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 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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