Thursday, 21 May 2020

Year One - Friday 22nd May 2020

Today we see our final day of this half term and you have a very well-deserved break next week. 

Year 1 and Year 2 would have been having some sessions in school with Collette from The Wye & Usk Foundation. They have very kindly created some activities that we can still engage with at home. So today will take part in the first two sessions. All the activities can be found at:


Session 1:  

The video clip and worksheet provide a simple, interactive introduction to, or recap of, the water cycle.  It's the first in a series of brief videos which will focus on various aspects of rivers, water quality, species, wildlife, food chains, adaptations, life cycles, pollution, human impacts etc.  It starts by setting the scene for children, that we have a great variety of wildlife in and around rivers because they are full of water. Next, it asks the question how does the water get into the river?                                                                                                                              

The water cycle is explored and explained as the children copy the active interpretation of the different stages.  Key words: source, precipitation, evaporation, condensation, estuary  

All you need to do:  

Watch the video clip and copy the actions of the water cycle.  

Did you/they like doing it? What about the jokes? Rubbish!                                                                                      

 Chat about what else children know about rivers and their wildlife.                                  

 Discuss/recap new words to ensure they know what they mean.                                                                             

Read through activity sheet with children, so they can complete the tasks on it.  You don't need to print the sheet out. 

Session 2: Kitchen Science! 

Session Two looks at the science of the water cycle. The video shows two different ways you can make a water cycle. The emphasis is on actually doing a simple science experiment.  It aims to encourage the children to think scientifically, working out how to set up their experiment, predicting what might happen, then seeing if the predictions came true.  After the experiment, we think about rivers, the water and wildlife in them. We wonder about the fact that sometimes rivers and streams are dirty/polluted.  How does pollution happen? Litter isn't part of the water cycle; we don't see crisp packets as a kind of precipitation.                                                                                                                                                              

 Key words: precipitation, evaporation, condensation, pollution                                                                        

 All you need to do: Watch the video clipRead through the activity sheet with children, decide when they can do the experiment and which water cycle they will make. It works best when it's sunny! Before starting, chat about how they will record what happens in their experiment, will they write, draw or photograph what they see.  

Do the experiment with them, keep checking on it every 30mins, recording the time when you first see condensation and then precipitation.            

SNEAKY TIP: to see condensation/precipitation quickly, use warm water!                                                     

 You don't need to print the activity sheet.   

Please share any work you do with us via pupil folders, email and/ or twitter. Don't forget to include us @trellechprimary and @WUFoundation, we would love to see what we have been up to! 

Literacy: This week we see an alternative Hay Festival and whilst the workshops available are a little old for us. We would love you to read your favourite book, share a book review so others might choose to read your book of choice and tell us about your favourite author.  


Today I have been able to add the Big Maths Challenges to our Class Folder within our Hwb Classroom.                                                                                                                                                          

There are 3 available: Clic, Learn Its and Safe- we usually complete CLic and Learn Its in Week One and SAFE during Week 2, so please don't feel you need to do them all today. They are there to check how the children are doing and identify any gaps in learning, so let them try on their own. The Learn Its should be completed in less than 2 minutes as it checks our recall of known number facts. I have also added an editable version to save you printing them off it helps. (In the pupil folder on Just2easy).  If you have any problems accessing them, please let me know and I can email them to you- ( 


Thankyou for all you are doing with your children to support their learning during these unprecedented times. The activities you are sharing has been amazing. So now enjoy your weeks break, have some time and stay safe. We will be back for the final half of the Summer Term on Monday 1st June.  

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