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Summer 2

Year One Class Trip Thinktank




Today the Year Ones had their Science class trip to the Thinktank. We went for the morning and learnt all about our amazing bodies. The trip was to help enrich their Science curriculum and learning. We have been learning all about our senses and organs and today we had a workshop all about our bodies and what they can do. We learnt all about our senses that we use daily, the different parts of our bodies and which foods are healthy and non healthy.


We then explored the different floors of The Science museum, looking at our  wonderful bodies, at wildlife and animals and amazing things created in Birmingham. We even got to play in and spend lots of time on the new Mini Brum floor, where we could have time to play, use our senses and we became Scientists,  Vets, Doctors and Shopkeepers.


We had a truly wonderful day and the children loved it so much they did not want to go home! Every child shone and was a real credit to the school both in their behaviour and their enthusiasm for learning. Well done Year One- I am so proud of you all!

RE 29.6.2021

The Prodgial Son


We have been learning about the wonderful gift of God’s forgiveness. To help with this we have been listening to and understanding the story of The Prodigal Son and thinking about how the father showed forgiveness and love to his son. The children have been acting out the story in class and have written fantastic retells of the story in their RE book. They have also been writing their own sorry prayers asking for forgiveness and have considered the meaning of the story, and how they can show forgiveness to others in their lives. See some fantastic photos of the children's drama and work for their RE topic below. in class and have written fantastic retells of the story in their RE book. They have also been writing their own sorry prayers asking for forgiveness and have considered the meaning of the story, and how they can show forgiveness to others in their lives.

E Safety Week 





The children took part in a Workshop all about Digi the Duck on Monday 28th June where they learnt all about staying safe online and protecting ourselves. They were pirates for the workshop and went into a pirate adventure game with lots of different and wonderful levels. On each level they had to combat a different boss or difficulty and solve different e safety puzzles and riddles. The children learnt so much such as the importance of using good and safe passwords and not giving out our personal information online to anyone such as our name, address, school or number etc. They also learnt about how they can solve different issues online through sending or telling our parents, reporting or booking the person and screenshotting any nasty messages they find. The children were so brilliant at completing the different levels in the workshop and were super at giving suggestions for what to do. They could identify the 4 ways of sorting out any online problems by the end of the lesson and even learnt about not clicking on nasty popups or viruses as these might lead us to unsafe websites or harm our computer by having viruses. It was wonderful to see the children so engaged and they learnt lots of new knowledge. 




During their E Safety lesson in school this week the children learnt about how sometimes not everyone online is nice and people can make us feel worried, sad upset or uncomfortable. When this happens we spoke about how we need to speak to a trusted adult straight away who can hlep us with this problem and work out what to do for the best. We said it was particularly important to talk to an adult if we see anything we are unsure of or if we receive nasty messages from anyone  online. The children then identified the trusted adults we could speak to such as parents, grandparents, teachers, aunties and uncles and even older brothers or sisters. They then labeled hands with the different trusted adults they could speak to for support and then decorated them. Wonderful learning Year One and you know now how to keep yourself safe online!


Make sure you ask the children at home what they have learnt about E Safety this week so they can wow you with their amazing knowledge and check out their amazing photos of both the workshop and lesson below.

Sports Day




Today Year One had their Summer Sports Day at school. They had their morning with Year 2 but went round the different activities in their Year One bubble. The children had to run and jump over hurdles as quick as they could, and they did different sprint and running races. They also had an activity where they had to throw the javelin and try and get it as far as they could as well as doing speed bounces and counting their jumps. We also had an excellent warm up and cool down dancing to our favourite songs- we had a boogie to Little Mix , Abba and even Justin Bieber! The children were excellent at their different Sports and we were so impressed with how talented they were. We will have an assembly next week to find out the winners of each event and the winning house  for Sports Day who will receive lots of extra house points! Well done for being super sports stars Year One!



Healthy and Active Day


Today the children had a whole day off timetable where they participated in a variety of activities to teach them about healthy living and active lifestyles. They tried out different dance moves in the Hall, had a brilliant go at Tag Rugby on the school playground and did a variety of different water relays using cups spoons and sponges. The children had so much fun being active all day and spending as much time moving as they possibly could! They even had a smoothie workshop, where the children learnt how to chop and make delicious smoothies as well as tasting them. All the children found the smoothies delicious and want to try it out at home! The children had a fantastic day and learnt so much about being healthy and active as well as having lots of fun. We want to say a big thank you to Miss Arnold for organising such a wonderful day and all the Newman student teachers who came in to work with us and who led all the different activities. The children had a super day and make sure you ask them all about it at home- I know they will love telling you what we did. You can see some photos of the children's wonderful day by looking below. Well done Year One!

Our Healthy Living Workshop



This week, as part of their Healthy and Active Week the Year One children had a visitor come in to work with them for a one hour workshop. The focus for the workshop was all about keeping ourselves healthy, in terms of physically with the foods we eat and ensuring we get enough exercise and sleep every day, but also mentally with looking after our minds and well being. The workshop also showed Year One the importance of drinking water and ensuring we get enough everyday to fuel our bodies. The children learnt about why we need to keep healthy so that our bodies can be the pest they possibly can and so they can achieve lots of wonderful things. The workshop consisted of lots of different activities that the children could enjoy in small groups- these included looking at different drinks and sugar, brushing a giant size set of teeth, ordering and sorting our 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, making jigsaw puzzles and creating food charts using objects of food. The children also had an ipad to see the different organs inside the body and were able to identify safe and non safe objects around the house, that they would not touch without an adult.


All of the activities had different questions, instructions, challenges and information for the children to read and they worked so well as a team, solving what they had to do at the different activities stations and working together to complete their goals. They got so much from the workshop and learnt lots of fantastic facts and ways to stay healthy so that our bodies can do lots of amazing things! The children truly enjoyed the workshop and were wonderful with all their knowledge- maybe you can ask them at home what they learnt? from the workshop?! Please see photos of the children in their workshop below. Well done Year One!


Remarkable Running in PE



Year One have started their brand new PE topic of Run, Jump Throw and experimented with different moving speeds today. They tried out different skills such as walking, jogging and sprinting and used different lanes to experiment with different speeds. Once they were confident with this and had built up their fitness they then had different relay races against other teams. The children also extended themselves by starting the race in different ways such as doing two jumps, facing the wrong way or even lying down. They were absolutely fantastic at using the different movement speeds and I was so impressed by how fast they could spring and run too! Please see the photos of today's lesson below and well done Year One! 

Science- 15.6.2021

Parts of Plants


Today the children made their own plant pictures as part of their practical task. They were learning about parts of a plant so started by creating their own plant using bits of card, straw and tubes etc. Once they had made their plant they then labeled it using the key parts such as seed, leaves, stems, petal etc.



They had to assemble their plant first using the different materials and thought about the different parts that their plant would need. After making and assembling their plant they then labeled it using the key words. They cut out the key words and stuck them in the right place on their plant.



We then finished by the children holding up their plants and talking about the different parts. We then discussed in more detail about what the different parts of the plant do and how they are useful e.g how the root takes up the water and nutrients from the soil. Have a look at the children's super work below!


Lunchtime Prayers



As part of their collective worship the children have been spending more time with saying their prayers and thinking about the meaning behind them. To help them with this they have learnt some sign language and actions to go with their lunchtime prayers, which helps the children to say their prayers reverently and respectfully. Children have also been coming up in class each day to say a line of the prayer and to discuss what the words mean. We have also been talking about who we share food and dinner with and nd what conversations we have with people when we eat. The children have also been taking part in projects at home and have bought in pictures of them eating with their families and of healthy foods they like to eat. We have then created a class collage which we have shared on our altar. Please see pictures of the children's fantastic homework below and of them practising their prayer actions in class. You can also click on the link below to go to the video sharing platform to see a video of Year One saying the prayer with actions.


Our Rights Respecting Lesson

Religion- 9.6.2021


Today the children in Year One had another Rights Respecting lesson where they focused on their Right to Religion.  We started by doing our sign of the cross which is the symbol for our Catholic religion and faith. The children discussed about their different beliefs and values and how we have the right to believe in different religious. We did a class mind map where the children discussed how we need to be nice to all religious, and show love and respect to each other. The children also learnt about how we can learn about a variety of different religions and  culture to show tolerance and so we can understand them better. The children then filled in a sheet with some sentences, their own mind map and some key pictures and symbols of the different religious to show their understanding. They have taken their work home today so please make sure you ask them about it! There is also pictures of the children's lesson and work below. Well done Year One!


Science-Terrific Trees




Today the children learnt all about different types of tree and distinguished between evergreen and deciduous trees. The Year Ones learn about how deciduous trees lose their leaves in Autumn but evergreen trees keep them all year long. Evergreen trees tend to have waxy leaves and include fir trees and holly.


The children went on a tree hunt and ticked of different trees that they could see around our school. The children used their magnifying glasses to look at the different leaves closely to identify the type of tree. They then came back into class and did a sorting activity, looking at pictures of trees leaves and identifying if they were from an evergreen or deciduous tree. The children worked in pairs to sort the pictures and then discussed and gave reason for their choices.


The children were excellent tree detectives and were brilliant at working out which trees belonged to which category. They can now tell the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees.

2D and 3D Shape in Maths



In Maths, for our first week back we have been identifying and exploring different 2D and 3D Shapes. We have been recognising triangles, rectangles, squares and circles as part of our 2D Shape Work and have been discussing their properties such as corners and sides. We have also been comparing these different shapes using group or colour and making different shape and patterns with them. With 3D Shape we have also been identifying different shapes such as cubes, cuboids, spheres, cones and cylinders. The children have truly wowed us with their knowledge and have been real Shape Superstars- well done Year One!

Summer 1 

RE- Jesus and the Children 25.5.2021


Today the children learnt all about the story of Jesus and the children. They listened to the story from the Bible and discussed how special they felt that Jesus loves and cares for children. They talked about how they would have felt if they were there, and if Jesus had told them to come and be with him. They then acted out the story, with different children acting as Jesus, the disciples and the children, and the children had lots of fun! They now understand how Jesus loves children and he cared for all of them, no matter how small they are. We know as children we all have a place in the kingdom of heaven, and that we are close to God. Well done Year One for your fantastic acting skills and make sure you ask your child about the story of Jesus and the children at home- I am sure they would love to tell you! Please see photos of the children acting out the story below.

Great Gardens- Science 25.5.2021



Today the children went out and looked at different garden plants in our school to examine and observe them more closely. We looked at our school vegetables in the patches and spoke about what fruit and vegetables we could see and then looked at a variety of different plants in their flower birds. We saw many different plants such as poppies, sunflowers and lots of grass too!


The children then looked more closely at the flowers with magnifying glasses and spoke about the different parts of the plant they could see such as the stem, petals and leaves etc. They understood how we couldn’t always see the roots as they are below the ground, hidden away! Seeing the plants close up using special equipment really helped the children to see and identify the different parts of the plant.


The children then came back to class and discussed all the garden plants we had seen. They then drew their own garden with their favourite garden plants and labelled it so that I could see all the different flowers. We had some beautiful gardens from all the children and I WAS SUPER IMRPESSED- WELL DONE Year One!


Computing- Numbots



Today the children used their IPADS for their basic skills session to go onto their Numbots Logins and practise their sums. This is a fantastic website which all the children have access to and logins for. They can practise their addition, subtraction, place value and composition of number and it really helps to develop the children's Maths skills. Each child's login is based at their level and knows and assesses the skills that they need to practise. The children loving going on their Numbots today and practising their Maths- they had fun and they were learning lots too!


I really encourage you to go on Numbots with your child at home to help them with their Maths work- if you need a login or have any questions please just ask me and I will sort it for you. You can also  ask for anything logins and let me know any problems by contacting me via my email:


Many Thanks and super Computing skills today Year One!

Maths Place Value




Over the Summer Term Year One have been learning all about Place Value. We have been looking at different 2 digit numbers and exploring the value of their tens and ones. We have also been using our counting in 10's to help us with working out the number. We now know that a 2 digit number is made up of tens and ones and even know how to compare numbers by looking at their place value.  God wants us to learn more about the world around us by understanding and ordering numbers. The more we know the more we can make sense of the world and wonder at his Creation.‚Äč

Science Wild Plants



In Science today the children had an identifying and classifying lesson. We learnt all about Wild Plants and what they looked like. The children then went on a Wild Plant Hunt outside- we got out in the sunshine and went around our school grounds looking for different wild plants.


The children found a variety of wild plants such as dandelions, buttercups and daisy’s. They so enjoyed looking at all the different flowers beforehand and then finding them for real- they got very excited! They were also amazed that wild plants could grow outside without any seeds or anyone planting them- they just came up on their own!


 The children then created a tally of the amount of plants they saw- they also drew a picture of it using their pencils and we discussed the different parts of the flower such as the stalks, stems, petals etc. We then finished the lesson by the children coming back inside and drawing three of their favourite wild plants they saw. They then wrote some fantastic sentences describing them and what they looked like.

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.