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Topic Resources

29.6.20 This week our topic in year 1 is linked to our literacy so please check out both pages for all resources.
Try cooking with recipes from around the world
Learn about the Dutch Painter Vincent Van Gogh and make your own version of the sunflower painting.


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Geography:  Can I use directional language using a compass?  Below is a video that Mrs Viney made of her using a compass to guide characters to the treasure on the map.  We would like you to make your own treasure map and create your own game.  You could even use recycled materials to make your map 3D.  Send in pictures of your maps.  We'd love to see how you got on.

A Picture of the Treasure Map Mrs Viney made

A Picture of the Treasure Map Mrs Viney made 1

Below are some designs already made.


Write a fact file about your chosen country.

This week our topic work is linked to the writing learning and is the research for your writing.  Choose a country you would like to find out about, you could use books , the internet or ask other people to find out facts about your chosen country.  Here are some things to think about:

What language do they speak?

What food do they eat?

What kind of music is popular?

Are there any special landmark?

Is there a species of animal that is common?

What does there flag look like?



15.06.20  Topic Resources this week focus on the United Kingdom 
Can I label all the Countries in The United Kingdom?

Can I make a holiday brochure to advertise England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland as a holiday destination?

Why is the place so special?

What is the weather like? 

Where are the best places to visit? Etc


11.06.20 Can I draw a bird's eye view (aerial map)?

1. Follow the link below to watch a video of an artist using a map to make 3D representations of some of the features (buildings, statues, parks, roads) on a map.  


2. Maps are really useful and they help us to plan our routes to cities, villages or towns. Have you got any maps at home? Have a look at them with an adult.  Would can you see?  Can you find Exeter on the map?  If it is a map of Exeter, can you find our school?  Have a go at drawing a map of a room in your house or draw your garden or street.

Start with the shape of your room.  Is it square or rectangular shaped?  If you lived in a lighthouse, what shape would your room be?  

Mrs Viney started by drawing the window and the door first.  Imagine you are a bird looking down on the room, what shape is the sofa and where is it positioned?  Next to the door?  

Send in your maps.  We'd love to see them!  


A map of Mrs Viney's living room. Can you match up the 2D objects in the map or floor plan to the 3D objects in the photo?

A map of Mrs Viney's living room.  Can you match up the 2D objects in the map or floor plan to the 3D objects in the photo? 1
A map of Mrs Viney's living room.  Can you match up the 2D objects in the map or floor plan to the 3D objects in the photo? 2
Below is a link to a collection of Funky Facts from Go Jetters which includes some of the UK’s most significant places and landmarks, with examples from each of the four countries that make up the UK.  Watch the videos and then try and find them on the United Kingdom map.
Below are a collection of videos from children all over the world.  They describe where they live and explain what the weather is like throughout the seasons.  I really like the way they compare one place to another, looking at similarities and differences.  

8.6.20 Resources for labeling the continents and the oceans on the world map


5.6.20 Weather 

We couldn't possibly learn about the wonderful United Kingdom without learning about weather.  People in England are famous across the world for always talking about it!  Here are some activities for you to record and learn more.



Art Activity: Can you build a rainbow?



3.06.20 Around the World


Welcome back!  We hope you had a lovely restful half term, enjoyed the sunshine and had a fun time with your family.  Our Topic this half term is called 'Around the World'.  We are going to begin thinking about where we are in the world and place ourselves on the map.  We'll learn all the names of the continents and oceans and draw aerial view pictures of rooms in our homes, gardens or local parks.  

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Below is a booklet for you to complete this week. 

History 4.5.20

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations

VE day stands for victory (defeating the enemy) in Europe and marks the end of the Second World War in Europe on the 8th May 1945.  Celebrations on Friday will look very different this year as many of us decorate our homes (red, white and blue) and gather in family groups waving to our neighbours from our windows and front gardens.  Let us not forget those who fought, died and contributed to the war effort. 

Gathered below are some activities for children to enjoy when preparing for the day.  We'll be thinking of you all.


Music 18.5.15 Minibeast Singing with Actions

Below are links to minibeast songs and rhymes.  There are some action cards to go with them.  By now you must be getting really good at reading poems out loud with expression. You might even be able to rehearse one and recite it without the words. You could recite or read it to a grandparent during a face time call.  Let us know how you get on by sending us an email. Enjoy!   

Music 27.04.20

For this lesson will need a large saucepan from the kitchen.  Turn it over and now you have a drum. 

Enjoy this drumming lesson which explains the history of African drumming, what materials are used to make a drum and the sounds that the DJEMBE drum (pronounced Jimbay) will make; Base, Tone Slap.  The next video shows you how to make the sounds using your kitchen Jimbay (saucepan).  Have fun!

Story and questions to go with the music above.

Science Handa's Hen 13.4.20

  • Find out about the creatures mentioned in the story. What kind of habitat do they live in?
  • How are they adapted to living there?
  • How do they move?
  • What sounds might they make?

Science Ronald the Rhino 20.4.20.
Make a list of the animals in the story.
What type of animals are they? E.g mammal, reptile.

What do they eat?  Are they carnivores or herbivores? 

Science and Geography 4.5.20

Learn about animals on the farm and match the adults to the babies.

If you are unable to use the PowerPoint above, you can use the video below.


1. Choose a farm animal you would like to find out about. Find out information for these questions:

Where does it live?

What does it look like?

What does it eat?  What food does it provide for us?

These will be the sub headings in your writing.

*To add extra information can you find out some fun facts about your animal?*

2. Draw a picture of your animal and add labels.

3. Write sentences about your animal under your subheadings. (see the example below).

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Science: 18.5.20 Minibeasts and Pets 

Activity 2: Where do woodlice like to live? 

Equipment:  Plastic lidded pot with holes in the lid





                    Pieces of bark, clear plastic, dark plastic, grit, stones, grass, leaves twigs

                    Timer or stop watch 

In this activity you are going to keep the woodlice as pets for a couple of days to study them and find out about where they like to live.  What choices to they make when choosing their habitats?  Do they like it dry? Wet? Dark?

There is a short video below with some interesting facts.  Watch this before you collect your woodlice.

Once you have collected your woodlice and some materials, set up a choice chamber on your tray. You can have 2 or 4 parts.  The video below shows you how to make it. 
So what conditions do they like best?  You could draw a picture, make a collage, take a photograph or write a paragraph/list to tell your teacher what you found out.  How could we encourage them into the school grounds?  Enjoy your pets but remember to put them back outside in their natural habitat, after a couple of days.   

Science: 11.5.20  Mini-Beasts and Pets

Activity 1: Mini- beasts and their habitats 

1. Take a walk around your garden, in the park or another outside space and take a camera, sketch pad or note book because you are going to be a detective.  

2. Your job is to find out if there are any special places where creatures like to live.  

3. Where do you think you might find these special creatures?  Under leaves, pots...  

4. Talk about and record where you found the mini-beasts.  What were their special places like (we call these habitats)?  Where all the habitats the same? How were they similar or different? Why? 

5. Make drawings of your special creatures and their habitats.  Annotate their features using adjectives i.e.  dark, dry, damp.  Are the mini-beasts that you found in one habitat the same, similar or different?  Has anything surprised you? 

6.  Feel your back bone.  Can you think of any animals with back bones?  Can feel backbones on the mini-beasts?  Some don't have back bones but instead have hard bits on the outside of their bodies and some are just really squishy.  Scientists call creatures without back bones invertebrates.

CAUTION:  When studying mini-beasts avoid hairy caterpillars and wash your hands after handling mini-beasts.  Always respect them and put them back where you found them.   

Geography Scavenger Hunt 4.5.20

If a walk is part of your daily exercise today, try this scavenger hunt.

Using your senses try to describe what you hear, smell and see.  What has changed? 

Geography 20.4.20

1. Find out about Africa - Look at the powerpoint below. On twinkl there is also a CBeebies Go Jetters one. 

2. On the map can you locate Africa and the U.K? 

Can you identify any other countries on your map?

Can you find out the names of the oceans?

Geography 27.4.20

Quiz: Facts About Elephants


Arts and Crafts 18.5.20  Mini Beasts Part 2

This week for art we are still looking at ways to get arty with mini-beasts and so lets really get to know them by drawing them.  You can study them in the garden and draw them as they move around (this is called life drawing) or you can draw them from pictures in books.  Another way is to follow a demonstration and think about the shapes of their body parts.  Wings can be oval shapes, bodies can be circular, legs can be made up of rectangles and triangles.

Jessica Albarn is a famous artist who looks really carefully at their shapes and here are some of her pictures to inspire you.  Check out the drawing links to help you draw and please send your pictures to your teachers.


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Art and Craft Activities 11.5.20

In art this week we are going to develop our sketching techniques when drawing pictures of mini beasts.  You can study them in the garden or find inspiration in books.  The stories below are really helpful if you'd like to get a little more imaginative with your drawings.  You could even make your snail's shell rainbow coloured or combine a snail and a spider to make a new type of mini beast 'Snider'.  There are many more activities below for you to explore. Have fun!


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Art Activities 4.5.20

Making a ladybird from recycled materials, a duck cap and stained glass insects.

Making a ladybird from recycled materials, a duck cap and stained glass insects. 1
Making a ladybird from recycled materials, a duck cap and stained glass insects. 2
Making a ladybird from recycled materials, a duck cap and stained glass insects. 3

Art ideas 27.4.20

Making a milk bottle Elmer.  You will need, a milk bottle, scissors, glue, tissue paper squares or anything else of colour that you find in the house.  I had to use mixed media for my Rainbow Elmer.  Please send in photos of your flamboyant creations.


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Art ideas 20.4.20

African animal shadow art

African animal shadow art 1
African animal shadow art 2

African animal junk modelling.

African animal junk modelling. 1
African animal junk modelling. 2

Some fun Science experiments to try out with an adult

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