Year 1

  • 09 Apr 2020

    Canon Sharon’s Easter Message 2020

    Canon Sharon has kindly created a beautiful Easter message for our wonderful St Chad’s school community If you would like to view the message, this can be achieved by visiting the ‘Collective Worship’ page in the ‘Learn Section’ of School Jotter. We hope you have a happy and safe Easter together with your families.

  • 19 Mar 2020

    Working Scientifically

    During National Science week the children investigated a range of wildlife at Gallery Oldham.

  • 08 Mar 2020

    World Book Day 2020

    The children enjoyed dressing as a character from a children’s book. Take a look at our costumes.

  • 17 Feb 2020

    Firefighter McConnell

    To end our topic about the Great Fire of London we had a visit from a real firefighter!

  • 11 Feb 2020

    Year 1 Dance ‘The roof is on fire’

    In dance the children have explored dance movements in relation to actions that could be seen in a bakery and the flow of fire flames. Great moves children!

  • 28 Jan 2020

    Cake, Cake, Cake!

    The children have thoroughly enjoyed this half terms homework linked to The Great Fire of London.

  • 09 Jan 2020

    Happy New Year

    The children are keen to discover information about ‘The Great Fire of London’. In Art the children used chalk to create the London landscape on fire.

  • 19 Dec 2019

    December 19

    In December the children have been learning about the world. We began with a mind map to show the children’s current knowledge.     We have begun Philosophy sessions in which the children talk about their thinking regarding different aspects. We had a great debate about Goldilocks. We met the ‘Posada’ and expressed our thoughts […]

  • 10 Dec 2019


    The children in Years 1 and 2 have been learning how to keep safe on the internet. Click to see the 3 videos they have watched.

  • 15 Nov 2019

    Photo Portrait

    We have been investigating how objects can be used to give meaning in portraits.

  • 09 Nov 2019


    Show songs

  • 05 Nov 2019

    Computing with Year 4/5

    Today the children had a computing buddy in the shape of a year 4/5 child.

  • 12 Oct 2019

    Blast off!

    On Thursday, Key Stage One took off on a virtual journey around the Milky Way!

  • 02 Oct 2019

    Jodrell Bank

    The children had a fun time learning about Space at Jodrell Bank.

  • 29 Sep 2019

    Aliens love underpants

    This week we discovered aliens have visited our classroom.

  • 16 Sep 2019

    Welcome to Year 1 MS

    The children have settled into Year one and are establishing relationships with their peers.

  • 09 Jul 2019

    Africa Week

    We loved learning about different countries in Africa. The children loved sharing their fantastic learning during our Friday assembly, which they even presented themselves. Here, you can see a video of the presentation and see for yourself what a wonderful job the children did!

  • 30 Jun 2019

    Sports Day Continued!

    All Year 1s enjoyed taking part in …

  • 12 Jun 2019

    Gallery Oldham- ‘The Seaside’

    The children had a fun and educational time learning about ‘Oldhamers by the seaside’ in a workshop offered at Gallery Oldham.

  • 22 May 2019

    Outdoor Art

    Children used their imagination and natural materials from the forest school floor to create their amazing clay sculptures.

  • 03 May 2019

    Materials for Infants

    The children loved their annual visit from Adrian Bowden’s travelling Science show. This year the theme was ‘Materials’.

  • 13 Mar 2019


    The children had an action packed day at Eureka! the national children’s museum.

  • 08 Mar 2019


    In computing this half term the children have been learning to use commands to control a floor robot.

  • 08 Mar 2019

    World Book Day 2019

    The children enjoyed taking part in World Book Day. Can you identify the different characters the children have dressed up as?

  • 23 Feb 2019

    Three Billy Goats Gruff

    To end our topic about Traditional Tales the children worked collaboratively to build a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff to cross. 

  • 31 Jan 2019

    There’s no such thing as unsuitable weather!

    KS1 had a fabulous time in the snow on Wednesday.  Take a look …

  • 24 Jan 2019

    Building a house for the Three Little Pigs

    The children finished their mini topic about the Three Little Pigs by designing and building a house made from different materials.

  • 11 Dec 2018


    In R.E with Mrs Smith the children worked together to make a Christingle.

  • 11 Dec 2018

    Christmas Wrapping Paper

    We had a busy afternoon welcoming adults into our classroom and helping the children to create a piece of Christmas wrapping paper. 

  • 20 Nov 2018

    Poppy Art

    The children have been very creative making a poppy from resources around their house. Thank you to the parents who helped their child make a wonderful poppy. They look fabulous!

  • 11 Nov 2018

    KS1 Remembers.

    As part of St Chad’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of WW1, Key Stage 1 produced this beautiful piece of art.  Take a look …

  • 10 Nov 2018

    First World War Centenary

    Everyone at St Chad’s came together this week to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. This was a fantastic learning opportunity for all of the school and each year group had their own unique way of commemorating it. Some classes made their own poppies in a number of different ways, as well as […]

  • 21 Oct 2018

    Dinosaur Fun

    In our dinosaur topic the children have explored creating dinosaur skeletons using chalk, art straws and bones. We made dinosaur fossils out of playdough and sand.

  • 18 Oct 2018

    Rehearsal Songs

    During our rehearsal period, we will keep the songs on our blog. 

  • 01 Oct 2018

    Dinosaur Mystery

    Mr. Stott found an egg at the school gates, early one morning before school began. We looked closely at it and used a thinking floor mat to share our initial thoughts.

  • 17 Sep 2018


    Children in Year 1 have settled very well and are intrigued to discover more in our first topic ‘Dinosaurs’.

  • 12 Sep 2018

    High Intensity PE!

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  • 06 Sep 2018

    Welcome Back!

    We hope you enjoyed a fantastic Summer break. We are looking forward to a fun-filled year of learning and hope you are too!

  • 02 Jul 2018

    Journey through Mexico!

    We loved learning about Mexico!

  • 10 Jun 2018

    Jai Ho

    We had a wonderful time learning a dance connected to our topic, we later attempted to create our own dance complete with our own unique dance moves!

  • 21 May 2018

    Royal Wedding Fun!

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  • 20 May 2018

    Reading Fun in the Sun

    The children in Year 2 loved reading to Year 1 children this week. Thank you Year 2 children for helping us learn. We loved having you!

  • 19 May 2018

    St Chad’s High Tea.

    We all had a wonderful afternoon, celebrating the Royal wedding. 

  • 16 May 2018

    What a fabulous fortnight!

    Over the last two weeks all of Year One have had a fantastic opportunity to work together collaboratively and have grasped this opportunity with both hands! We have loved reciting poems and performing them. https://youtu.be/xY0iwzVMQcY Learning outdoors and sketching in the gorgeous sunshine. We have also enjoyed lots of painting! We have loved learning about […]

  • 27 Apr 2018

    Light and Sound for Infants

    Adrian Bowden’s travelling Science show visited St. Chad’s .

  • 22 Apr 2018

    Spring Is Here!

    We had some exciting visitors at St Chad’s on Friday morning. 

  • 18 Apr 2018

    The Tiger Child

    We have loved acting out the Indian folk tale ‘The Tiger Child’. [galery ids=”9881,9883,9882,9880″] https://youtu.be/8MBNwON2-mg https://youtu.be/2xt5bmRcS0I https://youtu.be/celdNDG_auQ https://youtu.be/00VYMnzk4Qk

  • 18 Apr 2018


    This week we have started our new topic, the children had lots of fun guessing what this might be by looking at all the clues and were very excited to discover that it would be…India! We have really enjoyed playing in our role play area this week, here’s a picture of it before we started, […]

  • 17 Mar 2018

    Sports Relief Week

    This week welcomes Sport Relief 2018 to school. To celebrate and support the good work of the Sport Relief team we will be taking part in the daily mile and feeding in our steps to the one billion steps a day challenge. We will also be raising money for the cause by selling wrist bands […]

  • 12 Mar 2018

    Gruffalo Trail

    What a lovely day we’ve had! Despite the wet weather, all of the Year One’s embraced the muddy terrain and got stuck in! We really showed our resilience and completed all our challenges, finding the Gruffalo at the end. We loved all of the activities involved, especially den making. Thanks to all family members who […]

  • 08 Feb 2018

    Traditional Tales Day

    What an exciting day we’ve had! We made our own story books. We recreated our favourite scenes and characters out of playdough! We recreated our favourite settings and made some new ones of our own using the help of technology! We then turned these 2D designs into 3D designs using Lego. We decorated gingerbread men! […]

  • 03 Feb 2018

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    We have really enjoyed listening to traditional tales throughout our topic. Most of all, we have loved retelling, acting out and putting on performances for the class! https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=XxkP6o31wRQ https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=VcSCR5OjQSs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRLX36l0g_Q

  • 29 Jan 2018

    The St Chad’s Mile

    Hurray!  Key Stage 1 completed a walking mile around the school grounds.

  • 17 Jan 2018

    Snowy St Chad’s!

    Key Stage 1 had fantastic fun in the snow today.

  • 14 Jan 2018

    Welcome Back Year 1!

    Happy New Year to everybody! It was fantastic to see so many happy, smiling faces back after the Christmas holidays. We have had such a busy start back to life at school and we have enjoyed starting our new topics across the curriculum. In Maths we have solved problems. In English we have started our […]

  • 13 Dec 2017

    We know how to hide a lion!

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  • 19 Nov 2017

    Our Impromptu Minibeast Hunt!

    We went out to explore and play in our amazing outdoor classroom, but before we knew it this became a mini beast hunt! We found lots of different creatures but worms were by far the most popular! We discovered that many of them like to live in dark places and muddy conditions. We all really […]

  • 11 Nov 2017

    Monkeys Song

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  • 11 Nov 2017

    Twenty Feet Tall

    Giraffe Song

  • 11 Nov 2017

    Move Aside

    Elephant Song

  • 11 Nov 2017

    Zebra Song

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  • 09 Nov 2017

    Welcome Back!

    Welcome back to St. Chad’s, I hope you are all well rested after your half-term holiday and have enjoyed the festivities. We started our new topic on key events and learnt some interesting facts about the gunpowder plot and have since started learning about remembrance day. This has given us chance to do lots of […]

  • 27 Oct 2017

    We’re In Full Swing!

    Let the rehearsals begin! 

  • 22 Oct 2017

    A Bucketful of Fun!

    Across the last two weeks we had a lot of fun exploring different types of fiction texts. In accordance with our topic, dinosaurs, we focused on Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We sequenced the story, identifying the main parts, then we retold it verbally by acting it out. We identified that the stories followed […]

  • 08 Oct 2017

    Number Gators!

    This week in class we combined our Maths and, Art and DT skills to create a Number Gator to help us use mathematical language and symbols. We also learned a song to consolidate our learning.

  • 01 Oct 2017

    What a busy week we have had!

    In English we worked on Non-Fiction texts and looked at different ways of organising information. In Maths we practised or counting skills – counting forwards and backwards from any given number using the aid of pictorial representations. We also developed our fine motor skills while working on number formation using different multi-sensory stimuli. In Science […]

  • 24 Sep 2017

    Mindfulness and Yoga

    We have been been practicing mindfulness in PE and in our learning across the curriculum in order to enhance our emotional regulation and cognitive focus.

  • 14 Sep 2017

    An Amazing Start to Year One!

    What a busy start to the year! In Maths, We learned through lots of fun number games. We started our learning journeys within R.E (Who is Jesus?) and our exciting topic, Dinosaurs, by sharing what we already know and exploring what we want to find out. Not to mention all the fun we had in […]

  • 05 Sep 2017

    Welcome to Key Stage One!

    Welcome to Key Stage One, all the teaching staff here at St. Chad’s are really excited to welcome everybody back and are looking forward to a wonderful year filled with learning. This year we will be focusing on our new outdoor classroom which will be used to enhance our learning and develop a wide range […]

  • 18 Jul 2017

    Picnic Time for Teddy Bears.

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  • 10 Jul 2017

    Beside the Seaside!

    What a fantastic topic it has been!  We had so much fun playing in the role play area and linking our topic across the curriculum, especially in art and geography. We have learnt so much about both the human and physical features of seaside resorts across the UK and in Sri Lanka.

  • 10 Jul 2017

    An amazing adventure filled with puddles and smiles!

    We had a fantastic day at the Castleshaw activity centre. We used our mind and body to successfully navigate and complete orienteering activities. We embraced the bad weather and persevered through the day, jumping in puddles as we went! We used our observational skills to look at stuffed animals and consider what they were called […]

  • 10 Jul 2017

    Having fun in our new class!

    We really enjoyed being with our new friends (and new teacher!) today.

  • 16 May 2017

    India across PE

    We really are enjoying our wonderful topic, India! This week we even linked it to our PE lessons where we had a wonderful time learning how to play cricket (India’s national sport). We learnt the performance to the song ‘Jai Ho’ and practised it together; we even watched our previous performances and discussed strengths (WWW; […]

  • 07 May 2017

    The Taj Mahal – Shades and Tones

    This week in Year 1, we have been focusing on mixing primary shades and tones. We started with our observational drawings of the Taj Mahal; we looked at lots of different pictures from different angles. Then we moved on to shading the background with watercolours using different tones. We even linked our writing to this […]

  • 03 May 2017

    All Star Cricket!

    What an exciting assembly! We welcomed a wonderful guest, Michael from All-Star Cricket Club in Uppermill. He gave us a taster session to show us the kind of activities which they do at the Summer Cricket Club and some of us even got the opportunity to join in and practise our cricket skills. Thank you […]

  • 02 May 2017

    An exciting visitor!

    Last week we received a letter from Mr. Gray to explain to us that he was currently in Pune, India. This was particularly fascinating for us as we’re learning all about India at the moment! We decided to write a letter in response to find out even more about India. We had so many questions […]

  • 25 Apr 2017

    Welcome back!

    Welcome back to Year One, this term we are starting a fascinating new topic, all about India! We have already discovered some incredible information and even learned some Indian dancing. Stay tuned for some exciting pictures, videos and information of the life of Year Ones as we discover India.

  • 08 Mar 2017

    Noah’s Ark

    We loved retelling the story of Noah and his Ark!

  • 02 Mar 2017

  • 02 Mar 2017

    World Book Day!

    Year 1 in their amazing world book day costumes! On Tuesday the children worked together, demonstrating their fantastic team work skills in order to create this wonderful world book day themed design for our classroom door. We used our wonderful costumes as inspiration to create a mind map about our chosen characters for the day. […]

  • 21 Feb 2017

    Miss Fernando’s Mysterious Box!

    While I was tidying up my parent’s beautiful, new house I came across a peculiar box and I decided to bring it in to explore with the children. Inside the box there was a medical kit and also outfits which belonged to a nurse and a soldier. We used our learning characteristics, exploration and critical […]

  • 09 Feb 2017

    Traditional Tales Day

    What a busy day we have had today dressing up as characters from traditional tales! We used our art and design skills to create wonderful Gingerbread men. Then we got really creative and designed brand new furniture to help the three bears replace the ones Goldilocks broke! Later, we used our writing skills to create […]

  • 01 Feb 2017

    Local Walk

    We became Street Detectives today and went on a local walk around the school to gain an awareness of where we are in relation to the local environment. Prior to our walk we looked at a map of our local area and familiarised ourselves with our surroundings, even discussing the aerial view and its purpose. […]

  • 26 Jan 2017

    Multiples and Maps!

    What a busy day we have had today! We counted in multiples of ten using a variety of methods (abstract, pictorial and concrete). First we explored patterns on the number square. Here are some of the fabulous ideas from the Year One children. “Multiples of 10 go down the column.” – Evelyn “We are adding […]

  • 21 Jan 2017

    Scavenger Hunt

    This term we have been looking at different ways of printing in Art and Design. Throughout the last few weeks we have printed using cotton buds and wooden blocks. We have also linked these skills to our Maths work on repeated patterns. This week, children explored and generated their own ideas of different printing methods. […]

  • 12 Jan 2017

    Story Detectives

    We have been very busy acting as Detectives and investigating the features which make up a good traditional tale.

  • 10 Jan 2017

    ‘Karate for Concentration’ – Taster Session

    Today, Year 1 had a fantastic time trying Karate during our wonderful taster session. The Sensei (instructors) taught us simple martial art techniques such as kicks and strikes along with the corresponding kiai (shout). They also helped us understand how martial arts could aid our concentration and focus. We all left the session eager for […]

  • 09 Jan 2017

    Happy New Year!

    A productive start to the year with Year 1 engaging in some creative role play and story sequencing for our new topic on traditional tales.

  • 13 Dec 2016

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

    Year One are all ready and excited for Christmas. We’ve had lots of wonderful events happening around school including Christmas jumper day, our production and the Christmas fair. We’ve even managed to link our Maths learning to Christmas by creating an estimation game for the Christmas fair, using the Tasc wheel to help us (see […]

  • 13 Dec 2016

    Welcome to Year 1

    We have had a wonderful Autumn term and everybody has worked extremely hard. We are very excited to be able to share our learning with you via our brand new blog.

  • 15 Nov 2016


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