Homework Bits and Bobs


Literacy Web Links

In Year One, children are developing their writing skills using phonics for spelling and learning to check their work for sense. They should be forming simple sentences and beginning to think about extending them with some basic detail or simple conjunctions (and, but, because).

In Year Two, children are expected to read and write more sustained pieces in a variety of styles - stories, factual writing, instructions and poetry. You can help them by making sure they are secure in the basics, particulalry being able to write in sentences. Each sentences needs a capital and some punctuation (usually a full stop) and should contain one clear idea. If it is more than one idea, it needs a joining word like and, but or because, or so on.

Once they are secure in the basics, encourage your child to really develop their style by adding description (they can use adjectives and even adverbs) and really using the most interesting vocabulary they have. As they progress, they might also want to try new punctuation like exclamation marks, question marks and even speech marks.

Our Literacy Groups might find the following websites really useful (and fun):

Bug Club Reading Scheme:

Bug Club E-Books (Don't forget the school code, qcs6)

Capital Letters:

Magic Capitals

Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives:

Parts of Speech - feed the fish, feed the spider and whack the robot!

Big Brown Bear


Word Invasion

Grammar Games (this does go beyond what we have covered, but the first 3 challenges are ok).




Numeracy Web Links

These are the main topics which we cover during the course of Key Stage One (Year One AND Two), listed alphabetically for ease of navigation. We have produced a list of useful websites – mainly games – which will help you and your child practise the topics from their Numeracy lessons. Many of them can be accessed at different levels, so please feel free to adjust the games to make them easier or harder as required. Simply hover over each activity name to discover the link.

Please be advised that there are many concepts which are great to practise any time because children have already been introduced to them early in Year 1 – adding and subtracting and any basic number work on place value, ordering etc., as well as shape, basic graph work and money. There are however a few concepts which are introduced for the first time in Year 2 and which might confuse children if covered at home before they meet them in class. Always check with your child of their teacher as to whether they’re familiar with something, especially if they seem unsure.

2D & 3D Shape

BBC Bitesize Shape Sorter (also includes fractions)

2D Shape Facts (also includes symmetry)

Guess The Hidden 2D Shape: Version 1 & Version 2

Label the 2D Shape: Basic & Advanced

Sort the 2D Shapes

2D and 3D Shapes Explanation

Find the Buried 3D shape                      


Interactive 100 Square

A whole range of addition games from ICT games, covering a range of styles (number lines, abacus/beads, mental maths, missing number problems) and a range of different abilities.

Octopus Game – to give a number which is 10 more.


Jack the Builder


Whack A Mole – great for skip counting in 2s, 5s or 10s. Just adjust the slider and count on in jumps from the number at the top.

Skip Counting in 2s

Skip Counting in 3s

Skip Counting in 5s

Skip Counting in 10s

Data Handling

Snail Racing Graph

Pictogram (Most Popular Snack) – create a graph together (made up or real…ask all your relatives!) and then get your child to answer questions about the data.

Favourite Pets Grapher – deals in tallies, pictograms, block graphs etc.

Days, Months and Seasons

Children should be familiar with the order of the days of the week. They must also learn the order of the months of the year and have an understanding of the weather in each season and at least a basic knowledge of when in the year they occur.

Months of the Year Song


You can practise division by sharing, using any small objects or pieces of food (sweets, grapes etc). and sorting into equal groups. E.g. 24 Smarties shared between 6 people. How many each?

You can also draw representations of this, with circular sets and dots and so forth.

Sharing UFOs

Doubles and Halves

Please, when practising doubles and halves, constantly reinforce that they are opposites. That is to say, if you know double five is ten, you know half of ten is five.

Domino Doubles

Robin Hood Doubles: To Ten & Beyond Ten

Partitioning To Double – click the partitioning number to see the tens and units in a number and double each part separately (advanced).

Doubles and Halves Game


Fraction Potions - match the written fractions to their picture pair

Fractions Booster Activity

Fractions Tutorial

Naming Fractions

Visualising Fractions


Jack the Builder

Harbour Measurement

Measure the Fish – longer than/shorter than with non-standard measures

Post Office Weighing and Measuring (Advanced)

Measure It – please play the cm versions.

Mass (Weighing)

Jack the Builder

Harbour Measurement

Mostly Postie


Post Office Weighing and Measuring (Advanced)


A range of useful games from ICT Games – begin with coin recognition and work up through simple addition through to more complex totals and even giving change. Please help your child select an appropriate game for their level.


You can practise multiplication by many lots of the same amount. E.g. Four lots of five lego men makes how many? Your child can then make them and count them, either one by one if needed, or by skip counting in fives.

You can also draw representations of this, with circular sets and dots and so forth.

Multiple Fish

Repeated Sets

Arrays – arrays are ways of arranging counters to show that multiplication can be done in any order. Click the sum to reveal the missing numbers.

Apple Arrays

Odd and Even

Skip Counting with Odd Numbers

Dragon Map – collect the odd/even numbers

Ordering Numbers

SAS Number Sort – a number ordering game

Caterpillar Slider – a number ordering game

Saucer Sorter – instructions given at beginning of game

Place Value (Hundreds, Tens and Units)

This is possibly one of the most important concepts we cover, as understanding the value of different parts of a number is essential to many of the others skills, especially ordering, adding and subtracting. Please practise this as often as possible until your child in fully secure. If any parents are struggling with place value, please speak to us so we can help you.

Shark Numbers – look at the equipment on screen (tens rods and units cubes) to decide on the number.

Lifeguards – promotes understanding of tens and units.

Dino Place Value – build the number from its tens and its units.


Maths Match – match the underlined digit to its value.

Scooter Quest – deliver the paper to the house with the right number of tens or units (ones).

Place Value Pac Man – Pac Man must eat the ghost with the correct values. Works with hundreds numbers: Version 1 & Version 2.


We like to help children to understanding rounding with the rhyme:

One, two, three, four, round down to the ten before,

Five, six, seven, eight, nine, round up on the number line.

Rounding Game

Helipad Hops – read the number, click forward or backwards the amount needed to the nearest ten (you cannot skip this step…we’ve tried!) and then click the correct helipad.

Subtraction (Take Away)

Interactive 100 Square

A whole range of subtraction games from ICT games, covering a range of styles (number lines, abacus/beads, mental maths, missing number problems) and a range of different abilities.


Symmetry Game

Shape Symmetry Sort

Reflective Symmetry in Patterns – press “random” or generate your own pattern. Make it symmetrical! (Click multiple times to change the colour).

Reflective Symmetry in Shapes

Telling the Time

Cat Clock – cute interactive clock.

Stop the Clock – O’Clock

Stop the Clock – O’Clock and Half Past with Digital

Stop the Clock – O’Clock, Half Past and Quarter Hours with Digital

Hickory Dickory Dock – tell the time on an analogue clock to the quarter hour.

Bang on Time – telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.



Book Reviews:

You can look at a sample book review at the bottom of the page. Come and ask us for printed A3 versions if you need one.


  1. Year 1 Bug Club Review
  2. Lucy and the Seaweed