Year 1

Week Beginning Monday 2nd December 

Our key learning this week: 

If anyone has any old CD discs we would love them for an art project please!

Phonics sounds this week: Apply phase 3 to cvvc/ ccvc words.

Spellings handed out on a Monday to be tested the following Monday: never, sister, number, winter, river, flower, fern, enter, herd, term

English: We will be writing pages for our information books about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Maths: We will be starting a new block of work on subtraction by crossing out alongside our number knowledge to 10. 

Science: We will continue our topic about animals. This week we will be learning about amphibians. Alongside this we will be also looking at what animals eat and classifying them into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  

RE: We will continue our new topic about Advent and waiting, thinking about the wreath and what it represents. 

Topic: Our topic is called 'The World in Our Hands'. We will thinking about plastic bags, their effect on the environment and what we can do to help.

Art/ DT: We will be creating our own model globes. 

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. 

Reading Challenge

Well done to the children who have achieved their bronze reading certificate for reading 25 times at home! Next up silver for 50 times!

Remember to read with your child at home at least 3 times please.

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.


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. 

Messages and Key Dates: 

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

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

Monday 11th November and Wednesday 13th November - Parents evenings 

WB Monday 18th November - Judaism week

Thursday 21st November - Eco Awareness Day

Friday 22nd November - Judaism Assembly 

Friday 29th November - British Values Day

Sunday 1st December - Advent Mass @ St Josephs 11am

Monday 9th December & Tuesday 10th December - KS1 Christmas Play @ 6pm

Friday 20th December - School ends @ 2.30pm 

Monday 6th January - School Opens

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! 

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.

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.