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Welcome to Year 1's Class Page!



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.





The Government has announced that The 2020 Phonics Test for Current Year One Pupils ( who will be in Year Two in September) will take place in November of the Autumn Term ( Autumn 2.) It was due to take place in the Summer Term but due to COVID was called off and has now been rescheduled for this time.Please ensure that you practice your Phonics over the holiday using the packs I have previously given you. You can also use Active Learn, Phonics Play and lots more resources to practice your Phonics. Lots of resources can be found under The Phonics Resources in The Daily Maths and English sublink section of the class page or by clicking on the link below.


. Please practice Reaqding and Phonics daily with your child over the holidays, where you can, because we want them to be so ready for The Phonics Screening Check in November and I know they will all do brilliantly!


Have a wonderful Summer, 


Many Thanks and Kind Regards,


Miss Murphy

Final Update 16.7.2020- SCHOOL'S OUT!




Good Morning Year 1 and Happy Holidays!


Well what a strange few months it has been for us all... we  began lock down at the end of March and changed to doing our learning online and virtually which was a big change for us all and we then had only a few of us come back to school in our bubble for just a few weeks. Even though this has been one of the strangest years of my teaching career I have still had an absolute blast working with you all both in the classroom and via the Home Learning, Blogging and Website. I would like to personally thank all of the children who have participated in the work I have set them and who have been so enthusiastic to their online learning, challenges and  blogging activity. It has been such a pleasure witnessing all of your home learning every day and I want to say a huge thank you to all for always making me smile and keeping my spirits up in what has been difficult and strange times.  


Well done to Grace K, Cheska, Andrea and Eros who have all completed their blog challenge this week and both sent wonderful blog messages to their new teacher, Doctor Gould. They all introduced themselves to their new teacher for next year, told her about what they enjoy and what they feel they excel at in school. They also sent wonderful pictures of themselves to Doctor Gould so that she knows who they are for next year-  I am so impressed and proud of you all for completing this challenge.


The top winners of J2STARS overall are Cheska, Eros, Elishaj and Grace KW- well done to all these children who have all worked so hard on their home learning and they will each get a reward from myself when they return to school in September.


It is now time for us to break up and go and enjoy our summer holidays... SCHOOL IS OFFICIALLY OUT! It is time for you all to have a break, particularly for those who have been working so hard. I want you to all take some time out away from challenge activities, online work and posting blogs and spend lots of well- earned time with your family and loved ones. This will be the last post/ update you hear from me as I will be on my summer break so I truly hope you all have wonderful and relaxing summer holidays. Make sure you try and do a range of different things- getting outside for walks, exercising while you can, eating your favourite foods and playing with your favourite toys. You will be Year Two when you come back in September and you deserve some time to reflect and unwind!


Just in case you are feeling bored or want some things to do to keep you busy, I have made a sublink on the class page called Summer Holiday Challenges/Activities. I have added the link to this page below. They will be live on the website throughout the whole of the holidays and it is important to stress that these are not compulsory- they do NOT have to be done, and it is just for children who want to try them and have a go at some news things! There will be no monitoring of any activities done from now on- no J2STARS will be given and blogs and online work won't be checked or published so please do not post on the blogs any longer. Just have fun enjoying the activities if you want to at home! Underneath this update and on The Summer Holidays Challenges Page there is  also a document for a special a rainbow sheet that you can download and print at home to remember Year One- it has all of the children's names on and I thought that it would be a nice keepsake for you all to remember each other by. You can print them out and perhaps laminate them so you can keep them forever.


Thank you so much Year One, from the bottom of my heart, for all the smiles, laughter and fond memories you have given Mrs Lynch and myself this year. I will miss you all dearly next year but no doubt I will see you around the corridors in September, and remember Year Two is only next door to us! Have a wonderful Summer Break, remember to stay safe and I look forward to seeing you around school in the next academic year. Whatever you choose to do with your Summer Holidays, have fun, enjoy yourselves and most importantly, stay safe and healthy!


Year One Class of 2020 Rainbow Page to Print, Download, Keep and Remember- All Children's Names Included.






Well done to everyone who has completed their online work, home learning and blogging over the last 4 months of lock down and it has been a pleasure reading your blogs and watching the learning you have been doing at home. It was a very close race and therefore I have picked 4 top J2STARS winners for our final week who have got the most points over all the weeks in lock down from their home learning tasks, blogging and online work.


The Top  J2STARS winners overall, for our final week before the summer holiday, (16.7.2020) is









These are our final winners for the J2 Stars as they have the most points in the class. They are our top stars and therefore they  will all be getting a special prize from me when we return back to school in September at the end of the Summer break- well done to the four of you and very well deserved! You have all shown constant dedication, commitment and enthusiasm to your home learning throughout lock down and you are all very worthy winners! I will give you your special rewards in September when you come back to school again. 





Transition Activities for Year One


Please find below some activities which will help you with reflecting on your wonderful time in Year One and getting ready for the amazing year ahead in Year Two! Enjoy :) 

School Year Memory Page

Coming Back to School

Favourite Memories of Year One

My School Year Summary

Year One to Year Two


Great Gardening


Last week Year 1 came out into the garden to help to weed and tidy the area. This was a great chance for some fresh air and a time to be close to nature. Some children even found some mini beasts which was very exciting! All of the children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and even a little shower of rain didn’t put them off. Well done Year 1, you are all natural gardeners! 


Our Year 1 Rock Heroes- 10th July- 16th July


Every week I will be posting our Year 1 Rock Heroes, which are the children that have been going onto Times Table Rockstars. The children who have been on rockstars this week are:


Cheska, Ionah, Grace KW, Amar, Eros


Well done to you all and the housepoints are being kept up to date. I am giving out stars and awards every week to the children who go on Timetable Rockstars using the j2stars app- go on and see if you have any stars yet for your hard work! Come on- we know you can get on so we want to see more of you on it!

Important Phonics Information and Resources



Dear Parents / Carers of Year One from September 2020,


In June 2021 the children from Year 1 will take the Phonics Screening Check. The Phonics Screening Check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. Each child will have to read 40 words on the test, 20 of which are alien words and 20 of which are real/ fake or ‘alien’ words. The words are designed to test the children’s reading and phonic ability. The test will also identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills.


To help your child prepare for The Phonics Test I have sent home a pack of different sounds and words for your child to read and practice over the holidays. These are being posted to your addresses over the next week by the office staff so please look out for them! During the Summer holidays and in the months coming up to the Phonics screening it is really important that you practice the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds regularly with your child. A reading pack has been included with this letter which contains example words for your child to read that contain the different sounds. It is vital that the children continue to practice their phonics over the summer break and it will help your child greatly for when they come to do the test next year.


I have also included a digital  or online version of the pack I have sent you. Below this text you will find document links for both my letter and the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Reading sheets which you can print at home from your computer and reuse as much as you like! If you have any questions or are unsure about anything to do with the Phonics Screening or the Phonics pack just come and speak to me anytime.


Kind Regards

Miss C. Murphy
(Year 1 class teacher)


Phonics Summer 2020 Letter to Parents

Phase 3 Real and Nonsense/ Alien Words to Read

Keeping a structured routine


Hello Year 1.  I hope you are well and staying safe at home. Even though you are not at school, it is important to maintain a structured routine at home, Monday - Friday, to keep your mind and body active and healthy.  We're not in school so, what you do at home will be very different to what you would have done in the classroom, but it's important to have a routine at home so that the day doesn't seem long, you don't get bored and you try to keep up with all of the wonderful Maths and English skills that you have been taught so far. 


At times like these, each day can be a bit of a blur and it's hard to work out which day is which so I have put below a generic routine that you can adapt to what best suits you. My routine is  for Monday - Friday as that is when I do my work! The example below incorporates some English, Maths, fitness and creative subjects.


I suggest waking up at a relatively early time each morning, and having a healthy breakfast to set you up for the day, before 9am. 





9.30-11.00 11.00-11.30  11.30-12.00 12.00-1.00 1.00-2.30  2.30- 3.00

Evening ( for 30- 45 mins) 


PE with Joe Wicks



Maths and English Daily Challenges and Home Learning Packs



Listen to David Walliams daily book reading  Online Work( Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths) Lunch break

Creative afternoon - Science, Art, Outdoor Activity, Music, Dance, Gardening, Cooking, Walking, Yoga)

Online Work- Blog about your fantastic day 

Reading  and Daily Prayer

PE with Joe Wicks

Maths and English Daily Challenges and Home Learning Packs Listen to David Walliams daily book reading Online Work( Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths) Lunch break Creative afternoon - Science, Art, Outdoor Activity, Music, Dance, Gardening, Cooking, Walking, Yoga) Online Work( Blog, Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths)   Reading  and Daily Prayer


PE with Joe Wicks

Maths and English Daily Challenges and Home Learning Packs

Listen to David Walliams daily book reading Online Work( Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths) Lunch break Creative afternoon - Science, Art, Outdoor Activity, Music, Dance, Gardening, Cooking, Walking, Yoga) Online Work( Blog, Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths)   Reading  and Daily Prayer

PE with Joe Wicks

Maths and English Daily Challenges and Home Learning Packs Listen to David Walliams daily book reading Online Work( Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths) Lunch break  Creative afternoon - Science, Art, Outdoor Activity, Music, Dance, Gardening, Cooking, Walking, Yoga) Online Work( Blog, Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths)   Reading  and Daily Prayer

PE with Joe Wicks

Maths and English Daily Challenges and Home Learning Packs Listen to David Walliams daily book reading Online Work( Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths) Lunch break Creative afternoon - Science, Art, Outdoor Activity, Music, Dance, Gardening, Cooking, Walking, Yoga) Online Work( Blog, Numbots, Rockstars, Active learn, Big Maths)   Reading  and Daily Prayer


  • PE With Joe Wicks  can be accessed via Youtube. Join his the Wake Up, Shake Up routines as Joe Wicks conducts a brilliant workout for children everyday at 9am.
  • Try and do a session every day from your home learning pack or you can practice your  handwriting and spellings. Doing even one of these tasks everyday will set you up for returning to school!
  • I have advised doing a Maths problem and English challenge every day  to keep your skills ticking over for school return. I have added Maths Problem of the Day and English Challenge of the day both to the school website so you can access them daily and keep busy! There are also many other  ways of doing maths - there are lots of things online that you have access to (Times Table Rock Stars, Numbots, Multiplication check, Hit the Button, etc.) and as listed further down the class page, Carol Voderman conducts a maths lesson on her website:
  • For English revision there are lots of things in your home learning packs such as grammar and reading comprehensions. I have also added listening to David Walliam's stories from his website every day at 11am- his books are designed for children and are very funny! There is of course the English challenge of the day on the school website which you can access daily and I have given a list further down the class page of online free websites which have access to thousands of books to keep you reading. There are also many more reading comprehensions for Year One which  can also be downloaded from the Twinkl website, which has a Parent Hub for everything you may want to access at home. 
  • In the afternoons, it might be a nice chance for you to get creative and try some different activities that you might not have done before. These could include making some beautiful artwork, getting out in the garden to garden, helping your parents around the house with chores or even cooking or baking a wonderful dish. Don't forget also to do your daily online work and  to catch up on our Year 1 blog and complete the challenges that I put on there. You can also send me a picture or write about the fantastic work you have done that day on your blog- I would love to see it! If you are struggling to access this, I will be posting the challenges on our class page too so that you don't miss out.
  • In the evening  read a book, read online or listen to a book on Audible. I would really like everyone to do at least half an hour of reading a day, whether that be using their school reading books, a book at home or many of the books that are free online on Active Learn , Oxford Owl or Audible. Don't forget to listen to David Walliams too! Please also take the time to say a prayer and ask for God's guidance or use a  guided meditations online to reflect on the day. You could pray for our wonderful NHS workers who are working so hard to keep us safe and healthy , or for your wonderful families who are taking care of you at this time.


I hope this gives you an idea of how you can continue learning from home, with a more structured routine. Obviously, I haven't included weekends in the time table as that is your chance to unwind and chill.I can't wait to see you all when school re-opens and hear/see all the amazing things that you have done during your home schooling. I am thinking of you all everyday, remember to keep safe and healthy and keep going with all the hard work Year One!


Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games- Design a Mascot 





 There is a competition for you all to get involved with which entails designing a mascot for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Head over to the subpage Birmingham Commonwealth Games- Design a Mascot to find resources, ideas and more information of how to get involved. There is a Power Point explaining the games/ what a mascot is, a lesson plan and a mascot entry form. Once your mascot is complete you can then submit the design into the competition.. wouldn't it be fantastic if your mascot design was picked for these huge games?! There are also 100 J2STARS for every child who designs and submits a mascot and posts about it, showing me their on their blog. Come on Year One!

The Daily Mile





Miss Neville has very kindly told all of the teachers about The Daily Mile for children so this week I am going to set you a special challenge. I love running and try and incorporate this into my daily routine to keep me fit and healthy and it is so good for my Mental Health. The weather is meant to be better this week so it is  a perfect opportunity to get all of you running along with me. Therefore, this week, I challenge you all to try and run or walk a mile every day, either in your gardens, or outside in the community, such as in the park or in the pavement. Running is so good for your body and fitness and it s a completely free activity to do, plus I promise you it makes you feel so good after! It is brilliant for your well-being and general Mental Health- make sure you either  post photos or videos on your blog of you running your mile so I can give you lots of j2stars I really encourage you to try and run the mile but if you are struggling, you can walk, as long as it is a brisk pace!  ! To find out more about the daily mile program ans to see their challenges for this week click on the link below:





Miss Arnold has asked us to tell you about The Birmingham School Games challenge which is now up and running. It's a virtual portal where new challenge will be set up each week and the children can then upload their personal bests. There will be prize for individuals who finish in the top 5 for each challenge. Once a challenge has been completed, and if you are in the top 5 you will receive a virtual School Games Value Bade that was assigned for that child. Once school has resumed, and it if safe to do so, they can receive a real and physical badge. This is a really great way to focus some of our more competitive children and for them to represent the school during these difficult times when we can't have a Sport Day day for this year and events face to face. All of this information is now under the Home Physical Activity/ Physical Education for the children of St Rose tab of the website as well as a parent letter. The link to here can be found below:


You can also go straight to the portal or website by clicking on the link below and typing in our school area code, also found below: 


The portal can be found here:


Our school area code is: shenley

30 Days of Wild- The Wildlife Trust



The Wildlife Trust want us to take part in their annual nature challenge throughout June. From the 1st of June we will be doing a challenge called '30 Days Wild' organised by the Wildlife Trust.  It's a nature challenge that starts on 1st June for the whole month and is designed to get the children to do different wildlife and nature activities along with 30 simple, exciting and fun 'Random Acts of Wildness'. They are asking us to do one wild thing a day to help look after our health, well-being and for the planet. I have uploaded lots of documents onto the Wildness Wednesdays sub page to try out at home with your families and to help you get involved with this fantastic challenge. Don't forget to post any activities you do onto your class blog so I can give you lots of j2stars and points! 


Puffin Festival of Big Dreams

Puffin Festival of Dreams Events and Starter Resource Pack- Available to Download

World Oceans Week



Today celebrates 'World Oceans Day and Week' and there has never been a more crucial time for us to take time to think about our wonderful oceans and our planet. It is home to some of the most beautiful and remarkable creatures on the globe and takes up a whopping 70% of the planet. However, plastic pollution and waste is a major issues as well as over fishing and today is a great opportunity to raise awareness, and to find out how you can support and help our oceans. Below I have given you a link to The World Oceans Website which has lots of resources, videos and activities for you you to get involved in. It even has book recommendations for children who are further interested in the oceans and want to find out even more! There is also an Oceans Festival which has live videos for you to enjoy throughout the day and it is a fantastic way for you you to find out about ocean wildlife and the problems that they face in today's world.. Click on the links below to access the website resource and The Festival website with different videos throughout the day:



Twinkl has also made lot's of resources for World Oceans Day including a KS1 powerpoint and different activities and crafts for you to try. Please click on the link below to access their website and try out what they have available:


Year 1 Rewards on j2stars


While I have been working hard at home I have discovered that BGFL has an app called J2 Stars which is very similar to our housepoints system. I will be using this to montor and reward the children who conmplete their different tasks online such as blogging, Active Learn, Rockstars, Numbots or Big Maths.  If you complete one of the online activities or blog with a different type of activity then we'll award you points.  Remember, you have all your login details for Activelearn, Big Maths, Times Table Rockstars and Numbots.


Here are your star characters and you should be able to see these when you go onto BGFL:



I'll check your online activity regularly and will award your points.  From this week I will be checking who has gone online daily and awarding points to those of you who have been active online.  You will be awarded star points for the following things:




The J2stars system is similar to housepoints but this time, you get awarded points for your activity online.  You will receive awards and  points each time you complete one of the following online activities :Times Table Rockstars,  Numbots, Active Learn,Big Maths. or Blogging about the fantastic learning activities you have been doing. Blogging can include posting pictures, videos, or writing about your work.


I will be giving prizes and rewards for the top 3 star children and these will be given once everything gets back to normal and we are back at school. Every week I will be posting a screenshot of everybody's points and naming my top 3 star superheroes! COME ON YEAR ONE! :)



May- The Month of Mary


Don't forget that May is the month of Mary and during this time when we should take time to think about Mary and reflect on how she is the Mother of Jesus and Mother to us all. During this month we should take time out from our day to reflect and pray to Mary, especially when we are all living through such new and uncertain times.Pope Francis has also asked for us to take special time this month to say The Rosary. This is especially important in the uncertain times we are living in at the moment. I have added a Month of Mary link page in our ' Creative Afternoon Ideas's section below which includes a range of prayers and different activities which relate to Mary our Mother. There are lots of different ideas for which you can do during this special month of May to support you with thinking about her and praying to her. It would be lovely for you to upload photographs or pictures of you completing your Mary activities or praying to the Rosary to the class blog. You could even draw a picture of Mary or the Rosary beads. 




Meaningful May Calendar- it suggests a different meaningful activity everyday during the month to keep you reflective and calm.






 We both wish all of Year One a happy and calm few weeks at home and we ask you to carry on with your home learning booklets and online learning. Even though we are currently closed until further notice we look forward to welcoming you back when school re opens.Thank you for all of your continued support and we wish that you all stay safe and well.


 Due to the school now being closed until further notice the children now  have a variety of different online tools that can help them with their learning at home. The children all have their online logins in their reading diaries so will be able to access their own pages on each of the following websites.Please use these useful links below to access your children's learning at home- they are all linked to the Year One Learning Objectives and they have a mixture of games, comprehensions and resources to support your child's learning. As we are closing it is vital that your child has access to their learning at home and continues their education so please use these links as much as possible. Children's log-ins can be found in their homework diaries.


IMPORTANT -Please make sure you are inputting the usernames and passwords correctly onto the websites. 

For Activelearn, the password is all lowercase with no space between the word and the number.

For Big Maths, the password has an ! before the remaining 2 numbers.






All children now have access to Numbots, part of the Times Table Rockstars website, a site that focuses on addition and subtraction. Children use the same login details as Timestable Rockstars on the Numbots website.  To login, simply enter our school postcode (B29 5DY) and then click on our school name.  Select 'Pupils' and then enter your normal Times Table Rockstar username and password. This is another excellent online learning tool for the children so please make the most of it.


Home Learning Packs and New Logins


This week each child in Year One has been sent home with a wallet including Home Learning and Phonic Packs. As the school is now closed from Monday the children will need to star these packs as soon as possible.   As the school is closed from Monday you will be expected to complete your Home Learning Packs and read all the words in the Phonics Pack while you are at home. The Phonics is especially important as the children need to able to blend and segment words confidently using different sounds by the end of Year 1.


I have also ensured that each child has up to date logins on the first page of their reading diary- these include Big Maths, Active Learn, Timetable Rockstars and a new login for a website called Read Theory, where the children can access lots of reading comprehensions and tests online to boost their reading skills.


If you have any other questions or are unsure about anything please just come and find me or Mrs Lynch any time. 



Star of the Week



Each week, myself and Mrs Lynch  will choose a member of the class to be our 'Star of the Week'.  Please come back each Friday to see who our new star is!


This week has seen a week of many challenges and difficulties very different to our normal rountine in school. I can honestly say that all of Year One has been extremely calm, mature and collected during the current situation we find ourselves in and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them. They have all truly shown their fantastic qualities this week and have really stepped up in a time where things are so uncertain and chaotic. Therefore I have chosen all of Year One as my stars this week- they are all such wonderful children and I care about each and every one of them dearly. They have been a real credit to themselves and the school this week with their mature and loving attitudes, thinking  and always caring about others as well as themselves- well done Year One!


These children have been stars of the week so far this year: Yamin (20.9.2019, Elishaj ( 27.9.2019) Alfie ( 4.10,2019) Amar ( 16.10.2019) Robyn ( 23.10.2019) Brooke ( 8.11.2019) Louis (15.11.2019 Harvey (22.11.2019) Grace KW ( 29.11.2019) Year 1 ( 6.12.2019) Cassius ( 10.1.2020) Tristan ( 17.1.2020) Millie ( 24.1.2020)  Kye ( 31.1.2020) Year 1 (7.2.2020) Ionah ( 13.2.2020) Harvey (5.3.2020) Rose (12.3.2020)

Fun and Games in PE


Today the children had a fun and engaging PE session with myself and Miss Lay. They discussed and took part in difference activities that they could also use at home to help keep fit. We ran around out school playground, did some throwing and catching activities with partners and some accuracy of throwing balls into a hoop.


All of these activities can be done in your home to keep yourself fit and healthy. We discussed with the children how the could create their own running track at home, throw balls with their families or up against a wall and throw different balls into home made targets.


Please ensure that you continue to keep yourself fit and healthy over the coming days and week!


Creating Mixes on Jit 5 in Computing


Over the last 2 weeks in Computing the children have been created their own mix which is where they talk about a piece of work they have already created. They created their own pictures of Spring using paint and have been completing a mix where they talk about the work they did, how they did it and why they made the choices they made. The children were able to write about in their mixes why they used certain animals or colours and could talk about what their pictures showed.


They could change different things in their mix writing such as the font style, size and colour and they have enjoyed experimenting with these. The children have created some truly fantastic mix work and it has been lovely to see them evaluating their own work in Computing- well done Year One!

Basic Skills in Maths


The children are focusing on their Basic Skills in Maths this week, looking at doubling, more and less and their addition and subtraction to 10 and 20. The children have been using counters and ten frames to help work out these sums and number bonds to 30, working with a partner and writing down all the addition and subtraction sums they found out. Working out the sums practically using their ten frames and doing it in a systematic way has really helped the children to learn, explore and remember these crucial number bonds. Well done Year One!


Carrying out Experiments on Materials in Science


Today the children did an experiment and a fair test exploring and testing properties. They were looking at which materials were bendy ad waterproof. The children made comparisons between different properties, finding out which they could bend and which were not changed or affected by water. The children looked at the variables before carrying out  the tests such as ensuring each property was tested over a paper cup and making sure we added the same amount of water each time using pipettes.  


Through measuring and observing the effects of the investigation the children learnt that wellies and rubber gloves are the most waterproof, being made from rubber or plastic and that elastic bends and straws are the most bendy. Objects such as tables and spoons made from wood and metal were very hard and strong and not easy to bend!. When the children put water on paper and fabric they realised these objects were not waterproof as they got damp and wet very quickly- the paper even ripped! They observed and discussed how the water went through these materials and gathered at the bottom of the cup.


Overall the children were fantastic Scientists and really enjoyed doing a full investigation and experiment to find out about the properties of different materials. They were all extremely sensible and worked really hard to ensure their tests were fair and accurate- well done Year One!

Weeks commencing: 16th March 2020


In the second half of the Spring term, we are continuing to  focus on the key skills needed in Year 1, in particularly focusing on our Phonics ready for The Phonics Screening Check in June 2020.


In English, we are  focusing on a brand new book which is called Jim and The Beanstalk. It is an amended fairy tale with a twist! The children will be doing lots of reading VIPER skills based around this text as well as using it to inform and support their grammar work. They will then begin writing the second half of this week and then editing it for their final piece.


In Maths, we will be looking at fractions of numbers next week, focusing on halves and quarters.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
English Rereading their work and correcting simple mistakes Using vocabulary skills for a text Using inference skills for an  text Using reading skills for an unseen text Retelling part of a story ( second half)
Maths Understand that a half is one of 2 equal parts.

Understanding that a quarter is one of 4 equal parts

Being able to find halves and quarters of numbers by sharing and grouping numbers  Consolidation Lesson Chapter Review



British Science Week 2020





This week has been our Science Week for our school. To celebrate this wonderful week Year One did a Science Experiment called ‘Wonderful Colours’. They began with putting milk into a bowl and then added three sets of food colouring. Once the milk had changed colour they then added washing up liquid and noticed how all the colour dispersed from the middle of the bowl to the side. We discussed that this was because the fat from the milk was reacting with the washing up liquid and the bond was pushing the colour away.


Before the experiment, the children made their own predictions about what they thought would happen and then wrote up the results of the experiment afterwards. They wrote about what had happened, and what the results meant.


As part of Science Week the children also we also completed a diversity questionnaire, which will help the children get a good insight of how diverse our planet really is. The Light House Group and The School Council will then use these to analyse and explore the diversity of our schools.  The questions focused on -where the children in the class are born, where their families live, which languages they speak and where they have travelled.


And finally... our diverse planet needs protecting and plastic use is something that we are all keen to reduce.  As part of this week, we brought clear recycling bags for the week so that we can collect the plastic rubbish that is generated by our children.  The children collected their juice cartons at break time and put them into clear bags. The school council then collected all of the plastic juice cartons and other plastic rubbish generated at lunchtime to give us a greater picture of the extent of the plastic waste in our school.



The children had a fantastic week doing experiments, learning about class diversity and trying to learn about and reduce their plastic waste. They have all been Super Scientists- well done Year One!

Learning about the life of King Henry III


Today in History we have been learning all about the life of King Henry III as part of our Kings and Queens topic. He was a bit of a mean king who used to give all his money just to close family and friends and not to anybody else! This made the barons very jealous, so they fought him at The Battle of Lewes. The unfortunate King Henry lost this fight to Simon De Montford and was captured- this then led to the first ever parliament being set up to help make decisions for our country and make it a fairer place.


The children learnt this story and then acted out the events of King Henry III'S life in groups- they really enjoyed being the different characters and sequencing the events of his life. This then really helped them with their task where they had to sequence the events of his life and put them in order. The children were all fantastic actors and now know lots about Henry III- please ask them to tell you the story of his life at home- I am sure they will be fantastic at remembering it, just like they were in class! Well done Year One!

Parent Evening Slips and Trip Letters


In the children's book bags today we have sent home a parent slip with your time allocation on for Parents Evening. Parents Evening will be this Monday 16th March  from 1.30pm-  4.30 pm and you all have your allocated times. Please ensure you check when your meeting time is and please be on time- if you are late for your meeting you may not be able to have it as we run to a very tight 5 minute schedule to ensure we can fit everyone in. 


Thank you for your co-operation.


World Book Day 6th March 2020


Today the children took part in a wonderful, weird and wacky World Book Day once again. This time the children had to come in their PJ'S and most snuggliest clothes- this was because they took part in a reading session in the library today with Mrs Lynch and myself. During the session they could make themselves nice and comfy by a fire using blankets and cushions, and they were all allowed a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows while they listened to the story.


The children listened beautiful and were so sensible in their reading session. Year One loved the ambiance and cosiness of the library and truly didn't want to leave! Afterwards they then came back to the classroom and wrote a short book review about the book they had listened to.


Finally I would like to thank all the children who bought in their amazing potatoes- we had some wonderful, wacky and imaginative creations from Harry Potter to Supertato to fairy tale princesses! I can see what an amazing effort all the children have made with their creations and their potato characters look truly fantastic!  Well done also to all the amazing PJ outfits- all the children loom incredible. A special congratulations to Amelia Major who won the prize for Best Potato Character in Year 1- (she made a wonderful Chip from Beauty and The Beast!) and to Miss Hand who won the teacher prize for best potato with her Oliver Jeffers Lost and Found creation. Please look at our wonderful pictures below and well done Year One for another fantastic World Book Day 2020! 



World Book Day- Friday 6th March 2020



This Friday will be our annual World Book Day. This year the children need to come to school dressed in their pajamas as they will be having a reading session snuggled down with blankets and hot chocolate. Each teacher will spend twenty minutes reading a book of their choice to their own class so I am delighted to announce I will be reading with Year One! 


There is also a competition for the best book character- each child needs to bring in a potato which they have created as their favourite character.. you could choose Harry Potter, The Worst Witch or even supertato! There will be a prize for the best dressed potato in each class but the character MUST BE FROM A BOOK, NOT A FILM! 


So to clarify, your child needs to come dressed in their snuggliest PJ'S on Friday with their potato book character if they wish to take part in the competition. The Hot Chocolate and marsh mellows will be provided from school so you do not need to bring anything else.


Happy decorating and may the best potato win!

Learning about 2D AND 3D Shapes


This week in Maths we have been studying the Geometry topic of Shape. We have been looking at identifying 2D and 3D Shapes and thinking about their different properties such as corners, sides and faces. We even have been talking about vertices and what this word means. We have learnt about how 2D shapes are flat and how 3D shapes are solid.


The children have also focused on shape pattern and finding which pattern comes next in a sequence. They have also been grouping shapes by size, shape, colour and properties. They also looked at finding real shapes in our everyday environment and matching up real objects and their shapes.The children have been fantastic shape detectives and have really listened to the properties of each shape and what this means. Well done Year One!



Starting Gymnastics in PE


This week in PE we started our Gymnastics topic by learning all about wide shapes. The children talked about what makes a wide shape and discussed hoe we need to stretch our hands, feet and legs as far away from our torso's as possible. The children then investigated high and low wide shapes, both while still and while travelling.


they then moved onto trying a variety of wide  rolls and movements. The children tried teddy bear and pencil rolls so that they could stretch their bodies and be as wide as possible. They also did crocodile movements where they had to lie along the floor, stretch out their arms and bend their legs to move. Finally they did the crab where they had to move backwards, keeping their feet and hands as wide as possible and using their hands to crawl along.


The children were fantastic at these movements and I can't wait to see what they bring to Gym next week. Well done Year One- you are truly groovy gymnasts!



Marvelous Materials and their Properties


Today Year 1 had an identifying and classifying lesson. They had to look at and feel different materials and think about the properties they had. They learnt lots of new adjectives to do with materials such as transparent, opaque, waterproof, and stiff. They then used these words to think about and write sentences about different materials and their properties on their tables. They worked in partners to help and support each other. To extend some of the children they then thought about why certain objects were made from certain materials, considering their properties and characteristics.Today Year 1 had an identifying and classifying lesson. They had to look at and feel different materials and think about the properties they had. They learnt lots of new adjectives to do with materials such as transparent, opaque, waterproof, and stiff. They then used these words to think about and write sentences about different materials and their properties on their tables. They worked in partners to help and support each other. To extend some of the children they then thought about why certain objects were made from certain materials, considering their properties and characteristics. 


God wants us to learn bout his fantastic and amazing materials that make up his world and how we can use them for good and for useful purposes. Learning about materials in our Science Work and how we can use them to look after God's planet is a fantastic way of carrying out God's wishes!

Retreat Day 2020- Year of The Word ( A God that Speaks to Us)

Today we had our annual Retreat Day where Dan and Emily came to visit us once again. This year is a very important year for the church- it is The Year of The Word. This was our theme today for our retreat and we had a fantastic day where we learnt about scripture and the way that God speaks to us through the Bible. We already know this but we delved into far more detail today, listening to different scripture and really discussing and reflecting on the meaning of these words. In this spiritual time of Lent is it a fantastic opportunity for us to widen ourselves to God's Word and to try and understand God more fully in all his wonder, scripture and glory. 


Dan and Emily were brilliant hosts and really helped and supported us with our spiritual journey. They helped us to understand that we can talk to God and hear his voice not just through prayer but through reading and immersing ourselves in his stories in the Bible. We learnt about lots of different stories such as Daniel and the Lion, The Parable of The Talents, Jonah and The Whale, The parable of The Sower and many many more. All of these stories have a message of some kind and help us to be closer to God and see how he wants us to live our lives to the full.


Year One were fantastic today and were so reflective and holy in their Spiritual Lentern journey. They really embraced all of the stories and were wonderful at listening to stories and writing down words or drawing pictures for what they found important. They also found different scripture about Love and read it out and discussed it with others in the class to share the true meaning of God's Word.


We had a wonderful and spiritual day and Year One enjoyed it- as we are in the Year of The Word I encourage all of you to bring your Bibles out over the next few weeks, read them with your child and really listen to and discuss God's Words. We had such a rich experience listening to them today and the children benefited so much- please take this opportunity in this time of Lent to grow and strengthen you relationship with God by listening to his beautiful Word.




Weekly Timetables for February Spring 2 


As we start a new busy and fun filled half term this Spring  2 I just want to remind you all how important  every minute of your child's education is here at St Rose! We aim to have 100% attendance and punctuality so that no child misses out on any aspect of their learning. Each day really does matter in Year 1 and we have a lot to learn before we do our  assessments each term and the end of the year. We also have lots of Phonics preparation in readiness for the Phonics Screening in June. Every day counts and is so important so it is essential your child is in school and ready to learn at 8.45am. 


If your child is late and misses elements of their learning they may have to go to Late Club to catch up on the very important work they have missed- be at school at 8.45!


Just to give you an idea of how busy our timetable is please look at our timetable for Year 1 below by clicking on our link. I've attached  a copy  of our timetable  so you can understand how precious every moment really is. From this you can see what learning you would miss if you were to be late or miss a day- please try be in school every day where possible!

Spellings for Springs 2 Term 3A 


Spellings for Spring 2

You will receive a copy of the spelling list in your knowledge organiser folder but, to clarify, our spellings for this half term are:


Week commencing: 24th February We are learning the week 1 spellings which are words with the 'ow'  and 'ou' sound. Remember that some children are learning the Band 1-5 High Frequency Word  spellings every week now as part of their spellings homework- parents have been notified  and were given these spellings to practice. If you need another copy of the Band 1-5 spellings just come and ask me.

What are we learning in our Afternoon Topics this half term? 


As well as Maths and English, we will be studying all of the following throughout Spring 2 ( commencing Tuesday 25th February 2020.)  Your knowledge Organiser folder has been updated ready for Spring 2 and has lots of information and vocabulary for you to learn at home. If you have paid for a pencil case or folder you will have a stapled paper copy of all the new knowledge organisers so that you do not miss out on any learning! Don't forget to read and study it regularly at home to support your learning in class!



RE History Geography PE ICT Art Science  MAD Sessions

Lent and Easter

Kings and Queens The UK 

Graceful Gymnastics

Create a Science Based E book

Paintings of Children

Everyday Materials and Spring Season

Spade to Fork and MFL  


Welcome Back- Being Faithfilled and Hopeful


Welcome back to all children and families in Year 1- Ms Lynch and I hope you have had a truly restful, peaceful and relaxing half term holiday and we are so looking forward to what awaits for us this half term!!


In Year One, we recognise that a new half term means a new start and we are excited about what will happen to this year with God guiding us and looking after us. We want to help each child succeed and we are sure that God will watch over our children and help them to work hard in school and to make the the right choices. 


This half term, our Catholic Virtues are Faith-filled and Hopeful.


We spent time thinking about how we can show and share these as members of Year 1. These are shared in our whole school reflection, but they are on our class prayer table and on our display in our classroom as a daily reminder of the promises we have made to God. 


We pray that we remember the importance of following God's teaching at all times and ask for His forgiveness when we make mistakes. We ask God to  bless all of us and to watch over us  always.




Phonics Homework Reminder


Mrs Lynch and I would like to wish all the pupils and families of Year 1 a peaceful, restful and relaxing half term holiday. Year One have worked so hard  this half term and they deserve a well deserved break. Please ensure that your child practices the Phonics homework words that they have been given over the holiday- the Phonics Test is coming up soon and it is essential that they keep practicing their sounds!


Have a much deserved break and Mrs Lynch and I look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 25th February 2020. Please remember that Monday 24th February is a teacher training day and the children are not in for this day.




Cyberbullying Internet Safety Workshops


Today 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 ,3, 4 and 6 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.


In Year One she informed us all about being cyber heroes! We learnt about being a hero online by always being kind to others and learning what to do if we see unfriendly pop ups or if somebody is rude to us. The children were brilliant at identifying that they needed to tell a trusted adult straight away who could then help them to make the right choice.


They also learnt about being internet savvy and not just clicking on adverts that they  liked as they may give our computer viruses or take us to harmful websites.


Finally they also discussed internet gaming- many of the games such as Fortnight, RoadBlox and Minecraft were popular in Year One but they actually have an age limit for an older age group! It is worth as parents checking what games your child is playing online and whether they are appropriate to your child's age group-  children of this age should not be playing games which are 12, 15 or 18+ 


The lady 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.


In this current climate it is so important to be safe online and to use 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.



Year 1 Trip Aston Hall Thursday 6th February 2020


This Half Term Year One went to Aston Hall as part of their History KBC topic and to link with their Oral Storytelling where they have been learning about Cinderella. They had a fantastic day- in the morning they had a Cinderella workshop where they went through Aston hall retelling the story and learning about how rich people, such as kings and queens, would have lived 450 years ago. They learnt all the names of the different rooms, how people would have cooked and cleaned with servants, what people ate and even how they slept! They even had a dance in the grand hall ballroom like kings and queens would have done all those years ago!


In the afternoon they then made their own crafts such as masks for the ball and wands from the Cinderella story and also did some building, making the town of Aston Hall. They had a truly wonderful day and it has really enriched their History topic by learning and seeing how kings and queens would have lived, as well as helping them to also better understand the story of Cinderella. Year One were ao well behaved and real shining examples and representatives for the school- they should be truly proud of themselves and their behaviour and we can't wait for their next trip which will be to The Apple Shop/ Store in May!


E Safety Week- 3rd February- 7th February 2020


This half term has seen us have E Safety Week in school. Each class had had an afternoon where they have focused on an aspect of E Safety- Year 5 and 6 have looked at social media, Year 3 and 4 have looked at online identity and Year 1 and 2 have looked at the basic features of being safe online and personal information. Year One learnt about all the different hobbies and interests we can have online and spoke about our own digital footprint and identity. We made our own poster showing our own hobbies, interests and personal identity online. We then moved onto listening to a story about Diggi the Duck and personal information. We learnt that we should never give out information online about our names, school, address, phone number or age because this is our own unique information which is personal, secret and special to us. We should only share it with family and close friends and never with strangers. We also spoke about how it is always best to be with a trusted adult while  using the internet and  to tell them if we see anything strange or that upsets or worries us.  We then made our own online profiles where we wrote and drew the kind of information we could share such as our favourite colour, emoji and online likes and dislikes. Whenever we are unsure what to do we should always ask an adult to help us.  


We then finished of E Safety Week with Cyber Workshops where an outside visitor came in and worked with each year group to teach us how we can be the best version of ourselves online and how we can use the internet safely and sensibly. The workshops were interactive, fun and engaging and really helped the children to learn new facts and to consolidate their knowledge. Year One have really embraced the topic and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the key ways that we can stay safe in an ever changing and rapidly developing technological world.  God wants us to be curious about the internet and technology but also to use it wisely and to the best of our abilities to make the internet a safer and kinder place.The children knew so much about Computing and Online Safety and they were even able to teach us a few things- well done Year One!

Painting our Clay Sculptures


This half term Year One have been learning all about Architecture and Sculpture. They have made clay model sculptures of flowers and sea creatures and have painted them too. They have been fantastic artists- they were so careful and precise in moulding and shaping their clay to get the effect they wanted and they painted them using accurate and small brush strokes. They have also learnt about famous artists and sculptures like Degas and his famous ballerina painting and sculpture. I am so impressed with their artistic skills= God wants us to use our talents and skills to be creative and to create wonderful and beautiful creations. Well done Year One!

Important Notice- Aston Hill Trip- 6th February 2020


Next week on Thursday 6th February 2020 the children will be going to a school trip to Aston Hall for the whole day. On Thursday they normally come to school in gardening/ outdoor clothes for Spade to Fork but as we are in our trip all children need to come in to school in school uniform for that day.


Please ensure your child comes into school on Thursday 6th February in their school uniform please ready for the trip.

Learning about The Lost Sheep Bible Story in RE


Today in RE we learnt about The Lost Sheep story as part of our Bible story. We listened to and acted out the story as a group with taking turns being the shepherd, sheep in the pen and lost sheep. The children really enjoyed the story and loved being the different characters. We then discussed the meaning of the story and how Jesus is the shepherd and we are his sheep and his flock. We discussed how when we are lost Jesus will find us, help and support us to lead us back to the right path. This links in wonderfully with the Catholic Life of our school, our ethos and our virtues. We put God and Jesus at the centre and forefront of our learning and actions because we know they care for us and love us no matter what life may throw at us. They will always lead us to goodness and to the right path of salvation and righteousness. 

Developing our Underarm Throwing Technique in PE


In PE this half term we are doing the unit of Throwing and Catching. Over the last few weeks we have been developing our underarm technique in PE and using this to be effective and accurate in our throws. We have been learning about to use our hands feet and eyes to make accurate throws and to catch the ball well. Today we did some simple underarm throwing and catching to a a partner and then moved onto to using our throws to throw into a smaller target. We began with throwing beanbags into a hoop and then at the end of the lesson worked on throwing beanbags into buckets. This really showed of our underarm skills and showed how we are improving week no week. We have been using big balls and beanbags and will now move onto using smaller tennis balls to practice and develop our technique next week. Well done Year One!

Learning the story of The Good Samaritan


In RE this week we are learning about the story of The Good Samaritan. We heard the  story from the Bible yesterday and then acted out the story to deepen our understanding. We discussed what the story meant and how the Samaritan was a good neighbour to the Jew even though they were enemies. We talked about how we could be good neighbours to each other and act out the ethos of this story in our lives. God wants us to look after each other and to be true neighbours to everybody in our lives, not just our friends and loved ones. We are going to consider how we can continue to extend olive branches to everyone we meet both inside and outside of our school community. The children really enjoyed dressing up and playing out the story- they will then sequence it in their books and write about the story later this week. please ask your child at home to tell you about the story of The Good Samaritan- I am sure they would love to tell you!

Making Sculptures in Art


As part of our Art Topic we have been looking at Architecture and Buildings. We have looked at Sculpture as our focus this week and have seen and discussed different types of materials and what they are made from. The children enjoyed guessing what the different sculptures were and their meanings. They then made their own sculpture out of clay- they could choose to make either a sea creature with tentacles or a flower with petals. The children were shown how to mould, roll and sculpt the clay to make their different sculptures and they loved getting their hands nice and mucky! God wants us to use his materials in his world to make wonderful and beautiful creations- Sculpting and Art is just one of the ways we can do this. Their finished sculptures were fantastic and we are going to move on to paint them next week!

Using the Mix Tool and Graphs in ICT



Today the children used the mix tool in ICT using JIT 5 to write about their pictograms they created last week. They made pictograms charts of their favourite fruit in the class and today they looked back at their work and used the mix tool to write about their data. They were able to write about what our chart showed e.g 9 children like oranges and our chart shows different types of fruit. They then did the fun part of playing around with the text they wrote to change the style, size and colour. What clever Computing Year One- God wants us to use technology for good and to help with our learning. Our Computing lessons help us to do this and to learn about new technology in a safe and respectful way. Please look at some of the wonderful work the children created below!






Making Penguin Houses in Art


As part of our topic we are investigating Architecture and Sculpture this half term. As part of our lesson this afternoon we had to think about how we design buildings for different purposes and uses. We spoke about what kind of house a penguin would need- rocks to dive off, a pool to swim in, walls and a roof so they can't climb out etc. The children then worked in groups to make these houses using different materials such as paper, foil, cardboard boxes etc. They all made fantastic houses using their junk modelling and really got into the task! They were all able to make fantastic penguin houses and describe and explain what features they had used and why and for what purpose.



Just a quick reminder that the children need to come in comfy, warm and casual clothes every Thursday for this half term as they are taking part in gardening outside as part of their MAAD afternoon. Please ensure that the children wear clothes and wellies that they do not mind getting muddy! Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately on Thursdays to take part in these sessions- they will be happening every Thursday during the term all the way up to Easter. Happy gardening Year One!





Year 1 Trip Visit to Aston Hall



 A letter was given out yesterday regarding our trip to Aston Hall- however the date was wrong on the letter that was given out and our trip is actually on Thursday 6th February 2020. Mrs Kavnagh has also sent a text from the office to confirm this. On the letter there is a reply slip which you need to bring back as well as paying  £9.00 for your child to go on the trip. The reply slips need to given to the class teacher and the money can either be paid for at the office or via the SQUID app and needs to be in by no later than Wednesday 5th February 2020. 


Just to confirm our trip is on Thursday 6th February 2020 to Aston Hall in Birmingham.


Thank you for your co-operation and if you have any questions please do not hestitate to contact me.


Classifying Animals in Science


Today the children looked at animals in Winter for Science . For their practical bit of the  lesson they did a classifying lesson. We looked at the three different labels migrate, hibernate and adapt and discussed what these definitions mean. We then looked at pictures of different animals such as birds, dolphins, dormice, hedgehogs, dogs, rabbits etc and grouped them under the definitions. This allowed the children to see how the animals were all linked together in adapting in different ways to survive the harsh conditions of Winter. The children then worked in pairs to explain on whiteboards what our three definitions mean.


They then did a deeper learning task in their books when they had to show their learning and write what different animals did in Winter and how they adapted and survived using our new terms.


God wants us to learn about the amazing and wonderful animals in his kingdom so that we can appreciate them and take good care of them. As humans we have been entreated with this enormous task and it is at school where we can learn about these precious animals and how to keep them safe. Well done Year One- you were excellent classifiers and Scientists and we are very proud of you!

Multiskills in Year 1 and Year 2


Yesterday 5 children from Year 1 and 5 children from Year 2 went to a multiskills task at The Factor in Longbridge, Birmingham. We went to play with a neighbouring school, St John Fisher and did lots of different activities with them.


We did balancing skills with a beanbag, and the the bean bags while weaving in and out of the cones and we tried our our skipping skills using the ropes. We did different exercises using mates such as star jumps, press ups and sit ups and tried to balance and bounce balls on a bat. We also tried dribbling a ball in and out of cones and shooting a ball at a goal.


The children all threw themselves into the activities and had such a lovely time- they really embraced the sport element and were lovely and welcoming to the other school. They all developed their skills in many different ways and it was wonderful to see them progress and excel during the short time we had. God wants us to learn new skills and to use our bodies for exercise and to keep them fit and healthy. Our bodies are a gift from God and we need to ensure we look after them. It was a lovely afternoon and a pleasure to take both classes and their behaviour was excellent- Well done Year One  and Two!

Being Weather Reporters in Seasonal Science


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


Don't forget, that writing an explanation or report of Winter  is one of your homework challenge asks so now is a good time to start! God has given us such a beautiful and wonderful world and we should take the time to appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature.  Our Science lessons  at St Rose help us experience this process and enjoy the many things that God has created for us.

Terrific Throwing and Captivating Catching 


Today the children had their first PE lesson where they started their new topic of Throwing and Catching. They began by rolling the ball to each other in partners, focusing on being acurate and controlled with their rolls. They then began learning a catching technique, ensuring they kept their eyes on the ball, kept their hands in the right place and didn't throw the ball too high. They were brilliant at this and even moved onto throwing and catching the ball while travelling from one place to the next which is amazing for a first lesson!


God likes us to by physical and active and to always improve and learn new skills. He wants us to use our bodies to the best of our potential and Year One were a true example of this today! Well done- you are all perfect PE stars!






Christmas wishes to you all


Thank you for all of the beautiful cards and gifts that have been given to myself and Mrs Lynch over the past few days.  It is very generous of you all and we are very grateful to you. 


This year, as a staff, we have decided to spend the money we would normally personally spend on small gifts to buy new books for the library as a gift to all of the children in the school.  We all have a passion for reading and we really want to share this with the children so we decided to  invest the money in brand new books for the library.  We really hope this will ignite an enjoyment for reading in all of the children. 


May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and all our love for a wonderful new year. We hope you have a peaceful and relaxing Christmas holiday and we look forward to welcoming you all back in January 2020!


Making our Bambinellis to be blessed


This year, all of the classes have created Baby Jesus figures as part of a project set by the Diocese.  Each of the children in Year 1 will bring home their Bambinelli today to place in your home.  These will be blessed by Father at the first mass of Christmas.  The mass times for St Rose are listed below and it would be wonderful to see some Year 1 Bambinelli's being blessed during the Christmas period.


Christmas Eve Masses:

Our Lady and St Rose of Lima Church - 5.15pm

St. Peter's Church - 8.00pm


Christmas Day Masses

St. Peter's Church - 9.30am

Our Lady and St Rose of Lima Church - 11.00am

Last week until Christmas


As we move into the final week before we break up for the Christmas holidays, please be reminded of the following important dates for Year 1.


Monday 16th December 

All costumes/outfits to be in school ready for our Nativity Performance at 2pm in the Hall.


Tuesday 17th December 

All costumes/outfits to be in school ready for our Nativity Performance at 9.30am in the Hall.



Friday 20th December

Wear your own clothes for CAFOD World Gifts.  Bring £1 if you wear your own clothes.

School finishes at 1pm.  Please ensure you make arrangements to collect your child at 1pm.


Homework Challenge


As we move into the last two weeks of the Autumn term, please be reminded that all of the homework tasks should be completed by Week 7.  This means the children have one full weekend and a full week to complete them.


I know that children have been working hard on their daily tasks, their enrichment tasks and some have even completed the 6 compulsory tasks that were set on the homework grid.


Please could everyone bring in their completed homework book on Monday 16th December for me to check that all pieces have been completed.  


Please also be reminded that the children should be going on Times Table Rockstars each night.


Year 1 Book Fair


Today the  Year Ones were able to take home four books of their choice from the old school library. We do not need these books anymore and we want them to be put to good use! They have all been given a variety of books in their book bags today- please take the books home and leave them at home where you can keep them and enjoy them with your children. We love you to read with them as much as possible so please enjoy!

Advent Friday Charitable Giving 


Please see below for  a little reminder about what is happening on the next few Friday’s in December  during Advent for our Advent Charities.Remember that if you wear your own clothes you are doing it for a charitable act and must bring in donations. If you do not want to donate to our charities please come in our uniform.



  • Friday 6th December (this Friday) – bring in any good quality books that you are happy to donate to our library.  Put them in a bag with your name on them and then we can let everyone know that you donated them.
  • Friday 13th December – wear your Christmas Jumper and bring in £1 to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
  • Friday 20th December – bring in £1 and wear your own clothes for Cafod World Gifts.


Dashing Dance


Today the children finished their PE unit by making some creative dance tot he story of The Little Pigs from their English work. They mimed being the pigs and making their houses from straw, sticks and bricks which we realised was very hard work- we had to find and fetch our materials and then make our whole houses ourselves!


We then became the wolf and danced very steathily on our tip toes and creeping to go and find the pig. The children then enjoyed eating the first two pigs and huffing and puffing to blow the houses down! We then finished with going to the brick house and falling in the pot and burning our bottoms! The children were very creative with their dances and we had lots of fun! Well done Year One!

Learning about Miro in Art- Our Group Pieces


This week the children have continued to learn about the artist Miro who uses lots of different types of line in his Art Work. He uses lots of curved, wavy and straight lines to create different shapes such as eyes, triangles and circles. He also uses lots of wiggles to create strange and funny shapes! After looking at Miro's work and creating their own pieces last week the children used these as inspiration to create a large class group piece. The children began by drawing and improving their shapes from last week and then using different coloured paints such as white, black, red green and purple to paint in their shapes like Miro. The children worked really hard together in their groups to create beautiful pictures and there were some wonderful teamwork to be seen! They were all brilliant artists and produced some truly fantastic art work- well done Year One!


 Year One Class Trip at The Think Tank Science Museum



Today the children had a fantastic trip at The Think Tank to hep enrich their Science curriculum and learning. We have been learning all about or amazing bodies and today we had a workshop all about our bodies and what they can do. We learnt all about our senses, 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 the Science garden and explore different forces and water pressure and got to spend some time in Mini Brum, roleplaying being Scientists, vets and doctors. 


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!

Nativity Costumes and Parts


A letter has gone home this week giving details for the  Early Years Nativity for Nursery, Reception and Year One which  will take place on Monday 16th December and Tuesday 17th December 2019  in the school hall.


You can choose either 2 tickets for one performance, or 1 for Tuesday’s performance and 1 for Wednesday’s performance.


The performances are at the following times:


Monday 16th December – 2pm


Tuesday 17th December – 9.30am



For the nativity each class has been designated a specific role that they will focus on. Year One will be the narrators for the performance and we would like them to be dressed in Christmas clothes. This includes wearing Christmas or woolly jumpers, as well as woolly hats, scarves and warm boots. As a class, all pupils will need to dress in Christmas clothes for their costumes.



It would be greatly appreciated if costumes could be found and sourced from home for the performance. ALL costumes will need to be brought in on the Monday 9th December (a week before the first performance), so that we have all of them ready for the dress rehearsals and final shows. If you can start looking to see what you can find and source for your child to wear, this will really help to add to the performance.



All children have also been given their lines for the performance in their book bags this week. Please ensure that your child takes the line home and practises it at home ready for the performance.


If you have any questions or queries just come and ask and I will be more than happy to help. 




Programming in ICT -  Making the Perfect  Jam Sandwich


Today the Year Ones finished fully writing their instructions to make a jam sandwich. They programmed James the robot on how to make the sandwich first to review their knowledge. They had to use lots of detail such as pick up the knife and spread the butter on the bread carefully. They had to really think about the algorithms and instructions they were producing so that James the robot could follow them exactly.


After watching James they then wrote up all of the instruction of how to make a jam sandwich, They did this with a partner and had to make sure they included lots of detail in their instructions as well as time connectives and writing them in the right order!


They will then use their instructions next week when they begin to film themselves following their own instructions and creating the perfect jam sandwich.

Learning about Miro in Art


This week the children have been learning about the artist Miro who uses lots of different types of line in his Art Work. He uses lots of curved, wavy and straight lines to create different shapes such as eyes, triangles and circles. He also uses lots of wiggles to create strange and funny shapes! After looking at Miro's work the children then developed and created their own Miro picture using black felt tips to make their lines and then colouring in their different shapes using bright colours and crayons.They were all brilliant artists and produced some truly fantastic art work- well done Year One!



A Sensory Sound Walk in Science


This week the children had an observation and pattern seeking Science lesson. 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 and drew and noted the different sounds we could hear. We talked about how close or far away sounds 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 on the playground away from the school. We also discussed that 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 lowYear One were fantastic at noticing the sounds and really listened carefully- well done super scientists!

Meditations and Silent Prayer


This week the children learnt about Silent Prayer in RE and how we can pray in our heads to God on our own, not always out loud with others. We spoke about the importance of speaking to God in and from our hearts with love and listening to his voice carefully to see what he wants for us. We put candles on and reflective music and partook in a silent meditative prayer session where the children said their own silent prayers to God. We then shared some of our prayers at the end and they were truly wonderful- we had thank you prayers, sorry for wrongdoings and even some children who asked God for help! I am very proud of Year One for being so meditative and reflective- well done!

Meditations and Silent Prayer in RE



Tasty Taste buds in Science


This week  the children learned all about our 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 foods like caramel and chocolate, sour foods like lemons and spicy foods like chilli. We also tasted marmite, vinegar, cheese and cucumber which we found were salty, acidic, cheesy and fresh or bland. We enjoyed using our sense of taste and thinking about the different describing words used for food. We then grouped our foods into certain word groups such as spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, fresh, juicy, cheesy and fresh.  The children were brilliant taste detective and learnt lots about how we use our sense of taste. They were able to identify certain foods and  then classify them into groups based on  how they tasted.


Super Smells in Science


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 etc. Working with our partners we then thought of different describing words and adjectives to do with smell using our word banks to help us. We had to ensure that we picked the correct describing words to match the smell and then we guessed what the smell might be. The children were excellent smell detectives and were brilliant and describing and classifying  different smells and identifying them.

Dashing Dance


This half term the Year Ones are learning all about Dance for their PE Lessons and they are learning about Goldilocks and The Three Bears. They have pretended to be The Three Bears and Goldilocks walking in the woods and being in the house. They have pretended to eat porridge, walk around the creepy forest and be different characters within the story,. They have been using body movement, and facial  expressions to show their different interpretations of Dance. They are getting to know the story really well and next week they will move onto Goldilocks being found in the story by The Three Bears! Well done Year One for your fantastic Dance and PE skills!

Lovely Line in Art


For our new Art topic this half term we are learning all about different lines. We learnt about many different lines today such as straight, curved, wavy and zigzag. The children drew a penguin using these lines and then finished with making their own park picture using all the different lines they had learnt about. Their pictures were truly fantastic- please see marvelous pictures of them below!

Programming in ICT


This half term  the Year One children are carrying on with their programming skills. They are working towards making and writing instructions for making a jam sandwich. We started today by discussing how we would make the sandwich using different instructions and our algorithm. We remembered that instructions have to be in order and that we can-not miss any out! We then finished the lesson by sequencing and drawing pictures in order for making our jam instructions. These will then help us as a visual aid for next week when we begin writing our instructions. please ask your child at home how to make a jam sandwich and I am sure they will be able to tell you!

The Three Little Pigs


We have started our new book in English for this half term which is The Three Little Pigs. Over the next 4 weeks the children will be doing lots of reading about The Three Little Pigs story as well as using different grammar skills to better understand the story. It would really help if you could practice the story at home with your child so that they know it really well as they will also be writing it very soon!


Please ask your child at home about the story of The Little Pigs and see if they can retell you the story and say what happened!






Daily Homework and Times Table Rockstars


Please be reminded that there are 6 daily activities that every child should do each night as part of their homework. Most children are not doing these 6 activities, mainly with not completing their times table rockstars!  I was a little disappointed to see that only a handful of children had gone on rock stars over the holidays as it is part of your daily homework and should be completed regularly! It is important that they do these not only because they will help with their Reading, Spelling and Maths fluency but also to make sure they take time for themselves to be mindful and calm.



Any child who does not go online to complete the Times Table Rockstars (daily)  will now be given paper copies to do at home. Times Table Rockstars only takes 2 minutes to do.


In addition, all children have weekly handwriting  which will help with their letter formation and cursive writing.

What are we learning next half term? 


As well as Maths and English, we will be studying all of the following throughout Autumn 2. Your knowledge Organiser folder has lots of information for you to learn at home. Don't forget to read and revise to support your learning in class and please bring them into school every day!


RE Geography PE ICT Art Science  MAD Sessions

Prayer and Advent 

Our Common Home


Progamming Using Line

The Human Body and Seasons ( Autumn to Winter)

Forest School and DT


New Knowledge Organisers and Spellings


The children have been given a new knowledge organiser for Maths ( Addition and Subtraction), Science ( The Human Body), Geography ( Our Common Home), Art ( Line)  and RE ( Prayer and Advent.)  They are the new topics that we will be learning about next half term so please make sure that you study these knowledge organisers over the half term holiday and try to learn as much information as you can.


I have also included the new spellings for next half term ( Autumn 2.) They are labelled as Term 1B Spellings in the children's knowledge organisers. We will have our first spelling test on Week 1 spellings the first  Friday back ( Friday 8th November 2019) so please start learning them. Also ensure that you learn the correct week's spellings!


Times Table Rockstars


As part of their daily homework tasks, the children should be going on to Times Table Rockstars to improve their times table fluency.  At the moment, only a handful of children access this on a daily basis which means most children aren't completing this daily task.  Please could you ensure your child spends a few minutes EACH day on this website.


The website login is included below.  Your username and password is in your reading diary.

Select the Garage area and play the games in there to show me you have been playing on times table rockstars.


I will be monitoring this so anybody who doesn't access this over the half term will be given hard copies to complete each week.



Super Science- Our Bodies


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, rough, smooth, 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!


Have a chat with them about what they remember about these terms and please have a  look at their new knowledge organiser about the Body so you can quiz them about it later!

 Phonics Workshop and Resources


I would like to say a huge thank you to all the workshops who attended the Phonics Workshop on Friday 18th October. Many parents attended and the workshop was a huge sucess. I hope you all found it useful with learning a bit more about Phonics, The Phonics Screening Check and how you can further support your child at home with Phonics.


Phonics is a huge part of the academic year in Year 1 and it is essential that you pratise Phonics with your child regularly. Each child has been given a Phonics pack to take home and keep, where they can practice reading different words, look at many resources and play different Phonics game.The pack has been given to help you practise phonics at home and if you have any questions or queries please do not hestitate to contact me.



Learning about Monet in Art

Today in Art we learnt about the fantastic artist Claude Monet who does lots of fantastic paintings of nature and the world, particularly the sea and oceans. We looked at some of his famous art work of a calm and story sea and discussed what colours we could see and his use of tinting/ shading. We then discussed how he had made the sea calm and rough using different brush strokes.


The children then moved onto painting their own Monet picture of the sea using blue, whites and blacks. They used different tinting and shading techniques, making their colour lighter and darker and made either a calm sea by using long brushstrokes or a choppy sea by using short, sharp brush strokes. The children all made fantastic sea pictures and we are so proud of them- their Art is truly improving week by week!

Telling the Time in Maths


In Maths for the next 2 weeks we are looking at telling the time using o'clock and half past times. The children are  learning these key definitions and having lots of practice at telling and showing different times on their clocks! They are practicing saying the times out loud and even drawing times onto a clock. Please try and test your children at home using a clock with o'clock and half past times as I am sure they will impress you and it will be fantastic practice for them and aid them in their lessons.


Healthy Lunchboxes


Please ensure that if your child has a packed lunch they are bringing in mainly healthy snacks to eat at dinner time. We have seen a number of children who have had nothing healthy in their lunch box whatsoever and who have only eaten crisps, chocolate or sweets for dinner! We encourage all children at our school to lead a varied, healthy and balanced diet so that they can grow up to be the best that they can be! Please support us with this and motivate your children to eat a healthy lunchbox where possible. Thank you for your co-operation.

Learning about Instructions- Making Turnip Soup


For the next 2 weeks Year One will be learning about the features of instructions and will be writing their own for how to make turnip soup for the farmer from our story. We are learning about sequencing instructions in the right order and using number ordering,  and using time connectives and bossy verbs to maker our instructions really clear. We have made some actions to help with our instructions which include, peeling, chopping and cooking our turnip before finally eating it! Please see some pictures below of our fantastic English lesson today acting our instructions for our yummy  turnip soup!

Computing- Programming Unit


Today the children started their programming unit on BGFL by looking at how beebots work. We looked at different instructions that a bebot uses to program it such as forwards, backwards, right and left. We began experimenting with programming the beebots with instructions to get to different places on the map. We had to think about what instructions and directions we would need to get the beebot to the correct position. We also started the beebot app on the ipad where we worked on some of the loqwer levels to try and consolidate our knowledge. 


Science- Identifying and Classifying our Body Parts 


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

Tints and Shades in Art


In our Art lesson this week, we began looking at how to create tints and shades of a colour.  The children were excellent at recapping primary and secondary colours before they learnt what a tint and a shade was.  In the lesson, they used the time to change the colour blue into different tints and shades.  They learnt that a tint is when we make a colour lighter using white and a shade is when we make a colour darker using black. They learnt that you only need to add a little bit of the colour at a time and not too much!   God's world is filled with beautiful colours in every tint and shade.  We are very lucky to live in a world that is so colourful and vibrant! He wants us to take time to appreciate the different colours that are present in our world, and to be curious and find out more about how our wonderful world works.


Ask your child how they made a tint and shade in the lesson and see how much they can remember!

Year 1 PE- Super Skippers


This half term the Year One children have been working on their skipping skills as part of their PE and activity unit. They have been trying different skipping techniques such as hopping, jumping, running and even some children are jumping backwards. We have been using the technique of arms out to the side, coming over and jumping and all the children are trying and practicing so hard! I can see the huge improvement of their skipping skills and technique from the first week already and they are constantly improving.  Please help our child to practice their skipping at home if possible and see their amazing skipping photos below! 




Year 1 End of Year Expectations


A number of parents have been asking about the child's learning and what they do in Year One on a daily basis. I would like to remind you that our daily timetable and our lessons for English and Maths are on this website page and are updated regularly. You can find all the information you need on here to ask your child about their learning for the day or what they have achieved. There is also evidence and pictures to show you the the fantastic learning and achievements we are doing so please ensure you check this page regularly  for updates.


I have also added a file below which has the Year 1 End of Year Expectations so that you can see all the objectives that we learn  so that you can  practice them with your child at home if you wish . If you want to challenge or push your child any further at home you can use these learning objectives to go from and set learning activities for your child.


I thank you for your co-operation and if you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact me. 




End of Year 1 Expectations

Autumn Term Homework 

Updated 27.9.2019


So far,  I have seen some fantastic homework from children who n have already completed some of the home learning tasks and have brought in their homework books for me to check and this has been wonderful to see.  A few  children have yet to do a task and I would urge them to try to do one every couple of week to ensure they do not leave it until the last minute.  This should be alongside learning facts from their knowledge organisers. Please note that I will mark the homework books and the handwriting on a Monday.



There are a number of tasks that need to be completed on a daily basis with reading, spellings and times table being essential daily tasks.


Please read with your child each night, even if it is just a couple of pages, and sign their reading diary to say you have read with them.  It is also good to get them reading books for pleasure rather than simply their reading book as this will help with their vocabulary.  


The spelling in Year 1 needs a lot of work and so daily practise of their weekly spellings, along with some of the common exception words and high frequency words in  their knowledge organiser, is essential. They can practise these in their homework books. 

Times Tables/ 

Each child now has their times table rockstars login so I do expect them to practise this on a daily basis as this is the only way they will truly know the key facts off by heart.  The more they practise, the more fluent they will be and the quicker they will get.  We will monitor every child's activity on this so if you have any problems accessing these on line, please let me know and I will send a daily practise sheet home with your child.  





Big Maths and Active Learn Fixed


I know there have been some technical issues with logins for Big Maths and Active Learn with people not being able to log on and access learning. I have spoken to Mr Carroll and the issue is now fixed and has been sorted. We have stuck new logins for each child for Big Maths and Active Learn into their homework diaries so that they are now ready to use. and can access the websites at home. Their is also the login for their time tables rock stars. Year One are mainly focusing on the 10, 2 and 5x tables as part of their curriculum. 


  All three websites are an essential part of your child's daily homework as they will help with their overall number fluency. 


Big Maths helps them to recall number facts quickly in their learn its test and practise their skills for their CLIC test on Friday.  


Times Table Rockstars helps them to become more fluent with their times tables.  By the end of year 2, the children should be able to recall the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times table off by heart so daily practise will help them with this.


Active Learn  has access to thousands of online reading books to help the children practice their Phonic sounds and become fluent readers. The more books they read the quicker they will progress in their reading so you need to be using and accessing this website regularly.


The links to all pages are below.



Big Maths, Times Table  Rockstars and Active Learn 


We have put your child's online login details for both Big Maths ,Times Table Rockstars and Active Learn  in their reading diaries so that they can access all websites at home.  All three websites are an essential part of your child's daily homework as they will help with their overall number fluency. 


Big Maths helps them to recall number facts quickly in their learn its test and practise their skills for their CLIC test on Friday.  



Times Table Rockstars helps them to become more fluent with their times tables.  By the end of year 2, the children should be able to recall the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times table off by heart so daily practise will help them with this.


Active Learn  has access to thousands of online reading books to help the children practice their Phonic sounds and become fluent readers. The more books they read the quicker they will progress in their reading so you need to be using and accessing this website regularly.


The links to all pages are below.



Our Autumnal Walk


Today in Science we had a wonderful observation lesson. We are learning about the seasons and we need to observe change and growth over time. We went to the duck pond today and saw how Summer has now changed into Autumn. We saw how the leaves haven fallen off the trees and have all changed colour to beautiful reds, browns and oranges. We also observed that there were lots of acorns, pine cones, conkers and even blackberries on the ground, all tell tale signs that Autumn is truly here!


God wants us to observe his Creation and to learn how his world changes over the year, as the seasons develop and adjust. It is one of the most wonderful parts of his making and we love enjoying and learning about it!

Changes to Forest School


As you are all aware, Forest School for Year One takes place on a Thursday. For the last few weeks the children have been bringing in their clothes but we would now like them to come in on a Thursday already changed into their forest school things. They do not need to wear their uniform on a Thursday but instead wear their forest school clothes into to school. We are doing Forest School for the whole of Autumn 1 so please ensure your child comes into school on a Thursday prepared with their forest school clothes on.

Our Stone Age Workshop


Today ( 18/9/2019) we had our Stone Age Workshop. The children came dressed up crazy cave people and  a man came in to school to teach us all about what happened in the Iron Age and Stone Age which links with our Prehistoric History topic. We learnt about humans developed as they made fire and spoke different languages, how they developed in making different tools and clothing to help them hunt and keep them warm, and how they adapted to survive. 


We learnt about how humans adapted from ape like creatures to homosapians and that as they developed they moved across the world to survive and thrive. We had such fun being prehistoric people, creating our own languages and looking at different tools and artefacts.


God wants us to learn about the past, and what history has come before us in the world so that we can learn from this and know how we can live better lives in our Creation.


Please ask your child about what happened in the workshop- they had a fantastic time and I am sure they would love to tell you! I would also like to say thank you to all the parents for bringing their child in such amazing costumes- all the children looked absolutely fantastic and embraced the theme so well. They truly rocked out as cave people from the Stone Age!

Learning about Special Objects in Church


Today the Year Ones went to the Church with Mrs Lynch and myself to learn all about the special objects that are there. We saw pews, the altar, crosses, candles, stained glass windows and an organ. We stood in the pulpit, reading the bible from the lectern and  even put holy water on our forehead from the font. The children learnt about the names of the special objects and what they are used for in Church.  God wants us to be curious about his house and to marvel and wonder at the amazing things in it and to find out more about what they do! It helps us to feel closer to him.This will also help the children as they now move onto their Celebration topic where they learn about different masses, celebrations and services in Church and what different objects and symbols are used.



Being Weather Reporters in Seasonal Science



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


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

Being Weather Reporters

Wednesday 18th September (18/09/19)  Stone Age Workshop DATE CHANGE


I have spoke to most parents about this at home time and a text has been sent out by the office to say that the Stone Age/ Cavemen Workshop will now take place on Wednesday (18/09/19) NOT Thursday (19/09/19). The children only in Year 1 will need to come in to school on Wednesday  dressing up as people from The Stone Age ( think cave men costumes!) . If you have any queries do not hesitate to ask me.





Daily Essentials for School and Learning


In order for your child to be able to fully access the curriculum and to enable us to read with them, please could you ensure your child has the following with them each day:


  • Book bag
  • Reading book and diary
  • Pencil case with essential items
  • Knowledge Organiser Folder


Please be reminded that a £5 deposit is required for the pencil case and Knowledge Organiser folder and this should be paid into the office.  Thank you.


13/09/19 Knowledge Organiser Folders


Today, the children were sent home with their Knowledge Organiser folders and pencil cases. The folders hold their home learning tasks ( homework for the whole of Autumn Term), weekly spellings  and their subject organisers. the files and pencil cases have only been given to the children that have paid the £5 deposit. As you are aware, the five pound deposit is to ensure that the children look after their folders and bring them in everyday as they will support their lessons. It is imperative that the files and the pencil cases are to be brought into school everyday and taken home every night as the children need them both in school and at home daily to aid and support their learning. Any children who have not paid their deposit, will be provided with photocopies of the home learning tasks and subject organisers. 


Thank you for your continued support,


Miss Murphy 


Learn your tables and Maths Fluency!


In Year One we have to learn our 2,5 and 10x tables as part of our national curriculum and learning. Practice makes perfect so please ensure that you practice times tables daily with your child. In Year One they also need to count fluently in 2's, 5's and 10's and it really helps them with their daily Maths work if they can do this. I will be also be sending home weekly Maths fluency tasks with different sums to 5, 10 and 20 for your child to practice. The more they practice these tests the quicker they will become at sums and Maths fluency!I have uploaded all the fact fluency sheets I will be sending home in various links below  so you can also download them from here and practice them at home as much as you like! I have also uploaded  a picture below of the times tables Year One need to know and learn.







Autumn Term Homework


Our homework takes a new format this year as it links in with our knowledge based curriculum.  Instead of giving out weekly homework sheets, one sheet is given out for the whole term.  The homework challenge sheet will be included in the knowledge organiser and your child's homework book.  Included in this are:

  • Daily tasks that need to be completed that should be done each day.  This includes reading, practising spellings and completing a daily maths challenge to remember some of the maths fact fluency.
  • Super tasks which provide an opportunity for enrichment at home.
  • Home Learning Tasks which relate to the different subjects we study in our lessons.
  • Extension tasks for those children who want to challenge themselves further.


The homework book is for the children to complete their work in and, once they have completed one of the home learning or extension tasks, they should evidence it in their homework book  to show they have done it.


I will also be giving out handwriting as additional homework and this will come home weekly for them to practise their cursive letters which is a requirement for the end of KS1.




Learning about Primary colours in Art


God has given us many talents and we should use these to paint the world a better place and to use our artistic flair.


Our first Art lesson this week looked at primary colours, where we learnt about using red, blue and yellow. The children were excellent at remembering the ways in which we make primary colours and were inspired by the work of Mondrian when they made their paintings.


They used black lines to crisscross their paper and make squares and then painted the squares in different primary colours. We had to make sure we left some squares white so that it fitted the style of Mondrian's work. You can see an example of his work below but I think the children's own art work paints are even better!



Mondrian's Work 


Super Seasonal Science


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


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


Learning about the story of Creation


This term we are learning all about how God made the world in the wonderful story of Creation. Today we learnt the story and acted it out using various props and visuals to help us. The children loved  learning about how God made the world and what he made on each day and they are so excited to write about in their books later this week!


God wants us to be curious about the world that he created for us to live in, and when we learnt about it we appreciate it and take responsibility for the planet. It is up to us to care for the planet and look after the wonderful world that we have for future generations.

Doing our very best in Year One and aiming to acheive


God wants us to be the best person that we can possibly be and this comes from trying our hardest in everything we do.  Year 1  is an extremely busy  busy year and there is no escaping that we have to work hard to be ready for our Phonics test in June but I am hoping we can create a classroom environment where children are excited and enthusiastic about their learning.  We have lots of reward systems in place to help this and the children have always enjoyed this in school and been very excited by it! 


  • House Reading Book Challenge

Daily reading is essential for your child to be fluent with their reading and we need to see this recorded in their reading diaries every night.  We also need to have their reading books and diaries in every day so the house reading book challenge is designed to help with this.


Each morning, the children self register when they have brought in their reading book and diary and placed it in the box.  If the whole house team brings in their reading books and diaries, each child receives 5 housepoints - a great way to earn lots of housepoints each week!



  • Big Maths CLIC and Learn It Tests

Each week, the children will be tested on their  CLIC and their Learn It's  in their Big Maths  tests. If they get  full marks  in each of these tests, they will receive special Big Maths stickers and move up their chart!.  It is their job to stay in the club until the end of the half term to receive their BIG 10 certificate and reward.  Make sure you're practising by going onto Big Maths to help you with your CLIC and Learn It's.


  • Octopus 8 Club

In Year 1 all children need to be writing using the cursive style with some children joining these letters.  Handwriting is therefore a crucial part of their curriculum and will help them as they move through the school.  The Octopus 8 club looks for 8 children who are trying really hard with the presentation of their work in all of the lessons.  Each week, we look for 8 new members who will wear their Octopus 8 badge with pride.  The top 3 children at the end of the half term will receive some special golden time!


Please note: online logins for Active Learn, Big Maths and Time Table Rock Stars will be given out in their reading diaries next week!

Spellings for Autumn Term 1


You will receive a copy of the spelling list in your knowledge organiser folder but, to clarify, our spellings for this half term are in the file below. Week 1 starts from next week ( week commencing Monday 9th September 2019) and our spelling tests will be every Friday morning.


Please learn your spellings for the appropriate week  and keep practicing!




Being  Grateful and Generous in our Class Virtues


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


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


We are generous when we give freely without thinking of the cost, to have the impulse to serve without reward without counting the cost to us. We are generous when we have big hearts full of love.


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



Our class wish in Year One



Today, we talked about what our class wish for this year should be.  We always try to think about how a wish could make our time in school even better and the children were really insightful with their responses.  They wanted to make sure that we tried our best this year in their learning as they were so excited about joining Year One so we decided that our wish would be " to always be the best learners that we can be and try our best in everything we do to help us excel in our learning."


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