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Cotmanhay Infant and Nursery School

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Year 1

Welcome to Year One Class pages


This page is designed to show you the topics we have been learning in school and for activities and ideas to support your learning at home further. Experiences throughout our school are play based, and children will be involved in group work led by an adult. As the year progresses, we develop the organisation to include group guided work and independent work.

Topic work is integral to the school day and classes work on English and Maths that are linked to our topics to encourage enjoyment and a deeper understanding.

In Maths, children are given many opportunities to problem solve and apply to real life situations.

They write for a purpose in English and read a variety of texts whilst developing what they have learned through daily phonics work.

Work is planned so that all children are given work that is at their level to ensure they are making the most progress they possibly can.


Have a look below at some of the activities you can do at home. These activities are to encourage your child to continue their learning that we have been doing in school.

Daily Learning at Home

We will upload links every day for you to use for your home learning. You can do as much or as little as you like from the links and in any order. Have fun and enjoy and don't forget to email us photos of any work you do so we can share your work on the wall of fame! We are so proud of you and the hard work you are doing and making us all very proud.

To send us anything you have been doing or any questions, please email on the class page:


or tweet your photos to @cotinfants 

Monday 1st June

This term we are learning all about nature.

To start the topic we would like you to read some information about the birds you might find in your garden and anwer questions about what you have read. If the text is too tricky an adult can read it to you and you can answer the questions about what was read to you.

click on the picture to start reading.


Can you spot any of these birds in your garden?

You can also watch some live cameras of animals that live in the UK below.

To print the Bird identification page click here

There are also lots of weekly activities for Maths, English and Topic on purple mash.

Follow the instruction below to find them and select what you would like to do.


On the home screen under features click weekly activities the daily activities 5 to 7.

From the makers of PLAYMOBIL: ROBert explains the corona virus to children. 

A useful book all about the Coronavirus for children. 

A story about social distancing.

WOW! guess what I have just found, Tim Peake is going to be live from home on Tuesday 26th May at 5.30pm. To join in with this wonderful event please visit:



Everyone's favourite astronaut, Tim Peake, is joining us live from his home on Earth. As someone who has spent 186 days working on the International Space Station, Tim will be sharing his very valuable tips on dealing with lockdown life from coping with missing family to how life is like in space and what it's really like to go on a spacewalk. 

Half term fun


Thursday 21st May


Good morning everyone, so today is the last day of term (tomorrow was an inset day for you all) however we will be putting on some activities for you to do over the half term with your family. They will be put on tomorrow and there will be different fun activities for you all to try. Remember anything you do we would love to see even if its your own fun activities like camping in the garden. (Can you guess what Mrs Gillott is doing this weekend? I might put a clue on the class photo gallery and see if you can spot it)


So today we are being better mathematicians and here are some problem solving activities.  



A shop has 32 packets of Smarties.  11 packets are sold. 

How many packets of Smarties are left in the shop?

I am a 2-digit number.

I am an odd number.

I am in between 20 and 30.

What numbers could I be?

Eve has 17 counters. Her classmate has 10 counters. How many do they have altogether?

Which number is the odd one out? Explain why.

5    19    30   10    15    25

What is the rule for the sequence?

2,  7,  12,  17,  22,  27,  32

I am an even number.

I have 1 digit.

I am bigger than 7.

What am I?

I am a 2D shape. 

I have 2 long sides and 2 short sides. 

What am I?

              Double 6.              

Double 2.

Double 5.

Double 8.


Olly has a 3D shape. 

It has 2 circle faces and 1 curved face.

What shape does he have?

 I am facing North.

I take 2 quarter turns Clockwise. What direction am I facing?




What is the name of this 2D shape?


What is the name of this 3D shape?


Wednesday 20th May

 I heard a rumour that we have a hedgehog living in the reception garden!! What do you think it is called? Where do you think it might live? What does it eat? Can you write an information page about a hedgehog? Remember to include a heading, a picture with labels, some bullet points and don’t forget your finger spaces and full stops! Can you draw a picture of a hedgehog? Draw the hedgehog in its home - what do you think it should have in there to make it comfortable?

Tuesday 19th May


Good morning, sorry for the late uploading-trouble with the broadband today! Today we would like you to practise some addition and subtraction problems. Copy the sentences below and have a go at solving them using the methods we already know. You could draw balls, use a number line, (you could make one or draw one on your paper) counting on or back, or drawing the part whole model. 

5+12=?                    16-4=?
9+4=?                       17-3=?
7+8=?                       11-5=?

?=2+10                     ?= 12-9

13+9=?                     ?= 13-9
?= 16+6.                   10-?= 9

13+?= 18                  13-?=5

? + 6= 11




?= 14+13

12+?= 29




Monday 18th May

Now that you have learnt so much about Grace Darling we would like you to write an information page about her. If you missed and information you can click on her picture to watch the clip again

 or you can go to the website

You can use the writing frame or the writing checklist below to help you.

(The green parts are the most important)

Writing checklist                                   non-fiction  

 1. I used a capital letter to start.

2. I used a heading.

3. I used full stops at the end.

4. I used finger spaces.

5. I used HFW.

6. I used topic words.

7. I used bullet points

8. I drew a diagram and labelled it.

9. I wrote a caption.

10. I edited my work.

11. I read it out loud.


Friday 15th May
Today we would like you to do some artwork! Can you make a sea picture using whatever materials you have at home? You could use pencils, felt tips, paints or collage. Please remember to take a photo and email it to your teacher so we can put it onto the gallery!

Thursday 14th May


Good morning whales, wallabies and woodpeckers. What a lovely sunny day it is. Today we are going to be doing two tasks. Yesterday you learnt about Grace Darling, a very brave young lady who lived in a lighthouse; today we would like you to do some water measuring.

You will need:

a measuring jug

different containers

a bowl of water (or you could use a paddling pool!)


Can you fill each of the containers and predict which will hold the most water?

Once you have filled the containers with water could you pour the water into the measuring jug and see which one holds the most water?

Can you find out how many ml (millilitres) they hold? 

The second task we would like you to do is draw a picture of a lighthouse or a boat you could use pencils, paint, chalk, crayons felt tips? Have a look at some pictures of lighthouses if you can, to help you with your picture. 

Any pictures you do please send them to us we are getting a fabulous gallery above. 


Wednesday 13th May

Can you find out about the story of Grace Darling? She became famous when she helped her father to rescue people from a shipwreck a long time ago. Click on the link below to watch Grace’s story.

Tuesday 12th May


Today is a maths day and we would like you to practise sharing equally in half. First let’s practise our counting patterns. Click on this link to watch the count by twos and fives and tens song. 


Collect some objects from around your home and have a go at the following challenges.



Remember 1/2 means two equal groups. If I have 8 sweets and split them in half with Mr Gillott it means I have to share them equally into two groups. I will say one for you one for me until they are all shared equally. I will have 4 and Mr Gillott will have 4. Don’t forget to send any pictures to the class email addresses. 

Monday 11th May

Today we would like you to listen to the story the 'The singing Mermaid'. Click on the picture below to listen or if you have the story at home you could read it with your grown-up.


When she was trapped in the tank she really missed all of her friends.

Can you write a letter from the singing Mermaid to her friends in the ocean while she was in the circus.

Check you haven't forgotten anything with the writing checklist below. The green targets are the most important.

Writing checklist                                   Letter

 1. I used a capital letter to start (each sentence).

2. I used full stops at the end.

3. I used finger spaces.

4. I used a greeting to start my letter. (To___,  Dear____,)

5. I used a closing to end my letter. (Love from____, best wishes___)

6. I read it out loud to check.

7. I ended with my name

You can get a copy of the high frequency words mat and the phonemes mats from the Phonics page.


Thursday 7th May


Today we would like you to find out about what VE day is. Do you have a neighbour or elderly relative that was alive for the first ever VE celebration 75 years ago? Could you write a list of questions to ask them about what the celebrations were like and how they celebrated? Write a list of party foods that you would make if you were celebrating VE day, think about using some describing words for example, wobbly jelly, juicy oranges.


Here is a simple recipe to make cakes with a grown up in your house. Do not worry if you cannot make them because you do not have the ingredients, maybe instead write a list of ingredients for a cake you could make for the forest school creatures.


100 grams self raising flour

100 grams caster sugar

100 grams softened butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 eggs

cake cases

icing sugar for decoration and water


1. Mix the caster sugar and softened butter in a bowl until smooth.

2. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and stir again.

3. Slowly add the flour stirring constantly until a smooth mixture is formed.

4. Spoon the mixture into the cake cases.

5. Put in an oven at 180 degrees celcius.

6. Leave to bake for 12 minutes then check.

7. Leave to cool and then decorate with the ready made icing sugar.

Wednesday 6th May

On Friday Great Britain is celebrating VE day. People will decorate their homes with posters and bunting. Can you create your own posters or bunting to decorate your home? You can either make your own, or click on the link below for some things to print out and use. We would love to see photos of your decorations! Just email them to your class address.

Tuesday 5th May

Watch the video to remind you of the number facts to 10.

Today we would like you to use your number bond facts to 10 to help you answer the addition number sentences below quicker. 

for example: 2 + 4 + 8 = 14

                2    +    8 = 10      10 + 4 = 14


6 + 7 + 4 5 + 2 + 5 =
8 + 2 + 6 = 9 + 7 + 1 =
7 + 7 + 3 = 4 + 3 + 6 =

 Some of you might even want to use your number facts to 20.

the first one is highlighted for you

18 + 2 + 6 = 5 + 7 + 15 =
4 + 5 + 16 = 9 + 6 + 11 =
7 + 17 + 3 = 14 + 2 + 6 =


Monday 4th May

Today we'd like you to try and write poem about an animal that lives in the ocean. It can be about any animal you like.

You could learn about some animals that live in the ocean in the video below: 

video                                                       worksheet examples


or use this format

I am a _______


I am a _______

I like __________


I am a ________

I can ____________


I am a __________

I eat _______________


I am a ___________

I live _______________

I have ________________

By _____________

Friday 1st May

Today we would like you to have a go at Cosmic Kids Yoga! It’s a fun site that all of your family can join in with if they like! Yoga is great exercise and it can help your body and mind to relax. We would love to see pictures of you joining in!


Thursday 30th April


Today we would like you to design a mug for the Royal Crown Derby, make a mug, make a difference competition. 
To enter the competition and find out what you need to do, please click on the link below. You will need to download an entry form but if you need any help printing just let us know by email. Even if you do not submit your entry we would love to see your mug designs. Have fun! 

Wednesday 29th April
Today we would like you to create a fact sheet about a creature that lives in the sea. What is it’s name, what does it look like, where does it live, what does it like to eat? Remember to put a heading at the top of your page and include a diagram or picture with labels. Can you use phonics to help you spell any words you don’t know? And don’t forget Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We would love to see photos of your fact sheets - just email them to your teacher!

Tuesday 28th April

Today we would like you to find either some objects in your house or some food items. We would like you to share them half. Half means two equal groups. Have a look at this little video to help you. 

Finding half

Finding half 1

Mrs Gillott sharing two equal groups

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Monday 27th April


Today we would like you to write a set of instructions for something you have done or made at home. It could be instructions for how to bake some cakes or play a game. You could also draw a diagram to go with the instructions!

Check you haven't forgotten anything with the writing checklist below. The green targets are the most important.

Writing checklist                                   Instructions

 1. I used a capital letter to start.

2. I used full stops at the end.

3. I used finger spaces.

4. I used numbers or bullet points.

5. I used the right order.

5. I used Bossy (imperative) verbs Put, add, cut…

6. I used time connectives. first, next, then

7. I used the present tense.

8. I read it out loud.

Don't forget to check your weekly phonemes and spellings from the Phonics page.

You can send photos of your work to your teacher on our class email address!

Friday 24th April
Can you design and make a home for a minibeast? What will it look like? What features will the minibeast need? You can use whatever materials you like to make your minibeast home - cardboard boxes, tubes, plastic bottles, plasticine, whatever you have at home! Don’t forget to send photos of your work to your teacher on our class email address!
Thursday 24th April
Today we would like you to be scientists. We would like you to go into the garden and find as many different types of minibeasts as you can. Can you draw your favourite one and label it. E.g a butterfly, label the wings, antenna, body, head. Then can you sort them into categories? Wings, no wings. Legs, no legs etc. Send any photos to the website address of ANY work you do. 
Wednesday 22nd April
Today’s challenge. Can you write 5 numbers below 20 on a piece of paper. Can you find one more than each and one less. Next can you order from greatest to smallest? Now can you order smallest to greatest? If you added two together, what is the biggest number you could make? What if you subtracted two numbers? What is the smallest number you could make? Don’t forget to send any photos of your work to our email addresses below. 
Tuesday 21st April

Are you missing a particular friend or member of your family? Can you write them a letter to let them know how you are and what you have been up to? Don't forget to include finger spaces, capital letters and full stops and use your phonics to help you spell any words you are not sure of. You can send us a picture of your finished letter on our class email address.

Monday 20th April

Could you write us your 'news' from the Easter holidays and tell us what you enjoyed, it might be the craft activities you did, playing in the garden, baking, playing with your toys. Remember the check list before you write a sentence think it, say it, hear it, write it, check it. 

Also can you remember a capital letter ONLY at the beginning of your sentence and for names or places, and a full stop at the end of your sentence. Use your phonics to help you with tricky words and remember the link is here if you need help remembering which phoneme to use. 


How we say the phase 3 phonemes

Click here too for phase 5 phonemes 

or you can download the phoneme mats here

Other fabulous resources for you to click and explore
Please click on this link for how we say the phonemes in our school.
Here are a few activities we set before the Easter holidays. You can still do them and we will be happy to look at any work you have done. For the new learning please see the top of the page. 

Easter cards or crafts day

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Wednesday 1st April 

Can you solve these number sentences by drawing either a part whole model to help you or a bar model? 

12-3= 11-?=8 16=?-3
9-?=4 5=9-? ?-7=4
18-5= 12-8= 15-5=

Remember to use the count back skill so start on the whole number (the biggest number) and take away the part. So for example, 12-?=7 start at 12 and count back 7 12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5 the missing part is 5. 

Tuesday 31st March maths challenge

Tuesday 31st March maths challenge  1 Write down the missing numbers from this problem
Tuesday 31st March maths challenge  2 Can you show your reasoning?

Second part of Monday 30th March

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First part of Monday 30th March

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Watch this part first to explain the task

Second part of maths

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Marvellous mathematics

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PE and den building day

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Aliens love underpants 25.3.2020

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Today’s science and fitness challenge

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Maths daily challenge

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Daily challenge bulletin

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Pick up to three of these a day and see if you can complete the challenge. Look out for occasional videos from the year one teachers! Remember to email the work you do to us as we love to see what you have been up to.


Find 5 signs of spring in your garden. Draw a picture and label.

Find 10 numbers in your house greater than 20. (remember to look on food packets too)

Write a letter to Tim Peak asking him questions about his time in space.


Pick three numbers less than 10, and order them from greatest to smallest. Now try ordering smallest to greatest.

What happens if you double the numbers?

Which numbers are odd and which are even?

Write a story about an adventure in space, it could include you or your class teacher!

Write a fact about each planet. Look at the videos on the class space page to help.

How many adjectives to describe Apollo 13? E.g. shiny, fast, etc

List all the things you have done today that keep your body healthy.

How many trees can you see from your window? Can you remember which are deciduous and which are evergreen?

In a space in your house, do 10 star jumps, 10 pencil jumps, 10 squats, and practise your superman hold. Can you roll like a pencil or a teddy bear? 

Try to draw/paint your favourite planet and find some facts about it.


Can you make a timeline with your family member to find out who is the oldest person in your family? Who is the youngest?

Fill your bath or sink with a little bit of water. Can you find objects that float or sink and write a list of the ones that float and the ones that sink?

Thinking about the Easter Story and what Christians do to celebrate Easter. Can you draw pictures or write a list of the things you do at Easter?

Can you design a space rocket for Tim Peake to go in and label it?


Can you make a rocket or a space station using junk modelling (recycling)? We can’t wait to see these. 

Design some space food Tim can eat. What would be his favourite food to eat in space? 

Make a poster to convince others to recycle in our community.