Week 8

This week was One World Week and Year 1 learnt about France. The children located France on a map of Europe and wrote facts about France, they painted flags and they made the Eiffel tower with lego, bricks and straws. We enjoyed having a brunch with croissants and orange juice. In PE we made up a dance to a French song about fruits. Then we looked at a French artist called Georges Seurat and painted the Eiffel tower in the style of his paintings. Thank you for the wonderful home learning.

In Maths we used the cherry model to find as many ways as we can to make different numbers. We thought about how we could check if we found all of the possible ways. We added two and three numbers together to make a total.

In Science we investigated our sense of taste and smell. We tasted different flavour crisps and guessed what the flavour was. We smelt different things and guessed what they were.

On Friday we had an act of worship to celebrate Harvest. Thank you for your generous donations.

Find some Julia Donaldson and Jill Murphy books at home and read them as a family.

Have a wonderful half term


Mrs Carey


Week 7

Another busy week in Year 1!It was lovely to speak to you all about your children’s learning this week.

In English we have been busy writing about the ‘A River’ story.  The children have written excellent descriptions using their phonic knowledge, capital letters and full stops. We made boats and tested whether they floated in water.

In Science, we went on a walk in the playground to look for signs of Autumn. We found leaves falling off the trees, conkers and acorns. We discussed how the weather has changed from Summer to Autumn and how the clothes we wear change.After collecting the leaves, we painted the leaves and printed pictures with the them.

In Numeracy we have been using the cherry model to show different ways of making numbers to 10 then showing them in a number sentence.

In Religion we learnt about the Sacrament of Confirmation. We made the symbol, the dove to represent the Holy Spirit.

The children were delighted when I appeared on the big screen in the classroom to say hello on Monday morning and when I read a story on Tuesday. It was wonderful to hear all their news, I have missed them lots. I cannot wait to see them all on Monday morning.

Our author of the month is Jill Murphy. Can you find any Jill Murphy books at home to read this weekend?

Home Learning

Reading – I sent home a letter about the children’s new reading day. The children must bring in their reading book on their day and we will change their books.

Spellings  – see, tree, green, meet, week, my, no, of

Next week is One World Week and Year 1 will be learning about France. Please draw a picture, make a model or make a poster of facts about France. Please send it in by Wednesday 21st October.

Thank you

Mrs Carey

Year 1 Home Learning

Hi Year 1,


I hope you all had a lovely week. I miss seeing you all in class but heard you were working very hard!

Home Learning

studyladder.com – Please complete the reading, maths and phonics activities set.

Reading – Please read and talk about your book. Describe the characters and the setting.



Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey

Week 5

Another busy and fun week for Healthy Eating Week. We began heathy eating with tasting different fruit infused water to encourage us to drink more. The children enjoyed the different tastes and voted for their favourite. The most popular water in Year 1 was lemon and the least popular was plain water. The children enjoyed moving more this week, with ball games, running, dancing and karate. They designed a poster to encourage people to move more to keep healthy. We had lots of fun making pictures from the vegetables in our playground and the children took home charts to encourage them to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

Thank you for the photos of eating together and being active together. If you have not sent a photo in, please send it so we can add to our display.

We learnt about the importance of eating whole grains and then made wholemeal blueberry muffins. They were yummy!

In Maths we have been subitising, knowing the number of objects without counting. The children have been using this knowledge to help them to solve problems.

Our whole school topic for the next few weeks is rivers. We started by reading a book call A River. The children painted their favourite setting and wrote a caption for their painting. They have made lists of the animals that might have been found in the jungle. They learnt to use commas when writing a list. We also made some boats out of clay.

In Religion we have learnt about the signs, symbols and actions used in the Eucharist. The children enjoyed acting out the Eucharist. They remembered many of the words that the priest says during mass.


Home Learning

Studyladder I have sent passwords home. www.studyladder.com




Week 4

Another fun week in Year 1!

In Maths we have been doubling numbers using resources and many can answer doubles mentally. We have been solving problems involving doubles. Also we have been subtracting numbers using number lines, counters and counting back in our heads.

We read the book Plenty of Love to go Around. The children were able to label the different parts to the character Binky and make a list of what cats need. I am impressed at how the children are using their phonic knowledge to spell words and write sentences.

In our school gardens, we found lots of vegetables that we drew and labelled.

In Science we have been identifying our five senses and matching them with the correct body parts.

In Religion we thought about the actions, symbols and words that we see and use at church. Look out for them at church this weekend. Thank you for sending in photos of the children’s baptism, if you have not please could you send them in next week.

In PE, we the children were following instructions by playing different games.

Next week is Healthy Eating Week. Please could you send in a photo of you eating together as a family and being active today.

Home Learning


Practise recalling doubles to double 10.

Spellings – oy words

Reading – Please sign your child’s reading record at least once a week.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Carey

Week 3

A busy week in Year 1. In Literacy we have been practising letter formation and writing words with the phase 3 sounds. I was pleased with how hard the children worked at learning their spellings. We continued reading the Monkey Puzzle and made a big story map for our display.

In Numeracy we have been ordering numbers and finding one more and one less. The children have been adding using a variety of resources.


In Science we have been naming, labelling and describing body parts. We went out in our outdoor area and made colour pallets with different flowers to show the colours of summer.

In Religion we thought of actions and words to welcome people. We had lovely smiles, waves and kind words in our class.

In PE we have continued to practice throwing and catching and related these skills to different games. In groups, the children were very creative making up their own games.


Home Learning

Spellings – https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/112/2-oi

Mathletics activities set. After the activities that I have set are complete the children can play maths games.

Please practise writing numbers 1-20.

Phonics – play buried treasure on the link below for the Phase 3 sounds.


Reading – Please could your child bring their reading book in on their reading days. Listen to your child read and sign their reading record. Your child has two reading books that will be changed once a week on their first reading day of the week. If your child has not completed the book, write a note in their reading record. You can use the stickers in the book to add to your comment. Practise reading the tricky words and the phase 3 sounds.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Carey

Week 2

What a busy week! The children have settled well and are following the routines in Year 1.

Thank you to Mark’s dad for making us a wonderful kitchen for our outdoor area.

In PE the children practised their throwing and catching skills.

In RE we looked at our mission prayer and discussed what each part means. The children strive to care and respect each and they shared their talents with the class.

In Maths the children used mathematical vocabulary to describe the position of different objects. We are beginning to learn left and right so please practise at home.

Our Author this month is Julia Donaldson. We read the story Monkey Puzzle. The children made story maps to retell the story and painted wonderful pictures of the animals. If you have any story by Julia Donaldson, please read them to your child.


We had great fun outdoors looking at the beautiful flowers and vegetables. The children did an observational drawing of a sunflower and labelled the different parts. We pulled and pulled the huge sunflower out of the soil and measured the height using different children. The sunflowers were two taller children or two and a half smaller children long.

Home Learning

The children received a folder with Year 1 common exception words,  phonics mats for Phase 2, 3 and 5 and their Mathletics password. We assessed the children this week and I have highlighted the sounds your child can read and write. Please practise the sounds your child does not know. The children have their new reading books. At this time of year we are consolidating their learning and building their confidence so they develop a love of reading. In the front of your child’s reading record I have highlighted the tricky words your child can read. Please practise reading the words not highlighted. If your child can read all of the tricky words, please practise spelling them. I have also included spellings for this term. We will test the children each Wednesday.  In Religion we are learning about how the church welcomes new members. If your child was baptised, please could you send a photo of their baptism that we can stick into their book. Write their name on the back of the photo.

Here are some songs to help your child to learn the tricky words.




Thank you for your support

Mrs Carey

Welcome to Year 1

It has been wonderful to welcome the children into Year 1. Each week I will post photos of our learning for you to enjoy. I look forward to getting to know you all.

Our PE days are Mondays and Thursdays. Children should wear their PE kits to school on those days. Please can they wear their PE kit on Monday 7th September.

Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Carey

Thursday 16th July Learning

Good morning Year 1, our last day of learning. You have been a wonderful class and I will miss you all! It has been a pleasure teaching each and every one of you. Thank you for your amazing learning and happy photos. It has been a strange year but you all kept going. You need to thank your parents for all their hard work, teaching you at home. Have a fantastic holiday!

Here is your learning today.




Fluency –

Count in ones to 100.

Count back in ones from 100

Count in twos to 30.

Count back in twos from 30

Count in fives to 100

Count back in fives from 100.


Ask someone in your house to ask you the time at different points in the day. Can you read the time when it is o’clock and half past? Try quarter past and quarter to.




Write the date


Make a card for your parents with your best handwriting inside. Thank them for supporting you with your learning since you have been home. Tell them how much you love them.
Spelling/Handwriting Write each word 4 times


one  once   ask   friend   school


Check you know how to spell all of the words.





Phonics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/


Letters and Sounds lesson at 10.30am for Year 1  – Today is a Review lesson.


If your child would like to revise the Phase 3 sounds – 10.00am

Wider Curriculum Computing activities – Computing Week


Wednesday 15th July Learning

Good morning Year 1,

Thank you so much for your generous gifts that I received yesterday! It has been a pleasure teaching you all.

Here is your learning today. Please email me photos of your learning and if you have questions about the learning. year1@popepaul.herts.sch.uk





10, 20, ____, 40, 50, ____

2, 12, 22, 32, ____, 52, ____, 72

3, 13, ____, 33, 43, ____, 63, ____

4, 14, ____, 34, 44, ____, 64, ____

6, ____, 26, 36, 46, ____, 66, ____


Go for a walk and record all of the numbers you see on your walk? (Door numbers, bus numbers, numbers on signs.)

What was the largest number you found?

What was the smallest number you found?



Write the date


See the example of an acrostic poem on the link below.

Acrostic Poem

Write an acrostic poem with the words YEAR ONE


Spelling/Handwriting Write a sentence for each of the spellings.


one  once   ask   friend   school






Phonics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/


Letters and Sounds lesson at 10.30am for Year 1  – Today’s sound is tch


If your child would like to revise the Phase 3 sounds – 10.00am

Reading  Read for 10 minutes and talk about what you have read.  Record the books you have read in your reading record. Write a sentence about each book read. Did you like it? Why? Would you recommend it to someone? What was your favourite part? If you did not like it, why? What would you change about the story?



Username- parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Password- Parents20!

Click on Collins Big Cat.

Click on the colour book band. Remember to read the book a few times over the week and talk about the book. Click on resources for some activities on the book.

Wider Curriculum Computing – click here for activities Computing Week