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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. This page will be filled with class events and information, exciting activities we are doing in class and around school as well our star of the week children.


Miss Wilson               Mrs Kenny   


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. 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 new 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



  • Watch the ‘Mr Thorne Does Phonics’ videos on YouTube




Other useful websites:

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





Summer 2 

In geography we have been looking at the countries that make up the UK, we have been looking at the story The Queens Handbag and looked at different landmarks around the UK. After reading the story we had a tea party with our special visitor Queen Elizabeth!

Summer 1 

Fraction pancakes! The children had a great time learning fractions and making pancakes with their favorite toppings.

In art we have been looking at Eric Carle style work from the story The Hungry Caterpillar. The children mixed their own colours, etched the paint and cut out their

This week we have been looking at multiplication and making equal groups. We were great at making equal groups up to 5!

Today we have been looking at capacity. We measured the volume of different containers and ordered from the least to the greatest. The children were very good at tidying up all the lentils!

We had a fantastic first day back after the Easter holidays. The children dug up one of the planting boxes and planted some of our lucky dip seeds. We will water them and keep our eye on them to see what grows!

Today we started our new story The Bog Baby. First the children listened to the description of the bog baby and didn’t see the pictures. They then created their own bob babies!

Spring 2 - Space 

What a day! We had a special furry visitor today who brought us chocolate eggs. As well as chatting to the Easter bunny the children wen ton an Easter egg hunt!

Today the chuckle were learning about The Last Supper. They listened to the story and acted out the washing of the feet, the breaking of the bread and blessing the wine.

What a fabulous job the children did with their Easter cards. They did everything themselves, cutting out the holes and collating the paper to create a stained glass effect.

Today we did art a little differently. Instead of using paintbrushes we used straws and toothbrushes! They made our planets and aliens look fantastic.

Today we have been writing letters on the laptops to Beegus parents letting them know where she is. The children worked very well together on the computers and even managed to include capital letters and full stops.

Science was exciting this week, we were looking st the best materials to help the gingerbread man cross the river without getting wet!

We had a great time when we went and joined in with a performance of The Princess and the Pea. We all dressed up as characters from the story and did some fantastic singing!

Spring One - Traditional Tales

We had such fun in the snow today! Lots of cold hands and excited squeals! Some snowballs were almost as big as we are!

What chaos! We came into class after lunch to find that the gingerbread men we had made in the morning had ran away! We searched for clues and saw a video of them all running away on the camera. We gave up looking and luckily after playtime they had returned and they were yummy!

In maths we have been working hard learning number bonds to 20. We used counters and part whole models to help us.

Scottish Day! We started off the day taking part in the Highland games, ate shortbread for lunch and we made kilts in the afternoon and had a go and some Scottish dancing!

Autumn 2

The children performed spectacularly in our Christmas Nativity and looked fantastic in their costumes!

The children made their own Advent wreaths after discussing how we use them and how the different parts are represented.

we have been working hard in maths this week, looking at the value of teen numbers and partitioning numbers using the numicon and base ten.

The children love their ice cream from Austin and we had a lovely day raising money for a Children in Need!

Autumn 1

What a week in year 1! After reading the story ‘Supertato’ we came into class to find the evil peas had caused trouble with our vegetable friends! We rescued our friends and keep them safe while we wrote letters to Supertato asking for his help. The next day our vegetable friends had completely vanished and Supertato had left us a note asking us to make some traps for the peas. We got straight to work, designing and working with our friends to think of the best ways to capture those evil peas and when we came back to class our traps had worked! There were peas in all our traps! We collected them safely and put them back in the freezer where they promised to be good from now on.

In science we have been looking at the different seasons, weather, clothes and any other changes we can find. We put on our coats and went on an autumn walk and spotted lots of fallen, crunchy leaves of different colours, conkers, pine cones and we were fascinated watching our breath on the cold morning.

In History we are looking at toys from the past. We have talked about the differences between toys now and then and the different materials the toys are made from. This week the children have played with Victorian toys and had a go at making their own toys, they made cup and ball games and peg dolls.

We had a lovely time for the Macmillan coffee morning, as well as going into the hall and donating with our grown ups we had our own tea, cake and a chat in class.

We have had such an exciting week this week! We have been predicting the story of the naughty bus and then we were visited by a real naughty bus. We followed the clues in class and found the bus in a pile of beans! He was a naughty AND dirty bus now so we gave him a bath. We then made up our own adventures for the naughty night bus.

The children have worked hard comparing numbers this week, they used cubes and Numicon to make, order and compare the greatest and smallest numbers. They have also enjoyed experimenting with primary colours and mixing different eye colours.

The children have settled into their new class and have enjoyed playing in the school role play, cutting and sticking in the making area and playing outside.