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Class Teacher: Mr Jolley

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Robinson


I have an open door policy. Any questions, concerns or information for me, please do ask to speak to me at the start or catch me at the end of the day. 

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no Please remember that the school gates will open at 8:30am and the register will be taken promptly at



Please bring PE kit at the start of every week- we have dance on Monday! The children keep their kit in school, for whenever it is needed, until Thursday. On Thursday they take it home after school so that it can be worn to and from school on Friday. 


mailHome Learningmail

 'Home Learning' activities will be handed out every Friday. This will consist of reading, spellings as part of a sentence and a maths fluency activity. These will then be collected for marking on Wednesday.

Please find below some additional information on National Curriculum Assessments. We will meet to discuss this nearer the time.

We define bullying using 'STOP Bullying' .  'Several Times on Purpose' 

We define bullying as a persistent, deliberate attempt to hurt or humiliate someone, physically or psychologically, over a period of time.

We do everything we can to prevent and STOP bullying. 


mailOur Values Star was Charlotte for showing our Christian Value of Love on the Playground. mail

mail Our Learning Star was Leo for his excellent whole class and group work contributions.  mail​​​​​​​

This is how 'The Learning Pit' can help us with our Growth Mindset in our learning.

2J have enjoyed some Harry Potter maths games this week. The children got very excited about their maths and were using their mental maths and their maths strategies when the number sentence came their way. Then ZAP! A magic maths spell was cast!

14.09.18 The children's first full week of Year 2 went very well for all. I'm very impressed so far! Take a look at us acting out a Gospel story in RE and enjoying some science outside.

Ideas from Class Worship 13.09.18

Take a look at us loving our learning in Year 1 below!


Visit from Lieutenant Fraser

We were very lucky this week to have a special visitor come into talk to us. Lieutenant Fraser works for the Royal Navy and came into school to share with us what he does for a living . We were very interested and asked lots of questions and even got to try on his uniform! Thank you Lieutenant Fraser, we really enjoyed hearing about life in the Navy.






We have been learning all about famous ships from history. Recently we have been learning about the Titanic and we have learnt lots of interesting facts about the ship. We know that on 14th April 1912,  it hit an iceberg and it sank completely in the early hours of 15th April 1912. 750 people survived and were taken to New York. Take a look at our amazing pictures we have created of Titanic.

Snow Day!




Hello all!

We have an a very busy and very productive start to the new year in 1N.

In English, we have spent the last couple of weeks focussing on the story of the Snail and the Whale. We have learnt the story using a text map and then we have created our own actions to help us remember! Following this, we have innovated the story and have been writing our own versions- to be continued!

In Maths we have  been focussing on time. We have learnt how to tell the time to o'clock and half past. Furthermore, we have been looking at calendars and how we can use them. We have then progressed onto linking the months with the seasons and have discussed how our weather changes through the year! Busy busy!


WOW! What a busy week in 1N!

The pupils have been working really hard this week to put on such a brilliant show as well as taking a trip to Crownhill Fort as part of our local area topic studies.

I'm sure everybody who came to see the show or have heard reviews from others would agree the show was roaring success. The pupils really have done everybody proud and deserve a big pat on the back.

On Tuesday the pupils had their trip to Crownhill Fort. This was part of our topic studies looking into famous and places and people within our local area. The pupils behaved brilliantly and took so much from their day. We were so impressed with the depth of questioning and understanding the pupils showed for such a young age.

During our day the pupils got to try on uniforms that the soldiers used to wear, witness a real life canon and rifle fire as well as exploring the underground tunnels below the Fort. A brilliant day!  

Crownhill Fort

Year 1 production of Superstar



With the Nativty only a week away the pupils have spent much of the last week practicing hard!

It's brilliant to see the pupils growing in confidence throughout the practices. We shall continue to practice either side of our class trip to Crownhill Fort next Tuesday and ensure everything goes brilliantly on the night!


Mr Norris


10th November 2017

This week's homework can be downloaded below.  We are really sorry but we are unable to give paper copies until Monday because of our photocopier issues.

Week 7 20.10.17

During the last week before half term the pupils continued to progress well and produced lots of fantastic learning. Within our English the pupils have created fact-files on the artist Brian Pollard. This links closely to our artwork in which the pupils have created their own Brian Pollard style paintings. This was the first piece of non-fiction writing the pupils have completed in year 1 so it was a good challenge for them following on from our recent story writing! They all did very well and grasped the key concepts of a fact-file.


Within Maths this week the pupils rounded off their learning on addition and moved briefly onto subtraction. The class started this topic brilliantly I am looking forward to continuing this after half term. As a class, the pupils understanding of number has come on leaps and bounds so far this year and I am looking forward to continuing this progress after half term.


Well done to all of 1N on a brilliant first half term! Also a big thank you to all of you at home for your support during a tricky transitional period for the pupils from Foundation to Year 1. See you after half term!


Mr Norris.

Pictures of our class on a treasure hunt around the school. When we pieced our clues together, we discovered the person we would be writing a fact-file on was the aritst Brian Pollard!

Week 6- 13.10.17.

This week in 1N the pupils completed their class books. We have worked hard over the last 3 weeks to create our own versions of the 'Wild Woods'. The pupils have also illustrated their books and reviewed their favourite part of the project. They have created such a brilliant stories for their age!

See below some pictures of the pupils reading their pages of the story to their classmates.

Pupils reading their stories to each other!

During maths this week we have continued our fantastic learning on addition. The pupils have been practising their addition using lots of it resources and then recording their workings independently in their books. Very impressed!

We also had lots of parents come in and watch our maths lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday. I hope all parents who came to see the lesson enjoyed it as much as we did!


Mr Norris




Week 5- 6.10.17

Throughout this week the pupils have continued their brilliant progress with creating their class books. The pupils have continued to develop their own individual pages within the book and have been editing and improving their writing. They have further worked upon their use of adjectives and this has really brought their writing on!

In maths this week the pupils have worked upon their understanding of odd and even numbers and place value. The pupils have learnt the correct method of checking whether their numbers are odd and even and have been super at this! Place value is a tricky concept to grasp and the pupils have made a great start with this! We shall continue to visit this over the coming weeks.


Class Worship-

In class worship this week the pupils have continued to look at 'hope' and what things we should for. Following a class discussion, the pupils made rainbows of hope. Decorating a rainbow with colours of their choice before writing a message of hope for somebody at home.



Week 4- 29.9.17

During this week the we have been creating our version of the 'Wild Woods'. Creating the story as a class, we have had great fun developing story maps and freeze frames of the various scenes. As the week has gone on the pupils writing has really developed well and this will continue into next week as we create a class story book!

In maths, the pupils have been using their understanding of counting in 2s to solve problems. This has been done mentally as well as written and has proved to be a good challenge. The pupils have also put their understanding of ordering numbers and finding missing numbers to the test during the afternoons.


Class worship-

During class worship this week, the pupils discussed what hope is and what we should hope for. The pupils then made cards of hope for people at home. They had some wonderful, thoughtful ideas and these will go home later in the year.




Week 3- 22.9.17

In 1N this week the pupils have been learning all about adjectives. At the beginning of the week the pupils created their own wordles on various objects to build up their vocabulary. The pupils then progressed to writing their own full sentences with some fantastic ideas going around the room!

Continually, the pupils have further deepened their understanding of number and place value. We have had an impressive week ordering random numbers up to 20 in written form and practically.


Class worship-

With Thursday being St Matthews day, class worship this week was particularly insightful. Learning all about St Matthew and how he became a disciple was very interesting and gave the pupils a great lesson in how people can change and be forgiven for past mistakes.



Week 2

The pupils have had another excellent week! They have worked hard throughout to produce some fantastic poems about our school. We have introduced nouns this week and the pupils took to this week. In our Maths, the pupils have consolidated their understanding of number. Counting forwards and backwards using a range of objects and beginning from various numbers. Well done!


Below are a few images of our pupils reading their poems out to each other on Friday. 







In our class assembly this week we discussed the following passage-

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16


After a brilliant discussion of the meaning behind this passage, the pupils produced their own pictures depicting what they envisaged.






I would like to apologise for the lack of in school reading which has so far been carried out with pupils. However, this week we have carrying out phonic assessments on the pupils which has taken a lot of time. Reading shall resume as normal for next week. 



Please ensure your pupils clothes are labelled. We are having problems sometimes returning the correct jumpers etc at the of the day. Thanks! 


Mr Norris. 



Week 1

Our first week in year one has been RE and Arts week. We have taken on many tasks this week looking at different religions and combining this with some beautiful artwork. The children have taken time to consider where God might be, reading Psalms and thinking about where our spirit is within the world. The pupils have also studied Buddhism and Hinduism and represented their findings within their art.



Hello from Mr Norris! 

Welcome to 1N. Myself and Mrs Madge are super excited for the upcoming year and taking the next steps with your children on their learning journey. It was fantastic to meet the children and some of the parents, grandparents and carers on the 'meet the teacher' day. 

For those who I haven't yet been able to meet, please feel free to pop in at any time for an introduction and a chat. I would love to get to know you all as soon as possible!


I look forward to a prosperous year with lots of brilliant learning taking place within 1N. 

See you all on the 5th of September! 


Mr Norris.








Useful Information

  • Our class PE day is every Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school. Thank you
  • Please remember that the school gates will open at 8:30am and the register will be taken at 8:40am. The children can be picked up anytime between 3:00-3:20pm.


  • We ask that your child brings their (labelled) PE kit to school on a daily basis. They can wear their PE kit to school every Friday in place of their school uniform.


  • Please, please, please ensure that EVERY item your child brings into school is clearly labelled with their name. Items will inevitably become misplaced and it makes it a lot easier to return items to their owners when things are labelled. Thank you so much!
  • New 'Home Learning' activities will be handed out every Friday. These will then be collected for marking on Wednesday.
  • Where possible, we will read with your child twice a week and change their books on these occasions.

Teddy Bear Picnic

As we are so amazing (!), we had a Teddy Bear's Picnic as a reward for earning all of our Bingo Smiles. We wore mufti and brought our favourite teddies into school with us. They were very well behaved! We then had fun in the sun on the field- eating jam sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies! It was lots of fun!

Fun at the Zoo!

Look at the fun time we had at the zoo. We were so well behaved and we learnt so much. Miss Webster and Mrs Roe were so proud.

Learning in the sun. 

We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and taken our learning everywhere!

Easter Bonnets


For our Home Learning, we were tasked with making an Easter Bonnet - we have done an amazing job! Check out our creations below.

Congratulations to Bethany C, who came 3rd out of the whole Foundation Unit.


In RE, we have been learning all about Christmas - yes, that's right, Christmas! We have been finding out about the Christmas story, reminding ourselves that Christmas is not all about Santa Claus and presents. We have re-looked at the story of when a very special baby was born - Jesus Christ. Miss Webster has been impressed by everything that we have remembered so far... Well done Class RW!


Look at some of our quotes...


"The shepherds visited when Jesus was born. Shepherds look after sheep." - Paige

"The Wise Men visited Jesus when he was born." - Ali

"The Wise Men brought baby Jesus a present. It was gold." - Amelia

"The Wise Men brought Jesus perfume." - Maya

"The Wise men brought Jesus myrth (Myrrh!!)"  - Evie

"Jesus was a very important baby when he was little." - Samuel

"Jesus was born in a stable, there was a donkey there." - Evie

"There was an angel in the story." - Harry

"The angel was called Gabriel." - Cobie

"There was an ox in the barn (stable)" - Cobie

"Jesus' Mummy and Daddy were called Mary and Joseph." - Joseph

"God was Jesus' real dad." - Ezekiel

heartThe Perfect Mumheart

RW spent some time thinking about what makes the 'perfect mum'. We wrote down a recipe...

World Book Day

Look at all of the different book characters we had on class on World Book Day. It was a lot of fun...


Look at all of the fun we had when we did Balanceability! We learnt so much and very much enjoyed using the school's new 'Balance' bikes!

Love Day


We celebrated St Matthew's 'Love' themed day by creating a 'Love Tree' - instead of leaves we added colourful hearts, each one stating one way in which we show love.

The Three Little Pigs

We have been busy learning the story of the Three Little Pigs. We listened to the story, learnt the story (including some funny actions) and then we wrote the story. We did a super job! We even showed the Year 1's our actions - they were very impressed! no


Check out our great writing below...

Merry Christmas from us all!

The Foundation Team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas'.


We look forward to hearing all about the fun you will have had over the festive period when school starts up again on Wednesday 4th January 2017.


A sincere 'Thank you' for all of your continued support.


Thank you to every one who turned out to suuport us at our Christingle. We have been working hard to learn our songs. We had a great time finding out what the different parts of the Christingle represent and it was so much fun making a Christingle to take home.

A Special Visitor!

Wow! We had a visit from Father Christmas!! He took time out of his busy schedule to visit us at St Matthew's. He had heard from his elves that we have been super good and working hard so he gave us an early Christmas present to put under our trees. We loved meeting Father Christmas and we were delighted to find out that we are all on the 'good list' - even Miss Webster! smiley

Trim Trail!

Check out all the fun we had on our new Trim Trail. It is so much fun but we have to show our Christian value of 'perseverence' as it is very tricky in places!

We have been learning about Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. We made Diwa lamps.

We used clay to make Diwa Lamps.

Check out our whizzy firework writing!

We were asked to think about some exciting wow words to do with fireworks and then write them down. We did a super job! Check out our fantastic writing below. Miss Webster and Mrs Roe were very proud of us! smiley

Mr Gumpy's Journey

We read the story, 'Mr Gumpy's Journey' and then we reenacted the story with our friends. It was lots of fun...!

Our Learning

Check out the Learning Walls in our classroom – these help us with our learning smiley

Recently in class...

Our Music Lesson with Mrs Caddick!

Pirate fun! Shiver me timbers!!!!

Our first full week at school!

Wow! Look at all of the fun things we have been doing. We have settled into our new class so well, our teachers are very proud of us. smiley

Early Learning Goals

School Motto

‘Love, Forgiveness, Courage, Hope, Trust, Spirit’

Mission Statement

‘let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16

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