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St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Growing together on a journey with Jesus


Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


As a brand new school year approaches I would just like to a say a huge welcome back from myself and all the staff working in year 1. After what we can only describe as a challenging time I am thrilled to be starting a new academic year. I have heard so much about each and every one of you and I am thoroughly excited for us to start your new learning journey together. I am looking forward to watching you all grow in confidence, knowledge and curiosity as you take part in a full and creative curriculum!

I know that some of you may feel slightly anxious about returning to school however I can assure you that you will be entering a safe and happy classroom where I will support you all as best I can.


Yours faithfully,

Miss Darvill

Take a look back!

A little picture to remember how far we have all come!

Religious Education in Year 1

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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

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Take a look back at all the wonderful work Year 1 have completed in History this year.

Year 1's Wonderful Writing

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What a wonderful time our children listening to stories being told by our Year 6 class!

World Book Day

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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

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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)

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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.
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?

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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!

Bowland Farm

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Year 1 had great fun on Friday meeting and learning about all the animals from Bowland Farm!

Skylar's missing note

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Welcome! I can’t believe how busy we have been in our first week back to Year 1! I have been so impressed and you have made me very proud already. 

Below I have outlined a few things which will help you along the way this year:

* PE lessons usually take place on Tuesday and Thursday. Please remember that your PE kit must be in school at all times in case these days change or we have another exciting activities planned. The indoor kit is as follows: White top and black shorts. Outdoor kit: Black tracksuit, white top and trainers.

* Practise your spellings at home each day. The spellings follow the patterns we are learning in class and really will enable your children to develop an embedded understanding of the spelling patterns. We follow a 'look, cover, write, check' method, which should help you at home. Spelling tests take place on a Thursday.

* Read at home every night and discuss what you have read in great detail (such as making predictions about what may happen next, discussing the characters and linking what has been read to own experiences).

* Come to school every day ready to learn! The doors open at 8.35am and registration begins at 8.45am.


I am so impressed with what you can do already and how clever, kind and determined you all are. Let’s learn and grow together this year and make sure we are shining like the superstars we are!


Miss Darvill