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IPC Homework Project- Autumn 2

Our IPC (International Primary Curriculum) topic this half term is The Magic Toymaker!

We will be learning all about toys from the past and how things have changed since then.

We will be testing the materials toys are made from in Science and finding out about different toys from around the world in Geography. We are even going to be making our own toy Christmas train!


Your homework challenge this half term is to create your very own cup and ball game!


The Cup and Ball was very popular in France during the 16th Century.

It was known as a 'Bilboquet'.

It developed into a craze during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st when it became known as a Cup and Ball. Apparently even the Queen herself enjoyed playing with this toy!

Please make your cup and ball game as glittery and colourful as you wish so we can put them on display!





Working Mathematically


By the end of year 1, children begin to solve simple problems involving addition and subtraction in familiar contexts, such as going shopping, using a range of hands-on equipment, symbols, images and pictures.  For example:











Children will identify and represent numbers using objects, pictures and models, such as the number line, and use ‘equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least.’ Children will accurately count numbers to, and across, 100 forwards and backwards from any given number with increasing understanding. They count, read, write and order numbers in numerals up to 100 and from 1 to 20 in words. When given a number, they can identify one more and one less. They can count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.












Children will understand known addition and subtraction facts within 20, including zero. They will demonstrate an understanding of multiplication and division through grouping and sharing using hands-on resources, pictorial representations and arrays (2, 5 and 10). They understand doubling and halving small quantities.












Through play and hands-on resources, children will find and name half and one quarter of objects, shapes and quantities.




Children will begin to measure using non-standard units (finger widths, blocks etc.) moving to standard units of measure (e.g. cm) using tools such as a ruler, weighing scales and containers. They will begin to record and compare measurements such as lengths and heights, mass and weight, capacity and volume using language such as long / short; heavy / light; full / half-full / empty. They will tell the time to the hour, half past the hour and be able to sequence events in chronological order using precise language (for example, before and after, next, first, today etc.). Children will recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes.



















Children will recognise and name common 2-D shapes, e.g. rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles, and 3-D shapes, e.g. cuboids (including cubes, pyramids and spheres) in different orientations and sizes. They will describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half and three quarter turns.













In English lessons, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a focus text – one for each half term.  Teachers follow the school’s Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) and apply into their own writing. 


Speaking and Listening


The children will become more familiar with and confident in using language in a greater variety of situations.  They will, for example:

  • Listen to and discuss a wide range of books and poems
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases
  • Learn some rhymes and poems to recite by heart
  • Discuss the meaning of words and extend vocabulary
  • Join in with discussions and explain their understanding
  • Change their speaking when taking on a role of a character during play




This part of the curriculum is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’. 


In Year 1, pupils continue to learn to read words using phonics as well as learning to recognise words that cannot easily be sounded out e.g. once.  For further information regarding the programme the school follows for phonics refer to this page Phonics




As well as being able to read words, children need to understand what they read and develop a life-long love of reading.  They will learn to do this through carefully structured activities using a wide range of high-quality books. They are encouraged to:


  • Make links between their own experiences and the story
  • Check that they understand what they are reading
  • Talk about the title and the main events
  • Predict what might happen before they read it
  • Join in with predictable phrases


The Library

We highly recommend you join the local library in Waltham Cross where the librarians will be able to help you take out more age-appropriate books for your child to have at home.






In Year 1 children develop their writing through the following areas:



  • Spell words using phonics
  • Learn commonly used whole words that are difficult to sound out
  • Spell the days of the week
  • Begin to look at patterns and rules















  • Hold a pencil correctly
  • Form letters and digits correctly and confidently
  • Leave spaces between words







  • Speak in whole sentences  
  • Write sequences of sentences
  • Re-read and check for sense
  • Develop a wide vocabulary
  • Use capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks
  • Join sentences with ‘and’






Meet the Teacher PowerPoint

Common Exception Word List

Year 1 - Maths Written Calculations Policy and Worksheets