East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Year 1 – Beech

Dear Year One Parents & Carers - please read the letter below to or with your child from me - Mr Pearce

The Flum Flum Tree - read by Mr.Thomas

This is one of my favourite books! I hope you enjoy it :)

Message to Beech Class from Mr.Thomas

Last week we listened to a story called the invisible string. It says that we are all attached to each other by our invisible string. The string is so strong because it is made of love! If you would like to watch and listen to the story please do. I will add it below.

The Invisible String By Patrice Karst | Children's Book Read Aloud

If you would like, draw yourself and all the people in your life you are attached to through your invisible string.


If you would like to continue with Oak Academy lessons or BBC lesssons then here are the links:



Phonics - CLICK HERE


If you have any questions about any of the tasks then please send me an email:


I hope you have fun. I think the more you put into the challenges, the more you will get out of them. You might finish one challenge quite quickly and another challenge may take a few days. It's up to you how you would like to spread them out through the week. 

Research each challenge topic and be creative. I can't wait to see what you create. 




Important update about work this week


If you can, could you please try to log in to J2E on MyUSO.

There are easy instructions here CLICK ME



I will put the work up each day on here.  The great thing about this is I can view the work and make comments. At least that way we can talk a little bit!


If not, I will make sure the work is on the class page as well!


Thinking of you all,


Mr.Thomas and Ms.Hammond



The week ahead - Week 2

ICT and Science - 3d animals - very fun!

Below are some further ideas to structure your day.


The great thing about these things below are they are updated daily by experts so you are guaranteed to learn a lot and have a lot of fun! This is just a suggestion but I think you will get a lot out of doing them all regularly!




Joe is a super fun, energetic and knowledgeable sports coach who will be doing daily sessions for all the family every day a 9AM! This is specifically aimed at 5 - 18 year olds but anyone can join in!




MrMC is a fantastic phonics teacher who is going to be daily phonics lessons. These can act as revision if you already know the sounds or informative lessons if you don't!




Oliver Jeffers is one of the best living story tellers and illustrators. He already has a few stories on his website but will be adding more each week, trying to add something new each day. 

My USO instructions


Each day I need you to log into My USO and access the homework section.

I will putting things for you to do each day with lots of ideas for ways to learn at home. 




If you were not able to come to school and get your log in, please contact the school and ask for it. 

If you do not have a tablet or laptop at home, J2 Launch has an app on the apple store so the learning can be accessed from a phone as well.

In J2 launch you are able to send me messages so we can keep in touch!





His youtube channel will be going live at 9am for 30 mins every day with a work out. 


He is doing the PE lessons so they can be followed along indoors. These should be really fun and can be enjoyed by all the family!



D&T and RE


In Religious Education we have been continuing to look at Special Places. This week we made our very own Special Place in the classroom. We worked carefully to make it as calming as possible, and a good place to think quietly and reflect. 


Here were our ideas:



Then, using various materials and our creative D&T skills, we made a covered space which we decorated carefully. They all worked so well together to create this amazing, peaceful space which I hope we can try and use to reflect in. Parents, please come and have a look one day!


Our chosen charity - RSPCA

Fundraising day


Wow, the costumes you all made for our RSPCA funding day was fantastic! We raised over £30 towards our charity, which is fantastic. Thank you for contributing!




This is our class poem - please learn it with your child. It will also help them to remember their number bonds to ten!


The Number Bonds to 10 Chant


Which 2 numbers add to ten?

Learn this chant and you’ll know them.

(clap, clap, clap, clap)


1 and 9, let’s draw a line,

Draw a heart and draw a sign.

1, 9, 1, 9


8 and 2, now buckle your shoe,

Tie your hair and dye it blue.

8, 2, 8, 2,


7 and 3, point at a tree,

Point at you and point at me.

7, 3, 7, 3


6 and 4, jiggle on the floor,

Wave your arms and wiggle some more.

6, 4, 6, 4


5 and 5, to the beach we drive,

Jump in the sea and scuba dive!



Now we’ve learnt all the pairs to ten.

That was fun, let’s start again!

(clap, clap, clap, clap)

Remember, the home learning gallery is on Wednesday (12th Feb) so make sure your home learning projects are finished by next week!

Parents you will be able to look round the hall at the home learning projects on Wednesday. 

Home learning projects.


I know some of you haven't seen the home learning letter so I thought I would put the information here for you. 


Mary Seacole


1. Put together a suitcase containing things Mary Seacole would have needed to set up her ‘British Hotel’ during the Crimean War.

To create a suitcase, why not use half a cardboard box, or shoe box. Then attach a handle on the top of it.

Things she might have brought with her:

  • Recipes for her herbal remedies
  • Traditional medicines used at the time
  • Ingredients for her remedies
  • Surgical tools
  • Medical supplies
  • Maps
  • Money to set up her British Hotel to help soldiers

There is no need to buy anything for the project. If you want to include a pestle and mortar and some ginger you can draw them and cut them out, or make a small model.




2. Make a poster about Mary Seacole. You can include interesting facts about Mary Seacole and drawings of things that happened to her, diagrams of her medical bag, her famous herbal remedies - whatever you can think of! Please try and include something you have found out yourself!


I can't wait to see what you have made. 





It's been a whirlwind two weeks back so far at school, we all can't believe how quickly it has gone by! Now the children are really settling into life in year 1 I would love to work on and build up the children's strength in various areas. 


Reading is so important for their development this year, I really appreciate your continued support in reading with your child every day for at least 5 minutes. If they don't know a word, make a note of it and write it on the fridge, stick it on a post it note and put it round the house to help them learn it. It takes a child over ten times seeing a word before they learn it. 


Here are a list of the words they should know by the end of the year.

They should be able to spell and read these words. 

In Maths, they need to know their number bonds to ten off by heart. This is going to take some repetition and memory games at home will definitely help them! Try writing down the number sentence and removing different parts of it. E.g.  4 + ? = 10


I have changed this ( I have removed one verse as it was too much!)


This is to be learned off by heart for the assembly next week. We have been learning it in class but it will help so much if they can completely learn their parts at home. Thank you! It should be really fun to perform!


The Dinosaur Rap by John Foster 

red - just the boys

green - just the girls

purple - everyone


Come on everybody shake a claw

Lets hear you bellow let’s hear you roar

Lets hear you thump and clump and clap

Come and join in do the dinosaur rap




There’s a young T-Rex over by the door

Who’s already stamped a hole in the floor.


There’s a whirling twirling Apatosaurus

Getting everyone to sing the chorus


Come on everybody shake a claw

Lets hear you bellow let’s hear you roar

Lets hear you thump and clump and clap

Come and join in do the dinosaur rap



There’s a stegosaurus rattling his spines

An iguanodon making thumbs-up signs.


There’s an allosaurus giving a shout

As he thrashes and lashes his tail about.


Come on everybody shake a claw

Lets hear you bellow let’s hear you roar

Lets hear you thump and clump and clap

Come and join in do the dinosaur rap



There are dinosaurs here, there are dinosaurs there

There are dinosaurs dancing everywhere

So swing your tails and shake your claws

Join in the rapping with the dinosaurs


The Dinosaur Rap poem to learn for next week's asembly

Here are some songs we have been learning in class to help us count in 2s, 5s and 10s. 

We have had such a busy few weeks in Beech Class!


We have been learning about the seasons and the changes it brings by looking at trees and their leaves in Science.  We even found a beech leaf in the playground and looked at its characteristics. 



In Geography we have been learning about the 7 continents and the oceans that link them. 

They love this song in class, encourage them to listen to it:

(type seven continents, oceania version, into youtube)


In Maths they have been learning number bonds how whole numbers partition. 

This is a good song for them to learn to help them with number bonds to ten:


In English we have been diving deep into 'We're going on a bear hunt'. They have been coming up with their own settings and retelling the story in their own words. 


Carry on learning the Dinosaur Rap poem please, we will be performing it in assembly in a couple of weeks!





Dear Parents,


Beech Class have had such a fantastic, enriching term and they have learned so much from their lessons and each other.


Next term we will be learning in Literacy (English) from a lovely range of books such The Tiger Who came to tea and We’re going on a bear hunt. We will be exploring these books by describing settings, retelling narratives from the stories and learning acrostic poems. There will be lots of opportunities for children to work on their writing skills, whatever stage they are at.


The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Theatre Royal Plymouth


In Maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction which will build on our learning of place value this term. We will also be looking at 2D and 3D shapes in geometry. They have done fantastically well this term, learning how to use a variety of tools to help them:


  • The number line
  • The ten frame
  • Concrete objects representing numbers
  • Pictorial representations of numbers


In Geography we will be looking at locational knowledge and physical geography. Looking at the season of Autumn in their homework will help them to start thinking about seasons, the weather and our surrounding environment.  


Edible Garden.


We are so lucky to have an edible garden, in which we have planted our first batch of curly kale! We will look at ways of protecting it and nurturing it as we move towards a colder winter.

Growing Kale - Bonnie Plants




Homework for half-term contains a few different elements to it. At parents’ consultation meetings I listened to many of you looking for ways to support your children at home.

Responding to this, I have offered a variety of homework for half-term.

Handwriting can be practised by copying simple text out such as a poem or a nursery rhyme.

if you have time. I can always supply with extra handwriting paper if needed.


Conker Free Stock Photo - Public Domain Pictures






At the beginning of term Beech Class met Mr.Bear from the book ‘Peace at Last’ and found him to be very drowsy, tired and frustrated.


He shouted         ‘Oh no! I can’t stand this!


The children made expert sound effects to the book in our role-play lessons and have all made a fantastic effort with their independent writing.


The week starting 30th September begins our wonderful new book, Farmer Duck. We will be exploring the emotions that come with working for a lazy farmer…


Lazy Farmer:       'How goes the work?'


Farmer Duck:                 'QUACK!'



We love finding out about Dinosaurs in Beech Class and have been making our own fossils whilst we remember the inspiring fossil hunter Mary Anning.  In Science we have been exploring materials and their properties. 


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In Mathematics we are comparing objects, numbers and understanding place value. We have been looking at  counting backwards and forwards. The key language to reinforce is ‘one less’, ‘one more’, ‘counting forwards’ and ‘counting backwards'. When looking at groups and comparing them we have started to look at 'less than' 'more than' and 'equal to'.

Next week we will be looking at the symbols < and > and = to deepen their understanding. 



In this case we would look at the size of groups and then decide which phrase to insert. 

We will be sending out a few things to help you support your child at home with homework and further learning this week (ending 4th October). If you would like any extra support or have any questions please do come and see Mr.Thomas or Ms. Hammond at the end of the day.


Mr. Thomas and Ms. Hammond