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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




Our Visit to Birmingham Central Mosque



On Monday 23rd April 2018 we went to Birmingham Central Mosque. We were taken into the mosque by Mr T, who is a practicing Muslim and were told lots of different things about the religion of Islam. We began by discussing the outside structure of the building and discussing the minaret towers and dome.  We were told about the city of Mecca and how it holds the Kabba stone which is a holy relic dating back to the time of Adam and Eve. .We also went into the special Muslim prayer room and were shown different symbols and artifacts that Muslims use such as the Minbar, the Imran and the  Quran which is written in Arabic. We also saw the Ablutions or washing area, where Muslims wash before they go to pray.  


We found out that Birmingham Central Mosque can hold up to 5,000 people and is one of the biggest and most active mosques in Europe. The children had a fantastic time and the people at the mosque made us feel so welcome. We learnt many different and interesting facts about a new faith and the children were truly inquisitive, active and curious learners. Well done Year One!






This week in Year 1 (w/c 16.4..2018)


Welcome back! I hope you had a joyful and relaxing Easter break.


Summer 1  is a really important half term for Year 1 as it is when children really begin to shine and make progress. It is  the last half terms before the Phonics Test in June.  Every day is crucial as each day links on to the next.  Please ensure your child is in school, on time every day.


From now on, every week I will be writing on the website what the children are learning about in Year One so that you are clear what your child is learning every day. In Maths, this half term, we will be looking at Fractions, Time, Division, Numbers to 100 and word problems.  In English, We will be reading 'Bringing the Rain to Kapati Plain' and 'Owl Babies'' and using this for narrative and discriptional  writing.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Inference Lesson


Using and understanding  capital letters for names and places


- Learning and planning our story 

Writing- drafting our new story and editing for mistakes.


Writing -editing and copying up our best narrative piece


Counting to 100 using tens 


Finding tens and ones 

Comparing numbers using tens and ones Making number patterns  Review and consolidate 


Also this week...


Wednesday - PE day

Year 1 will have PE on Wednesday this half term so it is crucial that your child has their full PE kit in ready for them to take part in the lesson.  The full PE kit requires a plain or school logo t-shirt, royal blue plain shorts, black pumps.  We still had a number of children without the proper kit.  Letters have been sent out several times so please try to ensure they have the correct kit this half term.  Thank you.





Star of the week!


For our star this week we have chosen Jake for Year One. Since coming back after Easter Jake has been trying so hard to work more independently in his writing and Maths, after needing a lot of guidance and support at first. He has produced some fantastic work this week all by himself and has really shown us what he can do- we are so improved! He has been determined to prove himself and has shown a fantastic can do attitude and has been concentrating and focusing really work. His work has truly shone as a result of this and we hope he continues to be so independent and hardworking- keep it up Jake and well done!



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Handwriting Hero!


From Spring 1 2018 the children in Year One will be given additional handwriting homework each week as well as their English, Maths and Spellings. This is to help and encourage the children to improve and focus on their cursive handwriting and letters.


This week our handwriting Hero is Gabriel. Gabriel's handwriting has improved hugely since the start of the year and he is trying so hard with his cursive writing. Doing his handwriting homework has had a fantastic impact and Gab now writes with beautiful cursive writing. His handwriting homework has also greatly improved as he is now writing on the correct lines and trying so hard. This is now reflecting into all elements of his work in the classroom and really making his presentation wonderful. Well Gabl!


Homework is a big focus in the school at the moment and it will really help your child if they can practice their handwriting every week at home so that they can continue to improve.


Happy Handwriting!



Happy Easter!


From all of Year One, we wish you a truly peaceful and relaxing Easter. Please take this time to rest and enjoy this holy time with friends and family. Year One have worked extremly hard this term and they deserve a well earned break.


God bless you always and we looked forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 16th April 2018 at 8:45am. 

The Last Supper


Today the children had their own Last Supper to prepare for Easter. We acted out blessing the bread and wine ( but used Ribena!) and the children then all ate and drank together. We used this time to truly reflect on how Jesus and his disciples felt at this time and what it would have felt like to be there.


We also thought about what the bread and wine represented and how they turn into Jesus body and blood which he gives out freely to us, to forgive our sins.


the children were truly reflective and reverent and it was a joy to share the Last Supper with them- well done Year One!

Stations of the cross!


Back in Spring 1 each class was asked to make two stations to reflect different stations of the cross for Jesus crucifixion. The art works were then displayed in different places around the school for others to look at. This week Year Ones have done a  reflection on the stations of the cross. They went around all the stations around the school looking at the different and various artworks and reflecting on them. They were told how the stations were made and what happened at each station. The children also took part in a prayer for Jesus and did a call and response. The children enjoyed learning about the stations of the cross and it was a lovely way of preparing for Easter.

Learning about Jesus and the children.



This half term Year One have been learning all about Lent and reflecting on how we can be better during this time. We have also looked at the lovely story of Jesus and the children where Jesus welcomes all children to him. The children have been acting out the story and reflecting on what it means in our RE books. Jesus asks the children to come to him and never turns them away- this shows how important children are to Jesus and that he loves and welcomes all of them. We have been focusing on really ‘seeing with our hearts’ like Jesus did and loving all others during this special period of time.

Using Microsoft Word  in Year One



This half term Year One have been looking at their Computing skills and have been learning how to use Microsoft Word accurately and efficiently. We began by learning about the different buttons on the keyboard and then began to write out own names. We are now able to write sentences on Word and change the font, size and colour. We are even able to now add images to our document and write about them. Well done Year One- you have all been fantastic typists and Computing learners!

Whole School Retreat Day 2018!


Today the whole school had a wonderful day where we all took part in a Lenten retreat. We were with God and took part in various reflections and prayers throughout the school day. We began with some singing and worship and made our own school prayers, considering who we could pray for.


The theme of the day was "to see with our hearts" and to really use this time of Lent to open our hearts and think about others instead of ourselves. We have been thinking about how we can show our love and heart to others, and what kind actions we can do to please the Lord and Jesus. Year One have come up with our own ideas as a class of how to see with our hearts and this is displayed on our class altar.


We also had time towards the end of the day to share our own class reflections and ideas with everyone. It was a truly inspirational and peaceful retreat where we could all consider how we can make this time of Lent a peaceful, spiritual and compassionate experience. We have all gone away with our own ideas of how to open our hearts to each other and the Lord- well done to all of St Rose for a fantastic day and a huge thank you to Dan Callow and Emily for coming in and leading the retreat. 






Year 1 Class Trip to Cannock Chase Museum


Today the children had a fabulous trip to the Museum of Cannock Chase to help us with our toys and fun and games topic. We learnt all about old Victorian toys- we were able to make our own peg doll, we had a dance workshop where we danced like a string puppet, robot and a jack in the box!


We then had great fun watching a real Punch and Judy show and finished our tour by exploring and playing with lots of the old toys. The children had a fantastic toy and loved learning about all the told toys and how they were used and made.


All the children were so well behaved and were a real credit to the school and St Rose- I would also like to thank all the staff that accompanied us on the trip. You were a huge help and we couldn't have done it without you.


Well done Year One!

Year One Trip- Cannock Chase Museum ( 6th March 2018)


It is our Year One trip tommorow and the children are very excited. The museum is over an hour away so we will be leaving school at 9am.


It is therefore crucial that all children arrive on time tommorow morning and are at school for 8:45am. If we do not leave on time we will miss important time at the museum!


Please note that the children are in school uniform as normal and do not forget to bring a packed lunch if you have said you are bringing one! We aim to be back at school at the normal time of 3:15pm as long as traffic is good. If we are stuck in traffic and will be late Mrs Kavnagh and the office will be informed and a text will be sent out to all parents.


We look forward to seeing the children tommorow for our fantastic trip about Toys, Fun and Games!

Parents Evening 2018


Thank you to all the parents who took the time to come to Parents Evening today- it was so lovely to see you all and I thorughley enjoyed telling you all about the fantastic progress the children are making.


However there were 7 missed appointments today and I would ask kindly if those parents could come and find me to rearrange a meeting so that I can talk to about their child.


This is a crucial time in Year One and it is paramount that I talk to every parent about their child and the progress they are making. There are also useful resources that I need to give to you based on Year One and Phonics.

World Book Day!


Congratulations to all the children who dressed up for World Book Day today.  We had a wonderful day and there were so many superb costumes. It really was wonderful to see the many different costumes from the 100 books to read by the end of KS1 and KS2.


In Year One, we had witches, Max from "Where the Wild Things are", Matilda, Mr Stig and Hermionie from Harry Potter!


Even the teachers took part and dressed up! In Year One we were the witch and the frog from "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson. We also had a gangsta granny, demon dentist and a range of little miss characters! 


The children will be given a £1 voucher to use at a number of bookstores and supermarkets.  Reading is a wonderful way of getting lost in your own imagination so encourage your child to read as much as they can, especially from the list of 100 books.



Parent Consultation Meetings - Monday 5th March 2018


The parent appointment cards were sent home in their book bags yesterday.  Please can you check their book bags for this and add it to your calendar.


It is really important that you attend this meeting as I will be giving out  information about your child's progress and  advising you about what your child needs to do next, especially regarding the Phonics test.


The appointments have been allocated as follows:

  Time Parent/carers of... Time Parent/carers of...
  1.00pm Victor 2.20pm Elias
  1.05pm Juwel 2.25pm Joseph
  1.10pm Diba 2.30pm Kaiser
  1.15pm Melael 2.35pm Toms
  1.20pm Davi 2.40pm Violla
  1.25pm Elly 2.45pm Kenaz
  1.30pm Gabriel 2.50pm Jake W
  1.35pm Grace 2.55pm Danial
  1.40pm Isabelle 3.00pm David
  1.45pm Oliver 3.05pm Harley
  1.50pm Nahal 3.15pm Jai
  1.55pm Riley 3.20pm Sienna
  2.00pm Mason 3.25pm Stephen
  2.05pm Tareek 3.35pm Kanika
  2.10pm Summer 3.45pm Noah
  2.15pm Dallas    


There were a number of parents who did not attend their appointment last time so, if you are unable to attend, please let me know and I will arrange an alternative appointment for you.

Important dates for your diary


As Half Term is upon us we thought it would be useful to give you some important dates for Spring 2 so that you can put them in your diary. From all of us in Year One and at Our Lady and St Rose we wish you a peaceful, happy and relaxing half term! We look forward to seeing you again on Monday 26th February 2018 at 8:45am.



Friday 16th February Break up for half term
Monday 26th February Children return to school at 8.45am
Thursday 1st March World Book Day
Friday 2nd March Own Clothes Day - £1 for Father Hudsons
Monday 5th March Parents Evening (1.00pm - 4.30pm)
Tuesday 6th March Year 1 Trip to Cannock Chase Museum 
Friday 9th March Own Clothes Day and wear a bandage for 'Big Bandage Day' - £1 for Birmingham Children's Hospital
Friday 16th March Own Clothes Day - £1 for Cafod
w/c 19th March Assessment week
Friday 23rd March Own Clothes Day - £1 for Sports Relief
Thursday 29th March Children break up for the Easter Holidays at 1.15pm



Working on Word in Computing!


This half term Year One have been working on their ICT skills in word processing and typing. They have used the dance mat typing BBC app and games to practise their typing skills and have now moved onto working on Word. This week they have been trying tow rite their names and different sentences. They have then been learning how to change the font, colour and size.


Some of the year 4's and 5's have also been working with some Year One children at lunchtime to help them further with their Word skills. They have been such a help and support and the children have really  benefited. All the children are now super at writing their own name and may even be able to show you at home!


Well done Year One!

Learning about Polar Animal Adaptations!


In Science this week we have been working scientifically on discovering how polar animals adapt to the Arctic region that they live in. We have been science detectives and have been looking at different clues to discover the Arctic animal and how it has adapted to their environment. We were mainly looking at polar bears, and how they have blubber, fat and lots of fur to keep them warm. We also discussed their sharp claws and wide feet to help them walk on the ice, and even began exploring the idea of camouflage and how they are white to hide from other animals.


The children really enjoyed being Science detectives and did so well at learning about how polar bears live in their environments. Well done Year One!

World Book Day!



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In Spring 2, in Week 1 on Thursday 1st March 2018 it will be World Book Day. The children can come dressed as their favourite character from one of their favourite books. We are encouraging Year One to come as one of the characters from the books listed in the link below. The link shows all the books that children should read by the end of KS1 ( Year 1 and 2) and it would be lovely to see as many children as possible come from these books.


As a school, each phase group has a '100 books to read before leaving' list and this will be our focus for World Book Day this year!  The children will need to choose a character or author from one of the books from the list and come dressed up as that person on Thursday 1st March 2018.  This gives the children a great amount of choice and in doing so will help to expose other children to books they have not heard of or read yet. 


The school council will be giving our prizes to the most original and creative costumes so start making them now! It is the first week after Half Term so there is no time to lose! Let's see if Year One can be the best dressed class and have the most original and crazy costumes and characters! 

Marvellous Measuring!


In Maths this week we have been studying measuring. We have been looking at length and height and measuring using different objects. We have used paper clips, cubes and even our own bodies and use our hands and feet. The children have been using different vocabulary such as estimating, longer, short, taller, length, height and width.


We have had many practical Maths sessions where the children have estimated the length of different objects and then measured them themselves using different resources and measuring units. I have been so pleased with the Maths I have seen- well done Year One!



Year One Prayer and Reflection- Jesus as Healer 



Today we had our  Year One Reflection where we looked at Jesus as a healer. We enjoy doing assemblies for others to teach them about our faith.We shared the gospel story of Jesus healing a woman with a fever. We acted out the story to the rest of the school and also made a video for our assembly about what healing means to us. We think healing helps to make us better or stronger.



Every child did so well with reading beautifully to the school and everybody had a part to play. We all worked together as a team to create something really special.I would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents that came- we had a fantastic turn out and the children were so excited and grateful to see you all! It really meant a lot to them and well done Year One- you should all be very proud!


Stations of the Cross!


This term we have been working on the stations of the cross ready in time for our period of Lent and Holy Week in Spring 2. We have made a piece of art for one of the stations of the cross. This is part of our RE preparation work leading up to the period of Lent. Our station of the cross was Veronica wiping the face of Jesus.


The children have helped to paint the image themselves and have enjoyed making this fantastic painting.

All the paintings will be celebrated and admired by being shown around different outdoor parts of the school. All other pupils and staff will be able to look at the pieces created by each class.


Well done Year One- you have all taken part and helped to create a beautiful and brilliant piece of art work!

Learning about The Lost Sheep!


This term in RE we are looking at different bible stories. This week we are focusing on the story of The Lost Sheep. The children acted out the story of where a shepherd lost one of his 100 sheep and kept looking for it until he finds it!


This is one of the bible Jesus told and he reminds us of its message- that God is like the shepherd who will never  leave us, and will always care for us, love us and forgive us no matter what we do.


Well done Year One- you were all fantastic at acting out and retelling the story!

Year One Prayer and Reflection- School Hall, 9am, Monday 5th February 



Year One’s reflection will take place on Monday 5th February 2018 this year and will be based on the theme of Jesus as healer. The performance will be during the normal school day, starting at 9am and finishing around 9 30am.


For the assembly each pupil has been designated a small speaking part that they will need to practice at home. (The children’s individual speaking parts were sent home yesterday and should be found in your child’s book bag.) Year One will be the narrating for the performance and will be dressed in school uniform as normal.


It would be fantastic to have any many parents at the reflection as possible and you are most welcome to come along to support your child and see what we have been doing in class!


I look forward to seeing you next Monday,

Polar Day!


Today the whole school had our fantastic Polar Day where  we spent the whole doing polar experiments. We experimented with fat and blubber in “Blubber Gloves” where we used it to keep us warm. We designed a boat from plastercine and discussed what would be the best shape for floating and sinking and carrying our cargo. We then looked at animals and food chains, discussing what animals might eat other animals in the Arctic.


We also were lucky enough to talk to Jenny from the STEM Polar Explorer program where she told us all about the fantastic work they do and why Science is so important. The children had a fantastic day and really enjoyed learning about all things polar. I am certain we will have many fantastic scientists among us- well done Year One and the rest of the school!

Handwriting Example


Below is an example of how we expect the handwriting to look each week. The letters should be on the middle line with ascender ( tall) letters going above the line and descenders going below the line. Please use the writing guide example we have given you to show you how to write on the lines and do the letters correctly.


It is fantastic also to see so many children trying with their handwriting each week- we are having more folders and handwriting in every week so well done Year one!

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Good Shepherd Assembly


We had the Good Shepherd charity come in for an assembly. They told us how they work with homeless people. They help them to have shelter, clothes and food in a loving and respectful environment.


In our school we like to help charities and people less fortunate. God wants us to be a good neighbour and Samaritan by helping others. We can share our love and kindness with the world.


Year One like to think of others and give some of our money to help those who are not as lucky as us.

Polar Day - Monday 29th January


On Monday, the school is taking part in a Polar Day to celebrate being part of the Polar Explorers Programme.  During this day, the children will have the chance to carry out many different experiments and tasks relating to the polar theme. We will be discovering how we can keep our hands warm in icy water, designing and making our own plastercine boats which float and looking at objects which float and sink.


We will upload pictures of our experiments very soon! More details to follow....

Marvellous Maths!



This week the children have been adding and subtracting using a given method. They have had to partition the number, and then add or subtract the ones before adding the tens.


To help the children with this rather tricky concept they have been doing it practically in class using cubes and egg boxes. The children have been working in pairs using the resources practically to help them grasp the concept.


The children have used the resources really well and are tuly engaging with the maths and problem solving. Well done Year One!

Handwriting Hero!


All the children have been given a folder to take their handwriting home in each week. This folder will be given out on Monday every week and will need to be returned by Thursday at the latest, with the child's handwriting inside the folder.


Each child's piece of handwriting also needs to have their name on so that we know whose is whose. Please ensure that you look after these handwriting folders and bring them back each week with your child's completed handwriting. Having them helps to keep the children's work neat and organised.


Happy Handwriting!

Working with the Digital Leaders!



This week the Year One children have been working with the Digital Leaders at lunchtimes. The older Year Four and Five children have been helping them with their typing and word processing skills. They have been showing them how to write their name on Word, and change the font, size, type and color.


The older children have said how fantastic the Year One's have been to work with- I have watched them working together and they have been so keen  and eager to learn.


Well done to all children who took part- it is lovely to see you helping and supporting each other!

Our Spring Class Pet!


In Spring we are having a blue tit box in Year One as our class pet. We will be hanging the box up on the tree outside and each week a group of children will be going to observe the box and see if a little bird has made a nest. We will be talking to the children about how birds nest in boxes and lay their eggs. The children will have to  be extremely quiet when being around the bird box!


We will be updating photos of the children and our pet onto the website so keep checking!

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All PE kits should be brought into school this week if they have not been given in already to be checked and you should include the checklist that was sent home at the end of Autumn 2.  Every child's PE kit that was in school has been was checked today and all the  children have also been given a letter in their book bags which tells them if they are missing any important kit or items. It is important that the children have their full kit at all times.  The checklist for your child's PE kit is as follows:


Must Have Items Optional PE items (for outdoor activities/competitions)
PE Bag Children will need to wear PLAIN BLACK or DARK BLUE TRAINERS for appropriate PE activities e.g Athletics, cross country running, football.  
Black plimsolls (pumps) - preferably elasticated Children may bring in PLAIN BLACK or DARK BLUE JOGGERS to keep them warm while doing PE.
Royal Blue Plain Shorts Children may bring in a PLAIN BLACK or DARK BLUE SWEATSHIRT or HOODY to keep them warm while doing PE.
White Plain T-Shirt (or with school logo)  


Spring Term in Year 1!


This half term, the whole school is taking part in a Polar Explorers Programme.  Each class will embrace the Polar theme in as many different lessons as they can. 


In Year 1, we will be looking at the book Little Polar Bear by Hans De Beer in English and then learning about The North Pole and South Pole.  We will also be reading  the story of Fantastic Mr Fox, which I am sure the children will love!  In Maths, we will be finishing off our work on addition and subtraction  before looking at shape and then length and height.  In Science, we will be focusing on the Artic environment and animals.  We will also be doing art and dance in our MMMADDD sessions.


This is a really important half term for Year 1 and every day is vital in Year 1 and missing one of these days will have an impact on the rest of the week.  Please ensure your child is in school unless they are really poorly.


We are moving into our new list of spellings for this half term and the new sheet will has been sent home today.  As with the Autumn term, we will teach these every day to the children but if you can support them at home this would be wonderful.

Important dates for your diary.


Monday 29th January Polar Day!
Thursday 8th February KS1 & KS2 Cross Country Tournament - Woodgate Valley 3.10-4.00pm
Friday 16th February Break up for half term


Christmas wishes from us all!


On behalf of Miss Murphy and Mrs Deocades, we  would like to say thank you to you all for the wonderful gifts and cards you have given us this week.  It is very generous of you and we appreciate your thoughts greatly.


We wish you the  warmest  of wishes for a truly fabulous Christmas and a fantastic 2018!  Please take time to enjoy this peaceful time of Advent and Christmas with your friends and family.



Important Reminder- Christmas Nativity Costumes!


Just a reminder that all Year One costumes for the Nativity must be in school no later than Friday 15th December. There was a letter sent out about this a few weeks ago to allow you plenty of time to get your costumes ready.


Year One are to be dressed in winter clothes and Christmas jumpers. They can wear trousers, skirts, leggings etc with a Christmas jumper and hats, and scarfs would also be fantastic!


Please come and see Mrs Deocades or myself also if you not have purchased any tickets and we will get some for you. It is a maximum of 2 tickets per child.


Many Thanks,


Miss Murphy and Mrs Deocades

Author Workshop- Meeting Maz Evans


Yesterday the whole school had a treat as we were visited by Maz Evans, the author of 'Who let the God's out!' She was a bundle of fun and a real inspriation to us all  from the moment she spoke in assembly and I know the whole school enjoyed their workshops throughout the day.  Year 1 joined Year 2 in the afternoon for a workshop about her book 'Rosey Harker Nosey Parker.'  We had to imagine what might be in our own cupboard under the stairs and the children drew and wrote about some fantastic ideas! They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I hope they might think about buying some of her books in the future.

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Autumn Assessments


Year 1 have been busy this week completing their end of Autumn Term assessments.  As I have been marking them, it has been wonderful to see the progress they have made since starting in September.  Well done Year 2!


The Girls Football Festival!



Today girls from Year One, two and Three went to the football festival at the factory in Longbridge. The festival was a girls only festival and the girls were able to try out their fantastic football skills. They had training first where they played different games as a warm up and were able to use different techniques such as running, catching and dribbling with the ball.


The girls then played games and matches against children from other schools. We played against Saint John Fisher and Saint James and won both games! The girls really engaged with the whole experience and tried their very best. They did so well and have really improved already with their football skills- I think they are all going to be superb footballers in the future!


If your child is interested in attending further football training there is a girls football club called Wildcats which is at the University of Birmingham every Saturday morning from 8am- 9am. It is for complete beginners and any girls are welcome to join and improve their football skills.


Well done to all girls who attended-you really did the school proud!

Our trip to the Think Tank!


Today in Year One we were lucky enough to go to the Think Tank museum as part of our Science human bodies topic. We learnt all about the human body in our amazing bodies workshop and were taught all about how the body worked and the different parts and organs it has. 


The children then explored the floor of the museum, looking at the body floor, exploring different animals and wildlife, looking at metal and different machines and playing as grown ups in kid city!


The children truly engaged with the whole day and loved the museum, especially finding out more about our amazing bodies. They were an absolute pleasure to take and were a really credit and assess tot he school. You really did the school and us proud- well done Year One!

Meet our Class Pet!


In Year One this term we are looking after locusts. We are observing them over a period of time and watching how they eat, grow and live. The children are learning how to feed the locusts and look after them properly. We are really enjoying having something to look after and care for in our classroom and will enjoy learning how animals live, grow and are different to ourselves.

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!

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!