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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 


Class Teacher: Miss Argent

Teaching Assistants: Miss Brown

A warm welcome to Year 1 children and their grownups. I am beyond thrilled to be the Year 1 teacher this year. I really enjoyed getting to know many of you on our transition morning, and I cannot wait to see all your smiling faces eager to learn. I hope this new year is full of exciting stories, cool new facts, and so much fun! 


Welcome to the Year 1 class page!

Hold my hand, God,

lead the way. 

Help me be good every day.

Let me know what's wrong and right,

keep me safe day and night.

Let me know what you have planned,

lead the way God, hold my hand.




History: Toys Over Time - What toys did our grownups play with?

In History, year 1 have continued to look at toys over time. Excitingly, some of the grownups in school brought in their favourite toys from when they were little. We loved hearing about these special toys. Thank you to Miss Barron and Mr Wilson for helping us learn.

Maths Unit 4: Numbers to 20

Making a number line:

Children are making connections between the cardinal representations (quantity of cubes) and ordinal representations (positions on the number line).

Maths Unit 3: Shape and Pattern

See below the phonics links for Autumn 2 Week 2 homework

Maths - Position and Direction

In Maths, we linked our position and direction learning to our Autumn 1 unit of Computing. We discussed the keyword algorithm and recalled what it meant. We then created multistep algorithms to move Ted the Teddy around the grid. We used lots of key vocabulary to describe the movements.

RE - Judaism

We looked at the importance of family and discussed how older family members help shape the family and culture. We created our own family stars in the sky.

Odd Sock Day and Anti-Bullying Week

We had great fun wearing odd socks and we loved sharing our new story about Ellie and Lilly and their kindness club. We especially liked Smudge the Cat.

Picture News - Remembrance Day

We discussed how the poppy has changed over time and why the poppy has become plastic free. We created our own plastic free poppies to take home for the Remembrance weekend.

Year 1 and 2’s Remembrance Service and Celebration of the Word

The classes had a special service outside in the prayer garden. We reflected on why it is important to remember those who died to protect us and the symbol of the poppy.

Music Lesson 1: Pulse and rhythm: My favourite things

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In this lesson the children played multiple voice control games exploring pulse and rhythm.

The Name Game

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Computing: iWrite Lesson 1

The children looked at different methods to create text. We used stamps, stickers, stencils and lots more ways.

In this lesson Year 1 are developing being active and participating in group/team work.

Black History Week

Year 1 PE

Year 1 Computing - IFollow, ISilly and ISay

Take 10 with Ziggy Hanaor and Ollie Silvester, the author-illustrator duo behind Gory Rory Fangface Needs A Kiss.

In Art, we created a large collaborative line artwork using a variety of different techniques and materials. This piece is inspired by water and the artwork of Zaria Forman.

In Art, we created a line drawings by arranging pieces of string to create different shapes then drew these from observation inspired by the artist Bridget Riley.

Look at our Addition Sweet Challenge.

In RE, we created our own wildflower artwork like the wildflowers Jesus spoke about (Luke 12: 24-30 and Matthew 6: 24-30).

Writing - ‘Autumn is Here’

Our second unit of writing is ‘Autumn is Here’. We have been looking for signs of Autumn and we also learnt about different Autumnal festivals.

Science - Sorting Materials

Look at our Super Science. In groups, sort the objects and pictures into the correct material category.

RE - God's Love

Today in RE, we were getting better at understanding and learning about God’s love in the bible. We created actions to the words of Psalm 63 line by line and create a class house. Children recognised the things to show love and care and wrote one of these things on each brick.

Writing - ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’

Our first unit of writing was based on the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. We had so much fun creating Gerald, experimenting with different types of dancing, and creating story maps. Here are few pictures of our learning.

Maths - Place Value within 10

Year 1 started their maths journey looking at numbers to 10. First, we looked at composing and counting numbers. Then, we looked at part wholes and the number bonds to create each number. Finally, we also compared and ordered numbers. Look at all the fun we have had.

What a lovely first week of school!

We have enjoyed lots of amazing learning. We have looked at understanding and making numbers to 10, naming materials in science and showing care and love in RE. The highlight of our week must be learning about and doing the different dances from our story ‘Giraffes can’t dance’. We had so much fun, just look at the pictures.

General school information

  • School starts at 9:00am with the school gates opening at 8:35am
  • Breakfast club starts at 8:00am and the gates will be closed at 8:15am for breakfast club attendees.
  • Please inform the office if your child is absent. 
  • All children need to be in the correct school uniform each day, including black school shoes. 


Key information


Reading - Reading is at the heart of all our learning at Holy Family. To support this at home, please could all children ensure that they read their school reading book every night and that the planner is signed by an adult. Alongside this, it is also key that all children select their own reading for pleasure book which they will also have opportunities to read and share with others in school. I can't wait to hear about all the 'Recommended Reads' from each of the children and any new vocabulary which they may have collected on their reading journeys. 


Phonics- In Year 1 children will receive regular phonics homework and sounds to learn at home based on which sounds they are currently learning at School.  It is also key that the children understand any new words met and can apply into their writing as well as being able to read them. It would be lovely for children to practice any new sounds they have written and form words and then sentences using them. All written homework must be presented to the highest standard. 


Homework - All children will be given weekly English or Maths homework. This is to be sent home on a Wednesday and returned to school on a Monday.  


PE - PE will take place every Wednesday and Friday. All children must have the correct school PE kit of white t-shirt and black shorts. (Track suits may be worn as the weather turns colder). Please ensure that all children have trainers to enable them to fully participate in this key subject. 










Summer 2- Seaside Now and Then.

During Summer 2 our focus for learning will be the Seaside! We will be exploring the seaside in Victorian times and how it has changed to the Seaside's we have now. We will also be participating in an exciting trip to Cleethorpes beach to immerse into our new learning and to explore the seaside!

Our Immersive Classroom!

Our Seaside Now and Then Classroom!

Our Immersive Homework!

The children explored Scratch Jr, they created their own characters and settings and they programmed the characters to move forwards, backwards, left and right by putting the action buttons together to create a sequence. 

Maths- Numbers 50 to 100.

The children used concrete materials such as cubes and dienes to represent tens and ones within numbers to 100. We explored how many tens and how many ones there are within numbers to 100 and 100. 

Sky Arts Week- Exploring Movement through Dance

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The children explored dance through making shapes. They made circles with their bodies and squares with their arms to the rhythm of the music and created a dance!

Exploring Movement and Dance

RE- When Zacchaeus met Jesus

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Maths- Fractions- Exploring halves and quarters

We used bread and tomatoes to explore creating equal halves and quarters. 

Prayer Liturgies

RSE- My Hands Are Yours song

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RSE- Exploring Neighbours


Our trip to Cleethorpes!

Summer 1- The United Kingdom

During Summer term 1 we will be learning all about The United Kingdom as our geography topic. We will be looking at what countries make up The United Kingdom, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales and what they are known for. We will be exploring and researching famous landmarks within those countries and the reasons for being such popular tourist places. 

Our Immersive Classroom!

Our UK Immersive Classroom!

Our Immersive homework!

Observational drawings of the school building

During Art this term we have been getting better at observational drawings in the style of L.S Lowry. We have explored the artist and researched facts about himself and his famous art work. We then explored different materials such as chalk, graphite, colouring pencils and oil pastels. We then went outside in the sunshine and positioned ourselves in the front of school to draw what we could see! We payed attention to the structure and the detail of the building and drew our versions in our sketch books. 

During Geography this half-term we have explored and learnt all about the UK! We have looked at the countries within the UK and their famous tourist spots and landmarks. We have looked at the countries flowers such as a thistle, a rose, a shamrock and a daffodil. We have explored the countries flags and how they had all combined to create the Union Jack flag.

Science- Spring and Summer

In Science we have explored the four seasons, particularly focusing on Spring and Summer. We have explored the weather changes as we move in to each season and how we measure the temperature using a thermometer. We have looked at signs of changing seasons such as the weather, the trees and the plants. We have looked at how the daylight hours get longer as the seasons get warmer and what festivals and celebrations we celebrate during those seasons.

During literacy this half-term we have focused on the skill of writing a non-chronological report, we have explored landmarks in London using a virtual tour, discovering famous landmarks and tourist spots! We have researched those landmarks to find out facts and learn new information. We then used this information to create our own non-chronological reports about famous landmarks in London!

During maths this half-term we have learnt all about multiplication and division, we have practise adding equal groups and unequal groups. Discussing the word 'equal' and what it means or shows, sharing equal amounts out between groups. Doubling numbers and looking at patterns. We have practised sharing amounts out between groups, sharing equally and solving problems when there are unequal groups. Using arrays to divide numbers equally. 

Prayer Liturgy


As a school we celebrated the Kings Coronation day by having a whole school picnic style dinner! We enjoyed eating our dinner from our Union Jack picnic boxes and celebrating with our friends! We created a 3D sculpture of King Charles using a range of materials and skills, we used cardboard and cellotape to create the base and the starting structure. We then used modroc to mould our sculpture in to our design and manipulated the modroc to create detail, such as his hair!. Once dried, we painted King Charles using a photo for inspiration. We were very proud of our final result!

Our 3D sculpture of King Charles

Careers day! Meeting the Physiotherapists

Year 1 really enjoyed their first virtual event meeting the physiotherapists! We had the opportunity to listen, discuss and ask questions to two physiotherapists and learn all about their role in our communities of how they help and support people. We looked at the equipment they use and the uniforms they wear alongside other equipment and uniform health and social care workers have!

Year 1 have focused on the skills of writing a letter in our literacy journey this half-term. We focused on the story of Paddington and his adventures in London. We looked at different landmarks in London, linking to our UK topic and popular tourist destinations. We analysed different examples of letters and then put all of our skills together to create our final letters from Paddington to Aunt Lucy.

Paddington Bear

During our computing topic iModel, the children have explored how they can use computers to create different designs and how a computer can be programmed to do a certain thing. The children used laptops to help dress the characters on the screen, using the laptops to dress them in order, independently using a mouse and click button. The children then created their own paint deigns using the laptops, exploring how laptops can complete a task you have set them to do. 

RE- Holidays and Holydays display

RE- Change- Good Friday garden

RE- Change- Lenten promises