Bonfire Night

Thursday 3rd November.


Dear Parents,


Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes) – November 5th


"Remember, remember, the 5th of November;

Gunpowder, treason and plot;

I see no reason why gunpowder, treason; should ever be forgot."


This old rhyme has been a round for hundreds of years and relates to one of the celebrations held in England each year on the 5th of November, known as Bonfire Night.


The history and background (for parents) behind the celebration can be found at the following link:


Please share what you feel is appropriate with your children – as the reality of the reasons behind historical celebrations can sometimes be unpleasant!


Another good website about the history and the celebration can be found at: and

There are lots of great links within these pages to further information about why the day is celebrated – this information is far more child friendly!


If you would like to have a go at making some “Parkin Cake”, which is mentioned as one of the traditional things eaten on Bonfire Night, (lovely learning opportunities linked to Literacy – following instructions – and Mathematics – weighing and measuring) then the following website has a simple recipe to follow:


Have fun learning about another celebration.



Kind regards,

The Year 1 Team.


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Sound Games

3rd November 2011

Dear Parents

Please find below some sound games to play on the computer.  When choosing a level as a guide for you we have been learning Phase 3 words in class but if your child is just starting to learn their sounds Phase 2 is a good place to start.

Pick a picture

Look at the word on the screen, sound it out and blend the sounds. Click the picture which matches the word.

Phoneme Pop

Choose the phonemes you want to practise. You will hear and
see your target sound then you just have to click the bubbles that match the sound you're looking for. Try to make sure they land on the grey area in the middle so that you get points!

Buried Treasure

Put the fake words in the bin and the real words in the
treasure chest. The pirate will reward you if you are right with a tune and a dance. The children love this one!

Yes/No Silly Questions

Choose from four levels. A silly question will appear for
you to read. All you have to do is answer the question by clicking yes or no. If you are right, the dinosaur will get some food.

Poop Deck Pirates

Choose a set of sounds. Then whenever you click New Coin a word will appear. Sound out the word and click the tick if it's a real word or the cross if it's not real.

Have fun playing the games and hopefully see you soon!


Kind Regards

The Year 1 Team


Library Links for Reading

Dear Parents,


On the BPS website there is a section for the Library. Within this there are many useful and interesting pieces of information and links to other websites and e-books available, some of which are great for our children. Its Primary School URL is -


Please feel free to have a browse.


However, we have had a look and found some links that might be of more specific interest to our Year 1 children.


Firstly, there is a Recommended Reading List for Primary Children – by Sally Flint, Head of Libraries. and the specific link to the Year 1 and 2 books is here -


Then there are the specific sites that are suggested. All of them can be found on the Library pages here -


Or here -


Again, there are some interesting ones that you might like to look at …


The International Children's Digital Library - the great thing about this site is that there are books in other languages too. Its address is


Then there is the Northumberland Grid for Learning website found at


The Library also has some e-book resources found here -


The following website also has some lovely children’s books available – Tumbles Books

The Username is “bangkok” and the Password is “books”


Have fun reading!


Kind regards,

The Year 1 Team.


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Newsletter and Maths Ideas

Dear Parents

Please click on the link for our Y1 Curriculum Newsletter


Here are some ideas for Mathematics this week.  Please pick and choose activities that suit
your child and please note it is not an expectation for them to complete it all!


Practical Maths Ideas:

  • Count the coins!
    Ask your child to sort the change in your pocket or purse into 1,2,5 and
    10 baht coins. Then they can have a go at counting them! The challenge is to work out how much money is there
  • Count the steps going upstairs or walking to the
    swimming pool.
  • Find numbers in the environment for example
    house numbers. Can they think of a number more or less than this one?
  • Get Cooking! Have fun making some cakes or
    biscuits with your child. Encourage them to measure out the ingredients. They can count how many cakes or biscuits they make and then tell you how many will be left after Mummy and Daddy have eaten one each!
  • Take some water bottles to the swimming pool
    encourage your child to fill it to the top, then pour out half the water - what does it look like now? How many times can you fill a large container from a small bottle?


Please follow the links below to find various number activities.  Some activities are more challenging than
others !


Finding Half of shapes

Number bonds to 10

Ordering Numbers


Word Problems (Tricky!)


We would love to see any photos of the learning you have been completing at home.  If you have any photos please send them to your child's teacher and they will upload them onto the class blog.

Many thanks

The Year 1 Team


Thai Activites

Please follow the link to some Thai  activities


Kind Regards,


The Thai Department


Please remember that there are many learning opportunities on earlier posts too!


Year 1 Music

Here are three colouring sheets for you.  They are all the songs we know and have the
words on them too.  Why not colour them
in and then show to your family when you sing them?  Can you make your feet skip like a horse in
"Bell Horses"?  It's tricky!

Please follow the links below


Kind Regards


The Music Team


Please look at earlier posts to see some exciting ideas and activities to try at home!


Reading Activities

The Year 1 team hope that everyone had a relaxing and safe
weekend. Please find below some suggestions for reading activities at home this

Reading Activities

As we have been closed for a few days, there may well come a
time when you have read all of the books that your children can read with you
at home. Below are some activities that you can do with those well-read books,
which will hopefully make them interesting and exciting again!

Role Play


Become the characters from a favourite story:

  • Make props and wear costumes so that you can act out the story with the children (or so that
    they can act them out with brothers, sisters or friends). Re-tell the story as
    it was written and then develop an alternative story with the characters.
  • Become the next
    Steven Spielberg and video the story and then watch it back to see how it looks
    when retold differently.

Verbal Re-telling

  • Use the recording facility in the PowerPoint program to re-tell a favourite story and then listen
    to yourself. Have Mum or Dad record their re-telling as well and see how
    different they sound ... or not!

Comic Books

  • Use a well-known book and re-tell it in a comic book style, using pictures and speech

Story ‘S'

  • Use the idea of the story ‘S' that the children have used at school and re-tell the book in
    sequence, using the main parts and events.


  • Use a variety of puppets to re-tell favourite and well-known stories - sock puppets, finger
    puppets, wooden spoons (where the character's face is stuck to the ‘spoon'
    part) and lollypop sticks (where a character is drawn and then stuck on the top
    of the stick).

Expression Challenge

  • Read various parts from a book and see how well you can use expression to make the reading
    of the story more exciting or interesting. Both parents and children can try
    this out and see who gets the ‘best' expression!
  • Record your expressions (maybe using PowerPoint as before, or a recording facility on a
    phone or iPad for example) and see whether you can tell if the character is
    happy, sad, excited, scared, nervous etc.


  • Design a new front cover for a favourite book.


  • Write or record a summary of a favourite book and compare it to the blurb on the back of the
    real book. We are sure that the children's will make the books sound more
    interesting and exciting!

Sharing Reading

  • Take a character each when reading so that the book becomes more like a conversation.
  • Read a page each and share the ‘workload' (this is good for modeling expression, fluency
    and use of punctuation).
  • Take different parts - like in a play - where one person is the narrator and the other plays
    the characters.

Silly Reading

  • Reverse the sentences in the book - choose some well-known parts of the book; how silly do
    they sound?

Be the Teacher

  • If you have younger children, then they can read a bedtime story to them and feel really
    grown up.

Cut Up Sentences

  • Write out some sentences from the book and then cut them up - mix them and get the children to
    re-order them so that they make sense. Make sure that the sentences have all of the punctuation

     marks in them so that the children can use them as clues.

  • Find the
    sentences in the book that they come from - can the children become "sentence

New Endings?

  • Discuss the endings of favourite books - can the children come up with other suggestions
    for the way a story should end? Can they give you good reasons for their thoughts?
  • These can be written and/or recorded if they would like to.


  • Discuss the start of the story. What might have happened before the story began? Can the
    children come up with interesting beginnings?
  • These can be written and/or recorded if they would like to.

Changing different story aspects

  • How might a favourite story sound like if the settings / characters / events were
  • Re-tell a story
    in this way and enjoy the ride - parents can have a go too and see what happens
    to those favourite bedtime stories!

Picture Descriptions

  • Get the children to describe their favourite illustrations using interesting adjectives
    (WOW! Words)
  • Play a game where only the children can see the picture. They describe it and then close
    the book. Can you find the picture they described? Now you have a go and see if
    your children can find it.

There also a couple of websites where you can get free books
to read on the computer:

  • MagicBlox is an online children's library, where you can have 14 day free trial once you
    have signed up. Their website is
  • We Give Books is another website where you can read books for free online. It is run buy
    Penguin Books and its website is


Alternatively, if you have an e-reader of some description (Kindle or an ‘i' device from Apple) then
there are selections of downloadable books online for you to choose from.

  • - this link takes you to the Amazon (UK)
    Kindle children's bookstore.
  • The Apple iTunes Store also has a children's book section.


Have fun with your reading.

Kind regards,


The Year 1 Team.


Halloween Activities

Saturday 29th October.


Halloween is coming! It will be celebrated across the world on Monday 31st October. How much do you know about Halloween? Will you be doing any of the following activities? If you are, have fun! Many thanks to our EAL Team for suggesting these wonderful learning opportunities.


Please remember to click on "Read More >>" to see all of the other links and posts. :)


Kind regards,

The Year 1 Team.


Festivals are something everyone can share

Learning Question: What can I find out about a festival this weekend with a member of my family?

Keywords (for Mum and Dad to talk about with the children): festival, celebrate, costume, mask, fireworks, cards, presents, carnival, tradition, lantern, decoration, turnip, pumpkin, spirit, Halloween.

Some background for Mum and Dad to read and follow up with the children:

Halloween falls on the 31st October of every year and is a time when people dress in scary costumes, go trick or treating and play traditional Halloween games, such as apple bobbing.

·       Can you draw a scary costume you would wear or choose an image on google that would best show how you would like to dress up?

(Information about Halloween for Mum/Dad)

Halloween involves a variety of traditions from different cultures and religions. It is thought that Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the world, dating back over 2000 years to the time of the Celts who lived in Britain and northern France. It has its roots in the feast of Samhain, which took place on 31 October each year to honour the dead.  

It was believed that on Samhain the spirits of the dead would gather together, taking on different forms. Bad spirits would pretend to be animals, with the most evil ones becoming cats. In order to keep these spirits away people would dress up in costumes made from the skins and heads of their animals and carry lanterns, made out of turnips, to light their way. These lanterns would be painted or carved with faces in an effort to scare off any evil spirits.

Another explanation is as follows:

The word Halloween is a modern interpretation of its original name, All Hallow’s Eve. The first day of November was traditionally celebrated by the Catholic Church as “All Hallow’s Day”, when they took time to pay their respects to the Saints.

The date of Halloween, 31st October, marked the end of the Celtic year and they believed it was the day when the spirits of those who had died in the previous year would come back and possess a body of the living to allow themselves into the afterlife. However, the people who were living were not keen on being possessed and would dress up in scary costumes to try and frighten away the spirits.


Trick or treating nowadays involves dressing up in costumes and knocking on neighbour’s doors for treats. If treats are not given then tricks are played on the neighbour.

·       Draw a picture of children in costumes knocking on doors to get treats. What kind of treats would they perhaps get?

Apple bobbing is a game traditionally played on Halloween. A number of apples are placed in a large bowl of water. Players have to try to catch one of the apples using only their teeth. The hands must remain behind the back at all times.

·       Have you ever played this? Would you find it difficult and why?


Where does the name Jack O'Lantern originate from?

Carving a face in a pumpkin and placing a candle inside is to represent the Irish tale about a man called Jack. It is thought that Jack was a naughty man. When Jack died, he was refused his place in heaven because of his bad behaviour and as revenge Satan refused Jack entry into hell, but gave him a single light to guide him through the darkness. The light was to be placed inside a turnip to make it last longer. Over time the turnip has changed to a pumpkin.

·       Can you draw a pumpkin with a face and a candle inside?

·       If someone decorates their house to show they are ready for Halloween, what kind of decorations would they use?


On the BBC website there are some recipes that you might like to try with an adult.

·       Which recipes would you make if you were inviting people to a Halloween party?



Contacting the Year 1 Team

Dear Children and Parents,


Please remember that if you would like to contact us about anything to do with the learning activities (or anything else school related that we might be able to help with) then please feel free to do so, either via our school email addresses or through our individual class blogs. We are checking both the email and the blogs on a daily basis and will be able to reply at some point on the same day. We also would love to see photos and attachments of what the children have been doing, so please send us those if you have them as well.


For those children and parents in 1K, Miss Kate has been experiencing internet problems and at present is unable to respond to any emails or blog posts. However, Mr. M. and Mrs. Diana are very happy to hear from you and will be able to help with any of the learning questions that you may have. You may also send us any photos or attachments of what the children have been doing - we will make sure that Miss Kate receives them when we go back to school.


Lastly, The Year 1 webpage, by default, only displays the last post when you first log on. If you would like to check out previous posts then please just click on the "Read More >>" button at the bottom right-hand corner of the page. This will ensure that you are able to see every post we have put on there for the children.


We look forward to hearing from you!




Kind regards,

The Year 1 Team.


EAL Learning Opportunities

Friday 28th October.


Our EAL Team has provided some lovely learning opportunities for our children - please use the following URL, which when copied and pasted into the address bar will take you straight to the activities.


There is also a copy of the EAL Newsletter they sent out all about our new learning theme of "Let's Celebrate".


Kind regards,

The Year 1 Team.


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