New Platform for Home Learning Activities

Remember, we have switched from the grids on here to our ClassDojo page - if anyone has any trouble getting on this page then please email me. If you would like to continue doing the work on here the grids will remain up until Friday and then we will switch over completely.

Remember, as always, you do not have to do all the work!

Have a good week everybody.

Miss Reynolds 

YEAR 1 - Home Learning

Our children at Brill consistently demonstrate their abilities to learn in many different ways. In this season, we believe they will experience this in new ways. For those of you so busy putting measures in place for work and family, we have drawn up a suggested structure of a day. This can be found below the resources section below. There is a more pictorial representation on the SEN page. We would suggest planning what works with your children and work commitments, moving things around to suit your family. We do encourage that you set expectations of a structured day with your children, dividing up work, exercise and free play right from the outset, on week days.


Please use the grid below to support with home learning tasks. Each box within the grid outlines learning challenges and many of these have resources which you will find on this page below the grid. There are also some useful websites which can be accessed to support with home learning. If any of you have difficulties with printing resources or with accessing the internet to be able to engage with the learning tasks, do please get in touch with Mrs White or Mrs Baker by email on: or and they will be able to provide additional support. Additionally, there are further learning challenges on both the SEN page and the MFL pages of our website.

Miss Reynolds Story Time

Below are some links of Miss Reynolds reading the book 'Fing' by David Walliams. Hopefully this will keep us feeling connected. Please take a look! The links will be live at 3pm each day :) 


Episode 1 chapters 1/2 -

Mrs Keeping reading special! -

Episode 2 chapters 3/4 -

Episode 3 chapters 5/6 -

Episode 4 chapters 7/8 -


Episode 5 chapters 9/10 -

Episode 6 chapters 11/12 -

Episode 7 chapters 13/14 -

Episode 8 chapters 15/16 -


Forest School Activities

Forest School Adventures:

Week of 20th April 2020Hunting for Colours!

Wizard Maths Sheets

 number bonds to 10.pdfDownload
 number bonds to 100.pdfDownload
 number bonds to 20.pdfDownload
 number bonds to 5.pdfDownload
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Useful Links Week 2

 10s and 1s Activity 1.docxDownload
 10s and 1s Activity 2.pdfDownload
 Farmer and his Sons Reading Comprehension.pdfDownload
 French Activity Week 2.docxDownload
 place-value-matching-cards game.pdfDownload
 Temperature Bar Graph.docxDownload
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Useful Links Week 3

 Activity 2 comparing numbers and objects.docxDownload
 Animal non fiction planning sheet.docxDownload
 Answers Challenge Compare Objects within 50 cards.pdfDownload
 Challenge Compare Objects within 50 cards.pdfDownload
 classification animals.pptxDownload
 Classify the animals.pptxDownload
 ew handwriting.pdfDownload
 ew word unscramble challenge.pdfDownload
 ew wordsearch.pdfDownload
 French Year 1 Worksheet 3.docxDownload
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Suggested Structure of a Day

Advice for Parents and Carers


Teacher's welcome

Dear Parents,

We hope you have had a lovely Christmas Holidays and Happy New Year!


Please use the purple communication books to let us know any different home time arrangements, buses, after school clubs etc.  Also use these to write any notes about health issues, book changes or any information that may be important.  There are times when you may need to speak to one of us directly and of course we are very happy to do this.  If possible please try to catch one of us before 8.30 am or after school.


This term homework activities will be include a variety of creative tasks to encourage fun learning at home and certain themed activities to practise covered skills and concepts. These will be arranged into a grid so your child can choose the tasks that appeal to them most. The Learning Log will usually be given out at the start of the term and will need to be given in on the stated hand in date at the end of the term (please see bottom of the homework grid for this). 


 Spellings will be sent home in your children's Communication Books  on a Friday for you to practise. Our Spelling Test will be on a Thursday. 


Please ensure that your child’s PE Kit is in every day.  We value the benefits that physical activity and outdoor learning can bring, and will try to incorporate these elements as often as possible into the curriculum in addition to the two set PE sessions a week. 


This term the topic is “Toys”.  Included below is an overview to show how this topic will be taught. 

Please don't hesitate in contacting me via my school email address if you have any further queries.

Miss Reynolds


Ways you can help support your child’s learning

  • Reading with you child often and discussing the story and the characters. 
  • Select texts from our Year 1 recommended book list  to read with your child.
  • Help your child become familiar with any key words or spellings which will be sent each week along with the learning log task.


Reading is taught in Guided Reading sessions.  Each week your child will read with an adult in a small group with a particular focus to each session.  As well as this your child will have a reading book to take home and bring to school each day and a library book to share with you at home.  Practicing reading and sharing books at home builds confidence and really makes a difference.  Once completed at home please write a short note in the communication book and your child will be able to change their book on any day.

There are two main skills for successful reading, a sound phonic knowledge and quick recall of every day irregular sight words (tricky words).  Phonics will be taught on most days in differentiated groups so that your child will be able to apply phonic skills to decode unknown words.  All children will also have a few high frequency sight words each week to practice either reading or spelling.  These will be sent home in the small red book on most Fridays.


This term we will be encouraging children’s writing by sending Sunny the meerkat home with a different child each afternoon.  We hope that everyone will have a go at writing Sunny’s diary and reading this out the next day.  This is lots of fun and the children really enjoy having Sunny join them in whatever they happen to be doing that evening.  Please don’t feel you need to print out photos.  We love to see the children’s drawings and I know it can get stressful when ink cartridges run out!

 The Curriculum

At Brill School, English, Maths and Core Skills are taught through focused daily lessons; usually in the morning. For other lessons we have in recent year moved away from narrow subject based teaching and have developed a curriculum that is imaginative, child focused and cross curricular.

Year 1’s thematic topic units for this year are:




Main focus


Going places






The Great Outdoors

 Outdoor Education

Click on the topic units for an overview document for the term's work or on the subject links for more information about the long term curriculum in each specific area.

(Music and Modern Foreign Languages are taught once a week by our Subject Specialist Teachers)

Miss Reynolds, Class Teacher

Miss Cruikshank, Teaching Assistant

Year 1 Remind Us to 'Be Kind!'

Year 1 Wow Moments!

Barnaby and his pony

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Barnaby has been spending some quality time with his pony. He has been grooming him to help bring his summer coat through in this glorious Spring sun. I'm sure he has loved the help Barnaby :) 


Miss Cruickshank's amazing cake!

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Miss Cruickshank has been busy at home too and made this delicious cake. Making me hungry just looking at it!

She is missing her Year 1's so much and can't wait to see you all soon! 

Eadee's green fingers

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Eadee and her brother have been making a flowerbed at home. My goodness it must have been hard work building it! Please keep us updated Eadee with the flowers that grow in it :) 

Fleur's Fairy Art

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Fleur has completed the Art task from this week's Learning Grid creating a magical fairy using materials from nature. She thought carefully about which materials were going to make up the different parts of her design. Well done Fleur for creating such a beautiful fairy! 

Edward's story blew my socks off!

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Edward, since the first Learning Grid was released, has been working on his Traction Man story and my goodness he has created an outstanding story! Edward you should be so proud of what you have produced. Please see the link below to have a read.

Traction Man and the Great Glass Tree

Ed has also been been doing some Science experiments.
His first experiment involved filtering muddy water using leaves, gravel, sand and cotton wool, till it eventually came through clear. 

The second experiment was on density / buoyancy- Ed suspended in the layers of oil, water, detergent and honey a cherry tomato! With the ping pong ball floating on top. Fantastic work Edward!

Scientist Esme

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Esme has been having lots of fun being a scientist out in her garden! She tried the coca- cola and mentos experiment and loved the results. Great work Esme! 

Chef Barnaby

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Barnaby has been making pasta at home. A brilliant skill to learn during this time :)  Hopefully he can share the recipe with us back at school. 

Rainbow Maker William!

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William H has been his usual creative self at home, not only enjoying lots of arts and crafts, but also experimenting making rainbows with water in the sunshine. A great bit of Science there! He has spent more time outdoors completing the 'Spring Hunt Checklist' and 'Weather Report'. Fantastic William :) Keep being creative!  

Pippa the Shepherdess

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Pippa has been helping her Dad while at home, having lots of lambing adventures! 

Pip has been caring for her two new lamb friends named Sherbert and Dip. She helped lamb Sherbert herself! Well done Pip! As both lambs are on the small side, Pip has made a home for them in her garden so she can monitor them before they are ready to return to the main field.

I am sure you are learning so much Pip and we can't wait to hear more of your lambing adventures when we return to school :) 

Congratulations 'Growth Mindset Maisy'!

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Maisy set herself the goal of riding her bike. Through her determination, patience and growth mindset she has achieved this. Well done Maisy! This totally shows how hard work pays off. I'm sure this has been a brilliant focus while you have been at home. I look forward to seeing what your growth mindset achieves next :) 


Jacob's Spring Treasure Box

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Jacob and his younger brother have made and decorate a Spring treasure box and filed it with lovely Spring treasures. What a lovely activity to do in this Spring sunshine :) 

King Julian up to all sorts!

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Julian has been his usual busy self and done lots of fantastic home learning. 

Julian has particularly enjoyed the Maths challenges, with a highlight matching up the pictures with the numbers very quickly! He has also been for bike rides and ran 4.6 km. That is a long way to run! 

Julian has also been practising his cooking and baking skills making some home baked pizzas and banana cake for his family. Both received delicious reviews!

Julian has continued to take his guitar lessons on line. He sent a piece that he practised with his dad to Mrs Baker and she included this on the Brill school website under the music section. Well done Julian for keeping spirits high with your music :) You should be very proud of your efforts. 

Happy Birthday Rupert!

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Today Rupert turns 6! Happy Birthday Rupert :) We hope you have a lovely day in the sunshine. See the link below for a Birthday giggle!

Louie learning all sorts!

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Louie had a great second week of home learning. He dissected several daffodils, painted with Lego bricks, went on a spring (and teddy bear) hunt in the village, practised some Cosmic Kids Yoga, brushed up on his football skills, read books, and has become a pen pal with his Nanna. What lovely activities! Well done Louie! :)


Happy Easter Year 1!

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Hello Year 1's! 

This is just a quick note to say Happy Easter! I hope you have a lovely time at home with your families.

Well done everyone for the amazing learning you have all been doing over the last couple of weeks. Your determination and growth mindset towards learning at home has been second to none :) I have loved receiving your learning updates and hearing about what you have all been up to. 

There will be no Year 1 Learning Grids released over the Easter Holidays but if you do fancy some learning challenges to keep you busy please do go to the subject pages under the 'Creative Curriculum' tab on the website. I miss you all lots and look forward to seeing you back at school once this unusual time has passed. 

Stay safe :) 

Miss Reynolds

Weather Man Gabe

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Gabe has done a great job filling in his weather recording sheet and completing the graph. He has also been keeping in contact with his friends using Tocomail and doing some baking :) Lovely to see Gabe! 

Miss Reynolds and her horses

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This morning I have spent some time mucking out my horses and making the yard very clean and tidy. Have you been up to any big jobs recently? 

Arlo's 'Story Time'

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It looks like Arlo and his sister are having a giggle during this 'Story time' episode! Happy Friyaaayyyy and Easter Holidays Year 1! 


Jacob turns 6!

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Happy Birthday Jacob from all of Year 1!!! Yesterday Jacob turned 6! He had a great day building a den in the woods before making a fire to toast marshmallows on! Yummy! 

Here is a little Birthday treat from Miss Reynolds! Click below:

Eadee Rocks!

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Eadee and her brother George loved the teachers 'We Will Blog It' video! They have been inspired to grab their instruments and play along. Rock on guys!!!

Creative Theo

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Theo has kept up his wonderful creativity at home, as your can see in the pictures! He has also enjoyed completing the Maths game and listing to Miss Reynolds 'Story time' episodes. I am so pleased you are enjoying the story, 'Fing' as much as me! Keep up the great work Team Eason :) 

Busy Bee Bea!

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Our little Miss Bea has been her usual busy self and has been up to all sorts of fun and learning. She has worked very hard on learning to tie her shoe laces for her Beaver's Badge and has been helping her Mummy in the kitchen. On top of this she has been very good at keeping on top of her school learning activities. 

She has been very active too doing the Joe Wicks PE lessons, Cosmic Kids Yoga (link on PSHE page), jumping on the trampoline, and playing ball games. Phew! That does sound a lot of activity Bea! Well done for being a busy Bea :) 

Signs of Spring for Iris

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Iris has already made a brilliant start to this week's learning tasks and has been on the 'Signs of Spring Hunt'! I hope you managed to tick a few things of the list :)

Miss Active Fleur

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Fleur is enjoying her time at home and trying really hard with her learning- whilst also having lots of fun!

This morning she had a wonderful time creating a P.E obstacle course in the garden. Fleur completed various activities against the clock. She then tried to beat her time getting more confident with each go. Mummy, Daddy and sister Audrey had a go too! 

Great work Miss Active Fleur! 

Science Detective Ted!

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Ted has made a great start to his home learning getting active with Joe Wicks and taking on the science tasks.
He has found a great programme to watch on the '5 senses'. It is called Maddie’s Do You Know? and it’s available on BBC iPlayer. The senses episode is series 2:23 prosthetic limb and detective dog. Ted highly recommends you check it out! 
Maddie's Do You Know? has also created an episode about covid-19 and how to keep yourself happy and entertained. Thank you Ted for taking your learning above and beyond :) 

Henry enjoying the outdoors

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Henry has made a great start to his home learning. Along side this he has been enjoying the great outdoors with a picnic and a quiet walk. It sounds a very healthy learning balance Henry :) 

Jonah Helping His Community

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Jonah's family have lots of eggs. Jonah and his sister Tilly have been decorating them. They have been leaving them on the doorstep for people in their village who are unable to go out. Well done for looking out for others Jonah :) 

Edward the Historian

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Edward has made a great start to his home learning and has enjoyed being a true historian. He has created a wonderful history project finding out that his Grandma's favourite toy was a swing. He has then created his own at home! It is magnificent Edward!

Edward has also started writing a Traction Man mission which looks as brilliant as the Traction Man comic he produced before. We can't wait to read the final version :) 

Freddie has the Reading Bug!

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Freddie has been working hard and has enjoyed lots of Bug Club reading. He has also had a French lesson with his Granny over Skype! Madame Tate would be proud :) Well done Mr Freds!


Olivia's Marble Run Challenge

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Olivia has been enjoying making her marble run with her sister Holly and challenging herself as to how the marble can reach the bottom. She has used her 'Growth Mindset' and a trial and error method to see how the pieces fit together. Well done for managing it Olivia :) 

Eadee's Helping Hand

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Eadee has made a great start to the home learning doing some reading, French and Maths. She has also created a very useful 'Helping Hand' to help her with her writing. Happy writing Eadee :) 

Nahla Noo the Gardening Fairy

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Nahla has been busy gardening. She has planted her own potato’s, parsnips and peas. A very healthy dinner is hopefully on it's way. Fingers crossed they grow!
Nahla has also planted her own fairy garden which should hopefully grow some grass. Well done for keeping active outdoors Nahla and using your fabulous creativity :) 

Barnaby's Traction Man Mission

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Barnaby has produced a great Traction Man Mission involving Traction Man stopping a robbery using an electric scooter. Great writing Mr Barnaby :)

Busy 'King Louie!'

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Louie has leapt into his home learning and been up to all sorts of fun!

He has made some rainbows for his window, done some morning PE, made and painted salt dough hand dishes, washed his bikes and garden toys, helped mummy make dinner and learnt how to make mashed potato, supported the NHS by making noise in the street everyday at 6pm, and is also in the process of working on a virus cure! Super work! 

Finger Knitting!

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Madison has had a 'Wow Moment' this week learning to finger knit! She picked it up so quickly and has enjoyed making long strings/necklaces with some lovely multicoloured wool. What a great fine motor skill activity to do :) They look beautiful Madison!

Maths and Baking

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Yesterday William L made some yummy cookies! He read read the recipe himself and used his Maths skills to carefully measure out the ingredients. What a star! I'm sure everyone enjoyed them in your house :) Keep up the great work!

Farmer Miss Reynolds

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Hello Year 1, 

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and keeping your minds and bodies active!

All the sheep on my family's farm have started to have their baby lambs. I have been busy as a shepherdess looking after them :) What activities have you been up to at home?


Maths Fun

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Thomas has been a super star having a go at his numbers to 50 activity! Keep up the great work :)

Technology Fun!

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Arlo has been using Facetime to chat to his Grandparents. Great ICT work Arlo and a lovely way of keeping in touch!

Wake and Shake

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Great to see Rupert and Felicity starting the day right with 'Wake and Shake'! They have also been making up a dance show to perform in the garden for their isolated neighbours to watch. Well done for spreading fun!