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Friday 15th October 2021


Home learning

CGP Maths pg 12-13

CGP English pg 12-13



Friday 8th October 2021


This week in English the children created their own books and presented them to the class! Creating their own versions of Stanley's Stick. The children worked really hard and should be really proud of their hard work. They also loved presenting their stories! We also started our new topic today by looking at instructions. The children had to sit back to back and instruct the other child to try and build the same model as them with lego. This highlighted to the children how important clear precisie instructions are. This is in preparation for starting our new story next week. In maths this week we were looking at subitising numbers and varied representations of numbers. In History this week we sorted the children's photos in chronological order and grouped them into stages of their life. The children loved this and used and understood the historical terminology really well. Thank you for sending the photos in. During PSHCE this week we looked at different types of families and created 'Our special people balloons'. In R.E this week we focused on how love goes both ways and how Christians show love for God. The children have also had green fingers this week as they have been helping to plant flowers in our new prayer garden. We have also planted some bulbs in the area outside our classroom. We are excited to watch them grow. The children have also put their names next to the bulb they have planted so they can watch the bulb they planted grow. 

We have also been creating Christmas cards. It may only be October but Christmas can never start too early! The children have been working hard on their designs and you will be able to purchase their designs on cards if you would like. The design and information will be sent home on Monday. 


Home learning:

English: CGP pg. 10-11

Maths: CGP pg. 2-5 Start of year one test (please can the children do this without support)


(I will now also be adding two topic work based spellings each week from now on)










Please continue to read regularly and comment in Reading Record books. I will begin assessing children's reading over the next two weeks.


Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Devlin :)



Friday 1st October 2021


This week the children have been working extremely hard and should be really proud of themselves.

In English this week we continued to look at Stanley’s Stick. We have focused on sentence structure and how to include adjectives into our sentences. We also looked at split diagraphs and rhyming. We went fishing in our classroom pond to inspire our ideas.

The children have also loved playing phonics games this week and it has been so lovely to see them applying their knowledge and focus sounds to the activities.

In Maths we started our new topic numbers to ten. We have been exploring different objects in groups and understanding the value of an amount. We have been representing the amount on tens frames also practising our number formation. Whilst also practising some additions with Tens frames to support.

In Art, the children sketched large scale portraits and painted them. We focused on two artists one that focuses on a more realistic approach to portraits and then an abstract comparison. These artists were Basquiat and Picasso.


In science, we sorted materials into groups independently. We also looked at a range of objects that are made from two types of materials.


PSHE this week focused on the difference between our physical feelings and emotional feelings and how they can also overlap.


During R.E this week the children learnt about the purpose of a parable and how it has a hidden meaning. We used a box decorated with the story to represent this, the children then drew pictures and wrote sentences to explain the real meaning of the story.

Church Service

We also had a lovely church service this week and the donations that the school made for Harvest were amazing. So thank you so much for that amazing contribution. Also a special thank you to the parent volunteers.

Thank you so much for sending in the pictures of your children to support our history lesson. Due to the busy week, we didn’t get time to get round to this lesson today. I will keep the pictures safe and we will use them early next week.


I have also started to gain a collection of cardigans and jumpers with no names. If your child is missing one of either school or P.E please let me know as I have both types and would love to return them to their rightful owners.

Home Learning:

English: Pg 8-9

Maths: pg 12-13








Hope you have a lovely restful weekend!


Miss Devlin :)

Friday 24th September 2021



Please could you send in some printed pictures of your child as a baby, toddler and now.

We will be using these pictures to support our history lesson next week.

Please send an email to the office with the pictures attached if you are unable to print them.

Due in Thursday 30th September.


Our Learning this week: 


This week in English the children have started a new book Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley and Neal Layton. The children loved reading about the adventures Stanley went on. They even came up with their own ideas of what they could use their stick for. The children have also been making sentences make sense. Please ask the children about our song for remembering our capital letters, full stops and making sure our work makes sense. They love the song!

In maths, we have been looking at positional language further. We have been learning about 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. We have been exploring this with animals in the classroom.

In art, we have experimented with different media including oil pastels and chalk and charcoal. The children focused on a section of their face either their eyes or mouth and experimented with observing what they could see with a mirror. The children really enjoyed experimenting with media that most of them had never used before.

In PSHCE we spoke about different feelings we may have and how we can tell somebody how we are feeling. We also spoke about the importance of telling a teacher how you feel.

During Computing this week year one looked at technology within their classroom. The children learnt what technology means.

During P.E we have been looking at our running technique. The children really enjoyed practising different ways of running and finding out the best technique to use. They cheered each other on at the end of the lesson as They especially enjoyed cheering me on which was lovely!

We have also started our history topic this week the children have learnt about the meaning of past and present. Next week we will be looking at what the children looked like in the past. Could you please send a printed baby, toddler picture and a recent picture of them by next Thursday please.  


Home learning:


Maths CPG: pg 18-19

English Comprehension: pg 6-7

Spellings to learn this week the children will be tested on them next Friday (1st October)

(This is nothing for them to worry about, please make sure they know this. I have been encouraging them that this informs me what they know and what we can practice on next).








Friday 17th September 2021


This week we have been working very hard in year 1. We have finished our book “Plenty Of Love To Go Round” and the children wrote sentences to describe the actions of the cat in the story. 

We have also been learning about different types of turns in maths. 

We have been practising and exploring turning left, right, half turns and even quarter and three quarter turns. 


In science this week we have started our topic on materials. The children enjoyed finding different items in the classroom and sorting them into groups based on the material of which they are made. They found it fascinating that some things are made from more than one material. 


In R.E this week we looked at the parable of “The Loving Father”. The children discussed the message that God is kind and forgiving. They retold the story reflecting on the message of the parable.


During P.E we enjoyed some games practising our throwing and catching, jumping and balance. 


Within PSHE this week year 1 looked at our classroom rules and their importance.


In art this week the children drew self-portraits using a mirror and pencil to observe their features and sketch. Throughout our self-portrait topic in art, we will be using observations of detail and working on proportions. This work will lead up to a clay piece based on their self-portrait. I cannot wait to see this project develop.

We even had the opportunity to create a card in Thursdays classroom collective worship for the Cook and kitchen team, to show our thankfulness for making such delicious and nutritious meals for the children every day. 


As you can see another action-packed week the children have worked so hard. I was very impressed with all their efforts throughout the week.


I hope that the Meet the Teacher presentation was helpful. It was really lovely to be able to speak to you all and answer your questions. It was also really lovely to speak to a few of you in person after school. 



Home Learning this week:

English comprehension CGP pg 4&5

Maths: pg 68-69 


Reading books have been changed. As said at my meet the teacher meeting please read the books twice each with the children. If you need them changed before Thursday. Please let me know by sending a note in with your child in the morning. 


I hope you have a lovely, restful weekend. 


Miss Devlin :)

Friday, 10th September 2021


The first full week of Year one is complete!


I am so proud of how well the children have settled into their new routine. They have all showed such a fantastic attitude to learning and have thoroughly impressed me with their efforts this week. We have been very busy this week getting used to the structure of our new lessons by starting our new curriculum. They have also had the opportunity to be very creative, which has been fantastic to see. 


 Some of our learning this week has included the following; In English, we have been reading Plenty of Love To Go Round by Emma Chichester Clark. The children loved the story, we used this story to look at predictions and labelling. In Maths we have been looking at positional language.  With the help of 'Waffle Doggie,' the children have been learning about different keywords that can be used to describe positions such as next to, beside, underneath and to the left. In Year one we have also explored the importance of internet safety with the help of 'Digi Duck'.  Our half term value is thankfulness and the children created lovely pieces of work expressing what they are thankful for.  We even had the opportunity to go on a nature hunt! 

As you can see we have been very busy!


Next week we will be starting our science topic on materials, self-portraits in art and in history we will be looking at chronology 'now and then' (me). 


Healthy Snacks 

The children have been very hungry, even after eating all their lunch. A snack is provided for them by the school in the morning. Can I please request that the children bring in an additional healthy snack for the afternoon, details of the types of snacks appropriate for school will be sent out in a newsletter. 



I have sent the children home with their new reading records, reading books and CGP homework books. 

I have shown and explained to the children what to do. Maths is related to our maths lessons this week and English consists of targeted comprehension practice. 


Please can you help the children to complete the following:


English comprehension: Pg 1-2 

Maths- Pg 66-67 


There will be no spellings to learn this week. 

Reading- please read the books the children have been given with them twice over the week to improve comprehension. 


Both homework and (signed) reading records are to be returned on Thursdays, please. 


Meet The Teacher 

Just a reminder that my Meet The Teacher Meeting will be held at 2 pm Wednesday 15th September ( Next Wednesday).

Monday evening I will upload the PowerPoint and curriculum information, so you will have some time to have a look before our meeting. I look forward to seeing you then!


I will also be available to speak to you in person Wednesday after school. I will be in the dining hall from 3.15-3.25pm if you have any other questions/ queries or additionally would just like to say hello in person. 


Hope you have a lovely restful weekend!


Miss Devlin :) 

Friday, 3rd September 2021


Welcome to Year 1!


It has been wonderful to welcome your children into Year 1. I am looking forward to teaching them and partnering with you throughout this year ensuing the best for them.


Our class page will keep you updated on the learning taking place each week, key events and information. This page will be updated weekly. 


Settling into Year 1

Thank you for preparing the children so well for their return to school. It has been lovely hearing about all the fun they have had during the summer!  The children have had such a fantastic start to the year and I have been really impressed with how quickly they have settled into their new classroom. It has been wonderful starting to get to know the children and their amazing unique personalities. We have had an exciting start to the term with lots of crafts, storytelling and exploring the classroom. We have also practised our writing and Maths skills. Year 1 also attended their first assembly with the whole school! They all sat beautifully and I was so proud of how well they behaved and listened throughout. 


During this week we have discussed their new routine, class rules and responsibilities. There has been plenty of time for questions and I have addressed any worries or concerns. I have also been thrilled to hear how excited they are about starting Year 1.


Each day the children need to bring in their bag or bookbag, coat (depending on the weather they may need a sun hat and suncream), water bottles and packed lunch (if provided from home).

Please ensure your child also has a pair of named wellies in school so they can use the field when it is muddy.

I would also like to request that your child has a named bag that stays on their peg with a spare change of uniform or clothes (in case it is ever needed, I would like them to feel comfortable in clothes that you have sent in although spares will be found if this is not possible). 


Reading books

Over the next week, we will be listening to your children read and will send home their reading records and reading books. Please return their books and records on a Thursday so we can change them and send home new ones on Friday. Please ensure you sign the reading record and read each book with them twice. This will support their fluency and comprehension. 



Children will bring home learning books on a Friday and this will need to be returned completed on Thursdays. The work will be based on things the children will have covered in class to consolidate their learning. There will also be a spelling test on a Friday. The pages that need to be completed for homework and the list of spellings will be updated on the class page on Fridays. 



PE days are Wednesday and Fridays so they will need to come into school in their PE kits on these days. 


Wednesday- PE kit 

Thursday- Reading record, books and homework books returned 

Friday- PE kit and Spelling test


Meet The Teacher

Our Meet The Teacher meeting will be held Wednesday 15th September, at 2 pm. Further details will be sent out to you. I look forward to speaking to you then!


Please feel free to send any questions or concerns through the office, or of course, you can always speak to me on the playground for anything quick!  Please be assured that I will contact you if needed. I look forward to partnering with you in their education and care. 


Have a wonderful weekend, 

Miss Devlin