St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA

Welcome to Year 1

Autumn 1 2021

Where to begin! What an exciting first half term we have all had.

The children settled back into school life really well. They have all grown up over the Summer and come back eager and enthusiastic to learn. This half term in English we have been learning about the author Julia Donaldson, reading and writing poems, and learning how to write labels, lists and captions. 

We have been reading lots of stories in class, one of our favourite stories was What the Lady Bird Heard by Julia Donaldson. We enjoy reading so much we even won the reading area competition! We love our new reading garden. 

We went on our first school trip this year to How Tun Woods. On our walk we had to identify human and physical features. We spotted so many, from Barrow Town Hall to the grassy fields near the woods. The children's behaviour was exceptional and we are already excited for our next trip! 

The children worked hard during our whole school Art Day. We learned about the artist Piet Mondrian and his use of primary colours. We made our own artwork inspired by Mondrian's. 

A great start to the school year for everyone. Well done Year 1.


Summer 1 2021

During this half term the children got to experience their very first school trip in Year 1. We had a fantastic time on travelling to Walney beach on our school mini bus. This trip was part of our Geography enquiry and we investigated the human and physical geographical features of Walney beach. On our return to school we compared these to the human and physical features of other seaside town.

Summer 1 was also time for the children to learn about internet safety with Miss Mallinson. This year especially the children have been heavily reliant on technology and specifically computers. It is there for extremely important that the children know how to be safe online. To do this, the children made some fantastic posters!

Spring 2 2021

This half term saw the return of all the children who were all extremely pleased to be back!

In Maths this half term we have been learning about measurement. We have learned how to measure objects and how to compare them against other objects. We then had a great time getting outside and practicing these skills on some chalk lines that had been drawn on the playground.

In English this half term we took part in a whole school writing challenge. The challenge was to write an informal letter based on the book 'The day the crayons came home'. The children enjoyed exploring the thought and feelings of the crayons in the book before writing the letter, as well as some of the children dressing up as crayons themselves for World Book Day!

Spring 1 2021

This half term school has continued to be closed for the majority and so learning has continued remotely. We have had a small bubble of children who have been with us most days and we have continued to follow the curriculum along side the home learners.

This half term in RE we have been focusing on families and celebrations. Below you can see some photo frames we have hand made. We then spoke about why our family means so much to us and what we can do to help those at home.

Throughout the Spring 1 we have taken part in numerous ‘Fitness Fridays’ where we would take a Friday afternoon to get active and relive stress through physical activity. It has been great fun! 

Autumn 2 2020

At the beginning of this half term we were forced to isolate for a two week period and undergo a period of home learning. Throughout this time the children worked harder than ever and adapted to learning from home very quickly. 

Our topic this half term was ‘Pirates’. We learned key facts about famous pirates such as Blackbeard, performed a pirate song and created our own maps of the school grounds. In English this half term we re-told the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We enjoyed using the iPads to learn the story and create a story map of the main events before writing.

Finally, in PE Mr Thompson has been teaching us a series of multi-skills revolving around ball handling. We have enjoyed learning how to catch, throw accurately , roll, stop and travel efficiently with balls and other objects such as bean bags.

Autumn 1 2020

This half term we were extremely happy to be back to school. Everyone has settled in brilliantly to life in year 1.

In English we had a brilliant Roald Dahl themed day. Our book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we enjoyed describing Charlie’s house, inventing our own candied treats and even making our very own chocolate factories. 

In topic we have been learning about ‘Where we live’. We took a look at local artist John Duffin and had a go at painting our own skylines in his style which look fantastic on display! 

Spring 2 2020

Throughout this half term we have learned all about toys and teddies. We have enjoyed learning about the origin of teddy bears. We found out that the term teddy bear came from Theodore Roosevelt and how he refused to harm a real bear. We then planned and designed our very own teddy bear which we would then make in our D and T lessons.

In PE this half term we were able to have a fantastic experience learning to swim at Barrow Leisure Center  


Unfortunately this term was cut short due to COVID-19 so we were disappointed when we couldn't finish our teddies.

Spring 1 2020

This half term we began with a fantastic trip to the public library. This linked nicely with out theme of transport as the children got to ride on the bus. They even planned their own route to and from the library. When we arrived back at school the children learned how to write a chronological report and they wrote all about their trip.

This topic taught us all about the history of transport and how it has changed over time. The children produced a timeline of transport through the ages.

In PE we had the pleasure of Inspiring Infants coming in to teach us multi-skills. The children had a fantastic time getting hands on with all sorts of sporting equipment: Hockey sticks, basket balls, tennis rackets and footballs.

Autumn 2 2019

Throughout this half term we have been learning all about Pirates! The children have been learning all about famous pirates such as Blackbeard. We had a fantastic pirate themed day where we dressed up and took part in pirate themed activities all day.

We also had a fantastic pirate themed day where we dressed up and acted like pirates. We also had the opportunity to perform a pirate song to the rest of the school and some of our parents in assembly. 

In PE this term we learned how to perform different jumps, and more importantly how to land them safely.

Autumn 1 2019 

This half term we have been looking at 'Our Local Area' we have investigated the human and physical geographical features of the school. We have also enjoyed visits from previous head teachers of St. Pius X who told us all about how the school used to be before the children stared here!

In PE this half term we have once again enjoyed the expertise of Mr Thompson. We have been enjoying learning how to throw, bounce and stop objects effectively. 

We have had a fantastic start to the year and everyone has settled in to Key Stage 1 brilliantly!

Summer 2 2019

This term in Year One we have looked at the Seaside and enjoyed a trip to the beach. We even got an ice-cream. While we were at the beach we spent some time exploring and looking at all of the different things on a beach, we saw some Jellyfish too!

This term we have also been lucky enough to have some lovely weather. We have done lots of PE and continuous provision outside and have really enjoyed taking our reading books outside into the sun.

 Finally, we have been getting ready for Year 2! We have made stars and a solar system ready for our new classroom.

Summer 1 2019

This half term in Year One we have been lucky enough to be able to do PE outside in the sun! We’ve enjoyed playing dodge ball and learning to throw accurately with Mr Thompson.

We have also been learning all about space, we’ve spent some time looking at The Solar System, how rockets are launched into space and now we’re making our very own rockets in design and technology.

Spring 2 2019

This term in Year 1 we have learnt all about toys, old and new and how they are similar and different! We really enjoyed looking at the Pogo Stick and how people played with this.

We have spent lots of time outside learning about fractions and even got to use pancakes to help us find a half of a shape!

We have been very lucky this term and have been learning lots of multi skills in PE, we have done things such as hockey, football and even basketball.