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Monday 22nd June 2020

Good Morning Team Aitken! I hope you have had a good weekend and that you are all well.

Maths I am Learning to Subtract by regrouping 10s and 1s

Get your brains and bodies warmed up by good old Jack Hartmann! 

Watch this short video in which Miss Aitken explains how to regroup using pictures or jottings. You could try to do it with objects too! password Year1 

If a subtraction calculation is between a two digit number and a single digit number, you can often just take away from the 1s; 

12 – 1 = 11 (we only need to look at the 2 in 12 to take away 1) 

It is trickier to complete a subtraction calculation with regrouping the tens in the way we are doing today if; 

13 –5 = (because 5 is larger than the 3 in 13, so we would be crossing in to the 10’s). We are focussing on the previous types of calculations today, where we can successfully just subtract from the ones in a two digit number. But the first step is to group the tens.

Have a go at the question sheet that is attached below called Subtract by making 10. 


English Can I write a formal letter

Hopefully you enjoyed writing an informal letter (friendly, doesn’t have to be perfect, to a friend or family member) on Friday. Perhaps you drew some pictures to decorate it or included a photo. Maybe you even actually posted it!? If you would like to continue with that or finish it, please feel free to do so. 

Your next challenge for today and tomorrow is to write a formal letter. Think firstly about something you care about a lot. It could be that you wish to write to the council about rubbish being left on the beach, maybe you wish your local park had more play areas, perhaps you wish that the library could be open. Perhaps you want to write a thank you letter to an NHS or other Key workers to say thank you for their hard work during Covid-19 (thank you letters can be informal but make your one as formal as possible). You might like to pretend to be someone else like the queen or a scientist and send a letter to someone congratulating them on a new job or telling them they have been nominated for a prize. 
Revisit The Jolly Postman PDF file and look at slides 16 and 20. Read these two letters or ask you adult to help you read them (or fast forward in the video of me reading them). Your adults may have formal letters st home that they can share with you to show you how they are laid out and the type of language that is used. 

One of the formal letters in the book is to The Big Bad Wolf, letting him know some bad news about being in trouble. The other formal letter is to Cinderella letting her know some good news about a book that is being published about her life. Formal letters can be good news, bad news or just information. 

You will notice they use similar polite language; the spelling is all perfect (unlike Goldilocks’ lovely letter to the bears where she forgets to use her phonics tweaking and knowledge of tricky spellings and red words a bit, slide 4). 

Do you notice any other differences in the formal letters and Goldilocks’ informal letter? 

For your formal letter you should try to include the following features;

  • Formal greeting such as Dear or To Whom it May Concern, 

  • Address at the top right, or 

  • Letter head (optional, usually from the company, person or school who are sending the letter) 

  • Often formal letters are typed on a computer now 

  • Letter is finished off with a polite; ‘Yours Sincerely’ or ‘Yours Faithfully’ etc 

  • Then the name of the person who wrote the letter (you, or whoever you’re pretending to be) 

Use the Formal letter Checklist, the formal writing text example and the word mat to help you include as many of the correct features. There is also a word mat attached and an example text of the format of a formal letter. 

Today please write you formal letter by hand, tomorrow you can edit, correct and revise it and if possible, type it up on a computer, tablet or phone. 


RWI - I have included minimal detail for RWI this week. Please follow the YouTube videos for sounds, spellings and sentences.  

All videos are released at 9:30am and will be available for 24 hours only.  


If you are unsure about which set to follow please don’t hesitate to email to ask and I will guide you   

 Note: Please feel free to attempt the English tasks above on occasion too.   

Set 1 – e for egg 

Set 2 – ow blow the snow 

Set 3 – ear, hear with your ear + Reading longer words – igh/ i-e 


Helpful links for parents and carers    

And don't forget Miss Spurrier’s speed sounds for extra practice (accessible at any time as an option)   

RWI Set 1 sounds    

RWI Set 2 sounds    

RWI Set 3 sounds   

Red words   

Level 1 Red words:   

Level 2 Red words:    

Level 3 Red words:   



Continued... IK the features of the coast 

IK how to stay safe on the beach 

If it was possible, you may have visited the beach over the weekend. Which features did you notice? Share your pictures on Padlet if you can. 

The summer holidays are creeping closer, a time when traditionally we spend more time on the beach. So, today I would like you to focus on how to stay safe on the beach. 

Go through the sun-sea-and –beach-powerpoint and discuss all the things that you may need to stay safe on the beach. 

  • If you are going in the sea, which colour flags should you look out for?  
  • What kind of things should you wear on the beach especially if it’s a sunny day? 
  • What hazards should you look out for?

There is a board game for you to play if you are able to print it, or you could recreate your own based on the one attached. 

If you are revisiting the beach you can look out for the flags if the beach is monitored by the lifeguards. You might spot the orange boats that pass by every hour to check the sea and beaches, this is called the coast guard, they check that everyone is safe along the coast.  Think about what you are wearing, is it going to keep you safe from the sun? Are you going to play near the water? What do you need to be careful of? 

Today is more about getting familiar with safety elements of being at the seaside, tomorrow you'll be creating a poster!