Dear Year 1,

I hope you’re all keeping well and being good. Mrs Maddison 2 and I have been in school cleaning and setting up our classroom. It looks a bit different but still reminds us of all of you. We’ve put up the lovely pictures of things you’ve been doing at home so that we can see your lovely smiling faces every day.

I hope you’ve loved our dinosaur topic! I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the super work you’ve been doing at home. Keep it up!

This week I wanted to share some more English and Maths with you.


Did you enjoy learning about Mary Anning? Did you watch the video about her? (   and )

If we had been in school we would have watched it together again. I would have asked you to imagine that you were Mary Anning and write a postcard to family about what you had discovered (we would have practiced writing in the 1st person). Then we would have decorated the front of our postcards and put them up around the classroom. I wonder if you can write a postcard and send it to me at school (you could pretend to be Mary Anning and tell me all about what you have discovered).

We also would have done some work on Carnivores. We would have looked at Explanation Texts – writing that tells us about things and why or how they are used. We would have chosen a dinosaur that was a carnivore; I’ll bet you would have all voted for a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Then we would have labelled all of the parts that were special to carnivores e.g. teeth, strong tail, claws.

I wonder if you can list any features of a carnivore dinosaur. Then we would have written about what they were used for using some special conjunctions. I wonder if you can write some sentences about the features of a carnivorous dinosaur. (I’ve got some herbivore one’s for you to see).

A Tyrannosaurus Rex has sharp teeth so that ……….

A Tyrannosaurus Rex has a strong tail because …….


In Maths we would have continued with measures. This week we would have looked at ‘Volume and Capacity’. We would have worked on finding things that were full, half full and empty. We would have searched around school for things that hold the most liquid (water) and the least. We would have had to find different containers to hold enough water to feed the dinosaurs.

I wonder if you can find any containers in your house or garden.

We would have worked on an investigation on volume and capacity using these questions:

  • Which one is the largest?
  • Which one is the smallest?
  • Which one do you think will hold the most water?
  • Did any of them hold the same amount?
  • Did any of them surprise you?
  • How do you know how much water they fit inside?
  • How could you measure?
  • How many cups of water does it take to fill a bucket?

I wonder if you can answer any of these questions at home. Whilst the weather is fine maybe you could try them in your garden?

If you do any of our Dinosaur activities at home please don’t forget to ask your grown up to send them to our email address. Then I can see all of the amazing things you’ve been up too!

Remember be good, be brave and keep smiling!

Love Mrs Maddison xx