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Number Day - 8.2.18

Class 1 took part in lots of numeracy based activities. We applied our mathematical skills by weighing and measuring ingredients to make cupcakes. We were helped by some enthusiastic members of Class 4 who aided our children and developed their problem solving skills. The cupcakes were sold at the end of the day, raising £23.75.









Safer Internet Day - 6.2.18

We heard the story of Smartie the Penguin who was taught to stay safe when using a tablet. We practised the song 'Before you click, click, click, you need to think, think, think, and TELL someone!'. We thought of 5 people who are important to us and wrote their names on our handprint outline. We sorted pictures into groups, all involving staying safe, e.g. staying safe by water, staying safe at home and staying safe online.







Story telling week - 29.1.18


Children in Class 1 heard the story of ‘Whatever next’ by Jill Murphy during story telling week. They acted out parts from the story such as blasting off into space and walking on the moon which links to our space topic. The children wrote what the characters were saying and retold the story in their own words. Children designed and made their own space rockets to decorate the classroom.








History Week - 15.1.18


We have been learning about space exploration. We have heard the story of how the American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, was the first man to walk on the surface of the moon in 1969. We made rocket pictures with our names on and made a solar system with planets that rotated around the sun. We watched a short video clip of the first moon landing and then tried to walk as if we were walking on the moon.














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Maths Curriculum Overview Year 1

Our new children have settled into St. Joseph’s family ever so well. They have formed positive relationships with children and adults across the school.


They have dived straight into learning, taking on board all that we have taught them. We have explored our senses in Science and thoroughly enjoyed the autumnal season, which lent itself to so many learning opportunities through Art, Maths, English and much more. Making cakes was a highlight when we investigated our sense of taste.


During British Values week we looked at how people with different needs are included in our community. We learnt about how dogs are trained to support those with visual impairments.


In Maths, we have been learning about the number system and developing our understanding to numbers to twenty. We have practised adding and subtracting numbers, through games, such and skittles, outside, and pretending to be the teacher and share our understanding with others.


Our computing skills have been developed by learning how to give instructions, program beebots and make short videos.


In English we have been utilising our beautiful outside area to read and write on our blackboards or sit in the shelter to write notes to our friends. The mud kitchen is producing some interesting creations, which we a learning to write down to share our ideas.

Outdoor learning in Forest School - September 2017

Summer term - outdoor learning


Commonwealth Day Celebration on Monday 13th March



On Monday, Class 1 visited Ross-on-Wye town centre to celebrate Commonwealth day. The children listened to a speech given by the Mayor about the principles and values of the Commonwealth charter. They were then given flags to wave from the 54 countries that make up the Commonwealth. As an extra special treat Class 1 were invited to the council offices to have squash and biscuits in the council chambers and saw where the council hold their meetings. When the children returned to the classroom they found out which country their flag was from and looked at the world map to locate the countries of the commonwealth.



Spring 2017


The New Year has brought us lots of storytelling. Through our topic of ‘Fairytales’ we have made porridge, retold the Cinderella story, discovered what characters are like and we are currently climbing a beanstalk….I wonder what is at the top?


In Science, we have been learning about our bodies and exploring how we use our senses. We enjoyed our Science week and learnt about how to keep ourselves healthy as well as how to look after the environment. As we moved into March the weather has shown more signs of spring so we have been busy tidying up our garden and begun planting. More vegetables will be planted soon so we can watch them develop.


Chinese New Year is always a popular topic, as we got to use chopsticks, make beautiful pictures, create exciting dances… but watch out for the dragon in the classroom (he seems quite friendly!)


We have been really impressed with the children’s ideas and writing in Big Writing. They have excelled themselves in discovering and learning new ‘wow’ words and still love performing the Kung Fu punctuation!


The children have been working exceptionally hard in Maths to understand the number system to count accurately and put numbers in order. The year ones are developing their understanding of tens and units and using the bar model method to visualise calculations.


Class 1 – Autumn 2016


What a busy term we are having!


We welcomed 13 new Reception children into our school family and they have all settled in really well. Our year 1’s have been fabulous role models and helped them familiarize themselves with the rules and routines of Class 1.

We have explored our topic of toys in a variety of ways:

The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring old and new toys during the toy workshop.

The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring old and new toys during the toy workshop. 1
The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring old and new toys during the toy workshop. 2

Learning outside is so much fun! We have been reading, mark making, writing, counting & measuring; testing our ideas, role-playing and much, much more.

Class 1 enjoying their outside space!

Our British Values week taught us lots about the royal family and The Queen. We built models of Buckingham Palace and explored the family tree. Not forgetting to make a wave our union jack flags.

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During November, we have be practising counting in 1, 2, 5 and 10, and linking this to counting money to ‘buy’ things in our toyshop.


The weather may have turned chillier but we still try to utilise our outside area – we just have to move more to keep warm!


The glitter and Christmas crafts have crept into December, gearing us up for a festive few weeks. We have been busily practising our singing and speaking skills while rehearsing for our infant nativity. We can’t wait to show you!

Reading Buddies! Class 4 help out with Class 1 reading

If you have time on your hands here are some other ideas to help keep you busy...