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Summer 1 

14.5.2021- Assessment Week


This week year One have been working very hard on all of their Summer 1 Assessments and Tests. It is the first time they have done their tests since Christmas, due to the pandemic, and they have made Mrs Lynch and I extremely proud. The children have worked so hard on their tests, using their knowledge and their learning to help them find or show the answers. They have also been brilliant at sitting nicely during their assessments and making sure that they are truly focused and concentrating so that they can do their best work.


Dye to their fantastic work ethic, the children have got super scores and it is so wonderful to see their progress, even though this year has been very different to most. It is lovely to see the children using the knowledge and understanding they have to do well on these assessments and we are so, so proud of them all. Well done Year One and have a restful and relaxed weekend after working so hard on your tests- you all deserve it! 


History- Kings and Queens


At St Rose we love to learn about History and the events that have come before us in God's world. It helps us to understand the world and know about important people, who were made by God. This week we have had a History Week as part of the new Knowledge Based Curriculum. For their topic the children have been learning about the topic of Kings and Queens  and have been acting out the story. They have learnt about the story of mean King John and how he stole lots of money off the poor in taxes. He had to sign the Magna Carta to promise he would stop asking money and throwing people in prison without a fair trail.  We have also been learning about King Henry The Third and how he took money for his family and friends and angered the barons. It ended up with a huge battle where King Henry got captured, which led to the first Parliament and Government being set up in England. They have loved learning about our current Queen Elizabeth and her coronation and have even learn about King Charles The First and Oliver Cromwell, which ended rather gruesomely with Charles having his head chopped off !The children have so enjoyed learning all the different events in the past for Kings and Queens and have also done some fantastic work such as storyboards, letters and postcards, to show off their fantastic knowledge and understanding. Please look at the fanatastic pictures of their work below.


Planting Cress Seeds 



Today in Science the children planted a bean as part of their new topic of Plants. We planted cress seeds and we will be watching and observing how the bean grows over time in our classroom and looking after it. The children planted their cress in a pot with soil to keep it warm and protected. We added water and then put it in the sun on the windowsill to ensure it gets lots of light.



They were brilliant at telling us the conditions that plants need to grow. They knew that plants needed soil for nutrients and water to help their roots grow big and strong. The children also explained how the plant needed to be by the window and in the sun so that it could keep warm and have lots of light to grow.



The children were so excited about planting their seeds and were brilliant at telling us what they needed to do for their plant. They were so careful at potting their seed and ensuring that they gave it enough soil and water. We will continue to water and look after our plants over the next few weeks and ensure we look after it so that it can grow big and strong.


Brilliant Ball Skills in PE


Year One carried on with their PE topic today and are continuing to explore throwing and catching using various balls. We had a fantastic lesson today where the children had to find ways to swap their beanbag with another person. We tried passing our beanbags hand to hand, then slid or rolled them and then finished with doing simple underarm throws. This showed excellent progression and the children were brilliant at finding a partner to throw their beanbag to. We then did a variety of ballgames which included using simple throws and catches of a ball. The children were so focused and learnt quickly that they had to have their hands ready and keep their eye on the ball to catch it successfully. We also talked about doing soft throws to other players in our circle- we were all close together so did not need to do hard, fast or overarm throws. The children had to count the amount of throws they could do and try not to get 'out' by dropping the ball. If they were out they had to do 30 star jumps or jumping jacks, which the children so enjoyed! We had a fantastic PE lesson out in the sunshine and Year One were fantastic listeners, throwers and catchers. Brilliant ball skills Year One!


Learning about Pentecost


Over the next few weeks we are learning about and celebrating celebrating the wonderful season of Pentecost. The children have learnt about the events of the story this week and what happened to the disciples in the room. The children listened to the story from the Bible and then they did a drama. The children were amazed to learn about the great wind and tongues of fire bought on by The Holy Spirit. They enjoyed speaking in different languages to each other and we also discussed the different cultures and creeds we have in Year One. The children so enjoyed this story and we will be using it to help us in our RE work next week- we will be writing accounts of the story, pretending that we are one of the disciples, to show their own reaction to the story and understanding of the events. Please see fantastic pictures of the children acting out the story below and well done Year One!

Science What do Animals eat?




Today in Science the children looked at the vocabulary of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. They were exploring what different animals eat and how certain animals eat different things. They explored the different definitions and what they meant, taking time to digest the words and say them together with different actions for their meaning.


They then had an identifying and sorting activity where they had to look at different animals and what they ate. Some groups had pictures of what the animals ate whereas the higher ability groups had sentences they could read. After identifying the food they ate they then had to put that animal into the correct category of either a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore. The children were excellent at this and using either picture or sentences scaffolds for the food really helped them to identify and sort the animal into the correct category.


The children learnt how humans are omnivores ad we eat plants, fruit, and vegetables as well as meat. Some humans however are herbivores when they are vegetarian. The children then finished the lesson by writing all about the different definitions and what they had learnt into their Science books. Excellent Working Scientifically Skills Year One and I am so impressed with you all about how much you have learnt about what animals eat. Well done children!

Maths- 27.4.2021

Over this half term this children have been focusing on their addition and subtraction skills using different methods. They have been using methods such as making and subtracting from 10 and adding and subtracting ones. They have been using the methods practically to begin with and have used their ten frames to help them. The methods have been really tricky but the children have tried so hard and we have been very proud of them. Please see the fantastic photos of them below.


Science Describing Animals


This week the children were looking at animals bodies and describing them. They started the lesson by looking at different parts of the body and then having different large animals blown up on sugar paper. They then had to work together as a team labelling the different parts of their animal and their body parts e.g claws, fangs, tail etc.


They then had great fun playing the ‘eyes and ears’ game with their partner. One partner was shown a picture of the animal and had to describe the animal to their partner who had their eyes closed. Their partner would guess the animal or draw it and then they would swap roles with a new animal. They used word banks with different animal body parts on to help them.


All the children were so fantastic at naming the different animal body parts and using them to help their partner guess the animal. They were brilliant animal detectives too and were super at guessing their animals from the physical features given in the clues. Well done Year One!


PE- Hit, Catch, Run

Rolling Techniques


Today in PE we started our first session of our new topic Hit, Catch,  Roll. We are learning all about using balls in different ways to roll, throw and catch. Today was all about learning to roll the ball in a controlled and accurate way. We learnt how to role the ball using two hands and our legs bent while also ensuring we looked at our partner to make sure the ball was rolling in the right direction. Then we moved onto rolling the ball with one hand, making sure we had our opposite leg and did a 'bowling ball' technique gentle swing back to ensure our roll could travel and had momentum. We then practised these two techniques of rolling the ball with both hands and one hand, and also practised stopping the ball that was coming towards us. Finally we finished with a game in threes of 'Child in the Middle' where two children had to troll a ball to each other and the child in the middle had to try and stop or intercept the ball. The children really enjoyed this game and had lots of fun! What a great star to our new PE topic!


See our fantastic photos of the children learning in their lesson below and a super video of them practising rolling their different balls to their partner. ENJOY and well done Year One!


Year One PE Lesson Video 26.4.2021 Rolling Techniques 


Collective Worship Song Video



We have been learning a new song for our Collective Worship this week. The Song is called I've got the Joy and the children have so enjoyed learning the words and actions. In Year One we learn lots of different songs to help us with praising and loving Jesus and this is something the children really enjoy. They have the most beautiful voices and always give their singing their best effort. Click on the green link below to go straight to the video of the children singing their song in class. Mrs Lynch and I were super impressed and we are sure you will be too!


Year 1 Collective Worship Song Video 

23.4.2021- Seeing the Chicks


As part of our Science topic for this half term we are learning all about animals. We are learning about their body parts, what they eat and the different features and characteristics they have. To help our learning we had a visit from the chicks from Reception today. The children got different turns to hold the chicks, and thought about what their bodies felt like. We discussed what animal group they were, their different features and how we should look after and care for them. All animals are part of God's creation and they are all special and unique. The children so loved seeing and caring for the chicks and it has really bought their Science to life- please take a look at the fantastic photos of the children with the chicks  below.

Skipping Workshops 22.4.2021


Today the children had the fantastic Ben and Kate come in to work with us to help develop our Skipping skills. We had an half hour workshop where the children learnt the basics of skipping. We began by stepping over the rope, then went to a little run/ hop/ skip over. We then progresses to doing one and doubles bounces with the ropes. You could see how well the children progressed just from their learning being broken into small steps for them and having time to practise each step. They then even moved onto being shown some super cool tricks and were so fantastic at having a go and trying it out! The session then ended with all the children having a go at jumping over the big rope. Those that were more confident could even turn when jumping and then even touch the floor. Please see photos of their fantastic skipping below.

RE- Easter Drama 22.4.2021



Today the children learnt about the story of The Empty Tomb and an angel appearing to Mary Magdalene. The children learnt about the different parts of the story and acted them out in freezeframes. They so enjoyed acting out the guards at the tomb being frightened by the angel, going to find the empty tomb as the three women and then having an angel appear to them and proclaim the good news. They were so excited when they were told Jesus is alive and he is risen! This is such a wonderful and joyous time for us all and the children are so enjoying learning about Jesus coming back alive for all of us to watch over us. Please see photos of the children's fantastic Drama below. GLORY TO THE RISEN LORD!

Maths 22.4.2021

Numbers to 20

Adding and Subtracting Methods

Year One are focusing on using different methods for adding and subtracting up to 20 as part of their Maths learning. They are learning to add and subtract using counting on and back, using 10 and using ones. They have been using their ten frames to help them understand the concepts and methods practically. They have then been putting their knowledge into practise by writing their sums.



Cooking Lesson 21.4.2021



Today the children had their first session of Spade to Fork after the Easter Holidays. They went to the parish hall and did some cooking and made delicious current muffins. They spoke about what ingredients they would need and spoke about how how they would make them. They had such fun making them and even used an oven to help cook them. They learnt about using an oven safely and how it works with cooking and heating different foods. Thank you to Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Hawkins who supervised the cooking with the children. They said how well behaved they were and how all the children had so much fun! Please see photos of the children cooking below.


Please note that not all children in the class were able to cook this week. Those that haven't will be first to cook next week instead. The children will be completing Cooking on a weekly rota basis so that it fair for all the children and so they get a quality slot of time cooking. 


 Grouping Animals

Today the children looked at their new topic of animals and their physical features. We thought about the different characteristics and features animals have such as hair, fur, wings, tails and their colours etc. We then grouped the animals into different sub groups based on their physical features.


We then thought of our own animals and wrote sentences clues using their physical features. They then swapped them with a partner and the partner then guessed and drew that animal based on the clues.


The children then finished off by reading aloud some of their clues to the class. The children had great fun guessing the animal and even made some actions to show that animal and their characteristics too!

Today the children looked at animals and their physical features. We thought about the different characteristics and features animals have such as hair, fur, wings, tails and their colours etc.


We then thought of our own animals and wrote sentences clues using their physical features. They then swapped them with a partner and the partner then guessed and drew that animal based on the clues.


The children then finished off by reading aloud some of their clues to the class. The children had great fun guessing the animal and even made some actions to show that animal and their characteristics too! They then finished off with grouping different animals into their book based on their physical features and they way they look. Have a glance at our fantastic pictures of the lesson below.

Spring/ Summer 2021

CAFOD- A-Z of fundraising ideas

Click on the picture above to access easy fundraising ideas for Spring and Summer 2021, which have been given by the CAFOD Website and Charity. The website includes fun and quirky ways to raise money for CAFOD and can be done online, at home, with family and friends, or on your own. CAFOD have even updated the A-Z ideas page with new and exciting virtual fundraising ideas to respect lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures.

Spring 2 2021


Holy Week- The Last Supper



Today the children learnt all about the story of The Last Supper as part of their Holy Week topic in RE. They listened to the story of Jesus  having Supper with his Disciples and reflected on what this story meant. We talked about how the bread and body represented Jesus Body and His Blood. We then acted our own Last Supper using Ribena and bread- the children were so reverent and reflective and really enjoyed being part of the experience. We also blessed the bread and squash before we ate it and spoke about the words Jesus said. It is so important to think about The Last Supper as it is the last meal Jesus had before his death, and when he knew he would be betrayed.


Please see photos of our drama of The Last Supper below.

Mae Jemison- Science 29.3.2021


We had our final Science lesson for this half term today and learnt about our second famous Scientist who is Mae Jemison. We discovered in our Science lessons who she is- she is a world famous astronaut!


She is especially important as she was the first black woman to travel into Space. She had a dream from a young age- she always loved learning about Space and she was determined to make this dream a reality!


Mae Jemison worked for NASA and did her first mission into Space on the Endeavour Space Shuttle in 1992. She was in Space for 8 days and orbited the Earth 127 times! She is a real inspiration to us all and a wonderful Scientist for us to learn about in Year One. Please see pictures of us learning about her, and some examples of our fantastic work below.


Cooking Lesson 24.3.2021



Today the children had their third session of Spade to Fork. They went to the parish hall and did some cooking and made delicious ginger biscuits. They spoke about what ingredients they would need and spoke about how how they would make them. They had such fun making them and all had to work as a team to create their amazing biscuits. Thank you to Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Hawkins who supervised the cooking with the children. They said how well behaved they were and how all the children had so much fun! Please see photos of the children cooking below.


Please note that not all children in the class were able to cook this week. Those that haven't will be first to cook next week instead. The children will be completing Cooking on a weekly rota basis so that it fair for all the children and so they get a quality slot of time cooking

Holy Week- Palm Sunday




Today the children learnt all about the story of Palm Sunday as part of their Holy Week topic in RE. They listened to the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and reflected on what this story meant. They were shocked that Jesus, the king would ride into town on something as humble as a donkey! The children then acted out the story of of Palm Sunday where they waved palms and put their coats on the floor as Jesus roe into Jerusalem. They also shouted Hosanna! 


Please see photos of our drama below and you can also see videos of us acting out our Bible Story.



23.3.2021- Stephen Hawking

( Science Week)


To mark Science Week, we have been learning about famous scientists. Our first Scientist is Stephen Hawking. We have learnt about him in class as part of our Science lesson this week. We have learnt about who he is and discovered that he has completed a lot of work on Space and black holes.


He was a very special man. He was diagnosed with ALS Disease and spent most of his life in a wheelchair. However, his brain and mind were still able to work, and he spent all of his life finding out fantastic facts about Science and Physics! A lot of what we now know about Space, we owe to him! See the fantastic photos of the lesson and the children's work in their books below.

PE- 22.3.2021

Run, Jump, Throw Lesson 3

Different Types of Jumping


On Monday 23rd March the children had their second PE session and learnt all about different types of jumping. We experimented with jumping in different ways and tried out high and low jumps, short and long jumps, bounces, strides and jumping with either one foot or two feet. We played different games exploring and experimenting with these different types of jumps, trying them out both individually and in pairs. We then had different stations where we tired out different types of jump- the children jumped over the cones, had top jump from one square into another and also tried out a long jump.  We then looked at the long jump in more detail and spoke about needing to use our arms to help us jump, as well as doing a little jog and jumping and landing with both feet. Please see photos of the children enjoying their lesson below. You were all brilliant jumpers- WELL DONE YEAR ONE!

Spade to to Fork 17.3.2021


Today the children had their second session of Spade to Fork. They went outside and planted some lovely broad beans plants. They spoke about what a plant needed to grow such as air. sunlight and water. They then watered their plants and then sang a song 'grow little bean grow.' They really enjoyed planting the seeds and looking after them. They watered them really well and all understood what a plant needs to grow healthy and strong.  They then thought about what seeds they wanted to plant next week and how we were going to take care of them. They also did some basic planting maintenance- they had a look at the outdoor areas and removed any weeds or  watered any plants that needed it etc. They also generally tidied up the areas and got rids of any leaves, rubbish etc. What a great second lesson Year 1 and they are looking forward to watching them grow over the coming weeks!



We are carrying on learning about British Science Week and our theme of Innovating and Ideas to create a brand new machine for our classroom. This week was all about Design. The children had to think about how they were going to design their new fruit machine and how it was going to work.


We considered lots of ideas such as what kind of machine it would be, what equipment we would use ( recyclable where possible) and how we would make it. We also thought more about the purpose of the machine and how choosing our own fruit would make us more independent and easier for our classroom.


We have decided to use a lever/ pulley for our machine which we will press to help the fruit come out. We are going to use cardboard and planet- friendly materials where we can. We are so excited to start building our machine in the Summer term!

PE- 15.3.2021

Run, Jump, Throw Lesson 2

Different Types of Running


On Monday 15th March the children had their second PE session and learnt all about different types of running. We experimented with running in different ways and using different speeds such as slow motion walking, normal walking, jogging and sprinting. We tried out these different running movements in different lanes to build up our understanding and stamina. We then had relay races at the end of the lesson where the children had to use their new running techniques and work as a team to complete the race. The children really enjoyed this and had lots of fun, as well as getting rather sweaty and exercising!  Please see photos of the children enjoying their lesson below. WELL DONE YEAR ONE!

Collective Worship 16.3.20201

Learning about Jesus' Disciples


This week we have been enjoying learning about the story of Jesus and his disciples. We read the story together and listened to the story from the Bible. We then thought how we could be a disciple and follower for Jesus. We discussed that we would like to help him and follow him in our lives. We then learnt our new song' Fishers of Men' and enjoyed reflecting in our prayers about Jesus and his disciples.

Foodbank Donations- 12.3.2021


Thank you so much to all of Year One for bringing lots of tasty food in for our local foodbank. Today the children came in their own clothes and each bought tins, packets or cans of food to help those who may need our support or generosity in such difficult times. You all looked fantastic in your home clothes and I am amazed, as always by your almsgiving, love and compassion to those who need it. Thank you so much Year One and your food contributions will make such a difference to the lives of those who need it. 

11.3.2021 RE

Learning about Jesus in the Desert



We are in the season of Lent at the moment and to celebrate this Year One have been learning the story of Jesus in the desert in their RE lessons. We have listened to and discussed the story of Jesus being tempted by the devil in the wilderness and he was very good to say NO! We have spoke about how we sometimes get tempted by treats or our consoles and that we are going to try and give up one of those things for Lent. This is to remember Jesus in the desert and his all important sacrifice. Seem some fantastic photos of the children acting out the story below.





This month marks British Science Week and we are marking it here at St Rose. The theme for British Science week is all about Innovating and making changes for the better in order to improve an idea This week was all about Innovation and Ideas and the children has to come up with an idea for a machine to help them in school or the classroom. The idea is that the machine will help to make our lives easier, either in the classroom or at school!


The children watched a video all about Science week and were then told their mission. The children discussed ideas in pairs and in groups and wrote their ideas onto sugar paper. We then had a whole class brainstorm and shared our ideas as a class. We then chose our top three ideas which we thought could work in our class and drew and labelled them into our Science books.


To finish we had a class vote on which machine we were going to make. After much discussion we have chosen….




We are so excited to get started and to begin designing our machine next week! Watch out for further posts this half term where we begin designing and learning about our Class Scientists, Stephen Hawking and Mae Jemison. Please see photos of our fantastic Science lesson from today below! 


Our Class Virtues This Half Term

Attentive and Discerning



This half term we are looking at the virtues of attentive and discerning. We spoke about what these virtues mean today as a class and did a whole class brainstorm of how we can show these virtues in our class and everyday  life. We are attentive when we listen to our calling from God to love and serve one another in all that we do. We are attentive to our experiences and can see where they will take us in our future vocations. By listening to God's call and his voice in our prayers we can decide what he wants for us. God always knows what is best for our lives and will lead us on the right path. We can  also be attentive in how we see others and their feelings- if somebody seems sad or worried we should comfort them and offer them support. We need to be attentive to those who need our help and kindness.



We are discerning We are discerning when we decide to do the right thing in the interest of the needs of others because we know the positive impact that will have on their lives. Sometimes we decide to use our time to help others who are in need. We discern that this is the right choice as we are using our gifts and talents to help those who are in a less fortunate position than ourselves. We can be  discerning when we  have listened to God's will and then put it into practise- we understand what he asks us to do and begin to achieve it.


Please ask the children about the virtues they have been learning in class and ask them, how they will fulfil and carry out these virtues in their daily life. We would love to hear what they tell you! Please see pictures of our children thinking about our class virtue below.

PE- 8.3.2021

Run, Jump, Throw Lesson 1


On Monday 8th March the children had their first PE session and started a brand new topic. This half term we are working on key skills such as running, jumping and throwing. We began by moving with beanbags in different ways, travelling using running, balancing, crawling, walking, hopping etc. We then had a race where the children had to run around different hoop obstacles, drop the beanbag in, pick it back up and run with it etc. This introduction session was great at showing the children the focus for this topic and getting them used to running and throwing together as an exercise. Running around lots also helps to keep our bodies fit and healthy and to get the exercise we need. God gave us our bodies as a gift and we must ensure we do all we can to both look after them and develop them by learning new skills. Our PE lessons are a great way of showing this. Please see photos of the children enjoying their lesson below. WELL DONE YEAR ONE!

8.3.2021- WERE BACK!





It is so so wonderful to have all of you back in the classroom after lockdown. Mrs Lynch and I have missed you all so much and it is so lovely to have you all with us again and learning lots.. The children are so happy to be back too and we are very excited to continue out learning journey together for the rest of this academic year.

Autumn 2 2020





Merry Christmas Everyone-

Schools Out!





We would like to wish everyone in Year One a safe, restful and faith filled Christmas. We have had a truly wonderful term and Mrs Lynch and I are so proud of all of Year One. We want to say thankyou for the beautiful Christmas gifts and cards we have received over the last week- your generosity never fails to amaze or surprise us and the gifts we have had have been truly lovely. We realise that we are living in very hard times at the moment, and this token is truly appreciated. 


Please remember that I will not be replying to any blogs over the holidays and that you do not need to post any homework online or on the blog over the festive period. I have given out a wallet with Spring Term Spellings and Homework in but this does not need to be completed until the end of Spring 1 so you have lots of time! You do not need to complete any of it until we begin school in January- I have just given it to you early in case any of you keen beans want to take a look at it!  It is now time for us to break up and go and enjoy our Christmas holidays... SCHOOL IS OFFICIALLY OUT! It is time for you all to have a break, as you have all been working so hard- I would like everyone to take some time out from homework and school activities and use the holiday to spend lots of well- earned time with your family and loved one, where it is safe to do so. 


I know this will be a strange Christmas for us all, but however or wherever you choose to spend your holiday season, I hope that it is filled with Peace, Love and Hope. We wish for a better year in 2021 and hope that we will be able to return to normality very soon. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday 5th January at 8.55am.


Year One Christmas Movie Morning 

Friday 18th December 2020


This morning the Year One children watched a brilliant Christmas Movie- Nativity! They were able to watch the movie in their classroom bubble and everyone was given popcorn as a very special treat! They all so well and were as good gold while enjoying the film so well done Year One. The children had so much fun watching the movie and enjoyed their popcorn- they thought it was super yummy! Make sure you ask your child at home about the movie they watched and see what they can tell you- how well did they listen?! 



We also want to thank all the children who came in their own clothes this morning and bought in £1 for Father Hudsons. This is a wonderful charity and your donations and generosity will be greatly appreciated and help to make a huge difference. 

Year One Enjoying The Pantomime

17th  December 2020


Today Year One had a wonderful Pantomime to watch in school which was 'Robin Hood and His Socially Distanced Merry Men.' The performance was by Take Away Theatre Group and was packed full of songs, laugh and festive cheer! The Year Ones absolutely loved it and were smiling an d joining in the whole way through. We also did some activities related to the Pantomime such as colouring, word searches and designing our own Christmas gift tags. We also played Panto Bingo while watching the performance and ticked off different things that we heard such as 'Boo' , 'It's Behind You' and 'Oh No It Isn't!' The children were so well- behaved, sat beautifully and thoroughly enjoyed the performance- see the fantastic pictures of them below. I have also attached below A PDF document which has all the activities to do with Robin Hood and the Pantomime if the children want to try them out again at home. 



St Rose Christmas Carol Performance 2020


I am very pleased to announce that The ST Rose  Christmas Carol Service/Nativity video is now ready to be watched and enjoyed. There is a link below to watch the video and the children will also be watching it in school this week too! We would all like to say a huge thankyou to all the children for working so hard to practise their songs, reading and prayers. It is such  a wonderful celebration of our school and so much hard work went to into it! We we all want to say a big thank you to you all and enjoy- there is even a special performance from the teachers!

Year One Enjoying Our Christmas Meal

16th  December 2020


Today Year One had a wonderful Christmas Meal complete with all the trimmings. They had a turkey dinner followed by lots of yummy ice cream! The children all enjoyed their food while listening to Christmas Songs and were truly full of festive cheer!



Making Christmas Cards- 15.12.2020


Today, we made Christmas cards to give to our family and friends. We wrote a lovely message inside for our families,  coloured and painted our snowman and then used glue to add cotton wool and pom poms to decorate his body. We also drew some lovely decorations of Christmas trees and baubles using our learning from Art this week. We have been learning about different types of lines such as straight, curved, wavy and zigzag and have our Art topic incorporate into our drawings. You can se some pictures of the children working on their cards below and we will be sending them out this week- keep your eyes peeled for them in the children's book bags!


Super Sound in Science- 15.12.2020


Today the children had an observation and pattern seeking Science lesson to finish off their Human Body Unit. They were learning about the sense of sound and how our ears use sound waves to pick up noise. We did a sound walk around school where we walked around the grounds and drew and noted the different sounds we could hear. We talked about how close or far away sounds were and observed different patterns we noticed. We noticed, for example, lots of noise by the classrooms where children were and that it was quieter out in the forest school area away from the cars and noise of the school. We managed to hear sweet bird song here! We also discussed how we might hear more noise at certain times of the day such as lots of cars and traffic at the end of the school day or early in the morning. We also observed the volume and pitch of sounds, noticing that some sounds were loud or quiet or high or low.

PE Gymnastics- Assessment Lesson


Today Year One finished off their Gymnastics Unit for the half term by having an assessment lesson. They used their knowledge of travelling, jumps, shapes and rolls to create sequences of movement and patterns. They started by completing sequences along the mats and then went onto using the benches and apparatus too. They were able to put 3 or 4 shapes or jumps together to create a sequence- they began with a shape, travelled along by using rolls, crawling or bunny hops and then went into to star, tuck or straight jumps. They then finished by completing rolls or dish or arch shapes on the floor- we could see how much knowledge they had learnt through the unit and it was wonderful to see them putting it into practise. We had some fantastic sequencing from all of the children and you can see the progress they have made- check out their pictures below and well done Year One!

Christmas Jumper Day-11.12.2020


Today all of the Year Ones came in their Christmas Jumpers to raise money for the wonderful Birmingham Children's Hospital. We were so pleased that everyone in Year One bought a £1 and we managed to raise over £30 as a class for this wonderful charity. Your donations as ever, make such a huge difference and are much appreciated. Birmingham Children's Hospital will be so grateful and your generosity will truly make a difference to their work You can see below how fantastic Year One looked in their Christmas Jumpers!

Christmas Baubles December 2020


Mrs Lynch and I would like to thank all of the Year One children who have very kindly given £1 for a Christmas bauble wish and to have their bauble on the tree. This week ( 7.12.2020) the children worked in class, writing their wishes and making the baubles and they have now been put on the Christmas tree outside the office where they can be seen by all! They look absolutely beautiful on the tree and Birmingham Women's Hospital will be so grateful for your kind and generous donations. Every little bit we do really makes a difference so thankyou! We hope that all of Year One's wishes truly do come true this year and well done again Year One for making such beautiful baubles!





Science-  Tantalising Taste-10.12.2020


This week in Science the children learnt all about their mouths and the sense of taste. We did an identifying and classifying experiment where we tasted lots of different foods using our mouths and described and sorted them. We had different describing words for food which we then had to sort different food objects into. We tasted an array of different foods such as sweet goods like caramel and chocolate as well as fruit like lemons and oranges. We even tasted a few spicy foods like chili. We also tasted vinegar, cheese and cucumber which they found were salty, cheesy, fresh, bland, salty or acidic. The children enjoyed using their sense of taste and thinking about the different describing words used for the food. We then finished by grouping our foods into certain word groups such as spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, fresh, juicy, cheesy and fresh. The children were brilliant taste detectives and learnt lots about how we use our sense of taste. They were able to identify certain foods and classify them into groups based on how the tasted. 

Raising Money For CAFOD

Friday 4th December 2020




This Friday we had an own clothes day in aid of CAFOD which is a fantastic charity that offers aid and support to all those around the world. As a class, we have raised over £33 which is amazing- this means that we have enough money to buy our two gifts which are helping a llama farmer to grow crops and to buy emergency water for families in times of crisis. Again we would like to thank all of the children and their parents for their generous donations- without your help none of this would be possible. Thankyou for your wonderful donations and your money will truly make a difference to the lives of those in need around the world.

3.12.2020- Perfect Programming


Today Year One finished off their programming unit by going on the turtle program on JIT. They used their vocabulary and knowledge to create an algorithm or set of instructions to get the object to different things in the story. They tried out a three little pigs story and a space level. They had to make sure that they dropped the pen first so they could see their instructions, where they had gone wrong and debug them if necessary. Please see examples of their very own fantastic work on the computer below!

Super Science- Our Bodies and Smell-1.12.20


Today the children learnt all about our noses and the sense of smell. We had an experiment where we tried and smelt lots of different potions such as marmite, chocolate powder, chilli, shower gel, vinegar, coffee and much more! We began by smelling the items and trying to guess what they wer-e we wrote the answer on our whiteboards. Working with our partners we then thought of different describing words and adjectives to do with smell using our word bank to help us. We had to ensure that we picked the correct describing words to match the smell and this also helped us with guessing what the smell might be. The children were excellent smell detectives and were amazing at describing and classifying different smells and identifying them- well done Year One!

PE Lesson 4 Gymnastics 30.11.2020

Starting and Finishing Positions



Today the children did their fourth PE lesson and were working on learning starting and finishing positions for straight and tuck jumps. They learnt about bending their knees with their arms out straight to start, taking a big jump and then finishing with their arms and legs straight. This lesson was all about balance and control and starting and finishing jumps smoothly and accurately. They were then able to move onto jumping of benches using their new starting and finishing positions and could try out their new knowledge and put it into practise. Some of them could even begin to jump of the low vaults which is fantastic! I have added some pictures you can see below but there is also a link to the video on the sharing platform which you might want to have a look at called Year One PE Monday 30th November 2020-Start and Finish Positions. Year One were very professional on the video and you can see all the different things we did today!



Year One- Super Skippers

Skipping Competition November 2020


Last week, from the 20th to 27th November Year One and the whole of the school took part in a Skipping Competitions with other Catholic Schools in Birmingham. They had to skip twice for 1 minute and record their score each time. Each school across the Catholic Cluster would have done this and we have been competing against lots of other Year One pupils. Year One were absolutely brilliant- we have been practising skipping as part of our PE warmup  in our daily miles slots and at break and lunchtimes. We have also been doing an extra practise on Friday morning and Year One have truly rose to the occasion- their skipping has improved hugely over the last 2 weeks and some children have even told me they have ben practising at home! We will find out the results of the competition in the next few weeks and who the winners are. The competition was all about pupils developing resilience and trying to beat the best scores each time and we saw a marked improvement in Year One's performance from their start and end skip. There will be certificates and awards of recognition for children with the most skips in each class, the biggest improvement in their Personal Best, Best Class total and a trophy to the overall school winner recording the highest total from all year groups. We will keep you updated on the winner but for now well done to all of Year One! See the fantastic pictures of their skipping below. 





Mrs Lynch and I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the Year One children and parents who bought in donations for the food bank today. We were extremely touched by the fantastic support and generosity we had from everyone-  there was such a wide variety of donations from tins of food to tea bags to lots of delicious cereals and pastas! The local food banks around Birmingham and the West Midlands will be so grateful to you all and it will truly make a difference to people in need during these challenging and unusual times. Have a look below at Year One in their own clothes and all the fantastic donations they bought in! WELL DONE YEAR ONE!


25.11.2020- Using the Bluebots in Computing


Today the children tried out the beebots practically. They had real bluebot devices and were told how to work them using the instructions and vocabulary they already knew. They then had different mats and had to direct the bluebots to different places on the mat using the instructions. They could not touch the beebot and had to do it all using only the buttons! They were much better at remembering to clear the code this week and using the beebot toys practically really helped them. They then went on the bluebot app trying out the garden and sand level and were much better this week- they remembered to clear the code each time and were much more confident with the directions and left and right. Trying out the bluebots practically really helped them for when they came to consolidate their knowledge on the game app.

Super Science- Our Bodies and Taste- 24.11.20


Today the children took part in an identifying and classifying experiment as part of their Science unit on The Human Body. They were learning all about the sense of touch and has to touch different objects on the table and identify and describe them using different words associated with touch. We used words banks with words such as fluffy, soft, hard, bumpy, rough, smooth, crunchy, sticky and squishy. We discussed the meaning of those words and thought about what objects might feel like this. After our experiment we shared our results and the words we had come up with- the children then named some of their favourite items and described how they felt. The Year Ones were truly super scientists and I was very impressed at the fantastic words they were using in their descriptions- well done Year One!

PE Lesson 3 Gymnastics 23.11.2020


Today the children did their third PE lesson and learnt some more complex and developed shape using their muscles. They did a lot of partner work today and worked together to create different  movements and shapes on the mats. They learnt how to be rag dolls and soldiers and discussed the difference between relaxed, and tense muscles as well as floppy and stiff limbs. They also moved onto trying dish shape and arch shape raises being on both their tummy and backs and trying to get their arms and legs off the floor while keeping them straight. The Year Ones were very impressive and most could hold the shape for a good 5 seconds. I have added some pictures you can see below but there is also a link to the video on the sharing platform which you might want to have a look at. Year One were very professional on the video and you can see all the different shapes and movements we learnt today!


Singing in Collective Worship


All of this week Year One have been learning hymns as part of their collective worship. They have sung so beautifully and our favourite hymn has been 'Lord you have my heart.' They so enjoyed singing this song and I wanted to share you with you their hard work and beautiful voices. I have therefore uploaded a video onto the Video Sharing Platform of the website. By clicking on the link below you can watch the children's beautiful singing and I will be using this video sharing platform more in the future. We will be uploading lots more videos of our learning including PE, singing and collective worship so keep your eyes peeled on the website!

18.11.2020- Computing



Today the children carried on with their programming unit. They explored the beebot app and reviewed their instructions of forwards, backwards, left and right. They then used this to program code on different beebot levels to get the beebot to the flower. They also learnt how to delete, edit or review code and change it to get the correct algorithm they wanted. The children did find  some of it quite challenging today but we are going to move onto a more practical lesson next week using the beebot toys and mats in class. However, this lesson was good for them at getting them to know and understand how the beebots worked and how they related to the instructions they had learnt.

16.11.2020-Groovy Gymnastics Lesson 2


As part of our PE topic this half term we are exploring Gymnastics. We had our second lesson today where the children used their prior knowledge of rolls and jumps to create sequences on pieces of equipment. We used mats and benches and tried out different jumps off them, then moving into rolls. The children did a straight jump, a tuck jump,  a star jump and a half turn jump of the benches and were very safe when doing so.. They also explored and tried out different rolls on the mat such as the log roll, tuck roll and even teddy bear rolls! The children were fantastic with their progression and were fantastic with trying out different sequences and movements. They were able to combine walks, jumps and rolls together and looked very elegant when doing so! The children did so well to put their prior knowledge into sequences and were very safe when getting out and using the equipment and apparatus. Look at our fantastic photos below and well done Year One!

13.11.2020- Children in Need 



On Friday 15th November 2020 , we had an 'Own Clothes Day' to raise some much-needed funds for Children in Need.  All the children bought in  a £1 donation  to come in their own clothes. I know that circumstances are tricky right now and Mrs Lynch and I were truly overwhelmed by the amount of support we received from children and parents today. All the children did their bit in coming in the own clothes and bringing in money and we are so grateful to have all your generous donations. We are so, so grateful to you all and we thankyou for the bottom of our hearts for your amazing generosity, kindness and support. 


In addition to this, we also completed Joe Wick's final 20 minutes of his 24 hour PE challenge for Radio 2. The Children in Need team wanted all schools to complete the final 20 minutes of his PE marathon with him.  We joined him on Friday morning and you can see us taking part in his workout and some other fantastic photos of our Children in Need Day below. As a school, we raised a whopping £197! Well done to all the children!


Thankyou again to all Year One Parents and Children for your continued and fantastic support. All your kind donations have gone to a great cause and charity and will really make a different to children's and family's lives.

11.11.2020- ICT - E Safety in Year One


Today we had an E Safety Lesson as part of our Computing and explored all about being safe online. We looked at some key safety rules such as blocking or flagging anything we didn't like when using a computer. Due to our ages we spoke about how instead of dealing with the problem ourselves, we should always speak to a trusted  adult first and get their advice. We also discussed cyberbullying and how this is not acceptable in any context, including online. We spoke about how we need to be kind online and speak to our teachers or parents if we feel unsafe or upset. To help us remember everything we learnt we made posters and used the SMART idea below. The children then wrote the 5 SMART tips or rules down as well as making their posters. They then finished the lesson by having a quick blast on numbots and put their knowledge into practice- if they had any problems, were unsure or saw anything they didn't know they then put up their hand and told an adult! Well done Year One! Ask your children about the rules and tips they learnt for staying safe online- see if they can tell you!


10.11.2020- Super Science Using Our Sense of Sight


Today we had an observing and identifying/ classifying lesson where we worked in pairs to explore our eyes. We used mirrors to look at our eyes, using different lights and observing how our eyes changed and how our pupils went bigger or smaller. In our pairs we then had a blown up diagram of an eye which we had to label and discuss. We talked about the different parts of the eye, identified what they were and explained what they were used for. Year One did amazingly- they now know lots about their eyes and their sense of sight so make sure you ask them at home- I am sure they would love to tell you!

9.11.2020-Groovy Gymnastics


As part of our PE topic this half term we have moved onto Gymnastics. We had our first lesson today where the children experimented with different types of jump- the children tried out a long, straight jump, a tuck jump,  a star jump and a half turn jump. They also explored and tried out different rolls such as the log roll, tuck roll and even teddy bear rolls! The children did so well to learn the new vocabulary for the rolls and jumps and then try them out too using the right techniques. We will then move on next week to putting our new found knowledge of rolls and jumps into a sequence of movement using simple apparatus. Look at our fantastic photos below and well done Year One!

5.11.2020- Learning about Baptism


Today the children learnt about Baptism as part of their RE lesson. They looked at pictures and videos of what happened in Baptism and discussed all the different things they could see and what they meant. We then had some children acting out the different parts and symbols of  Baptism service, such as making the sign of the cross and putting Holy Water on the babies forehead and the baby wearing white in Church. We spoke about the importance of being welcomed into God's family and how even adults can be baptised too.

ICT- 4.11.2020

Our Programming Unit


Today Year One started their unit on Programming and learnt all about the following directions and vocabulary : Forwards, Backwards, Left and Right. The challenge that a lot of you did at home really helped the children with this so thank you so much! We spoke about these words and what they meant- we used our robots James to guide around the classroom to different people or objects using these key words. We then looked at a treasure map and spoke about how to get from the start to the finish using forwards, backwards, left and right. The children then finished with drawing the map and the start and finish on white bards and drawing direction arrows to get there. They also tried to get from one object to another using their directional arrows and even wrote the words or instructions using their new vocabulary when they could. Well done Year One- you are going to be excellent programmers!

Autumn 2- 2.11.2020

Being Intentional and Prophetic in our Class Virtues



This half term we are  looking at the virtues of intentional and prophetic. We are intentional in the way we live our lives and use the resources of the Earth, guided by morality. We can be intentional as a school community in trying to advance our school and build a better quality of life. Using wisdom and judgement we can live our lives more intentionally living in the present moment rather than the past or future.


We are prophetic in the example we set to others and when we have a Christ Centred approach and vision to our lives. We can be prophetic by living our lives rooted in the Gospel and understanding and realising what it is to be a good and kind human. Jesus lived his live prophetically and we should strive to be like him in all that we do and say.


Please ask the children about the virtues they have been learning in class and ask them, how they will fulfill and carry out these virtues in their daily life. We would love to hear what they tell you!

Autumn 1 2020



22.10.2020- ICT- Blogging on j2blog


Today the children had their last session using the blog and j2 blog app. They were able to go onto the blog themselves using their QR codes and could then write about their day and what they had been doing in class. They were then able to upload their work to the blog, publish and save it. This will help them with publishing and uploading their homework at home.


Learning about Primary Colours and Tints and Shades in Art


God has given us many talents and we should use these to paint the world a better place and to use our artistic flair. In our Art lessons this week we have looked at primary colours, where we learnt about using red, blue and yellow. The children were excellent at remembering the ways in which we make primary colours and were inspired by the work of Mondrian when they made their paintings.


We then began looking at how to create tints and shades of a colour.  The children were excellent at recapping primary and secondary colours before they learnt what a tint and a shade was.  In the lesson, they used the time to change the colour blue into different tints and shades.  They learnt that a tint is when we make a colour lighter using white and a shade is when we make a colour darker using black. They learnt that you only need to add a little bit of the colour at a time and not too much!  You can see pictures of the children's fantastic work on tints and shades below!


 God's world is filled with beautiful colours in every tint and shade. We are very lucky to live in a world that is so colourful and vibrant! He wants us to take time to appreciate the different colours that are present in our world, and to be curious and find out more about how our wonderful world works. Ask your child how they made a tint and shade in the lesson and see how much they can remember!







Prehistoric Topic in History- Learning about Objects and Artefacts


This week we are focusing on History as part of our Knowledge Based Curriculum and have been looking at the Bronze, Iron and Stone Age. We have  learnt about humans developed as they made fire and spoke different languages, how they developed in making different tools and clothing to help them hunt and keep them warm, and how they adapted to survive. We have also discussed about how humans adapted from ape like creatures to homosapians and that as they developed they moved across the world to survive and thrive.


We have had such fun learning about being  prehistoric people  and have also been looking at different tools and artefacts. You can see some photos below of a lesson where we had to look at different objects from prehistoric times and try and guess what they were .We saw chairs, tools, axes, swords and even houses! The children were brilliant historians and detectives and were fantastic at finding different clues to help their guesses!


God wants us to learn about the past, and what history has come before us in the world so that we can learn from this and know how we can live better lives in our Creation. Please ask your child about their Prehistoric topic and see what they can tell you-  they have  had a fantastic week of learning and I am sure they would love to tell you! 

Our Amazing Bodies- Science 6.10.2020


Today the children had an identify and classifying lesson where they had to look at different body parts and identify what activities we did with those parts. They started with classifying different body parts and activities and did a ort and match an activity to the different parts of our bodies that we use. They then moved onto thinking of some of their own activities for each body part, working in teams to sort and match activities to the correct body part. The children also though about how we can use more than one part of our body for one activities and discovered how hard the human body has to work just to live!

PE 28.9.2020- Learning Our Friendship Dance


This week in PE we carried on with our Jungle Book theme in PE and the children learnt a special friendship dance based on the partnership of Mogili and Baloo the Bear. They watched a video clip from the film and chose special poses and actions that they saw and wanted to include in their dance. We discussed and shared them together and then made a dance using five of our favourite action poses or moves.  We then practised and perfected our dance moves and then put them to music. It was a real giggle creating our dance and the children had so much fun learning and putting it to music. Maybe you could even ask them to show you the dance at home or one of the4 poses- I am sure they would love to show you!

Science 29.9.2020


Today the children learnt about the Human Body. We identified and labeled different parts of the body using big cutouts and different words of the board. The children were fantastic at knowing the different parts of the body and where they were located. They worked very well in table teams to label the parts ibn the right places and spell them correctly. Well done Year One for being super scientists and knowing your bodies very well!

ICT 23.9.2020- Learning how to Blog


You now know that I have asked you to put any homework that you do on the blog so that I can see it each week and comment about your work. Today the children were shown how to get on their j2bloggy page and how to add a new post. They began by learning in using their QR code with the camera and scanning it in. They then  learnt how to add text and a picture and then how to publish their work so that I can see it. They can now hopefully show you how to blog at home so that I can begin to see your wonderful homework- please ask the children to show you how to login using their QR coded and how to blog- it would be lovely to see lots of children getting involved and posting their work from home!

Year One's Autumn Walk- 22.9.2020


Today the Year One children had an observing Science lesson. They went on an Autumnal walk and were focusing on observations over time, looking at how the Seasons have changed from Autumn to Winter. They found many different things on their walk such as different coloured leaves in red, yellow, brown etc, conkers, acorns and even a few blackberries! They were excellent finders and were so excited to discover that Autumn had arrived! They then came back to school and wrote about their different discovered in their Science books. Well done Year One for your fantastic Autumn and seasonal observations!




Incredible ICT- 16.9.2020


Today the Year One’s worked with James to learn how to log onto their BGFL accounts using their QR codes. They worked together in partners using the IPAD camera and their codes to logon and were introduced to the BGL Launchpad and desktop. They will now work on building up their confidence logging on and using the BGFL Launchpad over the coming few weeks so keep your eyes peeled on this page for more updates!



Being Weather Reporters in Seasonal Science 15.9.2020


This week, we continued our unit in Science on Autumn  and the changing seasons and began to learn about the different weather that happens in this season. The children demonstrated that they understood what the weather was like be being special weather reporters using their maps of the UK and their special weather cards.  During the lesson they worked in pairs to determine what the weather was like using their knowledge of Autumnal weather as well as other seasonal weather such as Summer and Winter. Looking at the seasons is  something we will continue observe over the rest of the year and through to Spring and Summer.  Ask your child about their seasons and which is their favourite and why?  


Don't forget, going on an Autumnal walk and making a collection of different Autumn objects  is one of your enrichment homework tasks so now is a good time to start! God has given us such a beautiful and wonderful world and we should take the time to appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature. Our Science lessons at St Rose help us experience this process and enjoy the many things that God has created for us.

Learning Dance Poses in PE- 14.9.2020


In PE this half term we are learning all about Dance. Our theme is The Jungle and we have been creating many different shapes and poses to do with jungle life. The Jungle Book film has been been our inspiration and the children have come up with many different poses such as wolf poses, swinging pose, sleeping pose etc. Over the coming weeks we will start to set travelling movements to these poses to make a sequence so keep your eye on this page on the website to see our PE journey and how it develops. There are some fantastic pictures below for the children's poses from this week!

Super Seasonal Science- 9.9.2020


In Science we are learning about Seasons for the first part of the half term, mainly focusing on Autumn and what changes and observations we see throughout  this season. Today Year One learnt about all 4 seasons and had a categorizing activity where they had to sort different pictures into each of the different seasons.


The children were fantastic at it and worked really well as a team on their tables to match and stick all the pictures to the correct season. They then showed their fantastic learning through drawing pictures for each season in their book and labeling them. Well done Year One- you have been truly super scientists today!



Our class wish in Year One






" to always try our best even when we sometimes find our learning challenging or difficult'


Today, we talked about what our class wish for this year should be.  We always try to think about how a wish could make our time in school even better and the children were really insightful with their responses.  They wanted to make sure that we always had a go in their learning this year even when times are challenging so we decided that our wish would be " to always try our best even when we sometimes find our learning challenging or difficult. "


I hope you  agree that they have created a brilliant class wish and I am very much looking forward to picking one child each half term who has fulfilled this.

Being Active and Curious in our Class Virtues


This half term we are  looking at the virtues of  active and curious. These are the catholic virtues we will be focusing on in our school and class throughout this term.


We are active when we notice the daily blessing in our lives and are thankful for all that we have in the world. We are also active when we bring enjoyment and meaning to our lives through following out the word of God.


We are curious when we wish to find out more about God's wonderful world and ask questions about the things he has created. We wish to find out more about life and how things work and appreciate his wonderful Creation.


Please ask the children about the virtues they have been learning in class and ask them, how they will fulfill and carry out these virtues in their daily life. We would love to hear what they tell you!