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Welcome to Year 1's class page!


Here at St. Joseph's we aim to 'have life and have it to the full', we will be making lots of fun memories this year. We have a very challenging year ahead of us but Year 1 are settling in very well and we are all enjoying exploring our new class! This page will be filled with class events and information as well as exciting activities we are doing in class and around school. 


Miss Wilson      Mrs Kenny      Mrs Kirk


Important Information

Each week I will be sending home the children's blue homework books. The children should choose one task from the homework grid each week and bring the book to school each Wednesday, this will be returned to the children on a Friday.


Please try to read with your child every night and sign the yellow reading record.


PE will be held on a Thursday this half term as we are having weekly sessions with Manchester United, children will need; red t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps. Please make sure your child's name is in their PE kit.


Phonics Screening Check 


The children have been learning phonics in both Nursery and Reception to help them read words. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the sounds that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words. In year 1, all children in the country will take part in a phonics screening check in June. Over the course of the year, they will be learning a lot of sounds, but these sounds need to be learnt both in the context of real words and nonsense words.The children will be asked to use their phonic knowledge to read 20 real words and 20 nonsense words (alien words). The children will know when a word is a nonsense word as there will be a picture of an alien next to the word - we say this word is the aliens name and this is why it does not make sense to us. 


How to help your child at home

- Play lots of sound and listening games

-Read as much as possible

- Encourage children to have a 'good guess'

- Remind children to blend the sounds in the word by pointing to them

- In school the children use the Phonics Play website to help reading real and fake words and play games such as Picnic on Pluto or Buried Treasure


Mr Thorne Does Phonics - Youtube



Reading - http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/


Other useful websites:

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html - Good for both maths and english


Summer 2

The children have enjoyed another treat today, working closely with different sea creatures in the rock pool. They learnt about, touched and even held crabs, mussels and starfish.

We had the BEST day for our beach party, we made sand castles, splashed in the water, went fishing, played coconut bowling, made beach cakes, sand pictures, an ice cream parlour and relaxed on the beach towels. After all the fun, everyone enjoyed an ice cream to cool down.

The children had a great day during sports day, everyone took part in running, egg and spoon, beanbag and dressing up races!

In science the children have been looking at parts of a plant and can explain what plants need to grow and how each part of the plant has a special job.

This week we have been working had on our inventions. The children thought about different problems in school and invented their own way to solve it. The children made nets to get the football from the floor and special bags for their milk so it wouldn’t get split on the floor. They had lots of fun and were very creative!

Summer 1 - Growing

This term we will be looking at some lovely stories, including; The Tin Forest, Wild, The Bog Baby and Bee and Me. The children will be looking at growing plants in science, multiplication in maths and will be continuing to prepare for the phonics screening with lots of reading. We have a very fun and busy term ahead!

Some more lovely models!

In the story The Tin Forest, the old man works very hard to keep the forest tidy. The children made posters persuading people to pick up their rubbish and keep their area tidy, some children also went into our outdoor area and tidied up what they could. Each week a different group will go outside and see how they can look after our area. It’s looking better already!

In computing this week the children enjoyed programming the Beebots. They planned the instructions they would give and mapped them out on their whiteboards. The children also had fun trying to get the Beebot to different words on the mat, taking it in turns and challenging their friends.

To find out what book we are looking at this week the children needed to fit the pieces of the cover back together. With a partner they talked about the title, author and what they thought would happen in the story. Our new book is The Tin Forest!

Spring 1 - Traditional Tales

This term our topic is Traditional Tales, we will be exploring the different stories we already know and retelling them, we will be looking at the setting and characters and talking about similarities in the stories. We will also be looking at maps in Geography including the seven continents and oceans and in Science we are looking at different materials and investigating different materials.

When we came into class this morning we found a golden egg on the carpet, we talked about what we thought could be inside the egg, where it came from and why it was there. The sign told us to keep the egg safe so we made a nest and checked on it throughout the day. In the morning we found a baby dragon! We talked about how to look after him and made sure we feed him, keep him safe and we will soon teach him how to fly!

The children enjoyed a visit from the nurse, talking about how we can look after our bodies, identifying different fruit and vegetables and making some yummy treats!

In Art the children enjoyed creating their own shades of green for our beanstalk. They tried to mix as many different shades as they could and were so careful with their brushes and the end result was wonderful!

We had lost of wonderful characters join us in class for World Book Day, the children enjoyed talking about their characters and reading posts of different stories.

The children have been loving building with cups and blocks, the children can create what’re they like and are creating some amazing designs.

The children were left a note from Cinderella asking them to help her decide what shoes she should wear for different occasions. We talked about the different materials of the shoes any why they would be good for the different events.

We have had a very interesting week in class! We have been looking at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we followed instructions and made porridge and the next day when we came into class it was a mess! the chairs were turned over and we looked around the class for clues. After a discussion of all our evidence we decided that it was Goldilocks who had been in our class, we made wanted posters and are waiting to speak to Goldilocks.

Autumn 2 - Animals

The children have enjoyed making Christingles and have been talking about what each part of the Christingle represents.

This week in science we have been looking at he seasons. We talked about how we need to wrap up warm in Winter and what other clothes we wear in Spring, Summer and Autumn. The children have been learning about animals and how they keep warm in Winter. The children talked about polar bears and did an experiment on whether fur or blubber would make the polar bear the warmest.

This week we had a lovely treat! Mr Templeton came into our class to do some artwork with the children. They used red, yellow, and blue water colours to make other colours they wanted to use for their picture.

In History, our topic is Toys. We have already looked at the toys we play with now and when we were babies. This week the children have enjoyed playing with Victorian Toys and the children even had a go at making their own cup and ball games!

In Science the children have been making bird food to hang in our outdoor area and creating sensory boards and shakers. We talked about what materials we could use on our boards to make them all feel different and what things we could put in the shakers to create a good sound.

Autumn 1 - Superheroes


This term our topic is Superheroes, we will be looking at how we can make ourselves strong, what our super senses are and enjoying some exciting stories to help us with our writing. We are trying hard to remember to use our phonics, finger spaces and letter formation.

Star of the Week Date Work of the Week
Maja - for showing maturity entering Year 1 and keeping her new classroom tidy. 08.09.17  
Carter - being a good friend and a helpful member of the class. 22.09.17

Bobbie - wonderful determination during maths.                                                        

Kelsey - being a lovely member of our class and always putting 100% into every piece of work 29.09.17 Ralphy - a lovely piece of writing and detailed illustration.
Sebastian - always listening carefully and following instructions 13.10.17 Yonathan - being a maths whizz during work on greater than and less than


The children have settled well into their new classroom and are enjoying being busy!

This week we have been reading the story of Supertato and when we came into class we were met with chaos! The Evil Peas had come in and made a mess so we had to get to work saving the vegetables. We freed the carrots from the board, the sprouts from the jar, butternut squash was trapped in the door and the poor broccoli had a mustache! The children quickly got to work setting up the crime scene and taking photographs as evidence. We then decided that we needed to stop the Evil Peas, so we made traps and created missing posters. We were very successful and are happy to say the peas are back in the freezer and wont be causing any more trouble!