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Hello Everyone. Look what we received from Otty, Dotty and Robbie!

Now can you write a postcard back to the mascots using the template below or design your own.

Don't forget to draw a picture of your favourite place in Bishops Waltham on the other side!


Week 2

This week we are going to write a poem about the sounds of Bishops Waltham. Our poem will be based on a poem called 'The Sound Collector.' You can read it below.
Can you find all the 'sound' words in the poem? You can underline them, highlight them or draw a circle round them.
Now we are going to think of all the sounds you might hear in Bishops Waltham. Look at the picture of the High Street. What sounds would you hear? Label the picture with the sounds. I've done 2 for you. You can add your own ideas even if they are not in the picture.

You'll have lots of ideas now! We can write a poem. Remember you are going write a poem just like the 'Sound Collector' but about Bishops Waltham. You can use the page below to write on and decorate it with illustrations.

The first verse is written already. So you just need the sound sentences like this:-


The barking of a dog

The whistling of a boy

The beeping of a ….


You carry on!

Week 3

Hello Year 1. These week is Southsea Week. We should be going on a trip to Southsea to look at its geographical features and compare it to Bishops Waltham.

Below is a 'virtual' trip. We are going to pretend we are going on the trip.

You can click on the button to see the powerpoint. It even has sound!!!

First we are going to sort and compare the geographical features of Southsea and Bishops Waltham on a Venn diagram. This activity is a bit of maths, a bit of geography and a bit of English!

In a Venn diagram we can sort and compare information. So in one ring we can draw and label the features of Bishops Waltham for example the ruins, pond and the school. In the Southsea ring you could draw the fun fair, the pier and the sea. Where the rings over lap you draw the features both have like houses.

Have a go!

Next we are going to create a leaflet for Southsea!

If you can print out both pages, glue them plain sides back to back. Now fold them in half and you have made a little booklet!

Start with the cover. It needs a title, maybe 'Southsea 2020'. You could use bubble writing and make it really colourful.

Next draw a picture of a feature of Southsea.

Underneath write a short description of Southsea. Try to use some geographical words such as coast, city, beach.

Start your description with 'Southsea is...'

In the rest of the booklet you can draw and label pictures for each section. Make it sound like a place you want to visit!


Finally here are some fun extra activities to do if you'd like to!

Week 4

This weeks learning is all about 'The Rainbow Fish'.

First read the story from the slides below or open the powerpoint below.

This week you are going to write a your own Rainbow Fish story.

First lets think about the story you have just read.

Answer these questions.

Next we are going to collect some adjectives, (describing words) to describe the Rainbow fish to use in your story.

Here are some to get you started colourful, shiny, kind.

Now you are going to plan your story using the story hill below.

Most stories have a problem to solve. The problem is solved at the end of the story. This is called the resolution.

In the Rainbow fish story the problem is that the Rainbow Fish doesn't have any friends. He asks the octopus for help. The resolution is that he gives away his scales, he is like all the other fish and has lots of friends.

So what problems could there be? Here are some ideas:-

  • the Rainbow fish could get lost
  • little blue fish gets lost
  • they need to find something like a pearl or treasure
  • they meet someone who needs help
  • Rainbow Fish gets stuck or caught in a net

You could use one of these ideas or one of your own.


So now you are ready to write your new Rainbow Fish story.

You can write it straight onto a piece of paper or you can use the writing frame below. You may need more than one of these!

Don't forget to make your writing exciting using those adjectives you collected.

You could also use some sentence openers:-

Once upon a time...





After that...

In the end...


Here are 2 activity sheets for spelling and punctuation.

Week 5

This week has a History focus. We are going to learn about a Victorian lady called Grace Darling. She did something extraordinary, not just because she was brave but because she was a Victorian woman!

First let's find out about her. You can watch the powerpoint below and you can also watch a short film about her on the History page.

Now we know the story of Grace Darling! You are going to imagine what it was like that night. You are going to be Grace Darling and write a 'diary' page explaining what happened.

So let's get ready...

First think about what she was feeling as she looked out and saw the shipwreck, what it was like rowing in the storm and finally, when she was safely home with the survivors.

Record your ideas in Grace's speech bubble.

Next we are going to make a story map so we can remember what happened in the right order.

A story map is pictures and labels and helps tell the story and then write it. Below are some examples of story maps for some well known stories.

I have started the Grace Darling map and you can finish it! Just pictures and labels, words you might need.

When you have finished use your map to tell the story to a grown up.

Finally you are going to write a 'Diary' page. Pretend you are Grace Darling and describe what happened that night. Use you story map to help you.

Remember to use 'I' because you are writing as Grace Darling.

Don't forget:-

  • full stops and capital letters
  • joining up
  • sentence openers - First, Next, Suddenly, Finally, At last
  • adjectives - describing words. It was a dark, stormy night..

Can't wait to read them!

Here are three extra Grace Darling activities to try.

Week 6

This week we are travelling back in time to a Victorian seaside holiday.

First you need to visit the History page and watch the Magic Grandad episodes about Victorian Holidays!

Complete the activity 'Holidays now and then'. The link is below.

Then return to this page!


Now you know about Victorian seaside holidays we are going to get ready to pretend you are a Victorian child on holiday with your Grandparents and write a letter to mama and papa describing your holiday.

We are going to plan our letter using the 'boxing up' sheet below.

We use these planners to organise our ideas.

In each box you just write a few ideas. Check the example below. 

Ok we are ready to write our letter home, pretending you are a Victorian child.

So think about these things:-

  • What was your journey like? Train or car if you are rich!
  • Where are you staying? What is your room like? Is it a hotel or a boarding house?
  • What have you done?
  • What have you enjoyed most?
  • How will you finish your letter?


You can write straight in your book or use the writing paper below.

There is a new Spelling page now. Check it out for some more activities.

Week 7

This week is about Reflection. We are going to think about, reflect on, this year.

Let's start thinking about ourselves.

How have we changed since last September when we started in Year 1?

Have you grown, lost teeth, changed your hair, moved house, got a new brother or sister?

On the 'Then' side of the sheet you could put a photo of you at the end of Year R or draw a picture of yourself.

On the other side, the 'Now' part, you could stick a photo of you now or draw a picture and write labels or captions of how you have changed eg I have grown 5 centimetres, I have lost 2 teeth.

You have learnt so much this year and not just at school!

So on this next bubble map record in pictures and labels all the things you have learnt from riding a bike to hula hooping, reading a colour band, joining up, or counting in French.

You can add as many arrows as you like.

Let's celebrate!!

Finally we are going to use the Thinking Hats to organise our thoughts about the lockdown.

Each colour hat has a different theme. So:-

White hats - facts, what actually happened

Yellow hats - positive thoughts, things we like or are good.

Black hats - things you don't like.

Red hats - how something makes you feel.

Blue hats - What would you change?

Green hats - New ideas


I have put an example to help you.


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