Welcome to Year 1

Our Class Saint is St. Joseph

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Curriculum information 

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Spring 1 

Happy feast day St Thomas Aquinas!

As part of St Thomas Aquinas feast day celebrations, we focused on an inspirational happiness and a love quote from our patron saint. We created a happiness poem and made a special card to someone we love. We concluded that the key to happiness is to be found in our own hearts. There can be no happiness without love and those who love God. 

Design and Technology 

We enjoyed designing and creating our moving bears. We think our teddy bear mechanisms look fantastic on our topic display! Thank you Miss Shankland and Mrs McDade for supporting us with our developing skills. 


Our new Topic this half term is 'Toys'. Our first lesson provided us with the opportunity to find out how toys have changed over time via pictorial sources. We also had the chance to handle a few of the toys. By the end of the lesson, we all created our own timeline that clearly shows how toys have changed over the decades. 

Autumn 2

The true meaning of Christmas 

This year we focused on the 'elves'. Our split pin elf reminds us that we should be the best that can we be and great followers of Jesus. 

Collective worship

We understand that Advent is a special time and is filled with joy. We worked together as a class and planned and delivered our own collective worship. We were reverent throughout. 



Thank you to the members of staff from 'Unconventional Menagerie' who joined us and made our Science learning come to life. We were super scientists as we could ask and answer a variety of animal questions. Miss Coxon was very impressed with us as we could identify the animal group, food group and could compare the animals too. We enjoyed meeting all of the animals and as you can see from the photographs we were very brave. What an extraordinary experience we have had! 


We used our fieldwork and observational skills to study our school grounds. We could identify the key human and physical features of our environment successfully.

We could also use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) to record what we could see from our school grounds. We enjoyed looking at a compass and look forward to using them in the future. 

Thank you Miss Shankland and Mrs McDade for helping us with our learning. 

PSHE - Parliament week

To promote parliament week we had a big question shared with us. It was 'should we ban school uniforms?'. We could not believe our eyes when Miss Coxon set up our own polling station. It was a great experience! 

We also had the opportunity to write our own speech which answered the big question. Then we used our speaking and listening skills when sharing our speeches with one another. 



Remembrance - 2minute silence 

We took our own poppies outside to pay our respects to all of the soldiers, past and present. 


We successfully took a photograph and downloaded it on a graphics package and made some changes to the original photograph. As we are in November, we created our own poppies to help us to always remember those who have died and those who are helping to keep us safe. 


Miss Coxon and Mrs McDade challenged us to use our sense of smell to identify the ingredient in each pot. We were great Scientists as we could predict, identify the ingredients and record our findings. 

English/Fantastic Five

 One of our fantastic five books this half term was a non-fiction text called 'The Gunpowder Plot'. We now know lots of facts about Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate bonfire night. To celebrate bonfire night we made our own editable chocolate sparklers. They were delicious! If you want to know how you make them you can find the instructions in our English books. 


On the first day back, after half term Miss Coxon challenged Year 1 to identify the signs of Autumn. All of the children successfully completed an Autumn scavenger hunt, sorted leaves into various groups and identified different leaves that we have in our school grounds. The outdoor session concluded by children finding their favourite leaves and creating leaf rubbings with them. The Science learning continued indoors as the children agreed on a tree from our school grounds and illustrated what the tree looked like. Year 1 are looking forward to observing how the tree changes over time.  

What super Scientists you are Year 1 - Miss Coxon and Mrs McDade are very proud of you! 

Autumn 1 with Mrs Khan


Children this Autumn term have been looking at comparing numbers and objects, one more and one less. They enjoyed using a range of concrete resources to solve a range of fluency questions. 


Children this term have been focusing on the text 'Hansel and Gretel'. They thoroughly enjoyed role-playing the different characters. Children were able to sequence the story and were able to write a fantastic character description of their favourite character! 


Children this Autumn term have been learning all about the body and the different body parts. Year One enjoyed drawing around each others body and were able to independently label the different body parts. 


During this Autumn term Year one's  unit was 'Creation' so children were learning all about how God created the world in 7 days. The children enjoyed role-playing the story and by the end of the unit they were confidently able to share this infront of the class.