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Welcome to Year 1!


Year 1 are always working hard so Miss Murphy will keep this page updated with all the fantastic work and learning they are doing. I will also provide you with some useful links to help with work they can practice at home.


Here are some useful links below to help with your children’s learning.


Phonics Bug and Practice ( Log ins have been given to children for home use.)


Dance Mat Typing ( to help Year One practice their typing and keyboard skills.)

Sports Day 2016!


Today Year One and all of EYFS and KS1 took part in our Sports Day out on the school playground. The children had to complete lots of different challenges, such as running, hurdles, skipping, throwing and balancing. All the children gave it their all and did so well- we are all so proud of them!


It was also lovely to have such fantastic support from the parents who came to watch- they even joined in a dance with us at the end!


Well done to everyone who took part and came along- we have all had a fantastic day! 

Planting Seeds!


Today the Year One class have been planting seeds in our outdoor area. We have planted Spinach and Lettuce in trays and pots outside our classroom. We are making sure that we are watering them every day and that they are getting plenty of soil and light/ warmth in our classroom. 


The children have really enjoyed planting their seeds and we are hoping that in Autumn Term next year we will be able to harvest the plants and eat them! This will be part of our Healthy Eating and Living in our Change 4 Life program that is happening across the school.


Well done Year One for your fantastic planting and gardening! 

Star of the week



This week's star in Year 1 is all of them!

All of Year One have taken their Phonics Screening this week and they have all done so incredibly well. They have been preparing for this for a long time and every child tried their best on the test and did themselves proud. I am so impressed with all that the children have achieved with their phonics.


Keep up the good work Year One!




This half term the following children have been star of the week:

Riley A

Louie Owen



Lily Mae





Our Owl Morning


Today Year 1 were lucky enough to meet some owls! We are focusing on Owl Babies as our Talk for Writing book this Half Term and we are having an owl stay in our classroom. We were lucky enough to meet a special man who told us many interesting facts about different owls. We saw Barn Owls, Tawny Owls and Africian Owls and were even allowed to touch them. The children had a fantastic morning and learnt so much- they are now really excited about our new book and can't wait to read it later on this week! 


Please feel free to look at our photos of our owl morning below.

Congratulations Year 1!

I would like to congratulate all the children in Year for such a fantastic half term.  All the children have made such super progress, particularly in their Reading and Writing and their hard work and effort is really paying of!  


Mrs Deocades and I are both so proud of them and we hope they can continue this super work and perservence into their last half term in Year 1 .


Well done Year 1- make sure you relax this half term and enjoy yourself! You all deserve it! 


Miss Murphy



Just to remind you that as well as an Art project homework ( which should be in the children's homework books or taken home with them) the children have also been given a Phonics sheet with different words to read. 


It is really important that the children read these words with you every day at home as our Phonics test is the second week we come back after half term! I also just want to remind you that all the phonics sounds are also in the children's reading diaries for them to read and practise with you at home.


As well as reading those phonics words it would also be extremely beneficial if the children can continue to practise their reading book at home with you regularly over the holiday. Regular reading also helps to improve the children's phonics, reading accuracy and reading for enjoyment.


Have a fabulous holiday and make sure you and your child do lots of relaxing too!


Miss Murphy 

Year 1 RE Trip to the Synagogue!


Today Year One had a fantastic morning at the Jewish Synagogue today. We were taught by a fantastic Jewish lady about the history of Judaism and how it started. We were also lucky enough to look around a synagogue and see some of the fantastic items that are used such as the Torah and the yad. We were even allowed to try on some kippah's ( a special Jewish hat) and read through some Jewish prayer books in Hebrew.


The children have all said how much they enjoyed the trip and they were all very inquisitive and keen to ask questions throughout. They have really enjoyed learning about a different religion and belief and they were a real credit to the school today - well done Year One!


Year 1 Homework for 11.5.2016.


This week I have decided to set an interactive homework for Year 1, due to the printer not being available in school.


For English I would like the children to focus on the following  Phonics sounds using the Active Learn Website and their log ins that were sent home a few weeks ago: 








The Link for the Active Learn Website can be found below.


For Maths I would ask that the children practice their counting in 2's to 20, 5's to 50 and 10's to 100. 


For their spelling test the next week the children will be tested on the days of the week. Therefore the children need to learn the following spellings:












N.B The days of the week must start with a capital letter!

Amazing Art!


Today in Year 1 the children finished their fantastic Mural tiles in Art, based on our buildings topic. The children painted their murals carefully and then had to evaluate their finished design, thinking about what was good about it, and how they could perhaps improve it next time.


We had a fantastic time in Year 1 this afternoon and the children all worked incredibly hard- you should all be very proud of your beautiful murals which you can take home at the end of the week.


Photos of the children's work and designs will also be put on our Art display board in our classroom.

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Recommended Reader


This week Giacomo has been telling us all about the fantastic book he has been reading! He has told us that currently reading Voyage of The Dawn Treader at home with his Daddy and that he is really enjoying this book.


He has told the class that he wants to reccomend this book for them as "it is really exciting and amazing, and there are talking rats in the book! Where else would you find talking rats?!" 


We are so proud of Giacomo that he is reading such an interesting and advanced book at home and Year 1 would like to thank him for recommending this book. Keep up the good work and reading at home Giacomo! 

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This term in Art in Year 1 we have been looking at different designs  patterns found in buildings and tiles.


To finish of this topic we have been creating our own mural patterns using clay. We designed our murals first and then began making them this week.


Next week we will finish of our murals by painting them and then the children will be free to take the home!


The children are really enjoying designing and making their murals and some photos of them working very hard can be found below.

For our Topic this half term we are looking at the Seaside.


Year 1 were asked to research the seaside or create a model as part of their Easter homework.


So far we have had two fantastic and very different models from Emily and Sophia! Both girls have put lots of effort and hard work into their models and they look amazing!


Photos of the models can be found below, and there are also photos of them up on our seaside display in the classroom.


Well done girls! smiley

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21st April 2016 


Today Baran, Braeden, Aleixs, Elliot and Poppy all took part in the Year 1 and 2 Gym Festival yesterday at St Thomas Aquinas School.   They learnt how to perform cartwheels, forward rolls and jump correctly whilst also having the chance to try some different jumps on the trampoline.  All of the children in Year 1 and Year 2 were very well behaved and were a real credit to the school. Well done to all the children who took part for their enthusiasim, effort and super gymnastics!



End of term Easter Bonnet Parade


Don't forget to bring your Easter bonnet hats for our parade on Thursday! Please also note children need to be collected by 1.15pm on Thursday 24th March. School will return on 11th April 2016. 

Sports Relief! 


On Friday 18th March we had our school sports relief day.  We spent the day raising money for charity by taking part in different sporting events.


Year 1 ran shuttle runs to raise money for the charity and all the children were fantastic! They managed to pick up lots of runs and it was lovely to see the children working so hard and trying their very best to raise money to help those in need.


Well done Year !


A huge thank you also to Miss Neville for organising the whole day and running the activities with the children.


Please look at our photos of us running our shuttle runs below.




Year 1 Teddy Workshop- Wednesday 16th March


Today we had a teddy bear workshop with medical students from The University of Birmingham. The students were wonderful with the children and we learnt all about how we can keep ourselves healthy.

We practiced brushing our teddies teeth, sorted healthy and non- healthy foods and even learnt about road safety and being careful when crossing the road. We even got to look inside a big teddy’s insides, and talk about his different organs. We were also lucky enough to practice being doctors ourselves while we had to work out what was wrong with our teddies!


Overall it was a very enjoyable afternoon for the children and they had lots of fun while learning about healthy living and life styles. We would like to say a big thank you to The University of Birmingham students for coming in to spend time with us and help us with our learning.


Please have a peek at some of the photos from our workshop below!

Fantastic Work!


After our super Palm Sunday reflection the children have done some lovely work where they have drawn pictures and wrote about what we did. They have also wrote down some of the key messages of our assembly and what Palm Sunday means for them. 




Year 1 Palm Sunday


On Monday the 13th of March the children had their Palm Sunday and St Patrick ’s Day reflection. The children told the rest of the school and their parents about what the events were and their meaning. Every child had something to say and we even performed a song and roleplayed our own version of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey!


Well done to the children in Year 1- you all did fantastically and Miss Murphy and Mrs Deodcades are so proud of you!


To see what we did please look at the photos below of our reflection. 


World Book Day 


Today Year 1 came dressed as different characters from a range of books. We had beautiful Princesses, dazzling Superheroes and a few Denis the Menaces! The children made such a wonderful effort and it was lovely to see such a range of different characters in the classroom!


A big congratulations to Louie Evans who was chosen as the winner of the best costume for Year 1 by the school council. He made a super Dennis the Menace and will now be able to spend a £5 book voucher on the book of his choice!


Well done Year 1!

Year 1 World Book Day

 In February Year 1 went to The Black Country Museum for the day. We had a super time looking at and  trying out different toys from the past. The children were surprised at how fun they found the old toys!


After our toy workshop we were lucky enough to have a school lesson at an early 20th century school. The children were shocked at how strict the school was and could not believe that the cane was used for naughty children! Although they loved the lesson, most were glad that they went to school in the present and not the past!


We finished our fantastic day by looking around the Black Country  Museum village. We saw sweets being made in the sweet shop, found out how medicine was made in the pharmacy and discovered how early 20th century people lived in their homes.


The Year 1 children have expressed how much they enjoyed learning about 20th century life and toys- we had a fantastic day and the children really were a credit to our school.


Please feel free to look at the photos from our trip below!