Year 1

Week Beginning Monday 27th January 

Our key learning this week: 

Children need swimming kit in school every Wednesday from then on please. If you are able to help any week with walking to swimming please let Miss Wilkinson know ASAP please.  

Phonics sounds this week:

Mrs Menzies' group: oy and ir 

Miss Wilkinson's group: ue and aw 

Spellings handed out on a Monday to be tested the following Monday: 

Mrs Menzies' group:  toy, boy, ahoy, oyster, enjoy, bird, shirt, skirt, third, girl 

Miss Wilkinson's group: blue, value, true, glue, statue, saw, claw, lawn, shawl, yawn,

English: We will looking at descriptions before writing our own surprise stories. 

Maths: We will be looking at one more and one less as well as comparing objects and numbers. 

Science: We will be looking at the specific structure of animals.

RE: We will continue our topic about Special People thinking about Special People in church and out of church.

Topic: Our new topic is Kings and Queens. We will be learning about Queen Elizabeth 1st. 

Art/ DT: We will be looking at portraits of kings and queens using a range of materials.

Please you make sure your child is reading a minimum of 3 times a week at home please. This will ensure their fluency and comprehension continues to improve. 

Kings and Queens

The children had a fantastic day being royalty. We learnt about coats of arms and what the different symbols mean. We learnt a royal dance and made some royal biscuits. 

Thank you to all the parents who helped with costumes, the children looked brilliant. 

Messages and Key Dates: 

Please can all children have trainers and PE kit in school everyday. 

Children need swimming kit in school every Wednesday from then on please. If you are able to help any week with walking to swimming please let Miss Wilkinson know ASAP please.

We always welcoming junk modelling material. Anything smaller than a shoe box is fantastic! 

Monday 27th January - Healthy Living Day 

WB Monday 3rd of February - Aspirations week  

Friday 14th February - School Closes 

Monday 24th February - School Opens 

Tuesday 25th February - Victorians Day Beaumanor Trip

Wednesday 26th February - Multiskills festival KS1 @ USSC

Friday 6th March - World Book Day 

WB Monday 9th March - STEM Week 

Monday 9th March - Class Photos

Thursday 19th March - St Joseph's Day Mass @ St Joseph's 9.30

Friday 3rd April - School Closes @ 2.30pm 

Lent 1 and 2 Topic - Kings and Queens

During Lent 1 and 2 our whole school topic will be linked to kings and queens. We will begin by thinking about a timeline and what this would look like for our own lives. We will then move on and begin thinking about the royal family and family tree. Next we will look at Queen Victoria before finally finishing our topic looking at the lives of the Victorians and how this compares to our own lives. 

Click here to view our project map for more information. 

Click here for a knowledge organiser which shows all the information we are hopeful the children will learn.

Advent 1 and 2 Topic - The World in Our Hands

During advent 1 and 2 our whole school topic will be linked to our environment around us. We will begin by thinking about our school environment, then our local environment before thinking about the UK and the seas around it. We will be going on a trip to Hunstanton to visit the Sealife Centre and learn about plastic in the sea and ocean. Click here to view our project map for more information. 

Click here for a knowledge organiser which shows all the information we are hopeful the children will learn.

Sunny Hunny 

Despite the weather the children in year 1 and 2 had a fantastic day at Hunstanton visiting the Sealife centre and taking part in a beach clean!

The children got the chance to touch a real starfish and crab during the rock pool experience and then we had lots of time to explore the Sealife Center. They saw lots of animals including Eddie the turtle, seals, penguins and lots of fish. 

After lunch we all went down to the beach and looked for rubbish during our beach clean. The children had a fabulous time exploring the beach and finding lots of different things during their clean.



ECO SUPERHEROES! 

See our slide show modelling our eco superhero costumes! 

We had some great costumes using recycled materials and thinking about what they can do to look after their environment to be a superhero. 


Give it Back Afternoon

The children in year 1 and 2 had a super afternoon giving back to their school environment. The children have been looking at their immediate environment as part of their topic 'The World in Our Hands'. The children have been working to develop ideas linked to how they would like to improve the school.

As part of their homework children were asked to produce something which we could add to improve the environment. Children produced a range of items including: bug hotels, bird feeders, decorative stones and plant pots. 

The children did lots of jobs including cleaning, weeding and sorting to improve our outdoor area. Everyone had a fun-filled time and got stuck in. 

Pirate ships spotted at English Martyrs

After being inspired by play of Treasure Island, year 1 decided to design and make some pirate ships. We used a range of junk modelling materials including cardboard and plastic to build them and then we tested them out on the water to see whose would float and make a good ship. 

Luckily there was plenty of water about after all the rain we have had! 

Must do at home, please: (reviewed termly) 

Please ensure children are reading at least 3 times a week at home and that this is recorded in their reading record.

Click here for a link to our phonics knowledge organiser for parents.

Please use this bookmark your children have to support their reading. Click here to view online.

There is also a useful booklet to help support your child's reading at home here.

Homework Expectations – Year 1 Homework will be set every Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday. Pupils are expected to complete all set tasks. Work in their homework books is expected to be of the same standard as work in school, with neat handwriting, diagrams in pencil and care take to include appropriate punctuation and good spelling.House points will be awarded for good work each week.

Children are expected to be able to read and spell these words by the end of year 1. 

Additional ways to support your child/book lists:

Please click here for worksheets to help with formation of letters to practice with your child at home. 

Please follow this link which will take you through to the Oxford Owls website which gives a good overview of what to expect in year 1.