South Brent Primary School

South Brent Primary School


Ongoing Activity:

Daily Reading with an adult: 10-15 minutes at a time.

Read, Read, Read and Read some more! 

Year 1's, don't forget to look on Spelling Shed for new spellings to practise (all linked to your phonics). I do check to see who has been working hard to earn those points yes



Friday 24th April 2020


Phonics Pop ICT game - choose: aw - ow - ew


Sentence unscramble


In order to open the treasure chest, you need to unscramble my 3 sentences. Read the words and write the sentences in order with a capital letter, full stop and clear finger spaces. 

Good Luck!


on     were  the    island. The    pirates


a      They map.  had  


treasure. them       led       It       the       to       


Now I would like you to write your own sentence....


What did the pirates do once they reached the treasure? 




Well done, you cracked the code and opened the treasure!


Thursday 23rd April 2020


Poop Deck Pirate Phonics game - click on Phase 5 - choose aw and ue - and go! 


What can you see through your pirate telescope?



Today, we are going to imagine we are on Sir Francis Drake’s ship, The Golden Hind, looking through our telescopes whilst keeping watch from the lookout.


We are going to use adjectives – descriptive words – to describe what we can see.


First, draw a circle (draw around something round to help you). Imagine this is your telescope and draw what you can see inside. Perhaps you can see an island in the distance, a shark, other pirate ships, the rough seas, or maybe even a mermaid? Now simply label what you have drawn.


Next, I would like you to write a couple of sentences to describe what you are looking at, including verbs in the present tense that end in –ing from yesterday's learning activity.


Start your writing with:

Through my telescope, I can see ___________________.


…the angry waves crashing.

beautiful mermaids sitting on rocks.

…a lonely palm tree standing tall.

…a marooned pirate strolling on an island.


Aim to write at least 3 different descriptive sentences but you can always extend yourself to write more! Then, underline your verbs in one colour and your adjectives in another.


Here is a couple of funny pictures to inspire your ideas.




Wednesday 22nd April 2020


Poop Deck Pirate Phonics game - click on Phase 5 - choose ew and au - and go! 


LO: Adding -ing to words to make new words. 


To start, in your workbooks, I would like you to add the suffix -ing to the words below (choose 5 or more): e.g. eating 



squawk   float   
sail fight
search walk
look sing
sleep climb


Remember all the words above are verbs - doing, having and being words. We add -ing to verbs when we are using the present tense. Stop and think throughout the day about all the 'verbs' you come across (brushing, drinking, washing, playing, writing, reading!) Your life is full of verbs!

You could extend yourself to write a list every time you come across a new one throughout your day...


Now, I would like you to choose some of the verbs you added -ing to and write a sentence - between 2-4 sentences would be good... it's up to you how many. 


The parrot is squawking at the pirates. 

The pirates are singing sea shanties. 


As always, remember capital letter, full stop, finger spaces and read it back.


Tuesday 21st April 2020


Daily Phonics Play - Buried Treasure - Phase 5 oy


To start, I would like you (the children) to carefully read the piece of text below (in green) - if you need to use your sounds to sound out and blend the words, then absolutely do so! Once you have read the text, I would like you to draw a picture to show what you have read - a bit like our Guided Reading sessions at school. Read and draw:


The wooden ship is sailing across the sea. It has a red flag at the top of the mast and a parrot perched on the lookout.  


Now, I would like you to edit my sentences below and re-write them with correct punctuation in your workbooks (you can do all three or just one... see how you feel!).  

Things to check and remember: capital letter to start a sentence, full stop to finish, neat letter-join handwriting, capital letter for names, and finger spaces between words. 


  1. pedro the pirate found a map that led him toa treasure chest
  2. he sailed his ship to an island but thesea was angry and rough
  3. his ship rocked from side to side and soon pedro was lost



Monday 20th April 


Phonics Play Buried Treasure - Phase 5 ea


To warm-up your English learning this morning, I would like you to sing your abc (remember to slow down when you reach the all important... l, m, n, o, p).

Then, I would like you to write the pirate themed words below in alphabetical order in your workbooks. 



Now, I would like you to write a WOW sentence about each of the pirate pictures below. Don't forget your capital letter, full stop and finger spaces... and, as always, be descriptive by adding those adjectives! 


E.g. The rugged, bearded pirate and his colourful parrot waved happily to the passing ships. 


Below are some words you may wish to use in your sentences:


Friday 17th April 2020 


Phonics Play Buried Treasure for some more real and nonsense words practise - Phase 5 - ie


To start off today's learning, I would like you to play a game using verbs an action. Call out verbs for your family (or vice versa) to act out and why not link this to pirates: scrub the deck - climb the rigging - swim to the island. 


If you haven't done so already, head to our 'wider curriculum' page first to see today's activity...hopefully with the help of your maps we can find and save Freddo from those pirates!


Now, I would like you to write a set of instructions for someone in your family to follow to find your very own X marks the spot! You could make this treasure before hand, using an egg box like the craft below, or perhaps you may choose to use a special cuddly's completely up to you.  



To write these set of instructions, you will need to include: 

  • a list of sentences in order - each instruction should have a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop
  • numbers for each instruction - 1, 2, 3...
  • time words e.g. first, next, after that, then, finally. 
  • bossy verbs e.g. 
  • positional language e.g. under, over, in, out, on, beside, beneath, above, below etc.
  • descriptive language 


You could also draw your own map to go with your instructions. Once you have written your instructions, see if a family member can follow them correctly to reach the hidden 'booty'! 


Thursday 16th April 2020


To start off our English today, I would like you to login to Letter-join to do a bit of handwriting practise. 


Then head on over to Phonics Play for another game of real and nonsense words - Phase 5 - ou.


A day in the life of a Pirate!


First of all, I would like you to add the past tense suffix -ed to the following words:









For your main activity today, I would like you to write in the past by thinking about you as a pirate and write a diary entry about what a pirate might do in a day.


Remember you are the one writing the diary so you must use the personal pronoun 'I' (always with a capital letter). Also, use time words to sequence your diary (e.g. first, next, after that...) and don't forget to use adjectives to create imagery for the reader.

Follow the template below to help you but be creative with your ideas - you could even include some pirate talk (see linked PDF below).


Dear Diary,


Today I... (Did you steer the ship? Find treasure? Fire canons at another ship? Scrub the deck? Sing sea shanties? Sit in the lookout tower?) 


I felt... (How did you feel today?) 


Speak again tomorrow,

(your pirate name) 


Wednesday 15th April 2020


Before we get started, head on over to Phonics Play to have a go on their Buried Treasure game to practise real and nonsense words. Today, I would like you to focus on Phase 5 - ay


If you haven't done so already, look at our 'wider curriculum' page to get stuck into the creative activity I have given you first as that is going to set us up for our English learning today. 



Now that you are your very own pirate character, we are going to write a character description.


  1. First, I would like you to draw a picture of you as your pirate and label the key features (e.g. hook, eye patch etc.). 
  2. Next, give your pirate character a name. 
  3. Then, write a short paragraph (with clear sentences) all about your pirate. Think about including: 
    • What your pirate looks like.
    • What your pirate says - any key phrases?
    • What your pirate does. 
    • Does your pirate have a pet?
    • What are their likes/dislikes?
    • What are their strengths/weaknesses? 


As always, remember you always need: capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, neat handwriting and read it back! 




Tuesday 14th April 2020


Before we set sail on our voyage with our Pirate text for our non-fiction learning (to be revealed...), I would like you to reflect on your Easter weekend spent with your close family at home. Just like we do for our morning activity in the classroom, I would like you to write a WOW sentence!


In this sentence I would like you to include the following:

  • Capital letter to start and full stop to finish (or exclamation mark if needed for effect).
  • Spaces between words.
  • Neat letter-join letters.
  • At lease one adjective to describe.
  • Use 'and' to join two sentences together. 
  • Oh and always read it back!


Here's mine to help you (although I can't show you my best cursive handwriting):


We went for a beautiful Easter morning walk along the river with our dog and Efren hunted for yellow, chirpy chicks in our sunny garden.  


Don't forget to draw a lovely picture to represent your sentence too.




Friday 27th March 2020



Read your book to a grown-up every day.  Tell them what you think might happen next – make predictions.



L.O. (Learning Objective):   I can form the letters c and o correctly and can write them a consistent size.


Log on to letterjoin (username:south  password:brent).  Go to 'Free Play' then  ‘easy letters’, then to the letters c and o.

Watch the demonstration and have a go on the screen if you are using a tablet. 

You might like to practise the same letters with a different background just for fun.  For example, on the menu, go to ‘Fun’ and experiment.  Remember to form your letters correctly though!


Then, ask a grown-up to draw a few lines in your book so that you can practise these letters with a pencil.

Start by writing some super neat letter ‘c’ s (no need to write a whole line, aim for about 10 very carefully written ones) and then some super neat ‘o’s.

Remember we are not joining our letters yet, but we are aiming to form them correctly and to keep them the same size.


Have a go at writing each of the following words 3 times.  Make sure you are sitting straight and trying your best.  Do a tiny tick next to the words you are most proud of!






Well done everyone!




Username: march20

Password: home


Play the Dragon’s Den game (on their popular list) and then choose a phase and the sounds that you are practising in your current reading book.  Have fun!

Thursday 26th March 2020



Read your book to a grown-up every day.  Tell them what you think might happen next – make predictions.



Today’s activity

L.O. (Learning Objective):   I can use my imagination to write a short story.


Read your story through so far.  What adventures you’ve had!  smiley  We are going to add one last part to our stories today.


Imagine that you have discovered that every time you jump you grow a centimetre taller!  What will you do?  Do you want to grow back to your usual size or do you want to stay the size of a spoon?  Why?  You may even decide that you want to keep jumping and turn into a giant!  You decide.  Write and draw about what you decide to do and what happens.


Always check your work for:

  • finger spaces
  • capital letters
  • full stops
  • and does it make sense?


Here is a link to the Year 1 common exception words (you would have been given a copy of this at the beginning of the year).  Check your work to ensure that these words are spelt correctly.  Find a purple pen (or another colour) to make any corrections, just like we do at school. cool

Super work everyone!

Wednesday 25th March 2020



Read your book to a grown-up every day.  Tell them what you think might happen next – make predictions.


Today’s activity

L.O. (Learning Objective):   I can use my imagination to write a short story.

I wonder where you have chosen to sleep and eat now that you are only the size of a spoon?!  Read your work from yesterday to remind yourself what you wrote.  I’m sure you did brilliantly!


Today we are going to add the next part to our stories……


Oh dear!  Today, there’s going to be a big problem! surprise


It might be that your pet is heading towards you……how do you feel with this huge animal towering over you?  What will you do?  What happens? 


Or maybe, you desperately want some food.  You can see some, but how do you reach it?  How do you get it without falling?  Describe what the food is and how much of it you eat – remember, you are only the size of a spoon!


Draw a picture and write what happens.  Make it exciting!


Always check your work for:

  • finger spaces
  • capital letters
  • full stops
  • and does it make sense?

Tomorrow we will add the final part to our stories. Have fun!

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Good morning everyone!


Spelling Shed

Daily practise


Yesterday’s activity

How did you get on with putting the food items into alphabetical order?

Well done if you arranged them in this order:





ice cream




Super work if you added some words of your own, particularly if they started with the same letter and you had to compare the second letters of the words. smiley smiley



Today’s activity

L.O. (Learning Objective):   I can use my imagination to write a short story.

Over the next three days we are going to use our imagination to create a short story. 


Imagine you wake up one morning to discover that you have shrunk to the size of a spoon!   Look around your house and decide where you would sleep, what you would use for a bed, a table, a chair etc…. 

I think I would sleep on top of the pile of tea towels in the kitchen drawer as it looks cosy in there, but what would I use as table?  How about you?

Draw a picture of yourself in your small bed or using your minute table and write some sentences about it.  Can you describe how it feels and how you manage to climb in?  Use your imagination!  Do you like being tiny?  Why?  


Always check your work for:

  • finger spaces
  • capital letters
  • full stops
  • and does it make sense? Read it back. 


Tomorrow we will add to our story. Have fun!



Monday 23rd March 2020

Good morning everyone! Here we go...



Read your book to a grown-up everyday this week. 

LO: Tell them what you think might happen next - make predictions. 



L.O. (Learning Objective):   I can put food items into alphabetical order.


Following on from our work on the alphabet last week, can you put this shopping list into alphabetical order?  (Use your handwriting sheet in your home learning book to help you.)



ice cream






Can you add some of your own food items?  What would you do if they begin with the same letter?