GSO Test


Year 1

Our teacher is Miss Ioannou and our teaching assistant is Mrs Todaro.  


This week in Year 1... 16/10/2020

We all come in different shapes and sizes, and that's fine by me.

-Kristin Scott Thomas

We have had a wonderful week in Year 1, full of creativity and learning! The children  have been really enthusiastic about all the new things we have learnt these last five days and I am most impressed with both their work and positive attitude!


In English, we have been looking at labels, lists and captions. We have labelled Barnaby Bear, our class teddy, and also a picture of Barnaby's picnic! We have then used the picture to  write simple and detailed captions and create a picnic list!The children had some really creative ideas about what to bring in a picnic and they wrote their own lists. Lastly, we explored various non-fiction books to spot examples of captions, lists and labels. 


In Maths, we have been investigating 2d shapes: learning their names and identifying their sides and corners. We had great fun using the shapes to make patterns and also playing Guess my Shape! 


In Science, we have completed our materials experiment and tested which materials are best for an umbrella.


In Art, we were inspired by the song ‘Ten green bottles’ and we created a watercolour painting with multi-coloured bottles! We used pencil to practise sketching and watercolours.


Show Racism the Red Card

 Today the children wore something red as a way to say stop to discrimination. We have shared all the things that make us special and unique and how important it is to treat others how we want to be treated.



 Have a lovely and peaceful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1 


This week in Year 1... 09/10/2020


If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. 

-W. Clement Stone

We had another full week in Year 1! I have been so impressed with how dedicated the children are in their learning. They have been working really hard and they have produced some amazing work!

In English, we have completed our 'We're going on a bear hunt' unit. The children planned their own verse of the poem, including a new animal and a new setting. We then had an opportunity to perform our work in class! We have been really stretching our vocabulary and have made some excellent choices to describe our animal and the obstacles we found along the way. Very creative ideas, Year 1- well done! 

In Maths, we have been looking at subtraction this week. The children have worked with practical resources to 'take away' , we subtracted by crossing out and used number lines to count backwards.  We have also practiced reading number sentences and focused on using accurate vocabulary such as 'plus', 'minus' and 'equals'. 

In RE we have discussed was in which we can take care of God's creation. We have shared some great ideas about looking after each other and treating people around us with kindness. 

Notes and reminders:

Thank you for your Harvest donations. The children delivered the donations to church on Monday. 

Next Friday, our school will participate in the 'Show Racism the Red Card' movement. Children may wear something red in addition to their school uniform. 

Sporting News

During the final week of school, before half term (week commencing 19th October 2020), within our PE lessons, we will be running sporting House Competitions. The competitions will be house athletics competitions which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

Lastly, please ensure you are reading daily and logging this in your reading logs.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1 


This week in Year 1... 02/10/2020


Our eyes see the beauty of nature. Our hearts see the beauty in each other. 


What a creative and busy week we had in Year 1! 

In English, we have been looking at 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen. The children worked in their tables and found actions and sounds to match the settings  of the story. Then we performed the story as a class. We also did lots of work with adjectives: we described the different obstacles of the story and also the bear! Lastly, we wrote some imaginative verbs to show how we would move through the different obstacles. 

In Maths, we did lots of work with addition. We used a part-whole model to split a number into two parts and we used ten frames to make addition number sentences and  bonds to 10. We also learnt how to use a number line to find the answer to an addition. 

In RE, we discussed about our favourite parts of God's creation and reflected on how we can look after them. We also discussed how humans are part of God's creation and shared ideas about how can we help those who might be less fortunate for the upcoming Harvest Festival. In the prayers we wrote, we expressed our gratitude and asked for those in need to be happy and safe. 

In Science, we are testing which materials are waterproof: we made predictions for which materials are best for a Teddy's umbrella. 

Lastly, next week will be 'Walk to School Week'. Please see below a message from Miss Cook that says all about it.

Next week:


Get your happy feet on, it’s time to celebrate.
Living Streets, have created the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

The five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.


Walk to School Week is now scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, during International Walk to School Month.

The class with the most amount of children and staff walking to school will receive a lovely, sparkly certificate.

Thank you,

Miss Cook - happy walking!


 Have a restful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1 


This week in Year 1… 25/09/2020

Ahoy ma mateys! It's a pirate's life for me!

Ahoy ma mateys! What a grrrreat week we had in Year 1! On Thursday we had the most terrific 'Talk like a Pirate' day! The children came in with their pirate costumes and accessories and they were ready for adventure. Firstly, we practised talking like pirates and then we created our treasure chests, filled with gold and gems. We finished off the day by making pirate puppets and learning a pirate dance. 

The rest of the week was just as busy. In English, we finished off our 'Little Red Hen' unit. We used adjectives to create our own characters- I was so impressed by the wonderful word choices and imagination! We then wrote letters to the Little Red Hen, asking her to help us grow some seeds and inviting her for some delicious baked treats afterwards. Strawberries and carrots were our most popular choices! 

In Maths, we counted in 2s and found the missing numbers in a counting in 2s number line. We also learnt about ordinal numbers: we raced toy cars and labelled which car came first, second, third and fourth. We watched the Snail Olympics and recorded the results in number form (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) and in word form. 

In Art, we created some Picasso-inspired hens and explored using different colours of wax crayons in different parts of the hen- just like in Picasso's Cockerel. 

In Science, we went on a texture hunt and found things that were hard, bumpy, smooth, soft, and pointy.


Next week we will revise our first two sounds: /ae/ (as in bake, rain and say) and /ee/ (as in we, tree, meal, happy).

Lastly, please make sure you are reading with your child daily at home and signing the yellow reading record. 


Have a lovely weekend and keep warm,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1



 This week in Year 1… 18/09/2020

 A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.

– Dalai Lama


 We had a really fun week in Year 1! A big well done to everyone for a wonderful week! Children are making great progress and are getting back into routine. 


In English, we continued our work with the Little Red Hen. We have been re-telling the story with actions, creating story maps and we have reinvented parts of the story: we shared what food we would like to grow and we have created new main characters. We came up with some great adjectives to make our title interesting for the reader! Next week, we will reinvent the story by creating new characters and a new setting!


In Maths, we continued looking at numbers from 0-50. We have used objects and number lines to find one more and one less, we have located numbers on beaded number lines and we have represented teen numbers in various ways. We have also started making numbers in ten frames and started to observe have many full ten frames we get.

In Science, we continued our work in Materials and we had a look at different textures around the classroom.  



Our next sound of the week is: 'ee

Thursday is 'Talk like a pirate day!' and children can come in dressed as pirates  (or wear something stripy). We will still have our PE lesson, so please make sure you bring your PE kit to school. 

 Have a lovely, sunny weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1


This week in Year 1… 11/09/2020

There is a miracle in every new beginning.

-Hermann Hesse

A huge virtual welcome back to St. Peter’s School; hope everyone had a wonderful summer. It  Well, what an exciting week back we had! The children are settling in really well into the learning routine of Year 1 and also the unique learning environment. I am truly amazed at how well the children have been coming in and already trying their best.

It has been a busy week in Year 1! In English, we have described a memory from our summer holidays and we have been writing sentences focusing on punctuation. We  have also practised our handwriting and made sure our letters are sitting neatly on the line. On Thursday, we have looked at the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’, which will be our first English unit. Today we celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday and the children chose describing words for Mr. Wonka’s outfit.

In Maths, we have been counting objects up to 30, comparing numbers and identifying one more or one less from a given number. We have also practised our number formation.

In RE, we looked at the Bible story of Creation: we sequenced what God did on each day and we shared our favourite parts of Creation. 



On Monday we will be starting our PE lessons, so please make sure all children have their PE kits in school (all items of clothing should be fully labelled).

The children need to come to school in their PE kits on Mondays and they need to go home at the end of the day as the children need to come in their PE kits on Thursday as well.

Our Virtual Open Evening is on Tuesday 15th September at 17:00- 17:30. I am looking forward to meeting you then.

Reading books will be changed every Monday and Thursday.

Blue homework goes out on Friday and is due back on either Monday or Tuesday.

Green homework goes out on Monday and is due back on Friday.


Have a nice, restful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1