Welcome to Swifts' class page!
Welcome our Virtual Classroom!  
Hello Swifts and families!  Mrs. O'Neill want to thank you for all of your continued hard work, support and patience throughout this period.  What a strange year it has been!  It has been great to see some of you back in Swifts Class recently.  To everybody else: we miss you lots but please keep in touch to let us know how you are doing!
Please note that we will continue to post daily maths and English lessons on the joint 'Year 1 Maths and English Resources' page.  Check in each day to watch the videos and do the activities.  Additional lessons, as well as other information, will still be on our Swifts web page.  Also, do continue to Doodle!
Although we won't be seeing you all in class, we absolutely love seeing photographs of your incredible work and adventures, so please keep them coming.
Keep working hard, keep smiling, and keep making your teachers so, so proud! :)
Kindest regards, 
Miss Fitzgerald 
Swifts' Virtual Classroom *
Tuesday 7th July
Today's jobs:
*Maths: To find half / To Doodle.
*English: To understand a text / To Doodle / To read.
*Phonics: To know the prefix'un' / To do a quiz. 
*Music: To describe sounds.
*Computing: To code. (From Monday.)
To find half
Please see 'Year 1 Maths and English Resources' page.
To understand a text (a reflective recount)
Please see 'Year 1 Maths and English Resources' page.
To  know the prefix 'un'

A prefix is a letter, or a group of letters, that are put on the beginning of a word.  This changes the meaning of the word.  Today, we are thinking about the prefix 'un'.  Read the story and note down the 'un' words, thinking about meanings.

Spelling Homework:
To learn your new spelling words: compound words.
-Choose some words.
-Read the words, decoding carefully.
-Check that you know the meanings.
-Copy the words out, thinking about handwriting.
-Write the words from memory - check that you are right.
-Try to use the words in sentences.
Spellings are due in by Wednesday.
To describe sounds
We can describe sounds in lots of ways.  They might be high, loud, soft or long.  Use my resource sheet to further explore this idea.
To code  (From Monday.)

Access Discovery Education Coding at:


Log in: student35491

Password: bramcode

You will begin to work on unit 1b (Simple Inputs).  Do Lesson 5 - My own app.

Nifty Swifties!
Want to be inspired?  Take a look at this work done by the amazing children in Swifts! 
***   Daily Doodlers   ***
Remember that you should be Doodling around 5 times per week. 
These children have used DoodleMaths 5 times (or more) since 29th June.  That's INCREDIBLE!  Well done to:
 Abinaa, Kunwar, James, Teodor, Aadhya, Jack, Olive, Zahara, Ellis, Anastasia, Aizah, Adeel, Aminah and Aminah!
What's your play streak?
Writing - key skills to practise
  • Perfect your letter formation or joining.
  • Write the Year 1 Common Exception Words from memory.
  • Write the days of the week from memory - remember capital letters.
  • Write unfamiliar words by counting phonemes (sounds) and then word building.
  • Say a simple sentence and then write it.  E.g. The cat is on the mat.
  • Practise using adjectives (describing words).  E.g. The black cat is on the shabby mat.
  • Use capital letters to start sentences and for days, names of people and places.  E.g. Jake went to Luton last Thursday.
  • Use full stops to end your sentences.
  • Practise writing questions.  E.g. Where do you live?
  • Practise reading your work through, checking for sense and accuracy.
Reading - key skills to practise
  • Decoding words by segmenting and blending.
  • Quickly reading 'sight words' from memory.  E.g. what and said.
  • Reading and rereading sentences/pages to improve flow and expression.
  • Making reasoned predictions when reading new texts.  E.g. I think he will...because...
  • Retelling stories, or part of stories, using the pictures.
  • Describing a character.  E.g. He has dark brown hair.  He is unkind because...
  • Thinking about characters' feelings.  E.g. He is probably excited because...
  • Answering Rex Retriever questions.  E.g. who/what/when/where?
  • Answering Vocabulary Victor questions.  E.g. Which word tells us...?
  • Answering Inference Iggy questions.  E.g. why/how?
For more help with questioning, please see the reading bookmark in your pack.
Maths - key skills to practise
  • Perfect your number formation.
  • Count on and back in 1s, from different starting numbers.  Work to 50.
  • Count up in 2s.  E.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10...
  • Count up in 5s.  E.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25...
  • Count up in 10s.  E.g. 10, 20, 30, 40, 50...
  • Order numbers in ascending (going up) and descending (going down) orders.
  • Compare 2 numbers using varied language.  E.g. more/bigger/greater/less/smaller/fewer than.
  • Compare 2 numbers using comparison symbols < = >.  E.g. 2321
  • Mentally add/take away.  Practise bridging through tens.  E.g. 23-4=
  • Use numberlines or squares to add/take away.
  • Represent your work using number sentences.  E.g. 12+4= , part whole diagrams, tallies or jottings (pictures).
  • Explore missing number/symbol.  E.g. 8+?=10  ?+10=12  15=5+?  20=?-10  22?8=30
  • Practise naming and describing 2D shapes.  E.g. It has 4 straight sides and they are of equal length.  It has 4 corners.  It is a square.
  • Explore using coins to make a total.  Start with pennies.  Can you write a sum?
  • Practise telling time to the nearest hour/quarter/5 minutes/minute.  Minutes 'to' are harder!
Doodle daily if you can!