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Welcome to Year 1's Class Page!



We hope you had a restful and relaxing summer. 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.


Thursday 19th September (19/09/19)  Stone Age Workshop


Just a reminder to say that our Stone Age Workshop will be taking place next Thursday (19/09/19) and we will be 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 



What's coming up in Year 1?

Week commencing: 16th September  2019 


As we begin our second full week in Year 1, everything is starting to become easier and we are getting into our stride and routines!


In English, we will continue reading our class book called 'The Enormous Turnip ' and will begin writing up the first half of our story.  We'll also begin our grammar work, looking at writing simple sentences punctuating them correctly using full stops and capital letters.


In Maths, we continue  our Maths No Problem journey by looking at 'Numbers to 10' and will learn what each number represents, how to order and compare numbers whilst also looking at number patterns.








English Morning


English Morning Understanding the meaning of Zero

English Morning

Comparing numbers of objects 

English Morning


Sequencing part of a story 

Maths Morning  

Retelling part of a story ( Draft and Edit.)

Maths Morning

Retelling part of a story ( Final  Piece.)



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.



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 ( 13.9.2019) is the wonderful Yamin. Yamin began in this class and then left halfway through the year, and he has now returned those September. he has started school not only with a new year to consider, but in a whole new school with a whole new class! He has settled in so well in his role and has been kind and considerate to everybody. He has also been determined to work hard and to do all of his work to the best of his ability- what a fantastic star to the year Yamin and we are so proud of you. Well done and keep it up!





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 


Parent Phonics Workshop Reminder-  18th October 2019-


A letter has been given out today ( Tuesday 10th September 2019)  to the children where I have  warmly invited you to a parent workshop on Friday 18th October from 9am- 9.30am. The workshop’s focus is phonics as this is an important part of the Year 1 academic year. The workshop will take place in the school hall at 9am. 


I am hoping that by giving you plenty of notice arrangements can be made with work, child care etc where parents can be able to attend. It is only half an hour long and it really is a very important workshop that will aid and support your child’s learning in Phonics and Reading. I also hope you will also find it very enjoyable!


The workshop will provide you with information about the phonics screening check that takes place during the summer along with useful tips on how to help your child with their phonics at home.A pack will be given during the session to help you practise phonics at home.


I hope you are able to attend and I look forward to seeing you on Friday 18th   October.

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.

Attendance and Punctuality


Each day really does matter in Year 1.  We have a lot to learn before we do our end of term assessments ad the end of the year and 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