I hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready for an exciting year ahead in year 1. I am so excited to begin our journey together. I hope you are ready because Year 1 is going to be an adventure: we have so many exciting topics, challenges and opportunities ahead of us in the coming months. We will begin our year down on the farm, learning lots of facts about farm animals, we will use our senses to explore the farm and learn about where our food comes from. This is one of my favourite topics and you will quickly discover my love for animals as I share this passion with you. 🚜 🐄 🐖 🐴
I have been so impressed with how many of you have been involved with home learning over the summer holidays. Thank you so much for sending photographs of what you have been doing at home to us on Tapestry. This year, our class updates will be posted onto the Google Classroom platform. This includes weekly spellings, copies of letters/announcements and any reminders.
Below is some information that will help begin the year:
P.E will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays every week.(Please note-This will begin the week commencing 13th September).
Our meet the teacher meeting will take place virtually this year on Wednesday 8th September 4 - 4.30pm via Zoom (more information to follow).
Half termly newsletters (including any key dates) and spellings can be found via the Year 1 class page.
Come into school every day, excited and ready to learn!
Practise your spelling every night.
Always try your best, remember every day is a new challenge!
Reading at home every night. One of my favourite quotes really sums up the importance of reading.
Enjoy your last few days of the summer holidays, I look forward to welcoming you all back next week!
Year 1 Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Year 1 Amazon Adventurers
Our Year 1 class had a visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to experience animals around the world. This visit linked to broadening language and experiences to link to both the topic of Animals in Science, and the Amazon in Geography. The children had an incredible day with Mr Whittle and the Year 1 team. Watch our video to see all the fun we had!
PSHE- D-side Visit
We had a visit from the Drugs Education Teacher from D-side to help us to learn the new content from our Year 1 scheme of work for PSHE. Dave Hill came to lead expert sessions and Year 1 listened very carefully. Our first visit was to learn more about Internet Safety. Year 1 learnt a useful song during their D-side visit to remind them of how to keep safe when using the internet. "When you tap and click you need to stop and think and tell someone!"
PSHE- D-side visit
Year 1 had a visit from D-side to develop their knowledge of the Year 1 content from the PSHE curriculum linked to Drugs Education and thoroughly enjoyed it. They talked about who they can trust and how to keep their bodies healthy. They talked about which substances are safe to put into our bodies. Well done Year 1 for listening carefully and being so sensible with your answers.
ACE club sports gala
Year 1 had a fantastic time yesterday taking part in a sports gala. They played football, team games and learnt a dance!
Wow! What a wonderful day in Year 1 developing their mapping skills and use of locational and positional language. I was so impressed with how you threw yourselves into each activity and what you could remember at the end of the day too! We began by being divided in to different crews and designing our own pirate hats. We then made an essential pirate tool - a compass. We labelled each direction, added the arrow and used these to follow directions that were given to us. After, we used this knowledge when studying maps! Our last activity involved doing a survey of the human features of our school grounds. We then added these to a treasure map and created a key. Finally we hunted for the buried treasure belonging to another crew using their maps. Wow what a super set of pirates and an amazing set of geographers you are Year 1! Mrs Coldman
RE- Jesus appears to the disciples in the upper room
Today Year 1 were learning about how shocked and astonished the disciples were to see Jesus appear in the upper room after he had died on the cross. The children created freeze frames to show what they though the disciples reactions would have been.
PE- Ball skills
Year 1 have been learning about throwing, catching and passing the ball to each other in PE this half term.
History Wonder Day- A day in the life of a St. Anthony's past pupil
Last half term Year 1 were learning about what it was like to be a pupil of St. Anthony's in the past. We looked at the school building and how it had changed. We also looked at what houses were like and what everyday life was like. To conclude this topic Year 1 had a wonder day, we all dressed up as past pupils and pretended were were living in the past to fully experience what life was like. It was great fun!
English- Innovating our own Traction Man adventure story
This half term we have been focusing on Traction Man. The children have loved reading the story and writing about it. This week we started to create our own adventure stories. This is the Traction man adventure story we wrote together as a class!
Computing- Recording sound
This week Year 1 recorded their very own sound effects for their Traction Man stories. They had great fun and loved listening to each others recordings.
Our Year 1 class really enjoyed a return to the full excitement of our whole school themed week! Science week allowed our Year 1 class to consolidate prior learning in Science as well as be introduced to new knowledge on plants for this term. Year 1 really enjoyed their visit from Rockpool, Mad Science and Sublime Science. The most excitement came from the arrival of our nine new chicks outside the Year 1 classroom! This whole school summary shows just a tiny part of the outstanding learning that took place. I am so proud of our Year 1 class.
Miss Leonard and the Year 1 team.
Science Week - Hatching chicks in Year 1!
Year 1 have been very excited in Science Week. On Monday, we had some eggs delivered in an incubator from Living Eggs. We have successfully nurtured, watched and hatched 9 chicks! The children loved setting up the brooder box and having a little cuddle. First hand learning at its best! Well done Year 1.
Science Week in Year 1
Year 1 have had a fantastic week this week. We have looked at the life cycles of animals and started our new topic, plants. We had lots of lovely visitors providing quality first hand experiences (including Mad Science, Sublime Science, The Rockpool Company) and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Look at all the Science learning they have mastered!
Well done to all the children who entered our Easter Competition! As you can see we had lots of entries which were all beautiful. Watch our video to see the wonderful Easter bonnets, gardens and decorated eggs!
Easter at St Anthony's
Holy Week - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
During Holy Week in 2021, we have been reflecting on the key events of this most important week. Each of our classes have re-enacted important events, shared liturgical dances, songs and prayers. This truly reflective video shows Holy Week at St Anthony's at its most holy. We hope you can share our learning, prayer and humble praise in your homes with us this year. God bless you all in Year 1 this Holy Week.
English- Tea Party
To end our English topic we acted out The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Year 1 were very good at 'eating all the buns' Delicious!
Music- Little Sing
Year 1 took part in the Little Sing this afternoon and absolutely loved it! Here are just a few videos of them joining in.
In Year 1 we have been learning about programming. The children learnt that an algorithm is a set of instructions that we can programme something to do. In this lesson the children gave the Bee-Bots an algorithm to follow. The Bee-Bot had to get from one partner to the other. It was great fun!
Year 1 have been learning about capacity in maths. They looked at what full, half full, empty, almost empty and almost full looked like. To help with this the children wrote their own recipe for a mocktail. They planned to fill their cups up to different capacities with the juices they wanted. They then got to make their very own mocktail to enjoy with their friends!
English - Retelling the story of The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Please watch this wonderful video of Year 1 retelling their focus text for this half term. Year 1 have been retelling the story "The Tiger Who Came To Tea". They used talk for writing and created actions to help them remember the story and where the punctuation should be. We will now start to write the story ourselves and we can't wait to get started on using all our punctuation, vocabulary and extended sentences. We are very proud of Year 1 and their improved listening and concentration skills as budding readers and writers. Keep this up Year 1.
English- Tiger masks to retell the story
Year 1 created masks to help retell the story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea!
Science- Walking Water Experiment
In science this half term, Year 1 are focusing on working scientifically. During this lesson we explored our observation skills. We carried out an experiment that required us to observe changes over time. We had to use food colouring in the water and kitchen towels to connect the beakers. We watched over time and observed the water being absorbed by the beakers and moved into a different beaker. Year 1 had great fun and they were amazed at the results!
World Book Day - The Rainbow Fish - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
Hello Year 1,
Happy World Book Day. The theme of our World Book Day this year is "share a story". All our staff in school have made two very special stories for you to share together with your families. We are watching them both today at school, but you might want to share this with your families too.
Keep sharing your love for reading as this is one of the most important gifts we can give our children.
God bless and enjoy,
I wish to thank Mr and Mrs Easton for their kind assistance making this reading compilation in partnership with us.
World Book Day - Franklin's Flying Bookshop - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
Captain Sir Tom Moore wonder day!
Today the children payed tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore and the 100 years that he lived. The children took part in many activities linked to Captain Tom and the number 100. They had great fun and produced some beautiful artwork.
Geography- Save the planet
This half term Year 1 have been learning about the five oceans and seven continents, the theme of this lesson was 'save the planet.' We looked at what was harming our planet and how we can stop climate change. A common way year 1 were trying to save our planet was by recycling. I challenged the children to make a new outfit or toy out of the recycled materials they had at home. I was blown away by their creativity!
English- Setting descriptions
In English this half term, the children were writing setting descriptions. They wrote some amazing descriptions from the book 'The Fish who could wish.' The children then went on to design their own settings. There were under the sea settings, magical settings, beach settings and many more. Here are just a few of the wonderful pieces of writing the children created. They worked so hard on using adjectives and expanding their vocabulary.
Art- The 5 Oceans
Today, Year 1 put their creative and artistic skills to the test. The children chose an ocean to research, they then represented the ocean with some amazing artwork!
Geography- Learning about the 7 continents
In Geography we have been learning about Oceans and Continents. Year 1 chose one continent that they wanted to research and find out all about. They went away and used the internet and books to find out as many facts about that continent. The work they produced was fantastic!
St Anthony's Catholic Primary School - Carol Service 2020
Please join us for our 2020 carol service.
Year 1 message from Santa
Nativity Wonder Day!
What a brilliant day Year 1 had on Nativity Wonder Day. They acted out the Nativity story and discussed the true meaning of Christmas. Year 1 made stain glass windows and painted the nativity scene.
Year 1 Science- Waterproof investigation
In today's science lesson, Year 1 were learning about materials being waterproof.
Year 1 investigated which material would be best to make an umbrella for teddy. They concluded that metal and plastic were waterproof and would be best. They also decided that fabric and paper would not make the best umbrella as they are not waterproof!
Year 1 Design and Technology- Design a porridge for Goldilocks
After writing the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Year 1 designed a porridge they thought would be best for Goldilocks to eat. They learnt about healthy and unhealthy foods and decided fruit and honey would be the best option. They then chose which topping they wanted and made the porridge. We checked that the porridge wasn't too hot and waited for it to be just right! The children absolutely loved it and had a great time making it.
Year 1- Travelling Crib (Advent Wonder Day)
Our final activity on our Advent Wonder day was to make a travelling crib to take home to our families. We made the nativity scene and some puppets of Mary and Joseph. We are going to take these home, set them up, light a candle and read the nativity story to help us prepare and remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Year 1- Christmas tree decorations (Advent Wonder Day)
To help prepare for Christmas, each child in Year 1 made a personalised decoration to put on our class Christmas tree. We talked about how we have to use our focus virtue of patience during Advent as we wait for Christmas day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Year 1- Wreath hats (Advent Wonder Day)
To start off our very exciting Advent Wonder Day, Year 1 discussed the meaning of advent, the different parts of the Advent Wreath and what they mean. We talked about the wreath being in a circle to represent God's infinite love. We also learnt the meaning of each of the candles. The children then made their own Advent wreath hats.
Year 1- The Three Little Pigs
I was so proud of Year 1. They have worked so hard on their writing over the last two weeks. They have been retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs and they have worked on including finger spaces, full stops, capital letters and adjectives. Here are just a few examples of the wonderful work they have produced.
Year 1 Science- What material would be best to make a house for The Three Little Pigs?
Today Year 1 carried out a science experiment to investigate which materials would be best to build a house for The Three Little pigs. Each group built their house out of different materials they had chosen. The Big Bad wolf then came along and tried to blow the houses down! Year 1 discovered that wood and plastic would make the best house for a little pig.
Our Amazing Year 1 Writing
Our Year 1 class have been really impressing Miss Darvill with their writing of traditional stories. They have been writing traditional tales. They are focussing on re-ordering the story, focussing on writing super sentences and character descriptions, and finally are planning, drafting and writing their own simple versions of the stories. They are enjoying acting out the stories using puppets. I wonder if they can retell the story to you? I am really impressed with the improvement in the quality of writing in Year 1. Keep up your hard, super work!
Year 1 English: Orally retelling a repetitive rhyme
Year 1 are reading the repetitive poem, 'Brown Bear Brown Bear what can you see?' We have really enjoyed learning this poem together. Today we created our own masks to link to our performance and learnt some actions to help us retell the poem. This will help us tomorrow when we write our own poems just like the ones in the book "Brown Bear".
Year 1 Science - Our Sensational Senses Wonder Day!
This half term Year 1 have been learning about the five senses. To explore our five senses even further, we had a senses wonder day. Year 1 became Scientists for the day! Year 1 used their five senses to carve pumpkins and watch them explode. They explored what it would be like to lose their sense of sight and had to guide each other round the playground. The class even explored their sense of touch by taking part in a mystery touch test! It was an excellent day and all the children loved it!
Year 1 RE and Virtue Development: Saying thanks for God's wonderful world (Visit by Bowland Farm)
In RE we are learning about the virtue thanksgiving. We visited the farm as we used our sense to say thank you to God for our wonderful animals. We really enjoyed the wonder of all the animals. We thanked God for his special gifts to us when we returned to class in our morning prayers.
Bowland Farm- Research for an Information text
In English this half term Year 1 are writing information texts about farm animals. To help us, Farmer David came to visit bringing his friends from Bowland Farm. We learnt many facts about the animals and we had lots of fun feeding and walking them too!
Year 1 Geography: Our walk around Beeston
In Geography this half term we are learning all about our local area. To help with our learning we undertook some fieldwork and went on a walk around Beeston to look at all the different human and physical features that make Beeston a special place. We saw our church, shops, bus stops and a roundabout. We looked at the different buildings and discussed the different types of houses.
Year 1 Science: Exploring our sense of taste!
Today Year one were learning about their sense of taste. We talked about foods that were sweet, salty and sour. We even tried some sour fruit that made us make a funny face!
Take a look back!
A little picture to remember how far we have all come!
Religious Education in Year 1
Year 1 are such a thoughtful and reflective class. I have loved to hear their responses and ideas in RE lessons this year!
Year 1's History Journey
Take a look back at all the wonderful work Year 1 have completed in History this year.
Year 1's Wonderful Writing
Throughout this difficult time I have loved seeing all the excellent work you have been doing at home. I took some time today to look back at all your amazing writing. Year 1 have worked so hard to improve their writing this year. I am so proud of their perseverance, resilience and all they have achieved. Well done Year 1!
A visit from the Rock pool company
This half term Year 1 have been learning all about animals in science and have been writing information texts in English. To help with this, the Rock pool company came into school with lots of different animals that you can find in the sea. They brought different types of star fish, a hermit crab, a spider crab and lots more. The children absolutely loved it and learnt many amazing facts. Next week the children will be writing their own information texts about all the different animals.
Science: Features of Fish
Year 1 spent a science lesson investigating the features of fish with Miss Taylor. It was a fantastic lesson where the children used magnifying glasses to investigate the scales and asked lots of questions to deepen their understanding.
Making mocktails in Maths
Last week Year 1 were learning all about capacity. We used mathematical vocabulary such as full, empty, almost full, half full and almost empty. We wrote our own recipes for a fruit mocktail using all the vocabulary we had learnt. We were then able to make them in the following lesson. They were delicious!
Reading with Year 6
What a wonderful time our children listening to stories being told by our Year 6 class!
World Book Day
What an eventful World Book Day! We all dressed up as our favourite book characters and took part in many activities that inspired our love of reading. Year 1 made Gruffalo crumble after reading the story, it was delicious. They were also very lucky to have the Year 6 children read their favourite books to them in the playground. They listened so well and loved every minute of it.
Fairytales and Dragon Workshop
During reading week Year 1 were lucky enough to take part in a Fairytales and Dragon workshop in order to support their story writing in Literacy. The children watched an incredible performance of The Princess and the Dragon, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The children then had to create their own fairytale land and characters using recycled materials. The workshop sparked the children's imaginations and they came up with some fantastic ideas! Well done Year 1 .
Our History Curriculum (Using primary sources of evidence to find out about toys in the past through a visit to Abbey House Museum)
What a fantastic day! Year 1 visited Abbey house museum, linking to our history topic 'Old Toys'. The children looked around an old Victorian village and even got to dress up! They had lots of fun using old pennies to play in the old fashioned arcade. Year 1 were also lucky enough to take part in a workshop where they got to learn all about toys from the past and got the chance to play with them. They used first hand sources of evidence and were able to touch, feel and describe the old toys, comparing them to toys nowadays.
Design and Technology research
In Design and Technology this half term Year 1 are going to be making kites. In order to find out what makes the best kite, we carried out some research and went to fly them. Despite it not being very windy the children were amazing and eventually got the kites to fly! They had so much fun and they can't wait to start designing their own kites.
Science Investigation- What material would be best to make an umbrella for Teddy?
This week Year 1 have been looking at which materials are waterproof and which our not. We investigated materials to find out what would be best to make an umbrella for teddy! We poured water over materials such as plastic, cotton, netting and kitchen roll to see if teddy would get wet. Year 1 came to the conclusion that plastic would be the best material as it is the most waterproof.
History- An interview with Mrs Pollard
History- An interview with Mrs Pollard
To support with our history topic 'Old Toys' we invited Mrs Pollard into our class to tell us all about the toys she played with as a little girl. We prepared some questions and found out all about toys from the past. Mrs Pollard liked to play with a whip and top, cards and the 'jacks' game. Mrs Pollard also played with games that we are familiar with! Hopscotch, yoyo's and hula hoops. We loved having Mrs Pollard in to talk to us and we are so excited for our upcoming school trip!
Year 1 had great fun on Friday meeting and learning about all the animals from Bowland Farm!
Skylar's missing note
On Monday Year 1 had to opportunity to take part in an incredible music workshop. The workshop was linked to what the children have been learning in their lessons this half term. The children watched a brilliant performance in the hall and then completed the workshop in the classroom. As you can see from the photos, they absolutely loved it!
School trip to Eureka
What a day! Year 1 had an incredible time at Eureka today and thoroughly enjoyed it. 'The Gross Lab' workshop was fantastic, they learnt about all the disgusting things the body does. The children made fake sick, fake wounds and lots more. 🤢 We then explored the 'All about me' gallery where the children were able to explore the human body and the senses, linked to our science topic this half term. As my first school trip as a class teacher, I am so proud of how well behaved and sensible Year 1 were today. Well done!
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
This afternoon Year 1 acted out the story from The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We made our own sandwiches, created tiger masks and made invitations. We all sat together on the carpet and ate our delicious snacks and juice while we retold the story.
Year 1 Sound Walk
Year 1 have had a fantastic week and completed some amazing work. This week we developed our science skills and looked at our sense of hearing. We went on a sound walk around school to see what we could hear.