!


Read the above text and answer the following questions

  1. Name one animal found in a desert.
  2. What do polar bears hunt?
  3. What are polar bears’ feet useful for?
  4. What can penguins’ beaks do that helps them?
  5. Why do polar bears need to look white?
  6. Draw a picture of a penguin and label the beak, feet and flippers.



Hippos                             Rhinos                                   Elephants

arm                                   face                                        face

leg                                     nose                                       nose

head                                 head                                       head

                                          foot                                        elbow

                                          ear                                         shoulder

                                          hair                                         ankle

                                          hand                                       chest





  • Sensing It

Think about the five senses – taste, hearing, smell, touch and sight.

Write a list of activities that use each sense:


Seeing other people

Seeing nature

Seeing food and drink before we eat

Seeing our work and writing


Watching movies


I hope the extra activities enhance the ones posted for last week. If you still need more I suggest you make a book about animals or an animal of your choice. You could cut out pictures from magazines and draw animals as well as writing about them.


Below are some clips with an English and maths task for you to complete sometime this week:





Go to National Academy Oak – Online Classroom – Find lessons – Year 1 – Subject Maths – Numbers 50 – 100 and beyond


Lesson 1


Lesson 2


Lesson 3


Lesson 4


Lesson 5



Read daily for 30 mins.

Login to mathseeds working through activities for at least an hour a week.

Login to phonicsplay and choose different games to play.

Twinkl is free at the moment, if you access this site and search – animals, you can get many ideas.


Music/Singing Assemblies

Please see below message from our music teacher, Mrs Lawrence:

Hi everyone,

Here are a couple of songs for this week: ‘Into the Unknown’ and ‘High Hopes’. You may well be familiar with one or both of them, in their original versions! 

I would like to introduce you to them, as sung by Acapop, a professional kids’ pop choir. Their name comes from the words ‘a cappella’ an Italian music term which has come to mean ‘unaccompanied’ – music that is just sung, rather than played by instruments. (It’s original translation means sung ‘in the style of chapel or church music’.) All the percussive sounds and all the background harmonies in these tracks are made by voices alone. No instruments.

What different sounds can you make with your voices? Can any of you have a go at beat boxing? Can you pick out any of the harmonies in the songs? 

Here are the original Acapop videos, where you can see the children perform,  and the videos with lyrics:

High Hopes (original)

High Hopes (lyrics)

Into The Unknown (original)

Into The Unknown (lyrics)

Now that many of you are returning to school, I am looking forward to seeing a few more of you in the coming weeks, even though it will only be from a distance. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Lawrence

Here are the previous attached letters about our singing assemblies and ideas: 

Singing assembly songs

Music activities KS1