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Welcome to Year 1's Class Page!


Mrs Lynch and I hope that all of you have had a restful and relaxing half term holiday. We are so excited to have you back!


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


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


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!


Our star for this week ( 15.11 .2019) is the lovely Louis. He is a truly valued and special member of our class who always tries so hard in every aspect of his learning. He is always seen giving all his effort and dedication to all his work and will always give 100% to any task that is asked of him. He wants to do well which is why we can always count upon him to do his very best work. He is also a fabulous friend who can always seen being kind and loving to his friends and helping them in any way he can. We are so proud of you Louis well done and keep it up!


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) 


What's coming up in Year 1?

Week commencing: 18th November   2019 


As we begin our third week in Year One after half term the children are truly into their stride in  Year One- they are becoming more and more confident which is wonderful to see! We now have Maths and English every day, the same as the rest of the school. I believe Year One are truly ready for this and  they really are flourishing in class from this new learning routine.


In English, we will begin  looking at the second half of our new English Text 'The Three Little Pigs' and begin to write draft and edit our story, using key phrases and grammar skills.


In Maths, we  will have continue with 'Addition and Subtraction' where we will look at subtracting using different methods. We will subtract using number bonds, using stories and counting back. 








Subtracting by counting back

Subtracting by using stories


 Subtraction picture problems

Writing addition and subtraction facts

Chapter Review  


Using inference and explanation skills for a text.

Using retrieval and sequencing skills for a text 

Using reading skills for an unseen text

Understanding how words can combine to make sentences

Using -ed endings for the past tense


Shared planning ( defeating the monster story)




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!

Spellings for Autumn 2 Term 1B 


Spellings for Autumn Term 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 12th November: We are learning the week 2 spellings which are words with the 'ay'  and 'oy' sound. Remember that some children are learning the Band 1 and Band 2 spellings every week now as part of their spellings homework- parents were notified at Parents Evening and were given these spellings to practice. If you need another copy of the Band 1 or 2 spellings just come and ask me.

Year 1 Weekly Timetable

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!






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 Thursday 7th November from 1.30pm- 5pm and you all have your allocated times. Please ensure you check when your meeting time is.


I have also given out a letter today for our Think Tank trip which will be on Thursday 28th November 2019. You need to bring the reply slip back and pay £12.00 for your child to go on the trip, The return slip and payment need to be given to the office no later than Friday 15th November 2019.


Thank you for your co-operation.

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.


Homework Challenge


As we move into the last half term in Autumn, we have monitored the homework that has been completed since we started in September.  Most children have been working very  hard on their daily tasks, their enrichment tasks and the 6 compulsory home learning  tasks that were set on the homework grid.


Sadly, there are a number of children that have NOT DONE ANY homework of their challenge this term at all apart from their  daily tasks. This a real shame as doing the enrichment and home learning tasks would enhance their learning considerably and, for some children, would help them become more confident with their Reading and Maths. I would also like to remind you that the home learning tasks are compulsory and must be completed by the end of the half term. With 8 weeks already gone, some children now have a big task of completing the 6 compulsory homework tasks (highlighted in yellow below) by the end of the term. 


The new way of doing homework means the children do not have to complete a separate piece of English and Maths each week, so this has reduced what they have to do considerably. 



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



Weekly Timetables for Autumn 2


As we approach a new busy and fun filled half term this November 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 w have a lot to learn before we do our end of term assessments ad 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!

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.