Local Area Walk

As part of our All About Me topic we are learning about Guernsey and our local area. We are going to go on a walk from school to explore the local area and think about the different things which we see eg. houses, shop, church, community centre etc.

Each class will be going on a different day and we need to ensure that we have enough parents to help. If you are able to help accompany your child’s class, please could you let you child’s teacher know before half term.

Mrs Bramley’s Class – Tuesday 31st October 9-10.30am

Miss Horsepool’s Class – Thursday 2nd November – 9-10.30am

Mrs Boscher’s Class – Friday 3rd November – 9-10.30am

Thank you

The Year 1 Team


Weekly Note w/c 16.10.17

In our literacy lessons next week we will begin to do some learning about bears in preparation for doing a unit on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt after half term.

In our numeracy lessons next week we will be continuing our work on addition and using bar models to help us build addition stories.

Rainbow targets will be given to each child by the end of next week. The aim of the Rainbow Targets is to help children improve their mental maths ability so they need to have quick recall of their target. We will test the children on their targets every couple of weeks by asking them to complete 10 questions in 1 minute. Once children have achieved their target twice they will be given a new target.


Coats and Wellies

Please could you ensure that your child brings a coat to school everyday as the weather is now getting colder and wetter. There are also a number of children who still do not have wellies in school. Please could your child bring some in if they don’t have them to wear during our outside learning sessions.


School Photographs

Individual school photos will be taken on Thursday 19th October for Mrs Boscher’s class and Friday 20th October for Mrs Bramley and Miss Horsepool’s. Family photo sessions can be booked at the school office.


Half Term

Please don’t forget that the school is closed the week after next for half term (23rd-27th October). School closes at the normal time on Friday and begins again on Monday 30th October.


Parents Appointments

We look forward to seeing you for parents appointments next week. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for an appointment. If you need to link to sign up, please contact the school office.


Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 team


Explorer Dome

On Friday afternoon the children really enjoyed getting to experience the Explorer Dome. They had to crawl into the dome through the tunnel. Once inside they were shown images projected onto the sides of the dome whilst they were taught about our digestive system. They were taught about the different types of teeth – canines, molars and incisors and got to hold a cow’s molar, a lion’s canine and and shark’s incisor. After that they learnt how food travels down the oesophagus into our stomachs. The fun part of the session was when some of the children got to recreate what happens in the stomach by adding some food to a pretend stomach. They then had to mash it all up, just as our stomach would mash up the food we eat. They then learnt that from there, all the good nutrients from our food travel around the rest of our body to give us energy and help us move whilst the waste food that our body doesn’t need travels through the intestine (we actually got to unravel a pretend one to see how long it is) and eventually comes out as poo!

This experience has launched the new aspect of our ‘All About Me’ topic in the Discovery Zone – Our Body. During Continuous Provision sessions children are able to recreate the ‘What happens in our stomach’ experiment in our Experiment Zone. We also have a skeleton as well as some other bones and body parts for the children to use and explore along with lots of non-fiction topic books.


Weekly Note w/c 9.10.17

Dear parents/carers



Next week we shall be working on addition and also naming and describing 2D shapes.

If you would like to find a few minutes to name basic 2D shapes and talk about corners and sides then this would be helpful preparation for this work.



On Tuesday we shall be watching Year 3’s Harvest assembly in the school hall.

As part of our Harvest celebrations, pupils may like to bring a small box filled with non-perishable or packaged foods that an elderly or infirm person would enjoy. All children are asked to bring their boxes in on the 10th October to the main hall. The GVS Meals on Wheels Service will distribute the Harvest boxes within our local community. Please check all food is in date – the GVS have to make sure the food is fit for consumption!


School Council

In the coming week, each class from year 1 upwards will be holding elections to vote for a class school council representative. In Year 1 we will be asking children who are interested to tell the rest of the class why they think they should vote for them to be on the school council. Children will then vote to select their class representative.

The school council meets at lunchtimes on a regular basis and it is a chance for children to raise issues from their class as well as discussing a whole school agenda which they will then bring back to share with the class. In previous years the school council have organised fund raising events, helped to sort out playground equipment and think of ways in which the children would like to improve the school.


Digital Leaders

We are introducing digital leaders across the school. One digital leader will be chosen per class and they will have various responsibilities including being a technical expert within their class and helping their peers to use digital technology. They will also be responsible for ensuring that the ipads are charged and looked after carefully. The digital leaders will be required to attend regular lunchtime meetings with all the other digital leaders where they will learn their responsibilities and be taught how to use apps more confidently as well as learning to use new apps which they can then show their class.

Interested children will be asked to apply for the role by filling in an application form. This process will start to give them awareness of the real world of work and how you have to apply and interview for a job.

The children have had an assembly to introduce them to what being a digital leader will involve and have brought home an application form if they are interested. Please talk about the role with your child and help them to fill in the application form if they would like to apply. It needs to be returned to your child’s teacher by Friday 13th October.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Bramley.


Rhubarb Theatre Company

On Thursday we shall have a visit from the Rhubarb Theatre Company who will perform a show about travelling back in time.


Jelly Bean Challenge

Hopefully you will have seen the blog post earlier this week about our new Key Stage One Jelly Bean Challenge! The resources have arrived earlier than expected, and so children are welcome to bring in 50p to get a kit from this Monday 9th October.


Thank you for your continued support

Year 1 team


Weekly Note – w/c 2.10.17

Thank you to everyone who has sent in photographs of places around Guernsey. The children have enjoyed looking at maps and Google Earth to find the different places. Please continue to send in photos as you go out and about to different places at the weekends as we will display these on our walls.

Thank you as well to everyone who has bought in Autumn objects – the children are enjoying drawing and finding out about them.

Yesterday Mrs Bramley’s class had some visitors from Le Platon Residential Home. The visitors enjoyed meeting the children and working alongside them in the Discovery Zone. Some of the children also read their reading books to the visitors. The residents will be visiting Mrs Bramley’s class every Thursday.

We have a busy week coming up next week.

On Monday there will be a whole school assembly to launch Guernsey Recycling Week. As was mentioned in the letter that you have already received, please could children bring in a empty, clean tin or can to recycle on this day.

In our literacy lessons we will be doing some follow up work about recycling and encouraging the children to recycle their rubbish in class.

In maths next we will begin to start work on number bonds which will be the theme for our Rainbow Maths Targets.

Please click here for some activities focused on number bonds which you might like to do at home with your child.

On Friday we will be launching our ‘All about me’ topic with a visit from The Explorer Dome. The focus of this will be ‘our body’.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 Team





Halloween Disco

The PTA work really hard throughout the year to put on events for the children to enjoy however these can only go ahead with the support of parents to help. The Halloween disco is coming up soon (for details please see the poster below) and the PTA need some more parents to volunteer to help for the hour while their children are at the disco. Help is needed to man the glow products stall and the snack stall as well as general crowd control. No experience is necessary! If you don’t have the time to join the PTA, please consider helping out for an hour at one of their events. If you are able to help with the Year 1 and 2 disco, please could you either contact the PTA directly at StMartinsPTA.gg@gmail.com or let your child’s class teacher know.

Thank you for your support

Halloween Disco Poster


Weekly note w/c 18.9.17

We are really pleased with how the children are settling in and beginning to learn all the new routines.

In our literacy lessons next week we will be continuing to work on letter formation and writing names using the correct formation and use of upper and lower case letters.

We will be beginning phonics next week. Children will be in ability groups for phonics and may be taught by a different teacher.

In maths next week we will be continuing our work on counting and ordering numbers.

On Friday 22nd September we are launching Rainbow Maths Targets across the school by having a rainbow day. Children may come to school on this day wearing bright colours or rainbow colours and we will be doing lots of activities in continuous provision to introduce the children to number bonds which our targets for this term will be based on. We will be sending individual targets home for your child later on in the term.

If you still haven’t returned your flu consent form, the deadline is MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER so please could you ensure that it is returned by this date.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 Team


Weekly Note w/c 11.9.17

We have come to the end of our first week in Year 1 and we are really pleased with how the children are settling in.

As a school, we have revised our handwriting policy and will no longer be teaching children the cursive script. Your child will be bringing home a copy of the letter formations which we will be using (these are the same as they were taught in reception, just without the hellos and goodbyes. eg. around the apple and down the leaf). Next week we will start to introduce these to the children. If your child already writes using a correct cursive formation we will still encourage them to use this. We will also be encouraging the children to write their name using the correct formation and use of upper and lower case and will send home a name card for them to practice at home.

In maths next week we will be learning how to count numbers of objects accurately. Children could practice counting things at home eg. How many pencils are in a pot? How many lego bricks do they need to make their model?

Here are a few reminders about routines in Year 1.



Please remember that children now need to bring fruit in for their morning snack as it is no longer provided by the school. This should be fresh fruit or vegetables. Please could it be in a named pot or bag.


Morning Routine 

The infants start school in the morning at 8.55am. Teachers are on duty outside in the area by the climbing frame from 8.45am and they will go and open the doors when it is time for the children to line up to come in.

We are continuing to encourage children to unpack their bags and put away their belongings independently. To help with this, we request that you say goodbye to your child when they go to line up at the door rather than coming inside with them.

If your child goes to breakfast club, please could they hang all their belongings on their peg before breakfast club and then they can independently unpack their bags with the rest of the children when they come into class after breakfast club.


PE and swimming days in Year 1

PE/Games –Wednesdays for all classes


Tuesday – Mrs Bramley’s class

Thursday – Miss Horsepool class

Friday – Mrs Boscher’s class


Reading and Homework

Children have brought home reading books today, a reading record and information about how you can support their reading.  There is also information on our blog page (in ‘useful information’ section) about reading with your child at home.  Reading letter

Children have currently been given books on the same level that they finished Reception on. Over the next week as we spend time reading with each child individually we will revise this as necessary. Please bear with us during this time but we welcome any comments you wish to make in the reading record.

No formal written homework tasks will be sent home in Year 1. However, in the weekly note we shall include details of practical activities or websites/apps which you can use at home to support your child’s learning; particularly for maths.

Like the rest of the school, in the next few weeks children will also be given Rainbow Maths Targets.  Separate information will follow on these.



Children will be using the library from next week on the following days:

Tuesday – Mrs Bramley’s Class

Wednesday –Mrs Boscher’s Class

Thursday – Miss Horsepool’s Class



Children may bring wellies into school to use when they are learning outside. Please could they be named clearly.  Could we also ask that a suitable coat is brought to school every day as we do use our outdoor environments in all weathers.


Pupil Acceptable User Policy for ICT

Children will be bringing home two copies of the Year 1 pupil acceptable use policy for ICT. This has been shared in class with the children and we would appreciate your support to reinforce this guidance at home to keep them safe online. Please could one copy of the policy be returned to school signed by both you and your child. If you would like further information about keeping children safe online then please see the e-safety section on the main St Martin School blog page www.stmartinsprimaryschool.edublogs.org


Star of the Week

This year, we will be choosing a Star of the Week each week. Please click here for more information.


Help in School

Thank you to all of you who have so far offered to help with swimming lessons.  We are still short of a few people if you are available during your child’s class slot.  If there is anyone who could spare some time to come in to listen to children read then this support is also invaluable.  Particularly useful times are first thing in the morning or during assembly from 2.30pm onwards as this does not disrupt lesson time.  Please let your class teacher know if you can help.


Thank you

The Year 1 Team


Welcome to Year 1

We’ve had a lovely day today in Year 1 and we hope that your child enjoyed their first day.

Please click below for the Welcome to Year 1 leaflet which contains all the information you need about the routines in Year 1. (A paper copy of this was sent home with your child’s report at the end of last term.)

Welcome to Year 1

We are always grateful for any parents/grandparents who are able to come and help out in class. We need help on a regular basis with swimming and to hear readers (a good time for this is at 2.30 so if you find yourself sitting in your car waiting for your child, why not come in and listen to some readers?) or to help out occasionally with trips etc.

We are also looking for some volunteers who can help with the upkeep of the Year 1 garden (outdoor learning environment). We need help to keep on top of the weeding and pruning of vegetation so that the children are able to enjoy learning in the area. We also have some beds which we use for planting with the children. We like to involve the children as much as possible to help as it is a good real life experience for them. If you (or a family member or friend) can spare an afternoon a week or would like to come in every now and then, to help with this we would be really grateful.

If you are able to help in any way, please speak to your child’s teacher.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening (7th September) at 7pm for the parents information evening.

We are looking forward to a busy and exciting year.

The Year 1 Team