Holy Trinity Church of England

Primary School

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders

Year 1 Barn Owl


Welcome to Year 1 Barn Owl Class!


Welcome to Barn owl class!

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning or have any questions or suggestions please feel free to come and see us after school, if you would like a before school meeting this can also be arranged, alternatively pop a note in your child’s contact book or fill in the form below.


The Class Teachers of Barn Owl Class are Mrs Daniel and Mrs Goddard, Assistant to the teachers is Miss Gibbons.

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Week 4

This week there was a 'robbery' at the school. The crown jewels were taken from Mr Carter's class! This was a hook for children to get interested and involved in our story, 'Cops and Robbers' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. From this hook we have watched CCTV footage, described the robber, interviewed who we thought it was .... the buzz has been brilliant. See if the children can retell part of the story to you. We have been drawing story maps to help us to remember the story. It has been great fun!

In Maths we have been consolidating measuring in cm and m. We have measured our bodies, classroom items, we have even looked at London landmarks, found how tall they are and used cubes to represent them. With this we could compare the length/height of the landmarks. 

For Mathletics this week I have not set homework. At the beginning of the year we were doing really well and won the trophy quite a few times. This is won by playing 'live points'. So my challenge this week is to see who can play the most live points. Let's see if we can bring the trophy home!!!

We have been sketching our favourite London landmarks with cartridge paper and sketching pencils. We took our time and wanted to be real artists. 

Enjoy your weekend!


Week 3

Science Week

This week we have been learning so much about science. On Monday, we wanted to do some secret writing so used lemon juice to do so. It is meant to show once the lemon is under a hot light. With all of our science experiments this week we realise that it doesn't always work out the way it is planned! 

On Tuesday, I posed as a mad scientist for each phase and did a show about fire, explosions and forces. I think the children had a lot of fun- I hope so! 

On Wednesday, we did the Sneeze Zone experiment to see how long a sneeze could travel. We used water and green paint in a squeezy bottle and sprayed to see how far it would travel. This linked in nicely with our maths which is measurement. We were amazed how far it could go. We then had a competition to find a new poster for the bathroom on how important it is to wash our hands. These are still not finished so I will judge them when they are.

On Thursday, we had to make our paper aeroplanes and then we flew them outside. We talked about the factors involved which made it hard for our planes to fly ( wind!) We then used paper clips to see if they would help our planes go further. They did. It was so much fun but the wind was wild that day.

Today we made slime which, I can tell you, was fun but stressful as the first batch didn't work! The disappointment! Anyway, we talked about how experiments can go wrong. We realised that we were missing one ingredient. We added it and it was slime at last! Everyone was so excited. It's amazing how exciting slime is but we did have fun!

If you do want to make slime at home we used shaving foam, pva glue, contact lens solution and bicarbonate of soda. There are lots of tutorials online. 

It has been an exhausting but fun week. I hope that children will be able to tell you a scientific fact they have learned this week. 

Have a lovely weekend.


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In Maths we have been looking at measuring. We compared tall and short/ long and short. We used non standard measuring and used cubes to fins our answers. Next week we will begin to use rulers. If you could look at this at home that would be great as the children often get confused with cm/inches side of the rulers and that they must start where the 0 is as some rulers have a space....just to confuse us!


We had an amazing visit from the Queen at Holy Trinity AKA Mrs Goddard. The children had the chance to go on a double decker bus where they met Andrew and Evacuee AKA Mr Carter and Thomas Farriner , who was the baker who may have started the Great Fire Of London, AKA Miss Gold! After having fun on the bus the children met the Queen and then settled down for some juice and biscuits.


We went to the church for the Ash Wednesday service and I have to say how proud I was of Year one as they made no fuss even though it was a long way to walk. They were really well behaved in the church and did us proud. Well done all of you!


World Book Day was brilliant and the children looked amazing. Thank you to all of you for making the effort to dress the children up - they had so much fun. We made book marks, selfie pictures and wrote letters to our favourite authors. We swapped books and visited the book fair. It was a great day. 


Don't forget that it is INSET day on Friday and there will be no school. Enjoy the weekend.

Next week is Science week so lots more fun and learning!




Term 4 Week 1

This week we have been making invitations for our special day on Monday. The children wrote invitations to the Queen. We hope she will come but I have said that she may be very busy ( Mrs Goddard will stand in ! )

We looked at a picture of the Queen's coronation and the children had to write about the picture they were given. We have been looking at using adjectives in our work to make it more interesting and the children have written some lovely sentences. 

They are so excited and this afternoon we will be making decorations. We have already made a list of things we need for the party. We have learned information about the Queen. Some children have brought in homework that has been so good that we have decided to make a special board in the classroom to display it all. 

In Maths we were looking at one more and one less from any given number. The children were all confident on this. This allowed me to move onto grouping and multiplication. I have introduced the 2 x table. Some great pre learning could be if the children try and master the 2 x table. I will be going over it next week and trying to get them confident in it. Some children already know some x tables and are secure in them. I'm so amazed how well they are doing. For those children who know some times tables the aim is to get them to a point where we can ask them a times table question out of order. I hope by the end of this term all children will know their 2 x table!

In Music we learned how to breath properly ...there are some funny photos of this that I have included!



Week 7

Towards the end of last week and for this week we have been assessing the children hence the lack of photos to show you! In your child's book bag you will find the assessments that we did. Above this you will see TERM 4. Please look at this as it will show you what we will be covering next term. There is some pre learning which we find help the children have confidence once we start the topic as they can contribute to class discussions right from the start. Bright Lights, Big City is the next topic and anything that they can learn about the Queen and London will help their learning. 

In Maths this week we have been dipping into a little bit of everything we have covered. We have been looking at number bonds to 20. This is something that the children really need to be secure on. We also looked at tens and ones.

On Monday the children had music with Mrs. Goddard and got the chance to use instruments.

Have a wonderful half term. Let's hope that the sunshine lasts! Enjoy!


Week 6

This week we have had a few special days on the calendar. We celebrated Safety Internet Day with some parents visiting the classroom to help the children make a poster to show how to be safe on the internet. Thank you so much for coming in and helping. We now have a great display in the classroom!

We also celebrated Chinese New Year- the year of the pig. We made cards and posters for the day and I gave the children a red envelope each . The red envelope is usually filled with money but I put in lego cards. In China the children wake up in the morning with the envelopes under their pillows. 

This week we have had some mid year assessments. It is something a little bit different for the children but they have behaved maturely and given it their best so a big well done to them!

I am sending home a list of the numbers and how to write them in words. This is just something that you can do with them at home- it is not homework as such more a pre learning activity to do if you wish. It will help them to know this. We have worked on it at school and will continue to do so. Next week we will also be practicing how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s ( forwards and backwards).

Next week, for our topic we will be looking at real life superheroes. We will be learning about heroes in history and, towards the end of the week, we will have visitors who are super heroes in their jobs. 

If anyone wishes to come in for the Friday afternoon to talk about their job please let me know via your child's contact book or speak with me directly and we would welcome you in!




Week 5

This week the children have been making their own comics. They first had to make up their Superhero and decide on the plot of the story. Then they used a comic template to add their characters and speech bubbles. It was great. They designed their own front covers and will bring home their comics soon so you can have a look at them. 

We have also had time today to write a story about our Superhero. I wanted the children to really concentrate on their sentence structure, using capital letters and full stops. I challenged them to use adjectives. The stories were great.

In Maths we were learning different methods for subtraction. 

We had a quick flurry of snow and the children ran outside to catch snowflakes....but it didn't last long!

Have a lovely weekend.

Week 4

We have had quite a scientific week this week as we have been learning about our senses. For each sense we had a fun activity. For sight we blindfolded each other and had to get our friend to help us tidy up the classroom by giving us instructions.For hearing we went a walk into the Forest School and listened very carefully. We had to note down everything that we heard. For touch we had to write adjectives to describe the things we touched. We had bowls of Orbies, flour, corn flakes, pine cones and rice. The smelling and tasting were probably our favourite!

we had lots of things that we had to smell including apple and blackcurrant cordial and vinegar. Can you guess out of these which they thought was a good smell and which they thought was a bad smell? 

Today we finished off our senses week with taste. The children loved tasting different flavours of crisps. We then had to take a tally of who liked what and then we made a bar chart. It was yummy and educational so what could be better? 

In Maths we have been learning the skills of using a number line. It will help us next week when we are learning how to subtract and subtract finding number bonds to 10.

In Maths this week we even managed to brave the cold to make our own number lines out side on the playground.  For these lessons the focus was on the process not the result. The sums they were given were not difficult and some of the children could have done them in their head- the aim was to really get to grips with the method so the children can then go on to use this skill on harder, more complicated sums. 

This afternoon they are going to design their own Super Heroes!! I'm looking forward to that!

Have a lovely weekend. Stay warm!

Week 3

This week in maths we have been looking at number bonds to 20. Some children did some ultimate challenges and had to find number bonds to 10,20 and 100! We used Numicon to help us. The children particularly liked the Numicon hunt where they had to match up Numicon in number bonds to 20. 

Pre- learning shout out! Next week we are looking at how to add 3 numbers by first making 10 eg: 4 +6+3=13

The children will find the two numbers that make ten ( number bonds) and then add on the next number.

This week we used computers and IPads to create animations and story boards. We added speech bubbles, thought bubbles and sound bubbles  to our story boards to make them like a comic. We will make a book of these and have them in our class reading corner.

We love this Super Hero topic!

Week 1 and 2

Happy New Year to you all.

Sorry that I was not able to update the website last week but there has been quite a lot of illnesses about and I was not at school. 


There is now a new area of the website for homework which you can access with the link above (Year 1). 

Remember to do spellings and once the children know them they need to bring back the purple book so we can log the test in the book. This will be done weekly.


For our first day back we had an artist day where the children learn about a famous artist and look at some of their paintings. We then have the chance to paint or draw our own picture. This day was all about Leonardo Di Vinci. Out of all of his amazing achievements we decided to focus on the Mona Lisa. We thought about what we might do to make Mona Lisa smile. A lot of the children said they would tickle her or pull funny faces at her. One child was going to take her to the park while another said he would pie face her! We then used pastels to draw a picture of Mona Lisa being happy with our methods of making her laugh!


What fun the children had on Monday! Superhero Day was a great success. It was a brilliant way to introduce the children to the topic and they had a fun filled day! We have been making superhero pictures this week. We have been learning about our bodies and the parts of our bodies. The children had a great time sticking post-it notes on each other as they labelled they body parts they knew. 

This week we have been looking at addition but missing out some of the sum eg: 3+---= 15 Some of the children found this hard so we had a few lessons on it. 

We are also learning about time this term so get your clocks out and please practice O'clock and half past as much as possible with the children.

Form all of us at Barn Owls - we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!

Week 7

This week we have been working practically in Maths. It was a great activity! The children had a pattern of blocks and they had to explain to their partner how to build it. They had to use vocabulary like : below, above, right and left.

We had a Christmas jumper design competition in class and the winner will be announced on Monday!

The Nativity was a great event and the children performed brilliantly- I think you will all agree. We are very proud of all of them - they are our little stars ( or rather sheep!)

We have had a naughty Elf in our classroom called Twinkle. The elf has been up to no good and keeps being silly in the classroom. I wonder where it will be on Monday!

Don't forget that this Wednesday coming is Christmas jumper day at school and the school will be finishing at 1.30.


Week 6

Pre learning Shout Out!!!

Next term we are learning all about Super Heroes. Do you know someone who is a real life super hero? Someone who helps others? Talk about jobs people do and how we can all be super heroes by helping!

In Maths we have been looking at games and creating our own board games. The children found this a little difficult but did enjoy thinking of a theme for their board game and thinking of the rules. I particularly liked the rules,  " No crying and no screaming!" It wasn't quite what I was looking for but probably one of the best rules I have heard!

We have also made our own toys. After thinking about what we wanted to make and the materials we would need we made them. They are lovely. The children really enjoyed doing this and getting the classroom very messy!

We have been practicing, again, for the Nativity and I am sure you will all be super pleased with how your children sing.  

Today we had a very naughty visitor. An silly elf called Twinkle came into the classroom and threw all the baubles from our Christmas Tree on the floor. The children loved it and we are wondering what he will get up to over the weekend!


Week 5

This week we have been rehearsing for the nativity. The children sing the songs beautifully and we are very excited. Please bring in the black leggings/jogging bottoms and white t shirt in a labelled bag by next Friday at the latest. We will be wanting to do a few dress rehearsals!

In our topic we read, " Avacado Baby" , and learned that this baby became very strong and could do amazing things. The children had to write about what they would do if they were Avocado Baby. They had some great ideas. I'm pleased to say that their writing is really improving and some children are even using fabulous adjectives.

In maths we have been working on tens and ones and finding which is greater and which is least. 

Next week we will be slowing the pace down as we will have a lot of rehearsals and Christmas crafts. 

Week 4

It was great to see so many of you attending parents evening and having a chance to see your child's work. I hope that you found the evening helpful.

We have had a wedding this week in Year 1. As part of our topic the children experienced a real life celebration. The children dressed up and Mrs Goddard conducted the wedding! It was wonderful. We even had some wedding cake thanks to Mrs. Jardine.

The children then had to think about the order of events and write their own diary entry for the wedding. They were great to read....the cake seemed to be the most remembered part!

Pre-learning Shout Out! :  In maths we have been learning about tens and ones. We have been looking at grouping tens together and making sure that our tens and ones don't get mixed up! We will continue with this next week but will be adding and taking away to get the answer and using the terms: greater than, less than and least, most. We will use the <> symbols again. The children have done this before but it would be great to remind them of this. We will be asking them to compare teen numbers so some pre-learning for this would be very useful.

Week 3


This week we looked at old and new toys and past and present. We had a very strict Victorian teacher visiting the school ( who looked a lot like me!) and she made the children sit in rows, told them off a lot and made them do their work on slate. I bet the children were pleased when she left. She even showed them how to wash clothes with a clothes dolly.

The children also had to think about old and new technology. They even had a dance to a record playing in Mr. Carter's room.

The children dressed up brilliantly for Children in Need and we decided to make some old favourites-Peppermint Creams, to finish off our Old and New week. It was a bit messy but lots of fun.

The pre learning that the children did with 2D and 3D shapes was really apparent this week with some knowing how many edges, faces and corners some 3D shapes had so a big well done and thank you for your support.

Next week we will be learning about weddings and how they are celebrated. If you could show your child any photos of a wedding and tell them about the ceremony that would be great.

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Term 2 Weeks 1 and 2

Well we have been busy.

The children have had a great start to the term and it was lovely to see our parents support their children with their memory boxes. I heard that the children all had fun and the boxes look amazing.

This week has been full of hard work and fun. In maths we have been learning about using numberli9nes for subtraction. Some found this more challenging than addition so going over it at home is always helpful.

We continued our topic by making our family trees and thinking about our immediate family and people who care for us. They saw some pictures of my family and we had a good chat about them! Can you tell your children some stories about your Grandma and Granddad? How far back can you trace your family tree?

Today, Friday, we had some visitors to school. The children were very excited. We invited 3 elderly people from a care home to talk to the children. The children had thought of some questions to ask them and then we made poppies for Armistice Day with our visitors.

The children were very polite and made Peter, David and Pam feel very welcome. We are hoping that they will come back and visit us soon.

We also had chance to try on WW1 uniforms and learned a little bit of information about why we have a remembrance day.

Have a good weekend.

Remember to try and do the Mathletics homework and play Live Mathletics to win points!



Week 7

This week we have had so much fun. We loved showing the parents our songs and our rap that we have been learning. We hoped you liked our performance poetry!

We have also been busy making junk model dinosaurs and we thought about how a dinosaur would clean his teeth. The children invented ways to do this and recorded them in their books.

Friday was a special art day. We looked at art by Damien Hirst. The children made lots of art and really enjoyed it.

We hope that you have a good half term. Next term the topic is Memory Box. If you want to talk to your children about what games you used to play when you were little, what programmes you watched on the television or if you played computer games what were they- think about how they are different from the ones today or what we experience today. That would be great pre-learning for the children.

I am very proud of how they have coped with the transition from Yr R to Yr 1 so well done Barn Owls!

Week 6

This week we have written our own dinosaur stories. We had to pretend that we had a dinosaur as a pet and thought of all the funny things that would happen. For example, when you are dancing the  dinosaur might  step on your toes, it might squish you up in bed or it could eat all of your food! The children had a lot of fun thinking of their own stories and what may happen. We talked about improving our work with adjectives, describing words and the children were encouraged to use adjectives in their writing.

Today was a geography day where the children learned all about the 7 continents. We sang a song to help us remember and then the class were put into groups to find out information about their groups continent. The looked at the shape of the continent and modelled it in play dough, they made flags and looked on the internet for information.

I hope they had a great week this week and look forward to all the learning next week.

Have a good weekend!

Geography Day. Learning about the 7 Continents

Week 5

What a very busy week for Barn Owls!

For our dinosaur topic the children had a look at dinosaur teeth and found some real ones in the sand outside as they dug and discovered like palaeontologists. The had to classify the teeth into Carnivores ( meat eaters ) and Herbivores ( plant eaters ). We then looked at animals and the things they eat. We made a Venn diagram to show if our animals were Herbivores, Carnivores or Omnivores ( both ).

In Maths they were learning about ordinal numbers like 1st, 2nd, 3rd. We had races and made medals! We also looked at number lines and putting numbers in order.

We were also very lucky to have a Basketball Wow Day. Paul came in to run the workshop. He is 7ft 8 tall and is the tallest professional basketball player in the world. He has played for the famous Harlem Globetrotters. He came in to coach the children dribbling skills, shooting and passing.

They have worked very hard this week. Well done Barn Owls!

Week 4

This week we have been learning all about Mary Anning. She was born in 1799 and was a fossil collector and palaeontologist who became famous for the discoveries she made. Can your child tell you a little bit about her? The children wrote comic strips about her life. We also looked at how big dinosaurs were...and they were very, very big!! We drew a life size Triceratops on the playground in chalk. We measured it out -9 meters long and 4 meters high. The children then had a chance to  then draw their own dinosaurs and measure them. It was dino fun!



Week 3 has been a very creative week. We have finished off painting our fossil which we made out of clay. We have also designed and made our dinosaur sock puppets. Thay were so much fun. Have a look at our creations below.

Also, great news for Barn Owls, we have been Mathletics champions for 2 weeks running now. This means that the children are playing ' live Mathletics ' more than any other class so thank you for that...we love having the trophy!

Mathletics Champions!

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sock puppets

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Week 2

What a busy Week! The children have made anomites and fossils out of clay and learned about how fossils are made. They have created a class poem all about dinosaurs and performed it. We also had a great workshop by 'Portals Of The Past' who brought in dinosaur fossils and models of dinosaurs. I'm sure the children would love to tell you all about this. They even had the opportunity to hold a dinosaur egg fossil which had a baby dinosaur fossilised inside.

What a wonderful opportunity for the children. It really brought the topic alive!


Day Two..There was a dinosaur roaming about the school! Watch Out!!

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