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Welcome to the Year One page! 


We are always working hard in Year 1 and enjoy our learning. This is our official class page and we will make sure we update this regularly with our fantastic work and any  any important information you  may need.


Kind Regards,


Miss Murphy and Mrs Deocades


Learning about the Thrombo!


Today we had  a special  thrombo assembly where we learnt all about the mexcian spinning top. We had two speakers come in to talk to us and show us how to use the spinning tops. They showed us lots of fabulous tricks and the children were really interested in watching how they worked.


They are putting on lessons for children and there is a thrombo competition where children can learn the tricks and win prizes. There are posters up around the school giving more information about where the lessons are taking place and how to enter the competition.


We were all very impressed by the skills of the thrombo and the children seemed to really enjoy the assembly and engage with it. It is fantastic for the children to learn new skills and talents and we would urge as many of you as possible to let your child try out the lessons. 

The Gingerbread Man!


For the next two weeks we are learning all about the story of The Gingerbread Man. The children have learnt the story today in class and had great fun acting our the story and playing the different characters. 


They all listened really well and all the children played their part so well. Being the characters has really helped them to understand and engage with the story. We will be learning about this story in our English lessons and retelling the story so please ask you child about The Gingerbread Man at home. Listen to them tell you the story and enjoy!

Children in Need 2017!



Today we had a fantastic day to raise money for a very worth cause- Pugsy Bear and Children in Need! The theme was spots so the children all bout in £1 in exchange for wearing something spotty! Once again all the parents and children have been so supportive and we have raised nearly £200 for Children in Need.


We also held The Voice competition today where children battled it out singing to be crowned the voice of St Rose. There were 16 contestants from all all classes and they were all so brave singing in front of the whole school. I would like to say a special mention to Diba and Dallas who represented Year One- you were both fantastic and did us so proud!


Well done St Rose for yet another fantastic charity event. A very special thanks also to Miss Neville for organizing such a super day!




Star of the week!


For our star this week we have chosen Tareek for Year One. He has really impressed us these last few weeks with his rapid progress in his work and his commitment. Tareek is trying really hard to read his reading book every night and his reading is really improving as a result. This is also translating into his writing which is really coming on week on week. Tareek's dedication is really paying off and he has an excellent work ethic and desire to learn and do well.Well done Tareek- we are so proud of you!



Our stars so far have been:











Book Fair- 2017-2018!


The Book Fair has now arrived in our school and opens from tommorow ( Friday 10th November.) It will be in our school untilWednesday 15th November 2017 ( next week) So you need to make sure that you go and get your favourite books while you can!


Miss Purcell will be down in the hall every afternoon after school this week to help you purchase any books you might like for your child. The Book Fair will run from 3:15pm to 3:45pm and there are lots of fanstic books for your child to choose from!


The Years Ones went down to the hall today for a sneak peek at the books on display and they have already found lots they like! The books range from superheroes and lego to fairy princesses and ponies! the children are so excited about the book fair and it is so important to inspire and motivate our children to read for pleasure and enjoy reading.


Please take some time after school this week to go and have a look at the books we have on offer- the photos below show Year One having a browse already!

Remembrance Day!


Today we had a  Remembrance Day Reflection hosted by Year Six. We learnt about the soldiers who have lost their lives in the wars and we had a two minute silence as a school to remember those we have lost.


The children were all extremely respectful and enjoyed learning about our fallen soldiers as well as the soldiers who continue to fight for our country every day. Year One and Early Years also crated their own  also made some poppies for the reflection which are on a photo display below.

Class Trip Reminder!


Just a reminder that our class trip will be on Thursday 23rd November 2017.  There are still a lot of children that have not yet handed in their slips or their money for the trip and this needs to be in as soon as possible.( ideally by the end of this week.)


If you need another trip form and slip please ask Mrs Kavnagh at the office who will be more than happy to give you one.

Important Notice for Home Time.


Please can all parents ensure that they follow the correct rules at Home Time. This includes waiting behind the bus stop sign until Mrs Deocades sends your child out to you and waiting until ALL the children have gone until speaking to Mrs Deocades or myself.


We have a legal safeguarding responsibility to get all children safely to their parents at the end of the day and this must be our first priority. It is imperative that you wait until we have called your child to collect them, and that if you want to speak to us, that you wait patiently until all the children have gone.


It only takes a few minutes for all the children to be sent out and after they have gone Mrs Deocades and I would be more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.


Thank you for your support and co-operation.


Parent consultations


Please check your child's book bag today your appointment slip regarding the parent consultation afternoon on Wednesday 15th November.  Appointments are available between 1.15pm and 4.30pm and will inform you of what time your parent meeting will be fr your child.


Thank you. 

Tennis Session Round Two!


This week we have been carrying on with our Tennis with the coach, Simon.  We began by carrying on with our ball skills and trying to throw the ball up and clap before it came back to us. We also tried bouncing the tennis ball on the ground.


We then pretended the ball was our dog and we took it for a walk round the hall, making sure we were guiding it carefully. We then pretended our dog had gone to sleep, and balanced it on the top of the racket, walking around the hall slowly.


We then finished with some partner work, swapping our balls with others sensibly around the space. We then tried some simple passes, aiming to be slow and accurate.


Well done Year One!

Learning Tennis in Year One!


This half term, for the first 6 weeks, the children will be learning tennis as well as also having their weekly PE lesson. The children had their first session today with Simon the coach and were brilliant! They were taught how to throw and catch the ball acuratly and had a go at balancing the ball on the racket using both hands or one hand. The children were then put into pairs and practised rolling the ball to each other slowly and stopping the ball using their racket.


The first session was all about having control of both the racket and the ball and the children's skills were amazing! They listened really well to Simon and they are all looking forward to their second session next week!

The Three Little Pigs!


Today we started our new story for this half term- The Three Little Pigs! The children recieved a letter from the pigs asking if they would build houses for them using different materials and judge the best house.


The children got into teams and made houses out of straw, sticks and bricks. The children decided that the brick house was the best because it was so strong and id didn't break when Mrs Deocades ( The Big Bad Wolf) tried to blow it down!



We will be learning about the story over the next two weeks so please ask your child questions about it at home! Well done Year One!

Important Dates for your diary:


Thursday 9th - Thursday 16th November: Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday 15th November: Parents Evening

Friday 17th November: Children in Need 'Spoctacular'

Thursday 23rd November: Year One Class Trip to Think Tank

Important reminder- PE KITS!


Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school at ALL times. Year One will be doing Tennis every Tuesday this half term as well as also having their normal PE lesson on a Wednesday afternoon. It is essential that they have the correct PE kit in school ans that each item is correctly named.


Many Thanks for your co-operation.



To date, activities have been assigned on Mathletics in the following areas:


  • Number and Place Value counting
  • Number and Place Value to 50 and 100
  • Comparing Numbers
  • Addition and Subtraction 
  • Position and Direction


As the activities are linked to the Year 1 curriculum, I assign activities based on what we are doing in school to ensure the children are able to answer the questions.


Important:  You may need to download flash player to complete some of the activities.  Please don't worry if this isn't possible as there are plenty of activities to complete that don't need flashplayer.  I am not expecting everyone to do everything but I would like them to try something!

Big Maths

There is currently a problem with Big Maths so if you log on to this, there won't be anything for your child to do.  We are aware of it and are trying to sort it out with the provider.  In the meantime, please continue or start using Mathletics and Activelearn as there is definitely work assigned to the children on both of these websites.  Thank you!


To access Activelearn, you will need to ensure the pop ups on your tablet or computer allow access to this site.  Below is a guide to problem solving on Activelearn.




Contact details


Our class page is an excellent source of information however, there may be times when we need to send a text message to you advising you about a change, a request for something or because something has been cancelled.  Please can you ensure that your contact details are up to date in the office so that we are confident you will get the message.


Many thanks



A Big Thank You!


I would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who came to the Phonics Workshop on Wednesday. It was a huge success and the parents said that it was very informative and useful. It was fantastic to see lots of parents interested and engaged in phonics learning and eager to know how they could further help their child at home.


Phonics packs have been given out to all the children which has useful resources for the child to use and practise at home to aid and support their Phonics learning.


There is also a link below to the workshop which was shown in the meeting for any parents who were unable to attend. Phonics is so important in Year One and I urge all of you to read the power point as it is full of useful information to help you.



Autumn Weather Walk- Science!


Today in Science we were working scientifically as explorers to find different clues and signs of Autumn. We were looking closely at the weather and trees in Autumn and exploring these features in this season the children went outside to explore what the weather and temperature was like- we found that it was quiet cold with a bit of sun and mainly cloud!


The children also looked closely at the trees and found that the leaves are really beginning to change colour now from green  into reds, golds and browns. The children enjoyed finding different leaves outside and bringing them to me to show me!


The children have been fantastic scientists and have record all their observations and findings in their Science books- well done Year One!

Our final jam sandwiches!


In Computing we are carrying on with our new unit of "How to be TV chefs." Today the children had their lesson where they now were their own film makers and had to film themselves as robots following  instructions. We had made our own instructions together the previous lesson and one person had to rwad out the instructions for the robot.Another child had to hold the camera to film whereas another child was director telling the robot how to act and what to do.



The children enjoyed filming their instructions and especilally enjoyed eating the jam sandwiches afterwards! Next week we will be evaluating our final videos and editing them by putting on our title and group names. Well done Year One- fantastic Computing work!

Our Collective Worship


At Our Lady and St Rose we enjoy worshiping God and Jesus together as a school. In Year One we have our fornightly mass and our weekly hymn practice where we can rejoice in God and share our love for him and Jesus together.



It is lovely for the school to come together in our worship and it helps us to feel more spiritual and closer to God. Please look at our pictures below of the children attending Mass and Hymn Practice this week.


High Frequency Words Reminder!


Mrs Deocades and I have started practising the children's high frequency word spelling with them twice a week to help with their writing in Year One. There are 100 words that the children need to be able to spell to be secure by the end of Year One and each child has been put on a different spelling band according to their spelling ability. Once the child can spell all the words right in that band they will then move onto the next band.


The children will be tested every fortnight to see if they can move up to the next band. It is therefore really important that you practise these high frequency words with your child at home so that they can progress up the bands. If you are unsure what spelling band your child is on please come and find me before or after school and I will be more than happy to help you and let you know.



Visiting Church!


Yesterday we visited our local church of Our Lady and St Rose of Lima. The children went around the church and we identified different objects in the environment. The children were very interested by what they found in the Church- they learnt about the pews, the pulpit and the altar. They were even able to try some holy water on their heads using the font!


The children have really enjoyed learning more about their school church and discovering about what the different objects and symbols  are used for. The children were extremely quiet and respectful in the church and were a fantastic representation of the school. Well done Year One!

Making Jam sandwiches!


In Computing we are carrying on with our instruction making and algorithms. We are now on the unit "we are TV chefs" where we are now under taking a more practical approach and are using instructions to help us make and prepare a jam sandwich. This week the children were prepped on what they would be doing and we practised making a jam sandwich all together. Nahal and Jake were our two robots and the children had to instruct them on the different steps needed to make a sandwich.


The children learnt quickly how precise and clear we had to be in our instructions, such as using steps such as take one piece of bread out the packet, put it on the plate, pikc up the knife, open the butter lid etc.


The children found it really funny watching the robots perform their instructions and they are all super excited for next week when they will all be having a go at making their own jam sandwich instructions, following them and filming their instructions using the ipads. The children will be proper TV chefs!

Macmillan Coffee Morning!


Today we had our Macmillian Coffee morning to raise money for the Cancer support charity.  The children all bought in £1 for wearing green and to buy some tasty cakes for themselves. The children all have done so well at bringing in money for the charity and also at making and bringing some delicious cakes!


The children have all really enjoyed wearing green and the total will be revealed very soon once all the money has been counted!

Important reminder! Year 1 Phonics Inspire Workshop- Wednesday 18th October 2017.



I would like to remind you that there is a Phonics  parent workshop on Wednesday 18th October from 9am to 10am. The workshop’s focus is phonics as this is an important part of the Year 1 academic year.


The workshop will provide you with information about the phonics screening check that takes place during the summer along with useful tips on how to help your child with their phonics at home.


A pack will be given during the session to help you practise phonics at home.


I hope you are able to attend and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 18th October.



This wee we have been learning all about relationships in Year One and how families are an important and integral part of our lives. The children have been exploring and discussing about their own families at home and how we are all special, different and unique in many ways. The children have learnt that families can show love and care in many different ways and that God makes us all so that we can be caring and supportive to each other.

The Enormous Turnip


This half term the children are learning about the story of the Enormous Turnip that grew... and grew..... AND GREW! The children are using the story to help them with their sentence building skills and capital letters and full stops.


We have been learning the first half of the story this week and acting out the story using role play. The This has helped the children with sequencing- first the farmer pulled the turnip, then the wife, then the little boy, then the girl....


Well done Year One! Fantastic Drama skills!

Class Wish


This year, the children decided that your class wish for this year should be 'To be loving and respectful to others in everything we do.'


Kenaz has been chosen for our class wish this week. He is a shining example of how to be loving and respectful to others in the classroom. He is always listening to others and looking after friends when they are upset. Kenaz has many friends in the class because he is so caring and loving to everybody. Well done Kenaz!

Our Autumn Walk!


Today the children went for an Autumn walk in our Science lesson. We had our observing caps on and were looking for nay signs of Autumn we could find. The children found an array of pine cones, coloured leaves, acorns, conkers and even blackberries! They were amazed at how the seasons are changing around us and how we can see Autumn as soon we we step outside!


The children all found an Autumn object and were able to draw and label them in their books. Fantastic Scientists- well done Year One!

Year 1 Parents Welcome Meeting 


Please be reminded that the Year 1 Parent's Meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th  September at 9am in the school hall. A letter has been sent out to parents about this and the children have also taken a hand made invitation home for you. We would love to see as many of you there as possible and we really appreciate and value your support and feedback.




Your child will be given weekly spellings on a Monday to practise for the week. They will then have a spelling test on the Friday of the week they are given out. We will be teaching these daily in school but I would also ask that you please help them practise these at home.


The spelling tests  will be sent home weekly so that you can see the children's scores and how they did. If your child achieves 10 out of 10 in their spellings, the children will be receiving 3 green house points! 

Online learning in Year 1


There are 3 different websites that you can access to gain access to the online learning for Year 1.  I have put the website addresses and login details in the front of your reading diaries so that you have access to them at all times.  Each week, I will update the websites to give access to different activities, books and games.  These websites are a great way to support your child's learning at home and I would encourage you to visit them regularly.


Click on the links below to gain access to the websites:

Activelearn (Maths and Reading)


Big Maths (Maths)


Mathletics (Maths)

Following Instructions!


For our Computing topic this term the children are learning all about how to be treasure hunters and use algorithms and instructions. We will be usig the beebots next week but for this week the children have been thinking about different instructions they will be using to find their treasure. They have been looking at directions such as forwards backwards, left and right. This week they went onto the playground for their first lesson and worked in pairs, directing their partner to the skipping rope using positional language. Now the children have become more familiar with these terms they will begin to record their algorithms or instructions next week. Well done Year One!



On Monday we had our NSPCC assembly. Two ladies from the charity came into tell us about our rights as children. We learnt all about how we have the right to speak out if anything is bothering us and that we all have the right to feel sad and loved. The children were advised about talking to a trusted adult if they felt worried or upset. All the children enjoyed the assembly- especially doing the silly dance to help us remember the child line number and it was extremely informative and useful for the children.



Super Science!


This term in Science we are learning all about the season of Autumn. We will be going outside to explore the season and will be discussing and recording the different changes that happen. Today the children learnt about what happens in Autumn and what the weather is like. The children went outside to record different evidence for Autumn and made a collage, dressed up in different Autumn clothes, and made their own Autumn picture.


The children are really enjoying working scientifically and observing their environment. They are being super scientists-  Well done Year One!

The Creation Story!


We are learning about the Creation Story in R.E. We have been focusing on how God created the world in seven days and what he made on each day. This week the children have been acting out and sequencing the story of the Creation- we had children pretending to be sky, light and dark, the sun, moon and stars and even animals! The children have really enjoyed learning about the story and acting it out using props. Please look at our photos below!

Learning about Florence Nightingale!


This half term in History we are learning all about the work of Florence Nightingale. This week we have learnt about how she is a nurse and helps people. The children wrote about what jobs they would like when they are older The children also made their own hospitals and role played being nurses and doctors with the teddies.


The children are really enjoying learning about Florence so far- well done Year One!