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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School

“I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

Year 1

Class Assembly

Year 1 have worked really hard this term. We have been learning about exploring space and people who are important in space travel. In our assembly, we talked about some of the first people and even animals who travelled into space. We learnt a poem about blasting off into space. We sang two songs about how to be an astronaut and about Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

STA Feast Day

We discussed how Saint Thomas Aquinas’ actions helped to ‘warm the world’. We talked about what we could do to help make the world a happy and safe place for all. We then wrote or drew pictures to show how we will ‘warm’ the world. We decided on actions such as smiling at everyone, listening to everyone’s beliefs and looking after others.

Whatever Next

This week in English, we have read the story ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. This story is linked to our topic of space. We learnt some actions to help us retell the story. We have also written an independent story based on the front cover before we write our own versions.

Story Maps

In English, we have started to write our own version of Whatever Next. We created a story map to plan our own version.


We have started our gymnastics scheme of work. We learnt to use a tuck and pike hold and we were able to hold these for several seconds. We practised our gymnastics walks and then we learnt some different balances. We then worked with a partner to work on some different positions and we had to copy the position our partner was modelling 


We started our new space topic and saw lots of images from space and watched some video clips. We talked about what we already know about space and how to travel there. We learnt about how astronauts are people who go into space and we looked at some items astronauts would wear on a journey to space. 


In Computing, we are learning about algorithms. We learnt why it is so important to follow instructions. We talked about building a Lego set and why we need to follow instructions carefully to build the model correctly. After, we worked with a partner to build a simple model. One partner gave the instructions and the other listened carefully and built the model. 

Christmas Jumpers

On Christmas jumper day, we all enjoyed having a whole class photo. We talked about what we liked about each other’s jumpers and that we had Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Sepo.

Writing Stories

We really enjoyed reading the story of Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We worked hard on building up our vocabulary and used adjectives to describe the characters. We then created our own version of the story and illustrated our front covers. The new versions of Lost and Found were brilliant!

Stop Ice Melting

We have enjoyed science this term. We have taken part in two simple science tests to find out how we can stop ice melting. We used ice lollies and explored wrapping them in different materials, like foil and paper, to see which material would stop the ice lolly melting.

Waterproof Or Not

Year 1 have carried out another science experiment using everyday materials. We used pipettes to drop water onto different materials to find out if the material was waterproof or not. We had to discuss our findings in response to the question, ‘which material would keep a polar explorer dry?’  We decided that plastic would be the best material to keep an explorer dry as it did not let any extra water in.


In RE, we have been focusing on the topic ‘belonging’. We talked about different groups we belong to, and how they make us feel. We used role play to learn about friendship groups and how we can make everyone feel included.

Antarctica And The Arctic

In English, we have been learning about the features of a non-fiction text. Our focus topic has been learning about Antarctica and the Arctic. We learnt lots of facts about penguins and polar bears. We then used our knowledge about these creatures to write our own non-fiction books.


Year 1 have been learning about adjectives in English this term. We have been exploring poetry. First, we listened and learnt a poem about Autumn. We then used our own adjectives to write our own version of the poem. Then, we listened to the poem ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough. We went on a ‘sound hunt’ around the school. We had to listen carefully and use adjectives to describe the sounds we heard. We heard lots during our walk, including birds tweeting, a bee buzzing and lots of other children learning.