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The Priory Catholic Voluntary Academy

A place to learn, have fun, grow and develop in the light and love of Christ


We have had a lovely afternoon creating watercolour paintings, depicting the adventures of the whale and the snail.

Learning all about Summer!

Class Worship in Iona

Come & See - Look at our role plays about being sorry and showing forgiveness.

Year 1 Newsletter Summer 2

RSPB Visitor

                              RSPB Visitor

                                        Cadbury's world


Wow! What a great day. The children were absolutely beside themselves with excitement.


When we arrived at Cadburys world, we went to the till and paid with our golden tickets from the Giant. We received a huge bag of chocolate from Willy Wonker and then made our way into the Aztec Jungle. After that, we travelled through London and then onto bull street, Birmingham where we met the founders of Cadburys world. Next, we learnt all about fermentation and bean pods. We travelled through the fantasy world of Cadabra on a car sent by Willy Wonker himself!


We arrived at the factory, where we tasted little pots of goodies and watched chocolate being made. We participated in an experiment and helped to make chocolate rain! After, the long tour we finally arrived at the 4d cinema, which I am sure the children will agree, was the best part of our day.


Finally, after a play on the adventure playground, we made it back to the bus where we all had a much deserved nap!





Year 1 writing targets for the Summer Term

Please look at the phonic screening flash cards attached and practise reading them with your child. 


The Phonic screening test will take place the week beginning 12th of June 2017. I will let you know if your child has passed once I receive the papers back. Please be aware that I don't actually receive the results back until 4 weeks after the test has taken place.  


If you have any further queries please log on to the government website below

The crime of the century!

Somebody stole Mrs Gent's porridge and Coffee...Mrs Gent was furious :)


It all began on a snowy Monday morning. Mrs Gent came back to the classroom to find that her porridge and coffee had been stolen! PC Plod came down to investigate and cordoned off the crime scene...Blue table weren't even aloud to work at their desk for the whole day!

We collected the clues, interviewed the staff, who gave eye witness reports. We used the CCTV footage to make predictions and share our ideas. We then used this to help us create wanted posters. We even made the evening news!

The suspect was finally found (eating porridge in Morrison's café). PC plod thanked us for all of our support and asked us to create a recipe "How to catch a porridge thief" so that he could use it to solve future cases.

Porridge thief CCTV.mp4

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Iona evening news.MOV

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What a great two weeks we have had. We have interviewed a Wolf, been to visit Granny's house, played character profile guess who and written alternate story endings. We even got to debate our own ideas, based on the evidence we collected...Was the Wolf guilty or set up?

Spring 1 News letter

Hello everybody and welcome back!

We hope that you all had a well deserved winter break.


Mrs Taylor and I absolutely love our Term 2 Topics:

"I like to move it, move it" and "How does your Garden grow?"


This half term in Literacy we will be looking at Traditional, Fairy and Fantasy tales. This will involve a lot of reading, retelling, acting, investigating and questioning. The children will be taking on the roles of many well know characters in drama, as well as using ICT to support and enhance our learning further. I cant wait for Mr Wolf to visit and for the children to solve the mystery of the porridge thief!


We will continue to use our maths makes sense scheme of work and we will be moving on to Block 3. key aspects of this block include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, as well as measuring- length height and weight.


Our Science Topic is all about seasonal weather and changes...fingers crossed that it snows!

We will also be working scientifically, carrying out a few class subjected experiments, such as porridge capacity and consistency, a disgusting sandwich and magical mixtures!


Our DT project has proven to be a real hit so far. The children are currently n the prosess of planning, designing and creating  a huge "Moving pictures flap book" .  Please feel free to pop in and have a look!



Other bits and bobs to help us on our way

A polite reminder to return PE kits. We have had 9 children miss PE so far this Term (that's a total of 4 hours!).


We have changed a few routines - you will notice that your child's book level band has changed at the front of their reading diary. this means that they have moved up a level :) in addition, your child's Home work diary will now have a sleep over at school on a Thursday night. this is to ensure that homework is stuck into every child's book and it also allows us to change your child's reading book, with a correct levelled book. we found that allowing the children to do this independently wasn't quite working.


Finally, Photos and class videos will be uploaded as soon as Mr Ward shows me how to do it.

Even teachers don't know everything :)  


Thanks again for your constant positive attitudes and contributions towards our class learning...

Remember, you're  only as big as the dreams you dare to live!



Hello and welcome back!

What a fantastic start to the year we have had.


I can't believe Christmas is almost here...yes we are extremely excited to be talking about it now!

We have been very busy practising our Nativity and the children are very eager to perform. Please keep an eye out for script words to practise, in your child's bag, as some children have speaking parts.


Our topic this Term is "All around"

As always, we have a fun filled, action packed half term planned.

(please see attached newsletter for more detail)


Last week in Science we went on an Autumn Hunt around the School grounds. We worked in pairs, using the camera to take photographs of the things we found. We got on to the subject of Hibernating animals, as we found a little animal den in the mini beast garden. So we have decided to change or DT plans a little,  as we now want to make "Hibernating Habitats" which we are all extremely excited about!


Please could you help your child collect any old tubs, boxes, material etc to help them with their plans. They have all worked very hard to design and label their plans. they have also written a list of the materials they will need. I will add photos of the Autumn hunt and their designs as soon as I find the camera lead!


The year one team would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your constant positive contributions and attitudes towards your childs learning. It was an absolute joy to discuss their progress with you at our Parents evening and we thank you all for attending (and arriving on time :)


A few polite reminders:

PE is on a Monday and Wednesday. A lot of children came to school without their kit on Monday, which means they have missed PE this week.


We listen to the children read 3 times a week, during guided reading, 1 to 1 reading and our weekly literacy challenge, so it is very important that their reading diaries come to school daily. This allows us to record their progress and feedback to you too.


Reading books are changed on a Friday, if you wish for your child to change their book before this day, please feel free to come in at the end of the day and change it.


Finally, Home work is stuck into homework diaries every Friday (Monday after every half term). We only had 6 Homework diaries returned on Monday. Meaning that only 6 children have their spelling homework, in preparation for Friday's spelling test. 


As always we thank you for your support :)


Hello and Welcome to Iona!


Our wonderful year one Team consists of: Mrs Gent, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Sheehan and Mrs Henderson.


This year we aim to have a fun filled, exciting and investigative year and look forward to sharing our experiences with you.

Please read this page carefully as it has been designed to inform you of the topics being covered in our first half term, as well as some routines you will need to know.



Our Topic this Term is called "Marvellous me"

This theme will run through the majority of our subjects.



Our topic in R.E is ‘Families’ where the children will be learning about the love and care shown in our families, Jesus’ family and in the Church family. If you have any family photographs you would like to share please send them in as they can be used in our lessons. They will be returned at the end of the topic.


History and Art

Our History topic this half term is ‘Personal History’. The children will be reflecting on their own lives and we will be learning about timelines. It would be useful if you could talk to your child about key events that have happened in their lives and how old they were when these things happened (moving house, a new sibling, starting school, a special holiday). In Art the children will be learning about shape, form and composition as we learn to draw self-portraits.



Our topic is ‘Animals including humans’. We will be learning about our bodies and senses as well as different birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.



In computing, we will be creating and organising data and other digital content.



In music, we are exploring long and short sounds that instruments can make.


Maths Makes Sense

As we continue our ‘Maths Makes Sense’ work we will be adding and subtracting, collecting and analysing data, studying shapes and different ways of measuring and using and developing our reasoning skills.


In literacy we will be learning how to use lists, labels and captions, how to write instructions and how to use our senses to write poems.



On Monday and Wednesday, the children will be learning about a range of balances and floor patterns. Within real P.E the children will also be learning important personal skills such as self-improvement, challenge and perseverance.   All children need to have their P.E kits in school all week. Please put your child’s name in all their P.E kit and uniform. This should ensure your child does not accidentally go home with the wrong clothes!



Please note that for children aged 5 and above to have milk at school, it must be paid for in advance online. For any assistance with this, speak to Mrs Clarke at reception. Children are allowed to bring in a drink, smoothie or yoghurt drink from home as an alternative at milk time.


Reading and spellings

We read daily during both guided reading and 1:1 reading. So it is extremely important that you send your child’s reading wallet in daily. Please try to ensure that the home work book, reading diary and reading book are all kept together in the reading wallet. We do keep a record of the books going home, so if you have misplaced it we can let you know what to look for J


Please try and listen to your child read a few pages of their reading book for 5 or 10 minutes a day. Please write in your child’s reading when you have listened to them read and when they have completed their book.


Your child will receive spellings on Friday to be learnt for the following Friday’s spelling test. I will try to ensure that I record their marks in the homework diary.


 Children should practise their spelling at least 3 times before the test.


Big Talk Homework


On Fridays, your child will complete a ‘Big Write’ task which will be based on a topic studied previously. To help the children with this task, an oral piece of homework will be given on a Monday, which will provide you with key questions to discuss with your child.


Please remember to return homework books us by Thursday, so that we have time to mark it.


Important safety notice


Please be mindful that the children are our underlying priority at home time. If you have any queries or quick questions, please wait until all children have been dismissed. Alternatively, please feel free to make an appointment with the office staff and we will try to see you ASAP.


Thank you in advance for your support.