Click here for a video message from the Captain of Colchester United Football Club, Luke Prosser.

Home Learning

BBC Bitesize have uploaded daily lessons for parents and children to access. If you would like to have a look and complete some of the activities then click here for the link.

STEM have released free online access to a variety of activities that include cross-curricular activities, Science, Maths, DT and Computing. Click here for the link.

See tabs below for extra ideas of work that you can complete at home.

Don't forget to go on Mathletics and Bug Club too.

If you fancy something different then the following celebrities are doing online learning each day:

10 am- Maths with Carol Vorderman

Click here for link

 11 am- English with David Walliams

Click here for link

12 pm - Cooking with Jamie Oliver

Click here for link

1 pm- Music with Myleene Klass

Click here for link

1.30 pm- Dance with Darcey Bussel

Click here for link 

Miss Oram's Creative Challenge!

Create a miniature garden in a tray using materials from your garden and small world toys.
I look forward to seeing your pictures on the school website!

Raspberry Class - Year 1

You are all superstars! Well done! Stay safe and enjoy yourself.

Raspberry class are currently working hard at home. Scroll towards the bottom of our page to see some of their amazing work completed so far.

To see our long term plan click here.


We follow the letters and sounds scheme to teach phonics. We recap phase 3 and learn phase 4 and 5 in year 1. We have 4 phonics lessons each week which include reading, writing and playing phonics games.

Click here to see high frequency words taught in year 1.

Click here to see tricky words.

Click here to see the list of sounds that we learn.

Click here to see common exception words taught in year 1.

Click here for access to phonicsplay. This is a useful website for fun phonics games.

Get Witham Reading

MP Priti Pattel has set a challenge for children and young people across her constituency to read as many books as they can by Friday 3rd  July 2020.
Anyone participating in this challenge can email her office at
with the list of books they have read and a short summary of which was their favourite
and why by Friday 3 July 2020. It would be useful if every entry has the child’s name, age and school included. Every child who participates will receive a certificate of participation and the winner of the most books read and best summary will receive a prize.
Alternatively, if children do not wish to participate in this challenge, they can participate
in Get Witham Reading by writing a book review or a poem and sending this to her office

A normal day at school

 If you want, you can use this as a guideline but adapt it to suit you. 

-  A morning activity (15min).  Handwriting - Practise letter formation and spelling common words.

  - Letters and Sounds (20 min) Learn a new sound each day; read it, spell it, write it in words, write words with the new sound in sentences. Click here to see all sounds from phase 2 to 5. Recently, we have been learning phase 4 and 5 in school. You could do a little test at the end of the week to see what sounds you remember. Click here to access phonicsplay which is a great resource to use to learn phonics.

- Maths (1 hour)  

- Break (15 min)

- English (1 hour) 

 - Lunch (1 hour)

- Mental Maths (15 min)  A quick maths arithmetic to consolidate previous learning. Click here for some ideas.

Foundation subject (1 hour). This could be one of the project tasks set in the home learning books or an activity from the Geography, History, PSHE or Science tabs below.

- Reading (20 min) Remember to practise reading a piece of text lots of times to develop fluency. 

Also talk about what you have read, discuss the sequence of events and look at the meaning of vocabulary. What was your favourite part and why?

(Added 18.5.20) A series of reading/writing activities

Follow the links below to complete activities based on poems and stories. You do not have to complete these all in one week. Do as much as you can.

Day 1 – Read and enjoy a poem and sequence the events.

Day 2 – Read more poems and consider the rhymes. Identify pairs of rhyming words.   

Day 3 – Listen to a repetitive story, sequence the events, using the repeated phrases.

Day 4 – Listen to a different version of the same story and compare the two versions. Re-tell the second version using actions.

Day 5 – Use the stories as stimulus for letter writing, thinking about features of letters.   

(Added 12.5.20) Adding the prefix ‘un’

Discuss what a prefix is (letters added to the beginning of a root word to change its meaning). Talk about how the prefix ‘un’ changes the meaning of words (the opposite of its root word). For example tidy and untidy. Complete the activity sheet here to practice spelling words with the prefix ‘un’. They are differentiated activities beginning with the easiest to the hardest.

(Added 12.5.20) Story writing: write a story based in space.

Plan your story by filling in the story mountain with an opening, build up, dilemma, resolution and an ending. You can then begin to write your story. Try to spend at least 20 minutes writing different parts of your story each day to ensure quality writing. You can use the word mat below to help you with spelling. Have a look at the story checklist to see if you have included all of the features of a space story. You could write your story in your home learning book or use the space themed pages below.

Story mountain                 Word mat                            Story checklist

Space themed pages

I look forward to reading your stories!

Below are links to English activities that you could do in addition to or instead of the BBC bitesize lessons if you wish to. 

English activities, including fun practical activities

Creative writing prompts (added 28.4.20)

Common exception words writing booklet (added 28.4.20)

Fiction reading comprehension (added 28.4.20)

Non fiction reading comprehension (added 28.4.20)

Poetry reading comprehension (added 28.4.20)

Adjective alphabet (added 23.3.20)

Correct the sentences (added 23.3.20)

Plurals (added 23.3.20)

Plurals (es) (added 23.3.20)

Making sentences (added 23.3.20)

Adjectives (added 23.3.20)

Verbs and adverbs (added 23.3.20)


Please make sure you are doing physical exercise daily.

Click here to find some cricket challenges that you could try with any ball at home.

Joe Wicks is leading a PE lesson at 9 am every morning on his youtube channel 'The Body Coach TV'.

Active Essex have put together a timetable of exercise classes, including PE lessons for children. Click here to see what fun activities you could try.

Click here to see more initiatives from Active Essex that will support the whole family.

Check out ColchesterSSP twitter page for weekly activities to keep active.

Here is a link to Twinkl's home learning hub where you can gain access to a physical activity log and some 5 minute move workout cards.

During Year 1 we have learnt about animals, including humans, materials and signs of Autumn and Winter. Please find links below for activities linked to these units.

Animals, including humans (added 28.4.20)

Everyday materials (added 28.4.20)

Seasonal change (added 28.4.20)

Our summer topic for Science is plants. Please find activities below that are related to this.

Sequence how a plant grows (added 19.5.20) There are two differentiated activities on this document. One has the sentences already matched to the pictures and the other one you need to match the sentences to the pictures yourself. Alternately you could draw your own sequence of how a plant grows and write sentences to explain each stage.

If you fancy doing a science investigation then why not try one of the investigations below. Remember to take lots of photos and email them to me. You could also record your results by writing them in a chart, table or a few sentences. Have fun, I look forward to seeing your results. (Added 11.5.20)


Fireworks in a glass

Fun with density

Lava lamp

(Added 14.5.20) 'Being Kind'

Click here to find resources to complete related to learning about being kind.

Harold has been busy

If you would like to see Harold from CORAM life education and find out what he has been up to then click here to read his daily diary.

Harold has set himself a 2.6 challenge linked to the London Marathon. His challenge is to think of 26 songs to sing at the weekend. Harold would like some help to create his list of songs, so if you have a suggestion then you can email him the song name and the artist who sings it. His email is REMEMBER to ask an adult first before emailing!

If you would like to know more about the 2.6 challenge then click here. Maybe you could set your own challenge and post what it is on our class comment box or send a photo of you completing your challenge to me by email. I set myself a challenge to complete 26 different exercises in 26 minutes and completed it this morning... I felt great after! I look forward to seeing and hearing about your challenges.

Try the 'it's good to talk' activity set by Harold. Put down your tablets, switch off the TV and find out your family member's interests. Click here to access questions to ask one of your family members and see if you have any in common.

Click here to find a home learning pack related to 'Keeping myself healthy'. 

Click here to find a home learning pack related to 'Staying safe online'. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find another link to videos and activities that you can complete. Click on 'If you are age 5 to 7, these will be great for you!' There is also a reward chart that could be helpful to use at home.

(W/b 25.5.20) Objective: to explore the history of Tiptree Jam Factory

Tiptree Jam Factory is a great asset for the village of Tiptree. You could research history of the Jam factory and create a poster of information that you have learned. Click here for a link to the factory website to find out when and how the factory opened. You could also create a timeline of key events, for example what year the Wilkins family started fruit farming, when the first Tiptree preserves were made, the year 400 pickers were employed, when the 'Old Age Relief Fund' was started etc.

I look forward to seeing what you have learned.

(W/b 11.5.20) Objective: to explore the life of Queen Victoria

Key facts:

  • Queen Victoria was Queen of England for 63 years.

  • She lived for 81 years and Britain became a very different country during her time.

  • When Victoria became queen, children had to go out to work. By the time she died, children went to school.

  • A long period of history is named after her - the Victorian Age

Click here to find out more about Queen Victoria and try the activity by putting the cards in the correct order. You could also create a fact file, a poster about Queen Victoria or use this significant individual writing frame.

(W/b 4.5.20) Objective: To identify why Neil Armstrong is significant

Click here to find out about Neil Armstrong and what he did. You could create a fact file or poster to show what you have learnt. Please see below for templates that you could use for your fact file or poster or you could get creative and think of your own way to present the information.

Fact file


I look forward to seeing what you have learnt.

(W/b 11.5.20) Objective: To locate landmarks in our local area.

Discuss what landmarks are (an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognised from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location) and ask your child if they know of any famous landmarks in the world. E.g. The London Eye, Big Ben, The Pyramids in Egypt.

Find landmarks in your local area. If you have access to a map then you can use this or use google maps. You could also complete this activity on a walk or bike ride around your local area. If you are using a map then you could explain the key features on the map and how to use it (key, title, symbols, compass directions, colour code).

Click here to find two activity sheets to complete by finding key landmarks in your local area and naming the road where they are located.

(W/b 4.5.20) Objective: To recognise human and physical features and understand what our local area is like.

What is your local area called? What do you know about your local area? What do you like/dislike about it? You can discuss and write down ideas or draw pictures of what you can see in your local area. Are these physical (natural things that grow e.g. hills, bodies of water, plants, trees) or human features (things that are man-made)?

Talk about different types of land use, physical and human features of the local area using key vocabulary. Click here for physical features vocabulary. Click here for human features vocabulary.

Talk about any connections to other places/towns/cities connected or twinned with where you live.

Fancy a challenge? You could draw a map of your local area. Start by drawing a map of your street. You could then choose your favourite part of where you live, for example a local park or woodland and draw a map to show what human and physical features are evident there.

Well done to everyone keeping busy at home and learning lots of new things.

Keep up the great work everyone!

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Victoria Barrett(less than a week ago)

Great video! Had me in tears this morning! Miss you all too!

Miss Branch(about a week ago)

Mason- I'm looking forward to hearing about your science project. Fantastic job with fast maths. Keep up the great work!

Mason T(less than a month ago)

Hi Miss Branch hope everyone is well. Mason is still working through our key stage 1 work books. We have done English today, we are still wait to see how our last science project pans out, we learnt about plants and what leaves and sunlight do, we have chosen 3 plants in the garden and covered half a leaf on each with tin foil and secured with a paper clip and on the 18th it will be two weeks so we can take them off and see! Mason was too clever with fast maths l5. He noticed the pattern on the second lot of sums so did it fast 1min 55secs first time, level 4 was tricky for him, took a couple of attempts but got it in just over 6 mins, we are yet to look at level 6. Stay safe everyone

Miss Branch(less than a month ago)

Vanessa and Ava- all done for you. Keep up the great work Ava!

Miss Branch(less than a month ago)

Chloe- well done for working on your writing, it sounds like you're doing a great job. Good job with your maths, it's always a bonus when you can eat the resources at the end! I look forward to hearing about how much rain you collect in your rain gauge. Have a great weekend.

Vanessa(less than a month ago)

Morning Miss Branch. Hope you are well. Please could Ava have some more mathletics (bonds to 10 & 20 still need practice and arrays). She's loving mathletics & earning coins rather than any work I'm asking her to do. More books on bug club too please if possible. Thanks, Vanessa

Chloe(about a month ago)

Morning Miss Branch, so far this week, Chloe has been trying really hard with her writing - smaller and neater! She also made some yummy jam tarts and wrote down the ingredients and how she made them. She has been completing maths worksheets with number bonds to 10 and 20. We use raisins or nuts to help us which makes her work faster so she can eat them! We have also made a rain gauge and we are going to measure later how much water fell yesterday.

Vanessa(about a month ago)

Love the friends alliteration pic, may have to pinch this idea.

Miss Oram(about a month ago)

Hi Raspberry Class! I hope that you are all well and safe at home. I have loved looking at all your photos that you have sent in -you have all been so busy which is fantastic! Missing you all-stay safe. Best wishes Miss Oram

Miss Branch(about a month ago)

Mason- what times have you been achieving on your fast maths? I have just sent out levels 5 and 6 on marvellous me. That's a lovely thing to do for your elderly neighbours. It's great to have community spirit and help to cheer people up! Well done Mason

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 PE is on Mondays and Thursdays.

Please keep reading diaries and reading books in book bags every day.

Reading morning is every Friday morning from 8.30 am to 8.45 am

Our learning behaviours are: Make Good Choices, Learn Together, Stay Focused, Be Proud, Show Respect, Never Give Up.


Reading - Please read with your child at least 3 times each week. Remember you can earn your 50 reads, 100 reads and 200 reads certificates.

Click here to access bug club.

Spelling - New spellings will be sent home every Friday.  Practise these ready for the spelling test the following Friday. Try and practise writing spelling words in a sentence too, as this will help you learn them.

Maths - Maths games will be sent home for you to play with an adult and you will record this in your maths games diary.

Click here to access matheltics.