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Welcome to Year 1's Class Page!


We hope you had a restful and relaxing half term. We are so excited to have you back!


We are always working hard in Year 1 but we always try to have as much fun as possible in our learning. We are always trying hard and being respectful and kind to others in the class in our words and actions.  


We use our class page to tell you about all the exciting things that are happening in Year One while also informing you of any key and important messages or dates.This is updated regularly so please ensure you check the class page frequently.


Miss Murphy and Mrs Lynch

Star of the Week!


Each week we nominate one child who has been a absolute super star in Year 1 during that week.  This could be for hard work, being helpful around the classroom or simply because they have been a wonderful member of the class.  


Our 'star of the week' for Friday 5th July    is...

all of Year One!


For our star this week I could not pick just one Year One child- all of them have been working so hard on their assessments and I can see how hard they have all been working. They have all truly done themselves and me proud and have honestly tried their best at their end of term tests. Their scores have rocketed as a result and I am so pleased that all their hard work has paid of for them.  They are truly ready for Year 2 and I know they will do absolutely brilliantly as they continue to move up the school. We are so proud of you  Year One-  keep up  the good work and well done!

What's coming up in Year 1?

Week commencing: 8th July  2019 


In Year One, this week, we will be carrying writing reports all about Space for English to finish of our topic. In Maths we will be reviewing our knowledge of calculation and worded problems.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Calculation and Worded Problems Revision 

Calculation and Worded Problems Revision   Calculation and Worded Problems Revision  Calculation and Worded Problems Revision 

Calculation and Worded Problems Revision 

English Using and understanding labels and diagrams

Using and understanding question sentences 

Planning a non- chronological report Writing a non chronological report ( draft.) Writing a non chronological report ( Final)


Transition Day 2019- Year One 


In July we had our annual transition day where the Reception children spent the day in their new Year One class. They met their teachers and spent the whole day in their new classroom thinking about the new and exciting year ahead of them.


They each had their own jelly baby to look after and care for throughout the day to teach them the values of love and compassion. They were all so caring and thoughtful to their little one!


The also learnt about the rules of Year One and thought about their own learning journey and what they could to ensure it is successful and fun! They realised they don’t need to be nervous and every new chapter in school is exciting!


God wants us to keep growing and moving on in our learning journey and to witness new experiences for ourselves. This helps us to grow and develop as people and we know God and Jesus will be with us every step of the way!


Watching Year 6's Transition Workshop


Today the Year One's and all the school got to watch Year Six do a performance about moving to Secondary School. Year Six had had a workshop all day with a specalist and had worked on the performance together. The workshop covered many issues such as bulyying, making new friends, completing homework and being organised , and the journey to school. Year Six were brilliant actors and mnaged to be serious as well as having many comical moments!



Year One loved it and although it is far away it was useful for them to think about some of the issues that may face them in the future when they come to leaving primary school and starting secondary. The main message was to enjoy it and never to worry as there are always adults around to help you that you can always talk to. Well done to both year One and Year Six!




On 19th June 2019 we had  a BMX Bike Show at our school. We had a professional biker come in to show us all kinds of tricks that could be done using bikes.


We watched the show on the school playground and got to see lots of amazing stunts and tricks! We then got to ask the professional lots of question about his work and dream.


Most importantly, he also told us how to be safe on bikes and to always wear helmet and equipment to keep our bodies safe, especially when challenging our bodies and trying dangerous stunts!


God wants us to use our bodies responsibly to do lots of physical exercise and keep ourselves healthy. He wants us to learn about how to be safe when using our bodies to exercise and keep fit and to be safe, secure and happy at all times.



Phonemenal Phonics!


This week all of Year One have been working extremely hard on their Phonics Test this week having to read 30 real and/ or alien words and they have all done amazingly well! We could not be prouder of them for the effort and determination they have put in this whole year and it has truly paid off! They have all done  absolutely superbly and have worked so hard for this fantastic achievement in their Phonics. I would also like  to thank all the parents who have tried so hard with their children at home all this year and we could not have done it without your constant help and support at home too! We are so proud of you  Year One-  keep up  the good work and well done!

Important dates for your diary


Here are some important dates for your diary this half term.  Please add them to your diary or calendar.




Date Event
Sunday 23rd June Holy Communion for Year 3 
Thursday 27th June  Transition Day 
Friday 12th July All Day  Heroes Heptathlon
Monday 15th July from 1.30pm Year 1 and Year 2 Sports Day

Phonics Reminder!


The Phonics Test will be next week, commencing Monday 10th June. We will be doing 6 or 7 children per day Monday- Friday so that every child will have taken the test throughout the week.


Please ensure that you continue to practice all the sounds in your child's reading diaries and the reading packs that have been given to you at home over the weekend. It is essential that your child continues to practice their Phonics Letters and Sounds in preparation for the test. This is your last change to practice so get reading!



Move More Eat Well Day!


On Friday 24th May 2019 we had the fabulous Move More Eat Well day at Our Lady and St Rose. All the children came to school dressed in PE kit or sports gear to have an active and healthy day here in school.


The children took part in various activities throughout the day linked to a healthy life style. They made a healthy start, main and desert in class and had lessons related to mindfulness and looking after their body and mind. year One even won the healthy starter with our  amazing and tasty fruit kebabs!


In the afternoon they had lots of fun exercise to get their hearts racing and promote fit and healthy exercise. They did three legged races, water relays, yoga an even welly wanging!


God wants us to use our bodies to the best of our ability and to look after them the best way possible. It is so important that we eat healthily and do lots of exercise to give our bodies the right conditions to grow and thrive in God’s world.



Digital Leader Assembly and Presentation to the QUAD Schools



On 20th May 2019 the Digital Leaders led an e safety assembly presentation to the three other members of our QUAD schools, St Peters, St James and St John Fisher.


The Digital Leaders led an assembly about e safety which involved audience discussion, drama and videos and comments from other children in the school. They really enjoyed educating the other children about staying safe online, cyber bullying and using social media wisely and appropriately.

The children that had watched the presentation the answered questions about what they had seen, saying what the enjoyed and learnt and how they were going to use this as inspiration in their own schools. They had fantastic ideas such as doing a drama for other classes or even doing a whole school quiz on e safety.


God wants us to use our words and actions kindly and for good and this includes our actions online. He wants us to learn about how to be safe when using internet resources And how to act kindly and with love to other at all times.


Year 1 and 2 Gymnastics Festival


In May Year One and Two took part in the Gymnastic Festival with other schools in the QUAD.


All the children learnt different gymnastic skills and techniques such as using the trampoline, using bars and doing forward rolls and headstands and even balancing across a tricky high beam! The children all made fantastic progress in the time they were in the workshop and loved learning about gymnastics.


It was also fantastic to see the children engaging in even more physical activity. The children loved to be active and we are a school that encourages daily physical activity and strives to do more for our pupils.  All the pupils have now said they want to join a gymnastics club after school and carry it on further as they enjoyed it  so much!



God wants us to use our bodies healthily and to be active in all that we do. He likes to see us using our bodies to strive in sport and to exercise regularly and eat well. God wants us to make our bodies the best we can be so we need to exercise and eat well. Gymnastics also takes patience, dedication and time with our bodies.


Planting Bean and Cucumber Plants


This half term we are learning about plants. In our Science lesson we have been learning about what plants need to grow.


Plants have been created by God so we need to ensure we look after them well and help them thrive. For a plant to grow we know they need a seed, sunlight, warmth, water, soil and nutrients and time.


We have planted our own bean and cucumber plants in class in plastic cups. We are watering them every day and have put them in the sun on the windowsill. We are observing them in our Science lessons to observe the changes in the plants and how they grow.



This week we have been looking at various  2D and 3D shapes for our Maths work. We have compared and identified different shapes according to their various features and properties.


We have also grouped different shapes, thinking about their properties colour or size and using our reasoning skills. We have also looked at different shape patterns and made our own patterns using the shapes we know.


God wants us to learn more about the world around us and there are many different shapes in his creation. His world is made up of mathematical shapes and it is good for us to learn about them and how they work.




This half term we have been doing extra PE lessons with miss Murphy and Miss Lay based on Athletics. We have been looking at different ways of travelling using our bodies.


We have been jumping, jogging, skipping, side stepping and sprinting to see and learn about the different ways we can move and how they work. We have been using our legs to take big strides, small strides or move our feet quickly on the spot.


We had lots of fun races in our houses using these different ways of travelling. We know it is important to exercise to keep our bodies fit and healthy.


The bodies that we have are given by God and we need to look after them and ourselves by keeping healthy and well balanced.

Our Class Virtues for Summer 1 


Active and Curious


This half term we have been 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 ter,/


We are active when we ask questions about out world and take responsibility for our own learning and faith within it. We are also active when we follow out the teachings of the Bible within our daily lives and set an example by helping and caring for others.


We are curious when we listen to those elders around us such as parents, teachers and priests and want to learn. We can also use books and technology to find out more about our wold and we can begin to learn how to look after our planet and common home.


The Easter Story


We have been looking at the story of Easter at the start of thr Summer Term. This is a joyous story where we learn about how Jesus rose from the dead as the Son of God to show that sins could be forgiven.


The children have enjoyed acting out the story of Easter in groups and thinking about the message within. We have also discussed how we can share the message of Easter in our school, community and parish.

Important dates for your diary


Here are some important dates for your diary this half term.  Please add them to your diary or calendar.


Date Event
Monday 29th April School reopens for ALL pupils at 8.45am
Monday 6th June Bank Holiday Monday ( School Closed.) 
Friday 17th May Year 1 and Year 2 Gymnastics festival 
Thursday 23rd May Local Elections Voting Day ( School Closed.)
Friday 24th May School closes for half term at 3.30pm
Monday 3rd June School reopens for ALL pupils at 8.45am
Monday 10th June Year 1 Phonics Test Week Window Opens
Monday 24th June Phonics Test Pass Mark released online at GOV.UK


Apple Workshop- 2nd April 2019


On 2nd April 2019 we were lucky enough to visit the Apple Store in Birmingham as part of our ICT and Computing learning.


We went to a Creative Storytelling workshop where we learnt all about how to use iMovie on the ipads to make our own movie trailers for our favourite stories.


We had to work in groups to create our favourite stories and acted out the characters so that we could do the filming. We really enjoyed watching the trailers at the end and it really improved our technological skills.


God wants us to use technology and Computers to improve our understanding and learning of the world and to be the best that we can be. We need ton use technology for good and for educational purposes to help us to do the best learnt that we can here in school.


Stations of The Cross


Before Easter we have been looking at the Stations of the Cross. We have been thinking about what happened to Jesus in the final hours before his death.


We did a walk round our school, looking at the different art work and sculptures used to create the Stations of the Cross. We discussed what happened at each station and reflected on how Jesus felt.


In Year One we understand how Jesus felt and the sacrifices he made for us. God wants us to realize that he sent Jesus our son to die for us and take on the sins of the world. We  understand how important and loving this sacrifice is. This is why we need to take time at the special period to think of Jesus and the suffering he went through in order to save us.

A Huge Thank you....


Year One, Mrs Lynch and myself would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who came to our reflection on Monday 25th March. It was a huge success and it was wonderful to have so many of you there taking part in our worship with us. You were all extremely supportive and reverent and it meant so much to the children that you were there.


I would also like to say thank you to all the parents for bringing in a photo of their child and helping your child to learn their lines. Without your support at home this beautiful reflection would not have been possible. We are extremely proud of Year One who did extremely well and were little superstars. They have grown up and matured so much and we could not be prouder of them!

Physical features in Geography


In Geography this week we have been looking at physical features. Physical features are things that are naturally created and made by God. We went ona  walk round our local area looking at physical features such as the treess plants, mud, flowers, and ponds.


The children were fantastic geographers and loved looking at the natural environment around them and finding different things. It was wonderful to get out in the local area and explore Weoley Castle.


God wants us to learn about his world around us and take care to appreciate it, value it and learn more about it. Geography helps us to do this when we find out more about God's creation and what is part of it. Well done Year One!





On the 12th March  we were very fortunate to have a lady come in to do some Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety workshops with us.



She worked with Year 1,2, 4 and 5 and showed us how we can be safe online and protect ourselves from harm. She also showed us the importance of being kind to others online and not being a bully ourselves. She also taught the children about what to do if we are bullied online or if something is upsetting us. and talked about telling a trusted adult or someone we trust.



In this current climate it is so important to be safe online and to use to the internet safely and responsibly. The internet is a wonderful thing but God wants us to use it sensibly and for the good of others and not do harm. We can learn a lot of information from the internet when we use it safely and properly.




Becky, who led the workshop, was fantastic with engaging the children into the internet world. She used different resources such as props, freeze frames and drama to immerse and help the children learn.


Well done to all the children in the school, and especially Year One for being such a fantastic audience and engaging themselves so well in the workshops. They learnt so much about e safety and will be proper role models for safe and kind behaviour online!

World Book Day March 2019


On Friday 8th March we had the fabulous annual Word Book Day at Our Lady and St Rose. All the children across the school put amazing effort and hard work to ensure that they looked like their character from a favourite book.


Well done Year 1  for your amazing effort for this year's World Book Day.  Not only were there some fantastic costumes but some truly wonderful, handcrafted hats to match.  You really did all look amazing walking down the catwalk so well done!  Have a look at the photos below.

Super Science- Marvellous Materials 


In Science we have been learning all about materials as part of our Science topic. We are finding out about materials in the world around us and what objects are made from.


We did a Science work where we went and looked at objects around the school. We found different objects made out of glass paper, plastic, wood, fabric, stone and metal. We recorded these in a chart and then wrote and drew these objects in our books.



God wants us to learn about the world he made and to wonder at the objects and materials around us. Each thing made is special and a gift from God and our Science learning can help us to appreciate and value God’s world further.



Year One loved learning about all the different materials in our world. We saw and felt them together and even discussed why certain materials suit certain objects and are better for their use and purpose. Well done Year One- you are all truly super scientists!

The Good Shepherd Appeal


Today we had a special visit from the lady at The Good Shepherd Charity . She told us all about people that they helped through their charity.The Good Shepherd Charity help a wide range of people such as the homeless, disabled, and vulnerable, both children and adults. Their work helps to support communities in Birmingham who needs our help.


The lady told us how we can help by raising money in Our Good Shepherd appeal boxes for these people.  Every child in Year One has been given a box to take home which they can fill with money, however big or small and bring in to help this charity and those people in Birmingham that so desperately need out help.


God wants us to look after each other and to help those in need. We need to ensure we help those across the world in need and who are suffering. This correlates with Jesus teaching and looking after each other.

Tuesday 12th February 2019- CAFOD ASSEMBLY- LENT 


In February we were lucky enough to have another visit from CAFOD who did a special assembly with us about doing a special challenge for Lent.


We have all been asked to give up one of our favourite things and be sponsored to do it. This will help us raise money for those overseas in Bangladesh who need our help and support at this current time. .



We can use our money to raise money for seeds for families in Bangladesh, help them breed ducks, plant trees or give them fresh and clean water. We want do our best at ST Rose to help and support others wherever we can, including helping those in other countries worldwide.



God wants us to look after each other and to help those in need. We need to ensure we help those across the world in need and who are suffering. This correlates with Jesus teaching and looking after each other.



Ball Skills with Miss Lay


In January and February the children took part in extra PE session with Miss Lay and myself where they looked at using and learning different ball skills.


All the children learnt different techniques such as rolling, throwing, catching and dribbling, using a range of small and bigger balls. They really improved during the few weeks and got much better control over using the ball.


It was also fantastic to see the children engaging in even more physical activity. The children loved to be active and we are a school that encourages daily physical activity and strives to do more for our pupils. 



God wants us to use our bodies healthily and to be active in all that we do. He likes to see us using our bodies to strive in sport and to exercise regularly and eat well. God wants us to make our bodies the best we can be so we need to exercise and eat well.

Interesting ICT in Year One!


This half term the children in Year One are working on their ICT skills in Word Processing and typing.The children have been  practising their typing skills on Dance Mat typing ( BBC app.). They were practising using the home middle row of letters and had a go at writing different letters and using the space bar. They have also now learnt how to use the basics of Microsoft word. They have all had  a go at writing their names and writing simple sentences using the space bar, caps lock and full stop button. They then progressed into changing the size, colour and different type of font they used to make their writing look more interesting, unique and colourful. They are becoming much better and more independent at using the laptops and are fantastic typists and masters of Word- well done Year One!



Important dates for your diary


Here are some important dates for your diary this half term.  Please add them to your diary or calendar.


Date Event
Friday 15th February School closes for the half term at 3.30pm
Monday 25th February School reopens for ALL pupils at 8.45am
Friday 8th March World Book Day at OLSTROSE
Monday 25th March Parents Consultations from 1.30pm onwards
Friday 12th April School closes for Easter at 1.15pm
Monday 29th April School reopens for ALL pupils at 8.45am
Friday 17th May Year 1 and Year 2 Gymnastics festival 
Friday 24th May School closes for half term at 3.30pm
Monday 3rd June School reopens for ALL pupils at 8.45am
Monday 10th June Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Week Window


E Safety Day 2019


On 5th February 2019 we had our E Safety Day at St Rose. The day was led by the Digital Leaders and we had fantastic day learning all about staying safe online.



The Digital Leaders led an assembly about e safety which involved audience discussion, drama and videos and comments from other children in the school. They really enjoyed educating the other children about staying safe online, cyber bullying and using social media wisely and appropriately.


Year 1 and all the other classes then learnt about e safety in the afternoon. We learnt about the SMART tips for online safety and made posters showing our knowledge and what we had learnt. The Digital Leaders were distributed among the classes and helped support the teachers with teaching their class about e safety.


God wants us to use our words and actions kindly and for good and this includes our actions online. He wants us to learn about how to be safe when using internet resources and how to act kindly and with love to other at all times.


Well done to all the classes for getting so involved with e safety and to the Digitial Leaders for all their ideas, hard work and support with arranging and leading the day. WELL DONE ST ROSE!

Visit from CAFOD



At the end of January we were lucky enough to have a visitor from CAFOD who did a special workshop with us all about keeping God’s planet clean and safe.


We learnt about the effects of climate change and Global Warming and how the planet was being affected. We were told how we, as humans, can help to make the planet a cleaner and safer place to live.


We made our own promises about how we were going to keep the world safe and clean. These included recycling, saving water and electricity, cutting down on our cars, or planting new trees and plants.



God wants us to look after his planet and all the different creations on Earth. As the future generation, we must ensure that we do all we can to protect our world and give it the care and love it needs.

Our School Trip to Cannock Chase- Tuesday 22nd January 2019


The children had a fabulous trip to the Museum of Cannock Chase to help us with our toys and Fun and Games topic.


We learnt all about Victorian toys- we were able to make our own peg doll, we had a dance workshop where we danced like a string puppet robot and a Jack in the box!


We enjoy exploring God’s world around us and going on school trips. God likes us to see and partake in new experiences to learn and grow.


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


Learning about the past can help us to grow in the future and helps us learn about where we came from. God likes us to learn new knowledge and to have knowledge about the world , both old and new.

22nd January 2019- Trip to Cannock Chase Museum


In Year One, we have our trip this week to Cannock Chase Museum on Tuesday 22nd January. Please ensure that you bring a packed lunch if you have not requested one by the school.We will be going in uniform and will return for normal time pickup. We will be leaving at 9am so please ensure your child is on time and in school by 8.45.

Vocations Week!


This week, we have been focused all on Vocations in a special Vocations Week where the children learnt all about the different jobs we can have to follow in God’s path.


We discovered that having a vocation is not just about jobs- it is about living your life as Jesus and God wants you to and listening to their call within your heart.


Year One were full of love and wanted to do fantastic jobs in the community such as doctors and nurses, scientists and even priests and nuns! They wanted to do vocations which truly help and look after people in the world around them.


We learnt about different vocations and finished our week by writing a letter to Mrs O Meally, saying what vocation we would like and why. We were able to reflect on God’s message and think about what he wanted for our lives.

Prayer Friends


Year One and Year 5 have a focus together called ‘Prayer Friends.’ Every half term they come together and have a different RE theme to discuss and reflect on.


God wants us to look after each other in school and Prayer friends is a fantastic example of the older children caring for and supporting the younger ones. They work together so well and really are loving towards one another.


So far we have looked at The Stations of The Cross and Saint Rose and Saint Mary. The children did different work on both to show their understanding and learning. The children really enjoyed supporting each other in their work and reflections.


Relationship Education


In January we learnt about Relationship Education in Year One, where the children discussed the different types of family that we have.


Family is so important to all of us and to God- each family is unique and special and has its own memories and special love. Learning about different types of family and why they are important is crucial.


Year One enjoyed talking about the different family’s they had and discussing their own special experiences. They realize how important it is to be loved by others and by God and Jesus.


Important dates for your diary


Here are some important dates for your diary this half term.  Please add them to your diary or calendar.


Date Event
w/c 14th January Vocations week
Friday 15th February School closes for the half term at 3.30pm

Attendance and Punctuality


This term is a crucial part of the academic year for the children in Year 1 where they can really make progress and every lesson really matters.  The Phonics tests take place in the  Summer term (June) so it is crucial that your child is in school to make sure there aren't any gaps in their learning. 

Unless your child is really poorly, please can you make sure they are in school so that they can learn.  Odd days out here and there really make a difference as each lesson feeds into the next and this has an impact on what they are able to do.


Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.



18th and 19th December 2019- Year 1 and EYFS Nativity Performance


On Tuesday and Wednesday this week the early Years and Year One performed their Christmas nativity to their parents and what a wonderful job they did! We had narrators performed by Year One, who were fantastic at learning their lines and retelling the Christmas Story to everyone. Reception played the actors, and we had kings and camels, shepherds and sheep, MARY, Joseph, animals, innkeepers and many more. They did an excellent job of acting out the story on stage and were real performers! Finally our nursery class took part in the singing of the performance and had their own animal dance to do where they were brilliant!


This is a time when we should be thinking about the real meaning of Christmas and the importance and peace of Jesus’ birth. God wants us to take time to reflect on this story and to consider how this moment changed the world, with his son being sent as our saviour. This Christmas nativity story did a fantastic example of showing everyone the true meaning behind Christmas and it was an incredible performance by all with the children working so hard on their parts. They all did themselves proud and we are certainly very proud of them!

Friday 14th December 2018- Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Enterprise


Today Year One had a fantastic day wearing their Christmas jumper dress to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital. The children all looked amazing and very christmassy in their jumpers and we also had our Christmas Enterprise Market Craft Stall run by the staff and members from each class.


Year One made Christmas tree pom pom decorations and white chocolate snowball cakes and I am delighted to say that we SOLD OUT OF EVERYTHING! The crafts and treats the children made proved extremely popular and all of Year One's hard work this week has truly paid off.


The children love making and selling their own Christmas crafts and today was another fantastic year with lots of child and parent support. We thank you all for your fantastic generosity as always and here's to another fantastic Christmas Enterprise!

Whole School Retreat Day- December 2018


Yesterday the whole school embarked on a Whole School Retreat Day where the class immersed themselves in collective worship, reflection and prayer. The theme for the day was Advent and we were constantly thinking about this special time and how we can prepare and get our hearts ready for Jesus' coming and birth.


It was a fantastic day and really allowed the children the opportunity to think about their Advent journey and the different things they would need to become closer to God and Jesus and to  consider how they could be patient and calm in waiting for Jesus.


In Year One we also made and decorated advent candles to help us think about this special time. The children created an individual candle as well as using thumb prints to create a whole class one. We also discussed and made advent promises where we wrote about how we  were going to work hard to get our hearts ready for Jesus and the different things we could to achieve this.


Overall, it was a fantastic day had by all, and the children really enjoyed having the chance to reflect and think about their faith at this special time. Well done Year One and a special thanks to Dan and Emily for leading such a fantastic, prayerful and reflective day for everyone.



Year 1 and EYFS Nativity


This year, the Year 1 children will join Nursery and Reception  for their Christmas performance on Tuesday 19th December at 9.30 am and Wednesday 20th December at 1.30pm  in the School Hall. The Nativity performance is a celebration of song and retells the story of the Nativity.  Year 1 play a crucial part by being the narrators for the performance and letters have been given out this week explaining which part your child will play in the performance along with their line which they can practice at home. 


If you have not got your ticket yet please see Mrs Lynch or myself and we will be happy to assist you. There are 2 tickets per child for each family and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. The children are also sining the songs in class so please encouraged them to practice them at home! 




During the 4 weeks of Advent, the children are invited to wear their own clothes in return for supporting four different charities.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to extend our kindness to many people in and around Birmingham.  The dates are listed below but here is a summary of what is happening each Friday.


Date Charity What you need to do
Friday 30th November Bags for Brummies Homeless Appeal Bring in items from the wish list below
Friday 7th December St Vincent de Paul Christmas Homeless Appeal £1 donation for wearing your own clothes
Friday 14th December Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital Wear your Christmas Jumper and bring £1 to support these charities
Friday 21st December Cafod World Gifts £1 donation for wearing your own clothes


Year One Trip to Think Tank!


Today the Year One class had a fantastic trip to the Think Tank Science Museum. We went for an amazing bodies workshop where we learnt all about the different organs fo the body such as our lungs, heart, kidneys and intestines. We also looked at the 5 senses we have and how we use them to see, hear, feel, touch and taste the fantastic world around us. We also looked at different healthy and unhealthy foods and talked about making different choices and changes in our diet to ensure we are giving our bodies the best fuel!


We then explored the different floors of the museum- the children had great fun in the Science Garden, saw lots more about the body in All About Me, saw lots of different  animals on the Wildlife floor and were able to play and role play in Kids City.


God wants us to learn more about the world by exploring Science and finding out and how and why things work the way they do. Going to museums and finding out more about how the world works is a great example of how to do this and follow in God's footsteps.


The children has a great day and learnt lots about Science both in their bodies topic and in many other elements. They all said that they had a wonderful time and we can'not wait to take them on their next trip! Well done Year One!

Important dates for your diary


Here are some important dates for your diary this half term.  Please add them to your diary or calendar.


Date Event
Thursday 29th November KS1 & KS2 Skipping Competition (after school - children will be chosen and letters given out at the beginning of half term)
Friday 30th November Advent Charity Day 1: Bags for Brummies Appeal (own clothes day)
w/c 3rd December End of Autumn Assessments 
Wednesday 5th December Year 2 Mass at 10am in the Church
Friday 7th December Advent Charity Day 2: £1 donation for own clothes with all money going to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Homeless Appeal
Thursday 13th December Christmas Dinner Day
Friday 14th December

Advent Charity Day 3: Christmas Jumper Day - £1 donation for Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital

2pm: Christmas Enterprise


Tuesday 18th December Year 1 and EYFS Nativity 9.30am in the School Hall
Wednesday 19th December Year 1 and EYFS Nativity 1.30am in the School Hall
Thursday 20th December Year 2 and KS2 Christmas Performance 3.30pm in the Church
Friday 21st December

Advent Charity Day 4 :£1 donation for own clothes with all money going to Cafod World Gifts 

School closes for the Christmas Holidays at 1.15pm


Year 1 , 2 and 3 Football Festival- 22nd November 2018


Today 7 girls from Year 1,2 and 3 took part in the annual Girls Football festival. This is a fantastic event which encourages girls in Birmingham to have a try at Football, learn new skills, and most importantly have fun playing sports!


The girls took part in many different activities such as learning to pass the ball, dribble and keep control. They then took part in some football games both against each other and against other skills to try out the skills they had learnt.


God wants us to be fit and active and use our bodies to try out new sports and become good at different activities. We like to be healthy and sport is a great way to keep our bodies fit.


The girls did brilliantly and were so good at trying out all the new activities. All of them have said they would like to try football again and it has been a fantastic opportunity for them to learn new skills and try out a new sporting activity. Well done girls!

Think Tank Trip- 29th November 2018


Just a reminder that we are still waiting for a lot of permission slips and money for our trip this Thursday the 29th November 2018. The children will not be able to go on the slip without a signed permission form and the money so it is extremely important that these come in as soon as possible.


The cost of the trip is £9.00. If you need a new trip letter please do not hesitate to contact me or the office and we will get you a new one.


The children are so excited for the trip and we wouldn't want anyone to miss out!


Many Thanks,


Miss Murphy

The "String Bling" Assembly- 20th November 2018 


Today the whole school has a music assembly held by 15 year old pupils from a nearby school. The group was 4 girls who were training in making their own instrument string quartet. They were absolutely fantastic and all played different instruments such as violins and  cellos. They showed us many different musical terms such as rhythm, tempo, baseline, teamwork, melody and harmony.


They really worked on getting the children involved and we even took part in a musical quiz of guessing the songs with pupils vs teachers! The girls also played many different songs to us at different points and the children were truly memorized and even joined in when they could!


Listening to and enjoying music is one of the many talents and delights God has given us and we need to use our gifts for good and to make the most of the wonderful music and enrichment around us. All the children enjoyed the workshop so much that we hope many of them will take up an instrument in the future and work hard at their talents to be truly brilliant and use our gifts for better.



Children in Need 2018


Today the children bought in £1 to wear their Pugsy ears to raise money for the wonderful charity, Children in Need. Each child wore ears and bought in money to help children who are less fortunate than ourselves and who may need help and support, either here in our UK community or overseas.


the children all did so well at raising money and looked fantastic in their outfits. Their ears were wonderful- we had so many different variations and there were lots of homemade ones which was fantastic!


We love raising money here at St Rose and helping others in our charity work. It is so important that we look after others, as God and Jesus would want, and that we support those in need. We would like to say thank you to all of you for your fantastic support, as always. Well done St Rose!



ICT- 14TH November 2018


In ICT this half term we are focusing on creating our own research e book linked with our Science Topic, Human Bodies. We will be writing our own sentences and adding images about Human Bodies, which will link in nicely with our Science studies.


Today the children started their new topic and began making a picture for their Science book using the JIT 5 app. They began by drawing a picture of the human body on JIT using the paint tool and then had to think about the different body parts to draw such as eyes, ears, fingers etc. They drew bodies of both a girl and a boy with their partner and also had to consider what colours they should use and experimented with the different pencil tools. 


They finished by saving them onto their own files and we will use them again next week ready for writing about the body and labeling the different parts. God wants us to use technology  wisely to understand the beautiful world he created, and it is wonderful to see Year One using the computers so sensibly and efficiently. Well done Year One!

Our Remembrance Reflection


On Monday 12th November 2018 we had a whole school reflection to remember the soliders who have fought so bravley for our country and kept us safe.The Year Sixes lead the reflection and told us all about both The Second World War and "The Great War" as it has been 100 years since the first World War ended. We were told about all the wars that have happened and how many soldieras have lost their lives keeping us and future generations safe.


It is is so iomportant that we remember these soldiers and pay respect to them for what they have done for us. We had a 2 minute silence and a poppy display was created by Recption for all to ejoy at the reflection.


God wants us to take time to think about others, especially when they have died being couragous and giving their lives for others. By having this reflection we were able to spend time thinking about the soldiers and the fantastic scarifices they made for us. 


All the children were extrememly reverent and enjoyed the reflectionb they had. They were all truly respectul and a real credit to the school. Well done Year One and everyone!

School Book Fair





The annual School Book Fair has arrived in school and will be open from Friday 9th November until Wednesday 14th November. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to buy books for your child to support and enrich their reading at home.


Each class has been to the Book Fair today to see the books that are in order and think about a book they might want to choose. ( Please see Year One Photo's of us at the Book Fair below.)

The Book Fair will run in the School Hall from 3.30pm after school until 4pm from 9th November- 14th November. The children are so excited by the books there and there is also other merchandise on offer such as posters, sticks etc.


The more money that we raise for the Book Fair the more free books we can have and access for all the children in our school, so we would really appreciate your support. We hope to see you after school one day this week from 3.30pm in the School Hall.







Learning about Time


In our Maths lessons this week we have been learning all about Time. We have been looking at o'clock and half past times, both identifying these times on clocks and drawing them on our own clocks.


The children have really impressed us with their knowledge of time and how they well they have picked up the clock and different hands. They have learnt about the hour and minute hand and how they show us different things on the clock.


God likes us to learn more about his Creation and learning about the time helps us to understand how to use the wonderful day and night that he created for us. Well done Year One!

Our Human Bodies


In Year One we will be learning about Human Bodies for our Science topic  this half term. We will be learning about the different parts of the body and what they do, as well as identifying and exploring the 5 senses that we have. Our topic will also be supported by a fantastic to The Think Tank for an amazing body workshop and experience!


In our first lesson we have been learning all about the different parts of the body. We drew round Jaya and then labelled her different body parts such as her mouth, elbow, head, ankle, stomach and many more. We also talked about what we use our bodies for and came up with many different examples such as walking, dancing, running, eating, cycling and even thinking!


God wants us to use the bodies he gave us for good and to find out more about them. He wants us to understand and learn about our bodies so that we know how to look after them and respect them. Each of us has a special body that has been given to us by God and we need to look after it and nurture it. Well done Year One!

Thursday 29th November- Year 1 Trip to Think Tank, Birmingham


A trip has been arranged for the Year 1 Children to visit the Think Tank in Birmingham on Thursday 29th November 2018.


The children will be travelling by coach leaving school at 9.15am sharp so it is crucial that all children are on time on this day, Children need to be in school for 8.45am- the coach is not able to wait for children who are late and we would not want any children to miss this amazing trip!


A letter has been given out today to all children which has a reply slip to fill in at the bottom. The cost of the trip will also be £9.00 per child with the school subsidising most of the cost of the trip.


Please complete and return the reply slip and payment as soon as possible. All money and return slips must be returned by Friday 16th November 2018.


Thankyou so much for your co-operation and we are all so excited for the trip!





On behalf of myself and Mrs Lynch we would like to wish you a restful and very happy half term. It has been a very new and different start for the Year One pupils who have had to get used to a change from Reception but they have all done so well and we are so proud of them!


We hope you all have a well deserved rest as you have worked so hard and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6th November at for our next half term! 

St Rose Poppy Day!



On 26th October 2018 St Rose had their annual poppy day. All the children wore red and bought in money to buy poppies. This helped to raise money for the Royal British Legion.


All of Year One took part and wore red on their clothes. We also nought lots of poppies to wear! We love dressing up to raise money for different charities.


Soldiers help to protect our country and look after us. By raising money we can help to look after them and show our respect and love to them.


God wants us to raise money for charity to help loo after others and show love and kindness. We like to use our efforts in school and for good an v d to support and help others.

Important dates for your diary


Here are some important dates for your diary this half term.  Please add them to your diary or calendar.


Date Event
Friday 26th October Wear it Red Day for the British Legion - wear red and bring in £1.
School breaks up for half term
Tuesday 6th November School starts again for the second Autumn half term.  Children to be in at 8.45am.
Thursday 29th November  Year 1 School Trip to Think Tank, Birmingham.
Tuesday 13th November Parent Consultation Meetings 1.30 - 5.00pm
Thursday 22nd November Girls Football Festival (after school - children will be chosen and letters given out at the beginning of half term)
Thursday 29th November KS1 & KS2 Skipping Competition (after school - children will be chosen and letters given out at the beginning of half term)
Friday 14th December Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Enterprise
Tuesday 18th December  EYFS and Year 1 Nativity Performance ( Option 1)- 9.30am in the School Hall
Wednesday 19th December  EYFS and Year 1 Nativity Performance ( Option 2)- 1.30pm in the School Hall
Thursday 20th December Year 2 and KS2 Christmas Performance 3.30pm in the Church
Friday 21st December School closes for the Christmas Holidays at 1.15pm


Oral Storytelling- Writing up our Story


This week in Oral Storytelling we have been using all our knowledge of the story over the half term to write up our whole story into our books. The children have either written the whole story or part of the story and have then scribed the rest with an adult verbally.


it has been wonderful reading the children's work and seeing how much they have learnt and remembered from the story. They are now fantastic storytellers and know the story really well! They have written the story both on whiteboards and in their books. We also have a video of two children from the class retelling the whole story using their story map! Please have a look at them below and make sure you ask your child to tell you the story of Anna's apple at home!



Recording our Jam Sandwich Instructions in Computing!


Today the children videoed their instructions of making a jam sandwich. They got into groups of three where one child read their instructions from the previous week, one child was the actor who acted out the instructions and the other child was the video recorder.


They videoed their instructions and we then looked at our videos and discussed how we would change them. We discussed what we could improve e.g less background, noise, holding the camera and what was good about them.


The children enjoyed using the ipads and learning how to video. They also enjoyed making their jam sandwiches, thinking about the instructions they had to use  and of course eating them at the end! Well done Year One!

Year 1 PE Skills with Miss Neville- 18th October 2018!


Today the children had a fantastic PE lesson with Miss Nevill where they practiced different ball skills such as dribbling, passing and throwing. They had great fun learning different skills and attempting different challenges such as lying down and passing the ball behind them with only their legs! 


They are really improving with their ball skills and are becoming much more confident with passing and kicking different balls. Please ask your child about what they have been learning in PE at home.


Below is a video and some photos for you to look at of the children in PE today!





Year 1 PE Lesson Balls Dribbling

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Instructions for Our Jam Sandwich


In Year One we have been looking at instructions for our Computing work. We have been learning how to program and how to follow algorithm instructions.


We have thought about what instructions are needed to make a jam sandwich. We have to be really detailed and specific in our instructions for our jam sandwich robot.


We then wrote our own instructions for making a jam sandwich and practiced making our own jam sandwich seeing how our instruction’s worked. If we had made a mistake we had to go back and debug or change our instructions.


God likes us to use his amazing work for the better and to use the wonderful technology that us around us. By understanding technology and how simple programs work we can use his world for the better and learn more about his Creation.

Writing Confession Prayers to Father Gary


In our RE lessons we have been looking at the role of a priest and the jobs he does. We learnt that priests do confession for their parishioners.We had a lesson this week where we wrote our own confessional sorry prayer to our parish priest, Father Gary. We wrote sorry prayers to him and a whole class reflection where we thought about what we had done wrong and how we could be sorry and show forgiveness to others.


God wants us to atone when we do something wrong and to make it right by asking for forgiveness and making the right choices. God will always choose to forgive us when we go to him or a priest and say sorry for our wrongdoings.


In the lesson we made sorry cards, acted out the role of a priest and drew priests and their jobs on the iPads. We also had a discussion about atoning for our actions and showing forgiveness. When we did our whole class reflection the children were able to say what they were sorry for, and ho they could make up things they had done wrong and be better in future. The prayers the children made were truly heartfelt and thoughtful and we are so proud of them- well done Year One!


Year One Phonics Workshop 2018


Today, on  Tuesday 9th October 2018 we welcomed all Year One parents to our Phonics Inspire Workshop. The workshop was designed to educate parents about how we use Phonics in the classroom and to give ideas on how to support their children with Phonics at home.


The workshop was a great success and we had many parents attend- I would like to thank the parents who took the time to come today. I hope it was a huge help for you and the children loved working with you!


God likes us to educate ourselves through reading and to make the best of our talents. We can use reading to find out more about the world around us and to learn and research about the fantastic world that God has made.


At St Rose we aim to have fantastic relationships with our parents and we like to keep them informed about what we do in the classroom.The workshop allowed the parents to learn more about Phonics and to try out different Phonics games and activities with their children. They could also take these home to practice.


A huge well done to all the Year One children and their parents!

Year 1 Phonics Meeting and Workshop Reminder - Tuesday 9th October


A letter was sent home today  inviting you to attend a meeting with myself on Tuesday 9th October at 9am. The meeting will be in the school hall on Tuesday 9th October and will run until 9.30am. This is an ideal opportunity for you to meet me and to understand the Phonics Screening Check that will take place at the end of Year 1. It will also enable you to try out some different Phonics activities with your child and to ask my any questions or concerns you may have about Phonics.  I look forward to seeing you.

St Thomas Harvest Assembly


This week the members of St Thomas Aquinas held a Harvest Assembly. We told everyone about the parable of the sower and how we need to ensure that we are good soil, which can take on the seed of God’s Word.


We asked for donations of food and tins which we gave to Tabor House. God likes us to user our powers for good and to give to those who are less fortunate. We have lots of  food so wanted to give some away to those who need it.


The pupils of St Thomas House planned the assembly and delivered it. We also had members of St Thomas from Year One- Six come up and give the donation baskets that we had collected for Tabor House. It was very spiritual and inspiring to see all the donations we had collected as a school for our chosen charity.


We asked the rest of the school to reflect and wonder about how they could be good soil and grow in God’s Words. God wants us to take time to listen to him and understand him, and this takes prayerful reflection and thinking time.


Well done to all of St Thomas for such a thoughtful and reflective assembly!




Year One Church Visit 


In September we went to Church to look at the different objects that were there.We learnt about the different symbols and what they represent. We looked at the altar, font, organ, candles, flowers, lectern and pulpit.


God wants us to delight in his house and to take joy and comfort there. He wants us to find out more about him and to grow in our faith journey. Going to Church and growing in understanding is a fantastic way to do this.



The children behaved very respectfully and reverently in Church. In Year One, we know it is a special place of worship and prayer where we can gather our thoughts and be with God.


Please ask your children about the different objects they saw in Church and what they mean. I am sure they would love to tell you!

Oral Storytelling Update!



In Year One we love using being a storytelling school and using Oral Storytelling to help us with our speech and language and story imagination.


Cod created our unique voices to be used for good and to help us in telling imaginative stories. He wants us to enjoy and learn different stories around us and use them to help us learn about the world.


We have been learning the story of Anna’s Apple Tree which links in with our work about the seasons. Anna grows a tree but learns that it takes many years to do this.


The children heard the story last week and then have this week been working in  groups to orally retell the stories to each other. They remembered all of the story through learning and saying it orally- well done Year One!


Please ask your child if they can now retell the story to you at home so you can hear it too!


Year One Autumn Walk!


In Year One we love using the talents God gave us to learn about Science and the seasons. We have been learning about the season of Autumn.


God created each season for us to enjoy and he likes us to delight in them and learn about them. We went on an Autumn walk around our local duck pond to find different Autumn objects.


We found conkers, acorns, red, brown and yellow leaves and pine cones. There was lots of special and amazing things in Gods natural creation. We then went back in and drew out Autumn scene and labelled the things we found. Year One enjoying being Super Scientists and discovering more about the season- well done Year One!

Attendance and Punctuality in Year 1 


Every day in Year 1 is important for your child.  Our timetable is very busy and gives your child so many opportunities to learn new information and consolidate previous learning.  Each minute and every day really do matter so attendance and punctuality is crucial.  


Our day starts at 8.45 and there is always a morning task waiting for your child in the classroom. 

For those children who are in the line on time and get into the classroom promptly, this is their opportunity to consolidate their learning in either Handwriting or Maths.  This can have a real impact on how quickly they are able to use this knowledge in their lessons. We are also able to hear readers during this time.


At 9am, we move straight into phonics or guided reading for half an hour.  Both of these activities have a considerable impact on your child's ability to read fluently whilst demonstrate a good understanding of what they have read through the different question types they learn such as inference, sequening and prediction.


If your child is persistently late, the impact of this could be as follows:


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Arrive at 9.00am Miss Handwriting  Miss 4 Maths questions Miss Handwriting Miss 4 Maths  questions Miss Big Maths Tests
Arrive after 9.00am Miss Phonics and  Guided Reading Miss Phonics and Guided Reading Miss Phonics and Guided Reading Miss Phonics and Guided reading Miss Phonics and Guided Reading 


If your child is late every day, that equates to two Handwriting sessions missed and eight Maths questions! Please ensure that your child is on time everyday and is at the line at 8.45 ready to come into school.

Oral Storytelling!


This year we are focusing on Oral Storytelling as a school. In

Year One we are focusing on the story of Anna's Apple which 

links in with our Science and learning about the seasons and Autumn.


This week we are focusing on listening to  and retelling the story and discussing key points within it. Please ask your child at home to retell you the story of Anna's apple and see how much they can remember! 


Our Class Wish


Each year, we think of a wish that we would like to focus on and try to aspire to throughout our time in Year 1.  It is a time to reflect on the way we think God would want us to think, behave and act both in our learning and towards others.  This year the children gave some wonderful ideas and  thoughts as to what our wish should be.  We combined these together to make our Year 1 class wish as follows:



"Our Year 1 class wish is to listen really well to our teachers and to respect everybody in the class."


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Computing Whizzes!


This week the children have all been learning about e safety with James in their Computing lessons. They have been discovering the journey of Smartie the Penguin and have been discussing how we can stay safe online and talk to our adults if we have any problems online.


We talked about pop ups that happen when we play our favourite games or talk to people and that we must ALWAYS talk to a trusted adult if we see something we don't like online or are unsure about.


We then sang a catchy song to go with out new knowledge and created e safety posters which had Smartie on and our new found advice about talking to adults.


Well done Year One- you were fantastic at now knowing how to be safe online!

The Christian Creation Story


In Year 1 we have began the year by learning about the Christian story of Creation. We have listened to how God made the world in 7 days and know all the wonderful and fascinating things that God created in his world.


We acted out the story with different props to help us with our learning. Each child was something God made, whether it was the light and dark, land and sea, sun and stars or humans and animals.


The children were amazed by how much God made and how beautiful our world is. The children really enjoyed acting out the story of Creation and were fantastic- Well done Year One!


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Book bags and Reading Books


In Year 1 we need to send out important letters or information to you on a regular basis.  Please can you ensure you check your child's book bag each evening just to make sure you receive any communication and information that we send out.  The children have also been given a new reading book today in which needs to be in EVERY DAY. This is so we can read with the child in class regularly, change their reading books when needed and check how much they have been reading at home. Please ensure that your child's book bag and reading book is in school on a daily basis and ensure that you check them frequently, where possible. Thank you!