St Matthew's Year 1 Class

2020-2021 - St Matthew's Year 1 Class is taught by Mrs Riordan and Mrs Blake. The teaching assistants supporting this class is Mrs L Wilson and Mrs Valentine.

Term 3


Learning remotely

Week 3

Take a look at our tremendous time work in Maths this week.

We have also found out about what makes an animal a mammal in Science.

Week 2

This week in RE we have learned about families and what they mean to  us.

We have become poets in English and have written poems in different styles.

Week 1

During our first week of remote learning this year, we have learned about verbs in English, number bonds in Maths, introduced to Australasia in Geography, animals in Science and have listened to different genres of music in Art to create patterns. Some photos of our learning are in the slide show below.

Term 2

Term 2 RE Focal Area

Week 7 - Christmas

Year 1 Nativity Performance

Our Christmas celebrations looked a little different this year and Year 1 performed their own version of The Nativity. We hope you enjoyed watching the performance and below are some photos we took on the day.

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day

On Tuesday 15th December, we celebrated this special time of year by wearing Christmas jumpers to school, making our own Christmas hats which we wore when we ate our Christmas dinners. It was delicious! 


We also made Christmas decorations to take home and we made Mr Garton a thank you card for donating crackers to our school which made our Christmas dinner even more special.

Remote Learning Week 2 - Week 6

We made a display at school to celebrate all the amazing learning we have done during our time at home.


We have worked hard at home completing English, Maths, RE, Science, History and some beautiful William Morris artwork too. We even completed some using Purple Mash.


Take a look at our display below.

Term 2 Week 2

Children in Need 2020

Having our class bubble shut did not stop us from taking part in Children in Need. We stayed in our pyjamas all day or wore our own clothes at home to recognise the day.

Term 2 Week 1 Home Learning

Term 1


We have been busy making displays for our corridors and hall. Outside our classroom we have made a reading display on the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit.'

We have painted portraits for our 'Year 1 Bubble' display by the hall and we learned about St Matthew and drew pictures of him for our class display in the hall.

Term 1 Week 8 Homework

Geography - The World and Continents

This term Year 1 have enjoyed learning about the world. We have learned that the world has 7 continents and 5 oceans. You have probably heard your child sing the continents song! To end the term, we painted our own globes.

Term 1 Week 7 Homework

Art - Painting skills

This term we have been learning about the landscape artist Turner. Take a look through our gallery to see what the Year 1 artists have painted.


This week we have been learning to write in clear sentences. We planted some bulbs in our outside area and wrote about the experience.




We have been busy on Purple Mash this term learning to log in and create our avatars. This week we learnt how to open a programme and save our work.

Term 1 Week 6 Homework


This week we have been learning about the rain. We observed the rain outside and we are going to be measuring the rainfall over the 4 seasons using a rain gauge.


We have been practising our handwriting by making patterns on the playground and on big paper. 

Term 1 Week 5 Homework

Please find below this week's homework.


This week some of us enjoyed building cvc words using our phoneme frames. It helped us to blend the words to read them.

Outdoor Learning Week: Monday 21st - Friday 25th September

This week Year 1 had lots of fun taking their learning outside and making the most of our outdoor learning areas. We did some practical maths partitioning using hoops and bean bags, took our English and Phonics lessons outside on the playground and in Science we observed seasonal change on the field learning about the signs of Autumn. On Friday we acted out The Creation Story in our outside area and searched for outdoor materials to paint with in Art on Friday afternoon. Please browse through the photos below to see how much fun we had learning!

Term 1 Week 4 Homework

Please see below for this week's homework including spellings.

Harvest Festival 2020

Year 1's donation for the Harvest Festival.

Term 1 Week 3 - Homework

Please find below this week's homework and a covering letter.

This week in Maths we have been ordering numbers and counting out amounts.

Term 1 Week 2

In RE this week we learned about Sikhism and what happens at the Gurdwara. Some of us dressed as if we were visiting a gurdwara.

2019-2020 - St Matthew's Year 1 Class is taught by Mrs Riordan and Mrs Blake. The teaching assistant supporting this class is Mrs L Wilson.



Term 6 - Home Learning
Term 6 Week 6
Year 1 have had a fabulous week this week learning lots about subtraction, story writing and Jesus' miracles. Below are some examples of the children's learning at home and at school.
Term 6 Week 5
Look below and you will see of the lovely learning that Year 1 have completed in school and at home this week. We have continued competing for our virtual sports day, we have enjoyed subtraction in Maths and we have learnt all about Jesus' first miracle when He turned water into wine John 2:1-11.

Term 6 Week 4 

Look at all the lovely things Year 1 have been doing at home this week ...

Term 6 Week 3
Take a look below at some of the wonderful learning Year 1 have enjoyed this week at home and at school including the St Edward's Virtual Sports Day 2020.

Term 6: week 2

Another great week of home learning, well done to everyone working hard at home. We have loved seeing photos of all your hard work...


English: Elves and the shoe maker 

Just look at the other amazing things Year 1 have been up to...

Term 6 Week 1

Year 1 have worked hard at home to complete their home learning this week.

English - Alternative or spelling and red word practice
Maths - Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Science - labelling and dissecting a plant
What else have Year 1 been up to at home this week? Take a look below to find out.
Term 5 - Home Learning
Take a look at some of the home learning Year 1 have completed while they have been away from school.

Term 5 Week 5

Aliens love underpants 
Addition and subtraction word problems
Look at the extra work Year 1 have been doing at home. Its so lovely to see how much fun your also having with your family ...
Term 5 Week 4
RE - Jesus appears to the Disciples - surprise cards
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle - Story maps
Maths - Investigating length and height
Take a look at the slideshow below to see some of the exciting extra work that has been completed this week. The children look like they have had lots of fun!
Term 5 Week 3
Perfect portraits - Year 1 were asked to create a portrait of a member of staff by using any medium they wished. Browse through our gallery of the art work they produced.
Dinosaurs in the Supermarket - posters
Year 1 have been working really hard at home on their own home learning too.
Term 4 RE focal area

Term 4 Science

This term we were learning about our body in Science.

We learnt about the functions of some body parts, what a balanced diet is and why it is important. We had lots of fun learning about the benefits of exercise too.


Year 1 enjoying taking part in some exercise.

Easter Bonnet

Unfortunately our Easter bonnet parade had to be cancelled but this did not put Billy off. He made an Easter bonnet at home all by himself and brought it to school to show his friends - well done Billy.

Term 4 DT

This term we have been learning about food in DT. We were taught the importance of washing our hands and used paint to show how germs can travel. We also made some fruit kebabs which were delicious!

St Edward's Science Fair
Thursday 19th March 2020
Today St Edward's held their Science Fair with some of our class taking part. We were able to view the variety of super science experiments that pupils across the school had carried out at home. Well done to everyone that took part.
Year 1's experiments below:
British Science Week 2020
Monday 9th March - Friday 13th March
Thursday - Sun art
Today we learned about the sun - did you know that the sun is a star? It has sun spots and solar flares.
Wednesday afternoon - Making craters
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have some of the children's grown ups join us in the afternoon for some fun science. We found out about craters and how they are made. We experimented to see who could make the biggest crater using flour and marbles. Year 1 found out that the bigger the marble, the bigger the crater will be and the further the crater falls, the bigger the crater will be. Thank you grown ups for joining us; we hope you had as much fun as we did.

Wednesday morning - Visitor

We were lucky enough to have a visitor who taught us all about 'Our Diverse Planet.' We went on a journey around the world exploring the seven continents and learning about the different animals that live there.


Tuesday - Straw rockets

On Tuesday this week, we found out about how rockets are launched into space. We learned about forces and how the reaction force thrust pushes rockets into space. We made straw rockets and using our breath as thrust, we launched our own rockets in the Year 1 classroom.

Monday - Balloon experiment

On Monday we learned what a scientist is and what jobs they might do. We then experimented with baking soda and white vinegar to create a chemical reaction that blew up a balloon.

Book Week

2nd - 6th March 2020

There were some exciting things happening across the school this week. Year 1 took part in dressing up and the sponsored read.

Reconciliation service

We chose a stone to decorate and spent time with thinking about how to make good choices. We then put them in a bowl ready for Father Frank to cleanse during the service.



In English, we 'talked' the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and created a class story map.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 26th February

The whole school visited our church for the Ash Wednesday service. Year 1 enjoyed staying behind after Mass to explore the church a little more.

Term 4 Week 1

Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday 25th February

Today we learned about Shrove Tuesday and why people make pancakes on this day. In DT, we got to decorate our own pancakes after finding out how to make them.

Term 3 RE focal area

Friday 14th February

This week in RE we have been learning about Baptism. We found out about the signs and symbols associated with Baptism and role played a baptism.

Year 1 Science display

We worked really hard to produce science display in the corridor for everyone to enjoy.   

Year 1 miracle display- The Calming of the Storm

Science - body parts

This week in Science we labelled body parts and identified where they go on a body map.


The Dogs Trust visit

In week 3, The Dogs Trust visited St Edwards. We were taught how to be dog smart and safe around dogs.

we learnt the 5 happy dog rules. 

Science - Term 3 Week 2

An alien crash landed  trying to find out about animals on Earth. We found a device with a recording of Slimko the alien on. He asked us to help him with his mission to find out about animals including aliens. Of course, Year 1 agreed to help! 


This term we have been learning about the continent Australasia. In pairs we painted some beautiful scenes from the continent.  

Term 3 Science - Animals including humans 

Something very peculiar happened in our outside area!

Term 2 RE focal area

Tuesday 17th December


Today we enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas.

Mary Our Mother
In term 2 we have been learning about Mary our Mother. At the end of this term we painted portraits of Mary wearing blue.
Key Stage 1 Nativity Performance
Friday 13th December
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 did a wonderful job of telling the Nativity story through their Christmas performance. Take a look at some photographs of Year 1 in costume. We think you'll agree that they look fabulous.
Year 1 Christmas Display - The Nativity story map
Thursday 12th December

Year 1 held their own election. We learned about 4 parties and their manifestos. We chose one main point from each and discussed as a class.

We chose children to represent each party then had a secret ballot.

The results of Year 1's election were:

Red party - 10

Yellow party - 4

Blue party - 2

Green party - 5

Take a look at the slideshow of photos from our election.

Christmas Fair/ Enterprise Day

Term 2 week 6


Term 2 Week 4


Friendship Week - we took part in lots of activities that promoted team skills and good communication. We learned lots of new things about one another. 

We had great fun in science, investigating which type of paper can absorb the most water.

Term 2 Week 3


Aylesford Priory Retreat

Science - properties of everyday materials

Using our knowledge of materials, we found materials with certain properties such as hard, soft and transparent. We grouped materials according to their properties. 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Display

Children in Need

15th November

The children had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need.

Potion making

Term 2 Week 2

In English we have been making potions and using adjectives to describe them.  

We had to use our science skills to classify everyday materials.

Science - Everyday materials

Something has happened to our classroom!



Term 1 RE focal area
Our Lady of all nations

Term 1 Week 6

Two nuns from Our Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam visited the school. They spent time with us in Year 1 so we could ask questions about what their life is like.

God's Great Plan
In RE during term 1, our topic was God's Great Plan. We read stories from the Bible about Creation and Adam and Eve. we thought about how we can take care of the wonderful world God has given us.

Term 1

Science - The seasons

This term we have been learning about the seasons and weather associated with each season. Take a look at some of the fun activities we have taken part in including naming the months and seasons, measuring wind direction and strength as well as making a rain gauge and recording temperature. 

Term 1 Geography - World and Continents

We have been learning about the wonderful world, the land and sea and continents. In week 2 we even made our own worlds!

Year 1 found St. Edward just outside their classroom!

Year 1 found lots of ladybirds on the plants growing in their flower beds!

St. Matthew's Hall Display 2019

Look below at all the amazing achievements last year's St Matthew's Class did....

Enterprise Day

Each class were given £20 and need to make as much money as they can by making and selling something.

We have been working hard to make scented playdough and popcorn to sell at the summer fare. 


This week we have been learning all about capacity and have had great fun exploring different size containers in the water.