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Welcome back Year 1 - 2018 !

(Week 1 & 2 )

A huge welcome back to everyone in Year 1 ! :-) We have been very busy since we have returned to school. Here's a look into what we have been doing ! 

Maths: We had a lot of fun learning about positions -  we had races to see who would come in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place ! 

English : We have started learning about traditional tales ! Just in case you didn't know traditional tales are stories that have been retold and retold so that now - a lot of people know them ! For example Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk are traditional tales ! 

Religion : We have just started a new topic in religion about families and celebrations. We also celebrated the Feast of The Epiphany recently and we studied some reiligous art which depicted the Epiphany story. ( please ask us about the picture we really enjoyed being art critics ! ) 

Science : In science we have been learning all about animals ! We received hints and tips from Pluto , about how to care for our pets ! Now you can call us Pet Experts ! :)

Topic : Our topic this term is about our homes . We have been busy discussing what our homes look like in class and different features of buildings around us .




Our Wishing Tree - We wrote down our wishes for the New Year !

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Christmas in Year 1

We had a terrific time preparing for Christmas in Year 1 ! We even had a V.I.V (Very Important Visitor!) come see us in school !

Here are some of our highlights from the lead up to Christmas ! 

Santa Claus came to school !!

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Santa Claus came to see us in school just before the end of term !  We were very excited ! Santa told us all , in Year 1 , that we had made the good list ! What fantastic news ! Santa told us that he has sent a special gift to children in Malawi - he sent two children enough food for the entire school year , so they would not be hungry . Santa is so kind ! We were really happy to hear that Santa did this act of kindness on our behalves !  

We are Angels ! KS1 Nativity

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KS1 Nativity - Part 3

Nativity Part 2

Please contact the school office if you require the password to view our video :-)

Advent - Preparing for the birth of Jesus !

Today in class we had the opportunity of making an Advent Wreath. We made this with a parent from school! We learnt that:

The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches.

On each Sunday a candle is lit in church:

A candle of Hope.

A candle of Peace.

A candle of Love.

A candle of Joy.

A fifth candle is lit on Christmas Day to remind us Jesus is the light of the world.

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Anti-Bullying Week - We are all different !

Last week in class we discussed Anti-Bullying week. We made a friendship wreath which we have displayed on our classroom door. As part of the week we discussed our differences. One difference between us all was that we all come from different places. We spoke about differences in us as a class. One difference we noted was that some of us can speak different languages ! Here's an example of Archie from our class reading a book in French and English ! Fantastic job Archie ! :-)

* P.S : password to access video is the same as previous years, please contact the school office if you need any assistance :-)

Friday 13th October - Our week in review !

Hello everyone ! It's very hard to believe we are nearly at half-term ! This term seems to have flashed by ! This week we were reading a story called 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We really enjoyed this book and it got us thinking about Halloween which is just around the corner . In Maths we looked at greater than and less than - a concept which we have started to understand really well- we use blocks and counters to show greater than and less than. In Religion we read the story of Noah's Ark and learnt about promises and even learnt a new secret word for promise - please ask us at home about it ! We had a lot of fun in science this week - we created potions just like the witch in 'Room on the Broom' ! This week we also celebrated Black History Month which we really found interesting ! I have given some links to websites celebrating Black History month below because some of us were really interested in it ! Next week sees the start of our new news telling system , there is a copy of the schedule below in case some have been eaten by book bags ! There is also a copy of the presentation from this morning's phonics workshop linked below . Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend !



News telling system schedule

Phonics Workshop Parents Morning - 13th October 2017

Friday 6th October 2017- Our week in review !

This week we started a new class novel- we are reading 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl. In Religion we were learning how we can look after God's earth and brainstormed ways we can look after the earth ! We also started reading with Year 5 children this week. Six children from Year 5 will come down to our classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will read to us - we are very excited about this ! In Art we made some hedgehogs out of the leaves we collected on our nature walk last week in Wendell Park. Our hedgehogs are up on our classroom window for everyone to see !

Friday 29th September- Our week in review !

This week was a very exciting week as it was our first time out of our Year 1 classroom ! We went on a nature walk to Wendell Park to collect leaves and to look at the changes in Autumn. We English we read a story called 'Elmer the Elephant'. We really enjoyed this story . In science we studied frogs and heard all about their bendy legs, long tongue and unusual eyes ! In Religion we talked all about ways we could protect God's planet and made posters to show how we can protect and save God's earth!

Science- All about frogs !

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Friday 22nd September 2017-Our week in review !

We have had a very interesting week this week ! We celebrated UN International Day of Peace on Thursday 21st of September , we did gymnastics in the hall and played games in maths to help us learn our numbers! Here are some pictures of what we got up to in Year 1 and below are some helpful links to some useful activities :)

UN International Day of Peace - Thursday 21st September 2017

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This week in Maths we have been working on number recognition and formation. We have played games like snakes and ladders, bingo , matching games and sorting games to practice our numbers. Below are some useful links to games, worksheets and activities to support number recognition and formation.

For online counting games:



Counting activities for at home


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Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time !

Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time ! 1 We had a lot of fun!
Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time ! 2 We had to balance on benches.
Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time ! 3 It was very tricky !
Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time ! 4 We were climbing on the rope and frames!
Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time ! 5 We even climbed up ladders!
Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time ! 6 We practiced jumping onto mats
Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time ! 7 We even did some cartwheels and forward rolls!
Wednesday 20th September 2017- Gymnastics time ! 8 We really enjoyed our gymnastics time !
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Hi everyone and welcome to our Year 1 class page !

We have been very busy in Year 1 practicing writing our numbers - we even created our own 100 square in our classroom ! We have been reading a story called 'The Crayon Box That Talked' and learned that the crayons all had to work together to complete the picture -this story thought us about teamwork! This week we will be starting a new story called 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl. 

Please check our class page regularly for news and photos of the children throughout the year !




Take a look at what we will be learning about this term in Year 1

Reception 2016-2017

Everyday maths - money and coins


Our new class snack shop was really successful last term in getting the children familiar with looking at the price of each piece of fruit and finding the right coins to put in the cash register to pay for them.


This term, we've gone further.  Tomatoes are 2p each and come in trays of ten. One tray had been opened and Annie Rose was able to count the spaces and tell us that five tomatoes had been eaten.   How much money should there be in the till?  




Oliver counted in twos using his fingers and told us there should be 10p in the till.   If each child had paid with 1p coins Felix told us there would be 10 coins.  If each child had paid with 2p coins, Dara told us there would be 5 coins.  We looked in the till there was a mix of both because you can make 2p in two different ways.


Next we discussed the fact that lots of children claimed that they didn't like tomatoes but were willing to try them if we cut them in half.  I said that they would still have to pay for half a tomato. John said he would like to try half a tomato and that he would pay 1p because that is half of 2p.  


After half term, the cost of fruit in the class snack shop is going to double.  A team of children are making new price labels and will work out which coins are needed in the money box to enable everyone to pay. 


Everyday maths - measuring time


At the end of this year, children should be able to use everyday language to talk about time.  They are already beginning to recognise key times of the day on the clock.  This week we have been experimenting with sand timers, trying to guess how long things will take and then measuring them.


Jude thought he could do 20 press-ups in one minute.  Using timers, his friends counted and said that he'd actually done 40 in one minute and 100 in five minutes!



Roman thought he would be able to stay in the bridge for 30 minutes.  We persuaded him to start with 30 seconds.  It wasn't as easy as he'd thought!



John lined up all eight sand timers in order from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.  He turned them all over really quickly and watched time pass!


















Starry, Starry Night 


This term's topic sees us noticing the changing seasons and talking about what's happening in the natural world.  We walked to Wendell Park and gathered fallen sticks and leaves and, in pairs, laid them out in order of size, from largest to smallest.  We took them back to class and made Autumn collages and labelled them. 




We noticed the sky was getting dark earlier because the clocks had been changed.  We learned of festivals that took place at this time and how fireworks are used to light up the dark sky.  We talked about Divali, the festival of light, celebrated by Hindus in India and throughout the world.


Using clay, tools and beads, we made divaas - small candle holders, similar to those used by Hindus in their homes and places of worship.



We learned a little about Guy Fawkes Night, when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.  We used a range of resources to make fireworks and stars - including paint, brushes, marbles and elastic bands, and used our phonic knowledge to write words for the sounds fireworks make when they explode.











We have now revised all our main single letter phonemes (sounds) and are working on our digraphs (eg. ai and sh).  We are all at different stages with our writing but are taking advantage of the opportunities around the classroom and garden to practise.


Using one-handed tools helps strengthen fine motor skills for writing:




As our confidence and abilities grow, we practise writing our names wherever we can:




Many of us are beginning to write other simple words to label our pictures and to talk about people and events in our lives:

Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2016


Remembrance Day 11th November 2016



2015 - 2016 ARCHIVE



Do you know what you are?  You
are a marvel.  You are unique.  In
all the years that have passed,
there has never been another
child like you.  Your legs,
your arms, your clever fingers,
the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo,
a Beethoven.  You have the
capacity for anything.
Yes, you are a marvel.’

You Are a Marvel
Pau Casals


 At The Good Shepherd, we want your child's first experience of school to be a happy one and we rely a great deal on your    help with settling your child into life at school. 



The Early Years Foundation Stage Overview

In Nursery we support children in three prime areas:


  • Physical development
  • Personal and Social development
  • Communication and Language

These three Prime areas are strengthened and applied through the Specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design 

Our learning programmes involve the following activities and experience:


Communication and  Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.



Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using number, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.


Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.














Our School Prayers.

Letter formation handwriting support.

"I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me". John 10:14