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Thursday 9th April

Happy Easter. We miss you all

Maundy Thursday


Hello Year 1 for the last time this half term.


You have been busy again today I see.


Thank you so very much for everything you have done since the closure of school. I makes it much more rewarding when you do the work that is set for you and I can see you all being busy with your families.


Today, please take some quiet time to enjoy the Read Around just like we would do in school. It really is lovely and will make you all feel more like Easter, which is the most important time in the Church year. You will feel closer to everyone, I know I did when I listened to it.


Your activities today obviously include Joe and being outside in the fresh air. Take some reading outside if you can do I saw some people doing maths outdoors today.


First I would like you to play more maths games please. The instructions are here:


Number Bonds to 10

This activity will help your child with recalling the number bonds for numbers up to 10.

Important words and phrases:

  • count
  • zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
  • number bond
  • How many are there?
  • … and … make … (for example 4 and 6 make 10)

You will need:

  • a group of 10 identical (or almost identical) objects, for example beads, marbles or buttons
  • 3 cups

What to do:

  • Show your child a group of identical objects, for example 5 beads. Ask your child to count them.
  • Put, for example, 3 of the beads under one cup, and the rest under another cup.
  • Lift the first cup to let your child ‘peek’ and count the 3 beads.
  • Without letting your child see underneath the other cup, ask: “How many beads can you count? How many beads are hidden under the other cup? How many beads are there altogether?”
  • Lift the other cup and ask your child to check that their answer is correct.
  • Repeat this several times with the same total number of beads, but splitting them up differently between the two cups. For example, put 1 bead under one cup and 4 beads under the other, then 0 beads under one cup and 5 beads under the other. Repeat this activity with other total numbers of objects, for example 7 beads, 3 beads, and so on, up to a maximum of 10.



Talk about:

Use everyday opportunities to practise number bonds to 10 with your child. For example:

  • Count the number of chairs around a table or people at a bus stop, then ask your child to think of some number bonds. For example, if there are 6 chairs around the table, encourage them to say a number bond of 6 (“4 and 2 make 6,”) or a number bond including 6 (“6 and 2 make 8.”)
  • Give your child a number up to 10 and ask them to find as many of its number bonds as they can. For example, ask: “How many ways can you make 8?”
  • Can your child put the number bonds in order? For example: “0 and 8, 1 and 7, 2 and 6, 3 and 5, 4 and 4,” and so on. Did you manage to find all of them?

Look out for:

  • Encourage your child to answer your questions in full sentences. For example, if you ask

“How many beads are there altogether?” encourage your child to answer using the format

“There are 5 beads altogether.”

  • ‘Number bonds are where two or more numbers add up to make another number. 



Next I would like you to practise some phonics please. Look at your Year 1 and 2 common exception word sheets please.


Please read through the Year 1 list with your Grown up. Keep trying as I know you can do it. If you can read the Year 1 words then please move to the Year 2 words. Write them out, or as many as you can do without looking at them. Please try to read them more than once during the day to see if you become more fluent whilst reading. Record your scores to see if you get better each time. If you can read them all then write them more than once and track your scores. Let me know what your scores are!laugh


I would then like you to continue on our Easter art Theme please. I would like you to create a cross and colour it in or fill it with words or use 3D equipment to create your cross or collage your cross. It is up to you and your very creative grown ups. Please send me pictures of them via email and I will create an Easter collage of all your creations on our page.


Thank you Year 1 and a very special thank you to your Grown Up helpers. You all need to say an enormous thank you to them too because they have guided you through your work over the last couple of weeks whilst many have been busy with their own work too.


I look forward to seeing your work today.


Have a super Easter family time. See you soon.


Mrs Glynn and I miss you all and love to see your photos,

Love Mrs Clough








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